Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Prof. Olusola Kolapo, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14 Ekiti State Governorship election, has accused the Federal Government was spending part of the $321million recovered Abacha loot in the state. The President Muhammadu Buhari-led FG had stated that the money would be distributed to about 300,000 poor home across Nigeria. Olusola however noted that about $50million was moved from Abuja to Ekiti to support Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the APC in tomorrow’s election. “Last week Saturday, two bullion vehicles were moved to the Akure Airport to evacuate cash brought from Abuja by a chartered flight. After offloading the huge cash, the bullion van first moved to the Ondo State Government House in Akure from where they left for Isan Ekiti, the hometown of the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi,” Mr. Lere Olayinka, the Director, Media and Publicity of Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation stated.
2. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, the Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the Constitution, on Thursday sponsored a bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow the creation of state and community police in the Senate. The bill was co-sponsored by 75 other senators out of the 109 who were in the red chamber. “The committee has fulfilled its mandate, now the bill has been taken for the first reading. I am sure that as soon as possible we will take the second reading of the bill and probably send it to public hearing through the committee as well so that we can fast-track it as directed by the Senate,” he said.
3. Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State while speaking in Ile Ife on Thursday described the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the restructuring of the country as a threat to the stability and development of the nation. The governor stated this in a lecture he delivered at the Obafemi Awolowo University, titled ‘Restructuring and Search for Productive Nigeria’. “When everybody in this country is talking about the need to restructure this country, our president, Muhammadu Buhari, made a statement that is not only wrong, but also faulty and could not stand the test of time and a threat to the continued stability, prosperity and development of our country, when he dismissed outright, the notion of restructuring,” he said.
4. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday in Abuja, Imo, Anambra, Nasarawa and other states across the nation protested against the alleged assault by the police on the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose. Fayose was allegedly slapped and shot at by a police during an incident on Wednesday where police operatives were ordered to disperse crowd at a PDP rally because no police permit for the rally was obtained. Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the PDP, led the party in a protest to the National Assembly over the incident.
5. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Thursday said that his administration was able to pay workers salaries in June 2018 despite no allocation from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee because of its careful financial engineering. “Our business is to pay workers salaries, do projects and develop the state. We reasoned; do we because FAAC has not been released, fail to pay workers salaries? We had to do some financial engineering to accommodate workers salaries, while projects are still going on. We came to serve and there are no excuses,” he said.