Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday while addressing journalists at the Imo State House, criticized Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), over the way the party handled the primaries in Imo State. According to Okorocha, Oshiomhole succeeded in denting the image of APC with the level of injustice displayed during the primaries. “In the past, the APC was known for uprightness, fairness and justice, but Oshiomhole has dented the image of the party going by what happened during the Imo APC primaries. What happened in Imo State was a clear case of injustice. People who never contested primaries were given tickets by Oshiomhole. I want to say that I am still in the APC and my support for President Muhammadu Buhari is very unshaken .I want to say that President Buhari is not in support of the actions of Oshiomhole. What happened in the Imo APC was the worst imposition ever experienced in the history of politics in Nigeria,” he said.
2. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in a recent statement accused the Federal Government of working with security agencies to disrupt the 2019 governorship elections in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. “When I raised the alarm that the Federal Government was plotting to plant 800 guns in Rivers State to destabilise the state, it is the truth; it is real,” he said during a courtesy visit by the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Robert Petri.
3. Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, has vehemently condemned the killing of over 100 soldiers in Borno State by the Boko Haram terrorist group last week. According to Afenifere, President Muhamadu Buhari is not showing much concern over the death of military men, saying that the Federal Government kept quiet without even sending condolence message to the family of the fallen heroes. “The massacre of our ill-equipped troops by the evil sect raises serious concerns about the state of our armed forces’ combat readiness in spite of the unappropriated $1b the government claimed it disbursed months back to equip our military against insurgency. We were more pained at this tragic and monumental loss by the high insensitivity the Federal Government displayed on this matter. Firstly, it (the Federal Government ) kept quiet for six days after the incident and when it found its voice, there were no soothing words for the bereaved families,” the group said.
4. The Boko Haram terrorist group has reportedly threatened another attack on the military base at Jiddari-Polo, Maiduguri. The terrorists had on Monday stormed the area, killing four farmers, leaving one with serious injuries. The survivor revealed that the terrorist came in large numbers and instructed 75 year old man to tell the Nigerian Army to prepare for another attack. “They asked me to deliver a message to the soldiers that they should be prepared for an attack soon,” 75 year old Mala Umara told AFP.
5. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday reportedly visited the Deputy President of the Senate, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu, to explain his decision to pick Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate in the forthcoming 2019 election. According to report, the visit was meant to appease the deputy senate president who had allegedly hoped that as an Igbo man with the highest political office, he should have naturally emerged for the Vice President position.