Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has warned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, that history would be unkind to him if he failed to conduct free and fair elections in 2019. Secondus further alleged that INEC had designed special card readers, result sheets for the APC. “They have finished their rigging arrangements with preloaded cards and special election result sheets, all doctored to favour the ruling APC. The INEC chairman has no strong will to follow our electoral laws and constitution as well as the laid down international standards in the processes towards 2019 and we want to let the world know this before it happens. They have finished plots to isolate states of Kano, Benue, Rivers, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Imo , Kwara and Lagos for disruption during the general election so they can plan well to mobilise the rigging,” Secondus said while hosting election team of the Economic Community of West Africa States.
2. Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday said that the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has no moral right to remain in politics following revelation of kickbacks he collected from candidates in the recent APC primaries across the nation. “I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today. Oshiomhole is somebody who has been told to have been collecting not even naira but dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and governors. I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics, not to talk about being a chairman of a party,” Saraki told journalists in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State.
3. The Senate on Wednesday exposed an illegal withdrawals of $1,151,609billion from the dividends accounts of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. Senator Bassey Akpan, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas, noted that the illegal withdrawal was made by the NNPC through the Central Bank of Nigeria. This is different from the $1.05billion which the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had reportedly admitted to had withdrawn on presidential directive. “From the available documents before us, apart from the $1.05bn that we are mandated by the Senate to investigate, we have also discovered that several withdrawals were made from the NLNG dividends account without the required supporting documents to back them,” Senator Akpan said.
4. The Nigerian Governors Forum in a statement on Wednesday night threatened that if it must pay the proposed N30,000 minimum wage, then the Nigeria Labour should expect workers to be sacked nationwide. The statement was issued by the Chairman of the NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, after an emergency meeting on Wednesday night. “Following a meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum where we deliberated on the national minimum wage, governors resolved to re-strategise and put together another committee to meet with the President once again, to work out another formula towards quickly resolving the problem associated with the proposed N30.000 minimum wage which is impracticable unless labour agrees to a downsizing of the workforce all over the country or the Federal Government itself accedes to the review of the national revenue allocation formula,” Yari said.