Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The former Governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Mimiko, has officially dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Labour Party (LP). Mimiko who was a member of LP, left the party in 2014 to join the then ruling party PDP. It was however shocking as Labour Party rejected his plan to decamp to their side. The LP described his defection plan as an ill-fated adventure, adding that his intention was to use the LP to launder his sagging political image. This was stated by the National Chairman of the LP, Mike Omotosho, in a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday. Omotosho further noted that Mimiko abandoned the party few days to its national convention in October 2014. “Such a treachery and betrayal of a party that gave the former governor succor in the darkest hour of his political career, especially as manifested in his two-term victory on the ticket of the Labour Party, is to say the least cheap callous. It also revealed the paucity of knowledge of the philosophy of the Labour Party as a peoples rooted party and the dearth of class consciousness on his part,” Omotosho said.
2. The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended Mr. Sunday Akinniyi, the member representing the Ikere Constituency 2, for alleged terrorism in the state assembly and sleeping during the lawmakers sessions in the last three years. The state lawmakers also barred Akinniyi from the premises of the Assembly complex and mandated the clerk to lodge a formal complaint of threat to lives of members against him to security agencies. His suspension came following report from investigation by a committee set-up to investigate his case.
3. Mr. Paul Arkwright, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, following his visit to the corporate headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, asked the anti-graft not to take sides with any political party ahead of the 2019 general elections. Mr. Arkwright also urged the EFCC to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that there is no buying of vote. “INEC and EFCC should be there to preserve the integrity of the political process, including taking forward investigations without any prejudice on one side or the other, following the evidence and taking action where it is justified,” he said.
4. The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum will reportedly meet on Friday to discuss the removal of Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission. This development was revealed to Punch on Wednesday by Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the Joint Secretary of the forum. According to him, the Southern and Middle Belt leaders would not back down on their demand to remove Prof. Yakubu and also the current service chiefs before the 2019 general elections.
5. Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), the Director, Strategic Communications of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, during a chat with the ‘The Interview’ magazine, said that he can only vouch for President Muhammadu Buhari’s integrity and not those working for him. “Remember there was a time when there was an outcry that they shortlisted certain people or there were more people from certain parts of the country. Like I said, when these things come out and they come to knowledge of the President, what does he do? Do you really expect the president to sit down and compile names of those to employ in MDAs? We cannot vouch for people who work for him. I am saying that openly,” he said when asked to respond to allegations that there were nepotism and backdoor recruitment at the Central Bank of Nigeria.