“Those who ruled Nigeria without vision and looted the nation’s treasury are the same people boasting that they will displace the APC government and return to office. We will wait and see, if they think Nigerians are ignorant. They have the guts to reclaim office.”
These were President Buhari’s strong words for the opposition as the race for 2019 unofficially begins. Perhaps, the Nation Newspaper captures it all with Buhari: looters won’t return to power in 2019 with the President challenging those who want to contest against him in 2019 to an integrity test.
Daily Independent also leads with the same story but with the headline; 2019: My Popularity in the North Unshaken, Buhari Boasts. As the country begins to gear up for the general elections in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the mammoth crowd that thronged the streets of Kano to welcome him on Wednesday was a clear message to the opposition that his popularity in the North remains unshaken.
The Nigerian Tribune reports the drama currently preceding the Elective National Convention of the PDP tomorrow. It leads with 24 Hours to National Convention: Petitions Against Aspirants Flood PDP Secretariat and according to the paper, most of the petitions sighted by newsmen on Thursday written to the national chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the chairman, national convention committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the petitioners demanded for the outright disqualification of certain aspirants.
Daily Sun has its headline as PDP: Zero hour with the riders Support base for Secondus Widens, as South East cues in as Lobby for Adeniran intensifies, Ladoja, Dokpesi press on.
Vanguard has it boldly written on its front page; 2019 Presidency: Angry Atiku Shuns Press, Others After Talks With IBB with Journalists and supporters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were, yesterday, shocked after the politician came out from a meeting with former President Ibrahim Babangida with a long face reflective of a red card shown to his presidential ambition.
The Guardian also reports PDP saying IBB, Jonathan wade into South
West PDP discord.
Finally, the PUNCH leads with the voluntary retirement of embattled Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola. Its lead story reads NJC: We recommended Justice Ademola’s sacking to Buhari……says Judge’s resignation, an afterthought.