The newspaper review for Monday, September 10, mainly focuses on the accusations and counter accusations between the PDP and the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are sparring over claims that the ruling party planted fake presidential aspirants in the opposition.
Governor Nyesom Wike has in interview with an online news medium alleged that some of those jostling for the PDP presidential ticket were being sponsored by the APC and the presidency.
But the APC in response to the allegation, advised the PDP to leave it out of the challenges of choosing a presidential candidate from its deluge of aspirants.
The national publicity secretary of the ruling party, Yekini Nabena, told The Nation that it will never descend to the level of planting aspirants in any party.
In other news, there are indications that many state chapters of the APC are facing disagreements over the scramble for the governorship tickets in the 2019 elections.
The Punch, citing an investigation, stated that the disagreements in the state chapters of the party was being fueled by the choice of direct and indirect primaries in many states.
The newspaper noted that the APC in states such as Ogun, Delta, Enugu and Imo, are still battling with crises relating to its governorship tickets.
Meanwhile, the presidency has asked the National Assembly resume plenary to reconsider the electoral act (amendment) bill 2018 which was vetoed for the third time last month by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This Day reports that due to the criticism that greeted the veto of the bill, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, appealed to the National Assembly to reconvene and reconsider the bill in line with the president’s observations.
The presidential spokesperson rejected the allegations that Buhari deliberately withheld his assent because he was uncomfortable with the incorporation of card readers and electronic voting in the bill.
“The card reader is not in danger of being discarded. It is a sine qua non for credible elections. We appeal to the National Assembly to reconvene as soon as possible to consider and approve the necessary corrections to the amended electoral act,” he said.
Still on politics, the APC has accused presidential aspirants in the opposition of playing to the gallery on the issue of restructuring.
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Vanguard reports that the ruling party in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Sunday, September 9, questioned why ex-vice president, Atiku Abubakar, did not champion restructuring of the country for the eight years he held sway as vice president.
The APC said the federal government was considering practical approaches to implementing the report of the committee on true federalism set up by the party under the chairmanship of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.
“With emphasis on practicability, constitutionality and reality, we are confident that true federalism or restructuring, as some will like to call it, will be better achieved under the President Buhari-led APC administration,” the party said.
To business news, The Guardian reports that the prospects for the aviation sector are looking bright as with erstwhile struggling airlines now acquiring state-of-the-art airplanes to replace leased equipment
The newspaper citing stakeholders, noted that the development has positive effects the capacity of airlines to compete on both regional and international routes, better options for the travelling public and more revenue for operators, regulators and the economy at large.
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