APC SPLITS AS NEW FACTION EMERGES
** A new faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has emerged in Abuja.
The new faction is named Reformed-APC (R-APC) with Buba Galadima appointed as the Chairman. The new faction is made up of aggrieved members of the APC, mostly from the National Assembly.
Briefing journalists after their meeting at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja today, the chairman, Galadima, said the new faction was formed due to the failure of the APC. They described APC as “severely underperforming and unable to meet its potentials for good governance.”
*. A Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo has ordered the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment process against President Buhari. Justice Maurine Adaobi Onyetenu Wednesday gave the order based on the suit filed by two Nigerians, Kanmi Ajibola, a lawyer and Sulaiman Adeniyi, a human right activist urging the court to enforce the National Assembly to impeach President Buhari. The duo had three months ago written to both the lower and the upper chambers of the National Assembly on the need to impeach President Buhari.
*. Chief Michael Obi, father of Nigeria’s footballer, Mikel Obi on Tuesday, along with his elder son, Ebele Obi, paid a visit to the Spokesperson for the Enugu State Police Command Headquarters, Ebere Amaraizu, to facilitate with the State Police Football team, Crime Busters FC, on their recent victory. Chief Obi and his driver Ishaya John were rescued by the police inside a forest in Udi Local Government Area of the state on Monday afternoon.
Both men were abducted on their way from Jos.
1. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Sospeter Ojaamong, governor of Busia in Kenya, has been arrested for alleged corruption. An official at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), an anti-graft organisation, disclosed this to reporters on Wednesday. Noordin Haji, Kenya’s top prosecutor, ordered that Ojaamong face charges including abuse of office and conspiracy to steal public funds. Haji said evidence presented by the national anti-corruption agency was enough to prosecute Ojaamong. He said the governor and nine other officials allegedly stole millions of Kenyan shillings in public funds.
President Buhari on Wednesday held bilateral talks with the President of Namibia, Mr Hage Geingob, at the presidential villa, Abuja. The Namibian leader, who is visiting Nigeria for the first time since inception of the Buhari administration in May 2015, arrived at the presidential villa at about 3.05 p.m.
President Geingob was received at the forecourt of the villa by Buhari, who stepped out of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to welcome his visitor.
3. PRESIDENTIAL AIDE:
Garba Shehu has come under attack over his statement that Nigerians now have more electricity than they can consume. Recall that the presidential aide was on Tuesday quoted as saying, “We have more electricity that cannot be consumed, 2,000 megawatts of electricity that nobody is taking. By the year ending, we are going to hit 10,000 megawatts from the 2,600 that we inherited. ” This stirred up reactions online as Nigerians blasted the Presidential aide for making such a statement while most Nigerians suffer in darkness.
They wondered if he was referring to a ‘Nigeria that never existed.
4. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
The federal government says it has commenced process of challenging and defending the enforcement proceedings of $8bn award against Nigeria. Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) had sued the Nigerian government for an alleged breach of contract over a 2010 natural gas supply and processing agreement. The company, with headquarters in British Islands, filed an arbitration case against Nigeria in London and was awarded $6,597,000,000 on January 31, 2017.
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The house of representatives has resolved to probe the funds recovered from Sani Abacha, former military head of state, from 1998 till date. The lawmakers are also seeking to investigate how the funds have so far been used, including the charges paid to lawyers and consultants. The resolution followed a motion introduced during plenary on Wednesday by Hon. Sunday Karimi. Abubakar Malami had recently signed an agreement on behalf of FG with Switzerland for the release of $322 million said to have been stolen by Abacha.
6. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Despite an order of a Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja declaring his seat vacant, Atai Aidoko (PDP, Kogi East), appeared at the Senate plenary on Tuesday. The FHC had on June 13 ordered his immediate sack and declared his seat vacant. The court presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole ruled that Mr Aidoko was wrongly presented as the flag bearer of PDP after the December 2014 Primaries conducted by the PDP. Following the presentation of Mr Aidoko as the party’s flag bearer, his challenger, Isaac Alfa, began a legal battle for the nullification of Mr Aidoko’s election.
Oby Ezekwesili says internet has become the greatest tool for citizen participation in governance. Ezekwesili said this at the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum in Abuja on Tuesday. While speaking on the topic, ‘Internet as an Enabler of Accountability and Transparency’, she said governance exists to improve the quality of life and ensure safety and security, using the instrumentality of strong policies with strong and dynamic institutions to promote growth and development. “Without quality governance, it is impossible for a country to develop; the internet is an equaliser and a means of improving capacity,” she said.
Baring last minute change, the former new PDP bloc of APC will announce their exit from the mainstream of the party in preparation to joining PDP. Arrowheads of the group include Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara, and Rabiu Kwankwaso. Multiple sources said that the faction will address a press conference later on Wednesday to announce the decision. The announcement of the formation of what is tagged the ‘new APC’ is said to be the first step in what would lead to a coalition of political parties and interests, to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari.
9. DSS VS ABARIBE:
Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Wednesday narrated his ordeal at the hands of DSS to his colleagues, “I have been inundated by Nigerians and my colleagues who were worried about the reports regarding my arrest by DSS. “on Friday 22nd of June I was arrested at the gate of the Hilton hotel while the International Press Institute congress was going on. “I was taken to the office of the DSS by 11:30 in the morning and subsequently by 5pm I was taken to my house for a search of my residence. When we got to my house, it was at the point I was formally informed that i was arrested for sponsoring IPOB
Football legend, Diego Maradona says he wants to return to the position of Argentina coach and is willing to work for free, as Jorge Sampaoli faces pressure to resign following their World Cup travails. The 57-year-old Maradona, who coached Argentina for two years from 2008-10, said it was painful to see the current state of the national team.
“I would return to leading the national team and I would do it for free, I wouldn’t ask for anything in return,” Maradona said on his programme, which runs on Venezuelan channel Telesur.