TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY,  WEDNESDAY 

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TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY,  WEDNESDAY 

1. ‘I Never Knew My Father’ – Buhari Opens Up Personal Detail At APC Rally In Yobe

President Muhammadu Buhari has opened up about being an orphan, revealing that he had no idea of his biological father.

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The President made the stunning revelation on Tuesday while speaking at the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally at August 27 Stadium in Damaturu.

Emphasizing the importance of education, Buhari urged the APC supporters to ensure they send their children to school, stressing that whatever they have, can be taken away except the knowledge they have acquired.

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According to Muhammadu Buhari, he was an orphan and spent nine years in a boarding school to acquire education that enabled him to get enlisted in the Nigerian Army.

2. Federal Government Speaks On Cancellation, Postponement Of 2023 Elections

The Federal Government on Tuesday cleared the air on cancelling or shifting the 2023 general election.

This is coming after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicated that the security situation in the country might lead to the postponement of the electoral process.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, however, on Tuesday said insecurity will not lead to the postponement or cancellation of the 2023 general elections.

According to Mohammed, nothing has happened to alter the election timetable.

The minister noted that security operatives in the country have assured the nation of a peaceful atmosphere for the poll.

Mohammed stated this in his preliminary remarks at the 17th Edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard in Abuja.

He condemned the National Commissioner of INEC for raising a red flag on the poll, adding that there is no cause for alarm.

3. 2023: Major Setback As Court Sacks Elisha Abbo As APC Candidate

Ahead of the forthcoming election, the Senator Representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo, has been sacked from seeking re-election by a Yola High Court, presided over by Justice Mohammed Danladi on Tuesday.

The latest development was due to the Senator’s expulsion from the All Progressives Congress (APC) by his ward in Mubi North local government area of Adamawa.

Recall that the Mubi North LG executive of the party had on October 7, 2022, approved the expulsion of Abbo as recommended by the party’s disciplinary committee.

Justice Danladi held that the APC Senatorial candidate for Adamawa North senatorial zone and his party are bound by the resolution of the Mubi North Local government chapter’s executive expelling him from the party.

The court also averred that Senator Abbo is not entitled to enjoy any right or privilege accorded to APC members.

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The court further restrained APC under which the Senator is seeking re-election from recognizing him as its candidate, saying that he cannot validly be the candidate of the party.

4. Yobe APC Rally: Tinubu Unveils Plans For ASUU, Nigerian Universities

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said on Tuesday that if elected as Nigeria’s next president his administration will ensure stability in the university system.

The former Governor of Lagos State assured that he would address the challenges of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) if he is voted in the 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu gave the assurance today while addressing his supporters at the APC presidential campaign rally in Damaturu, Yobe State capital.

The presidential hopeful boasted that incessant strikes by the ASUU would be a thing of the past as his administration would ensure total stability in the country’s university system.

Tinubu also pledged to provide loans for university students. The APC flag bearer said he would provide agro-credit facilities and make the Northeast region an export zone.

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5. Nine #EndSARS Protesters Regain Freedom After Two Years

Fresh information has emerged that nine people arrested and detained in relation to the #EndSARS protest of 2020 have been reportedly released on Tuesday.

The release of the nine persons from the Oyo Agodi Prison was confirmed by the activist and the Oyo State leader of the Take It Back (TIB) Movement, Solomon Emiola.

It was gathered that Emiola and his movement who have been agitating against the release of the nine protesters from the Oyo prison told Punch, “We are just returning from the prison, the nine of them have gone home with their families.”

It was learnt that their release was against the backdrop of the call by Oyo State Chief Judge, Justice Munga Abimbola who ordered the release of 58 detainees who had spent long periods in the state prisons.

Justice Abimbola on Monday declared that prolonged detention was a breach of people’s constitutional rights, reiterating that the stand of the law is that a “person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

The CJ made this declaration at the Agodi Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service, which he visited, as part of a three-day tour of prisons within the state.

6. You Failed Woefully To Defeat Boko Haram – MBF Fires Buhari

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to completely defeat Boko Haram.

Recall that President Buhari had insisted that his administration has cleared out Boko Haram terrorists causing unrest in the country’s Northeastern part.

President Buhari stated this at the banquet organized in his honour in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, on Monday night.

Reacting to the President’s comments, the National President of MBF, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, said Buhari has failed woefully to deliver his promise to completely eliminate Boko Haram from the country.

He asserted that the President, rather than fulfilling his promise to Nigerians, watched helplessly while the insurgents spread from the North East to all parts of the country.

7. ‘Your Crimes Will Destroy You’- Ex-Aide Continues To Tackle Atiku, Exposes More Dirt

Michael Achimugu, a former media aide to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who recently made heavy allegations against the politician has threatened to unleash “crimes that can swallow and eternally destroy” him.

Achimugu made this known via his Twitter handle on Tuesday following an alleged threat to his life and that of his family members after opening up on Atiku’s grand corruption, and further threatening to expose his former boss’ alleged dark past.

In a series of tweets, Michael dared the former vice president’s camp to sue him over his allegations against their principal.

“If I am a fraud, take me to court. I was no fraud when I was working for your principal. I was no fraud when I bore insults for him and made sacrifices.

“Not Atiku people calling me a fraud. Unbelievable. Those who did so before now ran away when it was time to prove their allegations. If you think this strategy will help you, bring it on. Prove me a fraudster and I will go away with tails between my legs,” he tweeted.

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8. Every Nigerian Above 40 Is Sick – Orji Kalu Defends Tinubu

The Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has defended the health status of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

According to Kalu, some political opponents are the ones trying to hammer on Tinubu’s health status as a way of demarketing him ahead of the 2023 presidential elections.

Speaking further, the Senator submitted that Tinubu’s health is nothing to be worried about as the former Lagos Governor is fit and healthy both physically and mentally.

To buttress his point, the Senator submitted that there is no Nigerian above forty years old that is not sick.

He made the claim during an appearance on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm.

In his words, “Tinubu’s health is very stable. No man above 40 is not sick.

“There is not one, no Nigerian above 40 that is not sick.”

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9. I Will Stand As Nnamdi Kanu’s Surety If Granted Bail – Orji Kalu

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu on Tuesday vowed to stand as surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu if granted bail.

The IPOB leader is currently being detained at the facility of the Department of State Service (DSS).

Kalu while speaking on the Channels TV programme on Tuesday expressed confidence that the Federal Government will respect the next court judgement on the bail of Kanu.

The former governor of Abia State disclosed that he is close to the family of the IPOB leader in the Afaraukwu Ibeku area of Abia.

He, however, stated that the IPOB leader and his family did not listen to his counsel.

Kalu noted that he won’t abandon the family despite the continuous detention of Kanu in the DSS facility.

10. Primaries That Produced Atiku As Candidate Fraudulent – Wike Says As He Reveals Why He Is Angry With PDP Leadership

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary held last year that produced former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the party’s candidate was dogged by fraudulent practices.

He also told The Sun on Monday that he was disappointed with the leadership of the PDP over the lingering crisis rocking the party.

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He stated that his love for the main opposition party stopped him from approaching the court to challenge the PDP presidential primary.

According to the Rivers State Governor, no amount of campaign of calumny against him could stop him from speaking the truth.

Meanwhile, Wike also faulted the N500 billion budget for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which has attracted much pressure on the National Assembly for its approval.

While describing the NDDC budget as fraudulent, Wike said political leaders were mounting pressure on the National Assembly to pass it so that they could share it ahead of the general elections.

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