The newspapers for Monday, July 17, report on a statement by the APC that a manifesto is not a four-year programme and the move by the presidency to take the issue surrounding the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC boss to the Supreme Court among others.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it would not be reasonable for Nigerians to expect the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fulfil its campaign promises within four years in office.
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The party in a statement on Sunday, July 16, by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi entitled “Re: ‘PDP Unveils Plans To Sack APC, said a manifesto is not a four-year programme, The Guardian reports.
The party urged Nigerians to remain resolute in support of the APC and Buhari, expressing confidence that whatever difficulty Nigerians are going through would soon be a thing of the past.
It said: “We need to point out however that APC is the new wife that is busy working at the kitchen that has been looted empty by the former wife who had made away with the entire foodstuffs and even the kitchen utensils. Nigerians know this. If the food is a little late in coming, they understand the circumstance. But if that other thieving wife now begins to argue that she was a better cook and should be brought back into the kitchen because the new wife is a slow cook, then that should pass for hypocrisy.
“No matter the temporary hardship that we may be experiencing, Nigerians know better than to bring PDP back to power so soon for fear that this time, they might disappear with the kitchen itself."
Meanwhile, a source has disclosed that the presidency has decided to approach the Supreme Court over the lingering crisis between the executive and the National Assembly regarding the powers of the president to appoint some heads of government agencies without recourse to the Senate based on the provisions of Section 171 of the constitution.
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The Punch, citing a presidency source said the decision of the presidency to take the matter to court was based on legal advice made available to the government on the different interpretations of the law on the matter.
The Senate and the executive have been at logger heads after acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, ruled out the possibility of President Muhammadu Buhari replacing the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate twice.
The acting president had argued that Senate confirmation was not needed for the EFCC chairman based on the provisions of Section 171 of the constitution.
The Senate in response to Osinbajo’s statement resolved to step down all requests for confirmation into executive positions from the presidency.
In other news, the EFCC is set to seize a mansion belonging to Kola Aluko, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This is coming 48 hours after the US Department of Justice released details of how part of the $1.5billion oil production contracts funds were allegedly laundered by Aluko, and former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Nation reports that the commission will also apply for the forfeiture of two houses belonging to the former minister.
The UAE authorities are reportedly assisting the Nigerian authorities to identify and documented all the properties for forfeiture.
Vanguard reports that following a quit notice issued by a coalition of northern youths to Igbos to leave northern Nigeria before October 1, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) met with the northern coalition over the weekend with a view of finding a peaceful co-existence of various groups in all parts of the country.
The northern coalition which issued the ultimatum said it had begun the process of reviewing its earlier demands asking the Igbo to quit the region.
The northern group however stated that it would still press ahead with its petition to the United Nations asking it to intervene in the affairs of the nation.
The OYC on its part, dissociated itself from secessionist agitations, and asked Nigerians to consider such agitations as perhaps a cry to redress noticeable imbalance in the composition of the country.
Meanwhile, a panel of professionals and leaders of thought cutting across the northern and southern parts of the country have expressed divided positions on the clamour for restructuring.
This Day reports that while some of the panelists who appeared on Arise News Network, argued that what the country needed was better governance and a departure from the leadership of the past, others contended that there is a structural defect in the polity which if not fixed, could lead to Nigeria’s disintegration.
However, there was a consensus that the agitation for restructuring was a due to the failure of good governance, equity, justice and fairness in the country.
In the video below, NAIJ.com TV asked some Nigerians if they support the call for restructuring of the county or a split up of the country.