The major headlines from mainstream newspapers today, Friday, August 3, are focused on impeachment threats at the National Assembly following the recent gale of defections, President Buhari’s reaction to the defections, the recent meeting between the president and security chiefs and the rift between Senator Aliyu Wamakko and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, following the latter’s defection from the APC to the PDP.
To kick things off, Vanguard is reporting that lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were at each other’s throats on Thursday night, August 2, following the recent defections.
The publication reports that the issue of contention involved fears that moves were afoot to impeach the current leadership of the National Assembly.
PDP lawmakers reportedly alleged ulterior motives as their APC colleagues cited outstanding legislative proposals.
The agitation for the resumption of the National Assembly was, however, rebuffed by the PDP which warned the APC not to truncate the nation’s democracy with the enthronement of its kangaroo-style siege to state legislative houses at the federal level.
The Punch is reporting that President Muhammadu Buharu has reacted to the defections that have hit the APC.
The president, while speaking at the commencement of the campaign rally for the Bauchi-South senatorial district by-election and the formal presentation of the APC candidate, Gumau Yahaya, for the August 11 poll, reportedly asked supporters of the ruling party not to be disturbed by the events.
He said: “God will continue to fish out the bad eggs among us, as the country approaches the 2019 general elections."
He further assured the party faithful that his administration would continue to work hard to surpass its campaign promises for a better Nigeria.
Also going in the direction of the previous publication, The Nation is reporting that President Muhammadu Buhari referred to those who defected from the APC to the PDP as “bad eggs”.
The president further reiterated his resolve to ensure that nobody is allowed to loot the treasury.
He said: “What I will never exhibit is to allow selfish politicians loot public treasury and allow the masses be cheated. All what we are doing is in the interest of the people and our dear country.
“I pray to God to expose sycophants that are still within our party, who are bent on trying to loot our resources.”
This Day is however focused on the meeting between President Buhari and service chiefs.
The publication reports that the service chiefs, led by the minister of defence, Brig Gen Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), met with the president at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
During the meeting, the service chiefs reportedly demanded a new set of military equipment to combat insecurity. The demand was part of the presentation made to the Security Council meeting by Dan-Ali, on behalf of the military.
Ali reportedly informed the Council that provision of the equipment had become compelling in order to win the battle against insurgency and other forms of insecurity in the country.
The Guardian is however focused on the rift between Senator Aliyu Wamakko and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, following the latter’s defection from the APC to the PDP.
The publication reports that in response to the defection, Wamakko, who is also the immediate past governor of Sokoto and chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, declared that in the coming days, Nigerians would know who really is in charge of the state.
He said: “The people are solidly behind me, senators, House of Representatives members and elders who have chosen to remain in the APC.
“I pity my younger brother, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. He is a very promising and young politician with full potentials.
“This is the worst decision he has taken in his life. At his age, he should not be in a hurry. He is a fine young politician. I have a lot of respect for him. If he had taken into consideration the people he is representing, he should not have gone into the PDP.”
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