TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SUNDAY
Crisis Hits Ilana Omo Oodua As National Chairman Resigns
The Leader and National Chairman, Yoruba Self-Determination Struggle, also known as Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Wale Adeniran, has announced his immediate resignation as a member of the group following allegations of fraud and embezzlement.
Adeniran announced his resignation in a two-minute 33 seconds video on YouTube (Omoboriowo media) on Saturday.
According to the Yoruba nations leader, he is stepping aside to allow a thorough investigation into the allegation of fraud levelled against him.
He, however, challenged any body with evidence or evidences against him or who might have sent money to the organisation through him to come forward and make it known to the public.
CBN Issues New Directive To Banks Over Withdrawal Of New Notes
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed Deposit Money Banks to stop the payment of customers making over-the-counter withdrawals of new naira notes.
The apex bank issued the directive to the banks on Wednesday and ordered that the implementation must begin immediately.
The CBN ordered the banks to instead load their Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with only new notes to ensure that the currency circulates across the nation ahead of the January 31, 2023 deadline.
But as of Friday, Deposit Money Banks are yet to comply with the directive as they complained of inadequate supply of the new notes.
A source in a Tier-1 bank, who told The PUNCH of the CBN directive on Thursday, said her lender on Thursday issued a memo in that respect to all the branch managers to enforce the CBN order.
Army Redeploys Major Generals, GOCs
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, on Saturday announced the redeployment of Major Generals and Brigadier Generals among other senior officers across the Nigerian Army formations and units in the country.
This was made known in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.
Lt. Gen. Yahaya approved the redeployment of some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, Commandants of NA Training Institutions, Brigade Commanders, Commanding officers, and several others.
Nwachukwu said the redeployment was to ensure administrative and operational efficiency in the Nigerian Army amidst recent operational successes recorded in combating emerging security challenges, adding that the redeployment of all appointees takes effect from January 11, 2022.
He, however, stated that redeployment in the Nigerian Army was routine particularly with the recent promotion of senior officers as approved by the Army Council for the year 2022.
Why I Was Atiku’s Running Mate In 2019 But Contesting Against Him In 2023 – Peter Obi
The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has given further insight into why he chose to contest the nation’s highest political office in 2023.
It will be recalled that Obi was the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 while former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was the party’s presidential candidate.
In 2023, Atiku is still the PDP presidential candidate and Obi is also a presidential candidate in the same election on the platform of another party.
During his recent campaign visit to Akwa Ibom State, the former Anambra State Governor was asked by newsmen why he decided to join the presidential race and not support Atiku who is also in the race.
Responding, Obi described the 2019 ticket as a form of apprenticeship for him but now that he has gotten freedom from his boss, it is left for Nigerians to choose who they want to become their next leader.
Obasanjo Made Grievous Mistake Done Out Of Fear Endorsing Peter Obi Over Atiku – Lamido
Former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, has berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for endorsing the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Speaking to newsmen, Lamido said the former president made a very grievous mistake done out of fear endorsing Obi.
According to the former Jigawa State governor, Obasanjo’s fear for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as their candidates, Bola Ahmad Tinibu and Atiku Abubakar, pushed him to the LP flagbearer.
He slammed the former president for failing to recognise the honour given to him by PDP which has made him one of the eminent persons locally and internationally.
“It is well known that Obasanjo doesn’t like a strong person like Atiku Abubakar to become the president of this country for fear of outshining him and will not be answerable or succumb to his personal ego,” Lamido said.
Adamawa Govt Rejects Buhari’s Request As Ribadu Insists Nothing Will Stop APC Campaign
The Governor Ahmadu Fintiri-led Adamawa State Government has rejected a request by President Muhammadu Buhari for the use of the state owned Ribadu Square in Yola, the state capital, for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign.
Naija News reports that the Chief Spokesperson and Director of Public Affairs, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN) had revealed that Buhari is scheduled to lead the party’s campaign in the state on Monday.
Adamawa is one of the “at least 10 states” where the president is expected to join the APC presidential campaign train.
But the Governor Fintiri-led administration rejected the use of the stadium, saying the square is currently being renovated.
The Chief of Staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, had earlier sent a notice to the Adamawa State Government on Buhari’s planned visit to participate in the APC rally at Ribadu Square.
But in a reply to Buhari’s request, the Secretary to the State Government, Bashiru Ahmad, said the facility would be unavailable on the proposed date.
Adeboye Exposes Secrets Behind Huge Crowd At Major Political Rallies
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has revealed that the huge crowd seen at major political parties rallies is rented.
The popular clergyman stated this on Saturday morning, January 7, during the RCCG monthly Holy Ghost Service tagged, “Wonderful” which was held at the Redemption City, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.
Adeboye stressed that due to the need to rent a crowd, no two parties hold their campaign rallies simultaneously in the same state.
According to the general overseer, each party pays and a huge crowd is sourced for and gathered. Another party comes into the state, pay money and the same thing is repeated.
Adeboye then added that this is the reason why different parties do not hold their campaign at the same time as the majority of the crowd are rented.
God hasn’t spoken on Nigeria’s next President – Adeboye
Meanwhile, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has revealed that God is yet to say anything to him about the forthcoming 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
Pastor Adeboye added that if God doesn’t reveal anything to him about the election, then the congregation should be ready to vote as led by their spirit.
Tension As Police Foil Attempt To Kidnap Plateau Speaker
An attempt by suspected kidnappers to abduct the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yakubu Sanda, on Friday night was foiled by the Plateau State Police Command.
The gunmen trailed the Speaker in an ash-colored Honda CR-V to his residence at the Federal Low-cost in Jos but the attempt to abduct the three occupants of the vehicle was aborted by the Police officers on guard duty.
Also, the timely response of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Rantya Division, SP Ayuba Iliya and his men who joined forces with the men on guard duty to repel the intruders.
Reacting to the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Alfred Alabo, the State, said the Command is making a concerted effort to track down the fleeing suspects and get them arrested.
Alabo added that the brilliant strategy designed by the Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka, has yielded enormous and laudable operational successes in the state.
‘Why Peter Obi, Kwankwaso Didn’t Choose Accord Party’
Reasons have emerged on why the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and his New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso didn’t pursue their 2023 ambitions on the platform of the Accord Party.
Speaking on the development, the Accord Party National Deputy Chairman of the party, Innocent Igboekwe said Obi and Kwankwaso shunned the party due to the expired leadership it is parading.
He added that the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue dealing with the expired leadership also contributed to the crisis rocking Accord Party
Igboekwe made the observation while speaking with newsmen shortly after a meeting with leaders of the party where he observed that any candidate that runs on the party’s platform may eventually lose such a seat except no one challenges the leadership saga rocking Accord Party.
He revealed that particularly, Kwankwaso had approached the party about his presidential ambition but couldn’t continue discussions due to the leadership crisis affecting the party.
‘I Once Blocked Tinubu From Bringing Hard Drugs To Nigeria’ – Atiku
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, over his recent statement on reforming ‘Yahoo Boys’.
Tinubu while speaking to supporters in Edo State on Thursday, said his administration would “turn so-called yahoo-yahoo boys into manufacturing and creation of chips….”
Speaking in a statement by Phrank Shaibu, his special assistant on public communications, Atiku said Tinubu was frustrated.
Atiku said while serving as Deputy Director of Customs in charge of Enforcement and Drugs, Tinubu alongside two notorious kingpins, Muiz Akande and Abiodun Agbele were stopped from bringing hard drugs into the country.
The former vice president added that Bola Tinubu should remove the log in his eyes before trying to remove the speck in the eyes of others.