Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Saturday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1. President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday revealed that it was easier to woo the South-West region during the creation of the All Progressives Congress in 2014.
“It was easier to woo the South-West because it was more united,” Buhari stated. Read his speech on Naija Buzz
Buhari stated this when he was honoured by The Progressives Governors Forum alongside seven APC Governors and Ex-Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Friday.
The 7 APC governors who are outgoing governors includes; Rochas Okorocha (Imo State); Alhaji Kashim Shettima (Borno State); Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa State); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State); Ibrahim Giadam (Yobe State); and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara State).
2. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State while speaking at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday during The Progressives Governors Forum award said that he and 7 other governors who were honoured were among the few first generals of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I recall vividly in 2014 when the merger struggle started with all my colleagues here, we were the very first few generals of President Buhari in the merging arrangements,” Okorocha said.
Rochas who is the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum described Buhari as a leader with vision who is destined by God to governor Nigeria.
“You are destined by God to govern this country,” Okorocha said.
3. On Friday, a Federal High Court in Kano ordered Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to stop the decentralization of the Kano Emirate.
The court also ordered the Kano State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Kano State not to recognizing the additional emirates.
Naija Buzz had reported how the State House of Assembly passed a bill to decentralize the Kano Emirate by creating 4 additional emirates in the state and how Governor Ganduje immediately signed the bill into law.
4. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday vehemently denied that the recent move by the state government was aimed at getting back at the Emir of Kano.
Ganduje said he had nothing against the emir, adding that Sanusi ordinarily should be reporting to a Local Government Chairman and not a State Governor.
“It is not vendetta; I am not against him, in fact he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said. Read More on Naija Buzz
5. The Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed the four appeals filed by former Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, over his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The court however faulted the order issued by the CCT on January 23, 2019 to President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the former CJN.
The Appeal Court panel led by Justice Stephen Adah said that; “Since the substantive matter before the CCT has already been concluded, this appeal is already spent and there is no basis to go into the nitty-gritty of the ex parte order.”