The mainstream Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday, March 26, revolve around the move of President Muhammadu Buhari and some All Progressives Congress (APC) senators-elect to thwart the alleged forceful takeover of the National Assembly.
The Nation reports that President Muhammadu Buhari hosted a number of All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, senators-elect and governors to a dinner in Aso Rock on Monday, March 25.
It was gathered that the dinner created an avenue for President Buhari and top members of the APC including its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to discuss how to avoid the alleged hijacking of the new National Assembly leadership.
The meeting is also believed to be connected with the zoning and selection of the leadership of the 9th Senate.
This Day reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s governorship candidate in Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, the winner of the gubernatorial poll.
Bala happens to be the first to defeat an incumbent governor in the state. The returning officer, Professor Muhammed Kyari, who declared Bala's victory, said: "PDP candidate polled a total of 515,113 votes, while his closest rival, Governor Muhammed Abubakar of the ruling APC scored 505,625."
On its front page, Punch reports that the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has reacted to the APC's call on the police to investigate and interrogate some leaders of the opposition party over alleged access to the server of INEC.
The allegation was made on Monday, March 25, by the director, strategic communication of the APC's presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo (SAN).
In response to the claim, Secondus said that the PDP will not be intimidated by such. He said: “It is obvious that the President and his party are afraid and are panicking as a result of the petition we filed at the tribunal."
Vanguard reports that the Sokoto division of the Court of Appeal, refused to recognise the APC's primaries that led to the emergence of National and state House of Assembly candidates as well as Muktar Idris, the governor-elect in the state.
The APC is also challenged on the Bauchi governorship poll as a Federal high Court sitting in Abuja overruled its suit to halt the collation of Tafawa Balewa LGA results.
Still on the Zamfara APC issue, The Guardian reports that the Court of Appeal in Sokoto nullified the party’s primaries in the state, meaning that the governorship and House of Assembly seats may remain vacant for a while.
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Delivering the lead judgment on Monday, Justice Yakubu, said: “I hereby set aside the judgment of the lower court, which allowed the party to field candidates in the last general elections. I believe this will serve as a very bitter lesson for political parties to learn. They must abide by the provisions of the electoral act, which provides level playing ground for all aspirants."
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