TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, TUESDAY
1. Buhari Travels To Yobe State After Campaigning In Adamawa State
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday arrived in Damaturu, Yobe State on a two-day working visit, Naija News reports.
The President during his visit, will commission some projects executed by the state government under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni.
He would also take part in the scheduled presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state tomorrow.
The President’s itinerary was confirmed in a statement on Twitter by his special assistant on digital communications, Bashir Ahmad.
He wrote on Monday: “President Muhammadu Buhari arrives Damaturu, Yobe State, on a two-day working visit, while in Damaturu, the President will commission some laudable projects executed by the State Government and also participate in the APC Presidential Campaign rally, tomorrow.”
2. 2023 Elections: INEC Denies Release Of Final List Of Candidates
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distanced itself from a viral purported final list of candidates for the 2023 general elections.
A report had emerged earlier (not on Naija News) claiming that the commission released confirmed names of candidates contesting for various positions in the forthcoming election.
Reacting to the development, however, the spokesman of the commission, Festus Okoye, said on Monday that it was impossible for INEC to have made such a publication just 46 days before the election.
The commission asked Nigerians to shun the report, noting that some of the candidates named in the proposed ‘final list’ are still in court.
Okoye said: “The Commission wishes to state categorically that no new publication of the final list of candidates was released as reported. The public should therefore discountenance the story.
“There can not be a final list of candidates with just 46 days to the general election except for names published as a substitution for candidates nominated earlier in compliance with court order.
3. Why I Went To Adamawa State For APC Campaigns – Buhari Opens Up
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he personally attended the campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State on Monday.
Speaking at the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa, the President was quoted to have said he was in the state to support the party’s governorship candidate, Aisha Binani as well as all other candidates of the APC for the 2023 election.
He stressed that it is important to support Binani to emerge as the first female Governor in Nigeria which according to President Buhari will send a strong message to the world about Nigeria’s democracy.
Buhari added that many females have been fighting from a distance but the time has come for them to share in leadership directly.
4. One Confirmed Dead, Two Police Officers Shot At Lagos Chaos
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the death of one person in the chaos that occurred in the Ojota area of the state.
There was pandemonium in the Ojota area of Lagos on Monday morning as some hoodlums reportedly engaged in a shootout.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said Yoruba Nation Agitators came out in their numbers to disrupt the social and commercial activities in the area.
He stated that Police officers intervened and dispersed the unlawful gathering which resulted in the death of one civilian and the two police officers, who were shot, are currently receiving treatment.
He added that normalcy has been restored in the area and Lagosian can continue with their daily activities in the area.
5. INEC Reveals Why 2023 Elections Might Be Cancelled
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday revealed a situation that might see the 2023 general election cancelled.
The electoral body noted that insecurity across the country might be a threat to the forthcoming election.
The chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu also noted that the security situation in the country will not only hinder the declaration of election results but also precipitate a constitutional crisis in affected areas.
Yakubu who was represented by the Chairman of the Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), Abdullahi Abdu Zuru revealed this at the validation of election security training resources held in Abuja on Monday.
6. Six Victims Of Edo Train Attack Rescued
Six people kidnapped during the horrific attack on a train station in Edo State have been rescued.
The Edo state government announced the development in a statement on Monday.
Amongst the rescued victims are a 65-year-old man, a nursing mother with her baby, a six-year-old girl, and two siblings aged two and five years old, respectively.
This platform had earlier reported that the gunmen struck when the victims were waiting to board a train to Warri in Delta State.
The gunmen in the attack abducted over thirty passengers.
“We are confident that the other victims will be rescued soon as the highly motivated security personnel are in high spirits and have doubled down on the hot chase of the kidnappers,” Chris Nehikhare, Edo commissioner for information, said in the statement on Monday.
7. Ojota: Gani Adams Speaks On Reports Of OPC Joining Yoruba Nation Protest
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams has dismissed allegations claiming that members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) were involved in the agitation that occurred at Ojota, Lagos State.
One person was declared dead from the clash between the Yoruba Nation agitators and the police on Monday morning.
Speaking on the dire incident, Adams told Daily Post that the outcome of the Ojota rally caught everyone unawares.
“There were reports linking members of the OPC to the mayhem. I want to state it clearly that none of our members was at the scene,” he said.
Adams noted that though it is the right of the people to champion self-determination, they (OPC), however, were not involved in the fracas.
The Aare lamented that information linking the security agency to the riot was wicked, mischievous, and could trigger disaffection between the organization and people of the ethnic group.
8. 2023: Wike Makes Shocking Revelation, Says Politicians Are Pushing For Passage Of NDDC Budget To Share For Elections
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has come out to make some shocking revelations about the proposed budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) before the National Assembly.
The governor has alleged that some politicians are pushing and putting pressure on the National Assembly for the N500 billion NDDC proposed budget to be passed so that they can share and use it run elections.
This platform understands that the governor made the revelation on Monday when he received a delegation of the Leadership and Sun newspapers who visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt, to present him letters for 2022 excellence awards organised by these platforms.
Wike in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Kelvin Ebiri faulted the NDDC‘ appropriations on the proposed budget while arguing why the agency would earmark N60 billion to support security agencies.Wike observed that the major problem in Nigeria is not the availability of money, but leadership that can stand on truth to promote it and be empathetic towards building a virile society that offer good life to the citizenry.
While speaking about his take on the lingering crisis in the PDP, the governor alleged that they have now hired and commissioned boys to attack him and label him as a destroyer of the party because he is speaking up for fairness, justice and equity.
9. 2023: I Am Committed Spiritually And Physically For PDP’s Victory – Ortom Declares
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has declared that he is both spiritually and physically committed to ensure the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state during the upcoming elections.
The governor said the party shall overcome all principalities and spiritual powers in high places that want to work against the PDP’s victory at the polls because the 2023 election is like the soul of Benue State.
Ortom, while addressing an expanded caucus of the PDP in the state on Monday, said he cancelled his medical vacation to be on ground physically to fully partake in the campaign of the party in the state.
He submitted that he has the mandate to hand over to a trusted successor who would continue from where he stops, therefore he would not leave the PDP governorship candidate of the state, Titus Uba alone.
The governor advanced that the God that brought him to power in 2015 and 2019 would give the party victory in the state.
10. 2023: Neither PDP Nor APC Can Move Nigeria Forward – Pat Utomi Gives Reasons
Political economist, Professor Pat Utomi has come out to give reasons why neither the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) can move Nigeria forward if elected to power at the 2023 general election.
According to him, it has become implausible, not impossible, that something coming out of the PDP or the APC could lead to Nigeria making a major leap forward.
The analyst said the nature and structure of the political parties basically got the country to where it is today.
Utomi told The Niche that even though both parties have quite a number of good people, but the nature of how they choose their candidates is his challenge.
He advanced that both political parties treated power like tools of transaction, with candidates not carrying any ideology.