Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1.Mr. Donald Duke, the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Thursday said that there was no need for the peace accord currently being signed by presidential candidates of various political parties ahead of the 2019 elections. According to him,there are enough laws in Nigeria that made provisions for punishments for electoral offenders. “There is really no need for peace accord because we have laws. We just want to show that we are coming into the race. There are laws that deal with those who don’t want to respect the norms of the society. In a sane society, it ought not to be so,” he said in the presentation of a book titled “The Coming Revolution” written by Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher.
2. Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing,on Wednesday, during the Nextier Power Dialogue on Wednesday night in Abuja,said that, if anyone does not have electricity, it is not the Federal Government’s problem. “There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that he Ministry of Power used to control power were sold by the last administration before I came. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest,” he said.
3. On Thursday, the Governor Kashim Shettima-led All Progressives Congress (APC) National Peace Reconciliation Committee for the South-West region, met with Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State behind closed doors. Amosun had following the outcome of the APC governorship primary election in his state declared that he would work against the governorship candidate of his party in the 2019 general election.
4. Seventy-one members of the National House of Representatives have moved a bill to restructure the nation. The bill seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution to return Nigeria to the parliamentary system of government. The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo have expressed support for the bill.
5. Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday expressed joy that the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria refused to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the EFCC. Magu noted that if he had been confirmed by the senate, perhaps he would not have been able to perform well. “I have been rejected by the Senate twice and it does not worry me that I’m not confirmed; I’m not bothered. It’s good that they did not confirm me, I may not be able to work very well as we have been able to get over 700 convictions,” he said at the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja where he testified in a libel suit against The Sun Newspaper.