1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday alleged that political terrorists said it planned to retain the zoning of its presidential slot ahead of the 2023 general election in the North East and South-East geo-political zones. It dissociated the party from the said decision, stating that the party’s governors are not divided over the 2023 election as they are only concentrating on Kogi and Bayelsa election for now. The opposition party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
2. Ahmed Gulak, who was the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship primary election committee in Edo State, has alleged that the immediate past governor, Rochas Okorocha, offered him $2 million bribe to deliver certificate of return to his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu. In the report, Gulak said he rejected the bribe because of his integrity, adding that he would have collected after all without anybody dragging him to court.
3. The Interim Executive Director of Project, Niger Delta Development Commission, Cairo Ojougboh, has raised the alarm over allegation of about N3tn phantom contract in the commission. He alleged that an unnamed serving senator involved in the screening of the NDDC board was behind 300 contract jobs with the commission. According to him, 120 of the contracts have been fully paid for by the commission without the senator mobilising workforce to sites. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the former member of the House of Representatives said 10 audit firms had been engaged to audit the financial records of the NDDC.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the joint border operations code-named Exercise Swift Response. The exercise led to the total shutdown of land frontiers across the country. The land borders are expected to be reopened on January 31, 2020. This was revealed in a circular dated November 1, 2019 (NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45) and signed by the Comptroller of Customs in charge of enforcement, Victor David Dimka, to the Sector Coordinators, joint border operations drill (Exercise Swift Response).
5. The Senate Committee on Finance has summoned the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to appear before it on Monday (today). Emefiele is expected at the Senate panel to explain the reason behind the exchange rates the CBN used for three key projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund. The multi-billion-dollar projects are being funded with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.
6. The All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South-South has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to return the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF which is under the Presidency. The stakeholders in a statement signed by the APC National Vice Chairman, South-South, Prince Hilliard Eta added that the forensic audit of the NDDC as ordered by the president should commence with the period of the Water Hyacinth contract. According to the statement, the recent crisis in the Commission is causing embarrassment to the South-South APC stakeholders.
7. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has appointed a Nigerian, Uduak-Joe Ntuk, as the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, responsible for managing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). Ntuk is the first Nigerian-American to hold the position in California’s history. A statement from the governor’s office said that Ntuk had served as the Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States of America.
8. Burna Boy on Sunday night won the best beat the likes of Teni, Nasty C to emerge winner of the Best African Act category at the 2019 MTV EMAs awards in Seville, Spain. He had earlier won the Best International Act award at the 2019 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards. Burna Boy’s win makes it the fourth time in a row that a Nigerian musician will win ‘Best African act award’.
9. The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, has been shut down. Reports also claims that the Students’ Union Government (SUG) has also been banned by management. This follows the violent protest staged on Friday by the students over alleged meddling of management in the affairs of the SUG, including alleged attempts to install its stooges as leaders of the students’ body during its election held on Thursday. The institution’s Director of Protocol, Information and Public Relations, Mr Adeyemi Adejolu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday.
10. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arrested the Kogi State Programme Manager for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, Khadijat Karibo, and a former State Focal Person for the programme in the state, Adoga Ibrahim, for alleged diversion of N68m. The spokesperson for the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa said a petition alleging that the former State Focal Person and the Programme Manager had connived and diverted large sums of money set aside for payments to cooks in Kogi State was received by the ICPC, hence the action.