2019: I WILL TELL NIGERIANS WHERE I AM SOON-,SARAKI
** Dr. Bukola Saraki said, yesterday, that he will soon make his position known to Nigerians on which political party he would join when he eventually make up his mind to dump the ruling APC.
Fielding questions with reporters shortly after the 4th convocation of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Saraki stressed that his position will be made public when it is time.
Speaking on his defection’s rumour, Saraki said he will tell Nigerians which party he belongs when it is time.
He said: “As I said recently, when it is time, I will tell Nigerians where I am and I am going to do that very soon.”
The National Chairman of the governing APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has threatened to sack the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, from the party. Mr Oshiomhole is having a running battle with Mr Ngige over the refusal of the minister to inaugurate boards of parastatals under his ministry, several months after they were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
*.,At least 15 people, including the shooter, have been shot near a restaurant in the Canadian city of Toronto. Toronto police confirmed that a woman had died and 13 others were injured after a shooting on Sunday evening. Among the injured is a young girl in critical condition. Police confirmed that the shooter had been killed after an exchange of gunfire with police. Emergency crews rushed to the scene in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood near Danforth and Pape Avenues around 10pm on Sunday night
*. APC on Sunday taunted the Peoples Democratic Party over its rebranding plans and attempts to lure APC members to be part of a coalition that it is building. A statement by Bolaji Abdullahi, the national publicity secretary described the PDP move as ”looking for life after death’. “After three years in the wilderness, PDP is understandably excited with possibility of hiding its irredeemably bad image under the heap of a new coalition.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Yesterday, Iranian President warned the US that it could shut down international oil shipments in the strategic Strait of Hormuz if Washington continued to provoke Tehran. However, Trump wasn’t going to be threatened and he responded with a very stern warning “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” he warned
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
U.S. President, Donald Trump, has again blamed former President, Barack Obama, for “not doing something” about alleged Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, while he was still president. Mr Trump, in a tweet, also described the alleged election meddling as a hoax, saying it was the reason Obama did not act. He said Mr Obama thought the Democratic presidential candidate and arch-rival, Hillary Clinton, was going to win. Mr Trump tweeted: “So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why didn’t he do something about it?
3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Some Nigerians lodged in hotels in China are reportedly stranded after Chinese police allegedly ordered their ejection. In a video which surfaced online, a group of Nigerians gathered in an unidentified location can be seen complaining to a man who appears to be a resident. “The order is not from the hotel management, it is from the local police here. We are foreigners and aliens and they don’t have a democratic system of government,” the man is heard telling them. “Also, you don’t know the licence they are using to operate here.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Senate President Bukola Saraki has been elevated to the position of ‘Waziri Ilorin’ in Kwara State by the Emir, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari. Saraki was at the Palace of the Emir of Ilorin for a Thanksgiving Prayer Session organized by the Emirate to celebrate recent victory at the Supreme Court. According to Saraki, ‘as the prayer session was coming to an end, the Emir, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, surprised all of us by announcing my elevation to ‘Wazirin Ilorin.’ The position of ‘Wazirin Ilorin’ was last occupied by his late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has debunked speculations about juicy offers being made to him and his associates as part of the on-going discussions with the presidency and leadership of APC. He stated that he saw some reports talking about promise of money or oil block and nomination tickets, and that those viewing the ongoing development in that context are simply reducing a major national issue involving many key actors to that of personal benefits and preferences. Since the breakaway from APC, Mr Saraki has not publicly announced whether he is part of the disgruntled R-APC or not.
6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
JAMB says it has remitted another N7.8 billion to the FG. The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, the board has planned to remit the amount as surplus to the Federal Government as was done in 2017. “However, government in its magnanimity, graciously directed that we remit about N5.6 billion and use the balance for restructuring of the board’s headquarters to meet up with its international status.
7. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Governor Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa State has described as “malicious and false” an online report alleging that he gave N70 million to organisers of Saturday’s rally in Yola by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr Bindow in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser Press and Media Affairs, Martins Dickson, said the report trying to portray him as engaging in anti-party activities was cheap blackmail by those worried over his rising profile and that of APC in the state.
8. #2019 ELECTION:
The Peoples Democratic Party has called an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee over demands by some members of its coalition group for the 2019 general elections. The NEC meeting will follow the meeting of its Board of Trustees, both of which will hold in Abuja on Monday (today). But while the BoT will meet in the morning, the NEC will hold in the evening. The national caucus had earlier met in Abuja on Sunday night.
The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), a new faction of the APC, says the ruling party has been pleading with its members to return to its fold. In a statement by Kazeem Afegbua, its spokesman, the breakaway faction said the APC is “dangling juicy carrots and promising them heaven and earth”.
President Buhari and four APC governors met with Senate President Bukola Saraki on Thursday over the crisis rocking the party. Afegbua said Buhari promised “mouth-watering offers all in the name of re-election” to “the same leader who was ridiculed, scandalised, demonised.”
Operatives of DSS have ejected Chris Giwa from the secretariat of NFF. Giwa and the staff who occupied the NFF secretariat on July 2 have been asked to immediately vacate the premises. FIFA, football governing body, had threatened to ban Nigeria if the situation was not resolved and Amaju Pinnick not reinstated as NFF president. The DSS operatives, who carried out the ejection exercise on Monday, said they were working on instructions from above. A few hours after the exercise, Muhammed Sanusi, secretary-general of the NFF, was led to his office by the DSS.