Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Babalele Abdullahi, son-in-law and Finance Director of group of companies owned by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Paul Ibe, Media aide to Atiku Abubakar, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday. According to him, the arrest was part of the plot to make Atiku concede the result of the just concluded election.

2. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, inaugurated his legal team to challenge the result of the 23 February presidential election. The Wazirin Adamawa vowed that he would use every legal means to secure victory. A statement made signed by his spokesman, Paul Ibe, said the team is headed by Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN.

3. Corps members deployed as ad hoc staff of INEC will not be allowed to work in security-challenged areas in the country, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said. Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, said corps members would not be posted to work as ad-hoc staff for the March elections in any state or area of the Federation that had been adjudged as having security challenges.

4. Ahmed Maiyaki, spokesman to immediate past Kaduna State Governor, Ramalan Yero, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In a statement on Saturday by Maiyaki, he said the decision was made after consulting with his family and dissecting the development plans of the two candidates of the ruling APC, Governor Nasir El-Rufai and opposition PDP Isa Ashiru Kudan, ahead of March 9, governorship election in Kaduna.

5. Retired General, Ibrahim Babangida, former Military President, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defeated Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election. In a statement he signed on Saturday, IBB congratulated the Nigerian electorate for conducting themselves peacefully during the voting process and also tasked the president on immediate action on security, the economy and others.

6. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said: “the fabrication being peddled by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is making some demands from President Muhammadu Buhari, ‘’is absolute falsehood and outright lies”. Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Saturday, stated that Abubakar had not, and will never, make or accept any condition from President Buhari regarding the rigged February 23, 2019, Presidential election.

7. Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) has confirmed that a trainer aircraft crashed in Kaduna on Friday. The institution said this in a release posted on its website Saturday afternoon. NCAT, however, explained that the pilot and other occupants were in good condition.

8. About six persons have been reportedly killed and eight others injured by unknown gunmen who attacked Sabon Sara village in Kidandan of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Report has it that the gunmen stormed the village at about 1.30am in the early hours of Saturday in their efforts to kidnap one Alhaji Na Sidi, a seasoned farmer in the village.

9. Major opposition parties in Oyo State on Saturday adopted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde ahead of the March 9th election in the State. The leaders of the opposition parties including Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) adopted Makinde at their meeting held in Ibadan the state capital.

10. Nigerian activist, Deji Adeyanju who just regained his freedom after 78-days in prison has told President Muhammadu Buhari to be ready for another next four years of criticisms. Adeyanju who arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Saturday after his time in Kano prison vowed to remain committed to holding government accountable and speaking the truth to power all the time. According to him, his detention was “Vitamin C that re-energised and refreshed his activism’ spirit towards the government.

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