** Less than 48 hours after PDP special convention in Port Harcourt, which produced former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, as its presidential candidate, indications have emerged that a fresh jostle for the vice presidency slot between the South-East and the South-West, has begun.
investigations revealed that so far, two prominent politicians from the South-East are being considered. They are incumbent Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi.
Although, it was gathered that the South-West is also making a strong case for the position, multiple sources from the party maintained that it would be “suicidal” to deny the South-East the vice presidency slot if the party was truly desirous of dislodging APC from the centre.
*. Cameroon opposition candidatdeclared victory in Sunday’s presidential election, but incumbent President Paul Biya’s party dismissed his claim as fantasy and accused him of breaking the law by making it. “I invite the outgoing president to organise a peaceful way to transfer power,” Kamto, who leads the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), told a news conference on Monday in the capital Yaounde.
*. Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has fired back at the Buhari campaign organization which had suggested that his emergence as the main opposition standard bearer in next year’s election was the result of money politics. Nigerian Tribune reports that a statement issued on Monday, October 8, by Atiku’s campaign organization in Abuja, observed that the presidential candidate was not surprised that his emergence has caused confusion in the camp of President Buhari.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
In a blistering rebuke, a former secretary of state from a Republican administration admitted that he does not know if President Donald Trump could be a moral leader for the world, because “right now that is not the way he is acting.” “My favorite three words in our Constitution [are] the first three words: ‘We the People. But recently, it’s become ‘Me the President’ as opposed to ‘We the People.’ And you see things that should not be happening.” he said
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Russia is drawing up plans to host a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow, according to the Kremlin. Last month, Mr Putin invited Mr Kim to visit his country but details about where and when the talks could take place have yet to be decided. The latest comments from the Kremlin come after a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to North Korea. Mr Pompeo went there to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear disarmament and set up another meeting between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump
The presidency on Monday, October 8, welcomed back the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives as they resume for legislative work. Sen Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate), said he welcomed them from the annual legislative vacation. Enang spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. NAN reports that the National Assembly had declared its annual recess which began July 24.
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Some senators of APC had an emergency meeting last night over the fate of Senate President Bukola Saraki. The senators, it was gathered, met at a location in Abuja to decide on how to go about the removal of the Senate President following his defection from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP. Although details of the meeting could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report, it was gathered that the senators debated seriously on Saraki with others arguing that the party was not fair to some of them.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce have dragged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to court. The move was over their invitation by the Nigeria Police. The lawmakers were among the three leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party who led a protest march to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Friday to protest against the outcome of the Osun State governorship election.
6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FG’s stance that it cannot afford more than N25,000 per month as minimum wage has reportedly stalled the negotiations by the tripartite committee on a new national minimum. Organized labour and Organised Private sector (OPS) have faulted the figured by FG and are insisting on agreed on a N30,000 minimum wage per month. FG had earlier presented N21,700 per month as new nimimun wage to the other social partners when the tripartite committee resumed sitting on Thursday, October 4.
7. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Outgoing Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose, has regretted the failure of Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to emerge as the PDP presidential candidate at the party’s national convention held in Port Harcourt on Saturday. Fayose, in a statement on Monday in Ado Ekiti, said that he supported his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike, to ensure the emergence of Tambuwal. Fayose, while reacting to the outcome of the primary election, said that he was reconsidering his membership of the PDP because of Tambuwal’s loss.
The PDP in Sokoto State may have affirmed the candidature of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for the forthcoming governorship election in the state after he lost out at the presidential primaries held, Saturday, in Port Harcourt. Tambuwal’s name may have replaced that of the immediate past Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in the state, Manir Dan’iya. Delegates from the 23 local government areas of the state converged at the party’s secretariat on Sunday night and endorsed Tambuwal as their governorship candidate
Nigeria’s 82-year-old ace comedian, Moses Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead. Reports say that Baba Sala, died at his private residence in Ilesa, Osun State, on Sunday night. The media aide to the comedian, Mr Isaac Haastrup, said the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa. Moses Olaiya, born in 1936 in Ijesha, was Nigerian comedian, dramatist and actor.
- 10. SPORTS:
Three more women have come out to accuse Cristiano Ronaldo, after a model claimed that the Juventus forward sexually abused her in an hotel in Las Vegas,
One of the women accusing Ronaldo of rape claimed she was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement with the footballer in 2009, another claimed she was raped just after a party, while the last women said she was ‘hurt’ by the football star. Though lawyers are still trying to figure if these allegations are true or not.