Good Morning! Happy Weekend,here are 10 things you need to know this Friday morning:
1) The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the appeal filed before it by business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim, challenging the decision of the Appellant court, which removed him as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State.
A five man panel led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen in its decision said Jimoh’s case lackd merit and should be discarded in entirety.
2) The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly yesterday passed the bill for the establishment of Peace Corps of Nigeria into law. Senator Nafada-led committee recommended that the Nigerian Peace Corps and the National Unity and Peace Corps should be merged as one, since both formations appear the same.
3) The Agusta AW 101, one of the presidential jets recently handed over to the Nigerian Air Force yesterday crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The plane, which is a medium-lift helicopter specially designed for military operations, reportedly crashed due to poor training of crew members who manned its operation.
4) Eyitayo Jegede, the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic party PDP, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone the Saturday’s election.
Jegede, who led hundreds of his supporters to the commission’s headquarters in the state, said the postponement is in line with the electoral laws, which stipulate that all eligible candidate’s name must be published 30 days to the election.
5) The House of Representatives has fired back at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, for describing the National Assembly as being peopled by a gang of unarmed robbers.
The Reps described Obasanjo as the most corrupt Nigerian that ever held a public office, adding that he, however, saw himself as the only clean human being.
6) Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, has insisted that he remains the leader of the party.
The former Borno State governor faulted the judgment of the Appeal Court, Abuja, which yesterday affirmed the Sen. Ahmed Makrfi-led.
7) The Nigerian Army has frowned at the reports by the global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI) that its men killed over 150 pro-Biafran protesters.
The military body said the earlier report by AI, accusing its men of gunning down unarmed civilians before a march to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Biafran declaration of independence, were baseless and untrue.
8) The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has written the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, requesting that he urgently “ appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations of corruption in the spending of $16 billion on electricity by the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007.”
According to the transparency group, the request was brought in “pursuant to Section 52 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and the letter and spirit of the Act, and the object and purpose of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
9) Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said that the Upper chamber of the national assembly was tired of having appropriation bills passed into law without full implementation.
He noted that the 8th Senate would ensure that the 2017 budget is passed on time, adding that it would conclude ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution early next year.
10) Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, decorated the former Senate President, David Mark with the leader of the Decade award.
This was announced on Wednesday, November 23 during a National Assembly Press Corps Award in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital.