Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Leader of the National House of Representatives, on Monday said that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the best option for the 2019 elections. He also urged the Yoruba to reject the slot of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation offered by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, saying that the South-West should not trade away a vice-presidential position for SGF. He noted that the APC had set the foundation for Nigeria’s progress, saying that Nigerians should vote for continuity. “Do we have anybody seated here who actually believes the South-West should drop the position of Vice-President and go lower down to Secretary of Government of the Federation as recommended by the PDP? I am sure none. Our resolve in the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo cannot be traded away for any condescending offer,” he said.
2. Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered that the trial of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki (rtd), must proceed with or without his presence in court. Dasuki had written the court expressing his unwillingness to appear in court for his trial. The judge however invoked Section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, which allows the trial of a defendant to proceed in their absence if there is no reasonable explanation. “It is very clear that the defendant is not willing to be attending court for his trial. I hereby invoke the provision of section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act by ordering the trial proceed in his absence,” the judge said.
3. On Monday at the trial of Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State over an alleged theft and money laundering, a prosecution witness testified to the court that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence, helped Fayose to move N1.2billion in cash from Lagos to Ekiti. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claims that the ex-governor used the money for his governorship election in 2014, adding that the funds were proceeds of unlawful activities. Consequently, the EFCC invited a witness, Damola Otuyena, the Head, Cash and Transit Services, Diamond Bank, who narrated to the court how he delivered the cash to Obanikoro who eventually reportedly moved it to Ekiti.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the Nigerian Governors Forum to resolve the lingering dispute over the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage. The outcome of the meeting which took place behind closed-doors at the presidential villa is however still unknown. The NGF had noted that it would not be able to afford the proposed N30,000 minimum wage without sacking workers. The NGF further setup a committee to meet with Buhari over the issue. The NGF had proposed to pay N22,500, but the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) demanded N30,000 or a complete shutdown of the nation.