Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Buba Galadima, the Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (RAPC), in a recent statement revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari never wanted an alliance with the National Leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “Buhari was the one who was against the alliance with Tinubu and I don’t want to say anything. Let Buhari deny what I have said. I was for it and I organised it and I wrote a memo and even produced a candidate for the Vice-Presidency, this same Osinbajo. We were a committee of three: Osinbajo, Sule Hamma and me. Sule Hamma promoted the alliance more than anybody else. It was Buhari that refused. Let him deny before us and we will show him. Whenever you see him, ask him why Buba Galadima said he wouldn’t sign INEC’s form with Tunde Bakare’s name. I don’t want to say much. Buhari cannot challenge all these things we are saying,” he said.
2. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that choosing Mr. Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) saved the party an impending catastrophe. He noted that despite the crisis the party is faced with, Oshiomhole will still land it at a safe destination. “One could easily imagine what would have been the case if the party had allowed the Oyegun-led NWC to continue and what would have happened at the party’s primaries especially that of the presidency. What is happening in the party now could not have been planned and executed within these few weeks Oshiomhole took over as the national chairman of the party. Rather, his coming only altered the plan of those who wanted to destroy APC to serve personal interests. “Oshiomhole’s coming was timely. He came at the appropriate time. He is on it and will get it right. All we need to do is to support him,” he said.
3. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reportedly budgeted the sum of N1.8billion for a possible presidential election run-off in 2019 just in case the first election fails to produce a winner. The 2019 presidential election would be between the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, and whoever emerges as candidate for the CUPP, a coalition of over 30 political parties including the PDP, R-APC, SDP, ADC and others.
4. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state, accused the APC led federal government of playing a politics of vindictiveness, intimidation and illegality while Nigerians are being denied the dividends of democracy. His statement came following the position of Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, on the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to PDP. “This is politics of vindictiveness; this is politics of vengeance. There is an extent to which you can push people. You can intimidate people, but not all the times. When you push people to the wall, they tell you enough is enough. That is what you are seeing today in Nigeria. “The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said in one breadth that Ortom is the best that they have. The following day, because he had defected, Oshiomhole said fielding Ortom would have been a calamity. This double-speak is laughable,” he said.
5. Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, the federal government has assembled 1,000 strong military forces comprising of army, air force, police and civil defence, to launch attacks against bandits terrorizing villages in Zamfara state. “The President has also authorised the engagement by NAF, of advanced satellite surveillance technology to help in accurate detection of movement and locations of the bandits. The government had to go to this extent because of the limitations of conventional surveillance, as the use of satellite technology could make the task of NAF less problematic. Following directives from the President, at the weekend, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, was in Gusau where he met the Deputy Governor of the state. The Chief of Air Staff reiterated the President’s pledge that he would never abandon the victims of attacks to their fate, reaffirming that security remains one of the cardinal pillars of his campaign promises and no leader would be happy to see his own citizens killed by criminal groups across the country,” he said.