TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, MONDAY
1. ‘Oyetola Confirmed Looting Government Quarters’ – Adeleke’s Spokesman
Governor Ademola Adeleke-led government on Sunday said it has been vindicated about the exposure of large-scale looting in the quarters of the Governor, Deputy Governor and others.
The Osun State Government stated this while reacting to the statement released by the Commissioner of Information under Gboyega Oyetola’s administration, Funke Egbemode.
Egbemode in the statement had claimed that some unknown persons looted the quarters after the former Governor vacated the premises.
The spokesman to Governor Adeleke, Olawale Rasheed in a statement released on Sunday said the state government is not involved in propaganda. The spokesman to Governor Adeleke, Olawale Rasheed in a statement released on Sunday said the state government is not involved in propaganda.
2. Atiku: Your Choice Does Not Represent Northern Christians On The Streets – LP Slams Dogara Group
The Labour Party (LP) has described the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democrats Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, by the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum as elitist.
The forum, made up of mainly Christian leaders in the All Progressives Congress (APC), endorsed Atiku few days ago for the 2023 presidential election, describing him as the best for the country.
This is coming after one of its prominent members, Babachir Lawal endorsed the presidential candidate of the LP, Peter Obi.
Reacting to the endorsement, the spokesperson for the LP Presidential Campaign Council, Tanko Yunusa, asked the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other members of the forum to seek the opinion of northern Christians on the street, adding that they would realize that their choice does not echo the position of many Christians in the North.
3. 2023: Obasanjo Tells Nigerians Type Of Candidate To Avoid
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that the 2023 elections is a turning point for Nigeria and the citizens must vote wisely.
The former President cautioned the citizens against voting for candidates based on emotions.
A statement on Sunday by his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi quoted the former Nigerian leader to have given the note of caution over the weekend at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Ogun State during a visit by the leadership of the Mzough U Tiv group, a socio-cultural group in Tiv land, Benue State.
He declared support for rotational leadership, stating that it is time for power to change from the North to the South.
4. 2023: What Atiku Said At Arise TV Town Hall Meeting
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to address the impediments of funding Nigerian universities if elected president in 2023.
Atiku made this promise while speaking at the Arise News Presidential Town Hall meeting on Sunday in Abuja.
The PDP flagbearer also promised to grow Nigeria’s private sector to an enviable status through education if given the opportunity to be president in 2023. Speaking further, the former Vice President asserted that security and proper education are required to pull Nigerians out of poverty.
Atiku promised to use available statistics to deal with the issues, adding that investments in education and security would go a long way in addressing the poverty challenge. Atiku maintained that under his administration, he would provide incentives to the private sector most of which would go to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to encourage young people to set up businesses and grow them to create employment.
He recalled that during his time as Vice President, he commissioned a study that proffered solutions to the high number of out-of-school children, especially in Northern Nigeria.
Atiku, however, expressed sadness that none of the northern governors took steps to implement the report which would have gone a long way in substantially reducing the number.
5. Wike: Benue Govt Knocks APC For Describing Gov Ortom As An ‘Errand Boy’
The Benue State Government has berated the State’s All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Austin Agada, for describing Governor Samuel Ortom as an errand boy to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
The Benue State APC chairman had accused Ortom of abandoning governance in the North-Central state to run errands” for Wike.
Reacting in a statement, Ortom’s Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Terver Akase alleged that Agada leads the APC as a man leading a group of thugs.
According to the governor’s spokesperson, the APC chairman lacks the moral authority to question the leadership abilities of anyone else.
6. ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Commander, Rugurugu Discloses Reason For Surrendering To Nigerian Army
A Boko Haram Commander, Mallam Adamu Rugurugu, has disclosed the reason for surrendering to the Nigerian Army.
Rugurugu and many other Boko Haram /Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai following air and ground attacks on their locations.
Speaking to reporters in Maiduguri, Rugurugu said he and many of his fighters decided to surrender following the entreaties and personal intervention of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.
He claimed that the governor heard about him and persuaded him and his followers to come out, adding that Zulum said many fighters will follow him if surrendered to the military.
The ‘repentant’ terrorist said he got his name from his ferocious fight against military forces, adding that his activities were brutal.
He said he has now realized that what he was doing was not right and the government was sincere in receiving them.
Rugurugu added that he has decided to assist in convincing many fighters to come out of the bush and surrender.
7. ‘It Was Not My Intention To Hurt Your Feelings’ – Aminu Mohammed Apologies To Aisha Buhari
Aminu Mohammed, a final year student of the Federal University, Dutse who was arrested over a Twitter post concerning the first lady, Aisha Buhari has apologized.
Mohammed, had in a tweet in Hausa, said Aisha was feeding fat on poor people’s money.
He was subsequently apprehended by the Nigerian Police Force and arraigned before the FCT High Court No. 14.
However, the First Lady on Friday withdrew the case against the student following criticism from many Nigerians on social media.
Her prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, said the withdrawal followed the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.
Taking to his Twitter page on Sunday, Mohammed stated that he did not intend to hurt the feelings of the First Lady
8. PDP Reacts As Northern Christain Leaders Endorse Atiku For Presidency
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has welcomed the adoption of its flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, by the Northern Christain Leaders Consultative Forum.
One of its prominent members of the forum and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, had endorsed the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
However, some members of the forum swiftly dissociated themselves from Obi’s endorsement, saying that Lawal was on his own as consultations were still ongoing.
On Friday, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other members in his camp named Atiku as their preferred candidate for the 2023 Presidency.
Reacting to the development in a chat with Vanguard, the Spokesperson for the campaign, Kola Ologbodiyan, commended the Northern Christain leaders for backing the presidential ambition of the former Vice President.
He said Atiku’s adoption was a confirmation of the consensus by the larger majority of Nigerians that the PDP candidate remains the candidate of choice for most Nigerians.
9. Abuja Drug Lord, ‘Ibrahim Bendel’ Declared Wanted By NDLEA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has declared an Abuja drug lord, Ibrahim Momoh, popular as ‘Ibrahim Bendel’ wanted.
The spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
The NDLEA spokesman said the drug lord had escaped from prison custody to return to his criminal trade.
Babafemi said though the fleeing drug dealer is still at large, his warehouse keeper, 55-year-old Ghanaian, Richard Forson Gordon was arrested.
He said operatives of the NDLEA had stormed the warehouse of the notorious drug lord, where 81 jumbo bags of cannabis weighing 1,278kgs were confiscated.
Babafemi said Momoh was first detained on 27th November 2014 with the same substance weighing 385.1kgs, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on 22nd April 2020 but escaped from jail after three months.
10. “I Am Not Sorry” – Top APC Chieftain Dumps Tinubu, Party
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross Rivers State, Ray Murphy has announced his resignation from the party.
Murphy in a statement on Sunday said he can’t continue to live a lie, adding that the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu is not what Nigeria needs at this time.
He described the multiple errors committed by Tinubu during recent public outings as a “comedy of gaffes”, arguing that he can’t continue supporting what is not good for the nation.
The politician added that his conscience would not give him peace if he continues to support the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC which does not recognize the diversity of the country.