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Nigerian Newspapers (Saturday, 18th May, 2019 Edition)

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN)

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Saturday morning????. Enjoy!

1. The Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse on Friday warned Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State against promoting the legalization of cannabis (Indian hemp).

According to the presidential committee, any plan to legalise cannabis in Nigeria for whatever purpose would be counter-productive.

The Chairman of the Committee, Gen. Mohammed Marwa (rtd), in a statement expressed worries over such move, saying that it was disturbing.

“It is disturbing that at this time when about 10 million Nigerians are abusing cannabis, anyone or group will be considering or advocating for Nigeria to legalise the growing of marijuana for economic or whatever purposes.

“Our committee has spent the last six months going round the country to obtain first hand information about the dangers of drug abuse and how to combat it, and we have been faced with the stark reality of how deep the menace has damaged and still damaging lives, especially the youths,” he said.

2. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in what appears to be more evidences why Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa should withdraw from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal revealed that the son of the Appeal Court judge campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Atiku noted that Aliyu Haidar Abubakar, the son of Justice Bulkachuwa, not only campaigned for Buhari ahead of the February 23 presidential election, but also contested the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Gombe State.

Justice Bulkachuwa from Gombe State is the President of the Court of Appeal and the head of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. The PDP had demanded for her withdrawal from the tribunal because of her intimate relationship with her husband, Adamu Bulkachuwa, who is an APC senator-elect.

The party noted that it was impossible for her not to have discussed the presidential election petition with her husband who is a chieftain of the APC, adding that her judgment if allowed to be part of the tribunal could be biased. Read More on why Atiku and PDP is demanding for her withdrawal from the presidential petitions tribunal.

3. The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, the capital of Edo State, on Friday nullified the ruling of the Federal High Court in Asaba and affirmed the re-election of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Delta Central Senatorial District.

The High Court had on March 18 declared Cyril Ogodo-led faction of the APC as the authentic faction of the party in the state.

Senator Omo-Agege contested and won election under Prophet Jones Erue-led faction in the state.

4. The Nigeria Labour Congress has warned the Federal Government against releasing N649billion Paris Club refund to outgoing state governors.

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, had on Thursday revealed that the federal government was set to disburse the said amount to states.

However, the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, however advised the government to delay the payment until after May 29 handover so that it would be released to newly elected governors.

“The incumbent governors have a few days to go, so I am of the strong view that the money should actually be given to the  incoming governors who would start on a clean slate and address substantial issues in governance.

“Clearly, some of the outgoing governors would like to use the money to pay severance allowances, which I think is not a priority,  and you know that some of the states have spent huge amount of money on  their  build-up  for  the 2019 elections,” the NLC president said.

5. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has emerged the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum.

Lalong would succeed Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State whose tenure would end on May 29.

The Plateau State governor had won re-election for second term under the APC, while his outgoing predecessor won the Borno Central Senatorial Election under the APC.

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