1. Why President Buhari didn’t deal with Governor Wike and Fayose – Femi Adesina reveals.
Femi Adesina, The Special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said his principal chose to ignore the “combative, truculent, if not at times insulting” disposition of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
The spokesperson said the President would have dealt with Governor Wike and the former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for their “anti-Buhari tendency” but he chose to tolerate the duo as a father of the nation.
Wike, who belonged to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had recently appreciated the President for approving the refund of 78.9billion Naira to Rivers State for the repair of federal roads. A total sum of 148billion Naira had been approved by the Federal Executive Council to five states including Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Ondo, and Osun States.
In a piece published today being Friday on his website and entitled, ‘Wike Vindicates Buharists’, Adesina described the recent action of Governor Wike as one that was in a “completely different direction compared to what he had always said of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Adesina wrote; “The Wike we knew was either usually crying wolf where there was none, alleging that the Federal Government wanted to kill him, or claiming that he was not answerable to the central government at Abuja in any way, or even pontificating that the President and his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), had failed the country in diverse ways.
If not for the maturity, and the avuncular attitude of President Buhari to all state governors, it would have been easy for one to conclude that he and Wike were enemies. Forsworn ones.”
“There was also the then Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, who had formed a tag team with Wike in the anti-Buhari tendency. The President could have dealt with them in many ways, either overtly or covertly, but he let them be. He was a father ready to tolerate his many children, irrespective of their differing idiosyncrasies, propensities and predilections,” he added.
3. Ondo State election: APC generates 258 million Naira from sales of forms.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has generated 258.7million Naira from the sales of expression of interest and nomination forms to aspirants ahead of July 20, governorship primaries in Ondo state.
The party placed a N22.5 million fee on each of the governorship aspirants, while female aspirants and the physically challenged were asked to pay 50 per cent of the fee.
Recall that Mrs Olajumake Anifowoshe was the only female aspirants out the 12 who purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for the Ondo state primaries.
The remaining aspirants included Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Mr Joseph Olusola Iji, Mr Odimayo Okunjimi, Mr Olayide Adelami, Mr Kekemeke Duerimini and Mr Olusola Oke.
Others were Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Mr Awodeyi Akinsheyinwa, Mr Olubukola Adetula, Dr Abraham Michael and Dr Nathaniel Adojutelegan.
The APC had on May 20 released the timetable for Edo and Ondo state governorship primaries.
Mr Emma Ibediro the former APC National Organising Secretary who released the timetable, said that the party placed N22.5 million fee on governorship aspirants for Edo and Ondo state.
He said that the money included N2.5 million for expression of interest form and N20 million for the nomination form.
2. Former CBN Director tasks the Federal Government on ailing refineries.
Dr Titus Okunronmu,a former Director, Budgetary Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has urged the Federal Government to resuscitate all the nation’s refineries towards addressing the problem of fuel importation.
Okunronmu made the call while speaking with Newsmen in Ota,on Friday.
He was reacting to Wednesday’s increase in the pump price of petrol from N121.50 to N143.80 by the federal government.
The former CBN Director said that the inability of the four refineries to work effectively had been a major challenge facing the nation’s economy.
He noted that Nigeria would not overcome the problem of importing refined petroleum products into until the federal government resuscitate all the refineries.
4. Late Ondo State Commissioner of Health, Adegbenero, has been laid to rest, amid tears and disobedience of the social distancing order.
The late Ondo Health Commissioner, Dr Wahab Adegbenro was buried in Ilara- Mokin according to Muslim rites today being Friday.
Sympathisers trooped to his family house where he was buried.
Families and friends wailed uncontrollably as his remains were committed to mother Earth even as people did not obey social distancing order.
5. Nigeria’s debt profile hits 26.3trillion Naira.
The total public debt portfolio of Nigeria has risen to 28.63trillion Naira, the Debt Management Office (DMO) announced yesterday.
In its Public Debt Portfolio report released yesterday night, the DMO explained that the country’s total debt rose from the N27.4tn recorded in December 2019 to N28.63tn in March 2020.
This indicates that within a space of three months, the country’s public debt portfolio grew by N1.23tn, representing 4.48 per cent.
Nigeria’s total external debt obligations as of the end of March this year stood at N9.99tn, the debt office also stated.
The N9.99tn is about N970bn higher than N9.02trn which was recorded as external debt obligations in December 2020.
The debt office said the country’s domestic debt was N18.64tn, representing 65.11 per cent of the Nigeria’s debt stock.
6. 86 Nigerians arrive Abuja from Sudan.
86 Nigerians has on Friday, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from Sudan
The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this in a tweet.
According to the NIDCOM boss, the returnees will go on a 14-day isolation, in line with the guidelines set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as well as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
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