1. Ahmed Lawan Begins Plot To Contest 2023 Presidential Election
Senate President Ahmed Lawan is reportedly plotting to contest the 2023 Presidential Election on the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
A top source in the APC told SaharaReporters that Lawan had nominated Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State as Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee of the party because of his presidential ambition.
It was gathered that should the APC decide to make the contest for its ticket open to every zone in Nigeria, Mai Mala Buni’s nomination would place Lawan in a strong position.
2. Magu: Garba Shehu Reacts As He Is Accused Of Writing Against Osinbajo
Mallam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity has denied writing any story against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The presidential spokesperson who made the clarification in a statement released on his Twitter account on Friday evening said in response to claims by an online newspaper that he doesn’t write news for the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He also added that the story which claims the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, gave N4bn to Osinbajo and another N28 million to Femi Falana (SAN) from his alleged loot was not written by the News Agency of Nigeria but by Jackson Ude.
The presidential media aide added that he knows there is always a price to pay for doing his job.
3. COVID-19: Fayemi Suspends Planned Reopening Of Worship Centers
Fayemi led administration has suspended indefinitely the planned reopening of mosques and churches on Friday, July 17th and 19th, respectively.
Naija News Understands that the Ekiti State Government announced the suspension of reopening of religious centres in the state because of failures of the religious body to comply to needed guideline and regulations.
In a statement, in Ado-Ekiti by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, the government said it took the decision consequent upon the review of the preparedness of religious to comply with conditions stipulated for reopening.
4. Ondo 2020: You can’t dictate to party, Gov Bello tells 11 APC guber aspirants
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Friday said it would be out of place for 11 of the 12 APC governorship aspirants in Ondo State to dictate to the party the mode of the primary election they want.
Bello who is the Chairman of the Primary Election Committee, however, added that his team would conduct a free, fair, and credible exercise, urging the aspirants not to be troubled.
He said the State Executive Committee of the party in Ondo had picked the indirect mode of primary and sent same to the recently dissolved National Working Committee NWC of the party for ratification.
5. APC Crisis: Why we are avoiding contentious issues ― Gov Buni
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, said it is avoiding some contentious issues in the party in order not to throw itself into another round of crisis having just survived one in June this year.
Yobe state Governor and Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the party, Mai Mala Buni disclosed this on Friday while inaugurating the Ondo State Primary Election and Appeal Committees.
He however did not say what the contentious issues are but Vanguard recalls that the issue of tinkering with the zoning formula in the National Working Committee NWC of the party is seen as capable of threatening its fragile stability.
Buni’s disclosure came as the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello said it would be out of place for 11 of the 12 APC governorship aspirants in Ondo State to dictate to the party the mode of the primary election they want.
6. Student detained 54 days for creating parody Twitter account of Jonathan
A student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, has spent nearly two months in police custody for allegedly setting up a Twitter parody account of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
A parody account is a type of profile on social media that is named after popular persons and used mainly for comic purposes. Twitter rules allow for parody accounts on the condition that the operator of the account indicates this on his profile page.
On his Twitter profile page, Olusola informed his 46, 400 followers that the account was a parody one.
7. Nigeria seeks India collaboration on production of COVID-19 vaccine
The Federal Government on Friday solicited the collaboration of Government of India to produce vaccine against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this in Abuja at the handing over ceremony of medicines donated by Indian Government to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to aid the fight against COVID-19.
Ehanire told the envoys that the partnership on vaccine production would help to address the need of the country and that of the ECOWAS sub-region.
“An area of interest I will like to stress is vaccine production; we are also a vaccine production aspiring country.
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