The Late 5: Otedola endorses Sanwo-Olu for governorship; Aregbesola says he hasn’t collected salaries for 8 years | Other top stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

Chairman of Forte Oil PLC, Femi Otedola, speculated to be running for governorship in Lagos, has endorsed the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu for governor.

In a post on his official Instagram handle on Saturday, Otedola described Sanwo-Olu as his childhood friend and the incoming governor of Lagos State.

 “Dinner at my residence yesterday evening with my childhood friend, APC governorship candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu; the governor in waiting,” the caption read.

The Super Eagles on Saturday secured qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon, following a 1-1 draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg.

With the result from Saturday, the Super Eagles now lead Group E with ten points, followed by South Africa who are second with nine points and Libya with seven points.

The last ticket up for qualification is open to either of the two teams as South Africa need a draw, and Libya a win to go through.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has dismissed allegations that he collected million dollars in bribes, to manipulate the outcome of the party primaries in some states and FCT.

Speaking to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, described the allegations of corruption against him as reckless insinuation, stressing that people who specialize in libels take advantage of the country’s peculiar judicial system.

“By the time you want to check the process of the guy who libeled you and so on, he sales himself everything put together he could not compensate for by legal fee not to talk of really mitigating my paying as a result of the judgment,’’ he said.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun says he has not been earning salaries throughout the eight years of his administration, since it was the state that was feeding him, fueling his cars and provided him with accommodation, there was no need for him to be paid.

The governor who disclosed this during an interactive programme on Saturday in Osogbo, stressed that he has no bank accounts in any part of the world, adding that he was going to rest for awhile from politics.

“l had been in politics since my secondary school days. I have had been an absentee husband for many years because of politics but for now, I want to be with my wife,” Aregbesola said.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has described the opposition by state governors to the proposed new minimum wage of N30,000 as “distraction.”
Speaking on Saturday in Ado Ekiti during a social function, NLC President Ayuba Wabba said six governors were represented on the tripartite committee set up by the federal government to discuss the issue of minimum wage and that it took the labour over a year to arrive at a midway wage of N30,000.
“I consider this governors’ position as a trick that was not new to us. There was no agitation about labour that never experienced such, but we consider it an afterthought.” Wabba said.

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