Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Thursday 21st April 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations guiding the party.

The Nigerian leader urged ruling party members to follow due process in all party processes ahead of the 2023 general election and develop more mechanisms against corruption.

President Buhari declared them during the 11th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party held at the Transcorp Hilton Convention Center, Abuja on Wednesday.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president also warned party leaders to avoid the imposition of unpopular candidates who cannot win the 2023 elections.

The president also warned APC members against oppressive behavior and infighting within the party, stressing that this would lead to the downfall of the party.

The ruling All Progressives Congress on Wednesday set its presidential nomination and expression of interest forms at 100 million naira.

The party’s national publicity secretary, Felix Morka revealed this after the 11th national executive meeting in Abuja.

APC noted that the nomination form would go for ₦70 million while the expressions of interest forms would go for ₦30 million.

Party forms for gubernatorial aspirants cost ₦50 million; Senate, ₦20 million; House of Representatives, ₦10 million and State Houses of Assembly, ₦2 million.

Morka said women are entitled to free nomination forms but will pay for their expressions of interest forms.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has responded to the Super Mushshak trainer plane crash at its base in Kaduna state on Tuesday.

Naija News reports that the tragic crash claimed the lives of two pilots who were on board the plane on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by its spokesman, Edward Gabkwet, the Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday expressed sadness over the tragic accident which resulted in the death of two pilots.

Gabwet said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has set up an Accident Investigation Board to thoroughly investigate the immediate and remote causes of the crash. .

The NAF spokesman named the pilots who died in the crash as Flight Lieutenant Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flight Lieutenant Elijah Haruna Karatu.

He added that Amao sympathizes with the families, friends and colleagues of the two pilots, asking God to grant them the courage to bear the loss.

The statement said the CAS assured the officers, airmen and airwomen of the 401 Flying Training School that all measures will be put in place to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

The National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress has revealed the date of its presidential primaries.

The NEC on Wednesday approved May 30-31 for the primaries ahead of the 2023 general election.

Party spokesman Felix Morka revealed this after a closed-door NEC meeting in Abuja.

According to Morka, the ruling party has also set May 18 for the governorship primaries, adding that the sale of expressions of interest and nomination forms would begin this Saturday.

Leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The 94-year-old statesman argued that the resignation should have taken place around five years ago.

While challenging the federal government to arrest him for fake news, Adebanjo added that President Buhari is one of the culprits behind the insecurity plaguing Nigeria and unless he leaves office, Nigeria cannot be secured.

He accused the president of dealing with criminal shepherds killing innocent citizens with gloved hands and sending security forces after those who made legitimate demands.

The Afenifere leader added that there must be a change in the constitution before meaningful progress can be made, because without it the 2023 elections will be just a personnel change and nothing more.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday ruled out consensus mode to choose its presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general election.

The party, however, said it would choose its presidential candidate through an indirect primary.

The decision was taken during the 11th meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee held at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja.

This comes after it was reported that some governors elected on the party’s platform opposed the consensus mode to choose its presidential candidate and gubernatorial candidates in the 2023 general election.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has slammed Defense Minister Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) for failing to tackle the insecurity gripping the nation.

The group said seeking God’s intervention is an excuse for the failure to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.

They condemned the military and police operations in Orlu, saying that many innocent bystanders and property owners lost their lives and were robbed of their homes by unknown gunmen.

HURIWA, in a statement by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said it was a fraudulent act to continue earning a salary with taxpayers’ money while turning to God for a solution to the problems of insecurity that afflicts the nation.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has taken over the powers of the party’s National Executive Council for the next 90 days.

Naija News understands that the APC NWC led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu will now make decisions which may require the intervention of the NEC for the next couple of months.

The party’s National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore made the revelation on Wednesday during the party’s NEC meeting held at the Transcorp Hilton Convention Center, Abuja.

Omisore said Senate Speaker Ahmed Lawan proposed the motion to transfer powers from the NEC to the NWC and was seconded by Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State.

The APC secretary said the transfer of powers from the NEC to the NWC was in accordance with Article 13(3) of the party’s constitution.

The federal government has ordered electric distribution companies (DisCos) to charge consumers based on the hours of electricity delivered.

Naija News reports that the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) gave the directive in a statement via its Twitter account on Tuesday.

The commission also ordered electricity distribution companies to install meters purchased by consumers within ten days of payment.

He also asked DisCos to take notice of the supply of epileptics in the country following the collapse of the national network last month.

The FCCP has urged DisCos to respect consumer rights, as complaints against electric utilities rose to 478,415 in the first six months of last year.

Tunde Rahman, the media assistant to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, revealed why his principal was absent from the National Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

The presidential aspirant’s spokesman in conversation with Punch said the APC constitution does not grant Tinubu permission to attend the meeting.

Naija News previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governors, National Party Chairman Abdullahi Adamu and other party stakeholders attended the meeting.

He noted that the members of the NEC are the president, vice president, president of the senate, president, presidents of the party in different states and members of the national executives of the party.

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