See the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today, Thursday, 4th July, 2019
The federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday suspended the controversial Ruga settlements for herdsmen across the nation.
We understands that the suspension is not unconnected with the massive rejection of the proposal by many state governors and stakeholders.
The presidential election tribunal sitting in Abuja has rejected the appeal of PDP and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to re-present and argue a motion by the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking the dismissal of the petition.
It was learnt that PDP and Atiku had earlier failed to respond to the motion by the APC, which was first raised on June 10, 2019.
3. President Buhari Finally Agrees To Sign AFCFTA
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally agreed to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement and treaty this weekend.
News understands that the President announced his decision on Wednesday via the twitter handle @NGRpresident.
4. Confusion In House Of Reps Over Announcement Of Principal Officers
There was a little drama on the floor of the House of Reps during Wednesday’s plenary as the members had heated arguments and free for all fights on the expected announcement of principal officers.
The normal proceedings were disrupted over the makeup of principal officers for the minority parties.
5. Osinbajo, Nigerian Governors Meet Behind Closed Doors
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, held a closed-door meeting with a number of Nigerian governors at Aso rock.
News understands that the meeting might not be unconnected with the backlash trailing establishment of Ruga settlements across the country.
6. Activities Grounded At Nigerian Ports As Workers Commence Strike
Maritime workers in Nigeria have suspended all port activities in the country’s ports following the commencement of a nationwide strike by the Maritime Workers Union (MWUN).
News reports that the action of the workers is followed by the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued to the federal government to compel the international oil companies to pay outstanding wages to workers, among other issues.
7. Gbajabiamila Rejects PDP’s Choice, Announces Own Minority Leader
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has announced Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
Naija News understands that the announcement of Elumelu is against the directive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had sent a letter to the House stating that it had nominated Kingsley Chinda as the Minority Leader.
8. Nigerian Senator Assaults Woman At Sex Toy Shop
Senator Elisha Abbo (PDP-Adamawa North) has been caught on camera physically assaulting a woman at an adult toy shop in Abuja.
Abbo, Nigeria’s youngest senator, was caught hitting the woman after she begged him not to assault the shopowner whom the lawmaker accused of insulting him.
9. Presidential Tribunal: Atiku, PDP To Begin Calling Witnesses Today
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has fixed Thursday, July 4 (today), to begin calling witnesses at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Naija News reported that Atiku and the PDP are contesting the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 election.
Senator Elisha Abbo Apologises To Lady Over Assault
Senator Elisha Abbo (PDP-Adamawa North) on Wednesday held a press conference over a viral video of him assaulting a nursing mother at a sex toy shop.
Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday, Abbo apologized to Nigerians, the PDP, the Senate, his family and the lady he assaulted