Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Tuesday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has reportedly intensified his campaign for the speakership of the 9th National Assembly.
Report has it that he is now lobbying opposition PDP lawmakers to achieve his ambition.
An undisclosed source told Punch that the PDP was planning to cause confusion in the APC by sponsoring different APC members for the position, thereby reducing Gbajabiamila’s votes.
“Go and watch all those who are campaigning against Gbajabiamila, they are those who voted for Dogara in 2015 and they still belong to that camp. And they held a meeting where it was planned that all of them should crowd the race; that they should run, spend money, do everything and not step down; so that at the end of the day, they will split the APC votes and nominate a candidate favourable to the PDP,” the undisclosed source told Punch.
2. The Speaker of the National House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and some lawmakers-elect on Monday vowed to resist imposition of candidates by political parties.
The lawmakers said that they would protect the sanctity and independence of the legislature by electing the leaders of their choice.
Dogara said that since 1999, history had shown that any candidate endorsed by political parties as presiding officer was usually rejected.
3. Senator Ali Ndume on Monday met with Vice President Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Details of the closed-door meeting which lasted for over 40 minutes were not revealed.
The Borno State senator after the meeting however noted that he was still going to contest for senate president of the 9th National Assembly.
When asked whether he had agreed with his party to step down for Senator Lawan, Ndume said; “Me, step down? I am still consulting.”
4. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Monday boasted that he was handing over a viable and secured state to Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, the Governor-election of Imo State.
Okorocha further revealed that his purpose in the senate was to bring free education for all Nigerians.
“I am going to the Senate to promote the cause of ordinary Nigerians. These are some of the things I am going to the Senate to do. Otherwise, I have no business there,” he said when he received the new commander of 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Yusuf Tukur, in his office.
5. Mr. Lanre Isa-Onilu, the spokesman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday said that the party was not in a hurry to release the zoning formula for the leadership positions in the National Assembly.
“We are not in a hurry to release the zoning formula,” he told Punch.
“There will be no problem. The lawmakers-elect are part of the party and they are also part of the ongoing consultation on the matter.
“That means that by the time we are coming out with the arrangement, none of them will be shocked. They are part of the consultation,” he added when told that the delay could make lawmakers-elect across various zones show interests in various positions and may be difficult to convince them to drop their ambitions.
6. The World Bank has revealed that the Nigerian economy has been slipping since 1995 and this negative trend continued till 2018.
The bank stated this in its latest report on the regional economy titled, ‘Africa’s Pulse’.
The World Bank in the report released the taxonomy of growth performances in 44 sub-Saharan African countries from 1995 to 2018.