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Newspaper Headlines: APC chieftains jostle to occupy vacant ministerial positions

Newspaper Headlines: APC chieftains jostle to occupy vacant ministerial positions
May 16
04:00 2022

The aftermath of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to his political appointees seeking elective positions dominated the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that the parents of Deborah Emmanuel, the girl who was murdered over alleged blasphemy in Sokoto, said their children will not attend school again. The striking unions of Nigerian public universities said they have not reached any agreement with the federal government, the newspaper says.

The Nation reports that presidential hopefuls in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are set to battle for the votes of 3,700 delegates to clinch the party’s ticket. The newspaper says Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, Pauline Tallen, minister of women affairs, and other ministers seeking elective positions may resign today.

The Guardian says northern governors have condemned the murder of Deborah over alleged blasphemy. The Nation reports that Buhari and Malami are headed for the supreme court over section 84(12) of the electoral act.

Daily Independent reports that government spending has worsened Nigeria’s fiscal deficit woes. The newspaper says the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 203,879 tramadol in raids conducted in four states.

Daily Trust reports that intense lobbying has commenced in states and Abuja as top members of the APC are jostling to replace ministers who resigned to seek elective positions. The newspaper says passengers are now spending the night at airports owing to the shortage of aviation fuel.

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