This is a roundup of some of the breaking news in Nigeria for Today, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Revealed! How Tinubu, Oshiomhole Are Planning Fake Buhari’s Endorsement For Gbajabiamila
In what appears as the last major push for the actualization of the bid to install a Speaker for the House of Representatives, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, has successfully arranged a meeting of APC returning and elected members of the House of Representatives with President Muhammadu Buhari for Tuesday (today).
In spite that the Southwest geopolitical zone already secured the Vice President’s position, the “zone” that came forth by the number of votes from geopolitical for the APC is also being pushed for “speakership” as against the North Central geopolitical zone that came third and has never produced leadership of the House of Representatives in 20years.
National Assembly Fixes Date To Pass 2019 Budget
The National Assembly has scheduled Wednesday to pass the 2019 budget. Findings showed the Appropriation Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives have been working round the clock to ensure the budget reports are submitted to the two chambers on Wednesday.
It was also learnt that the two chambers planned to submit the same budget report to avoid any form of harmonisation that will further delay the passage of the budget
Shettima Backs Ahmed Lawan For Senate Presidency
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has thrown his weight behind Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of Senate President in the 9th Assembly.
Speaking at his Abuja residence shortly after the ‘Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group’ paid him a courtesy visit, he said that although Sen. Ali Ndume is his kinsman, he would not defy the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) decision.
Shettima noted that most APC members, particularly from the North, won their elections based on their alliance with President Buhari and should not work against his choice.
Presidency Replies Omotola On Claims That Nigeria Is ‘Hellish’ Under Buhari
The Presidency has given a response to legendary Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde on her claims that Nigeria is ‘hellish’ under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Recall as previously reported by Naija News, Omotola, in a post on her Twitter page on Monday lamented the state of the country under President Buhari’s administration, calling out both the President and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
PDP Tells Buhari To Submit WAEC Certificate To Tribunal
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tender his West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) to the presidential election petition tribunal.
Naija News reports that the request by the PDP was in reaction to comments made by Festus Keyamo (SAN), that one does not necessarily need a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria.
Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Reacts To Keyamo’s WAEC Comment On Presidency
The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has described Nigeria’s law as a “joke” in reaction to comments made by Festus Keyamo (SAN), that one does not necessarily need a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria.
This online news platform recalls that Keyamo, who was the spokesperson of the 2019 Buhari Campaign Organization (BCM), made this comment on Sunday night when he appeared on Channels Television.
How INEC Is Plotting To Plunge Nigeria Into Crisis – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of trying to plunge the nation into monumental crisis.
In a statement on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the crisis may occur following the refusal of the commission to release election materials used for the conduct of the February 23, Presidential election for the PDP’s verification.
Why Tinubu Should Not Contest 2023 Presidency – Ex-Senate President
Former Senate President Dr Iyorchia Ayu has urged the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to run for president in 2023.
Speaking to Nigerian Tribune, Ayu said Tinubu’s quest to take over power from President Muhammadu Buhari will erode the political gains he made so far. He urged the APC national leader to rather support vice president Yemi Osinbajo to succeed President Buhari.
Why Some National Assembly Lawmakers May Not Get Their Severance Package – Babandede
The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has issued a strong warning to politicians who hold on to diplomatic passports after leaving office.
He specifically spoke on lawmakers in the National Assembly, adding that only former presidents and vice presidents were eligible to hold on to their diplomatic passports after leaving office. Babandede made this clear in an interview with the Punch newspaper published on Monday, 14th April.