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Nigeria Today News Headlines 12/6/2018

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Nigeria Today News Headlines 12/6/2018

Here is the major news summary from Nigerian newspapers online today being 6th of December 2018 of breaking news, trending news in Nigeria, and breaking top news in Naija today for the Nigeria News today headlines.

Nigeria News Today 2018 Dec 6th 2018

2019: Oshiomhole carpets APC governors

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has described some state governors on the party’s platform as poor students of history.

Oshiomhole spoke after receiving the APC women leaders from Edo State and Abuja, who paid him a solidarity visit in his office in Aso Drive, Abuja.Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun and Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara are aggrieved that their preferred candidates lost during primaries.

Oshiomhole said, “Those who think our political future is tied to them, they are poor students of their own political history.

2019: I have better things to do than being governor – El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, said that he has better things to do with his life than being the governor of Kaduna State.

He promised to concede defeat to whoever wins the 2019 governorship election in the state.Speaking at the event organized by the Kaduna State Peace Commission in partnership with AID Foundation Development Peace Initiative, United States Institute of Peace, Nigeria Bar Association and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, governor El-Rufai said, “l should spend most of my time with my family which I have not done in the last 10 years.”

46 political parties back Atiku to defeat Buhari

Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), have formally adopted a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate in the 2019 election.

Chairman of the coalition and a former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of a meeting of the national chairmen of the parties involved.

He recalled that the coalition at the inauguration of its steering committee was saddled with the responsibility of selecting a joint presidential candidate for the coalition.

“In furtherance of this objective, therefore, the steering committee invited all political parties in the coalition to forward to us memoranda detailing their suggested ideas on how the candidate of the coalition should emerge and the criteria to use.

Smith accuses police of collecting houses from criminals, drug bandits as bribe

A former Inspector-General of Police and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, Wednesday, disclosed to the Senate that the rot in the Police Force had got to a head as criminals and drug bandits give gift of houses to serving policemen.

Smith made the allegation during a public hearing on a ‘Bill for an Act to repeal the Police Act CaP P19 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Police Act, 2018’, which held at the National Assembly complex.

The hearing which was attended by the topmost echelon of the Police formation and other relevant institutions of government and individuals, was conducted by Senate Committee on Police Affairs.

Electoral Act: Saraki takes on Buhari

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to heed the advice of anti-democratic elements who are putting pressure on him not to give assent to the 2018 Electoral Bill.

Saraki in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, urged the President to rise above petty politics and act without further delay in the best interest of the country and its democracy by signing the Electoral Bill into law.

Senate okays Buhari’s N338bn local debt payment request

The Senate, Wednesday, approved a request by the Executive for the payment of N338.9 billion local debts owed by the Federal Government through a promissory note programme and bond issuance.

The figure consists of N102 billion as refund for federal projects executed by Delta and Taraba states; N43.5 billion for debts owed five contractors, and N193 billion as outstanding Export Expansion Grant (EEG) claims by 269 companies.

It was reported that Delta’s share of the N102 billion refund is N67.9 billion, while Taraba will get the balance of N34.3 billion.

2019: PDP reacts as Ambode’s commissioner dumps APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the defection of Lagos Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wasiu Oluwo, from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the party.

The PDP said the commissioner would be remembered for that particular action.

The main opposition party stated this in a statement by its Publicity Secretary in the state, Taofik Gani on Wedesday.

The statement said, “He has taken a political step never to be regretted. We encourage all remaining true democrats to join the PDP now. Lagos has been in bondage of a unipolar rule and control

2019: Lagos PDP guber candidate, Agbaje mocks APC as commissioner dumps ruling party

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State Jimi Agbaje, has reacted to the defection of the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wasiu Oluwo, to the PDP.

Agbaje mocked the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, adding that the decision of Oluwo was due to the failure of the ruling party.

Agbaje titled his a statement, “Babylon is Falling”, noting that APC is crumbling.

“The commissioner has displayed uncommon courage by the decision. He is a good example for others to follow as this empire begins to fall to pieces

“I am gladdened by the news of my brother’s defection to the PDP. Indeed, it is a welcome development which must be lauded and applauded by all lovers of freedom and democracy. By this singular gesture, Oluwo has counted himself worthy as a man of integrity.

“I look forward to teaming up with him to liberate our dear state from the shackles of bad governance and corruption.

No plan to restrict access to social media, FG says

The Federal Government has again said that there is no plan by any of its agencies to restrict Nigerians from accessing the social media.

The Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, who made this known yesterday, said Nigerians are free to discuss government policies and engage in responsible political debates, expose corruption and decently express their opinions via the social media, without the use of maligning or hate speech.

He spoke in Abuja while addressing participants at the venue of a National Social Media Retreat on the theme “Social Media for Good Governance”.

Bayelsa pays salary arrears with N7.9bn Paris Club refund

The Bayelsa State Government says it has spent about N7.9 billion from the N24.1 billion Paris Club refunds accrued to the state in October 2018 to settle the backlog of 2016 salary arrears.

Deputy Governor Gborigbogha John Jonah, yesterday that the salary arrears settled were for March, June and July 2016.

Ogun ADC guber candidate alleges attack on own convoy

The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, yesterday alleged that two of his supporters were shot with others sustained injuries after his convoy was attacked by suspected political thugs at Ibese in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.

He made the allegation in a statement by his campaign organisation’s spokesman, Bolaji Adeniji.

Court throws out A/Ibom N50bn suit against EFCC

Justice Fatun Odohi Riman yesterday threw out a N50 billion suit filed by the Akwa Ibom State Government against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and awarded N100,000 against the state government.

This followed the withdrawal of the suit by the Attorney-General of the state, Uwemedimo Nwoko.

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