THE NATION reveals on its headline that the tenure elongation is still haunting the All Progressives Congress (APC). Some of its members yesterday cried out over the content of a memo presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday by Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun. They claimed that a portion of the memo was aimed at achieving tenure extension through the backdoor. But the party leadership denied having any hidden plan to extend its tenure. The NEC rejected tenure elongation for Oyegun and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC). It, however, granted them waivers to recontest at the party’s congresses and convention for which no dates have been fixed.
Buhari’s One-Term Stance Now Invalid, Says Presidency heads THE GUARDIAN today. From the presidency came yesterday a declaration that Muhammadu Buhari’s statement in 2011 that he would only be president for one term was not applicable anymore.The renouncement came barely 24 hours after the president, at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, declared his intention to seek re-election on the platform of the party in 2019. Specifically, Buhari had, in the lead story of a newspaper of February 6, 2011 captioned “2011: Why I’II Serve for Only One Term” given reasons he would not spend more than four years in office if elected president of the country.Below are Buhari’s responses to whether or not he would seek re-election.
Still on the coming presidential elections NIGERIAN TIRBUNE discloses that David Mark, Jonathan’s Minister Target PDP’s Tickets. The announcement of re-election bid by President Muhammadu Buhari has triggered a flurry of activities within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as indication emerged on Tuesday that former Senate President, David Mark, is set to join the presidential race.
Moving to the issue of security in the country, Gov Ortom urges communities to defend themselves against herdsmen attack in Benue. According to DAILY INDEPENDENT and THE PUNCH the death toll of the recent killings by Fulani herdsmen in some communities in Gwer West Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue state have risen to 24. This is even as the total number of those that have lost their lives to herdsmen attacks since the attacks began in the area in 2011 has been placed at 212. Paramount ruler, Gwer West LGA, the Ter Nagi, Daniel Abomtse, disclosed this when Governor Samuel Ortom paid the people of the area a condolence visit over the recent attacks.
Finally BUSINESS DAY reports that Early Rains Seen Raising Nigeria’s Midcrop Cocoa Output By 15%. Nigeria has seen its cocoa output increase by 15 percent despite huge numbers of old and worn-out cocoa trees across major producing states in the country, as farmers commence midcrop harvest soon. Farmers link the increase in production to early rainfall which has helped in boosting the country’s cocoa pod production in recent months.