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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 Edition)

New acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.

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

1.The National Judicial Council (NJC) has set up a preliminary complaints assessment committee to review the responses given to it by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnogehn, and the acting CJN, Ibrahim Muhammad Tanko. The petition against the suspended CJN was written by the Resource Centre for Civil Education, while the petition against the acting CJN was written by a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, and the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also submitted a new petition against Mr. Onnoghen on Monday.

2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency of plotting to arrest and detain some of its leaders before and during the forthcoming elections. The statement came following the arrest and detention of Mr. Ben Bako, the Director of Media Committee of the Governorship Campaign Organisation. “Further reports reaching us from our Kaduna State chapter indicate that many of our leaders, including former governors of Kaduna state — Senator Ahmed Markarfi  and Alhaji Mukhtar  Yero — Chief Felix Hyat and former  chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Yahaya Makama,  have been listed for arrest  and are now being trailed by agents of the APC,” PDP said while speaking to reporters in Abuja.

3. Report has it that former President Bill Clinton of the United States of America has cancelled his visit to Nigeria on the invitation of the National Peace Committee. 1Push Naija reported few weeks ago that Mr. Clinton is suppose to meet with the presidential candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar respectively.

4. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, while addressing supporters at the PDP presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said that his government must restructure Nigeria. Atiku who spoke at the rally held at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, noted that the Niger Delta region which is the economic hub of the nation has been abandoned since President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government came into power. “If you (masses) elect PDP and Atiku into office; I will restructure Niger Delta and all other parts of the country. We must restructure the country,” Atiku said.

5. Festus Keyamo, the spokesman of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, in a recent statement criticized the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, over his repeated calls for free, fair, transparent and peaceful general elections. Keyamo further accused the US of double standard following the visit of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to Washington D.C.

6. On Monday, angry members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) threw objects at President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; and other APC chieftains during the party’s campaign rally in Ogun State. The shameful development is certainly because of the rejection of Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s governorship candidate by the national leadership of the party. Amosun had repeatedly stated that he would work against the APC governorship candidate in his state.

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