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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Monday, 20 August, 2018 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning ????. Enjoy!

1. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the Saturday’s bye-election in Port Harcourt Constituency III of Rivers State House of Assembly as a sad reality that votes of Nigerians will not count in the 2019 general election. According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed the legacy of free, fair and credible elections bequeathed on him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “Even the Independent National Electoral Commission could not but point it out in its press statement announcing the suspension of the election that miscreants and hoodlums accompanied by heavily armed security personnel in uniform stormed polling units, destroying and carting away electoral materials as well as holding electoral officers hostage. We thought that we have gone past this era of the manipulated electoral process after the 2015 general election, which brought the APC and President Buhari to power but the country has been taken back to the Stone Age by merging the APC with INEC, police, military and other security agencies,” he said.

2. The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says that Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Samuel Ortom, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, and others who left the APC because the party could not offer them automatic ticket and sharing of national wealth. He noted that they “left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and privileges.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and other security agencies against opposition ahead of 2019 general election. The statement came following the recent prosecution of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu by the EFCC. “The series of interference by the APC in the work of the anti-graft agencies, coupled with the August 7, 2018 siege to the National Assembly by the Department of State Services, confirms a sinister plot by the APC-led administration not only to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu to illegally remove them, but also to smear and destroy the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections. Being unable to find Ekweremadu wanting in its many probes, the APC now relies on procured cooked-up allegations in a bid to get at him at all costs. Is it not ironical that the same government, that was quick to explain that a serving military officer bought his Dubai property from his savings, does not think that a former Local Government Chairman, former Chief of Staff to a Governor, former Secretary to Enugu State Government, Senator since 2003, Deputy Senate President since 2007, former Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, and owner of a thriving law firm has earned enough legitimate income to invest in real estate,” the PDP said.

4. The Presidency in a statement issued by Mr. Garba Shehu, the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, said that Senate President Bukola Saraki was responsible for the delay in approving the supplementary budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Adding that Saraki is solely deliberately driving Nigeria to this cliff edge. “The Senate President should look into the mirror and what he will see is his own face. He is solely to be held responsible for deliberately driving the nation to this cliff edge as far as the preparations for next elections are concerned,” the presidency said.

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