Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday in Lagos said that President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot be trusted because they have not kept their promises to Nigerians while soliciting their votes four years ago. “The APC promised to create jobs for us, today there is massive unemployment. The APC promised security, but today, there is high level of insecurity in Nigeria. The APC promised us economic revival, today Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world. These are people that cannot be trusted,” Atiku said while addressing crowd at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to probe the $16billion allegedly spent on power by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Buhari who stated this on Tuesday while speaking during the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rally in Yenagoa said that his government would recover the money and expose those behind the scam. “The previous government mentioned on their own that they spent $16bn on power but you are better witnesses than myself. Where is the power? Where is the money? We will follow them, eventually God willing, we will catch them and get our money back,” he said.
3. Fourteen persons reportedly lost their lives and eight others critically injured on Tuesday at the end of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally held at the Amiesimka Stadium in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The unfortunate incident happened as the crowd attempted to leave the venue of the event.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised to deliver free, fair and credible elections on Saturday, February 16. “I assure you that I’m all out for free, fair and credible elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) knows my stand on this.” He stated this during his meeting with traditional rulers at the secretariat complexes of the Councils of Traditional Rulers in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, and Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
5. The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has denied insinuations that he threw away the APC flag at the party’s rally in Ogun State. Tinubu was seen in a video during the rally throwing away the APC flag. The incident happened after aggrieved members of the APC stoned the party chieftains (including President Buhari, Adams Oshiomhole, Tinubu, APC governors and others) with objects.
6. The United States Embassy in its response to the Buhari Campaign Organisation has denied taking sides with any opposition candidate ahead of the presidential election on Saturday. Festus Keyamo, the spokesman of the Buhari Campaign group, had in a statement on Monday accused the United States and other western diplomats of supporting the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to kick Buhari out of power. The Embassy in its statement however vehemently denied the allegation. “The United States Embassy in Nigeria wishes to reiterate unequivocally that we are not taking sides in Nigeria’s election. We do not support any party or candidate. We support a level playing field and the democratic process.