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The present Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State has been endorsed by the Chairman of the Senate on appropriations  Danjuma Goje as the next Senate President for the ninth National Assembly.

The National Broadcasting Commission has suspended the license of the Daar Communications Ltd owned African Independent Television and Ray Power FM. The suspension has faced criticisms from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigerian Guild of Editors who reacted with shock and disbelief.

The confrontation between the Governor of Kano State Ganduje and the Emir of Kano Sanusi has intensified as the Governor asked the Emir to appear for questioning on misappropriation of funds. The Governor went as far as restricting the Emir to his palace for his Sallah activities.

Major Nigerian Newspapers have more on these stories:

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Sun Newspaper: Senate presidency: Coast clears for Lawan

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the Eighth Senate, Danjuma Goje, from Gombe State, has formally endorsed the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, from Yobe State, as the next senate president.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State disclosed this to the State House Press Corps, shortly after they met with President Muhammadu Buhari, behind closed doors, yesterday. Goje told newsmen that, in dropping his ambition, he is simply respecting the wishes of the president and the party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

El-Rufai was in company with senators Lawan, Goje, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, and senator-elect for Kaduna, Uba Sani, when he briefed newsmen on the endorsement; ahead of the Tuesday, June 11 election. El-Rufai said: “I am very pleased to announce that distinguished senator Goje has agreed to fully endorse and support the choice of the party and that of Mr. President, within the senate, that is senator Ahmad Lawan. “We are very grateful to senator Goje for his sacrifice and patience.”

Goje, on his part, said: “I want to say that, as an elder statesman in the senate for a long time. “ At my age, I should be able to appreciate leadership coming from our elders. So, in spite of all these calls, in spite of all the support I have among my colleagues in the senate, I have decided to, in deference to the loyalty I have for president Muhammadu Buhari and, in deference to the loyalty I have for my party, the APC, in the interest of our party and the development of this country, in order to assist Mr. President to deliver his promises, I have decided to respect his wish by not declaring to contest this senate presidency. “Instead, I am supporting the party’s position, thereby, endorsing the candidature of senator Ahmad Lawan.”

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Punch Newspaper: PDP, NGE, others bash FG as NBC suspends AIT/Raypower licence

The National Broadcasting Commission on Thursday announced the suspension of the licences of the African Independent Television and Ray Power FM belonging to the Daar Communications Limited. The NBC Director-General, Dr Modibbo Kawu, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, saying the shutdown of the media houses was until further notice.

The DG said the infractions committed by the media houses included their inability to pay their licence renewal fees and the airing of a Presidential election documentary while the matter was still before a tribunal, among others. Kawu said, “Following monitoring reports and complaints from concerned Nigerians about the broadcast contents of Daar Communications Plc’s AIT/Raypower broadcast stations, the NBC had, over the last two years summoned, on several occasions the management of the company to address issues regarding the operations of AIT/Raypower, particularly, Political Platform and Kakaaki aired on AIT.

“The commission’s monitoring reports on AIT/Raypower indicate the use of divisive comments accredited to the segment of Kakaaki, tagged, KakaakiSocial, where inciting comments like ‘Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta,’ ‘Nigeria irritates me,’ ‘this country is gradually Islamising,’ and other similar slogans are used without editorial control in breach of the broadcast code. We were therefore constrained to issue Daar Communications letters of warning dated May 27, 2019. “We also observed from monitoring reports that a documentary on the Presidential Election Tribunal, a pending election petition matter aired on AIT on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23 May, 2019 without regard to the provisions of the Broadcast Code.”

The NBC DG added that the commission again cautioned the AIT in another letter on May 29, 2019. He said, “In their relationship with the NBC, Daar Communications carries on, as if it is beyond the regulatory direction of the commission.  They don’t pay their licence fees as and when due. “Consequently, after several meetings with the management of Daar Communications Plc and many letters of warning, the NBC today took a decision to suspend the licence of Daar Communications Plc for failure to abide by the commission’s directives, the provisions of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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Guardian Newspaper: Tension as Ganduje queries Sanusi, restricts emir to palace

The standoff between Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II is rising to a disturbing crescendo. The governor, yesterday, queried the traditional ruler and gave him 24 hours to respond to allegations of misappropriation. The latest action followed the June 5, 2019 restriction of Sanusi’s sallah activities to the palace.

Ganduje’s restriction order brought to a sudden halt the 105-year-old Hauwa Nassarawa, the emir’s annual line of activities that include traditional homage to Government House, royal sight-seeing around Kano metropolis and other important places before returning to his palace.

Sources close to both parties said that Ganduje’s decision to call off the emir’s graceful outing and its colorful ceremonies was a fallout of their political disagreement in the run-up to the 2019 elections, a development that is already threatening the security architecture of the state more than two months after the polls.

The monarch has until this morning to respond to the issues raised in the query. Following a government-sanctioned probe of the emirate, the commission had indicted the Emirate Council of misappropriation of about N4 billion. The emir’s Chief of Staff, Alhaji Munir Sanusi confirmed receipt of the query in a telephone interview with The Guardian.

Ganduje was absent on Wednesday when the Hauwa Dauche, a presumably largest assembly of horses in Africa, turned bloody at the Kofar Kudu’s emir palace. An unconfirmed number of persons were reported dead and many sustained wounds as palace guards and local hunters confronted hoodlums who attempted to disrupt the ceremony.

A statement by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, gave reasons for the Kano State Government’s actions against the emir, citing security threat, among others. “After a security meeting that was held between governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with all the security agencies concerning all sallah celebrations, as it is usually done, there was an intelligence report of fear of breach of peace during the upcoming event. For this reason and the intelligence report, the state government declares Hauwa Nassarawa cancelled,” he said.

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