Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will not issue Certificates of Return to candidates in places where its officials are held hostage or force to declare winners under duress in the forthcoming March 9 governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
2. The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal has reserved judgment in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate, Ademola Adeleke, who contested the September 2018 gubernatorial election in the state. The tribunal, after hearing the final addresses from the PDP and APC on Thursday said it would announce its judgment in the next 48hours.
3. A senior member of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s legal team, Chief Chris Uche, has said that it was unnecessary to appeal against the portions of the ruling by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which rejected their requests to photocopy, scan, and inspect card readers used for the February 23 election. “Filing an appeal against those portions of the ruling is totally unnecessary. This is because we at liberty to make the requests again at the pre-hearing stage after we must have filed our petition,” Mr. Uche said.
4. On Thursday, one person was killed following clash between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the supporters of the Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State. The incident happened in the Ifo Local Government Area of the state. According to report, supporters of APM hit one of the supporters of the APC with their vehicle and killed him during an APC rally in the Local Government. The Governor of the State, Ibikunle Amosun, is an APC member and a senator-elect under APC. But he is however supporting his anointed candidate of APM against his party candidate in the March 9 governorship election in the state.
5. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will reportedly pay over N1billion to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Air Force for storing and conveying of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. “Provision for Central Bank of Nigeria charges for storage and logistics including NAF charges: N1, 050, 000, 000.00. Storage and logistics of sensitive election materials in all our 36 states and FCT at CBN for the two elections at N28, 378, 378.38,” INEC’s 2019 election project plan read in part.
6. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sit up and face the job he begged Nigerians to do instead of lamenting on the things that had been consigned into the dustbin of history. The PDP statement came as a response to Buhari who had earlier said that the PDP still needs to explain to Nigerians how they squandered Nigeria’s wealth irresponsibly and in an unprecedented manner for 16 years.