Nigerian newspapers: 10 things to know this Thursday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary of the Nigerian newspapers:

1. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has rescheduled its two-week state congresses. The exercise, which was originally scheduled for October 2, 2021, has now been moved to October 16, 2021. On Wednesday, the secretary of the APC Extraordinary Convention Interim Planning Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, said a updated schedule would be communicated shortly. .

2. The People’s Democratic Party can demarcate its national presidency to the South West. The recommendation to zoning the position to the southwest was contained in a leaked discussion paper prepared by the party’s national convention committee on zoning, consisting of 44 members.

3. Protesters from the Yoruba nation again stormed the Nigerian consulate in New York on Tuesday and yesterday, demanding a separate state for the Yoruba, who they said were no longer safe in Nigeria. They reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his 2015 address to the United Nations General Assembly, in which he called for self-determination for the people of Western Sahara and the Palestinians.

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4. Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has stated that the rotating presidency is not in the constitution of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The governor, who spoke at the inauguration of a presidential campaign movement on his behalf by young people from northern Kaduna, said young Nigerians would decide his fate in the presidential race.

5. The Senate on Wednesday approved the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2022-2024 and the Budgetary Strategy Paper (PSF). The Red Chamber has maintained the benchmark crude oil price of $ 57 per barrel as proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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6. Prominent Nigerians, including former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, and political economist, Professor Pat Utomi, will unveil a mega political movement on October 1. There is a strong indication that talks have reached an advanced stage for the merger of some existing opposition political parties as part of the new movement.

7. The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, blamed Nigeria’s debt burden on previous administrations. But speaking in plenary on Wednesday, Olamilekan said much of Nigeria’s total debt profile, estimated at around 33 trillion naira, had been incurred by past administrations, dating back to the military era.

8. Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu rebuked his Kaduna State counterpart Mallam Nasir El-Rufai for his comments on the anti-open grazing law. El-Rufai had described the laws signed by some of the southern governors as unrealistic. But Akeredolu, in a statement released by State Information and Guidance Commissioner Donald Ojogo, said such a statement should not have come from a leader.

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9. Suspected Fulani shepherds allegedly kidnapped a pregnant woman and two others in Ogun, demanding a ransom of N30 million. Ogun Police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident.

10. The Senate has set up a Conference Committee for the bill amending the electoral law of 2021. The committee will meet with that of the House of Representatives to harmonize the bill amending the electoral law of 2021 adopted by the two chambers of the National Assembly.