The major headlines for mainstream newspapers today, Friday, May 11, are focused on former governor Adams Oshiomole’s campaign to become the next national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the adoption of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) by Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) ahead of the 2019 elections, and the bid by governors to receive more cash to fund agriculture.
To kick things off, This Day is reporting that Comrade Adams Oshiomole, former governor of Edo state and aspirant for the post of national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that if elected, he would rebrand and reposition the party.
He made the comment when he offered himself for election to the post, on Thursday, May 10.
The publication also reports that in an apparent effort to discountenance suggestions that his candidacy enjoys the support of the presidency and several leaders and governors of the APC, Oshiomole insisted that he was not capable of being used by anyone.
He added that if elected as APC national chairman, he would operate an all-inclusive administration.
Away from APC national chairmanship news, Vanguard reports that ahead of the 2019 elections, the Coalition for Nigerian Movement (CNM), the political pressure group founded by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, announced that it is fusing into the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The pronouncement was made at a world press conference in Abuja on Thursday, May 10, by a co-convener of CNM, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
According to Oyinlola, with the pronouncement, the CNM has ceased to exist, having formally collapsed into the political party. The group took the step in a bid to form a formidable force to wrestle power from the APC in 2019.
The Guardian is also reporting that in a bid to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement has adopted the African Democratic Congress as its political platform.
The publication notes that the former president had launched the CNM on January 23, with a scathing criticism of the current administration’s performance.
At a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Thursday, May 11, OBJ said in part: “The leadership of the movement, after detailed consultations, bearing in mind the orientation, policies and direction of the movement, agreed to adopt ADC.
“In line with my clear position, which I have often repeated, the first phase of my job is done. I will not be a member of the party but pledge to keep alive and active on Nigerian and African issues and interests, and offer advice to any individual for the unity and development of the country."
Still on the matter, The Punch is also focused on the adoption of the ADC by Obasanjo’s CNM; and the reaction of the former president to the development.
According to the publication, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is “reveling in an unrepentant misgoverning of Nigeria,” and taking Nigerians for fools.
Obasanjo chided the APC, stating that since the party came into power, Nigeria is more impoverished, with foreign loan jumping from $3.6 billion to over $18 billion; and that citizens are poorer today than when the ruling party took over.
He said the ADC would sanitise the system and would accept youths, women and others; and that its emergence was the beginning of hard work to continue to consolidate the nation’s democracy and “to make development in all its ramifications real, relevant, accessible, popular and reaching out to all Nigerians wherever they may be.”
On its part however, The Nation is reporting that on Thursday, May 10, governors sought more funding for agriculture.
At the publication’s First Summit on Food and Agriculture, which was organised in Abuja, the Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu said Nigeria has not been pumping sufficient cash into agriculture.
The paper adds that Prof Adebiyi Daramola, former vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), who also attended the summit, advocated ranching as the panacea to incessant herdsmen/farmers’ clashes.
Daramola opined that ranching is more profitable and leads to the production of healthier livestock.
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