Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Here’s what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum in a press conference in Abuja has expressed fear that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may not deliver free and fair elections in 2019 and therefore consequently demands the removal of the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahood Yakubu. According to the group, the bug of nepotism and sectionalism that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is renowned for has also eaten up the leadership of the commission. The leaders present at the press conference held on Sunday were, Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (rtd.), Air Commodore Nkanga Idongesit, representing, South-South, South-West, South-East, Middle Best and South-South respectively.
2. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election, has challenged Governor Ayodele Fayose to a public debate on how the 2 ran Ekiti finances while in office. According to the former Minister of Mines and Steel, the 800-page handover not he personally gave to Fayose when he assumed office contained how the finances he received while in office were managed. “I challenge Fayose to meet me in a debate and let us discuss what we did with the resources that we held in trust for Ekiti, that way we will know who is a better manger of Ekiti resources or who is a prodigal son,” he said.
3. The Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, alleges that the federal government is plotting to implicate him in an arms deal ahead of the 2019 elections. According to Wike, the federal government had contacted a Lebanese who had been directed to claim that he received money from him (Nyesom Wike) to procure arms for the 2019 elections. Wike stated this on Sunday during a thanksgiving service in honour of the Chairman of the Rivers State Local Government Service Commission, Chef Azubuike Nmerukini, at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, the state capital.
4. Nigerian reggae star, Ras Kimono, dies at 60. According to report, Kimono slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States on Saturday night. He however died on Sunday morning in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos. Kimono who recently celebrated his 60th birthday was a native of Onicha Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
5. Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has warning that the raining season will pose a major challenge to the transmission and distribution arms of the power industry. He noted that although the rain will boast the hydro power stations, it will however create some difficulties in running the distribution and transmission networks.
6. ActionAid, a civil right group, said that although the Nigerian economy is out of recession, most Nigerians have slipped into extreme poverty. This was stated by the chairman of the governing board of the group, Patricia Donli, during a press conference held after the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held in Abuja.