Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 29th May 2022.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged victorious in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary presidential election by garnering the most votes.
Naija News reports that Atiku beat all other contenders by a wide margin to emerge victorious in Saturday’s primary election held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Atiku will now be the official PDP candidate for the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
The chairman of the PDP election committee for the primaries, David Mark, announced Atiku as the winner of the primary election.
A new crisis threatens to engulf the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) barely two months after its inauguration.
Naija News reports that crisis is brewing amid back-and-forths over the ruling party’s failure to select its presidential hopefuls and hold its national convention to elect its presidential candidate.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s national chairman, was accused of refusing to act on critical issues.
The accusation was made by NWC member and North West National Vice President, Malam Salihu Moh. Mustaph, who is believed to be loyal to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.
A presidential candidate from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, has withdrawn from the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News reports that Hayatu-Deen, a former managing director of the defunct FSB International Bank, announced his withdrawal in a letter to Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the PDP.
He said he withdrew from the presidential race because the contest had been “obscenely monetized”.
Hayatu-Deen, however, has vowed to support anyone who emerges as the party’s flag bearer for the 2023 election.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday denied reports that it had postponed its presidential primary election scheduled for today.
The party denied reports of the alleged postponement in a statement by Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Naija News reports.
The main opposition party has maintained that its special national convention is proceeding as planned.
The PDP also called on members and delegates to disregard news of its postponement.
Former Governor of Edo State and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomole won the Edo North party’s senatorial ticket for the upcoming 2023 elections.
Oshiomhole garnered 309 votes on Friday to choose the ticket, while his opponent, Senator Francis Alimikhena, garnered five votes even though he withdrew from the contest.
Primary returning officer Festus Ebia while announcing the result said 317 delegates were accredited for the election, Oshiomole scored 309, Alimikhena got five votes while three votes were void.
Ebia said, “Oshiomole having obtained a majority of 309 votes and satisfied the requirements of the election is hereby declared the winner.”
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State lost his Senate candidacy on Saturday after his two-year term ended.
Naija News reports that Ayade’s term will expire on May 29, 2023.
Ayade who joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2021 and participated in the ruling party’s Senate primary in Calabar.
Ayade who got 52 votes lost the election to Cecelia Adams who polled 140, while Martin Orim got 61 votes.
Lagos West Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola won the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Ogun West Senatorial District for the 2023 election.
He was declared the winner of the Ogun West senatorial primary election, held at Oronna Hall, Ilaro, beating incumbent senator from the region, Senator Tolu Odebiyi.
Naija News reports that the election was organized by the APC Election Panel, led by the President, Dr. Dapo Odukoya.
Adeola’s resolve to leave Lagos and contest a senatorial ticket in Ogun State had caused resentment in the APC’s West Ogun chapter, with some party members not welcoming him.
Legislator representing Abia North Senatorial District and 9th Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu won the All Progressives Congressional Senate ticket.
Kalu garnered 777 votes to emerge unopposed after Barr Fabian Nwankwo pulled out of the race.
Chief Paul Onwuka, returning officer for the senatorial primary election, declared him the winner at Ebem Ohafia, the site of the election on Saturday.
Kalu, in his acceptance speech, dedicated his victory to the people of the district and promised to attract more projects to the district.
A former new media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad has rejected the result of the House of Representatives primary election held for Gaya/Ajingi/Albasu constituency of Kano State.
It will be recalled, as previously reported by Naija News, that Ahmad contested the primary election but was heavily defeated at the polls.
The 30-year-old native of Kano State competed for the Albasu/Gaya/Ajingi Federal Constituency seat which is currently held by ruling party member Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya but lost according to the results released on Friday.
The former presidential aide got a total of 16 votes, while Gaya got 109 votes.
Former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa won the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial seats for the state primaries on Saturday.
Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle was present for the election alongside party officials from the national headquarters of the APC and the state executive, among others.
Yari stood unopposed in the election, which was held at his local government offices in Talata Mafara and was overseen by officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission and security services.
Senator Sahabi Yau won the Zamfara North ticket, while Marafa secured the Zamfara Central ticket, in a simultaneous primary held in all three senatorial areas.
A presidential aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party, Nwachukwu Anakwenze has withdrawn from the presidential race for Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Although the presidential selection committee led by former Senate President David Mark eliminated the US-trained doctor from the race.
Anakwenze in his statement warned that if the party changed the rule in the middle of the game, no decent contestant would have a chance to compete fairly.
He revealed that he withdrew from the race due to the party’s decision to open his presidential ticket despite the zoning principle enshrined in the party’s constitution.