Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources who served under the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Justice Valentine Ashi who ruled on an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), gave the anti-graft agency, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies 72 hours to arrest Mrs. Alison-Madueke. “The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours,” the judge ordered.
2. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday in Abuja met with the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, to strategies ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Obasanjo also reportedly used the opportunity to settle rifts between Atiku and other heavyweight politicians from his home state, Adamawa. OBJ had after the emergence of his former deputy as the PDP presidential candidate, endorsed him for presidency.
3. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday described the massive crowd at the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential campaign rally as rented crowd from neighbouring Niger Republic. “Thieves have ganged-up against President Muhammadu Buhari. Yesterday, they were in Sokoto and they rented a crowd from Niger Republic just to show people that they have supporters because Sokoto people refused to come out.So, when it is time to launch President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in Kaduna, people should come for the whole world to see that, it is not Niger Republic people that are disguising as Nigerians,” El-Rufai said.
4. Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Tuesday defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Action Alliance (AA) after losing out to emerge as the Imo governorship candidate of the APC. Nwosu who is currently Governor Okorocha’s Chief of Staff, had vowed to fight for his mandate which he alleged the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, gave to Senator Hope Uzodinma, the APC Imo governorship candidate. According to Nwosu, he decided to quit the APC because of the injustice, impunity and lack of respect for party’s constitution.
5. Fifty-nine support groups formerly supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election have reportedly made a U-turn and endorsed the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. According to the groups, the President Buhari’s government has failed. “The government we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people and we cannot continue to reinforce failure.” Yusuf Ardo, the National Coordinator of the Grassroot Mobiliser for Buhari, who spoke at the ceremony in Abuja, accused the current government of failing to appoint youths into government.