The newspaper review for Tuesday, October 9, leads with the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, searching for his running mate as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deadline for the submission of names of parties’ candidate expires on Monday, among other stories.
Vanguard reports that seventy-five days after, members of the National Assembly will resume today from their annual recess.
In the Senate, the session may be stormy on account of plots to remove Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, just as members of both parties traded words over the issue yesterday.
While the PDP warned their APC colleagues not to beat the drums of war, some APC senators vowed that the Senate president will be removed at the slightest opportunity.
There are also the issues of approval of funds for the Independent National Electoral Commission, to conduct the 2019 elections; amendments to the electoral bill; state and community police among other burning and controversial issues to be tackled.
Both chambers of the National Assembly went on recess on Tuesday, July 25, instead of Thursday July 27, on a controversial note, after what was considered a botched attempt to remove Saraki and Ekweremadu.
The Nation reports that All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday listed the search for water as one of the major causes of the clashes between farmers and herders.
Tinubu noted that water, or more accurately the lack of it, is at the heart of consistent conflicts between farmers and herders in parts of the country. He suggested both short and long term solutions to the lingering crisis that has left many dead and others displaced.
Also yesterday, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said that because the nomadic Fulani have not been integrated into the country, they had been moving in search of land where they will be regarded and treated as other Nigerians.
This Day reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has begun earnest search for his running mate as the INEC deadline for the submission of names of parties’ candidate expires on Monday.
By the 1999 Constitution as amended and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, no candidature is complete without a running mate.
This Day sources close to the Atiku camp said at least three technocrats and two politicians have been penciled down for the position.
The technocrats are, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo; former minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina; and former managing director of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Chike Obi.
The politicians being considered for the number two position are, former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, and the deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The Guardian reports that the question of who becomes the running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) standard-bearer, Atiku Abubakar, has thrown the Igbo nation into a dilemma.
While some political stakeholders in the southeast are angling for the position, saying it would bolster their demand for restructuring, others disagreed. But even while the debate rages, some prominent PDP members from the region have reportedly begun underground moves to clinch the seat.
Sources said the jostling assumed feverish pitch before the party’s national convention with the appointment of business mogul, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, as the director of Atiku’s campaign council. Posters emerged yesterday purporting to show the party’s former national chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, as Atiku’s running mate.
Nwodo, however, denied eyeing such an ambition. “Nwodo has not seen those campaign posters. I have not also discussed with anybody about aspiring to become vice presidential candidate to Alhaji Atiku,” he said.
Other names from the region trending in the rumour mill are former Senate presidents Adolphus Wabara (Abia state) and Anyim Pius Anyim (Ebonyi state), former Anambra state governor Peter Obi and Senator Ben Obi.
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