The newspaper review for Tuesday, September 18, focuses PDP's search for a presidential candidate that will beat Buhari at the polls, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) daring the federal government to produce facts proving its appointments are not lopsided, among other stories.
The Punch reports that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, has barred judges of the court from granting ex parte orders in political cases.
He also said on Monday that he had given a deadline of October ending to judges to conclude political cases with likely effect on candidates in the forthcoming elections in the country.
Justice Abdu-Kafarati said these during the occasion of the special court session to mark the commencement of the Federal High Court’s new 2018/2019 legal year.
The Chief Judge noted that his directives on political cases were part of the measures put in place to forestall any hiccup and the blame on the court by “political gladiators.”
Prohibiting judges from granting ex parte orders which are made without the knowledge or hearing of the other parties involved in a case, Justice Abdu-Kafarati said controversies that often surrounded political cases could be reduced if a court took a decision after hearing all the parties to the case.
Vanguard reports that the emergence of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his predecessor, Senator David Mark, in the Peoples Democratic Party, presidential primaries contest has reshaped the permutations on the ticket as their separate bids cause divisions in their strongholds in the National Assembly and North-Central geopolitical zone.
The campaign of the third aspirant from the North-Central, Senator Jonah Jang, who is also a serving senator, has, however, failed to pick momentum.
Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso from Kano state is the fourth member of the National Assembly involved in the PDP presidential contest, but he is from the North West geopolitical zone.
The presidential aspirants in the race include former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; Senate president, Bukola Saraki; his predecessor, Senator David Mark; Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state; Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido; the immediate past chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and former minister of special duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki.
The emergence of senators Saraki and Mark in the race has revolutionised the contest in the sense that it has split both the North Central and the National Assembly which both men consider as their strongholds.
The Nation reports that Lawmakers yesterday took steps to repackage the controversial Electoral Act Amendment Bill President Muhammadu Buhari rejected.
Members of Senate and House of Representatives committees on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held a closed session to reconsider contentious clauses of the rejected bill.
If the bill is passed by the two chambers, it will be the fourth time the National Assembly has considered and passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
President Buhari vetoed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 earlier this month, citing drafting issues, which he said were likely to affect the interpretation and application of the Principal Act.
In separate memos to Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the president said that some of the provisions of the Bill would adversely affect the operations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) if allowed to pass.
This Day reports that the newly appointed supervising minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, Monday revealed that Nigeria was facing serious revenue challenges. She, however, promised that the ministry would do everything possible to shore up the revenue base of the country.
Ahmed was directed to oversee the Ministry of Finance by President Muhammadu Buhari after the resignation of former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Friday.
While officially resuming for duties at the Ministry of Finance, she promised to work diligently to ensure that the country attains greater economic stability.
The Guardian reports that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday dared the federal government to produce facts proving its appointments are not lopsided.
“We are disappointed and shocked that despite appeals to the president to break the domination of the security apparatus by people of the same religion and language in a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, Buhari has turned a deaf ear,” CAN said, regretting that his recent appointments neither featured a Christian nor a southerner.
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Buhari had picked Yusuf Magaji Bichi, a Muslim from Kano state, to replace Matthew Seiyefa as head of the Department of State Services (DSS); Hajiya Zainab Ahmed as supervising finance minister, following the resignation of Kemi Adeosun; and Abbas Umar Masanawa, named the managing director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company.
The umbrella body described the “lopsided appointments” as a “hallmark” of the federal government in key ministries like interior, defence, education and information and challenged the federal ministry of information and the presidency to contradict this fact with evidence by publishing the names of all heads of parastatals and agencies including their states of origin and religion.
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