These are the stories that drove the conversation today:
There is an indication that some members of the House of Representatives are collating signatures in a bid to impeach the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, over his alleged indictment in a fraud detected in the activities of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the North-East, currently being probed by the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, a member of the House representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in Edo, Johnson Agbonayinma, who revealed the devlopment said, “some political gladiators and media houses” were sponsoring fake news against Osinbajo.
The lawmaker did not however mention sponsors the campaign against the Vice-President, but said disgruntled members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were part of the alleged plot.
Following the protest by Staff of the National Assembly under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), over unpaid salaries and allowances, which led to lawmakers being shut out of the premises on Tuesday, the leadership of the legislative chambers have reacted.
According to a statement signed by the media aide to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed the National Assembly Management Committee headed by the Clerk, Sani Omolori, to resolve all issues raised by protesting members of staff and report back to them by Friday, stressing that it was important for the workers to be well motivated.
“They added that the constitution of the National Assembly Service Commission which the workers demanded will be made available before Friday,” the statement read.
The former Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu, has put to rest speculations about his future with the All Progressives Congress (APC) as he has announced his defection from the ruling party to the Action Alliance (AA) in pursuit of his ambition to succeed the governor who is also his father-in-law.
The governorship candidate who disclosed this on Tuesday, at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, shortly after his arrival from Abuja, said that the entire APC structure had defected to AA, adding however that his party will cooperate with the APC to have President Muhammadu Buhari reelected, Governor Okorocha elected as senator; and him as governor on the platform of the Action Alliance.
“Injustice, impunity, and lack of respect for party’s constitution forced me out of the All Progressives Congress,” Nwosu added.
There are reports that the deadly violence which erupted in Urugbam, Egbor, Ipene, and Abanwan communities in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River on Monday, has lead to loss of lives, injuries and displacement of villagers who fled the areas for safety.
Speaking on the development, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over reports of the incidence and appealed for calm among the affected communities in order to ensure that lasting peace returned to the areas, while lauding the State Police Command for mobilising its personnel to the affected communities to contain the crisis.
“Our communities must be ready to live together in peace since no development can take place in an atmosphere of recurring violence,” he said.
Kaduna Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has described the 2019 general election as a poll between thieves and trustworthy people, alleging that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), rented crowd from Niger Republic just to show people that they have supporters, at the flag-off of its presidential campaign in Sokoto on Monday.
The governor who made the allegation on Tuesday in Kaduna at the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council for the state, said the PDP has nothing to offer the people of Kaduna and the rest of Nigeria, adding that what the APC has been doing for the past three years is to fix the rot left behind by the 16 years of PDP misrule.
“We cannot allow the people whose ideology is looting to return to power. The PDP has nothing to offer the people of Kaduna State and they have nothing to offer the rest of Nigeria,” he said.
And stories from around the world:
The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe. (Reuters)
The British government will publish its full legal advice on Theresa May’s Brexit deal after MPs found it in contempt of Parliament for not doing so.
The Commons supported a motion, backed by six opposition parties, demanding full disclosure, by 311 votes to 293. (BBC)
After a closed-door briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday, top US senators said there is “zero chance” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) wasn’t involved in the murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi. (Al Jazeera)
A rebel delegation flew out of the Yemeni capital Tuesday accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country’s devastating war.
The departure of the Huthi rebels on a Kuwaiti plane followed a prisoner swap deal and the evacuation of 50 wounded insurgents for treatment in Oman in a major boost to peace efforts. (AFP)
Sudan’s long-serving President Omar Bashir came closer on Tuesday to another term in office after a majority of lawmakers backed a constitutional amendment to extend term limits that would have required him to step down in 2020 (Reuters)