Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The 5 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives members from Ekiti State have disowned Mrs. Biodun Olujimi and restated their loyalty to Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. Senator Olujimi, the Senate Minority Leader, had called for the dissolution of the State Working Committee led by Chief Gboyega Oguntuase. The 5 Rep. members noted that there was no leadership vacuum in the Ekiti State PDP, advising those desperate for leadership to wait for their time. “While we agree that individuals or groups have rights to hold meetings, we are miffed that Senator Olujimi is taking her selfish agenda of collapsing the party structures to the extreme. We were not consulted before the meeting was held and most of those who attended the meeting were those who worked against our party in the July 14 governorship election. Some of them were even governorship candidates of other parties, and collectively, they could not get up to 1,000 votes in the election,” the statement read.
2. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to attend to the needs of Nigerians, instead of donating money to other countries like Father Christmas. The President reportedly promised to donate the sum of $500,000 to Guinea Bissau, along with other materials. The Atiku Media Office however asked why a country declared to be the world’s headquarters for extreme poverty would borrow money only to donate it out. “Our response is to ask why a nation that has been officially named as the world headquarters of extreme poverty, will donate her resources to others instead of using them to solve pressing domestic problems? This is the same government that is so cash strapped that it has so far borrowed N13tn in three years. How prudent is it to go about taking loans from whosoever cares and then turn around to give out the money when your own people are suffering the worst form of poverty?,” the Atiku Media Office said.
3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the public opinion that the presidency allegedly procured a forged West African Examination Council Certificate attestation and confirmation for President Muhammadu Buhari as the worst national embarrassment. According to the PDP, it is a huge smear on the nation’s integrity and the office of the president. “A check on the attestation clearly shows that it does not have the original certificate number, the key authentication feature in all genuine attestations by WAEC. Also, the attestation is for the West African Senior School Certificate, which President Buhari couldn’t have sat for, given that the Senior School Certificate Examination was established only in the late 1980s. Does it not smack of a high level scam that the same WAEC, which, in 2015, confirmed that it did not have the records of President Buhari’s certificate, now had to send officials to present Mr President with an attestation that has no original certificate number?,” PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said.
4. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decided to commence a nationwide strike on Tuesday following failure to reach common grounds with the Federal Government of Nigeria over the negotiation for minimum wage for workers. NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, on Sunday stated that the NLC will no longer enter into any negotiation with the government regarding minimum wage for workers. “The strike is going on. Nothing has changed. The strike will begin on Tuesday. That is the directive that has been given. It will be a total strike. All trade unions in the country have agreed to go on strike and we expect every union to go on strike from Tuesday,” he said.
5. Mr. Uche Nwosu, the Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has said that no one can stop him from becoming the next Governor of Imo State. Nwosu who is Okorocha’s son-in-law stated this during a press conference in Abuja on Sunday. He noted that it was unfortunate that the APC National Chairman, Rochas Okorocha, suggested that Okorocha wants to establish a family political dynasty. He further stated that there was no part of the 1999 Constitution making it an offence for someone to seek an election to an office on account of him/her being married to the offspring of an occupant of such office. He noted that he will emerge Imo Governor and no one can stop him. “I won that (primary) election. I remain the candidate of the APC and nobody can take it away from me. It might take a while but let me state it and state it clearly, I am the candidate of the APC and by the special grace of God, come 2019 I have no doubt that I will be the governor of Imo State.”