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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Saturday, 09 March, 2019 Edition)

Chibuike Amaechi

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning????. Enjoy!

1.The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the heavy presence of security operatives in Rivers State ahead of the governorship and state house of assembly elections is for the good of the people of the state. According to him, with the presence of military personnel and support of other sister agencies already on ground, the exercise would be more secure, thereby avoiding unnecessary loss of lives. “With the presence of the military in Rivers State for Saturday’s elections, everybody, including the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party members are protected. They (military) will beef up security in the state,” he said when a delegation of the British High Commission to Nigeria visited him at his residence in Port Harcourt.

2. Military jets, soldiers have taken over Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa and Kwara States ahead of today’s governorship and state house of assembly elections. On Friday, the Nigerian Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance jets began air patrols over perceived flashpoints in these states. Soldiers and policemen also took over the streets in the states.

3. The Financial Times of London says that President Muhammadu Buhari has been running a government that lacks a clear direction in the last four years. The newspaper noted that Buhari’s government does not have any clear economic policy like that of Rwanda and Ethiopia. FT further urged Buhari to see his re-election as an opportunity to do the right thing.

4. INEC has expressed regrets over the omission of the All Progressives Congress on the results sheets for today’s governorship and house of assembly elections in Zamfara State. The electoral commission had earlier complied with a Zamfara High Court ruling which ordered the inclusion of APC on the ballot paper for the elections. “As a solution, the commission has decided to manually create columns in each of the Result Sheets after the last printed party, ZLP, and insert the APC. This does not affect any other information on the Results Sheet,” Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony, INEC’s National Secretary, said.

5. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that getting the highest number of votes in a state is not enough to declare a governorship candidate winner. According to INEC, a governorship candidate must get the highest number of votes and must also win at least one-quarter of the total votes cast in two-thirds of all the local government areas in the state.

6. Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has revealed that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, is doing everything possible to escape the web of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since 2016. The VON DG was among the top chieftain of the ruling party who were suspended by the National Working Committee of the party. He was suspended alongside, Governors Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun of Imo and Ogun States respectively.

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