Top Headlines from Naija News, Wednesday, 27th September 2023:
Dr. Pedro Obaseki, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Director of Research and Documentation for the party’s Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), has called for disciplinary action against former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Obaseki accuses Wike of being a serial betrayer, alleging that he led a group of five governors who engaged in various anti-party activities during the February 25 presidential election.
The Senate has commenced the scrutiny of Dr. Olayemi Cardoso for the role of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Accompanying Cardoso in the screening process are four nominees for the position of CBN Deputy Governor: Mrs. Emem Nnana Usoro, Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo, Mr. Philip Ikeazor, and Dr. Bala M. Bello.
On Tuesday, the Gombe State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal affirmed the victory of Governor Inuwa Yahaya from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March gubernatorial 18 poll. The tribunal, presided over by Justice S.B Belgore, dismissed the petition lodged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their candidate, Mohammed Barde, citing a lack of merit.
Recalling that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had previously declared Inuwa as the winner of the poll, the PDP candidate, dissatisfied with the election’s outcome, pursued legal action to challenge the governor’s victory, alleging irregularities such as vote-buying.
Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Tuesday, during a joint press conference in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria disclosed their plan to initiate an indefinite strike starting on Tuesday, October 3.
The union leaders, in their joint press briefing, also urged their respective state chapters to organize protests across the nation.
The Federal Government has officially announced a public holiday on Wednesday, September 27th, in observance of this year’s Eid-ul-Maulud celebration. The declaration was made by Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister, in Abuja, according to a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Oluwatoyin Akinlade.
The Minister extended congratulations to Muslims around the world, both within the country and abroad, for marking this year’s occasion.
The Nigerian Army has announced the commencement of 86 Regular Recruits Intake, RRI for Non-Tradesmen and women.
The Army Headquarters announced on Tuesday via a post on its verified X handle. The recruitment exercise, according to the post, begins with online registration, which commenced on September 25 and is expected to end on October 10, 2023.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has addressed concerns regarding the autopsy of the late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely known as Mohbad, reassuring the public that the procedure was conducted without any foul play.
In a statement posted on his official social media page on Monday evening, SP Hundeyin emphasized that the autopsy was promptly conducted by leading forensic pathologists in the country, and family members were present during the process to ensure transparency.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has vehemently dismissed concerns suggesting that the administration of President Bola Tinubu may have covertly reintroduced fuel subsidy, asserting that the government’s intervention was solely aimed at ensuring a degree of price stability and predictability in the fuel market.
Recent reports indicated that the administration expended a significant sum of N169.4 billion in August to maintain the fuel pump price at N620. This revelation was swiftly seized upon by the opposition to criticize the Tinubu administration, alleging a clandestine revival of fuel subsidy. However, the APC rebuffed such claims, asserting that the financial disbursements made did not equate to a reinstatement of the subsidy.
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, has reevaluated and subsequently reduced the recently increased tuition fees.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, issued an official statement today, revealing the outcome of discussions held between the management and student representatives. The student leaders had strongly advocated for a 50% reduction in the fees.
In the ongoing legal dispute between President Bola Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar over Tinubu’s academic records from Chicago State University, a new development has surfaced. A self-proclaimed classmate of the former Lagos Governor, Olajide Adeniji, has taken an oath affirming his acquaintance with Tinubu during their time at the university.
Adeniji testified in a United States district court, asserting that he knows Tinubu and even contested against him for the position of President of the Accounting Society Club at the Department of Business Admin/Accounting during their studies at the same alma mater.