Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the academic qualifications submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari were good enough to run for the Office of the President.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had among its petitions against Buhari’s victory at the tribunal said that Buhari was not qualified to run for president because he does not have a valid minimum requirement of school certificate.
INEC said; it was “satisfied with the educational qualification presented” by President Buhari.
Naija Buzz had reported that the Electoral Commission denied the server result presented by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, saying that they were fake as it did not collate results electronically.
2. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that its members are free to consult with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the leadership of the National Assembly.
According to the ruling party, APC consulting the PDP is normal and does not contradict the party’s position.
The APC had however said that PDP members in the National Assembly were not needed for the election of its candidates into the NASS leadership positions.
“But democracy recognises the importance of the opposition. Especially when you do not have two-third which would be required at some very critical situations. For us as a ruling party, we understand that a stable and peaceful National Assembly would enhance our capacity to deliver more for the people of Nigeria,” the party spokesman said.
3. Mr. Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications, on Saturday vowed that his faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State would retrieve the party from those he described as predators in the state.
According to Shittu in a programme on Fresh FM in Ibadan, the APC National leadership was forced to accept those who were not qualified as its executive members in the state.
The Minister was disqualified alongside his former colleague, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan, from contesting the governorship primaries in their respective states during the build-up of the 2019 general elections.
Shittu during the radio programme further called Ajimobi a dictator and betrayer.
4. The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that it has no plan to remove fuel subsidy soon.
Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, on Sunday revealed this while responding to the advice of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the Nigerian Government to remove fuel subsidy.
Following IMF’s advice to Nigeria, fuel queues have appeared in many parts of the nation including Ondo, Osun and even the Federal Capital Territory.
The fuel queue is apparently caused by the rumours of possible subsidy removal.
“There is no imminent plan to remove subsidy,” Finance Minister Zainab said at a briefing on the outcome of their meeting with investors and institutions at the IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington DC, United States, as reported by Naija Buzz.
5.Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in a state broadcast on Friday called on his predecessor, Ex-Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who is the current Minister of Transport, to join him in ending divisive politics in the oil rich state.
“I appeal to the APC and the Minister of Transportation to join hands with us to move our dear state forward,” Wike said.
Amaechi is the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, while Governor Wike is the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC and PDP power struggle in the state has led to many deaths especially during elections.
The APC was disqualified by the Supreme Court from contesting the 2019 general election in the state, while Governor Wike was just recently re-elected for his second term.