Nigerian newspaper review of Thursday, March 21: Presidency slams PDP for moves to halt Buhari

The Nigerian newspaper review for Thursday, March 21, revolves around the presidency daring the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to go ahead with its legal battle in efforts to contest President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election

The Nation reports that the presidency has taken a fearless and rather daring position in response to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s effort to contest the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The presidency has described the PDP’s court petitions in relation to President Buhari’s re-election as unserious.

The PDP on Wednesday, March 20, responded to the court cases filed against the announcement of results of the governorship and state Assembly polls in Bauchi and Rivers by candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Front page of Nigerian Newspaper for The Nation for Thursday, March 21 Source: UGC

Still on the cold war between both political parties, Vanguard reports that the APC has referred to the court moves by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as post-election trauma and depression.

However, the PDP, in response to the remark, accused President Buhari of standing on a stolen mandate, adding that it was obviously the winner in six states where rerun gubernatorial polls will be conducted on Saturday, March 23.

Front page of Nigerian Newspaper Vanguard for Thursday, March 21 Source: UGC

On its front page, This Day reports that the PDP has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over the halting of the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC)’s election results collation in Bauchi state.

The PDP on Wednesday dragged Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja before the NJC over alleged violation of the 1999 constitution and electoral act 2010 as amended. The opposition party told the NJC that Ekwo is guilty of misconduct for sitting on post-election case in violation to the provisions of the electoral act.

Front page of Nigerian Newspaper for This Day of Thursday, March 21

Source: UGC

Moreover, The Guardian reports that the PDP appealed to the council to salvage the nation’s democracy and take an immediate approach against the alleged misdeeds of Ekwo.

The party added that the people of Bauchi have already chosen their governor in the person of Bala Mohammed.

Front page of Nigerian Newspaper for The Guardian for Thursday, March 21

Source: UGC

The Punch reports that ahead of the rerun elections in Sokoto, Kano, Benue and Plateau scheduled to take place on Saturday, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has tightened security to avoid violence and be red alert.

Added to this, the National Peace Committee headed by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, met with the leadership of political parties in Benue and Bauchi states on Wednesday and appealed to them to allow peace reign during the polls.

Front page of Nigerian Newspaper for The Punch of Thursday, March 21

Source: UGC

 

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