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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Tuesday, 07 August, 2018 Edition)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!

1. Prof. Wole Soyinka in a recent letter to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, urged him to remain resilient despite the persecution he is currently facing over his decision to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “As a leader of a people who took much of the earliest brunt of unleashed herdsmen savagery and cried in vain for help, you have a moral right to seek the promise of an alternative haven of security for your people. They remain your primary responsibility. Coincidences are, by their very nature, suspect, and I certainly perceive the beginnings of a heavy-handed campaign of reprisals from ruling circles over your political decision. “I can only urge you, therefore, to take heart, and remain resilient, unbowed, and undeterred,” Soyinka told Ortom.

2. Senate President Bukola Saraki will today meet with the Speaker of the National House of Representatives and the principal officers in both chambers. Although the reasons behind this emergence meeting is not yet known, the Special Assistant to the Senate President on International Relations, Bankole Omisore, on twitter confirmed the meeting; “NASS leadership will tomorrow meet at noon to consider some national issues. The National Assembly leadership comprises both @NGRSenate and HouseNGR.“It will be followed by another meeting with the leadership of @inecnigeria led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu.”

3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Monday, said that it was not aware that the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who is currently the Senate Minority leader, was going to see President Muhammadu Buhari in London. The PDP noted that Akpabio told the PDP National Working Committee that he was going to Germany. Akpabio also met with the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday.

4. Chief Olusegun Osoba, a former Governor of Ogun State, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of laying a bad foundation of leadership in the country. According to Osoba, Obasanjo in 1999 manipulated governors elected on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy out of the Council of State, saying that it was the beginning of the downward trend of leadership in this country.

5. Alhaji Azeez Adesiji, the Deputy Chairman of the ruling APC in Osun State, on Monday led some members of the State Working Committee of the party, 580 executives of the Osun APC and about 6000 members to the Action Democratic Party (ADP). Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, last week resigned as the Secretary to the Osun State Government and joined the ADP. He will contest the forthcoming Osun Governorship Election under ADP.

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