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Press agog with Lagos governorship crisis, Buhari’s message to defectors

The political development in the Lagos state governorship seat in the ruling party and President Muhammdu Buhari’s collection of nomination forms and his argument that defectors from his party are weak dominate the headlines of
Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday.Vanguard’s lead story highlighted that Lagos and indeed, much of the entire South-West was on tenterhooks as political permutations against a second term for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode reached a crescendo with the unravelling of the governor’s political base.

Worse, the governor’s prospects of serving out the rest of his first term, it was learnt, was hanging in the balance upon claims of momentum to remove him from office if he does not drop his second term aspiration.

ThisDay newspaper also led with the story, saying that the political intrigues shaping the governorship race in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State intensified as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode indicated that he would not go down without a fight.

It said Ambode had reached out to the presidency in Abuja to intervene on his side as he battles the Mandate Group, the political machine of his godfather, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The Guardian also asked: “Is there a conspiracy to stop the second term bid of Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode?

This poser seems to be resolved in the affirmative amid frenetic political developments in the state, and also reported that the incumbent had on Monday picked the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It also reported that investors coming into Nigeria, especially the telecommunications sector, have been guaranteed a 30 percent cut in company income tax payment payable to the government.

The Punch newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, lashed out at defectors from the All Progressives Congress, describing them as weak and selfish politicians.

He spoke while accepting the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC from a group, the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network.

The Leadership newspaper said following the recent gas emission from exposed coal seam in Umuozu community in Otolo, Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State, the minister of state, Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Abubakar Bawa Bwari, has ordered an intensive investigation to ascertain the possible effect of the incident on the communities.

The Nation newspaper reported that the United States (U.S.) Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, has attributed poor social infrastructure development in Nigeria to the weak system of tax collection in the country.

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