TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, WEDNESDAY
1. Buhari Orders Thorough Probe Of Imo Monarch’s Murder
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the murder of the traditional ruler of the Obudi-Agwa community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Ignitus Asor.
Daredevil gunmen, on Monday, invaded the traditional ruler’s palace and opened fire on him and four other persons during a meeting.
The monarch, two palace chiefs, and two other members of the community were reported dead in the incident.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari condemned the murder of the traditional ruler and other members of his community by gunmen.
The President directed security agencies in the state to thoroughly investigate the dastardly act and ensure that the perpetrators face the full wrath of the law.
Buhari, however, commiserated with the family of the bereaved, the Obudi-Agwa community, and all those affected by the attacks. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.
2. 2023: Buhari Leads Governors, Senators To Jos As Tinubu Kicks Off Campaign
The President of Nigeria and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari is currently in Jos, Plateau State for the kick-off of the party’s presidential campaign.
The ruling party is officially commencing the campaign of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
President Buhari on Tuesday led top members of the party to the campaign ground.
The campaign is ongoing at Ruwang Pam Township Stadium.
President Buhari alongside governors elected on the platform of the party moved from the airport where he was welcomed to the venue of the event.
The likes of Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State), the director-general of Tinubu/Shettima campaign council and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa State), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State) and several others were at the airport to receive President Buhari.
The ruling party is hoping to retain power in 2023 at the end of President Buhari’s tenure in office.
3. Peter Obi Replies Soludo Over ‘Explosive’ Statement
The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has replied former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chukwuma Charles Soludo, over his explosive letter which faulted his (Obi) administration as Governor of Anambra State.
Recall that Soludo, who currently serves as the Governor of Anambra State, berated Obi’s performance while he was a governor, stating that the investment Obi left in government is worth next to nothing today.
In another publication on Monday, Soludo tackled the presidential candidate, saying he can’t win the 2023 presidential election.
Replying to the former CBN governor, Obi, while addressing elites on Tuesday at the 2022 Lagos Business School (LBS) Alumni Conference in Lagos, said he is praying for Soludo.
The presidential hopeful said he did his little as governor of Anambra State and urged the incumbent governor to also do his best in the state as an economics professor.
Obi, who described Soludo as his brother, said when a government vacates office, another takes over and continues with the other projects left undone.
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4. 2023: Why Osinbajo Didn’t Attend Tinubu’s Campaign Flag-off In Plateau
The reason behind Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s absence on Tuesday in Jos, Plateau State for the flag-off of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaigns for 2023 has emerged.
Osinbajo was conspicuously missing at the official kick-off of the presidential campaigns by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
The event which held at the Rwang Pam township stadium in Jos, the Plateau State capital had many APC stalwarts in attendance as a massive crowd stormed the venue to witness the event.
President Muhammadu Buhari led other party stalwarts including Governors and lawmakers to the campaign ground.
However, following the observation about Osinbajo’s absence at the major party event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande has explained the reason for his principal’s absence.
According to Akande, Vice President Osinbajo is representing President Buhari at the global conference on world tourism holding in Lagos State.
5. Gboyega Aribisogan Emerges As New Ekiti Speaker
The lawmaker representing the Ikole constituency in Ekiti State, Gboyega Aribisogan has emerged as the new Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly.
Lawmakers in the state elected Aribisogan on Tuesday as the new speaker of the state.
His emergence as the new speaker follows the death of Speaker Funminiyi Afuye after suffering cardiac arrest.
Aribisogan, who hails from Ijesha-Isu in Ikole Local Government Area, was sworn in at the plenary this morning by the clerk of the House, Tola Esan.
Recall that it was reported the death of Afuye last four weeks.
Afuye who represented Ikere constituency 1 of the state, died on Wednesday, October 19 at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and was interred last Friday in his country home, Ikere-Ekiti.
6. No Use Of Residential Buildings As Campaign Offices – Wike Issues Fresh Executive Order In Rivers State
Ahead of the 2023 elections, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has signed into law a new executive order (order 22) that regulates the kind of building political parties can use as campaign offices.
According to a statement on Tuesday by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alagbo Chris Finebone, the new order comes into effect on Friday.
He added that before any residential building can be used as a campaign office, due permission and approval must be obtained from the Rivers State Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning.
Executive order 22 also banned the indiscriminate posting of campaign flyers, bills, and posters in unauthorized places.
According to the statement, many public properties in the state have been defaced by the constant posting of banners, bills, and other campaign materials.
7. 2023: I Want A Small, Effective Government – Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar says he would cut down the waste of resources in governance if elected as the next Nigerian leader in 2023.
He stated this on Tuesday while speaking at the Lagos Business School Alumni Day 2022. According to the former Vice President, he wants a small but effective government.
Atiku promised to implement the recommendations of the Orosanye committee on cutting the cost of governance if elected in 2023.
The PDP candidate also promised to privatize the refineries, diversify the nation’s economy and carry out other reforms that would make the country better.
According to the former Vice President, Nigerians have experienced the All Progressives Congress (APC) and can now easily pick between the party and the PDP.
8. Tinubu-Atiku Meeting: Politicians Are Friends, Don’t Die For Them – Kukah Urges Supporters
Eligible voters and supporters of flagbearers in the 2023 general elections have been advised by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah not to kill themselves over politicians.
Kukah noted that politicians in the country are friends contesting for their share of the national cake.
The cleric stated this while speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday.
Recall that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Monday met at the private wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.
Kukah called on the supporters of politicians to learn from the public exchange of pleasantries between Tinubu and Atiku.
According to Kukah, the message from the banter between Tinubu and Atiku is that Nigerians should be wise, eschew violence, and not kill themselves for people drinking from the same pool.
9. Nigeria Better Under Buhari, Tinubu Will Continue In 2023 – Yahaya Bello
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Tuesday declared that Nigeria has become better under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said since taking over in 2015, President Buhari has turned around the fortunes of the country and made it better than that of some developed countries.
The Governor said this was achieved despite inheriting a challenged economy coupled with the global economic recession.
Particularly, Bello said Buhari has done well with infrastructure and the economy.
He made the submission in Jos, Plateau State during the official flag-off of campaigns by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
10. Akpabio Reacts As Appeal Court Nullifies His APC Senatorial Candidacy
Former Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio has reacted to his sack by the Court of Appeal as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.
A three-member panel of justices led by Justice Danlami Senchi while delivering judgement on Monday held that Akpabio failed to file proof of arguments within the time provided by the rules.
The court further ruled that the former Governor of Akwa Ibom who contested in the presidential primary of the ruling party could not participate in the valid primary of the party held on May 28 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which produced Udom Ekpoudom as a candidate.
The Appeal Court on Monday also set aside the judgement of the Federal High Court Abuja, which asked INEC to reinstate Senator Akpabio as APC’s candidate, being the flagbearer nominated by the party in the second primary of June 9.
In a statement he personally signed on Monday night, Akapbio said he was not a party to the appeal despite the nullification of his election by the appellate court.
The former Governor said his lawyers have commenced the scrutiny of the contents of the judgement for the purposes of seeking appropriate legal redress.
Akpabio, however, vowed to approach the Supreme Court to reclaim his mandate and represent the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.