“WE ARE NOT AWARE OF ALHASSAN’S RESIGNATION”- PRESIDENCY

**The presidency has denied knowledge of the resignation of the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said via a text message Saturday that if such letter indeed exists, it was not found anywhere in the Presidential Villa.

Insisting that the Presidency is not aware of such resignation, Shehu added that the president to whom such letter was reportedly addressed is not in the country.

“Her resignation letter, if any such letter is written, has not been received at the Villa.

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*. As high-wired intrigues continue to play out in Lagos State over the incumbent governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s re-election bid, competent sources saturday revealed that a key segment of the party led by the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has asked the governor to stand down his second term bid or face impeachment. The threat to impeach the governor is an escalation of pressure being piled on him to drop his quest for second term.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
US President Donald Trump said he and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have fallen “in love” –- their bromance fuelled by “beautiful letters” he received from the leader of the nuclear-armed state. Trump on Saturday elevated his recent praise of Kim to new heights, at a West Virginia rally in support of local candidates for his Republican Party. “And then we fell in love — OK? No really. He wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love,” Trump told the crowd.

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
US billionaire media mogul Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, has revealed he is battling Lewy body dementia, a neurodegenerative disease that alters memory, mood, movement and behavior. In an interview to air Sunday on CBS, the 79-year-old Turner opened up about his battle, and even struggled to remember the name of the disorder. “It’s a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer’s. It’s similar to that. But not nearly as bad. Alzheimer’s is fatal,” Turner said, in excerpts released by the network.

3. PRESIDENCY:
President Buhari scored a total of 2,931,235 votes in the just concluded APC, Presidential Primary conducted in 484 wards across the 44 Local Government Areas of Kano State. Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State announced the result that Buhari scored a total of 2,931,235 votes from party members, who participated in the exercise. He said they all signified their interest in Buhari’s reelection. Ganduje who was impressed by the massive turnout of APC members, reiterated his commitment to give President Buhari over five million votes in 2019

4. JUDICIARY:
The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, declined to allow the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate Prof. Kolapo Olusola, recount the ballot papers that were used for the July 14 gubernatorial election in the state. The three-man panel Tribunal headed by Justice Suleiman Belgore, held that such request lacked merit, even as it accused PDP and Kolapo of “fishing for evidence under the guise of ballot recounting”.

5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Nigeria’s minister of communications Adebayo Shittu, has said that he is willing to embark on the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC. Mr Shittu, a lawyer, made this known in an exclusive interview with popular Ibadan-based broadcast journalist, Edmund Obilo, on his programme ‘State Affairs’. Although Mr Shittu was later disqualified from the governorship race by the APC because of his failure to present his NYSC certificate on Thursday, the interview held earlier on Tuesday and was broadcast on Saturday.

6. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Matthew Seiyefa, the former acting DG of DSS has said he served Nigeria to the best of his ability while in service. He has also expressed determination to serve his home state. He stated this at a reception in his honour held at the Bayelsa Government House, on Thursday. Seiyefa worked at the DSS for 34 years before his retirement in September 2018. He was appointed the acting DSS boss by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo after the sack of Lawal Daura for his culpability in the invasion of the National Assembly premises by DSS operatives in August 2018.

7. TRADITIONAL INSTITUTION :
The Arole Oodua/Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has returned from his seclusion after moving into ILEDI house at Iremo quaters in Ile-Ife last Sunday where he was incommunicado in an annual 7-day seclusion to kick-start the 2018 Olojo festival. Ooni Adeyeye, ended the 7-day seclusion on Saturday (today) as he’s set to appear to the public with the Oduduwa’s sacred AARE CROWN traditionally worn once in a year by the Ooni. The Ooni said that the 7-day seclusion was used as a point of contact to the Almighty Olodumare (GOD)

8. POLITICS
The story of who becomes the governorship flag bearer for the ruling APC in Lagos, took a new turn on Saturday as one of the aspirants Obafemi Hamzat stepped down and endorsed fellow aspirant Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Hamzat renounced his decision to contest in the APC governorship primary election at a press briefing attended by Sanwo-Olu and other party members in Lagos. This could pose a huge challenge for the incumbent governor Akinwunmi Abode as the two aspirants have joined forces to defeat him in the APC primary.

9. POLITICS:
The Lagos State APC has postponed the governorship primaries in the State to Monday. The governorship primaries was supposed to hold on Sunday at all wards in the State. A top APC source said that the primaries had been postponed. A source added that the primaries were postponed due to logistics problems. A top APC source who craved anonymity said the Lagos APC had written to the national office calling for a shift of the primaries to Monday.

10. MINIMUM WAGE SAGA:
The organised labour may call off Monday the strike action it embarked upon last Thursday, THISDAY learnt last night. A top government official who did not want to be named said this followed talks between FG officials and labour leaders at the weekend. He disclosed that organised labour might announce the suspension of the strike on Monday ahead of the tripartite committee meeting scheduled to hold on October 4. It was gathered that labour leaders insisted on guarantees that Thursday’s meeting will be used to strike a deal.

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