Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday🙂. Enjoy!
1.Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport, who is the Director General of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation, has described the forthcoming general elections as a poll between the rich and the poor. “We are gathered here today to peacefully take over power from the rich and hand over to the poor. That is what APC stands for. We join the poor to say we must take power from the rich. We join the poor to say enough is enough. The elite and the thieves have ganged-up against the APC. But they don’t have the power because they don’t have the number. The number is with the poor and the poor must rise to vote on that day,” Amaechi said in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State on Friday while inaugurating 1,872 election canvassers for the APC.
2. Nigerians have been advised to tighten their belts to face tougher times in 2019 again. Economists have predicted that the economy will experience weak and sluggish growth. According to economists, the Nigeria economy will record weak growth between 1.8 and 2% in 2019, a situation which would make life difficult for most Nigerians because the population was still growing higher at a rate of 3%. President Muhammadu Buhari had sometime in 2018 urged Nigerians to prepare for even harder time this year.
3. Mr. Peter Obi, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described the next presidential election as a battle between darkness and light. Obi stated this during a lecture titled ‘South-East Political Culture: Peter Obi as Paradigm Shift’ organized by the African Community of Transformers. He noted that the choice before Nigerian is to choose a system that “will start working again through tackling of employment and creating a new Nigeria that would provide the basic needs of Nigerians” or “remain stuck to the country’s present economic backwardness”.
4. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo would not escape prosecution if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to probe the power sector. “Obasanjo said in 1999 that if he was elected President with his Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, he would fix the power sector in six months and that there would be electricity supply all over Nigeria. Many years later, we realised what he meant. He and his Vice-President spent $16bn on power sector, after eight years there was more darkness in Nigeria than when they assumed office. So when President Muhammadu Buhari took over in 2015, he asked a question: where is the power? If Mr President pursues the answer to that question to its logical conclusion, he must put Obasanjo on trial,” Oshiomhole said in Jos during the opening of Governor Simon Lalong’s reelection campaign.
5. Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, on Friday after 8 days surrendered to the Nigeria Police. Mr. Melaye was accused by the police of attempting to murder a police officer Sgt. Danjuma Aliyu, who was on duty at a search check point in Kogi. The senator who was arrested after he surrendered was immediately moved to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Office in Guzape, Abuja, for interrogation. Melaye was however rushed to a police hospital after he slumped at SARS office even before interrogation.