Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has passed a vote of no confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible general elections in 2019. According to the governors, INEC had conducted itself as tool of the All Progressives Congress led Federal Government. The PDP Governors accused Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, and Mrs. Amina Zakari, a National Commissioner of INEC, of being involved in biased roles of the electoral body. “The forum noted that INEC needs to reinvent itself as a truly independent umpire of the electoral process in the country. For now, we have no confidence in INEC. The commission has conducted itself as a tool of the APC-led Federal Government, especially with the roles of the Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, and a National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari,” the governors said.
2. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in an interview with Channels TV on Monday night, told Nigerian youths not to live under the illusion that their age alone qualifies them for leadership role. “I don’t want our young people to wonder under this illusion that age is a quality, just because you are young therefore or you assume you will do better. What will count is exposure and ability to lead. We need to look at our income distribution and see whether there is a correlation between age and wealth. You are not supposed to start learning leadership with human lives, you are supposed to start learning how to manage, how to superintend a system,” Oshiomhole said in an apparent response to a question on the high cost of APC’s nomination and expression of interest forms.
3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) has set up a committee to liaise with all the presidential aspirants under the platform of the party to have a consensus candidate for the forthcoming 2019 presidential election. “A committee has been set up to discuss with all presidential aspirants to come up with one of them as a consensus candidate,” Walid Jibrin, the BoT Chairman, said. However, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Monday gave an indication in a separate statement that they would rather prefer to have a presidential primary.
4. Senator George Akume, the lawmaker representing Benue North-West Senatorial District, at the All Progressives Congress (APC) expanded caucus meeting held at Castle Event Centre, Mukurdi, the capital of Benue State, on Sunday, described Governor Samuel Ortom, as a non-performer, saying that Ortom was parading a fake doctoral degree. Akume accused Ortom of running the Social Investment Programme like his family business, saying that he needs to be voted out in 2019. “Ortom said he has PhD from the Commonwealth University of Berlin, but there is nothing like Commonwealth University. At least, I’m a graduate of the University of Ibadan, where I bagged my first and second degrees. I am also a fellow of the Institute of Management and I have honourary PhD from the University of Jos. He said I was a protocol officer while he was a local government chairman and that I served him, I never saw Ortom in the government house that period. He is saying I never won an election, but I won an election in 1999, he (Ortom) was in SDP; also in 2003 when I moved to ACN, I also won elections but the last election, Ortom lost in his local government. When I was building PDP, where was Ortom?” Akume said.