Just few weeks to the 9th National Assembly, the fight for who will emerge Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives has intensified. The supporters of the two prominent contestants for the Senate Leadership have engaged in an exchange of threats and counter- threats of violence over a disagreement on the voting system to use.
Major Nigerian Newspapers have more on this story:
Sun Newspaper: Senate leadership tussle gets messy
The lawmakers are in disagreement over the voting pattern to be used in the election of the leadership of the Senate. This is happening barely three weeks to the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly.
The two major contenders for the Senate Presidency are the incumbent Leader of the Senate Ahmad Lawan and Mohammed Ali Ndume. The loyalists of Ahmad Lawan are asking for an open ballot voting system, while Ndume loyalists are rooting for a secret ballot which is currently the position of the Senate’s Standing Rules.
Guardian Newspaper: Senate leadership: Legislators disagree over voting method
There are signs of discord that can mar the entire exercise of voting the leadership of the Senate barely three weeks to the inauguration of the National Assembly.
The supporters of the two front-line candidates are now locked in an exchange of threats and counter-threats of violence because of the voting method to be adopted for the election.
Punch Newspaper: Govs neglect health care as state hospitals rot away
The condition of state hospitals across Nigeria are fast collapsing due to the neglect of the health facilities by state governments. From the buildings to the dirty and unsanitary environment, these hospitals lack even the basic equipment and consumables like face masks, hand gloves etc.
The State hospitals lack functioning emergency rooms and operating theaters.