Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning????. Enjoy!
1.Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in a recent interview on Osasu Show, said that there is no possibility that the 2019 general elections will be postponed. “I cannot see any possibility of a postponement. We started this a long time ago; we have gone ahead with preparations. INEC is not even contemplating the possibility of a postponement,” he said.
2. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in its response to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent attack against President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the former president was being haunted by his past when elections were rigged and government institutions were denied independence. “For eight years of President Obasanjo, all the elections he held…in fact government policies were determined by whatever mood he found himself. All the institutions of government were heavily influenced by Obasanjo. What he did for those eight years is what is haunting him. He cannot imagine it is possible for a government to allow INEC the statutory independence that it has,” APC said.
3. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) will meet to consider the recommended suspension of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State by the Imo APC Caretaker Committee. Okorocha who is a senatorial candidate of the APC in the state was recommended for suspension over his anti-party activities. The governor had vowed to work against the APC governorship candidate in his state, Senator Hope Uzodinma. “What happened in Imo State shows that the APC means business. When they bring the recommendation to the NWC, we will look at it. The party should be appreciated that it is possible to query a governor and recommend him for suspension. When we see the report, we will take necessary steps,” APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said.
4. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that the union will suspend the ongoing strike if the Federal Government agrees to release N50billion to revitalize public universities and N20billion to pay lecturers their allowances in their meeting today. “We want them to pay N50bn as a sign of commitment this quarter. Our members have rejected the 20bn proposed by them that will be spread over two quarters in 2019. Our members have insisted on the release of at least N50bn,” he said.
5. Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, in his recent state of the nation address titled ‘The Prophetic Portrait of Nigeria in her Latter Days’ delivered during the Sunday service in his church in Ogba, Lagos, described Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), as the best alternative to President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively.