Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Here’s what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Former Kaduna State Governor and the immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has declared his intention to run for presidency in 2019. According to Makarfi who said he was ready to pick up the form, his decision came following a wide consultation from major stakeholders. Apart from Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Makarfi is currently the only one who has recently declared his intentions to run under PDP in 2019.
2. Odion Ighalo, Nigeria’s striker, has expressed sadness over his role at the national team. According to him, it is not easy to play as a lone striker in coach Gernot Rohr’s 3-2-3-1 formation. His complain apparently follows his struggling performance in the 2-0 defeat against Nigeria by Croatia in the World Cup.
3. Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) in an interview with Punch, expressed his disagreement with the sale of nomination forms to aspirants for elective offices by political parties. According to Falana, he might take legal action against political parties over the sales of nomination forms despite an alleged previous court judgment prohibiting such payment. “The conditions for contesting elections from local government, to the House of Assembly, governorship, House of Representatives, Senate and presidential levels, are all in the constitution. There are decisions of the court to the effect that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and state electoral commissions cannot collect fees from candidates who are contesting elections,” he said. “So if I am going to contest election, you can’t ask me to pay N27million as nomination fee because that is unknown to the constitution,” he added.
4. CSP Chike Oti, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, in a statement on Sunday, said that the command had foiled an alleged plot of a gang to kidnap a customs deputy comptroller and her family. According to him the kidnappers identified as; Yomi Odudare and Olugbenga Ojo, were both arrested after detectives attached to the Area D Command in Mushin thwarted their plan. “Acting on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, the Area D Commander assembled a decoy team which played along with a caller who had been making business calls to Yisa Theophilus, the younger brother to the customs officer. The police team ran a quick check on the caller based on available information and came to the conclusion that he was up to something sinister,” he said. The police noted that after Odudare’s arrest, he confessed that they had plan to kidnap the customs deputy comptroller and her family and it was the idea of Ojo.
5. Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum still insists on its call for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. This time according to the forum, INEC has embarked on the registration of foreigners, especially from the Niger Republic, in order to pave way for electoral malpractices in 2019. The statement was issued in a communiqué title, “Our case against 2019 elections preparations”, issues on Sunday in Lagos.