TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, THURSDAY
1. Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting In Buhari’s Absence
The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
Naija News reports Osinbajo took charge of the meeting as President Muhammadu Buhari is currently away on a medical trip to London.
The meeting, which is a hybrid edition, held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa with some members in physical attendance while others joined online.
Some of the FEC members that attended physically were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
2. APC Primary: Amaechi, Osinbajo, Others Can Express Disappointment – Morka
The National Publicity of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Felix Morka on Wednesday debunked the claims of a cold war between the presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and some presidential aspirants.
Morka noted that all the presidential aspirants in the party contested to clinch the party’s ticket.
He, however, stated the presidential aspirants who are aggrieved have the right to express their grievances due to their failure to clinch the party’s ticket.
Morka stated this while speaking during an interview on Lagos TV on Wednesday.
He further stated that the party is working on the inside to address the grievances of party members.
3. CBN’s Planned Naira Redesign Political, Plot To Sway Voters – Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has rejected plans by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign the naira notes, claiming that the plan is political.
Speaking while inaugurating the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women Campaign Council at the Presidential Campaign Secretariat in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Obaseki said the move was a ploy by the All Progressives Congress-led government to sway voters ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Edo State governor lambasted the federal government for planning to redesign the naira despite the challenges facing the country.
Obaseki said the redesign of the nation’s currency shouldn’t be a priority as the majority of citizens are suffering from hunger, poverty and economic hardship.
4. Tinubu-Shettima Making Irresponsible, Disrespectful Statements – Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has described the presidential candidate and vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima as anti-business.
In a statement by the media aide of the PDP presidential candidate, Paul Ibe, Atiku asked Tinubu and Shettima to apologize to job creators for mocking entrepreneurship.
Atiku said the remarks from the candidates of the APC during a meeting with the Nigerian business community in Lagos on Tuesday show gross irresponsibility and disrespect.
He said it is indicative that the Tinubu-Shettima administration will be anti-entrepreneurship and business.He said it is more shameful for Shettima to denigrate a going business that employs a large chunk of people in the Northeast region.
He said it is more shameful for Shettima to denigrate a going business that employs a large chunk of people in the Northeast region.
5. EFCC Speaks On Arrest Of BDC Operators In Abuja, Kano
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the simultaneous sting operations against Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in Abuja and Kano State.
The EFCC operatives backed by armed policemen stormed their makeshift stalls located opposite the Sheraton Hotel in Zone 4, Wuse, Abuja on Tuesday and arrested many of the BDC operators and customers.
The arrested suspects were dragged into waiting vehicles as the raid stalled traffic in the area and disrupted the day’s business as many of the BDC operators in Abuja went underground.
It was gathered that the raids in the two cities would also be extended to Lagos, Onitsha, Ibadan, Port Harcourt and other major cities across the country to stop BDC operators from ‘destroying the naira.’
In a chat with The Punch on Wednesday, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the raid on the forex dealers in the two cities and the arrest of some BDC operators.
He, however, said he has no information on the planned operation in other cities.
6. Adamu: PDP Files Fresh Suit Against APC
Nigeria’s main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has filed a fresh suit against the All Progressives Congress (APC), asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to sack the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) led by Abdullahi Adamu.
In the fresh suit, Naija News reports that PDP accused the ruling party of illegality in the process that produced the party’s national officers and candidates.
The suit filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ayo Kamaldeen Ajibade, on PDP’S behalf, demanded that all candidates produced by APC for the 2023 general elections be disqualified from the race, having been allegedly produced in breach and gross violation of the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act 2022.
It is predicated on a judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on September 30, 2022, which declared as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional all actions and activities of Governor Mai Mala Buni as the Chairman of the Extraordinary Convention Committee of the APC.
On Wednesday, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, assigned the new suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1864/2022, to Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo for determination.
Justice Ekwo fixed November 22 for mention of the suit with an order that all the 53 persons listed by PDP in the suit as defendants be served with hearing notices in their respective locations.
7. 2023: Nigerians Won’t Elect A Ghost President, Atiku Replies Tinubu
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said Nigerians will not elect a ghost President in the 2023 election.
Atiku stated this on Wednesday while reacting to the statements credited to the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
Tinubu, at a meeting with business leaders and the organized private sector on Tuesday, said Atiku is not fit to lead the country and has no experience for the top job.
Also speaking at the meeting, Shettima said that his principal would permanently retire the former Vice President to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2023.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku said Nigerians cannot afford to elect a proxy President who does not understand the problems facing the country.
He accused Tinubu of shying away from public scrutiny and using proxies to answer questions reserved exclusively for presidential candidates due to his clear lack of mental coordination.
8. Auditor-General’s Report: Indicted Lagos Ministries, Departments, Agencies To Be Probed
The Lagos State House of Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had begun a probe of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government in relation to the State’s Auditor-General’s report for 2021.
The chairman of the committee Hon. Saka Solaja in a statement on Wednesday said that he and his colleagues received the first set of government officials summoned to respond to queries raised in the report.
Describing the PAC, Solaja noted it as a statutory establishment of Sections 125 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, added that the committee serves as an important instrument of checks, probity and accountability in Legislative institutions at both the Federal and the State levels.
Solaja noted that the probe would cover economic activities of all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government between January 1 and December 31, 2021.
9. Tinubu’s Running Mate, Shettima Suffering From Amnesia – PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) is full of secrecy and Nigerians cannot place their faith on the party, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The nation’s main opposition in a statement on Wednesday said APC’s presidential running mate, Kashim Shettima, was running his mouth like someone who is suffering from amnesia when he played down PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s ability to unify Nigeria.
Shettima and his principal, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday asserted that Atiku cannot unite Nigeria when he could not unite his party.
The APC chieftains made the remark at a meeting with private sector players in Lagos yesterday. In a swift response to the APC presidential hopeful and his running mate, Director of Strategic Communications of the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign, Dele Momodu, suggests Shettima is suffering from amnesia.
In a rejoinder, Momodu said Shettima tried to point fingers at the specks in another man’s eyes while ignoring those in his.
The PDP insists the APC is in total disarray with prominent members openly apologizing to Nigerians for ‘unmitigated disaster”.
According to the PDP chieftain, it took almost forever for the ruling party to constitute its Presidential Campaign Council due to disunity.
10. Why Buhari Govt Must Arrest, Prosecute Miyetti Allah – Benue Govt
The Governor Samuel Ortom-led Benue State government has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leaders and member of the Miyetti Allah.
According to the Benue State government, arresting and prosecuting members of the group will end banditry in the country.
The Fulani socio-cultural association, 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 lashed Governor Samuel Ortom.
The group said: “The meeting condemned the continuous profiling of Fulani pastoralists by the beleaguered Governor of Benue Samuel Ortom through his satanic anti-grazing law that he has been using to officially consficate and auction millions of cattle belonging to Fulanis in Benue-Nasarawa, Benue, and Benue-Taraba boarder communities.”
Reacting, the state government, in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Terver Akase said members of the groups have questions to answer regarding the armed herdsmen who have taken over the country’s forests.