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Top 10 stories of Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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  1. PRESIDENT BUHARI IS HOME SICK, TO RETURN IN TWO WEEKS

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back to the country within two weeks. According to reports, monitored in Abuja yesterday, Gov. Rochas Okorocha stated this after he and other members of the All Progressives Congress had lunch with the president in London (the United Kingdom) on Sunday.

The Presidency later released images of Buhari at the meeting with governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC). It was the first time he has been pictured in London since leaving Nigeria almost 80 days ago.

Okorocha disclosed on Monday: “I met a very hardy man in high spirits, and he’s doing quite well. He has not lost his sense of humour, for which he is known for.

“So he is doing quite well and we are very pleased to see him and I think that has gone a long way to reassure Nigerians about the health of their president.

“Buhari would be returning as soon as doctors give him the green light.”

 

  1. PRESIDENCY PICKS 6 PDP GOVERNORS TO HAVE LUNCH WITH BUHARI IN LONDON

The Presidency has scheduled a visit between 6 governors elected under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and President Muhammadu Buhari in London today. This is coming after an unannounced visit by APC governors, a couple of days ago.

The visit is believed to have been organized by the office of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd.).

Here are identities of the governors to visit the president: Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).

The others aren’t known.

One of the governors expressed sadness that some of his colleagues weren’t picked by the Presidency.

“Our colleagues are going to London to see the President. But I’m not happy that someone like the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, or his Rivers State counterpart, Mr. Nyesom Wike, is not on the delegation”, he said.

The governors will have lunch with the Presidency before returning to Nigeria like their APC counterparts.

 

  1. PDP WOOS EX-VICE PRESIDENT, ATIKU

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is making unrelenting efforts to woo former Vice President Atiku Abubakar back to its fold.

The Adamawa State chairman of the party, Abdurrahman Bobboi said in Yola, yesterday, that the opposition party could not afford to allow Atiku remain in the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He revealed that the PDP at the national and state levels, were making efforts to convince the former Vice President and other founding fathers, who left the party to return.

“The former Vice President was a founding member, was vice president under the PDP and he is resourceful. He has acquired vast experience and should not be abandoned. They are working hard at the centre and we are doing same here in his home state,” he stated.

Bobboi said despite Atiku’s resourcefulness and wealth of experience in managing affairs, the APC had allegedly refused the former vice president the chance to help them provide solution to the country’s problems.

 

  1. I MAY GO TO COURT TO CONTEST RESULT – PDP CANDIDATE

The chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Agege in the just concluded Lagos council elections says he might go to court to contest the results.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Auwal Tahir Adeniyi said his supporters were disenfranchised since the accreditation and voting didn’t start till about 2pm. He said these are enough reasons to seek redress in court.

 

  1. OGUN HOSTS SOUTHWEST GOVERNORS ON GEOPOLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

Governors of the Southwest states of Nigeria under the aegis of southwest Governor’s Forum met in Abeokuta, Ogun state on Monday. The programme which met at MITROS Gateway Annex, Ibara, Abeokuta featured talks on development of the geopolitical zone, through the platform of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.

Ogun state commissioner for Regional Integration, Bashorun Adebola Adeife said the meeting will address challenges confronting the region and set goals towards repositioning the region.

 

  1. OSINBAJO PLEDGES NIGERIA’S SUPPORT TO APPO REFORM PROCESS

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed Nigeria’s full support for the reform process that will enable the African Petroleum Producers Organisation rise up fully and adapt to the changing global realities and the global economic order.

Osinbajo who declared the ordinary session open, also unveiled the logo of the Nigeria petroleum summit while announcing that from February 2018, Nigeria will host annually a world class International petroleum summit in Abuja.

 

  1. UNIMAID’S SSANU CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF STAFF, STUDENTS

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has challenged security agencies to invest more in intelligence-gathering to protect staff and students of the University of Maiduguri prior to the series of suicide attack the University has recently faced.

Meanwhile, Governor Kashim Shettima, during his assessment of the different scenes of multiple suicide attacks at the university, approved the immediate release of N50 million for ongoing digging of trenches behind the University, covering 27 kilometres.

 

  1. FASHOLA TO FACE REPS’ PANEL FRIDAY

The panel of the House of Representatives to investigate the disagreement between the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and the National Assembly will commence on Friday.

It was recalled that Fashola had criticized the decision of the National Assembly to slash the budget of the Lagos-Ibadan express from N31 billion to N10 billion and that of the second Niger bridge from N15 billion to N10 billion. However, the House through its spokesman, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, dismissed Fashola as telling Nigerians “half truths”.

 

  1. REPS VOTE ON NEW AGE FOR PRESIDENT, GOVS WEDNESDAY

Members of the House of Representatives will on Wednesday commence voting on amendments to the 1999 Constitution. One of the amendments intends to lower the age qualification for presidential aspirants to 30 years. The age bar on other leadership positions like Vice-President, state governors and members of the National Assembly, according to the proposal, will also be lowered.

Under the extant Section 65, the age requirement to contest an election to the Senate is 35 years. For the House of Representatives, it is 30 years.

In Section 106, the age requirement to contest a state House of Assembly seat is 30 years.

For the office of the President, the extant provision in Section 131 is 40 years.

For the office of the governor of a state, the qualification in the extant Section 177 is 35 years.

The proposed amendment also recommends that a Vice- President or deputy governor, whose principal dies in office, shall be entitled to only one tenure after completing the tenure of the deceased.

 

  1. CBN RETURNS N51.9BN ILLEGAL DEDUCTIONS TO BANK CUSTOMERS

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said that it has recovered over N51.9 billion illegally deducted by commercial banks and returned it to the customers.

The CBN stated that the amount was illegally removed from the accounts of bank customers across the country in the past five years.

The Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, disclosed this in Port Harcourt during an interactive session with stakeholders, including labour union leaders, in the South -South zone. Okoroafor stated that the recovery and return of the funds to customers became necessary after series of complaints on illegal deductions from their accounts by commercial bank customers got to the apex bank .

 

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