Trending News in Nigeria this Morning, Sunday 28th of June 2020
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1. Buhari and Tinubu are still 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. Edo 2020: Tinubu asks Oshiomole to energize Ize-Iyamu's campaign.
All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has called on the immediate-past National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to return to Edo State to ‘energise’ the campaign of the party’s governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Tinubu said this in a statement on Saturday while reacting to the dissolution of the National Working Committee by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former governor of Lagos State said, “In Edo, we must rally round our candidate Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu. In this, Comrade Oshiomhole has a crucial role to play. I congratulate him for his equanimity and loyalty to the party and our President in accepting the dissolution of the NWC. I encourage him, now, to return to Edo State to energise the campaign for the election of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.”
3. Asiwaju Tinubu's 2023 Presidential ambition is dead on arrival - PDP Chieftain says.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former Delta State governorship aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has declared that the presidential ambition of former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu is dead on arrival.
The PDP chieftain described the possibility of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023 as remote.
Onuesoke made the statement in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday in Warri, Delta State.
He wondered what must have given the APC leader the confidence of ever thinking of becoming the president of the country when the PDP is waxing stronger both in popularity, structures and electoral base.
The PDP chieftain urged Tinubu to jettison his lofty ambition, saying with the crisis bedeviling the APC and the political fortune shining on PDP, it would be a figment of imagination for any political party to defeat PDP in the 2023 Presidential election.
He said, "The recent happenings in Nigeria political scene are evident that the pendulum of victory in 2023 is already swinging to the part of PDP.
Recent political occurrence is a prove that APC is already weakened by internal crisis and is expected to shred into fractions any moment from now."
The PDP Chieftain inquired in a part of statement, "The information from the vine yard is that no fewer than twelve APC governors are expected to defect to PDP soonest.
So, where lies the dream and hope of Tinubu becoming Nigeria’s President in 2023."
4. Senate President Lawan, denies N-Power job slots allocation.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has on Saturday, denied that he has been allocated job slots in the ongoing N-Power recruitment exercise.
Lawan in a statement by his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja, described the allegation as a fairytale.
He urged members of the public to disregard the media report where it was claimed that he has been allotted N-Power job slots.
A part of the statement read; "The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a publication on the Sahara Reporters portal, purporting that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management allocated N-Power recruitment slots to the Senate President and other lawmakers
We hereby advise members of the public to totally disregard the fake and malicious publication in its entirety as regards the Senate President."
5. 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."
6. Insecurity: Army to launch new strategy to combat menace in the North and other parts of Nigeria - Buratai reveals.
The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has on Saturday, said it will soon launch a new strategy in the onslaught against banditry and other forms of crimes in order to combat the waves of insecurity in the North West, North East and the country as a whole.
Buratai stated this while speaking to newsmen during the occasion of inaugurating blocks of multiple flats of accommodation for soldiers in Bukavu Barracks, 3 Brigade in Kano.
The Army Chief unveil the name of the Operation as Exercise Sahel Sanity, a new strategy that will be launched to deal with the challenge of banditry and other forms of crime.
According to Burati, "Exercise Sahel Sanity which is already been planned and is almost finishing the planning. And the operation will start very soon. Whatever you do, you must plan as such we would do everything possible to secure everybody within the capacity of the Nigerian Army and of course in collaboration with all other security agencies by God’s grace."
He also said that the welfare of its personnel were it top priority hence the decision to provide for them a befitting accommodation and other amenities for their better living.
7. Nigeria records 779 new cases of Covid-19, and 4 new deaths.
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has announced 779 confirmed new cases of the Covid-19 in Nigeria, and thereby bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 24,077.
Also according to the new published reports yesterday night, 372 new patients were discharged, and that brings the total number of recovered patients to 8,625
The NCDC also reported 4 newdeaths, bringing the total number of deaths caused by the virus to 558.
NCDC said; "On the 27th of June 2020, 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(5), Kano (4), Yobe (3), Ekiti(3), Osun(2)."
These are some of the breaking News in Nigeria this Morning, Sunday 28th of June 2020.
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