Here are the top 10 stories from Nigerian daily newspapers for today, 22nd March 2023 on Politics, business, entertainment, and economy.
1. Obi, Atiku, Others File Petition, Ask Tribunal To Void Tinubu’s Election
Presidential candidates of some opposition political parties have formally filed petitions at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, challenging the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC as the winner of the February 25th election and president-elect.
Labour Party and its candidate, Peter Obi lodged their petition at the tribunal on Tuesday morning. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar followed suit with his own late Tuesday which is the deadline for filing a petition about the election Read more.
2. Nigerians Now Realise Their Voting Power – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that looking at what transpired during the just concluded general elections, Nigerians have proven that when given the opportunity through a free and fair election, are capable of deciding who leads them without anyone telling them what to do.
Buhari stated this during a farewell meeting with outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard in the State House Abuja. Read more.
3. Tinubu Condemns Physical, Verbal Assaults During March 18 Polls
President-elect, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, condemned the physical and verbal assaults meted out to voters in some states of the federation during last Saturday’s governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.
Tinubu also called for reconciliation and healing with the elections over.
His message comes as many Nigerians and opposition political parties have expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the elections.
4. US Asks Buhari To Prosecute Those Behind Violent Suppression Of Voters During Elections
The United States has called on the Nigerian authorities to diligently prosecute individuals found to have been involved in activities that led to violent suppression and intimidation of voters during the just concluded 2023 general elections.
The US Mission Nigeria strongly condemned the spread of ethnic hate messages during and after the governorship elections, particularly in Lagos and threatened to come up with additional sanctions against people found to have been involved in disrupting the democratic process in the country. Read more.
5. CBN’s MPC Raises Interest Rate To 18%
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has increased the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) from 17.5 per cent to 18 per cent. The MPR serves as a benchmark for commercial banks’ loan interest rates.
The decision taken by the CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) after its meeting on Tuesday has come under scrutiny by experts who believe it has deeper negative implications on the economy than envisaged by the monetary authorities. Read More
6. Emefiele Apologises For Recurring Online Transactions’ Failure
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has admitted to challenges faced by bank customers following the limit on cash withdrawals and apologised for the deluge of online transaction failures in the country.
7. I Remain Opposite Of What You Say About Me, Obi Replies Nnamani
The Labour Party (LP), presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, has replied the Senator representing Enugu East senatorial district, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani, who after losing his seat to a Labour Party, candidate, on Saturday, accused him of among other things, playing ethnic and religious politics.
Nnamani, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who lost the election to Kelvin Chukwu of the Labour Party, blamed the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for being responsible for his defeat at the polls.
8. IPAC Urges INEC To Declare Winner Of Enugu Guber Election
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Enugu State chapter has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to, as a matter of urgency, declare a winner for the governorship election held in the state.
IPAC’s call was in the response to the persisting stalemate caused by contestations by the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about the results in Nkanu East and Nsukka Local Government Areas in the state which led to INEC’s suspension of the collation of results on Monday, to review the issues raised.
9. Abia: INEC Boss Denies Issuing Directive Contrary To Its Guidelines
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has denied giving the Returning Officer for Abia governorship election, Prof Nnenna Oti any directive contrary to the guidelines of the commission during the collation of results in the state as being rumoured on social media.
10. Anambra Cleric, Odumeje, Prophesies His Death
The general overseer of the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention and Deliverance Ministry, Onitsha, Chukwuemeka Ohanere, who is popularly known as Odumeje has prophesied that he would soon die, saying he has completed his earthly mission.
The controversial cleric has been trending for his weird spiritual exercises that have enthralled many miracle seekers who often besieged his church on the days he had programmes.