The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, January 24, are focused on the claim by the APC that the opposition party, PDP allegedly spent N388m to lobby in the USA for Atiku Abubakar's visit.
Nigerian newspaper, The Nation, reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is spending about $1,080,000 (about N388million) on its ongoing lobbying in the United States.
The party is also polishing its image in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, but the budget remains unknown.
The U.S. lobbying is believed to have paved the way for the recent visit of the party’s presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar, to Washington DC for talks with some congressmen and groups.
Another Nigerian newspaper, This Day, reports that the Supreme Court is to finally resolve the Rivers state All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries logjam tomorrow as it delivers its judgement on an appeal brought before it by parties in the protracted conflict.
The judgement, which had been reserved indefinitely on Monday, apparently because of the impending arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for alleged non-declaration of assets, would be delivered against the background, of what legal analysts described as concealed intimidation of the judiciary by the APC-led federal government.
The Punch reports that the House of Representatives, during the second reading of the 2019 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday, detected some miscalculations in the budget.
The House therefore directed ministries of finance and budget to reconcile the figures latest by Thursday, January 24.
At the opening of the plenary, the majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, led the debate on the appropriation bill, urging the lawmakers to consider the benefits of the budget.
The Guardian reports that President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday took his reelection campaign to Sokoto state where he promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians.
“I will not allow anybody to steal. Any corrupt person will be prosecuted. The federal government is trying its best in all ramifications,” the president told supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that attended his campaign rally at the Gingiya Stadium, Sokoto.
Buhari recalled that when he was in Sokoto in 2015 for the campaign for his first term in office, he promised to transform the economy, boost security and fight corruption headlong.According to him, modest achievements have been recorded in the three areas as the economy of the nation has now been put on a sound footing, while the anti-corruption fight is on top gear.
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Vanguard reports that workers, through their unions expressed anger yesterday at the N27,000 minimum wage recommendation of the National Council of State, as the federal government transmitted the executive bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly.
The National Council of State, comprising past presidents, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Senate president and governors had in a meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, approved a new minimum wage of N30,000 for federal workers and N27,000 for states as well as the private sector and mandated the President to forward executive bill to the National Assembly.
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