Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning ????. Enjoy!
1. Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State who recently defected to the PDP with his boss, Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Monday in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, while receiving the newly inaugurated Central Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that he was confident that the PDP in the state would win future elections in the state. “With the timber and calibre of the people that made up the party executive, the victory of the party is guaranteed,” he said.
2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Senate President Bukola Saraki to head an 84-member campaign team for the September 22 Osun State Governorship Election. Saraki in his remarks said that the All Progressives Congress had become unpopular in the state and people were yearning for PDP to return to the state. He further urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stand on the commitment he made recently to two world leaders that he would conduct a free, fair and credible election. “The election is important because the PDP has lost two governorship elections in the South-West, Ekiti and Ondo states. We must win Osun to prove that Osun is the home ground of the PDP. The APC is already no more popular in Osun. I hope that President Muhammad Buhari will live up to his promise to world leaders that elections will be free and fair in Nigeria,” he said.
3. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Monday, revealed that he spared Lagos State because of his long-standing relationship he has with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the then Governor of Lagos State. According to him, one of the regrets he had was not delivering Lagos State for the Peoples Democratic Party in 2003 when President Olusegun Obasanjo authorized him to deliver the entire South-West states to PDP. Atiku who is seeking for the PDP presidential ticket apologized to members of the PDP in the state, asking for a second chance to right the wrong. “When we came to power in 1999, the entire southwestern states were controlled by the AD (Alliance for Democracy). And when we were approaching the 2003 elections, I told my boss, ‘give me the authority to take over the South-West’. And he gave me that authority, and I took over all the states with the exception of Lagos. Why? Because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I came a long way from the SDP, PDM and all of that; and I felt I should leave Lagos for him. I could easily have taken over Lagos along with the rest. Today, virtually we have lost the South-West again,” he said.
4. Aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party for political offices in 2019 in Kogi State have rejected an alleged plan to give automatic tickets to serving members of the Senate and House of Representatives. The aspirants who protested at the National Headquarters of the PDP said that offering automatic tickets to Senator Dino Melaye would be a clear violation of the Electoral Act, the PDP constitution and the party’s guidelines, saying that only free, fair and transparent primaries would be acceptable. Dr. Halimat Alfa, the leader of the protesting group, who read the address, said that last week, plot to offer automatic tickets to lawmakers was uncovered, saying that serving lawmakers visits the residence of party leaders.
5. Former Senate President David Mark on Monday at the Government House in Makurdi handed over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, to Governor Samuel Ortom who recently defected from the APC. Mark said that party leaders in the state had taken three decisions that would further strength the PDP in Benue. “The party is officially handing over the party in the state to the governor of the state; he is now the leader of the party. This is the first meeting of the harmonised body of the PDP; with this body, we can win any election in the state. Secondly, we have also harmonised the party structure in the state to accommodate those returning to the party. Thirdly, we have set up integration committee to ensure proper harmonisation from ward to state levels,” Mark said.
6. Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former Special Assistant to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, on Monday said that he was not guilty of any criminal act as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). According to him, the N1.6billion which the anti-graft linked to him were not proceeds of fraud, but part of the money realized from a fundraiser organized in 2013 by the Anglican Communion of Otuoke Community which Jonathan was a grand patron. “The launching, which was done in Lagos on the 16th of March, 2013, was organised by the former President as a member of the Anglican Communion and the grand patron. About N6bn was realised from the event. Several persons made various donations at the event while the chief launcher, Prince Arthur Eze, donated $10m (about N1.8bn). The donation by the chief launcher was a pledge which he promised to fulfil in piecemeal,” he said.