Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Saturday morning. Enjoy!
1. Report has it that Senator Danujuma Goje’s withdrawal from his Senate Presidency ambition has caused a divide among the Peoples Democratic Party senators-elect.
Naija Buzz reported how Goje withdrew from the race after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
PDP senator’s had secretly been pushing for the adoption of Goje to emerge as next senate president before his withdrawal.
About 5 PDP senators-elect however attended Senator Ahmed Lawan’s event where he unfolded his agenda.
2. The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has warned South-East monarchs, senators and governors against selling any portion of Igbo land to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.
The group also urged Federal Government to compel Fulani herdsmen to submit the unlicensed weapons including AK-47 rifles they carry.
The group alleged that the apex Fulani group had received the alleged N100billion they demanded from the Federal Government, saying that they intend to use the money to purchase land in the region.
“So we are telling the Ezes to go and chase out these Fulani people from our land before the end of this month because we are aware that the Federal Government has given N100bn to MACBAN,” the group said.
“The Miyetti Allah wants to use this money to buy our land, not that the government wants to give them land; they want to use that money and come to our communities and buy land to breed their cows and force us into slavery,” it added.
3. Barely 24hours after Senator Danjuma Goje stepped down and endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate Presidency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has withdrawn from Goje’s N5billion fraud case.
The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation on Friday allegedly announced it was taking over the prosecution of Goje.
The surprising development came after Goje met with President Muhammadu Buhari who he (Goje) said asked him to drop his ambition to become the 9th Assembly Senate President and declare his support for his party’s choice, Senator Ahmed Lawan.
Naija Buzz reported how Goje, Senator Lawan, Senator-elect Uba Sani and Governor Nasir El-Rufai met with President Buhari over the forthcoming election of the National Assembly principal officers. Read More on Naija Buzz
4. The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) will on Monday resume sitting on the hearing of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had vehemently rejected the outcome of the February 23 Presidential poll which produced Buhari as winner and consequently petitioned Buhari and his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The hearing was on hold after Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the President of the Court of Appeal, rescued herself from the panel. She was supposed to appoint a replacement before the hearing continues.
Naija Buzz reported details stated by the PDP and its candidate on why Justice Bulkachuwa should recue herself from the panel. Read More on Naija Buzz
5. Following a court order by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to lift the suspension against Daar Communications Plc, African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM on Friday evening resumed operations.
Naija Buzz had reported how the NBC announced the suspension of Daar Communications in a statement issued by its Director-General, Modibbo Kawu.
According to the NBC, the suspension came following alleged promotion of divisive and inciting comments on AIT/RayPower capable of heating the polity.
NBC further accused AIT of airing a document on the Presidential Election Tribunal without regard to the provision of the Broadcast Code. Read More details on Naija Buzz