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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Sunday, 8 July, 2018 Edition)

House of Representatives

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Sunday morning 🙂. Enjoy!

1. According to reports, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Senate and the National House of Representatives may dump the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before July 31. A factional group of the APC, Reformed APC (R-APC), had few days ago announced its disappointment in the performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government and its intention to form alliance with other political parties to challenge Buhari in 2019. The formation of the R-APC was said to be the first stage of the plot ahead of 2019. About 80 – 100 members of the APC are expected to dump the party for the PDP and other parties.

2. Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in an interview with Punch said that 2019 general elections should be forgotten if the All Progressives Congress (APC) rigs the forthcoming July 14 Ekiti State Governorship Election. “If they try to rig in Ekiti, then, we will not have confidence in the other elections, including the 2019 general elections. That means the country should forget 2019. This can cause a problem in the country. We don’t want such problems,” he said.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate sack of Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, for allegedly forging her NYSC certificate. The statement came following the revelation that Mrs. Adeosun actually forged her NYSC certificate. The opposition party urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to provide cover for her as usual, like he does whenever his close allies were found wanting on issues of corruption.

4. Former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, who is currently the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming July 14 election in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that no civil servant in the state has received salary this year from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led Governor Ayodele Fayose administration. Fayose had however alleged that the Federal Government purposely denied funds to his state so that he cannot pay workers salaries thereby turning the workers in the state against him.

5. President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night reacted to the Supreme Court judgment in favour of Senate President Bukola Saraki over his asset declaration trial brought against him by the federal government. The case which lasted for over 1000 days since 2015 following Saraki’s emergence as the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was ruled in favour of Saraki at the Supreme Court. “In the case of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, I have seen him take the tortuous path of using the judicial process. He persevered, and in the end, the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, says he is not guilty as charged,” Buhari said, in what I would say appears to be the most shocking moment in Nigeria’s politics last week.

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