Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1.President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday revealed that the economy is in bad shape. He stated this during a closed-door meeting with state governors at the presidential villa. Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, who spoke with correspondents after the meeting, said that Buhari complained to them that the economy was in bad shape, saying that Buhari urged Nigerians to tighten their belts and prepare for tougher times ahead.
2. On Friday, Justice Baba Hussein of the Federal High Court, FCT, in Maitama Abuja, removed former Governor Donald Duke of Cross Rivers State as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and replaced him with a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana. The former minister who polled 611 votes against Duke’s 812 votes challenged the emergence of Duke as SDP candidate in October. The judge in his ruling noted that Duke’s emergence violated the zoning and rotation formula provided in section 15(3) of the party’s constitution, adding that the National Chairman of the party and the presidential candidate cannot come from the same part of the nation.
3. Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday while receiving the British Deputy High Commissioner, Laure Beaufils, said that Lagosians are eager to cast their votes in 2019 because they want the state to become a peoples Lagos and not one-man Lagos. Agbaje is no doubt referring to the National Leader of the ruling APC, Bola Tinubu.
4. The United States Government has expressed fear that the 2019 general elections in Nigeria might be characterized by violence. The US however noted that it might be a localized violence and not large scale nationwide conflict. Tibor Nagy, the US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, revealed this in Washington DC at his presentation during the US Congress hearing on Nigeria’s 2019 general elections. “I can tell you from my impressions during my travels and my previous service in Nigeria that I fear there will be some violence around these elections, as has been the case with previous elections. I do not anticipate large-scale nation-wide conflict, but rather localised violence,” he said.
5. Prof. Akin Oyebode (SAN), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s lecturer at the Faculty of Law in the University of Lagos, during an interview with punch said that the National Leader of the ruling all Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, cannot succeed in campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari again in 2019. “(Bola Ahmed) Tinubu who went to the South-West to campaign for Buhari in 2015 cannot go there for Buhari and succeed like he did again in 2019 because the atmosphere and terrain has changed in terms of politics,” he said.