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Nigerian News Headlines Today (Friday, 14 September, 2018 Edition)

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning🙂. Enjoy!

1. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday in Lokojo, during an interactive session with journalists at the Kogi State secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that there is no serious issue between him and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He noted that there was never any serious disagreement between Obasanjo and him, adding that all grey area of disagreement would be addressed after getting the ticket of the PDP for the 2019 presidential election. His statement is however contrary to reports in circulation, as a recent report even stated that the former president said that even God would not forgive him if he supports Atiku to become president. Atiku however once stated that he stopped Obasanjo from becoming president for the third time.

2. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday night, during a meeting with young aspirants under the All Progressives Congress at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that, he remained a loyalist to his political party for 7 years even without any appointment. According to Osinbajo, after he left office as the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in 2003, he was without any other appointment. “For seven years — after serving as Lagos Attorney-General — I was part of the party, I did not have a board appointment or anything, but I kept working for the party. I kept working for the party as a lawyer. Most of those cases we were not paid a dime. But we went from place to place. Sometimes, we didn’t even have a place to stay when we went to court the next morning. So, there is a measure of paying the price, it depends on how serious or committed we are to some of the things we say we are committed to. I believe that, in party politics, we must go beyond positions, whether elective or appointed, but we must be committed to something, the principles and beliefs of those who are the forebears of that party,” he said.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the sole presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has indicated that the APC is irredeemably doomed for a crushing defeat in 2019. The PDP noted that Buhari’s fear to contest an elective presidential primary is the reason why the APC scared away other presidential aspirants with threats and high nomination form fee. “Had President Buhari shed his desperation for power and allowed internal democracy within the APC, particularly when it became clear that Nigerians have become averse to his re-election due to his incompetence and insensitivity to their plight, there would have been hope for the APC. In muzzling contest in the APC and gleefully emerging a sole candidate, President Buhari has merely won a pyrrhic victory; a General without a troop, without capacity to face a general election, as the army of stakeholders and the masses that supported him in 2015 have left him because of his unfulfilled promises and many failures in governance,” PDP said.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS). Bichi will immediately replace Matthew Seiyefa, who took over from the Lawal Daura who was sacked by Acting President Osinbajo on August 7, following a siege at the National Assembly by operatives of the secret agency. “President Buhari has approved with effect from the 14th of September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as new Director-General of the Department of State Service. The appointee is a core secret service operative,” Buhari’s aide, Garba Shehu, said.

5. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, on Thursday, alleged that he was asked to beg for the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). This statement came following a revelation that the Speaker had secretly picked the Peoples Democratic Party Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms. “Truly, I have decided that I will not contest election again. They said they would give me a ticket in the APC but that I must go and beg for it. I said I did not need the ticket. In politics, I have never gone to anybody’s house to beg for a ticket. My ticket is my people. I have assured them that even if I run under a zero party, my people will vote for me. So long as it is Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa (constituency), even if we run under zero party; we will win by God’s grace. We have thrived well in many political battles in the past and this one too, we shall overcome it. Nobody can threaten us or tell us that we cannot contest the election in a political party we spent our resources to establish; only God can stop us,” Dogara said.

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