1.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dissolved the executive committees in Imo and Ogun States. The APC also dissolved the local government and ward executives in the two states. The decision was reached on Tuesday following a meeting by the National Working Committee of the party led by its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Governor Rochas Okorocha, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Imo and Ogun states respectively had vowed not to support the candidates of the APC in their states following the outcome of the party’s primary election.
2. Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has told the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to let his people go. Agbaje’s recent statement came as a response to Tinubu who mocked him for adopting the ‘freedom’ slogan for his 2019 aspiration. “Those who said they want freedom should go and learn tailoring and vulcanising and we will do ‘freedom’ for them later,” Tinubu had stated. “Apparently, the APC leader has lost touch with reality. Otherwise, he would know that like the children of Israel, Lagosians are groaning under the taskmaster that Tinubu and his cronies have turned themselves into in this state that should rate as Nigeria’s foremost,” Agbaje said in his response.
3. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday said that if President Muhammadu Buhari is not voted out of power in 2019, the killings by herdsmen would not stop. Atiku stated this in response to a recent report by Amnesty International over herdsmen/farmers conflicts that have allegedly led to the death of about 4,000 persons. “Unless Nigerians vote out the All Progressives Congress administration, killings by herdsmen will continue and ultimately spark series of ethno-religious crises that will be irreversible. It is now very clear, like Amnesty International said in its report, that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has displayed gross incompetence and has failed in its duty to protect the lives of its people who have witnessed many preventable deaths,” Atiku said.
4. Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), was on Tuesday assassinated on the Abuja-Keffi expressway on his way back from his farm. The Ex-CDS was shot dead along with his driver. The Nigerian Air Force in a statement confirmed the incident. “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), who died today, December 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along the Abuja-Keffi Road. On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest,” the statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, read.