Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday will travel to London, United Kingdom, for a 10-days vacation. Buhari will hand over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while he is away. Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, told journalist yesterday that Buhari would be away from August 3. “President Muhammadu Buhari begins a 10 working day holiday from August 3, 2018. In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, a letter has been transmitted to the President of the Senate, and the Speaker, House of Representatives to that effect. While the President is on vacation, the Vice-President will be in an acting capacity as President,” he said.
2. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who is clearly not happy with the defection of some of his party’s senators including the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said that Saraki must resign as the Senate President. Oshiomhole is not the only one calling for his resignation as the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, also led some other APC senators to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Oshiomhole who spoke to State House Correspondents said that the right thing for Saraki to do is to vacate his seat and leave the crown in the family it belongs to.
3. Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a dinner night on Wednesday in Abuja said that new members who just defected to the PDP from the APC must be ready for war. According to him, the battle to wrest power from the ruling party would be fierce as the APC would certainly not yield power easily. The dinner was hosted to welcome the defectors from the APC. “This event is organised in honour of those who took bold steps to join others to rescue the nation. They are heroes. They could have chosen to remain where they were and even return to their seats (in the National Assembly), but because they could not see what is going on in the country and keep quiet. That is why they are here. They cannot see the killings, the frame-ups, the unemployment and the kind of military democracy that cannot even be described, that they are foisting on us and keep quiet. If we are in the military government, we would know. Rule of law and court orders are no longer obeyed,” he said.
4. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe President Muhammadu Buhari’s security vote. His statement came following the investigation by the EFCC on how he allegedly laundered N22billion in the name of security votes in the state. According to Ortom, he has never heard of where security vote was investigated. “Why am I being investigated by the EFCC? My records are there. But so far, I am the only governor in Nigeria whose security vote is being investigated by the EFCC. How can you single me out of 36 (governors) for investigation? It (security vote) is not something that any government will begin to disclose. Why should Benue’s case be different if not persecution? If the EFCC wanted a genuine investigation of security vote spending, they should have started from the Presidency and across the 36 states,” he said.
5. Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the National House of Representatives have raised alarm over an alleged plot to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. The lawmakers accused Senator Ali Ndume, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the individuals behind the plot. According to the lawmakers, they sighted these 3 senators on Wednesday at the Senate attempting to break into the red chambers, but were however denied access by Sergeant-at-arms who locked the doors with chains. According to Mr. Chukwuka Onyema, the Minority Leader in the House, they rushed to the Senate upon hearing to safeguard democracy.
6. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwereadu on Wednesday reportedly suffered high blood pressure during interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The lawmaker was with the EFCC on Wednesday following a previous interrogation on Tuesday that lasted for about 8 hours. He however reportedly took ill on Wednesday and upon noticing the symptoms, the EFCC released him immediately. “During the interrogation on Wednesday, the Deputy Senate President started to complain of discomfort and he told us that he had high blood pressure. We noticed the symptoms and we immediately released him.”