The major headlines in mainstream newspapers today, Friday, November 9, are focused on the crisis within the ruling All Progressives Congress and the alleged plot by certain governors to oust the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; the PDP’s charge to Interpol and the NIA to track down the APC national chairman and the tentative agreement reached by the CBN and MTN concerning the fine imposed on the telecommunications company.
Vanguard reports that four All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have reportedly taken steps to recruit ministers to join in their campaign to oust the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
There are fears, however, that their crusade to project their protégé’s as candidates of the party in various positions for the 2019 elections could come to naught, as Oshiomhole is currently out of the country and as national chairman, Oshiomhole is required to sign off on any substitution of candidates.
The anti-Oshiomhole governors are said to be coming up with new points and evidence against the national chairman, which they would present to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a top party official, the governors have resolved to pay Oshiomhole back in his own coin, as they feel they have been politically humiliated by him; and they have now started recruiting ministers against him.
On its part, The Guardian is reporting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the International Police (INTERPOL) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to immediately track down the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The publication reports that the PDP stated that Oshiomhole’s flight out of the country amid an investigation is suspect and confirms allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari is shielding him from prosecution; fearing the move could implicate certain interests at the presidency and in the APC.
The spokesman of the opposition party, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated: “It is ludicrous that the APC, in its lying proclivities, believes that by dismissing Oshiomhole’s arrest as a rumour and aiding him to momentarily flee the country, it would succeed in getting him off the Department of State Services (DSS) hook and sweeping the matter out of public discourse with its famished broom.
“No! Nigerians are already aware that Oshiomhole has not denied his investigation including his reported confession that the presidency was in the loop of all his actions.”
Rounding things off, This Day is focused on the tentative agreement reached by CBN and MTN concerning the fines imposed on the telecommunications company.
According to the publication, the CBN and telecoms giant have reached a tentative agreement on the $8 billion fines imposed by the apex bank on the Nigerian subsidiary of the company, MTN Nigeria, for violating currency regulations.
Sources disclosed that the MTN group CEO and president, Rob Shuter, met with the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, on Thursday, November 8, to discuss the fines, which the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has said could increase the risks to the country’s financial system.
A source, speaking based on unassailable findings, disclosed that there was an agreement that the CBN would grant MTN Nigeria a substantial reduction in the fines.
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