Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement on Monday by its leader, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, said that it had suspended its reconciliation talks with the Federal Government over the linking of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State to arrested suspects of the Offa Bank robbery. The nPDP had scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo a ago. “While we are truly and earnestly committed to achieving reconciliation, harmony, truce and cohesion in the APC as we approach the 2019 general election, it appears that the Presidency is not interested in the talks and that they may have been negotiating in bad faith,” he said. “His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, both of whom were at the meeting with the VP on Monday, May 28, 2018, have suddenly been accused of sponsoring armed robbery by the police under the directives of the presidency.” He added.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the 61st meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and Commission for Africa in Abuja, said that his administration had spent $9billion (N2.745trillion) on power, roads and railways in the country in the last 2 years. He added that it was part of the ongoing plans to diversify the economy through the development of tourism, agriculture and solid minerals, noting that the Federal Government was investing heavily in infrastructure.
3. The Nigeria Police on Monday issued an ultimatum to Senate President Bukola to submitted a written statement in defence of his alleged link with suspects of the Off Bank robbery incident that happened on April 4. The police had on Sunday in a statement issued by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, summouned Saraki to appear before a police team in Abuja over the allegation. According to the police, the arrested robbers said they had connection with the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and Saraki. The 2 political heavyweights from Kwara State had since vehemently denied any connection with the Offa robbery suspects.
4. Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), on Monday, while responding to questions from newsmen at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, said that the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, is free to leave the ruling APC. “At least, there are more than 60 political parties now, Okorocha is free to join any of his choice. Though we are not forcing him to leave, what we are saying is we have taken the leadership out of his hands because he was playing God. “He was personalizing power, so the majority of the leadership and membership of the APC in the South-East said, ‘thank you, so for so good enough is enough’,” he said.