Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:
1. President Goodluck Jonathan in a campaign speech yesterday in Lagos accused Henry Okah, leader of MEND who is currently in South African Prison for attempting to assassinate him during the 50th independence anniversary of the country. He said Okah was paid by some people to kill him. He also said that some people have been endorsed by the same group that attempted to kill him few years ago. Jonathan also said his generation has failed Nigerians hence he is ready to work with the youth to take the country to the moon. He accused his critics of doing nothing for the country in the past.
2. Yaya Toure of Manchester City, for the fourth time was crowned the Glo/CAF African Footballer of the Year, beating Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the award which held on Thursday. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala won the African Woman Player of the Year.
3. Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has continued to reiterate his position on national issues as he disclosed yesterday in his Hiltop home in Abeokuta, Ogun state that he can sacrifice his life in the interest of Nigeria, but cannot do the same for any political party. He was addressing the presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party, Dr. Martins Onovo who visited his home.
4. A former leader of MEND , ‘Gen’ Reuben Wilson, has called on Nigerians to disregard the said endorsement of Gen. Buhari by the group, assuring Jonathan’s supporters and the PDP that all former militants in the region are in support of the President and his reelection bid.
5. The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to send more soldiers and other security operatives to the North-East region to confront the Boko Haram insurgents instead of keeping soldiers for the coming election. Buhari said this while addressing stakeholders of Ogoni ethnic nationality in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State on Thursday.
6.Report now has it that Twenty-two governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State, also known as G22, have left the PDP for the All Progressives Congress. Report says the aggrieved aspirants will meet the APC’s presidential candidate, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, December 12, 2015.
7.The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that at least, 38,774,391 Nigerians now have their Permanent Voter Cards, . This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu.
8. The senator representing Anambra Central and the South East zonal coordinator of All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Chris Ngige, has said that APC would be victorious in the February 14, 2015 presidential election on the first ballot. He based his conclusion on a recent research. He gave the prediction while addressing reporters in Awka as part of the preparations for the launching of the APC campaign in the South East.
9. MEND in its reaction to the criticism of its endorsement of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Maj.-Gen.Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the presidency in the 2015 elections, has insisted that Buhari is the best candidate in the race, saying that the reaction of the PDP to its endorsement of Buhari showed how inept the government of Jonathan is. It further denied that it has been paid by the APC.
10. The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, on Thursday, said that President Goodluck Jonathan should not be blamed for the woes of Nigeria. In a speech while receiving Jonathan at his palace in Lagos, Akiolu said the problems in the country had started.
Source – Daily Post Ng