The newspaper review for Wednesday, September 5, leads with the police raid on the Abuja house of elder statesman Edwin Clark, war of words between Vice President Osinbajo and former vice president Atiku Abubakar among other stories.
The Nation reports that desperate for a second term, five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors are seeking a secret pact with President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2019 general elections.
Specifically, the deal is for the governors to support Buhari’s re-election in return for the Presidency’s backing in their bid to retain their seats.
The governors, who could not be named for “strategic” reasons, have sent emissaries, including two All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, to the President on their proposal.
One of the governors sent a message to the president in China through an APC governor, The Nation learnt yesterday. Also yesterday, former Kano state governor Ibrahim Shekarau dumped the PDP.
He is due to announce his defection to the APC after consultation with his supporters.
Although one of the five PDP governors initiated the “deal”, the positive signals from the mediating APC governors and some top officials of the presidency motivated four others to join.
The “bleak prospect” of not being re-elected may have accounted for the desperation of the governors, according to sources in the presidency.
Vanguard reports that inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, dispatched a high-powered delegation of top police officers, led by a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) to meet with elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, following earlier search of his Abuja home by the police.
Recall that the house of the former federal commissioner for information was ransacked by some personnel of the Nigerian police allegedly on information provided by an informant that arms were stored in the house.
The police personnel that carried out the raid had said their action was sequel to an order from Mr Idris, who they alleged, ordered the search. But the police boss had in a swift reaction through a statement by the force public relations officer, Jimoh Moshood, denied having hands in it.
The Guardian reports that the debate on the need to restructure the polity gained unusual prominence as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar disagreed strongly on what the concept actually means. Atiku, a presidential aspirant, has always told anyone who cared to listen that he is an apostle of the proposition.
When Osinbajo in a speech therefore said: “The problem with our country is not a matter of restructuring…and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the argument that our problems stem from some geographic restructuring,” Atiku seized the opportunity to lecture him in a publication titled, “Osinbajo Got It Wrong On Restructuring.”
The vice president, a professor of law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was however not in the mood to be tutored on a subject he believed he knew so well and he sought to set the records straight.Stopping short of accusing Atiku of writing an answer even before he had read through the question paper, Osinbajo said: “I really would have expected Alhaji Abubakar to at least get the full text of my comments before his public rebuttal of my views.”
This Day reports that former Senate president, Senator David Mark, has promised to restructure the country if elected president in February 2019.
Mark, who was president of the Senate from 2007 to 2015, said this when he picked his presidential nomination form at the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.
According to him: “Irrespective of our political persuasions, it is incontrovertible that restructuring of the nation is an idea whose time has come,” he said, adding, “A restructured Nigeria will further strengthen our bond of brotherhood and unity more than ever before, because everyone would have a sense of belonging and live in harmony in any part of Nigeria without any fear of molestation and intimidation.”
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