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Nigerian press headlines rejection of anti-graft boss, crisis in former ruling party

The Senate rejection of the Acting Chairman of anti-graft commission and continued crisis on former ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were some of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Sunday.The Sun said indications have emerged that the Senate might invoke Order 131 of its rules to block the re-nomination of the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, for confirmation as substantive head of the anti-graft agency.

It said that the crisis in the PDP lingers on, 23 state chairmen of the party have called for an end to the leadership tussle, which has plagued the opposition party in the past 10 months.

The chairmen, who expressed support for the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, urged him to step up efforts to end the crisis.

Vanguard said the National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and factional leader, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, dug deeper in the trenches, when they clashed over the position of the chairmen of 23 states’ chapters on the crisis rocking the party.

This Day said the Supreme Court will on Thursday in Abuja, hear the case filed by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP challenging a recent judgment of the Court of Appeal, which restored the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff leadership of the party.

Punch reported that seven persons were killed in suicide attacks on Saturday evening in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Leadership said former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki has met with Nigeria’s house of representatives’ delegation that have been in South Africa on account of the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians.

Daily Trust said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently cleared the coast for the conduct of the 2019 elections by announcing relevant dates for the exercise.

Nation reported that the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refund is already causing division within the rank of state governors even before it is released to them.

Tribune said another fire outbreak occurred, on Saturday, at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, but it was quickly quelled.

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