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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.
2023: Plot To ‘Uproot’ Tinubu’s Dynasty Thickens
There is uneasy calm in the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the 2023 election and plot to whittle down the influence of the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Daily Trust can report.
Though the 2023 election is still far off, the state APC is said to be worried by recent developments which showed some chieftains were already declaring interest in the state governorship position.
The chieftains are not only showing interest but also said to be challenging the authority of Tinubu who is the leader of the party in the state. The swelling rank of “disgruntled members” of the party, sources said, is causing unease in the dynasty at a time the opposition has vowed to checkmate the dominance of the APC leader in the state ahead of the 2023 elections.
Security Operatives Wished Us Luck As We Went To Pay Ransom – Families Of ABU 9
The nine students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, abducted six days ago along the Kaduna-Abuja highway have regained their freedom.
Daily Trust gathered that families of the French Language students individually stumped up over N500,000 and above each to secure their freedom in a bush near Maru village, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
An undisclosed source said; “We met with security agents who were patrolling the area while on our way and they asked us where we were going to because it was late at night. We told them we were on our way to pay ransom for the release of our relatives and the security agents wished us good luck,” he said.
Nasarawa APC Chair ‘Assassinated’, Zamfara Imam, 30 Others Still In Captivity
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwo, who was abducted from his house on Saturday, was found dead on Sunday.
While family members initially thought it was a case of kidnapping for ransom, police authorities in the state have said it was most likely an assassination. Shekwo was reportedly taken away at about 10 pm when some gunmen stormed his home in Lafiya, the state capital and took him to an unknown destination.
Meanwhile, the Imam of a Juma’at mosque who was abducted together with about 30 congregants in Zamfara State on Friday are still in captivity, locals told Daily Trust yesterday.
Fuel Price Hike: Labour Leaders Walk-Out On Ngige, Others
Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Sunday walked-out of a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and other Federal Government’s representatives over the recent increment of the price of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol.
The NLC delegation was represented by the President of Nigeria Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Joe Ajaero and the President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye.
Earlier during his opening remarks at the meeting, the TUC leader, Olaleye said many leaders of labour unions missed the meeting because they were afraid of being attacked by the masses again.
Recession: Atiku Wants Estacodes, Others Expunged From 2021 Budget
Aformer vice president, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday said in lieu of the current economic recession, the Federal Government should expunge every nonessential item in the 2021 budget proposal, estacodes, non-emergency travel, feeding, welfare packages, overseas training, new vehicle purchases, office upgrades and non-salary allowances.
“Until our economic prospects improve, Nigeria ought to exclusively focus on making budgetary proposals for essential items, which include reasonable wages and salaries, infrastructural projects, and social services (citizenry’s health, and other human development investments),” he said.
Atiku, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, in a statement by his Media Office, said the current recession could have been avoided had present administration taken heed to patriotic counsel on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day and avoiding profligate borrowing.
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