Topics making headlines for some major newspapers for Saturday, 29th December, 2018
1. Nigeria’s first executive president, Shehu Shagari is dead
Nigeria’s First Executive President, Shehu Shagari Is dead, a tweet by Bello Shagari, his grandson, confirmed this.
He died at the age of 93 at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday.
2. Buhari flags off presidential campaign in Uyo
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday, 28th October, 2018, flagged off his presidential re-election bid at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
He was presented the APC party flag at the event which had several politicians and followers in attendance.
3. Police invade Dino Melaye’s house in Abuja
Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force on Friday, invaded the Abuja residence of the senator representing Kogi West in the upper house of the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.
Police operatives stormed the Abuja residence of the senator located at 11 Sangha street, off Mississippi, Maitama, at some minutes after 12pm.
4. Nigerian army introduces operation python dance nationwide
The Nigerian Army has announced plans to commence Exercise Egwu Eke 111, otherwise known as Python Dance, in all parts of the country to curb security challenges during the 2019 general elections.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, stated on Friday that the exercise would run from January 1, 2019 and last till February 28, 2019.
5. APC announce members of presidential campaign council
Ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has released the names of members of its Presidential Campaign Council.
According to the post, Governors are to serve as State Coordinators in their respective states while gubernatorial candidates in non- APC States will serve as State Coordinators in their respective states.
6. PDP accuses APC of renting political crowd with N478bn
The PDP Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has accused the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of secretly drawing over N478 million from the coffers of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
It said the fund was used to rent a crowd and offset bills in President Muhammadu Buhari’s expensive re-election campaign rally in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
7. Lai Mohammed says Kwarans are tired of Saraki’s political leadership
Minister of information, Alh. Lai Mohammed has noted that what was happening in Kwara state is a revolution against bad governance and imposition by the Saraki-led political leadership of the state.
The minister expressed the confidence that come 2019, the APC would certainly win in Kwara and end the many years of Saraki’s political hegemony.
8. NASS workers refuse to resume from Christmas break
Perhaps still in the mood of Christmas, many staff of the National Assembly failed to resume on Friday despite the expiration of the 2-day break given by the federal government.
Only few staff and security men yesterday, resumed to their work place at the National Assembly premises from morning to afternoon as observed.
9. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq remains APC governorship candidate in Kwara state
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara that Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is the authentic governorship candidate of the party in the state.
The minister, who is the leader of APC in Kwara, gave the assurance on Friday in Ilorin after a meeting with the state’s Party Executive Council led by Alhaji Bashir Bolarinwa.
10. Late Shehu Shagari to be buried today
The family of the former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died on Friday has released details of his final burial.
According to Nuradeen Mahe, his grandson, Shagari will be buried on Saturday, 29th Dec., in his hometown, Sokoto.