The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, September 6, are focused on the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governors insist on indirect primaries which is against party's decision.
The Punch reports that the opposition groups including the Peoples Democratic Party, Coalition for Nigeria Movement and the Social Democratic Party have lashed out at the All Progressives Congress over the high cost of its nomination forms.
The APC had on Tuesday stated that a presidential aspirant would pay N45m for its expression of interest and nominations forms; a governorship aspirant would pay N22.5m; a senatorial aspirant, N7m; House of Representatives, N3.85m; and state assemblies, N850,000.
This Day reports that contrary to the provision of Electoral Act 2010 as amended, which pegs individual and group contributions to election expenses of a candidate to N1million, a group, yesterday, bought the APC presidential nomination forms for President Muhammadu Buhari for a hefty N45 million.
The group, Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network, led by its national coordinator, Sanusi Musa, presented a symbolic cheque for the huge sum to the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja and picked up the forms on behalf of the president.
The Guardian reports that one after the other, state chapters of the APC yesterday announced their decision not to comply with the directive of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
The NEC, last week, had declared: “We wish to make the following clarifications on resolutions on mode of primary election. Primary elections into all elective offices shall be by direct primaries. NEC resolved to adopt direct primaries for the nomination of the presidential candidate and all other primaries.”
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The Nation reports that more state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have joined Lagos to adopt the direct primary option to pick their candidates for next year’s elections.
Kano and Niger states yesterday voted for the option in which all card-carrying members of the party will pick candidates for elective offices.
The primaries are scheduled for between September 20 when the presidential primary will hold and October 2, when the House of Assembly candidates will be picked.
Vanguard reports that a coalition of Niger Delta militants said yesterday they were returning to the creeks to disrupt oil production in the Niger Delta, following last Tuesday’s raid on the Abuja house of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, by policemen over alleged illegal possession of arms and ammunition.
The group also raised an alarm over assassination plots against some Nigerians, especially those canvassing restructuring of the country.
The militants’ declaration came on a day police authorities paraded the informant, who gave the false information that led to the raid.
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