Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Thursday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will today file a formal petition seeking for the withdrawal of Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the President of the Court of Appeal, from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Naija Buzz had last week published a report where the opposition party had earlier requested for the withdrawal of the Appeal Court President from the five-man tribunal panel.
The decision to file a formal application came as an instruction from the tribunal following PDP’s insistence on Wednesday that Bulkachuwa must resign from the tribunal.
2. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said that he would not share funds meant for the development of his state with greedy people who are trying to blackmail his government.
He noted that lies being spread in the media against him were sponsored by “people who want me to give them the money I should be using to train our teachers, provide for our children and develop the state.
“I will never give our people’s money to them,” he vowed on Wednesday at the graduation of new batch of teachers under the Edo Supporting Teachers of Achieve Results Initiative (Edo STAR).
3. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government.
According to the Minister, recent unpatriotic utterances by the opposition party and its leaders including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar show that they were desperate for power.
“The Federal Government has strongly decried the increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning that such dead-end opposition could be toxic for the nation’s democracy, if left unchecked,” Lai said while speaking to journalists on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party and its presidential candidate exhibited the kind of desperate tactics being deployed by the duo, especially since Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election,” he added. Read More on Naija Buzz
4. The PDP Presidential Candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in his response to a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that he was not surprised that such statement which he described as “despicable lie” emanated from Lai Mohammed.
“It is not surprising that such a despicable lie is emanating from Lai Mohammed, President Buhari’s aptly named Minister of Information,” Atiku said through his media aide, Paul Ibe.
Lai had accused the PDP and Atiku of plotting to frustrate and sabotage the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, warning that the opposition politics by the PDP could derail the nation’s democracy.
5. Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State, has accused Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and other leaders of the party of instigating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and detain him.
The embattled governor made these accusations in his fundamental right suits he filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja. According to him, the anti-graft and other security agencies had been instructed to arrest and detain him after the handover on May 29.
The governor further cried out that the evil he feared in the former ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had befallen him 10 times in the party he help founded and brought into power.
Okorocha said that he had received at least 25 invitations from the EFCC and other agencies “in purported investigation of projects executed by the state government in a bid to find some materials to justify their conclusion that he is guilty of corrupt practices.”
6. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has revealed that politicians who lost in the last general elections were aiding bandits to wreak havoc in the country.
“There are myriads of security challenges we are facing right now in the North-West, North-Central and other parts of the country. I want to believe, and rightly so, that with the fallout of the just-concluded general elections, there are politicians who saw their defeat as a means of revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities and even banditry and clashes between the farmers and herders,” Buratai said in Maiduguri while hosting members of the ten-man House Committee on Army led by Hon. Rimammade Kwewum, the Committee Chairman.
He alleged that the military had solid evidence against some politicians sponsoring banditry and other forms of criminality in the country.
“We use this opportunity to call on members of the House of Representatives to prevail on some of these politicians, to really look at national interest first before any political or sectional interest. We have some strong evidence but we are still being conscious so that we don’t get it wrong but the best is to advise these politicians,” he added. Read More