The major headlines from mainstream newspapers today, Friday, January 11, are focused on President Buhari's boast of winning the forthcoming presidential election, during the APC's inaugural presidential campaign council meeting; the absence of APC governors at the party's presidential campaign council meeting; Ohanaeze Ndigbo's stance concerning Atiku Abubakar's presidential ambition; ASUU's insistence that it will continue it's ongoing strike and alleged plans by the presidency to remove Ibrahim Magu as EFCC boss.
This Day reports that ahead of the presidential election, campaign plans have been set out by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which will see President Muhammadu Buhari visiting all the 36 states of the federation with a grand finale rally in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The publication reports that sources from the presidency who attended the inaugural meeting of the party’s presidential campaign council presided over by the president, which held at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, January 10, disclosed that the party has scheduled its national campaigns to last for 18 days, starting from January 12.
A source reportedly stated: “The next stage of presidential campaign has been scheduled to begin next Saturday, January 12 in Bauchi. The plan is for the president to campaign in all the 36 states, though some states will be paired so as to conclude the tour in 18 days."
At the meeting, President Buhari reportedly assured participants that he was sure of victory at the February 16 poll.
Still focusing on the APC's inaugural presidential campaign council meeting, The Guardian reports that state governors belonging to the ruling party were conspicuously absent at the event.
The governors are expected to function as state coordinators and council members. President Buhari had previously announced that the APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would head his campaign.
The party, however, slammed insinuations that the governors’ absence was a mark of disaffection.
APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement, said: “The agenda for the meeting had to do with drawing the timetable and deciding on the messaging. It didn’t require everyone in the council to be present. Meanwhile, this is not the inaugural meeting. After the inauguration on Monday, there have been not less than three meetings of the council.”
Honing in on the forthcoming presidential election, The Nation is reporting that former vice president Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition has caused a major disagreement among Igbo leaders.
The publication notes that some Igbo leaders met on November 14, 2018, to “adopt” Atiku, who is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has distanced itself from the alleged endorsement of Atiku for the February 16 election.
The one-day summit on November 14, 2018, which took place in Enugu, had endorsed Atiku because of what it called his disposition to restructuring the country if voted into office.
On to a different subject, Punch is reporting that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU) has announced that it won't call off its ongoing strike action until the federal government fully implements all the offers it made to the union after their last meeting.
The disclosure was made by the national president of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, on Thursday, January 10.
Ogunyemi said the union was tired of the government's antics of making unfulfilled promises, insisting that the strike would be called off after they got tangible evidence and concrete actions that the offers made to them had been implemented.
He said: “Our members said they want to see evidence of satisfactory implementation of all they have proposed before the strike can be called off.”
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Rounding things off, Vanguard reports that indications emerged on Thursday, January 10, that the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, may lose his position unless President Muhammadu Buhari changes his mind.
According to the publication, the presidency has vetted two top police chiefs as replacement for the EFCC boss who may be asked to pursue further studies in order to advance his career in the Nigeria Police Force where he is already a commissioner.
The publication says a very reliable source confirmed that Magu, who had defied all odds to cling to his job, despite being denied confirmation by the Senate, is likely to be given a dignified exit out of the job by the presidency, so as not to be seen as having been ‘used and dumped’ by the Buhari administration.
Magu is said to no longer enjoy the support of most influential figures in the presidency, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
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