Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Sunday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State during the APC campaign rally at Lalupon, Lagelu Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, said that reelecting President Muhammadu Buhari would guarantee the relevance of the Yoruba in Nigerian politics. The governor who is currently in his final term will be contesting the Oyo South Senatorial District election. “The APC has the best programme to enhance your socio-economic life. Particularly, I urge you to cast your vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof Yemi Osinbajo. A vote for them will be a vote for the continued relevance and prominence of the Yoruba nation in the Nigerian polity,” he said.
2. The Ebonyi State Council of Traditional Rulers, just 24 hours after endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for second term, assured former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 90% of their peoples votes ahead of the forthcoming February 16 presidential election. The traditional rulers led by Eze Charles Mpkuma, noted that although the council had promised Buhari votes, Atiku would however get overwhelming votes. “We humbly attribute the success achieved so far by our dear governor to your great party, the PDP. Accordingly, we wish to state unequivocally that our state, Ebonyi, is a PDP state and we shall overwhelmingly vote for all PDP candidates. Indeed, not less than 90 per cent of our votes, notwithstanding the fact that we had assured His Excellency, the President that he would get some votes in Ebonyi,” the traditional ruler said.
3. On Saturday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was involved in a helicopter crash. The incident happened in the Kabba area of Kogi State when the chopper was conveying the VP to his campaign venue. The VP, the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, and others who were onboard came out of the helicopter unhurt. Osinbajo after the accident expressed gratitude to God and Nigerians before going ahead to continue his campaign engagement. “We are extremely grateful to the Lord for preserving our lives from the incident that just happened. Everyone is safe and no one is maimed. God has kept us safe and alive, delivered us from death so we can do more for our people and country,” Osinbajo said after the crash.
4. Report has it that the defence team of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, will on Monday, at the resumption of the trial of the CJN, ask the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from the trial. Onnoghen’s counsel noted that the position will be based on the fact that Mr. Umar has been charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for fraud and therefore cannot be trust to deliver fair judgement. The EFCC had accused Umar of receiving 10million bribe from Rasheed Taiwo, a former Customs official who was facing asset declaration charges before the CCT.
5. Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the lead counsel for the suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, has vehemently denied holding any meeting with the Chief of Staff of President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari. We published a report where Punch had stated that Onnoghen’s defence team met with Mr. Kyari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ahead of the resumption of Onnoghen’s CCT trial on Monday. “I have never met with Abba Kyari before. I only know him by reputation as the President’s chief of staff but I have never sat with him before. It is possible that some lawyers met with him but I was not among,” Olanipekun said.