Good Morning Nigeria! Happy new month! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning????. Enjoy!
1.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vehemently condemned the attendance of governors from Niger Republic to the presidential rally of President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano State on Thursday. The PDP noted that the presence of the two governors from Niger is an indication that APC will import voters from neighbouring countries for the February 16 presidential poll. Governor Issa Moussa of Zinder and Maradi State Governor, Zakiri Umar, both from the Republic of Niger, were on Thursday in Kano to rally support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election
2. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday at the public presentation of a book titled, ‘Politics as Dashed Hope in Nigeria,’ which was written by Dr. Auwalu Anwar, urged Nigerians to have faith in the country despite what he described as the underperformances of President Muhammadu Buhari. OBJ who was the chairman at the event however asked Nigerians to rise and defend the country’s democracy.
3. Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), at a press conference in Abuja raised an alarm over an alleged plot by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest him. According to him, the plan was to arrest him and keep him away unit after elections. He further alleged that the plot was because he has in his possession, copies of the asset declaration forms of some top government officials, including that of the current Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, adding that the government does not want it published because it is the same reason why Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended.
4. Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, while speaking on Thursday at the 2019 Citizen Forum titled, ‘Civic Choice in a Time of Judicial Penkelemes’, said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are two political parties worthy of vehement rejection. He further vowed not to vote President Muhammadu Buhari nor former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming presidential poll. “For the avoidance of doubt, let me make my position quite clear; I don’t want any ambiguity. I, Wole Soyinka, will not be voting for either of the two so-called contesting (political) parties. I find both of them worthy of absolute rejection for a number of reasons which I wouldn’t go into. I am not interested in comparative assessment. It is too late for that.
5. Senator Kabir Marafa, the lawmaker representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for maintaining its earlier position on the rejection of the ruling All Progressives Congress candidates in Zamfara State. The senator who addressed journalists in Abuja noted that INEC’s decision not to recognize any any of the APC in the forthcoming election shows that it would conduct a free, fair and credible general elections. He further urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore his planned APC rally in Zamfara.