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Nigerian Newspapers (Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai

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

1. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has warned that President Muhammadu Buhari must deal with over ambitious members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to the governor, the internal crisis in the party during the build-up of the 2019 general elections was on the desperation of some members who are positioning themselves ahead of 2023 presidential election.

“There were a lot of internal crises in the APC; those crises had nothing to do with the 2019 elections; they were all about positioning for 2023,” he said.

2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the detention of Senator Ademola Adeleke, its candidate for the 2018 Osun Governorship Election, by the Police on Monday.

Naija Buzz reported that Adeleke was detained at the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Abuja following an invitation.

“This is highly provocative, an invitation to anarchy and a recipe for a very serious crisis not only in Osun but also in the judiciary and our nation. The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbindiyan, said at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

3. Senator Ali Ndume, a former Senate Leader, has reinstated his decision to contest the position of Senate President even against his party’s decision.

Ndume on Monday in Lagos told journalists that he will emerge as the Senate President of the 9th National Assembly.

According to Ndume, he is confident of emerging victorious because he has the backing of his colleagues and the leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ndume’s position however contradicts the position of his party. APC had endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan as its preferred candidate for Senate President.

4. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the presidency over its recent statement on the spate of attacks by bandits in the country.

Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari had during a programme on AIT on Monday said that the rate of killings now is nothing compared to the killings that happened in the previous government.

“But anybody who takes the trouble to check the Presidential website; at some point Femi Adesina had done the numbers and the staggering numbers put on display coming from the past are nothing comparable to these numbers but we will not take it likely,” the President’s aide stated while responding to report by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who said that 1,071 persons had been killed in the first quarter of 2019.

Shehu also said that the kidnapping of President Buhari’s District Head in Daura, Alhaji Musa Uba, who is also Buhari’s in-law and the father-in-law to his Aide-de-camp, shows that he (Buhari) did not give special treatment to his hometown.

“Well, that has happened but I think that brings the message home that it is a national problem and that because the President comes from Daura, that is not to say there cannot be crime in Daura or Daura will be specially treated,” Shehu said.

5. The Nigeria Police has confirmed the detention of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 Osun Governorship Election.

DCP Frank Mba, the police spokesperson, said that the senator who was invited to the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters on Monday was taken into custody and would be arraigned on Tuesday.

“Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening   (Monday) in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person,” the DCP Mba told Punch.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier granted the senator permission to travel for medical checkup in the United States on Tuesday (today) and return to the country on June 9.

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