Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Former Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has reportedly dropped his ambition to contest the 2019 presidential election. Mimiko who was the presidential candidate of the Zenith Labour Party noted that he would instead participate in the Ondo Central Senatorial District election. “I took the decision in the ultimate interest of our party, the Zenith Labour Party, Ondo State and the country. I will now be running as the candidate of the ZLP for Ondo Central Senatorial district next year,” he said.
2. Mr. Timi Frank, a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of collection over $50million in bribe from different aspirants during the last APC primaries across the nation. According to Timi, a large percentage of the money was paid to Oshiomhole through proxies from Imo, Zamfara, Adamawa and Ogun States. Oshiomhole however denied the allegations, saying that Timi is “a political jobber looking for cheap popularity. How on earth would people of questionable character like Frank be questioning the integrity of the National Chairman? I challenge him to publish the names of those that gave the alleged bribes or we won’t hesitate to institute legal action against him.”
3. The President Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday night held a meeting with the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) in Abuja. The meeting is believed to be a strategic meeting ahead of the 2019 presidential campaign. PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; the DG of the PDP PCC, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and others were present at the meeting which started 9:15pm and ended around 12:28am this morning.
4. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to beware of State Governors whom are anti-workers. The statement came following the warning by the Nigerian Governors Forum of an impending sack if they must pay N30,000 as minimum wage. According to the NLC, such governors were working to frustrate the NLC agreement with the Federal Government. Labour further threatened to vote out anti-labour governor in 2019. “Yari should desist from using the platform of the NGF to seek political relevance. His tactics of blackmail against workers are already time worn and the stench is already offensive. We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour governors and politicians in the forthcoming 2019 general election,” NLC said.
5. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has threatened to sue Senate President Bukola Saraki over his kickback allegation against him. Saraki had in Kwara State told journalists that Oshiomhole has no moral ground to remain in politics and should resign as APC National Chairman after receiving bribes from APC candidates during the primaries. Consequently in his reply, Oshiomhole asked Saraki to mention who he received bribe from, adding that if he fails, they’ll meet in court. “We challenge him to mention one person who has claimed that he gave money to Oshiomhole to influence him and the decision of the party’s national working committee in the just-concluded primary elections,” the APC Chairman said.