Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday raised an alarm over the buying of Permanent Voter Cards by some politicians. “A new method of vote-buying is being devised. We have received credible information that some partisan actors are now going round buying up PVCs from voters or financially inducing them to collect the VINs on their PVCs. In some instances, telephone numbers and details of bank accounts of voters have been collected. By collecting the PVCs, their intention may be to deprive the voters of voting since no one can vote without the PVC. By collecting their phone numbers and bank details, the intention is to induce voters by electronic transfer of funds to their accounts since it will be difficult to buy votes at polling units,” he said.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari during the inauguration of his Presidential Campaign Council in Abuja said that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will take full leadership of his re-election campaign. Buhari is the Chairman of the PCC, while Tinubu is the Co-Chairman. He however said that Tinubu will be fully in charge; “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge and is going to be on 24-hour vigil,” he said.
3. The wife of a Nigerian Air Force pilot, Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob, who recent died alongside 4 of his colleagues following an helicopter crash on January 2, 2019, has revealed that she learnt of the death of her husband on WhatsApp. The couple got married 3 weeks ago, on December 8, 2018. “My husband left for the trip five days after we got married and since he left, I’ve been alone. We spoke before he took off on the trip. When I tried his number at night, it was not going through and I switched off my phone afterwards. The following morning, I tried reaching him again, but it still was not going through. I went on WhatsApp and I saw the picture of my husband and his co-pilot with the caption: ‘Rest in Peace’ on the status update of one of his colleagues, who didn’t know that I had his WhatsApp number. When I saw it, I was so shocked that I threw my phone away in disbelieve. I picked it up again and went through it. Just as I was about running out of the house, the commander arrived to confirm my fear,” she said.
4. Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State of Monday broke down in tears as he begs President Muhammadu Buhari to end Boko Haram in his state. The governor cried over the recent activities of the terrorist group, which had become even more gruesome. He cried before Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, begging Buhari to do all he can to stop the insurgents.
5. Afenifere, the apex Yoruba Socio-Political group, has described as deceitful the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that his campaign would be led by Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC. “I think the whole thing is just to make Tinubu feel good and think he is being reckoned with. But in any case, it is said that those who don’t learn from history will repeat it. This confirms that there are political forces that see some personalities at desperate times as people they can just toy with and once they dangle some carrots before them, there will be no problem. But if he tries to avoid the debate, it cannot work. Nigerians will not be wise to vote for anybody that is not ready to debate,” Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere spokesman, said.
6. The United Kingdom, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), and others have vehemently condemned the recent invasion of Daily Trust Newspaper office and arrests of its journalists by the Nigerian Army.