TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SUNDAY
2023: Don’t Get Blinded By Political Power – Jonathan Issues Strong Warning
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned the political class against some of the temptations that may arise while in office.
According to the former Nigerian leader, there is a tendency for politicians in power to get blinded by the opportunities and authority bestowed by the office.
He however warned against such tendencies, rather calling on them to remain level-headed and respect other arms of government.
Jonathan sounded the note of warning in Yenegoa during the book presentation/reception as part of activities that marked the retirement of the Bayelsa State Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri.
The former President hailed the retiring Chief Judge and recalled how her fearlessness and dedication averted a constitutional crisis when she swore in the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
He added that politicians must always uphold the rule of law and judicial officers must strive to be impartial and courageous in the discharge of their duties.
2023: Atiku Worked Against Zoning Because This Is His Last Shot At Presidency – Wike
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has revealed why he is angry with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
According to Governor Wike, he is not pleased with the former vice president for working against the zoning arrangement of the party.
Wike noted that he is not angry with Atiku because he lost the presidential ticket of the party to him, but because Atiku failed to follow the zoning arrangement.
The Rivers State Governor said Atiku worked against zoning because the 2023 presidential election is his last shot at the presidency.
Wike in an interview with BBC Pidgin said, “If that conspiracy isn’t there during the dying minute, the candidate knows there’s a problem, and I said if I’m angry to that extent I would challenge it but I want the survival of the party, I allow it then other things come up.
“The issue of zoning was important, when we met, most of us raised the issue of zoning, which is provided in the constitution of the party.
“They set up a committee and agreed that the national chairman should go to the north, when it reached the presidential ticket matter, they set up a committee but to tell you they are not sincere, the committee never came up with a resolution and they went by forms, what is the implication?
“Which zoning are you talking about, they did it deliberately and the mastermind is a so-called presidential candidate today.
“When that happened, the national chairman on his own knowing that this is the tradition of the party, came up to say if the presidential candidate comes out from his zone he will resign. Now when it happened, for him to fulfil his promise he said no.”
2023: Wike Denies Meeting Atiku Five Times
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has denied meeting with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar over the crisis rocking the party.
Speaking on Atiku’s recent interview where he said he met with Wike at least five times, Wike said the ex-vice president’s comment is not correct.
He further stated that the only time he saw Atiku was when he visited him at his house after the presidential primaries of the party.
Wike disclosed this in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Friday.
He said, “With all due respect when you say someone tells a lie it would be like someone saying an elder tells a lie, what he says is not correct.
“The only time I saw Atiku after the primaries at my house was in Abuja, on Saturday after the primaries leading to Sunday, he came to my house in Abuja, I was returning to Abuja.
“We entered the office in my house in Abuja and said can we talk? My anger is that I discuss it with you, I respect you and you tell me something but unknown to me, you are not sincere about it.
“The worse is that you say it voluntarily. When we sat down he said he thought Ayu had to go because it was not a tradition that the chairman and presidential candidate would come from the same zone. So that was the only time Atiku came to see me after the primaries on Monday.”
2023: G-5 Will Soon Shut Door Of Reconciliation – Wike Warns PDP
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday warned that the reconciliation moves with the five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) identified as the G-5 might close soon.
The G-5 in the last few months have threatened to work against the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
The governors had threatened to endorse the opposition party presidential candidate following the refusal of the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office.
The aggrieved governors had condemned the northern dominance in key positions in the party’s leadership.
The Rivers State Governor speaking on reconciling with PDP said he does not work as an individual.
Wike in an interview with BBC Pidgin said, “you see, I don’t work as an individual, if you know what they call guerilla warfare, there are different strategies, there are different ways of going to war, what you see today is not what you will see tomorrow. Watch what happens.”
IGP, DSS, AGF Sued For Alleged Negligence To Peter Obi’s Safety
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director General, Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) have been sued by a legal practitioner, Ken Eluma Asogwa for allegedly neglecting and breaching their professional duties towards the Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi.
Barrister Asogwa filed the suit before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Asogwa in a motion marked, FHC/HC/2023 and dated January 13, the applicant relying on Chapter iv of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Section 4 of the Police Act, Section 2(3) of National Security Agencies Act and Order 3 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 and the inherent jurisdiction of the court, prayed the court to declare that the respondents were negligent and breached their professional duties in allowing a mammoth crowd surrounds Obi “a potential President of Nigeria” at very close proximity at a campaign rally in Enugu, Enugu State.
Other prayers include declarations that by allowing a mammoth crowd and unauthorized persons to surround Obi at very close proximity, the respondents exposed him to danger and a threat to good governance in Nigeria and therefore, unlawful, wrongful and unconstitutional, and that the applicant has the right to vote for Obi in the 2023 Presidential election “and a potential President of Nigeria whose presidency the applicant believes will be a source of liberation for him and that of his family, and the candidate is therefore entitled to full state protection by the respondents.
