The newspaper review for Tuesday, October 2, leads with President Muhammadu Buhari being criticised for his broadcast on the 58th independence anniversary of the country, among other stories.
The Punch reports that the Peoples Democratic Party, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere; the Kowa Party presidential candidate, Dr Adesina Fagbenro-Byron; and the Campaign for Democracy have berated President Muhammadu Buhari for his broadcast on the 58th independence anniversary of the country.
They noted that the president did not paint the true picture of happenings in the country, adding that what he claimed as his achievements were not true.
Afenifere dismissed the claims made by the president that his administration had tamed corruption.
Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said graft had worsened, pointing out that many corruption cases had occurred under the current administration.
He said: “Did the multi-million naira fraud involving the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (Babachir Lawal) occur before he (Buhari) took office? Was he also not in office when Abdulrasheed Maina, who was sacked for corruption was reinstated to office and promoted?"
Vanguard reports that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, met President Muhammadu Buhari to assure him that negative fallouts from the moves to stop a second term for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would not affect the party’s chances in the 2019 presidential election.
Tinubu’s meeting with Buhari came as it emerged that last Sunday’s press conference by Ambode where he harangued his rival, Babajide Sanwo-Olu derailed a last-minute intervention by President Muhammadu Buhari to salvage his prospects.
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party again shifted the governorship primaries from yesterday to today.
Also yesterday, the chairman of the APC in Lagos state, Alhaji Babatunde Balogun, lamented the failure of the governor to pick his calls or grant access to him, a development he said had hindered the dispatch of the governor’s party membership card to him.
The Nation reports that as part of ongoing deal for a soft landing for Dr. Mahmood Halilu Ahmed, brother to President Buhari’s wife, Aisha, there is pressure on five aspirants to step down for him in Adamawa Central senatorial district race.
Ahmed is already vying for governorship ticket with Governor Jibrilla Bindow.
But following signals that the governor might be difficult to defeat, a Plan B was being perfected last night.
It was gathered that representations have been made to the National Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress(APC) not to humiliate the First Lady and her brother.
One of those behind soft-landing for the First Lady’s brother is a former head of state (names withheld).
The Guardian reports that former vice president Atiku Abubakar has alleged political elite conspiracy against his presidential ambition. He disclosed to journalists in Abuja on Sunday night that he had failed to become president since 2007 because the political elite were scared of his independent mindset.
Atiku further said that the conspiracy had been successful because Nigerians were not politically sophisticated.
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According to the Waziri Adamawa, it is unfortunate that the electorate rely on the political elite to dictate who should be elected or not.On what had made it difficult for him to become president so far, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful said: “It is what I call the conspiracy theory of the political elite.
If you are not going to be used, if you are not going to satisfy their personal aspiration, they won’t allow you. They say I am independent, principled and so on. That is part of the problem they have with me.”
Atiku promised to privatise the nation’s petroleum industry, if elected president in 2019.He told reporters: “The United States pumps more oil than Nigeria, yet they don’t have a Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
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