Hot News in Nigeria this Morning, Sunday 28th of June, 2020
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1. Buhari and Tinubu are still strong together - Presidency says.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Tinubu, are still together.
The Presidency, therefore, called on analysts to stop peddling falsehood.
Shehu said this in a statement while reacting to the reports that have followed the dissolution of the National Working Committee by the President.
He wrote; "To put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who are reckoned as the founding fathers of the APC are both inspired by democratic norms, national interest and not at all by partisan motivations. These are the qualities that have made them move past cynical distractions.
They are in touch with one another. Their relationship remains as strong as ever and between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship."
Shehu said that the very essence of the requests put to the National Executive Committee meeting of the APC by Buhari, which were unanimously approved, aims to pull back the party.
He said the opposition parties had used all their intellectuals and their supporters in the media to break this relationship and have failed.
2. I have no regrets, i stand by all my actions - Oshiomole says.
The Suspended National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said he has accepted the decision of the National Executive Committee NEC to dissolve the National Working Committee NWC which he chaired until Thursday.
At a news conference Saturday in Abuja, the former labour leader said he has no regret over the various decisions he took while at the helm of affairs, stating that his greatest moment of happiness in office was when the party took over Kwara state and effectively displaced the Saraki political dynasty.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari had two years ago invited him to come and reposition the APC and that since the president in his wisdom has also agreed to the dissolution of the NWC, he is bound to obey him as the leader of the party.
When asked if there was anything he would have done differently looking back at his years in office, Oshiomhole said; “No, the process of leadership requires that you make decisions. I am a man of very strong convictions. I am driven by what I believe in and I recognize that for every decision you take particularly when you embark on radical reforms, you are going to step on some toes. That was clear to me. I am not assuming leadership for the first time. I have taken my decisions. I am happy."
3. Obasanjo's position on Insecurity problems vindicates our stand - PDP says.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo's call for the overhauling of the nation’s security architecture is a vindication of its consist call on the federal government to change the service chiefs for better service delivery.
Obasanjo had in what appeared a vote of no confidence on the service chiefs called for a re-organization of the country’s security system following an increasing wave of kidnapping, insurgency and banditry in some parts of the country.
In a chat with Vanguard, national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan noted that security under President Muhammadu Buhari has worsened than he met it in 2015.
He said; "The former President has vindicated us. Across the country today, life has become so cheap to the extent that some criminal elements now kill for fun.
The service chiefs have simply failed to deliver. So Chief Obasanjo is right and he has said what the PDP has been saying for years. The federal government has failed in protecting Nigerians, many of whom have died either in the hands of bandits, armed robbers or Boko Haram. We have never had it this bad."
4. APC Crisis is a culture of fight club, not Political Party - Tinubu says.
The National leader of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Saturday, described the ongoing crisis in the party as the behaviour of a fight club and not the culture of a progressive political party.
Tinubu said this in a statement he titled ‘BECOMING THE PARTY WE WERE INTENDED TO BE’, to address the ongoing party crisis.
You would recall that the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had on Thursday dissolved the National Working Committee, NWC of the party led by Oshiomhole following the crisis that rocked the party’s leadership.
NEC also appointed the Yobe State Governor, Mai Malla Buni as the Chairman, Caretaker /Convention Committee.
Tinubu while addressing the crisis, in a statement said the National Working Committee, itself, became riven by unnecessary conflict.
According to him, those who disagreed with one another stopped trying to find common ground and attempts were made to use the power of executive authority to bury each other.
Tinubu further said in a part of the statement, "I must be blunt here. This is the behaviour of a fight club not the culture of a progressive political party.
Some members went against their chairman in a bid to forcefully oust him. In hindsight, his fence-mending attempts were perhaps too little too late. I believed and continue to believe that Comrade Oshiomhole tried his best. Mistakes were made and he must own them. Yet, we must remember also that he was an able and enthusiastic campaigner during the 2019 election. He is a man of considerable ability as are the rest of you who constituted the NWC."
5. Nigeria records 779 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, as total cases reaches 24,077.
On the 27th of June 2020, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), 779 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
Till date, 24077 cases have been confirmed, 8625 cases have been discharged and 558 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 779 new cases are reported from 22 states- Lagos (285), Rivers(68), FCT(60), Edo(60), Enugu(56), Delta(47), Ebonyi(42), Oyo(41), Kaduna(19), Ogun(18), Ondo(16), Imo(12), Sokoto(11), Borno(9), Nasarawa(8), Abia(5), Gombe(5), Kebbi.
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