Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday 30th April 2022.
With the heartbreaking image of the innocent baby delivered to a terrorist dungeon, members of the National Assembly who recently criminalized ransom payment should realize how dead this legislation will be if it is finally enacted. What father or parent will not give an arm or a leg to prevent his offspring from being born into the hands of terrorists? Photos have since gone viral of the newborn girl wearing a chunky pink dress and light lemon tracksuit cap with her eyes closed. The chilling image asks how low he can go before authorities take responsibility. Nigeria failed her and her future mother.
Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu has paid the All Progressive Congress, APC 2023 Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms.
Naija News reports that the forms were collected from the party’s national headquarters today, by some loyalists of the national leader of the APC.
Recall that Tinubu left the country a few days ago for the lesser Hajj (Umrah) in Saudi Arabia.
The politician had announced his intention to run for President during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock villa in January this year.
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Abdullahi Adamu has revealed that the party is yet to make a decision on which area will produce its 2023 presidential candidate.
Adamu made the revelation at the Aso Rock presidential villa on Friday shortly after presenting the party’s candidate for the 2022 Ekiti gubernatorial election, Biodun Oyebanji, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking to State House correspondents, the APC chairman said he could not anticipate the region in which the presidential ticket will be zoned.
He added that only the party can make this decision and urged people to be patient.
A former Senate Speaker, Ken Nnamani, on Friday officially declared his intention to run in the 2023 presidential election under the All Progressives Congress.
Nnamani announced his intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 during a press conference held in Abuja.
According to the former Senate president, he will buy the nomination forms from the ruling party in a few days.
The APC nomination and voice form has been set at N100 million by the party leadership.
Fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram in Borno State were neutralized by Nigerian army troops (Operation Desert Sanity).
The Nigerian army also revealed that they killed the emir (commander) and spiritual leader of Galta, near the Mandara mountain south of Borno.
The spiritual leader of the terrorist group was killed during an operation around Manjo Ali Qere in the state.
The army in a post on its Twitter account on Friday morning noted that weapons and ammunition had been recovered during the operation.
House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday warned political appointees with 2023 ambitions to step down from their posts.
According to Gbajabiamila, elected politicians pose a risk to themselves and their parties if they refuse to resign.
Section 84(12) of the Elections Act 2022, which was recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, states: “No political person appointed at any level shall be a voting delegate or be elected to the convention or to the congress of a political party for the purpose of nominating candidates for any election”.
This means that political appointees with ambitions must resign before running.
The leader of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to drop the discussion on zoning the presidency in a particular region.
He made this known on Thursday during an interview with the leaders of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) who paid him a courtesy visit to his residence in Zarai, Kaduna State.
The former statesman advised the PDP and other political parties struggling with the issue of zoning or power change to forget about the movement and seek competent candidates.
Abdullahi stressed that presidential candidates should be allowed to stand for election on the merit of their competence and not where they come from, adding that the question of zoning or changing power is dead on arrival.
A gubernatorial aspirant in Rivers State on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Hon. Farah Dagogo was taken into custody.
Dagogo, the lawmaker representing the federal constituency of Degema/Bonny in the House of Representatives, was arrested by police officers in Rivers State on Thursday, Naija News recalls.
He appeared before Chief Magistrate AO Amadi-Nna of the Port Harcourt Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning and was ordered to be taken into custody.
The legislator will be in custody until May 9, 2022, as ordered by the judge.
Aspiring to the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Rochas Okorocha urged party delegates not to make decisions they later regret because of pressure.
Okorocha, who spoke on Friday shortly after receiving the APC’s presidential nomination form, said delegates should avoid sentiment when voting to elect party candidates.
The legislator told them to choose builders and not managers.
Former All Progressives Congress National President Adams Oshiomhole has dropped his ambition to run for a Senate seat.
Naija News understands he said this when the form was presented to him by a group known as the New Nigeria Movement.
Oshiomhole, however, in a post on his Facebook account, said he would officially declare himself for president today on live television.
The notice reads: “Special Invitation. Dear Sir Madam.
“I wish to specially invite you to the public declaration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to stand for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the general election of 2023, under the platform of the APC.”