Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, APC governors, stormed the campaign office of Ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State who is contesting for the office of the National Chairmanship of the party in support and solidarity. With this kind of support from almost all the party’s political heavyweights, it is apparently clear who will emerge as the next National Chairman of the APC.
2. Mr. Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau State, was on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years in jail for diverting about N2billion meant for the state while he was serving as governor from 1999 to 2007. Dariye who begged for mercy in court was found guilty of 15 out of 23 count charge against him and was consequently sentenced 14 years without option of fine by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal High Court FCT.
3. Prof. Wole Soyinka, following the apology by President Muhammadu Buhari to the family of Chief MKO Abiola and the conferment of the highest honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR) on him, commended Buhari for his apology. Soyinka however noted that it was confusing for Buhari to honour Abiola on one hand and also admire the late politician’s tormentor on the other hand. “I had a lot to say, but fortunately the words have been taken off my mouth. However, I will like to make a request. Mr. President, since we are honouring heroes of democracy today, I will like to request that you manage to stop creating confusion in the minds of Nigerians. It is not possible to honour MKO Abiola in one breadth and admire his tormentor in another breadth. Loyalty is all very well but loyalty can become perverse if that loyalty is retained to an individual who if he were alive today would be before the International Court of Crimes against Humanity,” Soyinka says.
4. Igbimo Ure Ekiti, a non-political umbrella for a group of elders in Ekiti State, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against rigging the forthcoming governorship election in the state. The elders told INEC to be neutral and diligent in the conduct of the election. The statement was signed by Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi and the group’s secretary, Sir Remi Omotoso. Also, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has also placed a curse upon any politician who is plotting to cause violence in the coming election.