Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Its our first edition in 2019. Enjoy!
1.Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Monday at the kickoff of his re-election campaign, said that he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because the PDP is the only party that can accommodate his administration’s policies. “The Benue masses on whose behalf and on whose behest the Ranching Law was passed and signed into law by our administration, are witnesses to various attempts by highly-placed officials in the APC-led Federal Government to frustrate an imperative legislation aimed at finding lasting peace between farmers and herders in our state. It became pertinent to make a bold political decision on the choice of platform that would not compromise our stance on a matter so key to the Benue people. That platform became very easily the Peoples Democratic Party,” Governor Ortom said.
2. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has said that it had no option but to continue its strike action in 2019 because the Federal Government has failed to release the N15billion revitalization fund for the polytechnics as promised in 2017. Usman Dutse, the National President of ASUP, in an interview said that; “in 2017, at the last agreement, the government said it was facing paucity of funds and other economic challenges, therefore it would commit itself to a revalisation fund of N20bn to universities, N15bn to polytechnics and N15bn to colleges of education.
3. Mr. Dapo Abiodun, the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, in a statement on Sunday during a programme on Channels TV, said that he never claimed to have graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. “I never claimed to have finished from the University of Ife (now OAU). I did go to school in Ife. I went to school in the University of Ife but I didn’t graduate from the University of Ife. I never claimed to have obtained a degree from the University of Ife,” he said. He however did not state the school where he obtained his Degree from.
4. Governor Rochas Okorocha in a statement on Monday alleged that some persons from the South-West and North were ganging up against his 2023 presidential ambition. “What I am suffering now in APC started two years ago in Lagos. They called my subordinates including my deputy and asked them to team up to fight me. Hope Uzodinma joined them lately. They decided to use him because they saw him as a strong person, being a sitting senator. The whole thing is about my 2023 presidential ambition. They want to shut out any Igbo man who is strong politically from the 2023 presidential race. But despite the gang up, I must contest for President in 2023,” Okorocha said while speaking to journalists in Ogboko, his country home in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State.
5. Nigerian Governors on Monday described the insistence of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on N30,000 as the minimum wage for workers as unpatriotic. According to the governors, it was a deliberate attempt to hold President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria to ransom. The governors noted that they would have loved to pay the N30,000 demanded by workers, but it is not feasible due to lack of funds. “Governors have collectively made it abundantly clear that they would have been happy to pay workers the N30,000 but times are hard and because of financial constraints and other limitations, many states cannot afford it, for now,” the governors said in a statement issued by Mr. Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the Nigerian Governors Forum Head, Media and Public Affairs.
We at 1Push Naija wish all our readers and followers a Happy and Prosperous 2019.