Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1.On Tuesday, there was a rowdy session in the Senate over members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari. The senators from the South-East and South-South region protested the exclusion of the two geopolitical zones by the president in his nominations. Ndasule Moses (North-Central), Lawan Mamman (North-East), Galadanci Imam Najip (North-West) and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu (South-West) were nominated by Buhari for confirmation. While the senators from the excluded region protested against the nomination, senators from the north, particularly members of the ruling APC, urged the senate to proceed, saying that the confirmation should be based on qualification and experience for the job.
2. The United States consulate in Nigeria in its response to allegations contained in a book written by Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, said that the claim that former President Barack Obama of the United States of America meddled in the 2015 presidential election in favour of his opponent Muhammadu Buhari misrepresented facts. “It was mischaracterised in the book about what President Obama or his administration did in Nigeria. The mischaracterisation here refers to not comprehending why we felt it was important for Nigeria to have a peaceful, free and fair election in 2015,” Mr. Russell Brooks, the Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate in Lagos.
3. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State on Tuesday in Ibadan met with aggrieved political heavyweights in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)in South-West over the recent misunderstanding in the party’s primary elections. The governors who are part of the APC National Peace and Reconciliation Committee met with Senator Iyiola Omisore, the former governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State who practically gave the APC victory over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun few months ago. The peace team also met with Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN)among others. It however appears that Governor Ibikule Amosun of Ogun State who has taken hash step over the outcome of the APC primaries in his state was absent at the meeting.
4. The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, while receiving members of the State Private Sectors Union who are in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, said that those opposing Buhari are eyeing the nation’s resources which they intend to loot. “Those who are against Buhari’s re-election are the enemies of the country who want to continue to loot the nation’seconomy after their 16-year rule,” he said in a statement issued on his behalf by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji.
5. The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday said that it is not a crime to have s*x in a car. The statement was a response to a question by a citizen which was answered by the Head of Police Public Complaints, Rapid Response Unit, Mr. Abayomi Shogunle. He however noted that it can be considered a crime if it happens with an underage; if the car is parked around a religious institution; if it happens between peoples of same gender; and if the act was not mutual to both persons.
6. The governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday expressed hope that Governor Ibikunle Amosun would change his opposition over his candidature in the forthcoming 2019 governorship electionin Ogun. Amosun had declared that he was not going to support APC candidate in Ogun State over the outcome of the governorship primary election in the state.
7. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) rejected the choice of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the consensus presidential candidate of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP). According to the National Publicity Secretary of theparty, Mr. Alfa Mohammed, said that Atiku’s emergence as consensus candidate did not measure up to the established standard which was assented to by the political parties that formed the alliance. Consequently, the SDP resolved to stick to its presidential candidate, Donald Duke. “The SDP resolved that the emergence of a consensus candidate as reported is unacceptable to it because it did not follow due process and did not measure up to the established standard set out and which was assented to by the member political parties of the alliance,” the SDP said.