Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning ????. Enjoy!
1.Members of the APC in the House of Representatives have vehemently dismissed the allegations that the TraderMoni empowerment programme by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is aimed at vote buying ahead of the 2019 general elections. The programme is being spearheaded by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who goes to major markets across the country to give the N10,000 loan to petty traders. “I think it is important for us as a caucus to defend the party when the party is being attacked unfairly and unjustly. I have heard legislators from both sides – the Senate and the House – talking about TraderMoni being vote buying. I shudder to think that any legislator would say that, when the same Legislature gave approval and budgeted for TraderMoni. We budgeted for something and then you turn around.Then you have done a disservice to the country. You are indicting yourself,” Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Leader of the House said.
2. The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has threatened to work against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu. Shittu vowed that there won’t be peace in the APC in Oyo over his disqualification by the APC from contesting the APC Oyo governorship primaries. Mr. Shittu further accused the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, of being behind his disqualification. Shittu is the third APC political heavyweight who has vowed to work against the ruling party at state level over the outcome of the party’s primaries. Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State had since declared their intention to work against APC in their various states.
3. Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement on Wednesday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Nigeria Police Force and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of agreeing secretly to cripple states under PDP. The former ruling party noted that it is aware of the APC “mapped out a strategy to ensure that the PDP-controlled states are adequately inconvenienced and frustrated enough not to have concentration to tackle their reelection. They have resolved to inject crisis into the PDP-controlled states and ensure that our governors who are refusing to play ball are permanently distracted.”
4. On Wednesday, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)members in the National House of Representatives and their colleagues under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), clashed over President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision not to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill. Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila,the Majority Leader in the House, vowed that the APC lawmakers will prevent the plot to veto Buhari by the PDP.
5. Report has it that the Nigerian Army has organized a private burial for over 100 soldiers who were killed in the recent attack by the Boko Haram terrorist on Nigerian Army 157 Task Force Battalion few weeks ago. An undisclosed widow of one of the late soldiers told punch that she was invited for the burial of her husband in Maiduguri on Friday. “I was invited for the burial of my husband with a few others this Friday in Maiduguri. Sincerely, we don’t even know how many will be buried and the army is not giving us any information,” she said (as seen on Punch).