The major headlines in mainstream newspapers today, Friday, June 7 are focused on the squabble between the Emir of Kano and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, the criticism of the federal government for the suspension of AIT/Raypower’s broadcasting license and new developments in the race for the Senate presidency in the 9th National Assembly.
Kicking off the review, The Guardian reports that the standoff between Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano is rising to a disturbing crescendo.
Ganduje, on Thursday, June 6 queried the monarch, and gave him 24 hours to respond to allegations of misappropriation. The latest action followed the June 5, 2019 restriction of Sanusi’s Sallah activities to the palace.
The publication reports that the 105-year-old Hauwa Nassarawa, the emir’s annual line of activities that include traditional homage to Government House, royal sight-seeing around Kano metropolis and other important places before returning to his palace, were brought to a sudden halt by Ganduje’s restriction order.
According to sources close to both parties, Ganduje’s decision to call off the emir’s graceful outing and its colorful ceremonies was as a result of the political disagreement between both men in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
On to The Punch, and the publication reports that the National Broadcasting Commission on Thursday announced the suspension of the licences of the African Independent Television and Ray Power FM belonging to the Daar Communications Limited.
The development was made public by the director general of the NBC, Dr Modibbo Kawu, at a press briefing in Abuja.
Kawu said the shutdown of the media houses was until further notice.
According to the DG, the infractions committed by the media houses included their inability to pay their licence renewal fees and the airing of a presidential election documentary while the matter was still before a tribunal, among others.
On its part, ThisDay reports that the coast became clearer for the All Progressives Congress' (APC) official candidate for the Senate presidency in the ninth Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday as one of the main contenders, Senator Danjuma Goje, bowed out of the race.
Goje’s decision to withdraw came following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The senator explained to State House correspondents that he was standing down out of respect for the president and the party that had proclaimed Lawan as its candidate for the Senate presidency.
However, all is not clear for Lawan, as the other contender, Senator Ali Ndume, quickly reacted to the development and said, in a statement, that he remained in the race.
Mirroring the previous publication and rounding off the review, The Nation reports that the coast seems clear for Senator Ahmed Lawan to emerge as the next Senate president, following the withdrawal of Senator Danjuma Goje from the race.
According to the publication, five senators-elect from the APC are jostling for the position of deputy Senate president.
They are: Senators Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta); Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia); Francis Alimikhena (Edo); Ajayi Borrofice (Ondo); and Kabiru Gaya (Kano).
Some APC senators are afraid of likely cracks in the party’s caucus if the contest is not well managed, though the odds are said to have favoured Omo-Agege on Thursday night.
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