The newspaper review for Wednesday, September 12, leads with President Muhammadu Buhari's acceptance of the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms presented to him by a group among other stories.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, lashed out at defectors from the All Progressives Congress, describing them as weak and selfish politicians.
He spoke while accepting the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC from a group, the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network, which donated the forms worth N45m to him to support his bid for re-election next year.
Though the President did not mention the names of the defectors at an event marking the handing over and acceptance of the forms in the Presidential Villa, observers believe that the President was making reference to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, ex-Vice-President Abubakar Atiku, a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso and others who recently defected from the APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
The Guardian reports that former vice president Atiku Abubakar yesterday berated the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration for polarising and causing disaffection among Nigerians.
Atiku, who was speaking in Katsina State when he met with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates, said the disunity between the South and North of the country became unprecedented under APC’s rule.
He said the APC came to power with a “very narrow perspective of national representation,” and that the party is overseeing the “highest level of disunity in the country.”
This Day reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja defied several appeals to him to reject the expression of interest and nomination forms purchased for him by the National Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) and received the forms at a brief ceremony in the State House.
Buhari, who said he was not only grateful but also honoured to be presented with the forms by persons he described as patriotic Nigerians, pointed out that members of the group contributed money to raise N45.5 million for the purchase of the forms.
He also said members of the group were not fewer than three million Nigerians, whom he said were spread across various parts of the country.
The president chronicled how his foray into politics began in 2002 up to the time of his election in 2015 and described members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who left the party, as the weakest of people whose selfish agenda did not align with the selfless vision of his administration.
According to him, with the exit of such selfish persons, APC is now made up of strong and patriotic Nigerians, whom he said were willing to toe the path of building a secure, self-sufficient and corrupt-free Nigeria.
The Nation reports that twenty-three House of Representatives members under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may soon defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), it was learnt yesterday.
The lawmakers are aggrieved by alleged plans by their state governors to substitute them with “anointed candidates”.
The soon-to-be-defectors became uncomfortable with alleged manipulations by the governors in their states to block them from returning to the Green Chamber after the expiration of their tenure next year.
A source said the aggrieved lawmakers are set to announce their defection immediately after resumption.
Vanguard reports that Lagos and indeed, much of the entire South-West was on tenterhooks yesterday as political permutations against a second term for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode reached a crescendo with the unravelling of the governor’s political base.
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Worse, the governor’s prospects of serving out the rest of his first term, it was learnt, was hanging in the balance upon claims of momentum to remove him from office if he does not drop his second term aspiration.
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