Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Here’s what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Presidency in a statement on Sunday attacked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying that Obasanjo illegally removed state governors from power using the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (DSS). President Muhammadu Buhari had last week while speaking to the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) alleged that the former president’s administration wasted $16billion on power projects without any result.
2. Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, while speaking in Enugu on Sunday, said that those who participated in parallel congresses in the All Progressives Congress (APC) nationwide congresses were not true members of the party. He noted further that the development would however not affect the APC chances in 2019 elections.
3. The Alhaji Kawu Baraje led new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will today meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over their grievances which included marginalisation. Baraje who disclosed this in an interview in Ilorin on Sunday, expressed optimism “that at the end of the meeting with the Vice President and later with President Muhammadu Buhari, our party, the APC, will come out stronger and become more united in the general interest of the citizenry,” he said. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State in his response to the threat by the nPDP, had previous noted that the APC will win 2019 elections with or without the nPDP members.
4. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a press conference on Sunday to mark the third anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, said that the tax base of the country now had 19 million taxpayers, noting that the taxes stood at about N1.17trillion in the first quarter of 2018. He also added that the whistle-blowing policy had yielded the recovery of N13.8billion from tax evaders. The country’s foreign reserve stood at $48billion which is double of the $23billion that was reportedly left by Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
5. Rev. Samuel Uche, the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, in a sermon delivered at the 2018 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, said that Christians in 2019 elections will not vote for wicked and lazy politicians who are religious bigots. He noted that although he has only one vote, he could influence at least 2million voters from his denomination and many other Christians as well.