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Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Monday, July 16th.

Presidency Mocks Fayose, Calls Him ‘High-Powered Nothing’

The Presidency has described the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, as a ”high-powered nothing” following the defeat of his party in Saturday’s governorship election in the state. Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated the deputy governor of the state and candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Kolapo Olusola, and 33 others to emerge winner of the poll. Buhari’s top media aide Garba Shehu said in a statement titled “Fayose: In The End, A High-Powered Nothing,” that the people of Ekiti, with the result, had spoken against Fayose.

Legal Battle Awaits Fayose

Governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose may have other issues, aside his party’s defeat in the July 14 Ekiti governorship election, to worry about, as a top electoral officer has demanded a public apology from him within 48 hours. The electoral officer is the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amina Zakari, who is in charge of Election Operations and Logistics. Zakari wants Fayose to apologise publicly to her for accusing her of conniving with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress candidate (APC), Kayode Fayemi, to rig Saturday’s governorship election.

France Retain W/Cup 20 Years After Winning On Home Soil

Twenty years after winning on home soil, France have again been crowned World  champions after bashing Croatia 4-2 in the final of the 2018 edition in Russia.

Again, Nigerian Killed In South Africa

The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubola, has revealed that unknown assailants have killed another Nigerian Martin Ebuzoeme in the country. Olubola stated that the victim was killed in Yeoville, Johannesburg, around 7:30pm on 12 July. The killing came barely 24 hours after the visit of South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, to Nigeria. Ramaphosa had during his visit on July 11 said that the killing of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country was an act of criminality, not specifically targeted at Nigerians.

PDP Candidate Olusola Rejects Ekiti Guber Result

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola, has rejected the result of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Kayode Fayemi as the winner of the poll. Olusola said: “PDP and I won the election overwhelmingly, receiving more than 70 per cent of lawful votes cast and winning in almost all of the State’s 16 local government areas.

Okotie Urges APC, PDP To Make Him Consensus Candidate

The General Overseer of the Household of God Church, Rev. Chris Okotie, has revealed that God instructed him to tell the ruling APC and PDP to adopt him as consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential election. Speaking on Sunday while declaring interest to contest the election, he stated that time has come for truth and transparency in government. The cleric also noted that Nigeria was more divided and segregated than ever before.

React To NYSC Certificate Scandal, SERAP Urges Adeosun

Rights group SERAP has asked the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to clear the air over the allegations of certification forgery leveled against her. The organisation wants the minister to do so “without further delay’ and settle the facts of the case once and for all.”  And SERAP says that “Suspicions of certificate forgery involving a senior member of the government if not urgently and satisfactorily addressed would weaken public trust in the government’s oft-expressed commitment to transparency and accountability.”

Buhari Arrives The Hague For ICC’s 20th Anniversary

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived The Hague on Sunday evening ahead of his slated appearance at the International Criminal Court. Buhari was invited to deliver the keynote address at the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the ICC Rome Statute. The presidential aircraft that conveyed him from Abuja arrived Rotterdam-The Hague Airport at about 7.23 pm Nigerian time.

Serena’s Husband Feared She Might Die

The husband of Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian, was scared that her wife could die after giving birth to their daughter in 2017. Williams had survived surgery to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title on Saturday.

List Of Individual-Prize Winners At 2018 W/Cup

Croatia’s Luka Modric has won the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after guiding his side to second place at the competition. The team lost 4-2 to France on Sunday but the Real Madrid man took the Most Valuable Player award after an impressive showing.

That’s the roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website. See you again tomorrow.