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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 13th May, 2021 Edition)

Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Eight commissioners retain seats as Uzodinma fires 20

The decision of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, to sack 20 out of his 28 Commissioners, sent shock waves across the state, on Wednesday.

The sacking of the 20 Commissioners came barely one month after the governor reshuffled his cabinet and appointed new Commissioners for Finance and Health. Members of the State Executive Council, who survived the latest purge include the commissioners for Health, Youth and Sports, Tourism, Information and Strategy, Woman Affairs, Works, Finance and Technology.

Our correspondent gathered that the unceremonious dissolution of the cabinet took most of those affected by surprise because most of them reported for duty as usual and were at their desks when the announcement relieving them of their appointments was made.

Southern governors’ resolutions: ACF backs open grazing ban, says restructuring to divide Nigeria

Southern governors’ resolutions at their meeting on Tuesday generated more nationwide reactions on Wednesday.

The northern sociopolitical group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, told The PUNCH that some of those advocating restructuring were bent on the disintegration of the country. The group, however, supported the decision of the governors to ban open grazing of cattle. But the Southern Senators and members of the House of Representatives commended the governors’ call for restructuring and the ban on open grazing.

The governors, had at their meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, banned open grazing and called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to take bold steps in restructuring the country.They also called on the President to address the nation and convene a national dialogue.

APC, PDP senators clash over calls for Buhari’s impeachment

Senators Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) and Yusuf Yusuf (APC, Taraba), on Wednesday, disagreed over calls for the impeachment of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over his inability to deal with Nigeria’s worsening insecurity.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party senators had last week asked Buhari to rise up to the occasion or risk legislative action. However, their counterparts in the ruling All Progressives Congress dismissed such calls, insisting that the president was doing his best to tackle the situation.

Olujimi, (PDP, Ekiti South) urged her colleagues not to hesitate to opt for Buhari’s impeachment whenever the need arose. In response, Yusuf, (APC, Taraba Central) disagreed. He said, “If you impeach the President, who takes over? Is it not the Vice President? Is it not the same government? Or you remove the president and his vice, and the Senate President takes over, is it not the same government?

Boko Haram fighters attacked military formation, didn’t touch us – Maiduguri residents

Residents of Polo, one of the communities in Maiduguri attacked by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State on Tuesday, have said that the terrorist deliberately did not fire any gunshot at them, even when they came close to them with their gun trucks.

The residents explained that the terrorists attacked the military formation in the area.

The insurgents had carried out the surprise attack on Jiddari Polo at about 5.30pm, killing three soldiers and setting several houses ablaze in their attempt to upset the festive mood in the area.

The insurgents attacked Jiddari Polo killing three soldiers and setting ablaze houses and cars in the process. The insurgents, according to witnesses around Jiddari Polo, drove into Maiduguri from the northern axis which connects to Sambisa forest in motorcycles and gun trucks, shooting sporadically into the air to scare away residents.

APC to release convention timetable May ending

are strong indications that the Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, will release its timetable and schedule of activities for the much-awaited convention on or before May ending.

A usually dependable source within the party’s hierarchy confided in The PUNCH in Abuja, on Wednesday, that the committee which has received the nod of the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to expedite action, is putting finishing touches to the time-table.

The source said, “Baring any last-minute change, the time-table and schedule of activities should be ready on or before this month ends.

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