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Nigerian Newspapers (Friday, 14 June, 2019 Edition)

Governor Ayodele Fayose

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Friday morning. Enjoy!

1. Former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has criticised former President Olusegun Obasanjo for failing to honour late Chief MKO Abiola during his administration.

Fayose in his reaction to the recent honour given to Abiola by President Muhammadu Buhari said that; it is to the shame of Obasanjo for Buhari to have recognised Abiola who is a Yoruba like him, something he couldn’t do throughout his 8 years in office.

Buhari had in 2018 conferred the highest award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCON) which is reserved only for presidents on Abiola. He also declared June 12 as Democracy Day and renamed the Abuja National Stadium after Abiola to mark the June 12, 1993 presidential election Abiola won.

2. The Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday revealed that it generates N5.5billion daily.

This was contained in a statement issued by its Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali, when he visited the headquarters of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders in Lagos.

“The automation of the customs system at ports and borders has made it easy for the service to block revenue leakages and meet targets. The system has made transaction in ports user friendly while eliminating human contact and its attendant frictions in the cargo transaction business,’’ the Customs boss said.

3. Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has asked the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, to apologies publicly to him and the entire people of the state.

Ganduje said that the Emir must apologies for dragging the Emirate Council into politics as part of the reconciliation process.

“It is very important to state that for the reconciliation to yield the desired result, Emir Sanusi has the moral burden to publicly apologise to Governor Ganduje and the entire people of Kano State for dragging the revered Kano Emirate into the murky water of politics.,” Mallam Muhammed Garba, Ganduje’s ex-commissioner for Information, said. Read More on Naija Buzz

4. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again denied having any server where the results of the February 23 presidential election were stored.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had in his petition against the outcome of the presidential poll alleged that he won the election based on the result he obtained from INEC server.

Atiku at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) seek for permission to inspect the alleged server, and smart card readers used in the conduct of the election.

INEC however asked the court to dismiss the application seeking to inspect the server and card reader because there is no server.

“They are asking us to bring something we do not have,” INEC said through its lawyer, Yunus Usman. More details on Naija Buzz

5. Senator Rochas Okorocha, the lawmaker representing Imo West, few hours after he was sworn in as senator by Senate President Ahmed Lawan, said that there is nothing like “Igbo Presidency” because it does not exist.

“Democracy is about the people and the South East alone cannot make themselves president. So you cannot be talking about Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist. We may be talking about Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction but that depends on what other geopolitical zones think about the issue,” the former Imo State Governor stated while speaking to journalists.

Okorocha noted that the South-East cannot just fold their arms and expect power to be handed over to them, saying that “power is not given”, “power is taken”. Read More

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