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    Press agog with suspension of aviation union’s strike, gang-up against Buhari

    APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

    The suspension of the strike at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and the alleged gang-up of force against President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 elections are some of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Friday.

    The Punch newspaper said the aviation unions under the aegis of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers on Thursday night called off their strike action against Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited.

    The Leadership newspaper said the former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made a U-turn over his support for Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition as he endorsed his former deputy to emerge as Nigeria’s president in the 2019 elections.

    The Guardian reported that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made a surprising reversal of his stance by endorsing the political ambition of his former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

    The Nation newspaper reported that Obasajo and others work against Buhari, the Presidency described the gang up as not workable and won’t stand.

    On his Twitter handle, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina tweeted: “The harder they come, the harder they fall. 2019 presidential election on my mind.”

    The Vanguard newspaper said strong indications of a fresh crisis between the Executive and Legislative arms of government emerged.

    It said the Senate at plenary said the N189 billion general elections budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be sourced from the N500 billion earmarked for Special Intervention Programme (SIP) captured in the Service Wide Votes of the 2018 Appropriation Act.

    The Sun newspaper said President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the Federal Government is ready to contend with anyone who is against the peace and unity of Nigeria.

    The Tribune said Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has turned down his invitation to the swearing-in of his successor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, next Tuesday and said he would not honour it because “people might misconstrue it and misbehave at the venue”.


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