Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday faulted the manner in which the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) conducted the party’s primaries. She accused Oshiomhole of allowing impunity under his watch. She noted that Oshiomhole, despite his activism background, allowed such a conduct under his leadership adding that it negated the principle of change that the APC stood for. “It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard-earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on election day. These forms were bought at exorbitant prices. Many others contested and yet had their result delayed, fully knowing that automatic tickets had been given to other people. The All Progressives Congress, being a party whose cardinal principle is change and headed by a comrade/ activist whose main concern is for the common man, yet, such impunity could take place under his watch,” She said.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday vehemently denied the alleged claim by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, that he (Buhari) directed him to initiate the recall of Senator Shehu Sani from the Senate. Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this in an apparent reply to the statement credited to El-Rufai. The governor had in a leaked memo alleged that there would be serious consequences if Senator Sani should win the return ticket for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District. Adding that Buhari had directed him to recall Sani because of his sins. But the presidency however said that it; “wishes to distance President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter currently in circulation, which alleges that the President had authorised a governor or anyone else for that matter to ‘deal with traitors and disloyal members of the APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani. We wish to confirm that the President is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member. Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of the party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member,” the presidency said.
3. Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in his remarks at the 22nd Choir Anniversary of the Christ Apostolic Church, Living Water DCC Headquarters, Abuja, said that the Federal Government would soon address the agitation for the upward review of the national minimum wage, adding that workers and Nigerians will smile soon. “While this administration is determined to bring our nation to self-sufficiency and self-reliance, it is also sensitive to the plight and wishes of the Nigerian masses. I assure Nigerians that the recent agitation for upward review in the national minimum wage will soon be addressed in such a way that not only Nigerian workers will smile, but the entire nation will be better for it,” he said through the Permanent Secretary Office of the SGF, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, who represented him.
4. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Election at the party’s national convention held at the Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has reportedly begun the search for a running mate from the South-East region. Atiku who got 1,532 votes defeated 11 other aspirants to pick the PDP ticket. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State came second with 693 votes, while Senate President Bukola Saraki came third with 317 votes.
5. Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described the 2019 Lagos State governorship race as a battle between forces that want Lagos to continually remain in slavery and those that want to ensure prosperity for all. “It is clear to me that Lagos needs more help than ever. But this time, the intervention wouldn’t just come from top-down but also from bottom-up knowing that the electorate, not any one man, would have to decide where we go from here as a people. This election is not just another popularity contest; rather it is a clear choice between two ideologies: one that enslaves and puts the interest of one man over many or another that, at its core, seeks to meet the yearnings of the greater good of the people of Lagos,” he said.