Soludo’s politics of indifference
Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the Governor of Anambra state, has described the investment of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, in the state government as worthless. The governor said this while fielding questions in an interview with Channels TV’s Politics Today. We recall that while Peter Obi was the governor of Anambra State, he was said to have entered into some investment opportunities with the state’s resources on behalf of the state. For this, many political analysts and economists have praised Obi’s astute and prudent management style. However, Soludo does not seem to admire his predecessor’s virtue as his flippant remark suggests. Meanwhile, the former governor maintained that he is indifferent to Peter Obi’s presidential ambition as his political party, APGA, has its presidential candidate, therefore, his allegiance lies with his party. However, political pundits have opined that there may be more to Soludo’s comments than meets the eye. They recall that during the last gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Peter Obi was not in support of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s governorship ambition and had supported Soludo’s rival. So it is clear why Soludo and Peter Obi are not politically friends and why Soludo would back someone else from Anambra for presidency when an Anambra man and a former governor of the state, his predecessor, is running for the same office.
The homeless Prince
President Muhammadu Buhari has earned the anger of some Nigerians over his remark that he does not have a house in the UK. The president made the statement during a conversation with the King of England, King Charles III. During the conversation, the British Monarch has asked the president if he has a house in the UK, to which he replied to the negative. However, some Nigerians have read meanings into the question and the answer citing the irony, sarcasm, and mockery beneath the question and wonders why the president was not able to decipher that he was being mocked. Buhari, who left the country two weeks ago on a medical leave, visited the British Monach on Wednesday on a courtsy visit. It was the first time the two world leaders were meeting. Buhari expressed gratitude for the meeting and noted that it would strengthen the bilateral relationship between Britain and Nigeria.
A matrimony by fire
A lagos resident identified as Akpos, has burnt his wife to death after an argument. The husband and wife, Risikat were a resident of Ayide Osolo Street, Divine Estate, in the Ijanikin area of Lagos State. Neighbors narrated that Akpos and Risikat had reached a point of no return in their argument when he spread petrol on his wife and set her ablaze. Akpos thereafter abandoned the wife and fled when good Samaritans rushed the woman to the nearest hospital before reporting the incident to Ijaniki Police Station where the matter is still being investigated. However, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, told newsmen that Risikat had sustained severe burns and died while receiving treatment at the hospital.
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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – a road to hell
Commuters and motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway have expressed concern over the continuous kidnap attacks on the road. They lamented that plying the road either in the day or at night had become dangerous. The road users raised the alarm following attacks by suspected gunmen in military camouflage on travellers in the last two days. On Tuesday and Wednesday, gunmen attacked motorists on their way to Lagos from Ibadan, Oyo State. Some passengers were reportedly shot during the attack, while men of the Ogun State Police Command were said to have arrived at the scene after the incident. We recall the construction on the road began a few years ago and was supposed to take 18 months to complete. But the Federal Government under the ministry of road and transport had cited lack of funds, covid19, and inflation as reasons why the road is yet to be completed.
APC is Tinubu’s party – Atiku
The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has predicted the collapse of the All Progressives Congress after the 2023 general elections. Atiku said this during the inauguration of the PDP Youth Campaign Council, in Abuja, on Thursday. The former vice president said that the PDP is the longest surviving political party in Nigeria and noted that all other parties including the APC is a product of coalition between CPC and Tinubu’s party. He added that he is certain APC will not survive after the 2023 election.
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Court nullifies ruling on EFCC
An Abuja High Court has nullified the ruling of Justice Chizoba Oji which ordered the police to remand the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, in Kuje Prison following his failure to return a Range Rover seized from an accused in 2021. Justice Chizoba Orji vacated her ruling following an appeal brought by the EFCC boss. The court maintained that the EFCC boss did not disobey the direct order of the court as it had previously alleged. It further stated that after considering the evidence before it, the court had therefore set aside its former ruling and declared it null and void. It will be recalled that Justice Orji had in a ruling she delivered since November 21, 2018, ordered the Commission to return the Range Rover Sport to AVM Ojuawo, who was facing trial. The former NAF Director of Operations was in 2016, docked before trial Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris of the High Court of the FCT at Nyanya for allegedly receiving N40m and a Range Rover Sport, from one Hima Aboubakar of Societe D’Equipment Internationaux Nigeria Limited. Meanwhile, following a separate proceeding the defendant initiated against the Commission, the high court, in 2018, ordered that the seized vehicle should be returned to him. However, four years after the order was made, the court learned that the commission was yet to carry out the order of the court which prompted the court to issue a new order for the EFCC boss to be remanded in prison pending when the order will be carried out.
Unions threaten to shutdown airport nationwide
Passengers travelling in and out of Nigeria might be hit with a major setback in the coming days. This is coming on the heels of threats from various aviation unions to shut down airports nationwide over the Federal Government move to demolish the former headquarters buildings of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA and Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA in Lagos. The unions expressed their disapproval in the demolition move, stressing that it is ill-timed and suspicious at a time the country is going into electioneering activities. Vanguard Aviation World had reported that the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had disclosed that the buildings will be demolished to pave way for the proposed aerotropolis. The Minister noted that the move was in line with the airport cities project contained in the aviation development roadmap Aerotropolis is a metropolitan subregion whose infrastructure, land use, and economy are centered on an airport. But the aviation unions have called on the Minister of Aviation to put on hold his plan to demolish the Headquarters of FAAN, NAMA, and NCAA in Lagos pending proper evaluation, planning and better timing. The unions include, National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals ANAP.