Breaking: Ogun governor, Amosun, loyalists move to dump APC

Barring any last minute changes, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his loyalists in the All Progressives Congress (APC) will dump the ruling party.

Their imminent exit from the APC was as a result of the alleged refusal of the party’s national leadership to uphold the candidacy of the governor’s preferred candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, for the 2019 governorship election.

A meeting preparatory to Amosun’s defection was held on Wednesday night at his private residence located at Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.

Fayose to EFCC: You’re coercing witness to lie against me

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of coercing witnesses to implicate him, having been unable to establish any case against him.

  The governor, in a letter to the EFCC dated October 10, 2018, said specifically that the commission was doing everything possible to induce and or coerce Mr Maroun Azeez Mecheleb  to make false statement to implicate him (the governor) “when he appears in your office at noon today (11/10/2018).”

APC to INEC: You can’t bar us from fielding candidates in Zamfara

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to the letter of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stating that the Commission cannot bar the party from fielding candidates in Zamfara State.

According to the party, it would be illegal for the Commission to do that.

INEC had on Tuesday in a letter stated that the APC would not field candidates in Zamfara because the party could not conduct its primaries.

2019: Afenifere to endorse Atiku, parleys Obasanjo

There are strong indications that the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, will soon publicly endorse the presidential aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

  To this end, Afenifere leaders yesterday met behind close-door with a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and mapped out strategies ahead of the next year’s elections.

  The meeting took place at the ex-president’s residence –

 Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

Court nullifies nomination of Tonye Cole as APC’s governorship candidate in Rivers

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday nullified the nomination of Mr Tonye Cole as the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.

According to the court, his nomination is a function of illegality and unconstitutional acts.

The court nullified the House of Representatives, Senatorial and House of Assembly primaries conducted in the state on the basis that the ward congresses were illegal.

Melaye, Bruce shun Police invitation, rush to court

Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday, shunned the police invitation in connection with last week’s public protest in Abuja.

Instead, the two senators along with Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, have filed a suit asking the Federal High Court to set aside the police summon.

The senators were expected at the office of the FCT Commissioner of Police for questioning by 10am on Monday but they did not show up.

Nigerian president must be sound in economics, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday said Nigeria needed a leader who understood the economy to run its affairs.

Obasanjo, who spoke in Lagos at the 2018 Annual Public Lecture of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria ahead of its 63rd Annual National Convention, said that even Jesus Christ understood economics.

Although, he did not say the candidate he would prefer in 2019, Obasanjo had previously said that President Muhammadu Buhari lacked good understanding of the economy.

Atiku to Buhari: Unlike you, I’m a job creator

The campaign office of Atiku Abuabakar has described the opposition presidenital candidate of being a job creator.

The office also took a jibe at President Muhammadu Buhari saying he has never run a successful job creating enterprise.

“Now we urge the Buhari Presidency and the APC to mention even one successful private endeavour that the president has successfully run. And by private enterprises, we are not referring to 150 cows that never increase in number, year in year out,” the campaign office said.

Read the full statement below.

Fayose slams N20b suit on EFCC

By Valentine Amanze

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has slammed a N20 billion suit on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for placing him on watch list and directing that he should be arrested if he attempted to travel out of the country despite being a sitting governor conferred with constitutional immunity against any criminal proceedings.

  He said that the EFCC action not only breached his constitutional immunity, it also exposed him to public opium and ridicule, adding that directing that he be arrested was anathema to the laws of the land.

I have no Twitter account, says Babangida

Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, said he currently has no Twitter or any social media accounts.

  He also disowned all accounts bearing his names and photographs.

  Babangida, in a statement by his media aide, Zubairu Abdulrauf, advised members of the public to ignore claims to that effect.

  The 77-year-old said that the social media accounts were targeted at misleading unsuspecting members of the public.

  His words: