TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, WEDNESDAY
1. It Is Time For Him To Tell Us The Kind Of Sickness He Is Suffering From – Edwin Clark Blasts Buhari
Elder statesman and First Republic Federal Commissioner for Information, Edwin Clark has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for travelling to London, United Kingdom, without handing over power to vice president Yemi Osinbajo.
The president had left the country for London yesterday for a medical checkup.
Reacting to Buhari’s trip, Clark demanded that he has to inform the country the kind of ailment he is suffering from.
He said, “Buhari should tell Nigerians the sickness he is suffering.”
According to him, Buhari should comply with the Constitution and do the needful in line with global best practices because he cannot run Nigeria from abroad.
2. Why Police Cannot Prosecute Tinubu Over Alleged Certificate Forgery – IGP
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman on Tuesday revealed why the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu can not be prosecuted over alleged certificate forgery.
Usman on Tuesday told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that no petition has been filed with the security agency against Tinubu.
He further stated that Tinubu cannot be put on trial because he is not a suspect.
The police revealed the reasons why it can not prosecute Tinubu in an affidavit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja by a counsel, Wisdom Emmanuel Madaki.
The IGP reacting to a suit instituted by a Civil Group seeking an order of mandamus to compel him to arrest and prosecute Tinubu for perjury and certificate forgery said the police have no power to prosecute Tinubu without any known offence committed.
3. 2023 Presidency: Kwankwaso Unveils Campaign Manifesto
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Tuesday, unveiled his campaign manifesto for the 2023 presidential election.
The former Governor of Kano State unveiled the policy document in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Speaking during the unveiling, Kwankwaso pledged to mop up the 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria if elected as the next President in 2023.
He promised to make the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Examination Council (NECO) free for all Nigerian students if elected as the next President.
The former Minister of Interior said aside from ensuring free examination forms, he would ensure that JAMB results under his government will have a lifespan of four years.
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4. Why Atiku, Miyetti Allah Are Angry, Blackmailing Me – Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has accused the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the Miyetti Allah of being angry with him because he is standing for the truth.
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore had in a communique at the end of its expanded National Executive Committee (NEC) and State Chairmen meeting held Monday in Abuja accused the governor of profiling Fulani.
But reacting swiftly when he hosted a delegation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints in Makurdi, Ortom said he was being blackmailed by Miyetti Allah and Atiku.
According to the Benue State governor, he has no regrets for his actions and owes nobody any apologies for the decisions he has taken, adding that the herdsmen group and the presidential candidate are profiling him for standing up for the Benue people.
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5. Aregbesola’s Camp Reveals Presidential Candidate The Minister Will Work For After He Was Left Out Of Tinubu’s Campaign Council
A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has declared that the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola deserves to be a part of the party’s presidential campaign council for its candidate, Bola Tinubu.
The faction which enjoys the support of Aregbesola stated that the Minister and Tinubu have a close relationship and the capabilities of Aregbesola also can’t be undermined.
The group however said it was surprised both the APC and Tinubu decided to overlook Aregbesola in the composition of the presidential campaign council.
Notwithstanding, it added that as a true party man, the former Osun State Governor would work and give his best for the success of the APC and its presidential candidate, Tinubu in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
The faction’s publicity secretary, Abiodun Agboola made the stand known during an interview with Punch on Monday.
6. Tinubu Will End Boko Haram, ISWAP, Insurgency In Six Months – Shettima
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Vice-Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, has said the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration will put an end to insurgency within six months and one year if elected in 2023.
The former Borno State governor stated this while speaking during a town hall meeting between Tinubu and the business community in Lagos.
On his part, the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said if elected in 2023, his administration will enlist more people in the armed forces, security services and the police as part of measures to tackle insecurity.
He said his administration will continue the fight against insecurity by redefining the country’s counterinsurgency doctrine and practice.
7. Lagos Govt To Meet With Drivers On Wednesday Over Strike
The Lagos Government has scheduled to meet with members of the Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria (JDWAN) on Wednesday over the ongoing strike.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, made this known in a statement released on Monday.
Giwa stated that a meeting with the association was held on Friday, October 28, with another meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday, despite its non-affiliation to any of the transport unions in the state.
The drivers had commenced a seven-day strike on Monday over alleged extortion by the management of motor parks and garages in the state.
The development had left many commuters in the state stranded for hours, while there was a hike in fares by available bus drivers.
According to Giwa, the state government was already looking into the demands of the drivers in order to find permanent solutions to the issues raised by the association.
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8. Terrorists Have Taken Over Nigeria, Yoruba Nation Will Be Achieved Before December – Akintoye
The leader of the Ilana Omo Odua, a Yoruba self-determination group, Prof. Banji Akintoye has stated that the solution to the challenges of insecurity in Nigeria is the actualization of an independent Yoruba Nation.
This is as he argued that foreign terrorists have taken over many parts of the country and are unleashing mayhem on the citizens.
Professor Akintoye who spoke on Tuesday, added that by God’s grace, Yoruba people will have a nation of their own before the end of December this year.
He stated this at the Congress of the Ilana Omo Odua on Tuesday in Ibadan where he spoke via phone.
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9. Aviation Workers Shut Down Lagos Airport Terminal, Disrupt Flights
Early morning flights were suspended and passengers left stranded as aviation workers shut down the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos Terminal Two (MMA2), on Tuesday.
The aviation workers are protesting the sack of some of their members by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL).
Passengers were stranded Tuesday morning as flight operations were put on hold as a result of the protest.
The situation forced airlines like Ibom Air and Air Peace operating within the airport terminal to stop flight operations.
In a notice of strike ATSSSAN Principal Deputy General Secretary, Frances Akinjole said those affected in the disengagement include ATSSSAN Branch Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Women Leader who were said to demand “the payment of terminal benefits to staff members who exited the service of the company lawfully in line with the signed Conditions of Service”.
The union said BASL Management acted at a time when parties were at the table discussing the said payment, and there was nothing to suggest that the negotiation has broken down irretrievably.
It considered the termination as victimization of its members and excos who were merely carrying out their constitutional duties.
10. 2023: Umahi Bans Political Rallies In Schools, Restricts Movement Of Okada In Ebonyi
Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has placed a ban on any form of political rallies in all the state’s primary and secondary schools starting from November 1, 2022.
Umahi said the ban affects all political parties including the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, political parties must get approval from the Commissioner of Education before any such rally can hold in any school space.
Umahi, who announced the ban yesterday (Monday) in Abakaliki during the state citizens’ input for the 2023 budget estimate, explained that the ban resulted from reports that people destroy school facilities, by defecating and other filthy activities during such rallies.
The governor also restricted the movement of motorbikes popularly known as Okada in the state from 7 pm to 6 am, saying it was part of efforts to secure the lives and properties of citizens.
He added that the move was necessary because reports indicate that criminals use motorcycles to commit crimes.