Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning (NEWS)
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, on Wednesday officially declared his presidential ambition. The Senator is among aspirants seeking the Peoples Democratic Party’s ticket. His declaration which was held at Chida Hotel in Abuja attracted thousands of Kwankwasiya supporters and party members. The ex-Minister of Defence expressed readiness to give Nigerians the change the current government has failed to provide despite repeated assurances.
2. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Wednesday had a private meeting with former President, Goodluck Jonathan. In the meeting which held in Abuja, Jonathan was reported to have praised the Senate President for the way he runs the affairs of the National Assembly.
3. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, UK, Theresa May, Wednesday arrived Nigeria.
May landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and proceeded to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa where two agreements were signed between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
4. The Presidential Campaign Organisation of Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo has refuted speculations that the presidential aspirant on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was set to defect to another party. The Director-General of the campaign organisation, Prof. Terhemba Shija, on Wednesday, said the governor will remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) irrespective of the outcome of the party’s primary.
5. Similarly, Alhaji Sule Lamido, a former Governor of Jigawa and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said he will not leave the party even if he loses primaries for the presidential race. Lamido said this in an interview with newsmen at the residence of Gen. Jeremiah Useni, during a solidarity visit in Jos on Wednesday.
6. A former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has said he is not in support of a consensus candidate of presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) increase. Speaking with newsmen yesterday at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja, where he obtained his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the presidential ticket of the party, Bafarawa said the number of presidential aspirants showed the party was waxing stronger.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Prime Minister, Theresa May that the 2019 general election will be free and fair. The President gave the assurance in Abuja on Wednesday, adding that he was committed to conducting free, fair and credible elections. This was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
8. The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday inaugurated the Party’s 63-member National Campaign Council for the September 22 Osun State Governorship Election. The Campaign Council is chaired by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
9. The Government of United Kingdom has announced a new £70 million programme to create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria. This was disclosed by the UK Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin on Wednesday. She spoke during a business event as part of the activities marking the visit of Prime Minister, Theresa May to Nigeria.
10. The sacked Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, has finally spoken on his ordeal over the NASS invasion. Daura was quoted as making three declarations: (i) That he took all actions in national interest through a collective responsibility, including involvement of principal officers of sister agencies; (ii) that he acted on a higher authority which he relied on to deploy agents at the National Assembly; (iii) that the report submitted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Idris Ibrahim was totally incorrect.