Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning. Enjoy!
1. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has again rebuked the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo in a recent interview with Premium Times alleged that Buhari’s administration is driving Nigeria towards disaster and instability. He had ahead of the 2019 general elections declared his support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who served as his (Obasanjo’s) deputy from 1999 to 2007.
Obasanjo while speaking to PT at his ancestral home in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, said although Nigeria has made considerable progress since 1999, the current pace at which the nation is moving under Buhari tend more towards disaster and instability and unsustainability.
“You can question that, but we have no choice but to be on (the) path for sustainable development. Any other thing will be a disaster. In fact, the pace at which we are going now is tending more and more toward disaster and instability and unsustainability,” he said (as seen on Premium Times). Read More on Naija Buzz
2. Senator Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday emerged the President of the Senate. Lawan got 79 votes to defeat Senator Ali Ndume who got 28 votes.
Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila also emerged as the new Speaker of the 9th National House of Representatives.
The former Majority Leader got 281 votes to defeat his rival, Hon. Umar Bago, who scored 76 votes.
He was declared winner by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sani-Omolori.
“Femi Gbajabiamila, having secured the majority of the votes counted is hereby returned elected and declared speaker of the house,” Sani-Omolori said. More details on Naija Buzz
3. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Delta State senator who reportedly invaded the National Assembly with thugs in 2018 and stole the mace, was elected Deputy Senate President on Tuesday. He got 68 votes to defeated Senator Ike Ekweremadu how got 37 votes.
Ahmed Wase from Plateau State was also declared winner of the position of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. He emerged unopposed after his nomination by Sada Soli from Katsina State.
The ruling APC had earlier in the week declared its support for Omo-Agege and Wase for the Deputy Senate President and Speaker positions respectively.
4. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday following court order issued a Certificate of Return to former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
INEC gave him his certificate of return few hours after the National Assembly election.
INEC had withheld his certificate following revelation by the Returning Officer, Innocent Ibeabuchi, who announced his victory that he did the announcement under duress.
Naija Buzz reported few days ago that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered INEC to issue Okorocha a Certificate of Return because he was declared winner and the constitution does not recognise any declaration under duress. Read More
5. The African Development Bank (AfDB) has revealed that Nigeria is the greatest contributor to wealth creation in West Africa. According to AfDB, Nigeria contributes 75% of the West African Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
This was revealed by Ebrima Faal, AfDB Senior Director for Nigeria, during an interview with journalists at the Annual Meetings of the Bank in Malabo.
Faal further noted that Nigeria has being making strides in trade integration with efforts to harmonise documentation and streamline processes that would allow free flow of trade across its borders.