Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleges that the Federal Government and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are planning to disrupt its National Convention scheduled to hold on Saturday. According to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday in Abuja, “Part of the outcome of the meeting of the NWC today (Thursday) is to alert the nation as well as the international community to plots by the ruling party and the ruling government to disrupt our national convention scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the 6th of October through Sunday, the 7th October. We are aware; we have been informed of machinations by the ruling government and the ruling party who is mortally afraid of any form of election to disrupt our convention and to ensure that we don’t have a presidential candidate We invite Nigerians to take note of this and we invite the international community to take serious note of the plots by the ruling government to thwart the efforts of the opposition to elect a candidate that will go into the February general elections against President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
2. On Thursday, Governor on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to protest against what it described as the rancorous party primaries conducted by the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee across the country. Some governors are angry over the disqualification of their anointed candidates and others over the conduct of the governorship primaries in their various states.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday during a visit by a former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, said that his administration was elected to fight corruption. According to Buhari his fight against corruption is non-negotiable, adding that his government is already making good progress on it and Nigerians cannot be disappointed. “For this administration, fighting corruption is non-negotiable. It is a must. We must fight corruption frontally because it’s one of the reasons we got elected,” Buhari said. Former President Mbeki who was at the Presidential Villa to update Buhari on his effort so far as the head of the African Union High-Level Panel on Illicit Flows from Africa, also noted that Countries need the political will to stop the illicit flow. Nigeria has shown a good example.
4. Mr. John Campbell, a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, in a new book “Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know” he co-authored which was presented to the public on Thursday in Lagos at the US Consul General’s residence, said that although Nigeria possesses extraordinary potentials, it is still truly troubled giants of Africa. “Though it possesses extraordinary potential, Nigeria is truly the troubled giant of Africa. And Nigeria exports Christian clergy to the United Kingdom and the United States. Nigerians living outside of Nigeria have been notably successful in business and finance, and they are known for their entrepreneurial spirit,” he said.