Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for Today, Sunday 31st July 2022


Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Sunday 31st July 2022.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State met a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former Federation Government Secretary, Babachir David Lawal, in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

Naija News reports that the meeting comes a day after Dogara, Lawal and other northern Christian leaders rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket presented by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The trio held a closed meeting at Governor Wike’s country house in Rumueprikom, Port Harcourt.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the visitors said the move comes close to building bridges for an inclusive Nigeria.

A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, is reportedly ready to woo the North for the presidential ambition of Labor Party flag bearer Peter Obi ahead of the 2023 general election.

Sources who spoke with Telegraph claimed the former statesman had met with various critical individuals and groups in the North in support of Obi.

A leader of a prominent group in the North who spoke to the platform on condition of anonymity said: “It is true that former President Olusegun started visiting many personalities and groups in the North. to drum up support for Peter Obi and Datti Baba. – Presidential ticket Ahmed in the North. This fact I can confirm.

The source further said that the decision of the former president has yielded minimal fruits as the people of the region are wary of the possibility of an Obi presidency in the long-standing interest of the region (North).

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Saturday denied sitting on letters from some senators planning to purge Congress of all progressives.

Lawan, in his reaction to some claims on some platforms, noted that there was no defection letter in front of him.

He further said that the people behind the claim did not take the time to confirm with the senators involved if and when the letter was submitted to the President of the Senate.

Lawan clarified matters in a statement released Saturday through his special adviser (media), Ola Awoniyi.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has not yet formed its presidential campaign council for fear of appointing another Muslim as general campaign manager.

Naija News reports that the ruling party has received backlash over its decision to field a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the 2023 general election.

Some people interpreted the presidential ticket of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima as a plan to marginalize Christians.

Sources close to the party said some APC leaders were unable to agree on who should lead the campaign, adding that others believe religion should not be an issue, while others argued that the issue was enough to split the party.

The leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, spoke out on Friday on the group backing Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi against All Progressives Congress candidate Bola Tinubu.

According to Adebanjo, Tinubu will only continue the incompetence of the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He further said that the group knew Obi very well, adding that he would not disappoint the Nigerians.

Adebanjo called on Nigerians to put aside tribal differences and vote for the right leaders.

The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has called on lawmakers calling for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari to be gentle.

The former Kano state governor said he did not know the facts. Lawmakers advised them not to rush to impeach Buhari.

Kwankwaso further said that everyone in Nigeria is worried about the security issues in the country.

The presidential candidate who spoke about the terrorist attack on the presidential fleet in Kastina state called on the country’s leadership to do more on security.

The leader of the relevant Nigerian movement, Deji Adeyanju, said on Saturday that Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi was acting as if he was running for president of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

Adeyanju, in a post on Twitter, said it was painful that people who are supposed to know politics are acting like amateurs.

The activist called on churches to resist the religious card in 2023 because it could backfire.

Adeyanju warned that playing the religious card will divide the nation across religious lines in the coming months.

Former Rivers South East Senator and All Progressive Congress (APC) leader Magnus Abe has emerged as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State.

It comes just 24 hours after Abe officially announced his SDP membership, having dumped APC over irregularities.

Abe emerged as the gubernatorial candidate in a primary election held in Port Harcourt on Saturday and overseen by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) senior officer Emmanuel Isong.

Abe secured 30 delegate votes to emerge unopposed in the contest and was declared the winner of the election by SDP chairman, surrogate election committee, Muhammed Ibrahim.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate in the 2023 elections and Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa assured that the party will resolve and overcome its current challenges ahead of the elections.

A statement released by Benue State Governor’s Chief Press Secretary Nathaniel Ikyur quoted Okowa as assuring that the party would run for office as one united family to ensure its resounding success and victory.

According to the statement, Okowa gave the assurance after a closed meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue State Governor’s Pavilion in Abuja.

Okowa said the reconciliation process initiated by party leaders to resolve all issues arising from the presidential primaries and his subsequent emergence as vice presidential candidate was underway, and all issues would be resolved.

He noted that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was a strong party man who had worked very hard for the success of the PDP and would not want to work for any other political party.

Former General Secretary of the Federation (SGF) and leader of the Northern Christians of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babachir David Lawal accused the ruling party of abandoning them.

Naija News reports that Lawal strongly opposed APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s decision to present a Muslim-Muslim ticket in choosing Senator Kashim Shettima.

Following the outrage that greeted the APC and Tinubu’s decision to field a Muslim-Muslim ticket, the party’s northern Christians vowed not to support the party in the 2023 presidential election.

Many ruling APC leaders have called on Tinubu to reach out to aggrieved Christian leaders and appease them.

But speaking to The PUNCH, Lawal said neither the party nor its candidates had reached out to Christians in the north.

He added that the APC, Tinubu and Shettima were behaving as if they had already won the election.

These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.


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