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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Shiites leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky made a sudden return to Nigeria on Thursday abandoning his medical treatment in India.

2. A Federal High Court in Lagos State, on Thursday granted bail to Abdullahi Babalele, son-in-law to Atiku Abubakar, in the sum of N20million with one surety in like sum.

3. The Omo N’Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians, adding that the President must not ignore the constructive criticism of the people.

4. Atiku Abubakar and the PDP have insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari was not qualified to have contested the 2019 presidential election and as such should be disqualified by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. They said this in their final written address filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

5. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, said Nigeria must reduce dependence on medical treatment abroad, while assuring that the efforts by his administration will be redoubled to improve health facilities, equipment and services in the country.
6. A twin three-story building was, on Wednesday night, gutted by fire in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State. The fire started around 8 p.m. in one of the flats on the last floor.

7. The Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday fixed Monday, August 19, to determine if President Muhammadu Buhari will inaugurate his new Ministers or not in a suit filed by Musa Baba-panya, seeking court order to stop the inauguration.

8. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Thursday, dispelled reports that negotiations between the organised labour and the Technical Committee on Consequential Adjustment of the new minimum wage had stopped.

9. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday, said it has released guidelines for the disbursement of lower denominations of the Naira through microfinance banks (MFBs) across the country.

10. No fewer than three soldiers were reportedly killed in a gun battle with members of Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP who stormed a community in Maiduguri, Borno State, and attacked a military location at about 12 midnight local time.

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Presidential election petition tribunal: How APC reacted to Buhari’s victory

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has praised the judgement of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissing in its entirety the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar.

Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, in a statement congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, and all well meaning Nigerians.

“The APC congratulates the Judiciary for refusing to succumb to the opposition party’s subterfuge.

“We note the painstaking efforts and thoroughness of the Justices of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in arriving at their decision. Today’s judgment, no doubt, would go down in the annals of our nation as the longest and detailed, spanning almost 10 hours.

“The Judgement by the five-member validates the decision of most Nigerians to do away with the past as expressed in their overwhelming votes in the 2019 elections.

“The PDP and Atiku’s petition was largely hinged on the educational qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari and tales of an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server and allegations of electronic transmission of election results. This was rightly dismissed by the Tribunal for lacking in merit.

“From the outset, our party was not perturbed over the PDP and Atiku’s petition, which will go down in Nigeria’s history as the most frivolous in the history of Election Petition. Infact our position has now been justified that the PDP and Atiku’s petition was a complete waste of time. In their puerile efforts, they insisted on taking the country on a circus and wild goose chase.

“Going forward, APC’s victory at the presidential polls and the election tribunal represents our collective desire as a people to remain focus on the progressive growth and development of our country’s economy, fight against corruption, and providing security.

“Consequently, we have taken a bold step by rescuing our nation from the satanic era of PDP, when our collective interests were being corruptly traded among a few pillagers.

“We note, unfortunately, the continuous efforts being made by the unpatriotic elements in PDP, having held our country down for nearly two decades, to truncate our movement towards greatness. We, however, remain resolute in this journey being ably led by President Muhammadu Buhari. The APC administration would lead this country to the fulfillment of its destiny,” it read.

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Obasanjo mourns Mugabe’s death, describes ex-president “indomitable fighter”

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, as an indomitable fighter, who contributed to the liberation of his country from apartheid and oppressive radicalism.

He said this in a condolence letter to President Emmerson Manangagwa of Zimbabwe, signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

Obasanjo, while commiserating with Mugabe’s family and the people of Zimbabwe, said that he received the news of the elder statesman’s death with immense sadness.

“The news of former President Robert G. Mugabe’s death in Singapore, in the early hours of today (Friday), was received by me with immense sadness indeed.

“It is, therefore, with a profound sense of sympathy that I write, on behalf of myself and my family, to commiserate with you and the entire good people of Zimbabwe over the painful transition of former President Robert Mugabe.

