Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the leaders of the South-East Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to accept the decision of Atiku Abubakar to choose former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election. The PDP leaders in the zone had been protesting that Atiku did not consult them before making his choice. Jonathan however noted that a presidential candidate had a right to pick a running mate of their choice without regional review and approval. “I want to directly appeal to my brothers and sisters from the South-East zone who are members of our party to reconsider their position and allow the presidential candidate of our party to select a candidate he thinks he can work with to be able to achieve the party’s development goals. Since Atiku has nominated Mr Peter Obi as his running mate, I am pleading with my party members from the zone to accept his choice,” Jonathan said.
2. The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in his response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s travel ban, warned that the Executive Order would lead to capital flight and another recession. Atiku further described that ban as another form of intimidation ahead of the 2019 general elections. “If past events are to be the judge, these 50 individuals will conveniently be critics and opponents of the Buhari administration. This is nothing short of intimidation ahead of the 2019 elections. This is what the Buhari administration did in Osun where they froze the accounts of the Adeleke family and then illegally and clandestinely paid N16.7bn to the Osun State Government to facilitate the daylight electoral robbery.”
3. The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday left the state and headed to Abuja where he is expected to meet the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tomorrow following the expiration of his immunity as a governor. Fayose noted that he was not scared of detention of the anti-graft agency and would consequently not flee after handing over to Dr. Kayode Fayemi who will take over as governor of the state from Tuesday. “My tenure expires on the 16th of October; this is the journey to Abuja. It is safer to be in Abuja than to be in Lagos and be creating the impression that you want to escape. There is no seaport in Abuja. The EFCC doesn’t need any drama; I am a man of courage. I have told them I’m coming and I’m on my way to them. So, after a meritorious service, anybody who wants to call me to question, I’m available to them, just one call away and my going now is my demonstration to them that I’m a man of my words,” he said.
4. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has again restated his commitment to ensuring that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, emerges victorious next year. Wike noted that although he supported Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State without any regrets, the party has however made a choice and he will stand by the party. “I supported the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, fully. I have no regrets for my support for Tambuwal. But the party has made a choice and as a loyal party man, I stand by the choice of the party. I will support His Excellency Atiku Abubakar to victory in 2019. That is what is called party loyalty. We must put our heads together to ensure that this bad government is sacked. We must ensure that this bad government goes in 2019. If this same government returns in 2019, then Nigerians are digging their graves. The suffering now will be a child’s play. That is why we must work for the good of our people,” Wike said during a Sunday thanksgiving service for the successful hosting of the 2018 PDP convention.
5. Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Presidential aspirant of the PDP, has stated that he is not interested in contesting the senatorial seat under the platform of the PDP. He said that those who won the PDP primary election should be allowed to contest the election instead. “The national headquarters allowed Hunkuyi to participate in both the governorship and senatorial primaries and he lost in both. I am not prepared to contest any elective office, having lost the presidential primary,” he noted.