Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Chief Edwin Clark, a elder statesman and the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, on Wednesday at a press conference in Delta State, said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led government was taking the patience and patriotism of the people of the Niger Delta region for granted over his failure to implement the 16 point demand submitted to him since 2016. Clark further challenged the federal government to name what the region benefited from the N510billion it recently said it has invested in infrastructural development since its emergence in 2015.
2. The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, in his reaction to the resolutions recently passed by the National Assembly on President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, urged Buhari to quit the stage now that it has become evident that he cannot hold the government and the country together. The lawmakers at a joint session on Tuesday had threatened to invoke its constitution powers (which apparently means impeachment) if Buhari fails to address the issues raised.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that Nigeria’s Democracy Day which was for the past 18 years held on May 29 be shifted to June 12 in honour of Chief Moshood Abiola (MKO). He also gave MKO the highest national honour reserved only for presidents, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR). MKO was the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election during the military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), the man who overthrew Buhari when he was a military Head of State. President Buhari also honoured MKO’s running, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, and Chief Gani Fawehinmi, with the second highest honour, the Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON).
4. Buhari on Wednesday said that it would take him time to replace the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who recently resigned his position due to the forthcoming Ekiti State Governorship election. Fayemi had to resign his appointment following his emergence as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. He would be contesting against Governor Ayodele Fayose’s candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo, who is the candidate of the PDP.
5. The Ekiti State chapter of the PDP has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to stop the collation of results of the forthcoming July 14 governorship election midway to allow for the tampering and manipulation of the entire process. This was stated on Wednesday by Mr. Jackson Adebayo, the state Publicity Secretary, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
6. The Nigeria Police in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, alleges that it has even more evidences linking Senate President Bukola Saraki and the suspects of the Offa Bank robbery incident where over 30 persons died. The police added that one of the suspects attended the recent wedding of Dr. Saraki’s daughter in Kwara State.