1. Breaking: APC NEC ratifies Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s candidacy
The National Executive Committee, NEC, of All Progressives Congress, APC, has ratified the candidacy of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s candidate in the September governorship election.
The NEC also gave the Mai Malla Buni-led Caretaker /Convention Committee six months to organize the election of the National Working Committee, NEC, members.
This was disclosed by Governor Atiku Bagudu while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Emergency NEC presided by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa.
2. President M. Buhari, Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu others attend Giadom’s NEC meeting
Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress national executive committee (NEC) meeting has commenced at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo are among the party members in attendance.
The meeting was called by Victor Giadom, deputy national secretary, who was installed as the acting national chairman of the party by an Abuja court.
The president on Wednesday also recognised Giadom as acting national chairman of the party.
Buhari declared the meeting open at 12 pm.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the house of representatives, and 15 state governors are also in attendance.
The governors are those of Nasarawa, Niger, Jigawa, Yobe, Plateau, Kogi, Imo, Gombe, Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Ekiti, Kano and Kebbi states.
3. Coronavirus: FEC approves 2.3trn for Yemi Osinbajo’s Economic Sustainability Plan
The stimulus plan was part of the recommendations contained in the Economic Sustainability Plan earlier submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Economic Sustainability Committee led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
While submitting the plan, Osinbajo had said, “We are confident that if the proposals are taken as a whole and implemented conscientiously, Nigeria will avert the worst of the impending economic headwinds, and convert this crisis to a victory for the Nigerian economy.”
Announcing the approval of the plan on Wednesday, Special Assistant to the President on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi tweeted that the approval of the fund would inject the economy with the necessary financial cushion against the blow dealt by the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus disease.
Ogunlesi wrote, “The Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) has today been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
“It’s a 2.3 Trillion Naira stimulus plan to support the Nigerian economy in the face of the disruptions and challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Committee that prepared the NESP was set up by President @MBuhari and chaired by Vice President @ProfOsinbajo.
“(The Committee was) made up of a number of Cabinet Ministers, and held extensive consultations with NASS, EAC, and State Governors.”
The President’s media aide added the NESP would “create jobs, put money into the economy, hopefully, stop it slipping into recession, support small biz, prioritize local content (Made-in-Nig)”.
“The NESP is a 12-month ‘Transit’ Plan between the ERGP & the ERGP-successor-plan currently being worked upon,” he noted.
4. Governor Obaseki emerges PDP governorship candidate in Edo State
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Thursday emerged the governorship candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state gubernatorial election.
Obaseki emerged the party’s candidate after his closest rival to the PDP governorship election ticket Ken Imasaugbon stepped down from the race minutes into the primary election.