Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning. Enjoy!
1. The Arewa Consultative Forum has asked lawmakers-elect to elect any presiding officers of their choice.
According to Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, the ACF National Publicity Secretary, it is the prerogative of members of the ninth assembly to choice any presiding officers of their choice.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had already anointed Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for next Senate President and Speaker respectively.
But Senator Ali Ndume and Senator Danjuma Goje have all declared their interests to contest the position against their party’s choice.
2. Report has it that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will this week meet in Abuja ahead of the election of the principals of the 9th National Assembly.
Senate President Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, are expected to be at the meeting where the PDP leadership would discuss and decide who to support to succeed them.
Although no PDP member has openly declared intention to contest any of the two national assembly positions, the ruling party had however anointed Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to emerge as Senate President and Speaker respectively.
3. Senator Dino Melaye on Saturday announced his intention to contest the 2019 Kogi State Governorship elections.
It was confirmed that the lawmaker who represents Kogi West Senatorial District declared his decision to run against who could be apparently described as his greatest political enemy, Governor Yahaya Bello.
The lawmaker announced his intention at a PDP meeting held at Maj. Gen. David Jemibewon Ayetoro’s country home on Saturday.
4. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has vehemently condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Buhari had barely 24 hours after his inauguration as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for second term travelled to Saudi Arabia for the OIC meeting.
CAN expresses worries over an alleged islamisation agenda and described Buhari’s visit as unconstitutional.
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement few hours ago asked if the President would also attend the meeting of the World Council of Churches. Read More on Naija Buzz
5. Reacting to the recent moves by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, has noted that the previous Supreme Court acquittal in his favour is not enough to stop the anti-graft from going after him for another offence.
Naija Buzz had few weeks ago reported how the EFCC sealed 2 houses (15, and 16 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos) belonging to Saraki and house number 17 suspected to be Saraki’s too.
The Supreme Court had in 2017 found him not guilty in a case against him involving same properties.
The AGF Office however noted that despite the apex court acquittal in a case involving the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), other law enforcement agencies could also investigate him on other offences. Read More on Naija Buzz