The newspaper review for Tuesday, September 11, leads with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum passing a vote of no confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), questioning its readiness to conduct credible elections in 2019, among other stories.
The Punch reports that the senator representing Benue Northwest senatorial district, George Akume, and Governor Samuel Ortom took on each other on Monday in a war of words.
Akume had at the All Progressives Congress (APC) expanded caucus meeting held at Castle Event Centre, Makurdi on Sunday described Ortom as a non-performer, alleging that the governor was parading a fake doctoral degree.
Akume, who accused the governor of running the Social Investment Programme like his family entity, argued that he needed to be voted out of power next year.
Apparently reacting to the views expressed by Ortom in an interview, Akume said: “Ortom said he has PhD from the Commonwealth University of Berlin, but there is nothing like Commonwealth University.
At least, I’m a graduate of the University of Ibadan, where I bagged my first and second degrees. I am also a fellow of the Institute of Management and I have honourary PhD from the University of Jos."
Vanguard reports that the battle for tickets in the All Progressives Congress (APC) worsened, yesterday, as different tendencies in the party across the country took battle positions ahead of the party’s primaries holding later this month.
The war cries were especially raised in Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Cross River, Delta and Yobe States.
Despite the political tension that enveloped Lagos state in recent days, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, picked his nomination form for re-election apparently signalling an end to the doubts about his second term.
His re-election bid had kept political stakeholders on edge as it was alleged that national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had raised the flag against his bid.
The Guardian reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum yesterday passed a vote of no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), questioning its readiness to conduct credible elections in 2019.
The forum also condemned the federal government’s alleged use of security operatives for political ends and the refusal by President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill.
“INEC needs to reinvent itself as a truly independent umpire of the electoral process in the country. For now, we have no confidence in INEC. The commission has conducted itself as a tool of the APC-led Federal Government, especially with the roles of the chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, and a national commissioner, Mrs. Amina Zakari,” the forum said in a statement by its chairman, Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The governors denounced “in strong terms the politicisation of security agencies by the federal government. We observe that security agencies have become organs and tools of the APC-led Federal Government to harass and intimidate the opposition and dissenting voices.
”They decried the use of security agencies for the alleged perpetration of electoral fraud in Ekiti, Osun and Rivers state and urged personnel to be non-partisan in the performance of their duties."
The Nation reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured a warrant to arrest four top officials of the Rivers state government in connection with N117 billion suspicious transactions.
The cash was allegedly withdrawn over the counter in the last three years.
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The officials, including the director of finance and accounts at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Fubara Similari and the cashier, may be declared wanted if the move to arrest them fails, it was learnt yesterday.
There were indications last night that the officials had gone underground following the decision of the state government not to hand them over to the EFCC.
After obtaining a court’s green light to arrest the four key suspects implicated in the cash withdrawals, the EFCC has its detectives on standby to arrest them.
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