Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has formally declared his intention to vie for the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship ticket. Sanwo-Olu who is Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s main contender, in his statement on Sunday promised to restore the glory of Lagos State if given a chance to govern the state. Sanwo-Olu is reportedly backed by the APC powerful Mandate Movement in Lagos, which is led by the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. “If elected, I shall immediately embark on full restoration of the glory of the state and make the people the cornerstone of government. I will restore the environment that has become the source of serious anxiety to Lagosians. I will relieve residents of the state the persistent gridlock that has made life brutish for all of us,” he said.
2. Senate President Bukola Saraki on Sunday, while responding to questions from newsmen at the PDP Secretariat in Minna, the capital of Niger State, said that those who are seriously plotting for his impeachment cannot succeed. “They don’t have the number to impeach me if we reconvene,” he boasted. Saraki, who is one of the PDP presidential aspirants, also met with former Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), ahead of the party’s presidential primary election.
3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has in its response to allegation that it froze the bank accounts of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the forthcoming Osun State Governorship Election, said that no account of any member of the Adeleke family was frozen. The EFCC noted that no freeze order was placed on Davido’s account or on any account belonging to members of the Adeleke family, adding that report circulating was fake news.
4. Ahead of the expiration of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s tenure as the Governor of Ekiti State on October 16, the EFCC has directed the Nigeria Customs Service to place Fayose on watch list, saying that it suspects the governor was planning to flee the nation to evade investigation. The letter was reportedly copied to the Nigeria Police, and the Department of State Services (DSS) to ensure the governor is arrested if he attempts to flee. Fayose had in a letter to the EFCC notified the anti-graft of his availability for questioning on October 16 when his immunity will expire. The EFCC in its response to the letter however noted that the governor should not wait until October 16, but should instead come on September 20.
5. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja welcomed the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, back to the party. Dogara who has not officially declared his intention to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) secretly picked the PDP Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms last week. The PDP described his move as courageous, saying that it was a call on compatriots to rally with it and rescue Nigeria.