Breaking News in Nigeria this Morning, Thursday 25th June 2020
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1. Osibanjo postpones NEC Meeting.
The virtual meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) earlier scheduled for Thursday has been postponed.
A statement issued by the Permanent Secretary/Secretary of NEC, Olusola Idowu, in Abuja on Wednesday, said the postponement was based on the orders of the Vice President.
The statement did not give any reason for the action but noted that a new date will be communicated later.
2. Giadom speaks on dissolving Tinubu's controlled APC NWC.
The factional acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Victor Giadom has finally parted lips on reported plans to dissolve the Party’s national working Committee, NWC.
It will be recalled that yesterday, President Buhari backed Giadom as the acting national chairman of the party, adding that ‘his position was recognized by the law’.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television, monitored by POLITICS NIGERIA, Giadom admonished members of the party to attend a virtual meeting with the president on Zoom scheduled for today, Thursday, June 25th.
“First, the agenda is to look at the ongoing crisis in the party and find solution to them. My position is very clear. The National Working Committee cannot resolve the present situation in our party; a higher organ of the party which is the National Executive Committee of the party has the responsibility to wade into the situation that we find ourselves.”
“But I am worried about some of my colleagues who do not want to surrender the situation that we find ourselves to a higher organ of the party that can find a solution for all of us. I, therefore, want to advise everybody, my colleagues and the entire NEC members to avail themselves to the zoom code that has been circulated to them and attend the meeting as scheduled.”
“NEC will decide, I am not aware there is any intention to dissolve the National Working Committee, that is not before me. That is why is at the meeting that a collective decision of the entire NEC will prevail at the end of the day,” he said.
3. Ondo State House of Assembly denies plot to remove deputy Governor.
The Ondo State House of Assembly on Wednesday denied the allegation that its members were induced to remove the deputy governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi.
Following the rift between him and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the embattled deputy governor had alleged that Akeredolu had been wanted to remove him from office, by bribing the lawmakers to begin the process
Reacting on the allegations, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Gbenga Omole, described the deputy governor’s allegation as a falsehood.
He said, “This allegation smacks of naivety on the part of the deputy governor and intended to cast aspersions on the noble image of members and drag the integrity of the House in the mud.
“It is on this premise that we, honourable, members of the Ondo State House of Assembly state unequivocally that this is nothing but a blatant lie and politics taken too far, least expected of the caliber of the deputy governor of the Sunshine State. But we are not surprised because he is a drowning man and he will hold on to anything to survive.
“As lawmakers and elected representatives of the people, we are aware of efforts by Governor Akeredolu to reposition the state and make it enviable among her equals across the country even in the face of obvious dwindling resources.
He submitted that the lawmakers would continue to make a good representation of their respective constituencies.
4. 649 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on 24th June reported 649 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of active infections to 22,020.
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5. APC is a conglomeration yet to fuse, says Forum of ex-lawmakers.
The Forum of Former Members of the House of Representatives has said one of the major problems of All Progressives Congress, APC, is that the party is a conglomeration that is yet to fuse in unity.
The former lawmakers said this in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, dated June 24 and entitled National Crisis Bedeviling the All Progressive Congress (APC): The Way Forward, adding that the party is grossly disrespectful of its own laws and constitution.
According to the Forum, “APC, as a conglomeration of a number of defunct political parties and interest groups, is yet to fuse into a single party.”
They also listed “long-drawn political manoeuvres and rivalries, the inability of the party leadership to manage and accommodate dissenting opinions, and a weak, untrusted, disrespected and disregarded internal conflict resolution mechanisms.”
They added that “a major source of frictions in APC is the glaring undemocratic usurpation of the powers of NEC, party caucuses, national convention and the BOT, which rendered them inoperative and comatose, while their powers were being exercised in breach by the NWC.
“By the combined actions and inactions of the current leadership, it has lost any moral pedestal to superintend the affairs of the party for its failings to abide by the ground norms and internal processes of the party.
“The flagrant misconducts of the current party leadership is curious, unacceptable, and incurable.
“There is absence of synergy, coordination and communications across the various layers and organs of the party. As party members and leaders, we pick information from the party concerning the internal issues of our party from social media and other news portals.
“There is a near-complete disconnection between party officials from ward levels to the national, which renders the national leadership susceptible to manipulation and intrigues since nature abhors a vacuum.”
These are some of the Breaking News in Nigeria this Morning, Thursday 25th June 2020.
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