TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, WEDNESDAY
1. Lai Mohammed Slams Atiku Over Boko Haram Insurgency Comment, Says PDP Nurtured Them
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar for blaming the current administration for being responsible for the Boko Haram insurgency.
The minister who faulted Atiku for blaming the insurgency on President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration said he should join issues with the PDP and not the president.
The minister picked on the PDP flagbearer while speaking in Abuja at the 11th edition of the ‘PMB Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).
Mohammed noted that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones, adding that the PDP practically nurtured Boko Haram, insurgents, into the monster they later became.
He observed that “Let me quickly react to the statement credited to His Excellency, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who has reportedly expressed surprise at the existence of Boko Haram.
2. 2023: “I Have No Problem With The Presidential Candidate” – Wike Gives Condition To Support PDP
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has insisted that he has no personal issues with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The Governor who made the fresh declaration on Tuesday added that he is only fighting for the interest of his people in Rivers State, South-south, and the entire southern region.
The declaration comes a few days after Atiku disclosed that he has visited Wike personally five times and he is waiting for the Rivers Governor on how to resolve the PDP crisis.
Wike insisted that the only condition that will make him support the PDP candidate in the 2023 presidential election is if Iyorchia Ayu steps down as the party’s chairman and is replaced by a southerner.
He stated this when his political associates and Rivers elders led by the Chairman, Rivers Elders Council (REC), Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, paid him a visit at his private residence in Rumueprikom to felicitate with him on his birthday.
3. 2023: Why South-East Will Not Vote For Atiku – Ohanaeze Chieftain
The National Vice President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Damian Okeke-Ogene on Tuesday revealed why the Southeast will not support the presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar. According to Okeke-Ogene, Atiku has lost the support of the region following his role in jettisoning zoning in his party.
The decision of the PDP to throw open its presidential ticket led to the emergence of Atiku as the party’s flagbearer. Okeke-Ogene said the former Vice President would have been seen as a hero if he supported the rotation to the Southeast. He said Atiku should have seen the 2023 election as a payback time for the sacrifices Ndigbo made to him in the 2019 elections.
4. Biafra: Court Orders Police To Pay Nnamdi Kanu’s Supporter N50m
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the Nigeria Police Force to release one of the supporters of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Solomon Onyegbule.
The presiding Judge, Justice Z.B. Abubakar in his ruling also awarded N50 million as compensatory and exemplary damages to Onyegbule.
The counsel to Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor announced the development in a statement released on Tuesday.
5. Malami Reveals When Prosecution Of Boko Haram Suspects Will Resume
The Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has said the federal government will soon resume the mass prosecution of Boko Haram suspects.
Malami stated this on Monday during a special session to mark the new legal year for the Federal High Court.
He also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of funds needed for the prosecution of the suspects being held in selected military formations. Malami was represented by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Beatrice Jedy-Agba.
6. 2023: Nigerians Won’t Regret Voting Me As President – Tinubu
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has promised to do right by Nigerians if elected President in the 2023 general elections.
The APC flagbearer said that Nigerians would not regret voting him as President, stressing that he has the competence and capacity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu stated this on Tuesday during the APC campaign rally held at the main bowl of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna State. He also promised to tackle the worsening insecurity in the country and address the high level of unemployment by providing jobs to the teeming Nigerian unemployed youths.
Tinubu said he was pained over insecurity in Kaduna in particular and Nigeria in general, added that terrorism would be totally eliminated under him as President next year. He also hailed Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the infrastructural development of the state, noting that he was pleased to know that he had a worthy successor in Uba Sani, the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
7. Reveal Your School Name If You Are From Lagos – Bode George Questions Tinubu
A former national Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George on Tuesday claimed that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu is not from Lagos State.
According to George, Tinubu who has once ruled Lagos State has not given evidence to support his stand that he is an indigene of Lagos. George asked Tinubu to reveal the name of the school he attended if he is truly from Lagos State. Unlike Tinubu, George revealed the name of the street he grew up in and the school he attended. He noted that Tinubu can not point to the school he attended if he grew up in Isale-Eko. The PDP chieftain challenged Tinubu during an interview on Arise TV on Tuesday morning.
8. PDP Crisis: Atiku, Tambuwal To Meet Ortom Before December 25
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is set to meet with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State before Dember 25.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who is Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, would also be at the meeting.
It is understood that the meeting scheduled for Benue State would address the lingering crisis rocking the opposition party and the face-off between Atiku and the G-5 governors. According to Nigerian Tribune, the planned meeting was part of the outcome of the meeting last weekend in Makurdi between Ortom, who is the Chairman of the G-5 governors, and Tambuwal.
A source told the newspaper that the Sokoto governor was said to have advanced the idea that there is still hope for a resolution of the protracted crisis before the 2023 general elections. The source, who craved anonymity, also confirmed that arrangements are in motion to receive the PDP flag bearer and Tambuwal in Makurdi before Christmas.
9. Buhari Was Just At The Top But Unaware Of The Things At The Bottom – Senator
The lawmaker representing Kaduna South in the Senate, Senator Danjuma La’ah says President Muhammadu Buhari had good intentions for Nigeria but was unable to actualize them because of the people around him. La’ah, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain stated this while giving his verdict about Buhari’s performance in office.
According to him, President Buhari had the zeal and intention to do the right things but was unable to get his subordinates to execute his intentions. The Kaduna lawmaker added that many of the things getting done at several levels of governance were unknown to Buhari.
He stated this in a recent interview with The Punch where he added that Nigerians have had enough of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and won’t vote for the party in the 2023 elections. According to him, the APC government had inflicted suffering and hardship on Nigerians and the people now know what to do during the next general elections.
10. 2023: There Is Only One Reason That Will Make Me Decide To Vote For Atiku– Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, has said that he will not be voting for his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the upcoming 2023 election.
George stated that he would only pitch his tenth with the Waziri if the issue of inclusivity in the party is addressed. The PDP stalwart stated this on Tuesday morning while featuring on the Arise Television Morning Show programme.
George is supporting the call by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his loyalists demanding the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
While re-stating his earlier stance, the PDP chieftain said he would not vote for Atiku in the forthcoming election unless the issue of inclusivity in the party is addressed.