Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Senator Shehu Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, has described Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State as an unpopular government who hasn’t achieved anything since 2015. “The question is, can he win? The fact is that he is one of the most unpopular governors in the history of Kaduna State. The President (Muhammadu Buhari) has been to the state for many times, but how many times have you seen him inaugurating a project in the state? Sani asked.
2. MTN Nigeria Communications Limited on Thursday reached an agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the $1.8billion being demanded from it by the apex bank over alleged forex remittances infraction by the telecom giant. MTN had sued CBN and the Attorney General of the Federation before the Federal High Court in Lagos. At the proceedings on December 4, 2018, the parties however told the court that they were going for an out-of-court settlement. On Thursday following resumption of the hearing, MTN told the judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, that it had finally reached an agreement with the CBN.
3. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of violating the constitution and the Electoral Act 2010. According to Atiku, the Buhari-led APC deployed state resources and apparatuses for its 2019 presidential campaign. “We wish to remind President Buhari and the APC that the use of state videos released by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is illegal under the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. The media is awash with advertisements with the hashtag #PMBDIDIT and signed by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and referencing so-called achievements of the APC administration in the states of Abia, Kwara, Lagos, Ebonyi, Delta and Kano, among others. These are without doubt 2019 presidential campaign materials produced by the Ministry of Information and Culture using state resources and apparatuses to benefit President Buhari,” Atiku said through his media adviser, Paul Ibe.
4. Senator Buruji Kashamu, the lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District, on Thursday directed all his supporters to work with members of the Lado faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the overall interest of the party. The Lado faction in Ogun is led by Ladi Adebutu, a member of the House of Representatives, who had been in a supremacy battle with Kashamu over the control of the party structure in the state and the state PDP governorship ticket. “It is true we are in court. But, we are hopeful that the issues will be resolved sooner than later. However, in the overall interest of the party, it is better and wiser for us to work together as members of the same family pending the resolution of the issues in court. Let us put aside our ego, prejudices and personal interests, and work together for the party – in the hope that whoever carries the day will work for the party, its members and the generality of the people,” Kashamu said.
5. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday said that the ongoing strike would not be called off until the Federal Government fully implements all the offers it made to the union in their last meeting. “Our members said they want to see evidence of satisfactory implementation of all they have proposed before the strike can be called off,” Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU, told Punch, adding that the meeting between the union and federal government on Tuesday was not successful.
6. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday attacked the Nigerian Governors’ Forum over its statement that there would be economic crisis in Nigeria if President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to present an executive bill on N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly. The governors had agreed to pay N22,500, saying that the amount demanded by the labour was not feasible. NLC however told the governors to cut down on their financial excesses and reckless expenses to pay workers N30,000.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday while speaking at the inaugural meeting of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious in the forthcoming Presidential Election. He noted that with an extra push by the campaign council, the February 16 election would only be a formality. “I will like to appeal to you to dedicate yourselves once again to the task at hand. There is no doubt that victory is ours. But that shouldn’t mean we should rest even for a moment,” he said.