Atiku joins PDP, Makarfi to seek party’s presidential ticket, and 20 important questions SSS chief, AGF, HoS, others are yet to answer in #Mainagate

Atiku joins opposition, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP); Makarfi to says he will still seek the party’s ticket; we highlighted 20 questions SSS chief, AGF, HoS and others are yet to answer in #Mainagate; Turai Yar’Adua’s multi-billion naira cancer centre converted to beans farm and much more we reported on Sunday.

1. Atiku joins PDP

Atiku Abubakar has formally joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, more than a week after he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The former vice-president made the announcement on Facebook within the last hour.

He said the complaints he had with the PDP, under which he was vice-president from 1999–2007, had been resolved, laying the groundwork for his return.

Mr. Abubakar is expected to contest the 2019 presidential election.

2. 2019: Despite Atiku, I can still seek PDP presidential ticket — Makarfi

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, has said he could still contest the party’s presidential ticket in spite of the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the party.

In an interview in the current edition of The Interview magazine, Mr. Makarfi said, “Atiku left before, he’s on his way back before the (party’s) Convention.”It is widely believed that Mr. Abubakar’s may be gunning for the PDP’s presidential ticket.

3. 2019: Successful convention will make PDP stronger — Jonathan

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will become solid after the successful conclusion of the December 9 National Convention.

Addressing journalists after a visit to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, at the Government House Port Harcourt on Sunday, Mr. Jonathan said that an elected National Working Committee will set in motion the preparation for the 2019 General Elections.

He said: “God willing, we will go through the National Convention and the party will become solid.

4. Don’t sell PDP chairmanship to highest bidder, IBB warns

A former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida, has said that the position of national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming national convention of the party is not for sale.

Mr. Babangida said as a founding member of the PDP, people like him and other leaders need to collectively assure Nigerians and members of the party that they have learnt bitter lessons.

PDP ruled Nigeria for 16 years before losing to the APC in the 2015 election.

The PDP will elect new set of leaders at a national convention billed for Abuja on December 9, 2017.

5. Mainagate: 20 important questions SSS chief, AGF, HoS, others are yet to answer

On Thursday, principal officials who played one role or the other in the controversial return and reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina appeared before the House of Representatives Committee investigating the scandal.

Mr. Maina went back to hiding after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his sack and an investigation into his controversial return, The president’s directives followed public outcry by Nigerians after PREMIUM TIMES’ reports on how the ex-civil servant who is still wanted by the anti-graft EFCC was sneaked into the country, promoted, and reinstated.

6. Eight years after, Turai Yar’Adua’s multi-billion naira cancer centre converted to beans farm

After being abandoned for eight years, the multi-billion naira International Cancer Centre, ICCA, an initiative of former Nigerian First Lady, Turai Yar’Adua, has been transformed into a cowpea farm.

The erstwhile first lady secured a partnership deal with a key organ of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in 2009 and then raised billions of naira in cash and materials from public and private sector donors to establish the ICCA in Abuja.

In December, 2016, investigation by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that burglars stormed the centre strategically located along the Abuja airport expressway and carted away power cables worth millions of naira. It is not known which other equipment have been pilfered from the locked up buildings.

7. #EndSARS: Police mum as Nigerians recount atrocities of Special Anti-Robbery Squad

Nigerians on Saturday amplified a social media drive which seeks to force the hands of federal authorities to immediately scrap the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The demand for an end to SARS dominated Twitter activities by Nigerians, during which citizens used #EndSARS to list allegations of extra-judicial killings, wanton arrests and dispossession of properties through physical assault and other intimidation tactics.

Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, initially asked PREMIUM TIMES to ignore the campaigners, saying he would call back to give reactions to the allegations against SARS later on Saturday evening.

8. #EndsSARS: Police react to complaints by Nigerians

The police have promised to address widespread abuses by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, amidst complaints by Nigerians that the department has allegedly become a cluster of criminals in uniform.

Allegations of extra-judicial killings, torture, wanton arrests for bribes and other menacing conducts flooded social media since Saturday, with citizens taking their rage to the Internet and demanding action.

The coordinators of #EndSARS, a hashtag many Nigerians have adopted to amplify the issue, told PREMIUM TIMES their aim is to compel the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari to scrap SARS.

9. Nigerian train derails

A luggage train derailed and got stuck at Omi-Adio railway crossing along Abeokuta-Ibadan road, causing major traffic jam.

The train with number 90035 carrying about twenty Dangote Company containers derailed at the railway crossing, preventing motorists from both end of the road from having access to their various destinations.

The driver of the train could not be located at the scene of the incident. Witnessed said he left by road for the railway terminus in Ibadan, about twenty minutes’ drive from the scene.

10. How I became a slave in Libya — Nigerian victim

The Edo State indigene, whose emotion-laden interview with CNN’s Nima Elbagir in a Libyan deportation camp, was viewed by millions worldwide, shared his life-experiences in T.B. Joshua’s church on Sunday.

The young barber explained that his father died when he was just 11, adding that he struggled to sponsor himself through school along with his five siblings.

“When I was cutting the hair of one of my customer’s, he advised me to go to Europe where he promised I could earn a lot of money,” Mr. Imasuen recounted.