Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. On Wednesday, at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mega rally in Osun State in support of the candidate of the PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke, ahead of the state governorship election on Saturday, Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar both urged voters to stop the APC rule and their suffering by voting for the candidate of the PDP. Saraki said that there was nowhere in the nation where workers were owed salaries for 3 years if not under APC government in Osun. “For the past three years, the APC government in Osun State has refused to pay salaries to workers. Is that performance? They say you should vote for continuity, will you do that? All over Nigeria, things are not this bad. Even in the North-East where there is Boko Haram insurgency, their governors have not stopped paying salaries. This is not about us, it is about the people of Osun; they must send their message through their votes on Saturday,” Saraki said.
2. The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Lagos State Chapter of the APC, have reportedly continued to mount pressure on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to drop his second term ambition and endorse his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Mr. Sanwo-Olu is allegedly backed by the chairmen of the 57 councils in the state and the Mandate Movement, a group in the Lagos APC headed by Tinubu. According to reports, Ambode is promised a ministerial position of the APC wins the 2019 presidential election, but Ambode apparently does not want anything else for now if not to become governor again the second time.
3. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reviewed the timetable for the conduct of the party’s primary elections to elect candidate that would represent the ruling party in the 2019 general elections. According to the APC National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibediro, the primaries will begin with the presidential primary election which everyone already knows the winner. “The National Working Committee has approved the review of the timetable for the conduct of the 2018 primary elections as follows; 25th September, 2018 – presidential primary election; 29th September, 2018 – governorship primary election; 2nd October, 2018 – Senate primary elections; 3rd October, 2018 – House of Representatives primary elections; 4th October, 2018 – State House of Assembly primary elections; 6th October, 2018 – National Convention (Presidential),” the party said on Wednesday.
4. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on Wednesday during a condolence visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, in Toru-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, over the death of Dickson’s mother, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson, said that the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ban the use of smartphones inside polling cubicles is unconstitutional and unacceptable. “Nigeria must take full advantage of technology as it could not afford to lag behind, especially in the bid to ensure citizens’ participation through recording of results and the electoral processes. The international observers would need their smart phones and other media devices to record and send back information to their home countries. “On the issue of INEC’s ban on smart phones at polling units, that is completely unconstitutional because we have provisions in the Constitution that make room for freedom of communication, expression and even freedom of the Press. That is what this ban is trying to abridge,” he said.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday stopped Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, from inviting the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Osun State Governorship Election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, over alleged examination malpractices, criminal conspiracy, impersonation, breach of duty, aiding and abetting. The Police had invited Adeleke to the Force Headquarters in Abuja over alleged exam malpractice.