Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Here’s what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Sunday in a recent interview in Abuja, asked Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to do a self-assessment because there is a united voice against his style in his state. Okorocha had stated that his travails by party stakeholders in his state were only because he refused to support the tenure elongation of Oyegun. However, Oyegun noted that the governor wasn’t the strongest force behind the objection to his tenure elongation, so why is his case different? He added that there is no need to go into details.
2. The Nigeria Police on Sunday in a statement issued by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, summouned Senate President Bukola Saraki to appear before a police team in Abuja for interrogation over an alleged connection with arrested suspects of the Offa Bank robbery where over 30 were killed. According to the police, some of the arrested suspects confessed that they were empowered by Saraki and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed. Senate President Saraki and the governor had since denied the allegation against them.
3. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) faction in Oyo State in its reaction to the Saturday’s loss of Ibarapa East State Constituency by-election to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a sign that the state chapter of the party is weakened by internal crisis. The by-election held to fill the position left vacant by the death of Michael Adeyemo, the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, was won by PDP candidate, Adebo Ogundoyin, who pulled 6,277 votes to win APC’s Kunle Adeyemo, the brother to the late speaker, who got 4,619 votes.
4. The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly reduced the number of its operatives attached to Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, and his deputy, Mr. Yussuff Lasun. Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas revealed to Punch that the number of the operatives attached to the 2 green chamber leaders was reduced. “Yes, the development we have is that they have reduced the Speaker’s DSS operatives. They also reduced the operatives attached to the Deputy Speaker. They have not offered any explanations for this action,” Namdas said.
5. Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, the Chairman of the Northern Elders Council, in a recent statement alleged that the North have not yet endorsed any of the presidential aspirants of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He also added that adoption of a presidential candidate in the north must be based on the candidate’s manifestoes and not personality.