Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Here’s what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has confirmed that the PDP will meet with the aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), particularly the members of the New PDP (nPDP) who had in the 2015 general election joined forces with the APC to kick out President Goodluck Jonathan from power. This step is apparently due to the open declaration by the nPDP to the APC over alleged marginalization since 2015 even after all they did to bring President Muhammadu Buhari to power. “Don’t forget the majority of those in the ruling party came from the PDP. They left us due to one disagreement of the other. These are eminent Nigerians who went to the APC, thinking that the APC would be a vibrant alternative and that those behind it meant well for everyone and the nation.” “However events of the past years have shown otherwise,” The PDP Chairman said.
2. Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, on Sunday on twitter said that the Federal Government’s debt management strategy was yielding desired result. She said that more than N1.5trillion was spent on capital infrastructure in 2017. “I’m pleased to note that we’re going to close the 2017 budget with capital spending in excess of N1.5trillion, which is higher than what we achieved in the 2016 budget. We’re also looking forward to the passage of the 2018 budget by the National Assembly,” She wrote on twitter.
3. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the United Nations (UN) to prevail upon President Muhammadu Buhari to stop disobeying court orders. SERAP in a petition dated May 11, 2018 noted that the Federal Government has the habit of selecting which court order to obey.
4. The Sudanese authorities have reportedly apprehended the suspected killer of a Nigerian diplomat, the Immigration Attache at the Nigerian embassy in Khartoum, Habibu Almu. Almu, an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration was stabbed to death at his residence on Thursday. The killer is said to be a foreign woman whose identity is however yet to be disclosed.
5. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, has stated that despite appeal by Senate President Bukola Saraki against the judgment of the Federal High Court nullification of his 90 days suspension by the senate, he will still resume legislative duties. Omo-Agege was earlier suspended on April 12, 2018 for dragging the senate to court over the amendment of the Electoral Act 2010, and accusing the senate of working against President Buhari.
6. President Buhari has congratulated Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, who emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 14, 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election. Buhari expressed confidence that Fayemi’s record as a reformist with a passion for education, health and welfare will stand him in good stead in the elections.