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PDP threatens litigation as APC opens talks with three governors
The All Progressives Congress has opened talks with three Peoples Democratic Party governors with a view to winning them over, The PUNCH has learnt.
Our correspondent gathered in Abuja, on Monday, that the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee has begun talks with three PDP governors namely: Okezie Ikpeazu, his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi and Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri.
A top-ranking member of the party, who spoke in confidence for fear of retribution said, “The Zamfara State, Bello Mattawalle, is already in the kitty. We expect at least 18 of our governors to attend his home coming to Gusau tomorrow (Tuesday). After him, we are expecting Governor Ikpeazu to follow. Talks have reached an advanced stage. You know will be concluding his second term by 2023 and of course, he would want to remain politically relevant. Details of conditions are still being worked out by both parties.
Osun mosque attack: Worshippers attempted unmasking our masquerader, says custodian, govt vows sanctions
The leadership of the Kamorudeen Society of Nigeria and adherents of the Esubiyi masquerader, on Monday, traded accusations over a clash at the Oluode Aranyin’s compound, Osogbo, which left one man dead and 19 others injured, even as a Muslim group gave the Osun State Government 72 hours to arrest the perpetrators.
The deceased, Moshood Salawudeen, from Baale’s compound, Iwo, was said to be the Baba Ijo of the Kamorudeen Society of Nigeria. He was said to have been shot in the head in front of the mosque on Sunday during the clash and died on the spot.
Many residents of the area declined to comment on the incident, but one of them, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said when he heard the noise and rushed to the scene, the followers of the Esubiyi masquerader were initially chased back, but returned with more men.
Uba’s emergence fraudulent, allege 11 Anambra APC gov aspirants
AGGRIEVED All Progressives Congress aspirants in the just concluded Anambra State Governorship primary, have urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and the party conduct a fresh poll to decide the party’s standard bearer for the November 6 poll.
The Governor Dapo Abiodun-led APC Governorship Primary Committee had announced Senator Andy Uba, winner of the primary held in Awka, on Saturday. Abiodun while announcing the results said, Uba polled 230,201 to defeat his closest rival, Johnbosco Onunkwo who polled 28,746 votes.
However, 11 out of the 14 aspirants rejected the outcome and threatened to lodge a formal complaint against the governor and his team. Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Inland Waterways Authority, George Moghalu, said the primary which produced Uba as candidate was ‘vexatious and fraudulent.”
Diesel price jumps to N280, LCCI says inflation’ll rise
The price of a litre of Automotive Gas Oil, also known as diesel, has risen to N280, buoyed by the recent increase in global oil prices and naira devaluation.
The PUNCH had reported on February 24, 2021 that some filling stations in Lagos had increased diesel price to N250 per litre, while many others sold it at between N220-N245 per litre. Mobil, Capital Oil and Gas as well as Oando filling stations, all along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, sold the product for N280, N279.9 and N275 per litre. The product was sold for N267.50 per litre at NNPC Retail stations.
The global oil benchmark, Brent crude, which averaged $62.28 per barrel in February, stood at $75.10 per barrel as of 5:15pm Nigerian time on Monday.
Restructuring bill: ACF puts northern legislators on notice
The Arewa Consultative Forum, has enjoined northern members of the National Assembly to be on the lookout for a bill seeking to restructure the country.
Chairman of the ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said this during a retreat organised by the Northern Caucus in the House of Representatives, in Niger State, on Monday. Ogbeh, who spoke alongside other northern leaders, urged the legislators to take more than a passing interest in the Petroleum Industry Bill and the clamour for restructuring among other issues.
The ACF chairman faulted those calling for a return to the 1963 Constitution, which is also referred to as the Republican Constitution, noting that several items in the constitution in question, were also on the exclusive legislative list.
Matawalle asked me to join him in APC – Defecting ex-gov candidate
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Zamfara State, Dr Sani Shinkafi, has defected to the All Progressives Congress.
Shinkafi, who formally declared his defection from APGA to APC while addressing his teeming supporters in his house, said he did not join the APC for material gain, adding that he was joining the state Governor, Bello Matawalle, to develop the state.
He said, “I am leaving APGA not because I don’t like the party, but I am leaving APGA in order to join Matawalle in the APC to rebuild Zamfara State. I was invited by Governor Bello Matawalle himself to join him in the APC, and as such, I see no reason why I should not join him.”
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