Newspapers Review: 10 top stories that made the front pages this Monday morning


1. Presidential ticket: Ex-VP Atiku rejoins PDP, Makarfi says I may contest
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party. He made the announcement in a live Facebook broadcast. Atiku was among notable politicians who left the PDP in 2014 to form an alliance that transformed into the All Progressives Congress. In the broadcast, the former vice-president said in the last two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, three million Nigerians had lost their jobs. According to him, Nigeria needs a non-sectional party to run the Federal Government and not one that panders to regional sentiments.
2.Buhari blames Europe for illegal migration
President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed European countries for human trafficing scourge across the world, especially as it affects Africa. He also expressed disappointment with western countries over delay, or outright refusal, to repatriate more stolen funds stashed in their countries, by ex-Nigerian government officials. Reports from sources at the just-concluded fifth African Union/European Union Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire indicate that the president said for there to be a halt to human trafficking as well as curb the deaths of desperate migrants as its currently being seen in Libya, the EU must work more diligently with the African AU, to bring normalcy to Libya and for the EU to be more forthcoming with humanitarian aid and other forms of assistance to countries directly affected by the menace and by terrorism.

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3. IBB: PDP national chair position shouldn’t be for highest bidder
Former military president and one of the foundation members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), General Ibrahim Babangida (retd) has cautioned the party leadership and critical stakeholders to avoid the pitfall already placed on its path, by ensuring that the chairmanship position of the party did not go to the highest bidder. Babangida made this known, yesterday, in a press statement, signed on his behalf by his media aide, Kassim Afegbua.
4. PDP chair: S'West consensus candidate not possible, says George 
Ahead of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, one of the national chairmanship candidates from the South-West, Chief Bode George, has declared that it was late to have a consensus candidate from the geopolitical zone.
George said the chairmanship race would be left for the members to decide the person they wanted among the candidates.

Another candidate, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, had said last week that consensus candidacy was possible, saying all the candidates had been speaking with one another.

George stated this after speaking with journalists on Saturday at the end of the meeting with the Ondo State delegates to the PDP convention scheduled for December 9.

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5. The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it would solve its problems without the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi wondered if the reason Atiku gave before leaving the PDP in the first place had been solved to warrant his return to the party.
6. Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will become solid after its Saturday national convention. Jonathan also expressed the hope that by Saturday, PDP would elect its new set of national officials.
7. For boasting that his legacies still remained unparalleled after exiting office two years ago, former President Goodluck Jonathan has come under attack of the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun.
Oyegun said Jonathan had thrown dignity and decorum to the winds and took to infantility, factors which in his estimation, gave low reckoning to his status as a former President and the office he occupied.
8. Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said a united Nigeria where every citizen can actualise his or her potential in any part of the country irrespective of his or her ethnic or religious background is possible.
Ekweremadu sad he believes the citizens can live happily together in Nigeria and everybody will have the blessings of democracy and all the economic gifts, which God has bestowed on this country.
9. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has said the government is gradually, but sustainably, addressing power sector problems to achieve uninterrupted supply.
According to Fashola, the government is resolving tariff issues, generation, transmission and distribution challenges, milestones achieved and consumers’ responsibilities in making the sector work.
10. The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that despite being granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja where he is being prosecuted alongside others on charges of treasonable felony, he is still entitled to the $800m compensation for his alleged unlawful arrest and detention in 2015.
This is contained in his response to the motion filed by the Federal Government asking the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States sitting in Abuja to dismiss a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the IPOB leader.

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