This is a roundup of some of the breaking news in Nigeria for Today Thursday, March 21, 2019
PDP’s Atiku Reveals How INEC Reduced His Votes In 31 States (Full Results)
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party in last month’s Presidential election, says data from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed how his votes were reduced in 31 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).Naija News reports that Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria, made the claim in a petition he and his party filed before the presidential election tribunal.
the PDP Presidential candidate said he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari with 1,615,302 votes. Abubakar said data from INEC server showed that he actually polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, who had 16,741,430 votes.
Jimi Agbaje Breaks Silence On Dumping PDP For APC
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, in March 9 governorship election in Lagos state, Jimi Agbaje, has denied dumping the party as speculated in some quarters.Naija News reports that rumours emerged on Tuesday night, suggesting that Agbaje, who lost the governorship election to Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party had dumped the PDP.
However, reacting to the speculation in a statement issued by Modupe Ogunbayo, his spokesperson, Agbaje said he was still a card-carrying member of the PDP and he has not resigned his membership.
Agbaje noted in the statement that he was committed to the PDP which he believes is the best party that will address the yearnings of Nigerians.The statement reads: “In the past 24 hours, Mr Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje, the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the recently-concluded 2019 election in Lagos state, has received uncountable calls and messages from numerous friends, teeming political associates within PDP and countless members of his supporters, that he has resigned from the PDP.
Tinubu Opposes Wife’s New Political Ambitions
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu seems to be opposing the new political ambitions of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, a lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District.
Naija News understands that Bola Tinubu seems not to be in support of Oluremi Tinubu‘s ambition to become the Deputy Senate President in the 9th National Assembly. While speaking on the latest development, our source, an elected member of the House of Representatives, said Tinubu was leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that what happened in June 2015 when the National Assembly elected their leaders did not repeat itself.
Yes, the desire of Senator Oluremi Tinubu for the Deputy Senate President position is real, given her experience as a ranking female lawmaker, but it is also clashing with the desire of her husband to ensure Lagos State produces the speaker of the House of Representatives.
“It is likely that the APC will zone the speakership position to the South-West as they did in 2015, and our preferred candidate is Femi Gbajabiamila, the current Majority Leader.
Magu Seeks Tougher Stance Against Oil Thieves
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has advocated harder penalties against perpetrators of illegal oil bunkering and theft. Naija News understands that the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, the penalties are particularly targeted at illegal oil thefts in the South-South region of the country.
EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, in a statement on Wednesday, quoted Magu to have said this when he visited the Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship Pathfinder (NNS Pathfinder) Cmdr. S. Bura in Port Harcourt.
Orilade in the statement where he revealed that Magu was represented by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Head of the commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said the South-South remains the cash cow of Nigeria and tackling oil theft is not only a matter of law enforcement but a patriotic duty.
“Seventy to 80 per cent of our national revenue comes from the oil sector.“It is important that the menace of crude oil theft and illegal dealing in petroleum products is tackled frontally.\
Why President Buhari’s Election Victory Won’t Last – Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s “purported victory” in the February 23 presidential election would not last. Saraki, who was the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, made this known at the opening session of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Senate President said the PDP must defeat Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.“First of all, the true reflection of the presidential election showed the kind of character that the PDP has. I think that is something that we should build on,” Saraki said.
“My own appeal to everybody is to say this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short-lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday, to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive.
Obasanjo Breaks Silence On Receiving Salary From NOUN
Former Nigeria’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied a claim by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) that it pays him an annual allowance for his role as a facilitator of the university. Naija News had reported that the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abdalla Adamu while speaking on Obasanjo’s earnings, stated that the former President earns N40,000 annually as a supervisor of NOUN in Abeokuta Study Centre in Ogun State.
Adamu while addressing journalists, revealed that Obasanjo who holds PhD in Christian Theology has two students in Theological Studies attached to him. His words: “Obasanjo has two students attached to him in Theological Studies. We gave him an office in Abeokuta and the salary is N40,000 a year as a facilitator.” “The former President did his fieldwork in Borno State during the heat of the insurgency, going to collect and analyse data.
Details Of PDP NEC Meeting Emerge
Naija News has obtained the details of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 85 (Emergency) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which held on Wednesday, March 20. At the meeting, the opposition party alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral umpire, was the culprit of the 2019 general elections.
PDP accused Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, of being the one delaying the election in Rivers and Bauchi states. Defending the absence of the governors at the emergency NEC meeting, Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the party, said: “Obviously, we are in election season. So, you can’t blame anybody. We are in election season.
“Most of the states are having re-run, if not for governorship but for State or National Assembly. So, we don’t have anybody to blame at all.”
Real Reason Why I Left ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ Movement – Deji Adeyanju
A former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and political activist, Prince Deji Adeyanju, has revealed why he left “Our Mumu Don Do” movement. Naija News recalls that Adeyanju, who recently left prison, announced his resignation from the movement headed by Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy.
Adeyanju had accused Charly Boy of betraying the cause when he (Deji) was locked up in prison. In a post on his Twitter page on Wednesday, The political activist accused Mr Oputa of collecting money to make a video attacking Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
“Charly Boy is the number one Mumu in Nigeria. He compromised by collecting money from the government while i was locked up in prison by the oppressors,” Deji Adeyanju wrote.“He collected money from them to do a video against the main opposition candidate –Atiku and also to stop attacking Buhari.
Bauchi State: PDP Speaks On Court Order Disallowing INEC To Continue Collation Process
Nigerians Have Elected PDP In Bauchi State, No Court Order Can Change It, Says PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to beware of the plot by the All Progressive Congress to pull down democracy.
Naija News understands that this is coming as a reaction to an order by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, barring, INEC from resuming collation and announcement of the election result.
The PDP In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday in Abuja said, the order is part of the plot by the APC and “some compromised elements” in INEC to escalate crisis and derail the country’s electoral process.
“The power to collate, suspend collation and or to reverse such decision based on obvious circumstances as the case in Bauchi is clearly within the domain of INEC.“Until collation is completed and results declared, no one can question the constitutional powers of the electoral body- INEC, in that regard,” he said.
Revealed! Charly Boy Admits Collecting Money To Deji Adeyanju (Audio)
The co-covener of ‘Our Mumu Don Do Movement’ Charlyboy has allegedly confessed to collecting money from the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo.Naija News recalls that Deji Adeyanju on Wednesday revealed that Charlyboy confessed to him that he collected money form President Muhammadu Buhari to attack Atiku before the presidential election. Adeyanju also threatened to release audio evidence of his conversation with Charlyboy where he confessed.
However, Charlyboy reacting did not refute or accept the allegation by Deji. In an audio obtained by SaharaReporters on Thursday, Charlyboy was allegedly heard, saying he met with Festus Keyamo and collected money from him. He, however, did not state if he collected the money in order to attack Atiku Abubakar.
Excerpts from the audio: Adeyanju: “Is it true you collected money from Festus Keyamo and you were meeting with him? You told so many people that you collected money from him. Charlyboy: “Ehn that thing they talk about Keyamo is a very big truth but not like that.