The Big 5: Getting Nigeria to work will require hardwork not quick fixes – Atiku; Withdraw cases against us in court or be disciplined – APC warns aggrieved members | Other top stories

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Following the loss of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at Saturday’s bye-election in Kwara, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has mocked the National Leader of the PDP, Bukola Saraki, saying his political burial is imminent.

Speaking on Monday in Abuja, the APC chairman mocked the Senate President for being unable to lead his party to win a bye-election in his home state, despite being the leader of his party, stressing that the defeat is the first warning signal to before he is “buried politically” by the people of Kwara, come February 2019.

“But even more outstanding for me and APC is the humiliating defeat that Senator Bukola Saraki suffered in the hands of Kwara people who are determined to dismantle his failed attempt to install his own variants of a political culture in which he is the only constant decimal,” Oshiomhole added.

Presidential Candidate of the PDP in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar has said there are no quick fixes in the task to fix Nigeria, as it will require a lot of hard work.

The former Vice President who stated this in the introduction to his 186-paged policy document for the campaigns, said the document will steadily begin to restore a stronger, equitable, unprejudiced and more prosperous Nigeria.

“I know it is going to be a lot of hardwork, with no quick fixes. It needs a leader that is resilient, disciplined and dedicated, and passionate about Nigeria to fight for it, and consistent enough to guide the country in the rough times ahead,” the document read.

Details of Monday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the controversial new minimum wage is still unknown.

The governors led by its forum Chairman, Abdulaziz Yari emerged from the meeting and refused to disclose the outcome of the meeting to journalists.

The state chief executives have been head bent on their decision to reject the proposed N30,000 minimum wage, as they have said they could only pay such amount if the federal allocation increases or they downsize the workforce.

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a warning to its aggrieved members to withdraw cases they have against the party in court or face disciplinary actions, saying it views such trend as manifest indiscipline.

Spokesperson of the party, Lanre Issa-Onilu who disclosed this in a statement, said the party frowns at the actions of some party members who have resorted to litigation as a way of addressing their perceived grievances and disputations without exhausting the party’s dispute resolution mexhanism.

“The party intends to activate constitutional provisions to penalise such members as their action is capable of undermining the party and hurt its interest,” the statement read.

The Nigerian Military says its troops under ‘Operation Whirl Punch’ have rescued 31 persons from suspected bandits and kidnappers during its recent operations which started in October.

Acting Director, Defence Information, John Agim made this known on at a news conference on Monday in Kaduna.

He also noted that 14 suspects have been killed since the military launched the operation and no fewer than 500 livestock have been recovered and returned to their owners, while the troops recovered several weapens and motorcycles among other items from the suspects.

And stories from around the world:

Members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are agitating to prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) from becoming king after the international uproar over the killing of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, sources close to the royal court told Reuters news agency.

The White House has restored the press credentials of CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, less than two weeks after withdrawing them over an argument with President Donald Trump’s during a news conference. (BBC)

The United States is considering adding Venezuela to its list of state sponsors of terrorism but no final decision has been made, a person familiar with the deliberations said on Monday. (Reuters)

Guatemalan authorities declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people on Monday after the Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain before its activity decreased and then stopped. (AFP)

Yemen’s internationally-recognised government has announced it will take part in proposed peace talks in Sweden, hours after a senior Houthi leader said the rebels will halt drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies. (Aljazeera)


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