The Big 5: President Buhari states why he won 2015 election; Kashamu at loggerheads with PDP | Other top stories

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) through its President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle Monday advised Nigerians not to vote for any desperate presidential candidate in 2019.

Ayokunle gave the counsel while briefing reporters after meeting with presidential candidates of 14 political parties in Abuja on their plans for Nigerians and the church.

“Leading Nigeria is a sacrifice. Why do you want to lead by force? You do not need to destroy the entire land. When you said you must lead us at all cost, then, we should suspect you. You need to know that the world is not created for you alone. If you do not win the 2019 election, heaven will not fall. We have millions of Nigerians who can do what you want to do. Do not set this nation on fire,” he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari, at the opening of the Corruption Risk Training for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies of the African Union (AU) at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he won the 2015 election because Nigerians were weary of endemic corruption.

He said that “when we assumed office in May 2015, the pervasive nature and devastating impact of corruption on the Nigerian nation had become dysfunctional. The momentum for our electoral victory could not be separated from the revolt of the people against glaring endemic corruption.”

He added that “the fight against corruption is a battle for the souls of our different countries and it is one that we must win…During the past several months, we have been taking steps to institute integrity and transparency in the processes of government and holding those who have plundered our commonwealth to account for their actions.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said Senator Buruji Kashamu (Ijebu North) is “finally turning himself into a clown, in his desperate bid to destabilise the PDP.”

Reacting through a statement, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “Senator Buruji, in his forced hallucination, has failed to realise that Nigerians, particularly the voters in Ogun, have seen through his antics; they know that he is not the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun; they know that he has a pact with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilise the PDP; they also know that he is a clown on a journey to nowhere,” the statement read.

The leadership of the PDP had submitted the name of Ladi Adebutu, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its candidate but, Kashamu’s faction has continued its campaign.

On Monday, the faction presented him as the Ogun PDP governorship candidate.

The Presidency Monday, defended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying the anti-graft agency did not raid an apartment occupied by the two sons of Atiku Abubakar.

Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu claimed the news of the alleged raid, was spread by the main opposition party, PDP.

The fourth meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended on Monday night without an immediate resolution of the dispute.

While addressing journalists, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the meeting has been adjourned to December 17.

The strike commenced on November 4.

And stories from around the world…

French President Emmanuel Macron has bowed to pressure from the street to announce a catalogue of emergency measures aimed at pacifying the gilets jaunes after weeks of civil unrest in France.

“I may have given you the impression that this was not my concern, that I had other priorities. I take my share of responsibility. I know I have hurt some of you with my words,” he said.

Macron has promised a minimum wage rise (increase by €100 per month from 2019) and tax concessions.

He condemned the violence but said the protesters’ anger was “deep, and in many ways legitimate”.

President Donald Trump has given us another phrase – just in time before the year ends and one year after ‘covfefe’.

He wrote on Twitter on Monday, “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun… No Collusion.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will meet European leaders and EU officials for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal.

She will hold talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany‘s Angela Merkel after postponing MPs’ final vote on the deal.

May has said she needs “further assurances” about the Northern Ireland border plan to get Commons backing.

South Africa has summoned the Rwandan envoy in Pretoria after a Rwandan pro-government news site reportedly called a key minister a “prostitute”.

The South African international relations minister, Lindiwe Sisulu has also been criticised on Twitter by a senior Rwandan official.

Meanwhile, President Trump has expressed concern that he could be impeached when Democrats take over the House, CNN reports.

CNN quoted a source as saying Trump sees impeachment as a “real possibility.”

But Trump isn’t certain it will happen, the source added.

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