Breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Saturday 20th June 2020
1. Enugu PDP Loses a Lawmaker.
A member of the Enugu State House of Assembly and Popular PDP Chieftain, Hon. Chijioke Ugwueze is dead.
According to Inside Enugu, Ugwueze, who represented Isi-Uzo constituency died on Friday after battling a brief illness.
This is coming a few days after the council chairman of Nsukka LGA, Hon. Patrick Omeje died of an undisclosed ailment in the State.
2. Oshiomole’s LG Chairman speaks on APC exit as Members joins PDP.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman in Etsako West Local Government of Edo, Mrs Raibiat Ezolomhe, has stated she and her members still remains in the party.
She spoke while addressing newsmen in Auchi on Friday.
NAN quoted her as declaring that APC was their home and they will not abandon it.
National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is from Etsako West.
As Governor Godwin Obaseki defected to decamp to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), APC members have been decamping too.
The chairman said they “can’t run away from the house we laboured for since 2018, our tenure is not over yet, these are my members right here with me.
Ezolomhe assured that as members of the Local Government Areas, “we remain members of the ruling party, we are authentic members of APC”.
“Nobody can take away our position from us. We are not following anybody to any party. Our party is APC,” she said.
APC chairman of Ward 10 in Etsako West Local, Mr Stephen Oshawo, also said that they were still APC members.
3. I won’t Step down for Obaseki – PDP aspirant, Kenneth Imasuagbon says.
One of the governorship aspirants for the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon, has asserted that he won’t give up by stepping down for the new PDP governorship candidate who is also the current Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Imasuagbon said it would be ridiculous of him to forfeit his political effort of 16 years to become a governor by letting Obaseki secure the party ticket.
Imasuagbon, who lost to Obaseki in the 2016 governorship primary of the APC, said he won’t let another mistake repeat itself as he won’t give up or even succumb to pressure.
4. Nigeria should return to Regions, Buhari, APC incompetent – Balarabe.
A Former Governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has said that the only way out of the numerous challenges confronting Nigeria was to divide the country into six regions.
“Let us restructure the country and go back to the regional arrangement, and so, should abolish the states and go back to regions; instead of the 36 states, we should have six or seven regions,” he said.
Musa said the call for restructuring was valid, but insisted that those agitating for it should be able to make it clear to Nigerians what restructuring constitutes.
He said those calling for restructuring must think of what will unite the country and make Nigerians proud of themselves and of their country
As far as we are concerned, our restructuring idea is that, we have now seen the problem of weakening our regional government.
5. Russia offers to help Nigeria fight Terrorism.
Russian government has pledged to support efforts of the Nigerian government in curbing terrorism as the government condemned rising insurgency in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday.
“Russian Foreign Ministry decisively condemns new crimes conducted by bandit groups in Nigeria, which caused large human casualties; as well as destabilization of the social and economic situation in the northeastern part of this country; as well as worsening of the crime situation,” the Ministry said.
“We consistently and invariably support the measures taken by the government of Nigeria on efficient countering of terrorist groups, including efforts within collective efforts on the African continent.’’
Russia, also expressed its interest in further cooperation with the Nigerian government; specifically, in the area of counter-terrorism efforts to end the insurgency.
However, it noted that this would be on a bilateral basis and on various international venues; including the United Nations.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry revealed that between June 9 and 13; squads of Boko Haram and the Islamic State Western Africa Province (ISWAP) terror groups conducted a number of attacks. It noted that these attacks were targeted at the Nigerian military and local civilians.
Also, it stated that serious clashes took place near the city of Monguno in Borno; where the coordination centre of a number of international organizations working in Nigeria is located.
Further, the Ministry noted that over 120 civilians and military personnel died in the attack; with several others sustaining injuries.
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