BUHARI WILL CONGRATULATE ME AS PRESIDENT ELECT IN 2019- MOGHALU BOASTS
**Former Deputy Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Kingsley Moghalu said he is looking forward to President Buhari’s congratulatory call to him as President-elect in 2019.
Professor Moghalu made the pronouncement on the heels of his Presidential ambition in 2019, saying that, there have been thousands of preventable job losses across the country in the past three years.
The former CBN Deputy Governor blamed the sad situation to bad economic policies by the Buhari led administration.
*. Sen. Dino Melaye says he hid on a tree when he was allegedly attacked by gunmen while travelling to Kogi. In a chat with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, Melaye said he observed a Toyota Sienna car trailing him after he left Abuja for Lokoja where he was to attend a court hearing on the illegal arms possession charge filed against him. The lawmaker said occupants of the car overtook him, blocked and started shooting at his vehicle. Melaye further said two policemen came looking for him but they didn’t realise he was on the tree.
*. Buba Galadima, chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), says he would not have been bothered about President Buhari if he was raising cows in Daura, his hometown in Katsina state. Galadima, a former ally of the president, said this in a chat with The Interview magazine. “If he was raising cattle in Daura, I wouldn’t bother about him. I’m criticising him because he’s the President of Nigeria and he’s not doing very well,” Galadima said.
1. AFRICAN ISSUES:
FORMER President Robert Mugabe has spoken his heart out over his November ouster, telling a media conference this Sunday that he was removed from power in a military coup when he had in fact, made up his mind to resign during a Zanu PF elective conference that was held a month later. Mugabe said at his Blue Roof private residence he never ever attempted to surrender power to his wife, Grace but had identified then Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi as his successor. He said had even confided in Jacob Zuma that Sekeramayi had been his choice
2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa, Godwin Adama, has condemned the killing of a Nigerian, Linus Chibuzor-Nwankwo from Enugu State, allegedly by a fellow Nigerian, Lawrence Nwarienne, who hails from Anambra.
Both men were resident in South Africa. Adama, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja, expressed shock over the incident.
He alleged that 42-year-old Chibuzor-Nwankwo was shot by Nwarienne, another Nigerian operating a bar in South Africa
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says “coworking in our ecosystem” is the new idea that will define our creativity and output as a nation. He said this while giving a keynote address at the ‘Coworking conference 2018’, an annual gathering of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. Coworking is the coming together of entrepreneurs to work in the same space. “We are no longer looking in the age of the lone wolf for the isolated inventor, but collaborative innovation where ideas are shared, developed and refined collaboratively,” he said.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has described senators who defected from the APC as corrupt politicians who are afraid of being arrested if President Buhari wins his second term bid. The governor said President Buhari dislikes corruption and will not work with any corrupt politician to cheat Nigeria. It can be recalled that 14 senators and 37 members of the House of Representatives left the APC. Majority, including a Kaduna senator, Suleiman Hunkuyi, joined PDP. Mr El-Rufai described the defecting senators as enemies of President Buhari and Nigerians.
5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Ex-Senate Majority Leader, Senator Muhammed Ndume has said he was fully aware of seven senators elected on the platform of PDP that have concluded arrangements to dump the party for APC. Speaking with newsmen yesterday, Ndume, who noted that PDP was dead and a taboo in Nigeria, said following strong political maneuvering and discussions still on-going, information reaching him showed that at least seven of the PDP senators would defect to APC soon. Ndume noted that the defection of some of the APC senators to the PDP had consolidated the ruling party.
6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FG has assembled a 1000-strong military force, comprising the army, air force, police and the civil defence to launch fierce attacks on the bandits terrorising villages and towns of Zamfara State.
Bandits suspected to be cattle rustlers have killed hundreds of people in villages across the state. Several villages have also been razed by the attackers who also kidnap for ransom. A statement by Garba Shehu on Sunday said following directives by President Buhari, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has begun the deployment of fighter aircraft to Katsina, the airport with the closest proximity to Zamfara State
7. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said his defection from the APC is in rejection of a political party which treats the killing of his people with kid gloves. He spoke at St. Michael’s Catholic Rectory, Ameladu, during a thanksgiving service in his honour. The governor said he is being persecuted by the FG and APC because he refused to surrender Benue land to herders. He noted that the agenda of the invaders was not for grazing, but to take over land from the real owners. He, however, reiterated that he would never be party to such evil agenda
The Independent National Electoral Commission has budgeted the sum of N1.8bn for a possible Presidential run-off in 2019. A run-off or rerun is a second-round election that takes place after the first one fails to produce a winner. According to Section 134 of the 1999 Constitution, a Presidential candidate can only be declared winner garnering the highest number of votes cast, and having received at least a quarter of the votes at each of at least two-thirds of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the campaign of the reelection of President Buhari, says demographics have shown that the APC will win the 2019 presidential poll. In a statement on Sunday, Keyamo said the exodus that hit the ruling party at the national assembly and Benue state will not affect the chances of Buhari in the election. He added that aggrieved members of the PDP have started reaching out to the APC. Last week, 52 APC federal legislators moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
NFF has announced that it would offer retired Super Eagles’ safe hands, Carl Ikeme coaching education as a goalkeeper trainer and then absorb him into the technical crew of the senior national team. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi disclosed at the weekend that the Federation was in contact with Ikeme, who announced his retirement from the game on Friday afternoon, with a view to training him as a goalkeeper coach. “Carl Ikeme was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and patriotic fervour in the games that he played for the Super Eagles”, he said