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Newspaper Headlines: Near-bankrupt states, unviable projects await 18 new governors

Newspaper Headlines: Near-bankrupt states, unviable projects await 18 new governors
April 17
07:30 2023

The controversy trailing the April 15 supplementary governorship election in Adamawa state dominated the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers. 

The Punch reports that opposition parties and non-governmental organisations have criticised Yunusa Ari, the Adamawa state resident electoral commissioner, for usurping the duties of the state governorship election returning officer. The newspaper says aviation unions have vowed to begin a two-day warning strike on Monday.

Daily Trust reports that INEC is set to hold an emergency meeting today over the Adamawa supplementary governorship election. The newspaper says the federal government said mouth cancers, also known as oral cancers, claim 764 lives in Nigeria every year.

The Nation reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) holds the majority status in the 10th senate with 59 seats following the conclusion of the weekend’s elections. The newspaper says Idris Nasiru, a former president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has won the Kebbi state governorship election.

The Guardian says 18 new governors, who will be taking over the helm of affairs in their states on May 29, will have to face the hurdles of debts, low revenues, and unsustainable wages. The newspaper reports that the National Population Commission (NPC) has insisted on organising the census on May 3 despite calls for postponement.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the arrest of Adamawa REC. The newspaper says Dino Melaye, a former senator, has won the governorship ticket of the PDP for Kogi state.

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