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Things you need to know today Tuesday 27/12/2022

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1. There was disquiet in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday as the five aggrieved governors relocated to London to finalise decision on who to back for the presidency in next year’s general election. Before they left, the governors had foreclosed working for the presidential candidate of their party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

2. The family of late Godsent Obhafuoso has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to prevail on the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, to investigate the killing of their 28-year-old son by a policeman. The family said the policeman escorted a prominent resident to Uromi community on August 13, 2022, and fired bullets during a ceremony, which killed their son.

3. Suspected political thugs have attacked the office of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State in the early hours of Monday. The governorship candidate of the SDP, Magnus Abe confirmed this in a press briefing in Port Harcourt yesterday.

4. Property and goods worth billions of naira have been destroyed by fire at a popular timber market, along Wethedral Road in Owerri, the State capital. It was gathered that the inferno, which started at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 24, destroyed over 200 shops and goods worth over four billion naira.

5. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said one-year imprisonment or a fine of N500,000 awaits anyone found guilty of buying votes during the 2023 elections. The INEC Commissioner in Jigawa State, Professor Muhammad Lawal Bashar said this in an interview with newsmen.

6. At least 6,047 Bank Verification Numbers of bank customers have been placed under the Central Bank of Nigeria watch list for fraudulent transactions. This was contained in the CBN Financial Stability June 2022 report published by the apex bank.

7. A prominent support group that worked for former President Goodluck Jonathan, Citizens Network for Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPDN), has begun grassroots mobilisation in the Southeast and the Southsouth for the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

8. Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu has called on politicians and businessmen in the Southeast to stop all forms of violence and tension in the zone. Kanu, who has been in the Department of State Service (DSS) custody since June 2021, conveyed the message through his lawyers, who visited him last Thursday.

9. Normal action is set to resume in France on Wednesday with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both set to feature for leaders, Paris Saint-German as they restart their Ligue 1 season, 45 days after it was popped on ice for the World Cup.

10. Kidnappers have killed three abducted siblings and a motorcycle rider after collecting N60million ransom from the siblings’ father in Taraba State. It was learnt that the incident occurred at a forest near Garin Dogo in Lau Local Government Area of the State on Sunday.

 

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BREAKING: Emefiele finally appears before Reps committee after threat of arrest

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Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, on Tuesday finally appeared before the House of Representatives Committee, investigating the Naira swap exercise.

The Committee and delegation of the CBN are currently meeting at the National Assembly.

The meeting commenced around 12:05 pm after over one-hour behind closed doors.

It would be recalled that several threats of arrest were issued by the House and the Committee on Thursday after Mr Emefiele shunned the House.

The CBN boss had announced an extension of the deadline for the new currency swap till 10th February. However, the committee has insisted that Emefiele must appear before them.

At the commencement of the meeting, the Chairman of the Committee, Ado Doguwa said the CBN boss provided reasons for missing previous invitations.

 

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Court dismisses ex-presidential candidate’s suit seeking Buhari’s sack

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed a suit by a former presidential candidate of Hope Democratic Party, HDP, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 presidential election.

The suit seeking the outright sack of President Buhari was thrown out by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo on three major grounds.

Parts of the grounds are that the suit constituted a gross abuse of court process, statute barred and was an affront to the supremacy of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Besides, Justice Ekwo held that the suit was baseless, frivolous, irritating and vexatious in its entirety.

Owuru had, in the suit, applied for an order of court to declare the presidential seat vacant and swear him in as the authentic winner of that election.

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We’ll secure, unite Nigeria – Peter Obi promises Nigerians

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in this year’s elections, Mr Peter Obi, has promised to bring back a new Nigeria where every citizen will be proud to belong.

He lamented that presently, Nigerians are ashamed to identify themselves as Nigerians because of the many challenges the country is faced with.

Speaking in Kaduna on Wednesday while flagging off his presidential campaign in the North, Peter Obi said: “Kaduna was the capital of Northern Nigeria where every Nigerian was proud to belong, hence we started the campaign here in Kaduna. We are about to bring back that Nigeria where everybody was happy to belong. Kaduna State represented productivity in the North. It represented what was good in Nigeria. And that is what we want to bring back. We are tired of hearing stories.”

According to him, Kaduna State hosts the best military formations in the country, it is supposed to be more secure than any part of the country, adding: “But there are so many security challenges in the state. We will secure and unite Nigeria. Security will come back again.”

He noted that insecurity in the country is not because the bandits are more formidable than the government, but because of bad leadership.

“That is why the bandits are everywhere and operating almost freely, killing and causing unimaginable destruction of valuables,” he stated.

Obi assured: “We will restructure the security architecture. Security personnel will be well taken care of. We will ensure their lives are taken care of so that their families are taken care of in the event of death.”

He added: “Datti and I will change this country from consumption to production country because of the high prices of things. All the vast lands in the north will be centres of agriculture. Kaduna State again will become a processing centre. The Bank of Agriculture, (BoA) will finance food production in Nigeria and all the support groups, youth, women and all Nigerians, their labour for the party will not go in vain.”

In the coming elections, he explained that nobody should tell one another about tribe, religion or section, stressing that things are not sold in Nigeria based on religion, tribe or section, but all are suffering from the bad leadership of the country.

Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party presidential running mate stated that those looking for peace, unity, desiring that things work fine in Nigeria should cast their votes in the coming elections in order to ensure the emergence of a new Nigeria.

He assured: “Nigeria has never gotten the calibre of presidential candidates as it is presently. Kaduna is the centre of good things in the country and hopes the people of the state will come out en masse to change the narratives of this country through their votes by electing Labour Party to power for the good of every Nigerian.

“We are people that said and do exactly what we promised to do. We are serious in ensuring the betterment of Nigeria and ensure equality in all aspects of life for all Nigerians. We promised to wipe away the tears of the common man and give them a sense of belonging. It is only Peter Obi that is saying that Nigerians should vote for him because of his credibility.”

The gubernatorial candidate of the party in Kaduna State, Jonathan Asake thanked the youths for being a great engine room of the party as well as women and the support groups, saying, “there will be inclusiveness in all spheres of life to enhance the living standards of all Nigerians because the party means well for Nigerians and Nigeria.”

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