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Nigerian Newspapers (Wednesday, 3 April, 2019 Edition)

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji

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

1.The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has noted that he will return his embattled obas to his palace once they remove their illegal crowns and apologies for desecrating Yoruba culture.

The Obas had accused the Olubadan of illegal activities and lack of respect for them as members of the Olubadan council.

The Olubadan however said that the obas should let go of blame game and be bold enough to “remove their illegal crowns and apologise to the people of Ibadanland in particular and the Yoruba people in general for undermining our customs and tradition.”

“There is nowhere in Yorubaland where two kings sit inside a palace; it is always the king and his chiefs. Apart from violating our customs and tradition, there is no law that backs the wearing of illegal crowns in Ibadanland,” he said.

2. Uche Nwosu, the anointed candidate of Governor Rochas Okorocah of Imo State, has stated that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) made a mistake by denying him the party’s governorship ticket.

“The national leadership of the APC made a mistake by not giving the party’s governorship ticket to me. We warned them against giving the ticket to Hope Uzodinma, but the leadership of the party ignored our warnings,” he said in Owerri, the capital of Imo.

He noted that the outcome of the election shows that he was more popular than the candidate of the APC in the election, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

“The outcome of the elections has justified us. We joined the AA two months to the election and I won the governorship election if not for the manipulations.

“We also won eight seats in the state House of Assembly. Action Alliance also won two seats in the House of Representatives.

“Now that they have realised their mistake, we are ready to form alliance with APC to reclaim our mandate,” he said.

3.Senator Ali Ndume on Tuesday defies the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, by unfolding his agenda as a candidate for the Senate Presidency.

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APC had endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan for the position, saying that he (Lawan) must be the Senate President of the 9th Assembly.

Tinubu had warned that any party member who would not support Lawan for Senate Presidency should leave the party.

Ndume however ignored his party leaders and declared his intention to contest the position.

4.President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday rejected a bill forwarded to him by the National Assembly which seeks funding for the completion of the Ajaokuta Steel Company.

Buhari also rejected seven other bills, including the National Housing Fund Bill, which was passed recently by the National Assembly.

Buhari noted that he rejected the Ajaokuta Completion Fund Bill because of the amount required for its completion. He said that voting $1billion to the steel from the Excess Crude Account was not the best strategic option for Nigeria at this time.

5. Justice Othman Musa of the Federal High Court in Bwari, Abuja, on Tuesday nullified the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Osun Governorship Election held in September last year.

According to the judge, Adeleke does not possess the minimum qualification of secondary school certificate which is required under Section 177 of the 1999 Constitution to contest the election.

The judge noted that the result which Adeleke submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was different from the result the principal of the school submitted to the court.

6. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is currently leading in the results of 15 Local Government Areas of Rivers State announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC had on Tuesday resumed collation of the governorship results in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Out of the 15 LGAs announced yesterday, Wike won in 13, while the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), backed by the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, won in 2.

Prof. Teddy Adias, the Collation Officer, will continue with collation exercise by 10:30am this morning.

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