Good Morning Nigeria! Happy Democracy Day! Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Prof. Attahiru Jega, the Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday said that the members of the National Assembly are notorious for bribe taking. Jega made the allegation while delivering a lecture titled “Peace Building and Good Governance for Sustainable Development in Nigeria”, at an event held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja to mark the 2018 Democracy Day. He noted that lawmakers took bribes at will under the pretence of committee work and oversight functions. President Muhammadu Buhari at the event expressed gratitude to Jega and the United States for their roles in ensuring that the 2015 election was successful.
2. On Monday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met behind closed doors with the members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Villa. The members of the nPDP which includes Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Ex-Kano State Governor Musa Kwankwaso and other political heavyweights had threatened to dump the APC if their grievances were not addressed. They group after the meeting however noted that it was too early to decide whether or not to leave the APC.
3. Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has been appointed the Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Atiku is expected to emerge as the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
4. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a recent statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, challenged the presidency and the ruling APC to immediatey account for over N10trtillion allegedly stolen by APC leaders and members of the President Muhammadu Buhari cabal. The PDP further asked the presidency to address Nigerians on the leaked memo detailing illegal oil contracts to the tune of N9trillion ($25billion) at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. PDP also challenged the APC to clarify the alleged stealing of N1.1trillion ($3.5billion) worth of crude oil by APC interests operating 7 ghost companies.
5. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his Democracy Day statement called on the Federal Government to tackle insecurity in the country rather than engaging in endless diversionary accusation. “Even as we celebrate, my fellow patriots, let us spare some time to reflect and to mourn all those murdered in the ongoing needless killings across our dear country,” he said