TOP 10 NEWS IN NIGERIA TODAY, WEDNESDAY
1. Presidency Speaks On Buhari Extending His Tenure For Six Months After Expiration
The Presidency has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has no intention to extend his tenure beyond the date allowed by the Nigerian constitution.
This was made known in a statement on Tuesday night by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Recall that Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) had stated that Buhari can and should extend his tenure for another six months after his tenure expires on 29, May 2023, to tackle insecurity rocking the nation.
Reacting, Shehu said: “We wish to categorically restate that the President will step down on May 29th, 2023, after serving two terms – as per the constitution.
2. Insecurity Has Worsened Since My Arrest, Detention – Kyari
The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has said the insecurity in the country has worsened since his arrest and continued detention.
The former commander of the Intelligence and Response Team (IRT) says his incarceration had emboldened bandits, terrorists and kidnappers ravaging the country.
He recalled the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train on March 28, the invasion and attack of the Kaduna airport, as well as rampant kidnap of innocent Nigerians on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
In a document submitted through his lawyer, Nureini Jimoh, on Tuesday, Kyari prayed to the Federal High Court in Abuja to review his bail application initially rejected in order to help solve the security challenges.
3. APC Extends Sale Of Forms
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended its sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the 2023 general elections.
The party on Tuesday evening announced that the deadline for the purchase of the forms for various political offices will close on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
For aspirants who have already purchased the forms, they have until Friday may 13 to submit them while the party prepare for its primary elections.
APC had earlier announced that the sale of forms will close on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
The party, however, in a notification on Tuesday said the dates are in line with the ruling party’s adjusted timetable following the encroachment of two work-free days in the course of executing its timetable for the 2023 general elections.
4. Jonathan Jets Out Of Nigeria Amidst Controversy Over Presidential Ambition
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday travelled out of Nigeria for Dakar to participate in a sub-regional dialogue on sustaining democratic principles in West Africa.
The spokesman of the former President, Ikechukwu Eze disclosed this in a statement released on Tuesday.
Eze disclosed that the event was organised by the West African Elders Forum.
Jonathan’s trip is coming amidst controversy surrounding his alleged presidential ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
5. Court Gives Fresh Order In Suit Seeking To Stop PDP’s Presidential Primary
The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered an accelerated hearing into a suit seeking to stop the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election.
Justice Donatus Okorowo gave the order on Tuesday evening in Abuja.
He also the main opposition party, it’s National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu; National Secretary Senator Samuel Anyanwu, four days to file their responses to the suit against them.
The judge gave the direct while ruling on an application for abridgment of time argued by a Paul Erokoro (SAN) on behalf of plaintiff in the suit, Cosmos Ndukwe.
Justice Okorowo also fixed May 18 for adoption of final addresses in the matter immediately after which a judgment date would be fixed.
He stated that it would be in the interest of justice for the suit of the plaintiff to be fully determined before the May 28 date of the primary election.
6. Senate Amends 2022 Electoral Act
The 9th Senate led by Dr. Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday amended the Electoral Act 2022 to allow statutory delegates to participate in political parties’ congresses and conventions.
The Electoral Act which was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2022, prevents statutory delegates from taking part in party primaries.
Statutory delegates include councillors, local government chairmen and their vice, political party chairmen in all the 774 LGAs, state and federal lawmakers, governors and their deputies, president and vice president, political parties’ National Working Committee members, state party chairmen and secretaries.
The decision to amend that part was reached on Tuesday by the lawmakers after the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege sponsored the move.
The change in the electoral act would allow statutory delegates, in addition to the delegates elected by various political parties, to vote during congresses and conventions to elect candidates for various political offices.
7. 2023: Major Blow For Political Parties As INEC Rejects Move To Adjust Election Timetable
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected moves by political parties in the country for the 2023 election timetable to be adjusted.
On Tuesday, the political parties speaking under the auspices of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) called on INEC to extend the deadline for the conduct of party primaries to August 4, 2022.
This is against the earlier date of June 3 announced by the electoral umpire in its timetable previously released for the 2023 general election in Nigeria.
The parties made the request during their second quarterly meeting with INEC, arguing that their request does not negate the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.
The request was however turned down by INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who maintained that all political parties must produce their candidates latest by June 3 as earlier announced.
8. Identities Of 159 Convicts Who Got Presidential Pardon Revealed
The identities of 159 convicts who got the presidential pardon and are set to be released have been revealed.
The Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative Of Mercy had recommended the names of 162 convicts to the Council of State for pardon.
But the Council approved the release of 159 convicts during its meeting which was held on April 14 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The council then wrote to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to order the release of the prisoners after necessary due process had been met.
9. Violence In South-East Not Targeted At Herdsmen – Miyetti Allah
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says the spate of insecurity in the South-East is not targeted at herdsmen.
The South-East Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, made this known in an interview with reporters in Enugu on Tuesday.
Siddiki made this known while reacting to the burning of a truckload of cattle along Uga-Ezinifite-Igboukwu Road in Anambra on Sunday, May 8.
The MACBAN zonal chairman said though the incident was reprehensible and the perpetrators should be brought to book, the situation need not be allowed to degenerate.
He said the security challenge in the South-East was not an isolated one from the totality of the situation in the country.
10. Polytechnic Lecturers To Commence Nationwide Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced a plan to embark on an industrial strike.
The academic union in a statement obtained by newsmen said the nationwide shut down of Polytechnics will begin May 11, 2022.
ASUP National President, Anderson Umezurike Ezeibe, had hinted about the industrial action in early February this year.
Ezeibe who was addressing members of the union at Hussain Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure, said the union had called off its strike on June 10th 2021 based on agreements it reached with the Federal Government.
In a report, however, emerging on Tuesday (today), ASUP declared it will commence another nationwide strike action in protest against the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action reached with the Federal Government in May 2021.
The Zonal Coordinator of Zone D, which comprises of South-South and South-East states, Precious Nwakodo, disclosed this at a press briefing held in Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, on Monday.