Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Mr. Donald Duke, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidential candidate, while addressing journalists at the SDP headquarters in Abuja on Monday, expressed concern over the growing indebtedness of Nigeria to China and other countries, saying that the nation is bleeding under Chinese loans. “Indebtedness to any nation is worrisome, not just China. The concept of independence is being able to stand on your own; you are not independent if you are indebted to other nations. We need to strengthen our own local trade and when you trade, there should be a balance. You cannot always import without exporting; you cannot always breathe in without breathing out, that’s the law of nature; there must be harmony. If you keep on importing and you are not exporting to have a balance of trade, then your country will haemorrhage; we are haemorrhaging,” he said.
2. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, in a recent statement said that his emergence has brought confusion to the camp of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). According to Atiku, in 2019, Nigerians will choose between a job provider and a lifeless candidate. The APC had described Atiku as a desperate, corrupt and unreliable politician who gives money in exchange for votes. “We are not surprised that there is confusion in the President’s camp. We expected that they would be thrown into a catatonic state knowing that Atiku Abubabakr’s emergence automatically means the coming to an end of their ignominious reign. That much was admitted by the President’s former running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare, when he praised the emergence of Atiku as an ‘eagle’ and ‘a cosmopolitan wazobia’ politician. Obviously, Pastor Tunde Bakare has foreseen that the era of 97 per cent versus five per cent has come to an end with the emergence of the pan-Nigerian Atiku Abubakar. The choice before Nigerians in 2019 is a simple one. Nigerians have a choice of electing a lively candidate with a record of providing 50,000 jobs to Nigerians in his private capacity versus the lifelessness (apologies to President Donald Trump) of a candidate under whom Nigeria lost 11 million jobs and became the world headquarters for extreme poverty,” Atiku said.
3. Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader and founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and Biafra Independent Movement, have urged Ndigbo not to vote for the All Progressives Grand Alliance in all election come 2019. His statement came following the failure of Ojukwu’s wife to pick the APGA Anambra South senatorial ticket ahead of 2019 senatorial election. “This is another affront on Ojukwu and the entire Igbo nation. MASSOB/BIM regards APGA as an Igbo party because of the person of Ojukwu. Everybody in Nigeria knows what Ojukwu was to APGA. It is pertinent to recall at this point that the son of Ojukwu, Emeka Junior, had contested for a seat in the House of Representatives under the APGA, but he could not win because he was not given the required necessary support by the party. The same situation has re-occurred. This time, it was on Bianca. This simply indicates that Ojukwu’s own Anambra people do not regard him and those he left behind. With this, APGA should not be seen, taken and regarded again as party for Ndigbo. On this premise, we in MASSOB/BIM urge all our members in particular and Ndigbo at large never to vote APGA again in any election in the South-East,” he said.
4. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has threatened to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). His statement came following the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the PDP at the National Convention held on Saturday in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State. According to reports, Fayose wanted Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to emerge as PDP presidential candidate with him (Fayose) emerging as Tambuwal’s running mate. “We have no regret aligning with Governor Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket and no apologies either. We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go,” he said.
5. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in a recent statement said that only the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can salvage Nigeria from its current challenges. According to Wike, the ruling All Progressives Congress is the most inefficient Federal Government since the country gained independence. Wike stated this while speaking to newsmen after a thank-you visit by the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt on Sunday evening. “We have no party that will salvage the country other than the PDP. A candidate has emerged and we owe it a duty to see that the party takes over from the most inefficient and ineffective party in control of the FG. We are one family. You may support aspirant A or B, but once a candidate emerges, you owe it a duty to make sure your party returns to power. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we don’t give the APC any gap. They have failed Nigerians and we will take over in 2019,” the governor said.