TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SATURDAY
PDP Crisis: Fayose Chooses Between Wike And Atiku, Gives Reasons
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has revealed that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has his total support regarding the current crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking on Friday, Fayose declared that contrary to what many believe, Wike is not out to destroy the PDP but to ensure that justice prevails.
He also called on the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar to avoid sycophants urging him to ignore Wike and his people, declaring that such people are the real enemies of the party.
According to Fayose, the Wike camp is open to resolving the crisis but Atiku must do the right thing by reaching out to those he should, uniting the party and ensuring the PDP goes united into the 2023 elections which is the only guarantee that the party will win.
He added that he is supporting Wike because he knows the Rivers Governor is on the right path based on earlier discussions with Atiku immediately after the PDP presidential primaries in Abuja.
He added that Wike is the soul of the PDP who has done so much and continues to do much more to ensure the PDP remains relevant.
Fayose made his stand known while commissioning a renovated Community Secondary School, in Degema Local Government Area, executed by the Wike administration.
DSS Arrests Mamu’s Father-In-Law, Clampdown On Associates
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday night arrested Abdullahi Mashi, the father-in-law to an aide to a controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, Tukur Mamu.
This is as the secret police continue to clamp down on associates of Mamu hours after invading his residence and office in Kaduna.
According to Daily Trust, DSS operatives also visited the residence of Mamu’s brother-in-law, Ibrahim Tinja.
Tinja was arrested alongside Mamu in Egypt and deported to Nigeria on Wednesday.
Mamu and four members of his family were arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Wednesday.
This is coming after the Nigerian intelligence agencies requested that they be deported from Egypt.
Mamu was arrested while travelling to Saudi Arabia for a lesser hajj together with his two wives, his eldest son, Faisal Mamu and brother-in-law, Tinja.
Sultan Of Sokoto, Abubakar Pays Gov Wike Visit
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III on Friday paid the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike a courtesy visit.
Abubakar visited Wike ahead of the 37th Annual National Conference of the Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria.
The Sultan of Sokoto is expected to open the conference which is taking place in Rivers State.
Abubakar met with Governor Wike alongside some entourage at his private residence in Rumueprikon, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.
2023: Gumi, Tukur Mamu And Atiku Are Close Associates Who Hate Buhari – Fani-Kayode
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar is affiliated with the recently detained terrorists’ negotiator, Tukur Mamu and his principal, Ahmad Gumi.
Recall that the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Mamu, on Wednesday
Mamu, who was reportedly arrested at the Cairo International Airport on Tuesday and repatriated back to Nigeria, was picked up by DSS from the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano upon his deportation from Egypt
Mamu was said to be on his way to Saudi Arabia with his family members for lesser Hajj before he was arrested and detained by Egyptian authorities for 24 hours.
He was arrested by heavily armed operatives stationed at the entrance of the international wing of the Kano at about 1:55 pm.
Further investigations have revealed that the DSS found incriminating materials when they raided the lead negotiator’s home on Thursday.
Mamu’s Family Speaks On Items Found In His House
The family of an aide to a controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, Tukur Mamu has spoken on the items the Department of Security Services (DSS) discovered in his house.
The DSS claimed that it discovered military accoutrements and large amounts of different currencies and denominations during the raid on his residence on Thursday.
The management of Desert Herald which is owned by Mamu, while reacting to DSS’s statement, said the military accoutrements belong to Mamu’s nephew.
According to the management, Mamu’s nephew is an officer of the Nigerian Navy, who was sent to school by Mamu before he joined the navy.
The family accused the secret police of levelling allegations against Manu to damage his name.
The Special Operations and Productions Manager of the newspaper, Ibrahim Mada condemned the DSS for not giving detailed reasons why Mamu was arrested.
Mada further stated that the hard currency found in Mamu’s house if converted into Naira is less than N1.5 million.
