Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Senator Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, on Tuesday revealed that the aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state will leave the party. According to Mr. Sani while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the new National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, came rather too late to reconcile them. He noted that party leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari have proved incapable to handle the problems. “I wish Adams had come earlier because like I said, these grenades that were laid by the former chairman will explode in a matter of days,” he said. “It is also very clear to us that even President Muhammadu Buhari is incapable of tackling the menace of the governor of Kaduna State. How can a governor, openly called for violence against Senators and not a statement came from the seat of power cautioning such a governor?” he asked. A member of the Shehu Sani faction in Kaduna State, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, had already announced his resignation from the party, saying that the APC should not be trusted to lead Nigeria in 2019.
2. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Tuesday confronted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) with video evidence of pre-loading of card readers in the state ahead of the July 14 governorship election in the state. Mrs. Aminat Zakari, a National Commission with INEC had challenged Fayose to prove his allegations against the electoral body that it had conspired to pre-load card readers, supply fault card readers and provide ballot papers for stuffing of ballot boxes. The governor at a town hall meeting organized by the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room for governorship candidate in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday tendered video evidence of the card being pre-loaded in Akure, the capital of Ondo State. “This is the evidence of people pre-loading card readers in Akure. Any officer who is seen to be biased should be relieved of any sensitive assignment,” Fayose said.
3. Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has revealed that he played the world cup match against Argentina despite concerns over his father’s safety. According to Mikel, he was told hours before the kickoff of the match that his father had been kidnapped and would be killed if he reported anything. His father, Pa Michael Obi, was abducted along the Makurdi-Enugu road, while travelling for a funeral from Jos. “I played while my father was in the hands of bandits. I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before the kick-off to tell me what had happened. I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. I was confused. I did not know what to do but, in the end, I knew that I could not let 180million Nigerians down,” the midfielder said.
4. Prof. Wole Soyinka has advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo to stop struggling to restore Nigeria to the path of sanity, saying that he (Obasanjo) was objectively unfit for the role, urging him to instead head for a monastery. “I know that deep inside, there is a soakaway pond of personal insecurity struggling to be drained. Beneath every bully, there is a scared product of insecurity and troubled conscience. Now, fight your own demons as best as you can, and feel free to flagellate Buhari with all the weapons in your armoury. I have only one demand: keep away from movements struggling to restore this nation to the path of sanity and even moderate rectitude. End your hijacking propensity,” he said.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally held in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, said that he believed that the Igbo had right to the presidency and promised to back Igbo presidency at the right time. He however solicited the support of the Igbo for his re-election in 2019, saying that the election in 2019 would determine the future of the nation, adding that the outcome would make or mar the Igbo. “The 2019 election is not about political parties; it is about the Igbo nation. You need a paradigm shift; it will determine the future of this country,” Buhari said through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.