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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 21st July, 2021 Edition)

Governor Mai Mala Buni led All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee

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Why we’re considering consensus option – APC secretary

The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, has said the party was recommending the consensus option for the election of party officials at all levels to reduce acrimony.

Akpanudoedehe said this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH, in Abuja, on Tuesday. He was responding to agitations by some state chapters of the party to have what they described as a proper election. Akpanudoedehe explained that the party leadership was dealing with the issue of integrating incoming and already established members as well as accommodating their various interests.

He said “We have more and more governors from opposition political parties, especially the PDP, who are coming to join us with thousands of their supporters; we have to make room for them. While doing so, we don’t want to take steps to push out those who are already within. Party administration is the most complex form of administration because you are dealing with diverse ethnicities, religious and cultural differences.

NCC facilitated e-transmission in 2019, officials deserve prosecution – Reps

The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has called for criminal investigation and prosecution of officials of the Nigerian Communications Commission for alleged perjury.

The leader of the PDP Caucus, Kingley Chinda, in a statement on Tuesday, alleged that the officials lied under oath while appearing before the House last Friday to explain the possibility of having results of elections transmitted electronically from across Nigeria.

Following a stalemated consideration of the report on the Electoral Act, 2010 (Amendment) Bill over the controversial Clause 52(2), the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, had called for suspension of the exercise and summoned the NCC and the Independent National Electoral Commission to appear and guide the lawmakers this Friday.

We’re not in a hurry to transmit PIB to Buhari, says National Assembly

The Director of Information in the National Assembly, Mr Rawlings Agada, has explained that the federal parliament will not transmit the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill in a hurry to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Agada gave the explanation on Tuesday while reacting to our correspondent’s enquiry on when the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Olatunde Ojo, would transmit the document to Buhari for assent.

He explained that the legislature had to exercise great restraint and caution in order to avoid sending such an important bill to the President without doing necessary due diligence. The spokesman for the legislature noted that since the two chambers passed different versions and a conference committee had harmonised their positions, the legal department of the National Assembly would have to clean the document up to avoid errors.

Igboho’s extradition: Buratai pushes move, activist’s team meets Benin’s officials, fights process

Facts on Tuesday emerged about how Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), was instrumental to the arrest of the Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.

A top security source in the Benin Republic confided in The PUNCH that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote the government of the small West African country and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho. It was gathered that Buratai was at the forefront of the ongoing move to extradite the activist.

A few hours after Igboho’s arrest on Monday, his Beninese lawyers and other experts met with some Benin Republic government officials and called for the halting of his extradition.

Buhari decries low agricultural land use

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on Tuesday expressed sadness over the small portion of arable land being cultivated in the country while urging more Nigerians to embrace farming.

The President said this while addressing newsmen after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers, in his country home in Daura, Katsina State, on Tuesday.

This was contained in a statement titled ‘I Was Surprised to Hear Only 2.5 Per Cent Of Arable Land In Nigeria Is Being Cultivated, Says President Buhari’, signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu,

PDP kicks as Shehu says Nigerians won’t abandon Buhari

The Presidency has told the People Democratic Party and other opposition parties to shelve their 2023 ambitions because the vast majority of Nigerians esteem the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and will never abandon him. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Tuesday shortly after observing the Eid prayers in Daura, Katsina State.

Shehu said Nigerians knew too well to allow another party to win the presidential seat in 2023. He said, “The President enjoys unshakable support, not only in his hometown, but also across the country and it is enough for the opposition to admit that the President matters a lot for the ruling party and Nigerians in general.

“Again, he constitutes a political obstacle they cannot dismantle come 2023. ’We believe the PDP and other opposition parties are nursing false hopes of taking power come 2023. The masses will never abandon President Buhari’s leadership and the APC. I assure you that in 2023, the masses will be waiting for the President to what he has been building for the country in terms of infrastructure and the wellbeing of young people in the country.

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