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Nigerian Newspapers (Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 Edition)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning????. Enjoy!

1.The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, on Tuesday revealed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo earns N40,000 annually as a supervisor at the university.

According to the professor in his press briefing in Abuja, Obasanjo who has a PhD in Christian Theology, has two students in Theological Studies attached to him.

“He (Obasanjo) has two students attached to him in Theological Studies. We gave him an office in Abeokuta and the salary is N40,000 a year as a facilitator.

“The former President did his fieldwork in Borno State during the heat of the insurgency, going to collect and analyse data. We have another big fish that we have appointed as a facilitator and we will announce him when we have given him an appointment letter,” the VC said.

2. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Tuesday alleged they were plans to depose the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

CUPP further alleged that some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Sokoto and Kano were behind the plot.

“The Coalition of United Political Parties has once again intercepted credible intelligence of a fresh plot by APC chieftains in Kano and Sokoto with the full support of Adams Oshiomhole against the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano.

“We are alerting Nigerians to the plot and threats by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to depose the revered Sultan of Sokoto and the Emir of Kano for refusing to bow to pressure to take sides in the supplementary governorship elections in Kano and Sokoto states,” Imo Ugochinyere, the CUPP spokesman, said in Abuja.

3. On Tuesday, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria approved N30,000 as the new national minimum wage with an appeal to the Federal Government to start the implementation immediately.

The Senate through the Chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the National Minimum Wage Bill, Senator Francis Alimikhena, said that a fine of N75,000 would be imposed on firms that refused to comply with the new minimum wage.

Senate President Bukola Saraki also urged the Federal Government to pay the new minimum wage without delay instead of waiting for workers to go on strike before implementation.

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4. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his 139-page petition against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), alleged that from INEC’s server, the true, actual and correct results from state to state computation showed that he got a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari who he said got 16,741,430 votes.

He further noted that the score was just the results from 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory, adding that as at when the score was recorded, the results from Rivers State was not available.

5. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday refuted rumours that he was in Kano State ahead of the rescheduled supplementary elections.

Tinubu said that the picture of him and Governor Abudullahi Ganduje of Kano which is being circulated in the media was taken in 2018 when he (Ganduje) visited Lagos.

“These desperate politicians stir resentment of others as a way to get the support of the people.

“They use lies and deception as their crutch, casting me as some type of one-man political invasion intending to unduly influence the governorship election.

“For the record, I’m not in Kano and have not been in Kano at any point during the conduct of these elections.

“The picture that these liars are circulating  is one that was taken last year when the governor visited Lagos,” he said.

6. The Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja will on Friday deliver judgment on the complaints lodged against the outcome of the September 2018 election in the state by Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the poll.

The Ibrahim Sirajo-led tribunal said that the judgment would be delivered on March 22.

Adeleke had challenged the victory of Adegboyega Oyetola of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in court, saying that the supplementary poll was marred by irregularities, massive rigging, vote buying and other forms of malpractices.

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