Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning ????. Enjoy!
1. Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said that the primaries conducted by political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections are some of the most acrimonious in the history of Nigeria. He noted that INEC had been joined in 396 pending cases in various courts over the outcome of various party primaries and nomination of candidates. “Unfortunately, we have also witnessed some of the most acrimonious party primaries in our recent history. Internal party democracy is still a source of concern to our electoral progress. So far, the commission has been joined in 396 pending actions in various courts across the country arising from the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates by political parties,” he said during a capacity building workshop for journalists, jointly organised by INEC, European Centre for Electoral Support, European Union and European Union Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria.
2. Former President Goodluck Jonathan in an interview with BBC says that he could not take responsibility for the April 14, 2014 abduction of Chibok schoolgirls in Borno State by the Boko Haram terrorist group. “I cannot take responsibility for the abduction, I don’t control Boko Haram. They are criminals. But as a President, of course you know it is not the President that goes to the field. You have security and intelligence officers that do the work. Let me admit that yes, maybe they did their best but their best was not good enough for us to recover the girls. That I cannot say I am right or I am wrong. That does not mean I am trying to remove myself from any blame,” he said.
3. A faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), the Authentic APGA, on Friday protested against Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, demanding his resignation for allegedly endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for ahead of the 2019 elections. Mr. Obiano had at a book presentation to commemorate the 80th birthday of former Governor Obong Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom, reportedly endorsed Buhari despite having Gen. John Gbor (rtd) as APGA’s presidential candidate.
4. The United States in an apparent response to a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, against issuing visa to the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, says that visa issues are confidential. The statement was issued by the Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate in Lagos, Brussel Brooks, saying that politicians should focus on issue-based campaigns.