The All Progressive Congress (APC) National Caretaker Committee says that its congress scheduled for Saturday will still go ahead despite the nay Sayers. There was anxiety surrounding the legality of the scheduled congress following the Supreme Court Judgement on the Ondo state governorship election. In reaction to the Judgement, the Minister of State for labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has advised his party to reconsider conducting the congress as scheduled to avoid the effort of futility. keyamo in his statement said, “The planned congresses across the country slated for this weekend must immediately be suspended because it will be an exercise in futility as analysed above. The competence of Gov. Mai Mala Buni to organise the congresses has been called to question by the Supreme Court,” However, in a statement today through the secretary of the caretaker Committee of the APC, John Akpan Udohedehe disclosed that the Supreme Court judgement has nothing to do with their party.
The Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, on Sunday declared its support for the Southern governors on rotational presidency. Jareh Ajayi, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere made the group’s stance known in an interview yesterday. On July 5, Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) met in Lagos State and insisted on rotational presidency, stressing that the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the south. The decision of the governors was made public in a communiqué read by the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. According to Ajayi, the group is totally in support of the governor’s position, adding that it would only be fair and just for the Southern part of the country to produce the next president of Nigeria.
The Senate has approved President, Muhammadu Buhari’s request for ongoing external loans to the tune of $8,325,526,537 and €490,000,000 under the 2018-2020 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan. The approval on Thursday came on the heels of the consideration of a report on the 2018-2020 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debt. The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Clifford Ordia, in his presentation, said the committee noted with utmost importance, the genuine and very serious concerns of Nigerians about the level and sustainability/serviceability of the country’s borrowings in the last decade. President Muhammadu Buhari had in May, requested the National Assembly to approve the loan. “Our (Nigeria’s) debt service figures constitute a huge drain on our revenue to the extent that it accounts for over 30 per cent of our expenditure in the annual budget,” Ordia said.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has assured the public that it will not impose any aspirant as its presidential candidate, and all other elective posts for the 2023 general election. This comes after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused President Muhammadu Buhari of having a “self succession plan”, causing jitters among APC leadership. The Secretary of the party’s Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanudoedehe made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has omitted former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate Charles Soludo, as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the candidates’ list for the Anambra 2021 Governorship poll. INEC who released the list of candidates for the November 6 poll on Friday, listed a member of the House of Representatives from another faction of the All Progressives Congress (APGA), Chukwuma Umeoji as the flagbearer instead of Soludo.
The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, sworn in five new permanent secretaries at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, July 14. The permanent secretaries include Marcus Ogunbiyi (Lagos), Ibrahim Yusuf (Katsina), Olusesan Adebiyi (Ekiti), Maryanne Onwudiwe (Enugu), and Ibrahim Abubakar Kana (Nasarawa). The permanent secretaries were sworn in shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.