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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 21 February, 2021 Edition)

Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari social media aide

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4 Months After: Senate Yet To Screen Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner

Four months after President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded the nomination of his Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie to the Senate for confirmation as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Red Chamber is yet to commence legislative work on the request. Onochie’s fate is delaying the confirmation of three other INEC nominees submitted to the Senate.

President Buhari had, on October 12, nominated Onochie (Delta), Professor Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina) and Professor Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti) as national commissioners of the INEC. He also nominated Saidu Babura Ahmad as a resident electoral commissioner (Jigawa).

Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that the Senate president is yet to act on Onochie’s nomination, with sources saying it was due to the thunderous outrage that trailed her appointment.

Ngige: APC Will Capture Anambra With Unseen Forces

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will capture Anambra State through “seen and unseen forces”.

Ngige made the statement shortly after revalidating his membership of the party at Alor Ward 1, Idemili South Local Government Area of the State on Saturday.

The Minister said Anambra APC is deploying all the “necessary forces” to make sure that the APC takes over the government by November. APC is going to use both seen and unseen forces to capture Anambra state by November. By this registration and revalidation, we are trying to fortify the party in the state.

Soldiers Take Over ‘Shekau’s Farm’ In Borno

Soldiers have taken over a farmland said to be owned by Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect.

According to a viral video on social media, the land is situated in Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the sect in Borno State.

Sounds of gunshots went into the air as the soldiers marched on the farmland, daring the insurgent leader to challenge them.

Governors’ Utterances Incited Killings In South- West, Other Places – Senate President

President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has blamed violent clashes in some states in the south-West and South-East to unguarded utterances by governors from those states.

In an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, Lawan said some of the public statements by the governors emboldened miscreants who thought they had political cover to carry out their atrocities.

The Senate president said the crises manifested leadership failure at different levels. “The failure is not that of the governors alone but they must take the greater part of the blame. Governors have the responsibility to protect all residents of their states. Utterances by some governors especially from those regions helped in encouraging some indigenes of those states who felt they had the backing of their leaders,” he said.

2023: Top Northern Politicians Pushing For Southern President

Twenty-seven months to the end of Buhari’s second and final term, caucusing, machinations, scheming and realignments have commenced among politicians, especially those in the two leading political parties in the country.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are yet to zone their presidential tickets to any part of the country, but scheming for it has commenced, thus the crisis rocking the two political parties.

Before the political parties take decisions on the zoning, politicians are pushing for the consideration of their respective regions. However, some northern politicians have aligned themselves with the agitation that the South should produce the next president of the country.

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