TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SUNDAY
Imo State: Gunmen Set Ablaze High Court, Destroy Files
The building of the Imo State High Court sitting in Orlu on Saturday was reportedly set on fire by gunmen.
The attack on the court property led to the destruction of sensitive documents. The attack on the Imo State High Court is coming days after gunmen invaded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri.
Police in its reaction to the attack on the INEC facility had blamed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for carrying out the attack. The complex which was attacked by the gunmen on Saturday is housing both the high court and a magistrates’ court.
Atiku vs Wike: Okowa Leads Fresh Reconciliation Moves As Ortom, Ikpeazu Soften Stance
The camp of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has begun fresh moves to reconcile with the five aggrieved governors of the party and the Integrity Group.
The five aggrieved governors are Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; and Samuel Ortom of Benue State. Ikpeazu, Ortom, and Ugwuanyi are senatorial candidates; Makinde is running for another term in office, while only Wike is not contesting any position.
Despite previous overtures gradually yielding fruits, the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP and governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has been mandated to lead new reconciliation moves. With barely two months to the 2023 general election, Saturday Sun gathered that two members of the G-5 governors, especially Ikpeazu and Ortom, might be softening their stance.
Makinde Stops Conferment Of Traditional Title On Atiku As PDP BoT Member Says Party Crisis To Be Resolved
The administration of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has reportedly influenced the suspension of a traditional title expected to be bestowed on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, by the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Olalekan Balogun.
The Olubadan was set to honour Atiku Abubakar with ‘Aree Akogun Of Ibadan Land.’ In a letter released by the monarch, the chieftaincy title, ‘Aree Akogun of Ibadan Land’ simply means ‘The President Of The Brave Ones Of Ibadanland”.
But in a new statement issued on December 12, the Palace announced the suspension of the ceremony. It was gathered that the crisis rocking the PDP played a role in the suspension of a traditional titled expected to be bestowed on Atiku. A palace source told Saturday Sun that the conferment of honorary title on Atiku was put on hold based on the decision of the Olubadan Advisory Council.
Igbo Don’t Need A Religious Bigot, Weak And Deluded Man Like Atiku To Be President – Fani-Kayode
A former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Femi Fani-Kayode has berated the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, for saying he is going to be the stepping stone to an Igbo presidency.
Speaking during a rally in Anambra State, Atiku urged the people of the southeast region to vote for him to pave way for the Igbo presidency, describing himself as the stepping stone to the Igbo presidency. Atiku boasted that he has shown his support for the Igbo presidency by running with an Igbo man on three occasions while seeking the country’s presidency.
He told the people of Anambra that a vote for the Atiku/Okowa ticket in 2023 is a faster route to realizing the dream of an Igbo presidency. Reacting in a lengthy post on his Twitter page on Friday, Fani-Kayode described Atiku’s stated as arrogant and appalling. The APC Presidential Campaign Council Director of New Media stated that the Igbo do not need “a religious bigot, weak and deluded man like atiku to be president.”
NDDC: Court Halts Confirmation Of Onochie, Ogbuku As Chairman, MD Respectively
The National Assembly has been directed by the Federal High Court, Abuja to stop the screening and confirmation of Lauretta Onochie and Samuel Ogbuku as Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission respectively.
The presiding judge, Justice J. K. Omotosho on Friday ordered lawmakers in the National Assembly to suspend the confirmation pending the determination of a suit filed before the court. The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2294/2022 is seeking a restraining order on the National Assembly from screening and confirming Onochie and Ogbuku.
The plaintiffs, Chief Edward Ekpokpo Esq., and Victor Wood who are both representing the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought and Mr Edward Omagbemi who is presenting Omadino Unity Forum all on behalf of the Itsekiri ethnic nationality are challenging the nomination on the grounds that it is the turn of the Itsekiri nationality to occupy the positions.
The first to sixth defendants in the suit are President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; the House of Senate, Mrs Lauretta Onochie and Chief Samuel Ogbuku.
APC Campaign Council Rises In Defence Of Yahaya Bello Over Alleged Lukewarm Attitude To Tinubu’s Campaign
The Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has come out to defend the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello over his alleged lukewarm attitude to campaigning for the party’s flag bearer, Bola Tinubu.
Some aggrieved loyalists of Tinubu have alleged that Bello, who is the National Youth Coordinator of the PCC, has not justified his inclusion in the campaign council. The allegation follows his absence from campaign events of the APC flag bearer since he was appointed as youth coordinator in September.
This platform gathered that one of such aggrieved APC loyalists, who pleaded anonymity told Punch “We understand that he was appointed as national youth coordinator to help galvanise support for Tinubu in Kogi and other states in the North-Central region. But what we have been seeing from him so far is unimpressive.
“He only goes about calling himself ‘White Lion’ but not participating in all the rallies. Even that young Seyi Tinubu has done more than him in terms of youth mobilisation in the last two months. He has not justified his inclusion in the PCC at all.”
Bauchi APC In Crisis Over Suspension Of Former Governor Backing PDP
The purported suspension of the immediate past governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has thrown the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into crisis.
The APC in his Makama/Sarkin Bakl Ward of Bauchi Local Government Area had suspended him for alleged anti-party activities.
In the letter of suspension jointly signed by Sa’idu Laminu Baban Karatu and Abdullahi, chairman and secretary respectively in the ward had announced that the suspension of Abubakar was in line with Article 21.2 () of the APC constitution.
But the state chapter of the party, in a statement signed by Adamu Aliyu Jallah, the state Publicity Secretary on Friday, had reversed the suspension. The Bauchi State APC leadership described the suspension as null and void as it did not follow due process.
NAF Rescue Seven Chinese Nationals From Terrorists In Kaduna
Special forces of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have rescued seven Chinese nationals from terrorists in Kaduna State.
The foreigners were kidnapped in June this year at a mining site in Ajata-Aboki, Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
Many efforts had been made for their rescue until the recent daring confrontation at the enclaves of terrorists in Kanfani Doka and Gwaska general area of Kaduna State on Saturday (today). The Director of Public Relations & Information for the NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the rescue of the victims in a statement made available to newsmen today.
Blunder As Atiku’s Wife Asks Voters To Vote For APC
A video has been spotted online where Titilayo, the wife of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar reportedly made a blunder. The wife of the former Vice President in the video was seen sensitizing women ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Titilayo called on women who have not gotten their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to obtain it before the commencement of the electoral process.
The wife of the PDP presidential candidate, while trying compel voters to vote for her husband’s party, mistakenly asked them to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 elections. The presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu would be contesting against her husband in the presidential election in 2023.
Qatar 2022: Heartbreak For Morocco As Croatia Snatches 3rd Place
Morocco ended their last game of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a loss, suffering defeat at the hands of Croatia who went on to claim the bronze trophy.
Morocco and Croatia clashed on Saturday in the 3rd place play-off of the tournament at the Khalifa International Stadium with the Africans hoping to finish their fairy tale run at the tournament with a trophy.
They however fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of their European counterparts. In the much-anticipated game, Croatia took the lead through Josko Gvardiol with a superb header in the seventh minute but Achraf Dari equalized two minutes later for Morocco. It was however not to be for hard-fighting Morocco as Mislav Orsic scored the winner for Croatia with a brilliant bending strike. Towards the end of the game, Morocco had a late penalty appeal turned down and En-Nesyri headed just over but the Atlas Lions could not find a way back into the game to cap their impressive run in the tournament with a trophy.