Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Saturday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, sacked 11 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the Plateau State House of Assembly. In a unanimous decision, the panel led by Justice Okon Abang, held that all the sacked lawmakers scored wasted votes at the time of the March 2023 general election because their party lacked structure.

2. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, on Friday, dismissed speculations that he could revive his presidential ambition in 2027, saying as a man who abhors disloyalty, he cannot contest against his boss, President Bola Tinubu. Wike noted that he remained committed to the successes of the Tinubu administration.

3. Chimobi Ezenwa, a Lagos resident whose mansion said to be worth N300 million was demolished, says he is now homeless. The administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu recently commenced the destruction of houses said to be in contravention of Lagos master plan.

4. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, on Friday, lampooned Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State, describing him as an ingrate. Wike, the immediate past governor of Rivers, waded into his strained relationship with Fubara while speaking to select journalists in Abuja, on Friday.

5. There was tension in Kano city on Friday as supporters of the ruling New Nigeria People’s Party and the All Progressives Congress vowed to go ahead with their planned protests today (Saturday) in defiance of warnings by the state police command.

6. The months-long political crisis in Ondo State may have come to a halt as President Bola Tinubu late Friday waded into the matter and elicited resolve from the opposing factions to embrace peace and maintain status quo. This was as the Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, pledged to carry all commissioners and officials along in handling the state’s affairs.

7. Gunmen have assassinated the ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ife/Akpodim/Chokoneze ward in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, Chiedoziem Anyanwu. It was gathered that Anyanwu was shot dead on Thursday by gunmen who rode on a motorcycle. According to a source, on arrival at his house, his killers mentioned his name and requested to see him.

8. Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, on Friday, promised not to interfere in the administration of the state governor-elect, Usman Ododo. Bello told State House correspondents when Ododo and the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, presented their certificates of return to President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, that Ododo will be left to carry his own cross.

9. President Bola Tinubu, on Friday, advised governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to always put the interest of the people first and work for the good of their states. He gave the advice when he received the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, the returning Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, and the Governor-elect of Kogi State, Ahmed Usman Ododo, at the State House, Abuja.

10. The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the March 18 election of Nasir Idris as the lawfully elected governor of Kebbi State. A three-member panel on Friday held that the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, General Aminu Bande lacked merit.

(Daily Post)

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