Connectley Naija News examines the top stories creating headlines on the front pages of top Nigerian newspapers. Headlines Nigerian Newspapers like The Guardian, Daily Trust, The Sun, The Nation, The Punch and Nigerian Tribune will be covered.
The Guardian Front Page review
- Electoral Act: I didn’t order Senate to remove Section 84(12), Buhari tells court
President Muhammadu Buhari told a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday that he did not direct the Senate to remove Section 84(12) from the amended Electoral Act 2022.
No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act
Contrary to assertions made by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a lawsuit brought against him and 12 others, President Buhari claimed he only raised reservations and worries in respect of the aspect of the Electoral Act.
Daily Trust front page
- APC Presidential Ticket: High Stakes In S/West As 5 Aspirants Eye Ticket From Zone
The All Progressives Congress (APC) is facing an increasing number of presidential aspirants from the South West, putting the zone’s chances of picking the ruling party’s ticket in jeopardy.
The aspirants from the zone include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (Ogun), former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole (Ogun), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Lagos) and the chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).
The five candidates from the South West are scheduled to compete for the party’s presidential ticket in the primary on May 30/June 1 against other presidential candidates from other zones, according to the Daily Trust.
The Punch front Page
- Presidency: PDP reps, SANs warn Jonathan, group threatens suit
According to The PUNCH, Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is considering running for President with the All Progressives Congress, is expected to face a legal battle in the coming days.
This comes as Dr. Law Mefor, Vice Chairman/Director of Public Affairs for the Igbo Leadership Development Foundation, says his organization will take Jonathan to court if he declares his intention to run for president.
The Sun front page review
- 2023: Bala Mohammed, Saraki under pressure
With the deadline for political party primaries rapidly approaching, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed and former Senate President Bukola Saraki are facing mounting pressure from Northern elders who want one of them to step down.
Both candidates have been named as the Northern Peoples Democratic Party’s Consensus candidates for the 2023 presidential election.
The Nation front page
- Buhari to court: Electoral Act 84 (12) unconstitutional
The Nigerian Tribune front page
- (2023 Presidency) Falana: 1999 Constitution, Supreme Court Decisions Have Disqualified Jonathan
Mr Femi Falana, a leading lawyer, reiterated on Thursday that former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan is constitutionally precluded from seeking presidential sit again.
He used both jurisprudential and constitutional arguments to make his point this time. Jonathan took over as vice president from his late boss, President Umaru Yar’Adua, in 2010 and won the presidential election in 2011 to extend his term to five years.
In 2015, he lost a bid to prolong his presidential term to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
He is generally rumoured to be interested in mounting a comeback, and another four-year term will bring his total to nine.
Falana believes the former president is ineligible to run for office again, based on jurisprudence and the constitution.
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Adeleke wins as Supreme Court dismisses Babayemi’s appeal
On Thursday, the Supreme Court confirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, as the next Governor of Osun State.
Adeleke was declared the winner of the July 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
The apex court, in a unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of justices, dismissed an appeal that was lodged against Adeleke by Prince Dotun Babayemi who laid claim to the governorship ticket of the PDP.
Babayemi emerged from a parallel primary election that was held by a faction of the party in the State.
Counsel to the Appellant, Mr. Adebayo Adelodun, SAN, withdrew the appeal after the panel led by Justice Amina Augie, drew his attention to the fact that the case was statute barred.
The panel had maintained that the appeal was incompetent, stressing that it was filed outside the 14 days period provided by the law.
Tinubu absent as Atiku, Peter Obi sign peace pact
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was absent as the presidential candidates of other political parties signed the now-customary peace pact at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.
However, Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was present at the signing on Thursday alongside, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party among others.
Naija News 247 had reported that former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said he does not have firsthand information about the whereabouts of Tinubu while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, on Wednesday night.
It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission on September 21, 2022, released the final list of candidates for national elections, namely presidential, senatorial and federal constituencies, in line with the 2023 elections timetable earlier released in the year.
The list contained 36 presidential candidates and the running mates of 18 political parties. Also, a total of 4,223 candidates will battle for 469 legislative positions (senatorial and federal constituencies) at the federal level.
Court sacks Ahmed Lawan as APC senatorial candidate
Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu has ruled that Bashir Shariff Machina is the duly elected candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Fadimatu Murtala, ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) to submit the name of Machina to INEC.
This is as she affirmed the 28th May 2022 primary election conducted by the party which Machina won.
In a judgement delivered today in Damaturu, Murtala also annulled the parallel primary election of 9th June 2022 that produced President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.
Counsel to the second dependant Kolawale Balogun told newsmen that his client would be appropriately advised on the next move.
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