Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Sunday🙂. Enjoy!
1.Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday during an Hausa programme ‘Hannu Dayawa, on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Kaduna said that the manipulation of religion and ethnicity for political interests by elite in the country is affecting Nigeria. He further noted that the choice of Dr. Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate in 2019 was influenced by her competence. “Our action was not predicated on religion or ethnicity but getting a deputy governor that suits our quest for a better Kaduna State. You are sick and in dire need of life. When you are rushed to hospital, what do you need? Life or the religion of the doctor? Life is what you need and you will not waste time on the religion and the ethnic background of the doctor,” he said.
2. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the February General Elections will hire about 40% of its ad hoc workers from members of the National Youth Service Corps. According to INEC, about 300,000 to 400,000 corps members would be needed for the polls. “There are 119,809 polling units in Nigeria and maybe additional 30,000 voting points will be created. Each polling unit and voting point will have not less than four ad hoc staff. We have a total of 8,809 registration areas and each of them must have collation officers. All the local governments and area councils must have collation officers. INEC will conduct elections in 1,558 constituencies and it requires between 750,000 and one million ad hoc workers. The commission can only harvest around 40 per cent of its ad hoc staff need from the corps members,” Mr. Festus Okoye, a National Commissioner and Chairman of INEC Information and Voter Education Committee, said.
3. Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, has reportedly denied reports that he was among lawmakers who booed President Muhammadu Buhari on December 19, 2018, during the 2019 Budget presentation. “The attention of Senator Dino Melaye has been drawn to a malicious reference to his person on the social media as one of the lawmakers who booed President Muhammadu Buhari during his 2019 Budget presentation before a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Before now, he (Melaye) had refused to refute the mischievous social media fabrication for what it is — a cheap lie — Senator Dino Melaye was not in the National Assembly that day,” the senator said.
4. Mrs. Amina Zakari, a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has vehemently denied report that she is a blood relation of President Muhammadu Buhari. Opposition parties including the PDP had following the appointment of Mrs. Zakari as the Chairman of the INEC Collation Centre Committee, alleged that she was Buhari’s niece. She however in an interview with BBC said; “I’m not his (Buhari) niece; I am not his cousin and, on this job, I was appointed since 2010 by President Jonathan. Prior to that, I was appointed as SA to President Obasanjo and I have done my work conscientiously over the years as a patriotic citizen of Nigeria.
5. Report has it that there is still crisis in the leadership of the Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the emergence of Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos. According to reports, Agbaje reportedly assembled his campaign team without consulting any leader in the party (including Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP). Consequently, Chief George and other political heavyweights in the Lagos PDP were not involved in the ongoing PDP Lagos government campaign.