The newspaper review for Wednesday, September 26, leads with the Osun state governorship election rerun and President Buhari's speech at the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA73) among other stories.
Vanguard reports that the two major contenders in tomorrow’s Osun state government rerun election, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, were, yesterday, locked in a verbal war over perceptions of impropriety ahead of the crucial polls in seven selected polling points.
The verbal warfare came as proxies of the two parties continued solicitations to Senator Iyiola Omisore, the Social Democratic Party, SDP, candidate who came third in the election for his support.
The Nation reports that security agents are investigating how the Aide de Camp (ADC) to the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, Mr. Sani Baba-Inna, allegedly fleeced high-placed Nigerians of N2.5billion.
Mrs Buhari has distanced herself from the fraud allegation against Baba-Inna, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).
Department of State Services (DSS) spokesperson Peter Afunanya confirmed that Baba-Inna had been taken into the secret security outfit’s custody for further investigation after he was quizzed by the police.
Afunnaya said: “He was handed over by the police and investigation is ongoing.”
Mrs Aisha had alleged that Baba-Inna received huge donations from politicians and business people on her behalf and kept the cash to himself.
She urged Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to compel Mr. Baba-Inna to refund the money estimated at N2.5billion.
The Guardian reports that President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday reiterated his position that terrorism and insurgency in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin are fueled by local runaway fighters from Iraq and Syria and arms from the disintegration of Libya.
Buhari spoke in New York where he unfolded Nigeria’s positions on international matters before the global audience during the opening of the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA73).Presenting Nigeria’s national statement, the president first paid glowing tributes to the late seventh UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, for his invaluable contributions to global peace.
The Punch reports that governor-elect of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, visited the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in Ile Ife to woo him ahead of the rerun holding in seven polling units in four local government areas of Osun State on Thursday.
Our correspondent gathered that Fayemi, who accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari, on his trip to the United Nations General Assembly, was instructed to return to Nigeria to meet with Omisore in order to seek his support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, in the rerun poll.
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This day reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate resignation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, following his alleged role in alleged fraudulent manipulations it said characterised last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.
It also called for the resignation of the INEC national commissioner, Supervising electoral operations, Mrs. Amina Zakari, who is also in charge of Information Communication Technology (ICT) department, where election results were allegedly altered to favour the APC.
The party said both officials could no longer be trusted to be neutral in the conduct of elections in the country.
“With INEC’s fraudulent conduct in the Osun governorship election, and approval that a concluded election be declared inconclusive, the PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians no longer have confidence in Prof. Yakubu,” the party stated in a press statement by its spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan.
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