The applicant also prayed the court to declare that Mr Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 Presidential election and a potential President of Nigeria is entitled to protection from harm and danger from the defendants under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Police Act, and an order mandating the respondents to provide adequate security and protection to Obi during campaigns, rallies, during and after the election.
Wike Speaks On Endorsing Peter Obi For Presidency
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Friday spoke on supporting the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
Wike noted that him telling Obi that he is presidential material does not mean he has endorsed the presidential ambition of the former governor of Anambra State.
Wike stated this on Friday during an interview with BBC Pidgin, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Wike speaking on the issue of his preferred presidential candidate said, “If I tell Obi that he is a presidential material, does that mean an endorsement?”
2023: Wike Sends Message To Nigerians Expecting Announcement Of Preferred Presidential Candidate
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday tackled a reporter with BBC during an interview, as he sends messages to Nigerians expecting the announcement of his preferred presidential candidate ahead of the forthcoming 2023 election.
In 2022, Wike alongside the other aggrieved governors who have been at loggerheads with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, said they would announce their preferred presidential candidate in January 2023.
Place Tinubu, APC Leaders On Watchlist For Violence – PDP Tells Security Agencies
Security agencies have been charged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to place the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, on the security watchlist.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba stated this during a press conference at the party headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
Ologunagba made the call over an alleged plan by the APC to derail the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
He claimed that the ruling party is also blackmailing “critical election stakeholders to accede to its design to postpone the 2023 elections, particularly the February 25, 2023, Presidential election.”
PDP said following the charge given to the APC supporters by Tinubu in London that power was not served a la carte, the party had alerted the nation of “a well-oiled plot by the APC to orchestrate security situation and promote circumstances to warrant the postponement of the 2023 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
I Was Trying To Weigh In On Important Matters – Brymo Begs Ndigbo For Forgiveness
Nigerian musician, Olawale Ashimi, popularly known as Brymo, has tendered an apology to Nigerians from the South-East region over his anti-Igbo remarks.
Brymo had in a series of tweets made some tribally motivated posts against Igbos.
One of his tweets said, “F**k The Ndi Igbo!! To Hell With It!!”.
This was greeted with heavy backlash from netizens. A petition was subsequently launched on Change.org for his AFRIMMA nomination to be revoked with immediate effect.
However, it seems that the artist has had a change of heart as he apologized for his past behaviour on his Instagram live session.
According to the ‘Ara’ Crooner, the fracas began after he disapproved of award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s decision to turn down a national honour and accept a traditional Igbo chieftaincy title from her hometown.
He stated that this was a wrong step considering that the region was clamouring for the presidency.
MTN Group, Ghana Govt Clash Over $773m Tax Bill, Penalties
Africa’s largest telecommunications provider, MTN has slammed the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for imposing a $773 million back-tax bill, penalties and interest charges on its subsidiary in Ghana.
In a statement on Friday, MTN Group rejected the GRA bill claiming it does not have a reliable revenue.
MTN disclosed that “the bill is for the period between 2014 and 2018 and implies that MTN under-declared its revenue in the country by 30 percent.
“MTN Ghana believes that the taxes due have been paid during the period under assessment and has resolved to vigorously defend MTN Ghana’s position on the assessment.
“MTN Ghana strongly disputes the accuracy and basis of the assessment, including the methodology used in conducting the audit.”
The telecommunications giant stated that the GRA used a third-party consultant as well as a new methodology, adding that the authority had begun an audit of its Ghanaian business in 2019 to look into the “reliability and completeness” of the revenue it declared during the five-year period.
Police Summon OAP Do2dtun Over Alleged Domestic Violence
The Nigeria Police Force has summoned on-air-personality, Kayode Oladotun, popularly known as Do2dtun, over alleged domestic violence.
A document obtained by PUNCH revealed that Do2dtun is being investigated for crimes bordering on alleged unlawful entry, malicious damage to property, criminal trespass, and illegal use of police officers against his estranged wife, Omotayo.
Do2dtun is expected at the Police Criminal Investigation Department on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 11 am.
The document reads: “This is to formally invite you in respect of an ongoing investigation at the SWAT/FCIID, Abuja on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 11:00 am for an interview with the Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Abubakar, through DSP Umar Ubali.
“Kindly call this phone number on your arrival. Thank you as we appreciate your cooperation.”
Confirming the summon, the DSP Ubali in an interview with the aforementioned publication said, Do2dtun is being investigated over the petition filed against him on December 14, 2022.