2023: Obi Does Not Have What It Takes To Defeat Tinubu – Umahi
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State says the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, does not have what it takes to defeat the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Umahi made this known on Friday while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He admitted that even though Obi is accepted in the South East and will get substantial votes in the region, Tinubu will still emerge as the next President in 2023.
The governor added that while Tinubu will win the 2023 presidential election, the former Lagos State Governor would have prepared a very good ground for the South East presidency in 2031.
He said: “He may not see it, but that is not to say that Peter Obi is not going to get substantial votes in the South East.
“So, while my party takes the victory, he would have prepared a very good ground for the south-east presidency, so that nobody is going to write us off. And you can see the level of his acceptability, which does not translate to victory over APC. I’m sure of that.
“But it’s a good move. And it reassures the south-east people and the entire country that we are accepted, you know; that we will one day become the president of this country. It is very important.
“The Peter Obi movement is a movement that is anchored on equity, justice and fairness. It may not translate to an outright win because I must defend my party; I must wish my party well and I have the ticket of my party. But whether what he is doing has meaning there, it is not only in the South East; it does have meaning.”
Atiku Vs Wike: Jibrin’s Resignation Not Enough To End PDP Crisis – Nwuke
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ogbonna Nwuke, says the resignation of Senator Walid Jibrin as the Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman isn’t enough to solve the crisis rocking the party.
Jibrin resigned from his position on Thursday at the 97th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Following Jibrin’s resignation, former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara emerged as the new PDP BoT Chairman of the opposition party.
In an interview with TheGuardian, Nwuke said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his allies cannot be appeased with the resignation of Jibrin.
The former member of the House of Representatives said BoT was only an advisory body, which has not much effect on the party crisis.
He added that the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, cannot come from the North, which he said negates fairness and equity.
2023: APC Has No Option But To Win 2023 Presidency – Adamu
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, says the party will do its best to ensure that it wins the 2023 presidential election.
Adamu said this on Thursday when he received Oluremi, the wife of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
The Senator was accompanied by Nana, wife of Kashim Shettima, the party’s vice-presidential candidate, and other women leaders of the party.
Adamu stated that the ruling does not have any option but to win the 2023 presidential election, adding that the party is not working to end up at the tribunal.
The APC chairman pointed out that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) is ready to work with all women leaders across the country.
Confusion As PDP Denies Tambuwal’s Resignation, Makinde’s Appointment
The Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, CID Maduabum, has dismissed reports that the Chairman of the forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwual has resigned
Reports had emerged on Thursday revealing that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had emerged as the new chairman of the forum following the alleged resignation of Tambuwual.
Reacting in a statement to journalists, CID Maduabum described the reports as untrue.
According to the director-general of the forum, Tambuwal will continue in his position while the party works towards resolving its crisis.
The statement reads: “This is to inform the general public and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party that the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF), Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, has not resigned as Chairman of the Forum contrary to some media reports.
“Members of the PDP Governors Forum are working behind the scenes to resolve all contending issues concerning the Party.
“To this end a meeting of the Forum will soon be convened.”
Jeff Bezos And Prof Uju Anya Trade Words Over Her ‘Sensitive Tweets’ On Queen Elizabeth’s Death
Following the death of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, a professor, Uju Anya has been entangled in a rage of words with the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezo on Twitter.
This is coming after Prof Uju Anya via her verified Twitter account on Thursday fired several damning shots at the British empire and the influential role played by the late Queen of Elizabeth II in the Nigerian civil war which left over three million igbos dead in the 1960s.
She wrote; ‘‘I heard the chief monarch of a thieving genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating”. The tweet has now been deleted at the time of this report.
Apparently, this tweet came immediately, it was announced that the Queen’s health was not good.
Replying to the tweet, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezoz stunned, replied “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.”
Angered by Jeff Bezo’s reply, Uju not backing down, doubled down on her earlier rhetorics, saying;
“Otoro gba gbue gi. May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers.”