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Nigerian Newspapers (Monday, 22 April, 2019 Edition)

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the APC

Good Day Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning????. Enjoy!

1.Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has denied claims that he is supporting the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate President and Speaker of House out of ulterior motive.

According to Tinubu in his recent statement, his support for the two lawmakers is out of his desire to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s aim for a better Nigeria is achieved.

He accused the current leadership of the National Assembly headed by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara of working against President Buhari, adding that they sneaked into the 8th Assembly leadership, padded budgets and awarded pet projects to benefit themselves. Read Tinubu’s full statement on Naija Buzz.

2. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has denied insinuation that he is not a Nigerian by birth.

According to Atiku, he was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa State, Nigeria.

However, according to the APC, Jada was in Cameroon as of 1946, therefore, Atiku is not a Nigerian by birth and consequently not eligible to contest for presidency. Here’s how Atiku responded on Naija Buzz

3. Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at the monthly Praise Night and the  eight edition of the Easter Cantata held in Yenagoa, said that the person who would eventually succeed him would only emerge through intense prayers and consultations.

He urged the people of the state to seek the face of God for His divine direction as the PDP embarks on the search for who would succeed him.

“I will formally invite everybody in this state to pray because I feel that the next leader of our state is not going to be selected from my pocket. No, I won’t do that. It is too important a decision to come from one person,” he said.

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4. The spokesperson for the Gbajabiamila Campaign has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regretted leaving lawmakers to determine the leadership of the 8th National Assembly.

“Once you go back to the 8th Assembly, there is a lot of regret over what happened. And things didn’t go the way they were supposed to go. I think the President is intervening now. Before the 8th Assembly, he said he could work with anybody and that the members should choose their leaders. But when it came out, it did not augur so well for the party,” Mrs Khajidat Bukar-Ibrahim, a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday during a programme on Channels TV.

“Seeing what happened in the 8th Assembly. It is something that we all have regretted. I think that basically, the party has supremacy over any self interests. If they propose a candidate for us, I think we should respect the party more than anything else,” she added.

5. Lanre Isa-Onilu, the Spokesman for the ruling APC, in a recent interview with Punch, said that the ruling party does not need the support of the PDP to elect the 9th National Assembly leaders.

His statement came as a response to reports that he contradicts the position of the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, when he said that APC lawmakers were free to consult their PDP colleagues.

“What I said and what the chairman said are the same because we agreed before both of us talked.

“What we are saying is that we have the majority and we don’t need the PDP lawmakers to elect our national officers,” he noted.

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