Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday🙂. Enjoy!
1. The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2019 general election, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has picked Mrs. Haleemat Busari as his running mate. 54 year old Mrs. Busari is the wife of Mr. Olatunde Busari (SAN). According to report, those Agbaje consulted unanimously agreed that Mrs. Busari should emerge as his running mate. “The law graduate from the University of Lagos is a director on the board of several blue-chip companies, including Zain Nigeria Ltd (now Airtel Nigeria) and First Bank, Sierra Leone. Her passion for youth development has led her to head and sponsor several projects targeted at assisting young people to build socio-economic capacity at both corporate and social levels.”
2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, will bring down fuel price in the country if elected president in 2019. The PDP noted that it had been in high level talks with top international players in the oil and gas industry, adding that the party’s engagements “have shown that the appropriate pump price of fuel in the Nigerian market, under the current subsidy regimes of the Buhari Presidency, should be within the borders of N87 to N90 per litre as against the N145 currently being charged.” The PDP alleged that; “for every N145 paid for a litre of fuel, the Presidency cabal diverts a hidden N58 which Nigerians have continued to pay since the fuel price was increased from N87 to presumably subsidised cost of N145. The PDP further noted that with the current price template of crude oil in the international market, the President Buhari administration “has no justification to keep the pump price of fuel at N145 per litre and watch Nigerians groan under the weight of high prices, while a cabal at the presidency loots the funds meant to subsidiSe the product.”
3. Olujonwon Obasanjo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s son, on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at his official residence at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Buhari’s aide, Mr. Femi Adesina confirmed the meeting in a post on social media; “President Buhari receives in courtesy call Olujonwon Obasanjo (son of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) in State House on 1st Nov 2018,” he said. Unlike his father who has publicly condemned the administration of President Buhari and vehemently rejected his return for second term in 2019, Olujonwon has been supporting Buhari’s re-election.
4. Yusuf Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, 11 months after his bike accident has reportedly started his one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps at the NYSC Orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja. Yusuf had on December 26, 2017 sustained a head injury from a bike crash. He has however since recovered from the injury after he was rushed for treatment at the Cedar Crest Hospital, Gudu District. He was eventually flown out of the country for further treatment and he returned hale and hearty on March 1, 2018.
5. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, not to draw himself out by joining the smear campaign and indecent comments against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. The PDP noted that Tinubu as an elder should not reduce his pedigree by engaging in such indecorous utterances which had become the trademark of APC. PDP’s statement came as a response to Tinubu’s comment on Wednesday while speaking to State House correspondents at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. “The PDP therefore cautions Asiwaju Tinubu to redirect the discourse of his party to productive issues instead of this unbridled resort to lies, deception, beguilement, propaganda, smear campaign and uncouth language, which Nigerians now resent,” the party said.