Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Sunday morning. Enjoy!
1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State winners.
The declaration which was made on Saturday by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, came following the sacking of all candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who participated in the election by the Supreme Court.
INEC in compliance with the apex court consequently declared that PDP candidates with the second highest votes won the governorship, deputy governorship, 3 senatorial, 7 National House of Rep. and 23 State House of Assembly positions.
2. Bishop Abu Richard, the National Chairman of Arewa Pastors Non-denominational Initiative for Peace, has noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is not trying to Islamize Nigeria.
The group through its chairman further noted that the president was not to be blamed for the spate of killings in the country. Bishop Richard also condemned former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent statement on a plot to Islamize Nigeria.
“The accusation of Islamization by former President Olusegun Obasanjo is highly condemnable. As a child of God and by my exposure, the President cannot Islamize Nigeria with the Vice President, who is a Christian.
“President Buhari is not the cause of these killings. Most of these killings have been going on before he took over power. That is why we have fasted today and prayed that God should strengthen him,” he said.
3. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said that Nigeria needs peace to develop.
Senator Ekweremadu noted that the greatest thing any governor could give his people was peace.
He further commended Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State for giving the people of Gombe peace.
“Nigeria needs peace to develop as a people because when the people co-exist peacefully, it is easy to develop. I was told Gombe state is the most peaceful in the Northeast and I believe it because where there is peace, there is progress and that is why the state is Developing,” he stated while inaugurating a 37km road in Deba, Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.
4. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Governor-elect Bello Mohammed Matawalle, and all federal and state lawmakers-elect as well as the people of Zamfara State for the recent verdict by the Supreme Court.
According to the opposition party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, no matter how long manipulations and anti-democratic tendencies appeared to thrive, justice will always prevail at the end.
The Supreme Court had sacked all APC candidates who contested the 2019 general elections in the state and ordered INEC to declared the parties and candidates with the highest votes winner of the election.
5. Abiola Ajimobi, the outgoing Governor of Oyo State, has revealed that his only regret after his full term in office as the Governor of Oyo was not being allowed to do everything he wanted to do.
According to him, the people of Oyo were not patient and understand enough, and it affected some of the things he wanted to achieve in the state.
“I think I regret the fact that I have not been able to do everything I wanted to do. I wish our people could be more understanding, could be more patient, but they feel that any time you try to make a change, people resist change even if it is good for them.
“I wish I had been in politics 20 years ago,” the governor said while speaking to State House Correspondents after paying a thank you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.