Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that it wants Nigerians to help choose who emerges as its candidate for the forthcoming 2019 presidential election. The statement was issued on Friday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, during an interview with Punch. The PDP spokesman said that many politicians have expressed interest including, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and others. He noted that the party wants to avoid previous mistakes of imposing candidates which is why it wants Nigerians to make the decision.
2. Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, the former National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the PDP, has warned the party to be very careful about the type of persons it accepts back into the party. Makarfi stated this in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, where he was in continuation of his nationwide tour to solicit support for his presidential ambition. He noted that those who left when things were rough should not be trusted with too many responsibilities. “We must be careful whom we admit back into the party so as not to repeat the mistake of the past,” he said.
3. The PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of plotting to use a fraudulent interim court order to declare vacant the seat of the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This plot is reportedly coming following the defection of Dr. Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate, to the PDP. According to the party, credible information at its disposal showed that the cabals at the presidency were planning to challenge the validity of Saraki’s seat. “While we trust that the Chief Justice of Nigeria will protect the sanctity of our judiciary especially at this trying time in our national history, we call on the institution of the judiciary at all levels to immune itself from being used by enemies of our democracy as no house falls leaving its roof standing. This desperation by despotic forces to forcefully and illegally take control of the Senate, the highest symbol of our democratic order, is nothing short of ‘civilianised coup’ which must be resisted by all,” the party said.
4. The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, urges members of the party to support President Muhammadu Buhari in flushing out politicians in the party who are interested in looting the nation’s treasury. This is an apparent reply to Senate President Bukola Saraki who recently said that the APC government gave all juicy positions to Lagos and Katsina States. “Working together with President Buhari, we will ensure that the government will not focus on the welfare of the few at the expense of the majority. The government will ensure that those who work have something to show for their labour. We must support the President and the APC to remove all those looters, who believe it is their birthright to continue to loot and those who say that their purpose in government is for juicy appointments and not for the welfare of the people,” he said while addressing crowd at the Benin Airport, Edo State.
5. The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Jimoh Moshood, in an interview on Friday said that allegations of certificate forgery and mismanagement of funds leveled against the Chairman of Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, cannot be investigated without an official complaint. “We investigate based on complaints. As of now, nobody has made any complaints anywhere. The police do not take up cases based on what people say. If any agency of government, whether legislative, executive or judiciary, reports any matter to us, we will investigate it. But as it is, nobody has reported the matter to us,” he said.