Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Prof. Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has called on Senate President Bukola Saraki to step down as Senate President for the sack of morality. According to Sagay who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Saraki should give up his crown since he is a member of the minority party in the Senate. “Saraki’s refusal to step down is a moral issue. The constitution does not specify that the Senate President must be a member of the majority party. All it states is that the majority of those sitting at the Senate will elect a Senate President. But by convention, there is no party that is in the majority that will allow a member of the minority party to lead. Now that he has crossed over to the PDP, he is morally bound to step aside and then re-contest as a PDP candidate. I am advising him to step down. Morally, he has no right to be there and if he is a man of honour and integrity, who has self-respect, he should not remain in office,” he said.
2. Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the forthcoming Osun State Governorship Election, said that he gained admission into a United States university without presenting his West African School Certificate Examination (WAEC) result. “We all went to school and we know that some results would not be released. But they may release the remaining results tomorrow. Who knows? After I sat for the exams, my mind was in the US. The university I attended did not need our qualification from here. I sat for their qualifying exam,” he said.
3. The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has reportedly written to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, requesting permission to search the residence of Mr. Lawal Daura, the sacked Director General of the Department of States Services (DSS). Mr. Idris noted that Daura confessed to have deployed the DSS operatives to the National Assembly on “a claim of an intelligence report that unauthorised persons were planning to smuggle undisclosed dangerous weapons and incriminating items into the National Assembly.” Idris in his letter to Osinbajo said; “I write to most respectfully appraise Your Excellency that following a petition from your esteemed office to investigate and report findings against Lawal Daura, the sacked DG, DSS, a team of cracked operatives headed by Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, were deployed and take the suspects into custody for interrogation and investigation.
4. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, in a recent statement at a stakeholders meeting in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, said that he was not going to contest for any elective position in 2019. According to him, he is only going to join hands with like minds to wrest power from the grip of Senate President Bukola Saraki in Kwara State. “I can tell you that if we all remain united, we can’t and we won’t lose the looming battle for the survival of our dear state. All that is required is for us all to subordinate our individual ambitions to the collective efforts, work to wrest our state from the hegemony of one man and his cohorts. On my own part, I can say here, without equivocating, that I won’t be running for any office during the forthcoming elections. For me, it is not about any clamour for office. It is about working with all like minds for the greater benefit of our people,” he said.
5. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unblocked the accounts of the Government of Benue and Akwa Ibom States. David Olofu, the Benue Commissioner for Finance, confirmed on Thursday that the anti-graft had unblocked all the states accounts. The EFCC had had suspended the state accounts after accusing Governor Samuel Ortom of N22billion fraud. The governor however noted that he was only being victimized because he dumped the ruling party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Government of Akwa Ibom state however noted that some of its account and not all were unblocked.