Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Fresh crisis hits the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as aggrieved members including members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc, the defunct CPC, ANPP and ACN, forms a new APC faction, “Reformed APC”. Alhaji Buba Galadima, President Buhari’s former ally in the CPC, now heads the new Reformed APC. The Reformed APC noted that the APC has failed Nigeria and that President Buhari has demonstrated incompetence, nepotism, and he deviated from its core objectives since his emergence in 2015. “The APC government has been a monumental disaster, even worse than the government it replaced. The political party that was a vehicle for enthroning the government was rendered powerless by manipulations and complete lack of due process in its operations,” Galadima said.
2. The National House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to investigate the roles play by the administrations of former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umar Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan in the recovery of funds looted by the late military head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha. The probe will also include President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, on the planned utilization of the recently repatriated $322million.
3. Governor Ayodele Fayose in an interview on Tuesday night alleged that the All Progressives Congress leaders mounted pressure on him to trade the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo, for their candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, ahead of the July 14 governorship election in the state. “They approached me to negotiate with them and trade away ticket of Olusola to pave the way for the victory of Fayemi. They cited examples of leaders who have done that before and wished I do the same. But I bluntly told them that I would never do that. It others are doing it, I am not like them. I have integrity, I am Peter, the rock. I am set for another defeat of Fayemi and the APC. After Ekiti, we shall move to a higher level in Abuja,” the governor said.
4. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial District, on Wednesday vowed to sue the Department of State Services (DSS) over his arrest, and detention. “On Friday, 22nd June, I was arrested at the gate of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel while the International Press Institute’s congress was going on. I was taken to the office of the DSS by 11:30 in the morning and subsequently, by 5pm, I was taken to my house for a search of my residence. After the search which took another 5 to 6 hours. I was taken to the office of the DSS at about 12midnight and now kept there. I have been released through the intervention of all well-meaning Nigerians led by you (President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki) and the leadership of the Senate. So, I am very glad and grateful, and was to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians who were concerned and who did everything to secure my release,” he said.
5. Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday in Abuja warned that the 2019 general elections may not hold if the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State is rigged. Secondus who noted that the PDP would do all within the law to ensure 2019 presidential victory to save Nigerians from the All Progressives Congress inflicted hardship, said that the Ekiti must be free, fair and credible. “We have warned them not to rig the Ekiti governorship election because there will be a crisis. There may be no election in 2019 if Ekiti election is rigged,” he said.