Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Newstrend roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Thursday, 8th September 2022
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
Newstrend understands the two leaders discussed the current political situation in the Republic of Mali.
As the special envoy of the Economic Community of West African Nations (ECOWAS) on the situation in Mali, Jonathan gave updates on the latest developments in the West African nation to President Buhari.
The special assistant to President Buhari on digital communications, Bashir Ahmad took to his Twitter account to reveal details of their discussion.
Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS), has confirmed the arrest of an aide to controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gum, Tukur Mamu.
Mamu’s arrest was confirmed in a statement obtained by Naija News on Wednesday and signed by the DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunaya.
The DSS stated that the bandit negotiator was apprehended based on requests from Nigeria’s Military, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence Community to their foreign partners in Cairo, Egypt.
The agency said Mamu was arrested to answer critical questions on ongoing investigations relating to some security matters in parts of the country.
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has said that the governors who are supporting Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike will continue to fight for their place in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Makinde said this during the commissioning of the Emohua campus of the Rivers State University where he was the special guest of honour.
He stated that his camp lost in the presidential primaries because they stood for the truth.
He said, “even the fight that we lost, we did not lose with our heads bowed.
“We lost knowing that we stood for the truth and we stood for what is good for this country.
“What I will say to you (Wike) is Aluta continua. We will continue to fight for our space within the PDP and we will continue to ensure that what is right for our people is given to our people”.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to hold its National Caucus meeting on Wednesday amidst the crisis rocking the party.
Newstrend reports that the PDP National Director of Publicity, Chinwe I. Nnorom, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement revealed that the meeting is scheduled to hold at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, by 07:00 pm.
It also disclosed that the Board of Trustees (BoT) and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings are slated for Thursday, 8th September 2022, both in Abuja.
The Chairman, African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc, Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, has denied reports claiming that she said there is a plot to get rid of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Newstrend reports that some media outfits had quoted Awolowo-Dosumu as warning Nigerians of a plot to get rid of Tinubu in favour of his running mate, Kashim Shettima if they win the 2023 presidential election.
She was said to have urged Yorubas to stop being sentimental and tribalist about the three major candidates, contesting for the office of the presidency.
But in a statement on Wednesday, Awolowo-Dosunmu asked members of the public to ignore the fake reports, describing them as false, mischievous and wicked.
Awolowo Dosumu said she had not spoken with any journalist in recent times on any matter whatsoever including the 2023 presidential election and the candidates.
The Executive Director of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation said she had not been in partisan politics for decades, adding that she has not endorsed nor condemned any candidate or party.
Some prominent personalities were conspicuously missing during a meeting on Wednesday between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and ex-presidential aspirants of the party.
Newstrend gathered Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose were both missing at the meeting held at the Abuja residence of Atiku.