The newspaper review for Tuesday, September 4, leads with the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) faulting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s stand on restructuring, among other stories.
The Punch reports that the schedule of activities and the possible review of the cost of nomination fees are said to be top on the agenda as a meeting of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which started on Monday, enters a second day today (Tuesday).
It was gathered that the NWC, which started its meeting on some of these contentious issues on Monday, adjourned to reconvene after deliberating for close to four hours. Monday’s meeting was chaired by the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
It was gathered that the meeting was adjourned to enable some members of the NWC to attend a meeting of the committee for the Osun State governorship election scheduled to hold at the Kano State Governors’ Lodge, at 8 pm.
Vanguard reports that the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has faulted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s stand on restructuring, saying restructuring remains fundamental to the problems of Nigeria for obvious reasons.
It, however, hailed the vice president for being a good ambassador of the Yoruba and loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The secretary-general of YCE, Kunle Olajide, said: “The Yoruba are very proud of Mr. Vice President (Osinbajo). He has performed most creditably in office. His absolute loyalty to his boss is commendable. Moreover, on the few occasions he acted as President, his leadership has been most inspiring.”
The Nation reports that eleven people were killed in Lopandet Dwei, Jos South local government of Plateau state, following gunmen attack on Sunday.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen stormed the community, about 8.30pm, and opened fire on the people before driving off.
A statement yesterday by police spokesman, Tyopev Matthias Terna, readd: “On September 2, about 20.30hrs, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos, received a distress call that gunmen attacked Lopandet Dwei, Du, in Jos South local government area.
“We immediately mobilised to the scene and on arrival, we discovered that some people were shot. The victims were immediately rushed to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and Plateau Specialist Hospital.
“Eleven persons have been confirmed dead by doctors from both hospitals while 12 others, who sustained injuries, are still receiving treatment."
The Guardian reports that despite the danger the illegal sale of pre-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards portends to the nation’s security, the practice has continued. It was learnt that virtually all the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are involved in the illegality.
Agents clad in the aprons of the service providers have been spotted in the Lagos areas of Island, Ikeja, Airport Road, Ikotun, Ojuelegba, Yaba and Oshodi, and in Mararaba Nyanyan, Berger and Wuse in Abuja.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) views the sale or use of pre-registered SIM cards as an offence attracting a fine or jail term or both. An indicted telecom company risks a N200,000 fine for every pre-registered card.
Investigations showed that competition among the operators is a major factor fuelling the menace. But also, some Nigerians, ignorant of the dangers they are courting, prefer to simply buy pre-registered cards, rather than spend a few minutes inputting their details into a computer.
This Day reports that with few weeks to the commencement of the primaries to elect candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for 2019 general election, critical stakeholders in the Kano state branch of the party have expressed thoughtful concerns over the recent dissolution of the state party’s structures by Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
Some of the party’s state leaders, who pleaded anonymity, said Kano state is too strategic for the party in the coming elections, and advised the national leadership of the party to do everything within the shortest possible time to resolve the brewing crisis.
In a statement issued by the national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP announced the dissolution of the state party’s structures and promised to constitute interim organs to run the party’s affairs in the state.
However, those who spoke with This Day said the crisis in Kano state PDP was a product of "poor management" of dissatisfying issues, which cropped up as a result of the recent defection of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and his huge followers from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to PDP that expectedly, created disagreement between him and the former governor of Kano state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau.
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