TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, THURSDAY
1. ASUU Strike: FG Says NANS Blockage Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Illegal
The federal government has said students who blocked a busy section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to protest the lingering strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that has lasted for more than six months were ”violating” the law.
The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola said this while briefing State House correspondents shortly after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to Fashola, the Nigerian constitution, even though recognises and protects the citizens’ right to public protests does not empower any Nigerian to “inflict pain and inconvenience on other people.”
Recall that Students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) took to the streets on Tuesday, in protest of the strike and blocked the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Shagamu Interchange.
2. Chairman Of Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith Resigns
The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musiliu Smith, stepped down from his position on Wednesday.
The Commission’s Spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, confirmed his resignation to Daily Trust.
According to Ani, the former Inspector-General of Police who is expected to hand over to Retired Justice Clara Ogunbiyi representing the judiciary at the commission resigned on health grounds and the development was accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“He resigned on his own on medical grounds and the president has accepted his resignation,” Ani said.
His resignation came amid the long disagreement between the commission and the Nigeria Police Force on recruitment matters.
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3. Wike vs Atiku – Makinde Reveals Candidate He’ll Vote For, Makes Demand
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, reconfirmed his support for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
He pointed out that he and his camp have no issue with supporting the candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
He however demanded that the leadership structure of the PDP should be restructured to reflect the inclusiveness of all stakeholders.
Specifically, Governor Makinde demanded the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu as the PDP National Chairman and for him to be replaced by a southerner.
4. Supreme Court Declares Ifeanyi Odii As Ebonyi PDP Governorship Flagbearer
The Supreme Court has declared Ifeanyi Odii as the 2023 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State.
In a lead judgment of a five-member panel headed by Justice Amina Augie, the apex court held that Odii is the authentic governorship candidate of the opposition party and not Senator Joseph Ogba.
The court ruled that the lawmaker representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District lacked the legal right to have filed an appeal before the court.
It also restored the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on June 7, 2022, which the Court of Appeal had set aside in its July 19 judgment.
The court held that the Court of Appeal was without jurisdiction to have heard the appeal filed by Ogba, because the notice of appeal filed on June 17, 2022, was incompetent.
It stated that Ogba failed to first obtain the leave of court to appeal as an interested party.
The apex court further held that the incompetence of Ogba’s notice of appeal robbed the Court of Appeal of the requisite jurisdiction.
5. 2023: Nigerians Are With Us, Even APC, PDP Members Will Vote For Peter Obi – Victor Umeh
A chieftain of the Labour Party (LP), Victor Umeh on Wednesday submitted that contrary to some opinions, the party is not weak.
He argued that Nigerians have given their overwhelming support to the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi and many of their opponents will be shocked about the outcome of the 2023 elections.
He stated further that even some politicians who belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will vote for LP even though they may not openly identify with the party.
Umeh, a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), who is now a senatorial candidate of the Labour Party said 2023 is about saving Nigeria.
6. Ayu’s Resignation Is Possible But There Is A Condition Involved – Atiku Abubakar
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has said that the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, is achievable.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and his supporters have demanded that Ayu must resign for peace to be restored to the party.
Ayu has however stated that he does not intend to leave his position as the party’s national chairman until his tenure is over.
Speaking on the crisis in the party during an interactive session with some leaders of PDP from the southwest zone in Ibadan on Wednesday, Atiku stated that Ayu’s resignation can only be possible if the party’s constitution is amended.
7. Ayade Storms Government House, Locks Out Civil Servants Over Lateness
Hundreds of civil servants were reportedly locked out of the Cross River State government house on Wednesday morning for reporting to work behind schedule.
Reports confirmed that the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, arrived at his office this morning only to find out that many of the staff have not reported for work.
Acting on the development, Vanguard Newspaper said Ayade ordered the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to lock the entrance to the government house building situated in Calabar, the state capital.
It was gathered that Ayade had arrived at the office before 8: 00 am but was shocked with the number of staff yet to resume duty for the day.
As of 10:45 am, a hundred of the civil servants were stranded at the gate pleading while some were reportedly leaving the building.
A source who spoke with journalists at the government house said when Governor Ayade arrived at the office this morning, he lamented the absence of many civil servants.
8. 2023: Babachir Lawal, Dogara Are Clout Chasers – APC Chieftain
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed that members of the party who are opposed to the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket are just looking for attention.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, alongside some Christain leaders in the APC have continued to oppose the party’s same-faith ticket.
Speaking with Vanguard on Tuesday, the APC leader who craved anonymity described Dogara and the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, as fifth columnists.
The politician said that Dogara and Lawal are paperweight politicians when it comes to Northern politics and the Christian community.
9. President Buhari Presides Over FEC Meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
The meeting was held at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha were physically in attendance.
10. 2023: CUPP ‘Exposes’ Alleged Plot To Compromise 2023 General Elections, Fingers Major Political Party
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has exposed an alleged plot to compromise the integrity of the forthcoming 2023 general elections with the upload of fake registrants into the voter register.
The spokesperson of the coalition, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation on Wednesday during a press conference, revealing that the CUPP uncovered a plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the elections despite the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
According to Ikenga, a suit to nullify the use of BVAS over a secret report by the Nigerian Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been filed in the Federal High Court, Owerri.
Furthermore, Ikenga said the organization also discovered a plot to remove the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmud Yakubu from office to pave way for the smooth execution of the plan.