“The former President of Zimbabwe was a frontline leader, activist, an indomitable fighter for the liberation of Zimbabwe from apartheid and oppressive racialism, a statesman per excellence and a tireless advocate of the preservation of the mystique of Africa’s moral and cultural values.

“He had selflessly dedicated himself to public service for most of his life, particularly as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to1987 and also as President from 1987 to 2017.

“Having followed with keen interest his heroic struggles to secure an independent Zimbabwe in 1980, President Mugabe had become much more than a leader to his people.

“He had become the living symbol and embodiment of their long and valiant struggle for their rightful place in the comity of nations.

“I recall, with pride also, Nigeria’s association with Zimbabwe’s struggles against racist minority rule and the country’s eventual independence in 1980.

“Quite retaining is the memory of the honour of Nigeria being classified a frontline state in those years,” Obasanjo said.

He added that the late Mugabe was, without doubt, one of the greatest freedom fighters to have walked on the African soil.

“This he did with his colleague and brother, Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo, leading to the formation of the Patriotic Front for which Nigeria took a vanguard position.

“Under his administration as the President of Zimbabwe for well over three decades, the country witnessed significant efforts at placing the command of Zimbabwean economy in the hands of Zimbabweans.

The death of a leader of President Mugabe’s stature is a big loss, not only to his immediate family and country, but to the whole of Africa.

“History will record his vital contributions to the realisation of the dream of regional unity in Southern Africa,” he said.

Obasanjo urged the people to take solace in the memory of his total dedication and commitment to the service of his people and for the cause of justice.

“We pray that the Almighty God will give you, the entire Mugabe family and the good people of Zimbabwe the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant President Mugabe eternal repose in His bosom,” Obasanjo said.

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Buhari vs Atiku: We have evidence proving our presidential mandate was stolen – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday declared that it has evidence that the victory of its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 election was stolen.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan made the remark while stating that Nigerians are now anxiously

looking up to the judiciary to have the courage to do justice at the Presidential election tribunal.

Ologbondiyan said the general expectation pervading the nation across the board was that the “judiciary, as the last hope of the common man, will be dauntless in addressing the substance of the petition by the peoples’ candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the collective quest to retrieve a stolen mandate through the legal process.”

He stated this while receiving a Coalition of Young Professionals in Abuja, who paid the party a solidarity visit at its National Secretariat in Abuja and was contained in a statement forwarded to DAILY POST.

Ologbondiyan, however, urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the country and its democracy.

He said: “As a party, we have made a solid case before the panel. Our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had also presented his case supported by credible evidence. We had presented incontrovertible evidence to show that our Presidential mandate was stolen. Every Nigerian now looks on to the judicial officers for justice.

“Nigerians are waiting and hoping that the judiciary will have the courage to do justice in the presidential election petition.

“In the face of the anguish, pains, calamitous events, bloodletting, strong division, resentment, insecurity, acute hunger and starvation crippling our country, Nigerians’ only hope is now in the judiciary to save our nation by addressing the substance of the petition by Atiku and the PDP.

“Our party urges Nigerians not to lose hope in their nation because we have no other country to call our own; even the judicial officers are also Nigerians, so we must keep hope alive believing, that like I said earlier, the judiciary will consider the substance of the matter and the evidence before it”.

PDP thanked Nigerians across the board for the solidarity and support in the struggle and assured of its determination to pursue the cause to a logical conclusion.

According to Ologbondiyan, “our party has continued to receive immense support from Nigerians from all walks of lives on this struggle and even in the diaspora. This is one cause that has united Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity, creed and political leaning.

“We have been receiving outpouring of overwhelming solidarity from well-meaning Nigerians, including key professional groups, youth groups, drivers of key sectors of our economy, market women, traditional, faith-based and community leaders, as well as patriotic individuals within the APC, who abhor the manipulations of their party and INEC in stealing our Presidential mandate. We believe that justice will be served at the end of the day as the singular way to move our nation forward.”

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