The major headlines in mainstream newspapers today, Friday, September 13 are based on the response of the federal government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory over Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, and the impending deactivation of 9.2 million sim cards.
Kicking off our review, Punch reports that the All Progressives Congress and the federal government on Thursday, September 12 derided the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
The tribunal had on Wednesday, September 11 dismissed the petition filed by Atiku and the PDP challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC at the February 23, 2019 presidential election.
The PDP and Atiku had said that they would challenge the judgment, which they described as subversion of justice, at the Supreme Court.
But on Thursday, the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, boasted that the PDP would always lose to the ruling party, even if it took its petition to the World Court.
Moving on to The Nation, and the publication reports that the dust generated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Wednesday victory at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is yet to settle.
The paper notes that the PDP, which lost along with its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said “the victory will be short-lived” because the Supreme Court would quash it.
But, APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the federal government said the PDP’s appeal will be an exercise in futility. According to the Oshiomhole, defeat awaits the PDP at the apex court.
Also, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the PDP and Atiku should be prosecuted for presenting “fraudulent evidence” before the tribunal.
Speaking on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, he said the PDP and its candidate should apologise to Nigerians instead of appealing the verdict. The minister recommended the PDP and its candidate for prosecution.
Still on the issue, ThisDay reports that the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday taunted the PDP and its presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for losing their bid to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the election.
The duo urged them to apologise to Nigerians for challenging the president’s declaration as the winner of the election, adding that Buhari will win the former vice president even at the World Court or the Supreme Court.
But the PDP, which has signified its intention to appeal the judgment of the tribunal which rejected its petition to nullify Buhari’s election at the Supreme Court, fired back, saying their triumphalism would be transient.
Mohammed called on Atiku and the PDP to apologise for deliberately distracting the Buhari administration with what he described as a frivolous election petition.
Rounding off the review, The Guardian reports that about 9.2 million telephone lines discovered to have been improperly registered are going to be deactivated by service providers in the country.
The minister of communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on Thursday in Abuja, ordered the telecommunications operators (MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9Mobile) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that the Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards are removed from the country’s telecommunications radar until the owners present themselves for proper documentation.
An industry source told the publication that Pantami gave the directive while hosting the executive councils of both the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), who paid a congratulatory visit to him in his office.
According to the source who was reportedly privy to the meeting, SIMs that were improperly registered will be deactivated.
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