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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 5th August, 2021 Edition)

PDP Governors

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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.

Secondus battles for survival, Tambuwal rallies support as Wike plots PDP chairman’s removal

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, is battling to retain his position as opposition to his chairmanship mounts, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was gathered on Wednesday that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and other party chieftains opposed to Secondus were bent on removing him before the National Executive Committee meeting of the party, which would hold anytime from now.

It was learnt that the plot to remove the chairman before the NEC meeting was part of moves to thwart his re-election at the party’s national convention, which would hold in November. As the plot to sack Secondus thickened on Wednesday, The PUNCH gathered that the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, had started mobilising support for him.

APC governors meet in Abuja, seek soft landing for Buni, others

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have started arriving in Abuja for a meeting on the state of the party. The meeting, which barring last-minute changes is due to hold on Thursday (today), is aimed at finding a political solution to the challenge posed by the Supreme Court judgment on the Ondo State governorship election.

Some senior party members have argued that a part of the judgment calls to question the continued stay in office of Buni, a serving governor, as Chairman of the Caretaker/ National Convention Planning Committee of the party.

It was gathered that the governors would be discussing how best to give their colleagues “a soft-landing” in a way that would preserve the party’s reputation as well as ensure that the governors would not leave with a feeling that they were used and dumped.

Twitter ban: Nigerians lose N150.46bn in two months

Nigeria businesses may have lost N150.46bn ($366.88m) since the Federal Government’s ban on Twitter took effect in the country on June 5.

This figure was calculated based on the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool. According to the tool, it costs Nigeria’s economy N102.77m ($250,600) every hour to ban Twitter. It has been 1,464 hours (61 days) since the ban. In that time period, Nigeria may have lost N150.46bn.

The NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool estimates the economic impact of an internet disruption, mobile data blackout or app restriction in a nation using indicators from the World Bank, International Telecommunication Union, Eurostat and U.S. Census.

Lagos Yoruba Nation protester charged with Jumoke Oyeleke’s murder released

The Lagos State Government has withdrawn a murder case against a Yoruba Nation protester, Tajudeen Bakare, popularly referred to as Ogboni Chief.

The PUNCH had reported that while 47 Yoruba Nation protesters arrested by the police during a rally in Ojota on July 1 were released, one of them, Tajudeen Bakare, was detained and charged with the murder of a sachet water seller, Jumoke Oyeleke.

The sachet water seller reportedly died from a stray bullet during the Yoruba self-determination protest held on July 3 in Ojota, Lagos.

Gunmen destroyed 50% of materials for Anambra gov poll – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said 50 per cent of non-sensitive materials pre-delivered for the conduct of the November 6 Anambra State Governorship Election, were destroyed when gunmen attacked the state INEC headquarters in May.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, stated this during a voter education and publicity department meeting of the commission in Awka, Anambra State, on Wednesday.

Okoye said, “The Commission places utmost importance in planning and keeping to timelines for the conduct of elections. On the basis of this, the Commission pre-delivered over 50 percent of the non-sensitive materials for the conduct of the election well ahead of time. The Commission was deeply saddened, therefore, when the premises of its Anambra State Head Office went up in flames not too long ago, destroying buildings, equipment and utility vehicles.

Security agents invade Imo community, burn church, destroy houses, arrest pastor

Security operatives on Wednesday razed Owner of Life Sabbath Synagogue in Amii village in the Akabo community, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.

The security operatives also razed a residential house in the village and arrested persons, including the founder and priest in-charge of the church, pastor Ikechukwu Umaefulem.

Our correspondent who visited the scene, saw few members of the church, including the founder’s wife, Mrs Oluchi Umaefulem and his cousin, Ikechukwu Azuatalam, picking the remaining property of the church. The priest’s wife told our correspondent that the security operatives came in vehicles, including an Armoured Personal Carrier.

Attack on Afenifere: Don’t provoke another civil war, SNF warns CNG

THE Southern Nigeria Frontier on Wednesday, said it would confront the Coalition of Northern Groups if the government fails to take urgent action towards calling the group and its members to order.

The SNF, while reacting to a recent statement credited to the CNG, where it called for the proscription of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere, and its declaration as a terrorist organization by the Federal Government, described the CNG as a threat to national security.

The spokesperson of SNF, Olufemi Lawson in a statement titled: ‘Afenifere: Southern Nigeria Frontier says CNG is a national security threat,’ said the statement by the CNG was ‘’not only a direct assault on the Yoruba people and the pedigree of Yoruba leaders, who makes up Afenifere, but also a provocative attempt by the militia Northern- based group to instigate a civil war.”

Supreme Court judgment has vindicated us, says Jegede

THE candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has expressed gratitude to all his party members for their support during the litigation period, saying he had had a good flight .

The Supreme Court last week in its verdict dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP candidate against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu over the governorship.

Jegede, who addressed scores of PDP members at the party Secretariat in Akure, the state capital, on Wednesday, said the apex court judgment had vindicated the opposition party and the APC were being jittery over the judgement. He said he had played his own part and posterity would not fail to place him on the right side of history.

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