Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State alleges that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he recently dumped for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is desperate to remain in power and that is why it is trying to shut down opposition voices in the nation. “I won’t be insensitive to the feelings and plight of Nigerians if elected the President of this country. I also promised to run an all-inclusive government. It is very important to provide dynamic leadership for our country. The government in power is desperate and doing everything outside the law to ensure they remain in power,” Tambuwal, a presidential aspirant in PDP said in Ekiti State.
2. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank Plc. The announcement was made at a press briefing in Lagos by the Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele. The bank had in 2016 received a N350billion intervention fund, but still couldn’t meet up. “Skye Bank requires urgent recapitalisation as it can no longer continue to live on borrowed times with indefinite liquidity support from the CBN. We have decided to establish a bridge bank, Polaris Bank, to assume the assets and liabilities of Skye Bank. The strategy is for AMCON to capitalise the bridge bank and begin the process of sourcing investors to buy out AMCON. By this decision, the licence of Skye Bank is hereby revoked. The focus of the action then was to save depositors’ funds and to ensure that the bank continued as a going concern, being a systemically important bank. Part of our intention was also to stem the imminent job losses to staff if a liquidation option had been adopted,” he said.
3. As expected, some Senators, House of Representatives members and aspirants under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have vehemently opposed the decision of the party to grant the request of APC governors to adopt whichever mode of primaries ahead of the 2019 general elections. Oshiomhole had on Wednesday in Abuja, after meeting with APC governors, said that State Chapters of the party are free to adopt the direct or indirect option. The party had earlier noted that the direct primary option will be adopted for presidential, Senate, House of Representatives and Governorship elections.
4. Ahead of today’s election in Osun State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling APC of conniving with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to create illegal polling units with the intention to rig the poll. “We have also alerted Nigerians that the APC in connivance with INEC was creating illegal polling units and delineating illegal wards across the federation. It will interest you to know that just as we are preparing for the Osun election, we have been able to burst one of those fictitious electoral wards created for APC to rig election. Ila Local Government has 11 electoral wards, but ahead of tomorrow’s (today) election, INEC has created an imaginary 12th ward for Ila and allocated over 4,000 votes for that ward, and that ward is called Iperin. What they have done is to create two wards in Iperin, instead of one; allocated votes for both wards including the original ward and the fictitious ward,” PDP alleges.
5. Former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, on Friday at the maiden edition of the General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Peace Lecture, organized by the staff and students of the Abdulsalami Abubakar Postgraduate Students Hall of the University of Ibadan, said that he will forever be an enemy of anyone who tries to hinder the democratic development of Nigeria. He noted that “we have no other place to run to should the country be engulfed by fire. INEC must be an unbiased umpire. The security agencies in the country must be fair to all, people must be free to vote their leaders,” he added.