Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Thursday morning. Enjoy!
1. The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will today commence the main trial in the petition filed by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 Presidential poll.
The Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man tribunal after closing the pre-hearing session which started on June 10, announced the commencement of the trial on Wednesday.
The petitioners are expected to start presenting their witnesses who will testify and be cross-examined by the respondents counsel. The respondents are; President Muhammadu Buhari, the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Atiku through his lawyer had stated that he had over 400 witnesses which must be called within 10 days.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in a shocking statement admitted that the performance of his administration on power was not good enough.
He further called for more efforts by Electricity Distribution Companies to provide needed resources, saying that the Federal Government would do its best to improve the transmission of electricity.
“We are building infrastructure. We are doing our best, but, obviously, our best is not good enough yet”, Buhari said in Abuja when the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ewuare II, led members of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs to visit the president at the Presidential Villa.
The Oba had earlier described the power situation as “pathetic”, saying that the government needs to intervene. Read More
3. The Oba of Benin has pleaded with Buhari to intervene in the political disagreement between Governor Godwin Obaseki and Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling APC.
“Mr President, we as traditional rulers in Edo State are concerned about the crisis between Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman and Governor Obaseki. If this crisis is not resolved now with immediate effect, it may jeopardise the progress of the state.
“On behalf of the good people of Edo State, we kindly appeal to Mr President to use your good offices to intervene and stop this crisis,” he said.
4. Chief Olusegun Osoba, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in his memoir revealed that former President Oluseugn Obasanjo promised to restructure Nigeria when he sought support of Afenifere and Alliance for Democracy governors for his re-election for second term in 2003.
In the book titled ‘Battlelines: Adventures in Journalism and Politics’, he revealed that the conditions given to Obasanjo to support his second term were; “the restructuring of the Nigerian federation, devolution of power, including moving some items from the exclusive to the concurrent list and ensuring fiscal federalism. Obasanjo was made to agree to organise a credible and transparent national census. We also demanded that the constitution must include merit as a condition that must be followed alongside federal character and quota system in the recruitment to federal positions across the country.”
After tabling the conditions, Obasanjo allegedly agreed and assured them. He however noted that after supporting Obasanjo for his emergence for second term, they realised that he had fooled them.
5. There was a rowdy session during plenary at the National House of Representatives on Wednesday as two factional minority leaders emerge.
The plenary turned rowdy after the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, read a letter from some members of the minority parties in the chamber instead of the letter submitted by the strongest opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While reading the letter which was allegedly signed by 99 out of the 146 members of the minority political parties in the House, Kingsley Chinda, a member of the PDP who believes he should have emerged Minority Leader, interrupted the Speaker while he was reading.
Chinda cited Order 6 Rule 1 of the House Standing Orders, stating that members of the minority party in the chamber shall choose from among themselves the most experienced lawmaker from among themselves to lead them. Read the full story on Naija Buzz News
6. The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in a joint operation involving the Nigeria Police, and the Department of State Services (DSS), on Wednesday paraded 15 suspects for the murder of Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
The suspects include a 51 year old identified as Jibrin Ibrahim, and others identified as Aliyu Usman (aka Ciroma, 35); Shuaibu Rabo, 25; Yahaya Nuhu, 18; Musa Muhammed (aka Alhaji Lamido Tahara, 45); and Ibrahim Abdullahi (aka Baba, 30). They were all paraded at the Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja.
Naija Buzz News had last week after a separate investigation led by the DHQ paraded 15 suspects revealed that the Defence Headquarters was set to unveil suspects apprehended for the murder of the Ex-CDS in December 2018. Read the complete report on Naija Buzz News