Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Thursday morning????. Enjoy!
1.Mr. Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has denied alleged plot to reverse Supreme Court judgment against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Rivers State election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the APC of plotting to pressure the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammad Tanko, to reverse the judgment of the Supreme Court.
“Regarding what was levelled against me by the PDP, I think it remains an accusation. It has to remain so until proven through a judicial process.” He told State House Correspondents.
“But, for me, I think it is freedom of speech that has been taken too far.”
2. Aide to Governor Ibukunle Amosun of Ogun State has vehemently denied reports that the governor was plotting to work against the anointed candidate of his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ahmad Lawan.
Naija Buzz had published a report revealing how Governor Amosun and his Borno State counterpart, Governor Kashim Shettima, had a side talk on Monday.
“My governor is a card-carrying member of the APC and not just a governor in the party but a founding member of the APC. He is a leader of the APC in Ogun.
“The alleged meeting between my governor and Shettima is part of the induction meetings. Nobody should attach anything to it. They are sitting governors and senators-elect. Every senator-elect is free to interact. Why are people talking about it; don’t they not have the right to interact?
“He is not an anti-party person.
3. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has denied reports that he hired a group to lobby and persuade the United States of America to stop the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija Buzz had published a report in which the Buhari Campaign Organisation alleged that Atiku was lobbying the USA over his presidential ambition.
Atiku however described the allegation by BMO as a total fabrication and shameless lie.
4. The anointed senate presidency candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 9th National Assembly, Senator Ahmad Lawan, in a statement on Wednesday vowed to carry members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) along if elected on inauguration day.
“I want to submit and assure Nigerians that by the special grace of God, if Senator Ahmad Lawan gets there, he will run an all-inclusive government because the Senate is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said through his campaign team spokesman, Ahmad Lawan.
The leadership of the APC had stated that the party members would take all leadership positions in the National Assembly, leaving nothing for the PDP.
5. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the new Minimum Wage Bill.
Benson Upah, the NLC Head of Information and Public Affairs, who spoke to Punch on Wednesday, said that nothing has been done since the National Assembly approved the Bill.
“We have no reason to doubt that the President will not sign it into law; his body language does not suggest that he will not sign it.
“We are hoping and waiting for him to do so. If you asked me when he should sign it, I would tell you that it should be immediately. We want him to sign it right away so that by May workers can earn the new salary. They have been waiting anxiously,” the NLC spokesperson said.