NIGERIA TODAY: Fayose threatens to quit PDP; Nigeria in fresh Ebola scare; Senate dares Buhari again
*I may leave PDP if Sherrif wins at Supreme court – Governor Fayose
Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, has threatened to leave PDP if the Supreme court rules in favor of factional leader of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, on May 25th. According to Channels TV, Fayose disclosed this to newsmen Tuesday, May 16th when he reacted to media reports that he had removed the name and logo of PDP from his campaign office and mini signposts mounted on Ado and Ikere-Ekiti roads. Fayose said that he remains a bona fide member of the PDP until the outcome of the court ruling. PDP has been in a leadership crisis since they lost the election in 2015. Two of the party members, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi have laid claim to the chairmanship position of the party. On February 17th, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, ruled that the caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi was illegal and could not act on behalf of the PDP. Makarfi approached the Supreme Court to appeal the judgment. The apex court will deliver judgment on May 25th.
*Senate threatens to stop appointment of National Lottery Commission DG, Ekweremadu
Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye, in a point of Order (43) Wednesday, stated that the Director General of National Lottery Commission, Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekweremadu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari without confirmation of the Senate.
He explained that the appointment has seen the Director General discharging responsibilities in clear breach of section 8(1) of the lottery act.
Dino cautioned that if the illegality was allowed, it would create disrespect for the rule of law, noting that Nigerians must be respected for Democratic norms they yearned for.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, as I speak, the DC has resumed at the Commission without passing through the checks of Senate as required by laws. Nigerians must be respected,” he submitted.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki in response noted that the issues are weighty despite the fact that the matter came through order of personal explanation.
He stated that thorough investigation would be carried out, adding that the Senate will make sure that the appointee is stopped.
“The issues raised by Dino are weighty, though it came through a personal explanation. I think the matter may come through a motion so that the gentleman can stop the nonsense he is doing,” he said.
*Nigeria moves to avert spread of fresh Ebola outbreak
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is finalising an arrangement to contain a possible spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) following its recent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
It urged the Federal Government to strengthen its response team and increase surveillance on the nation’s borders.
The proactive move, instigated by the confirmation of two more suspected cases of the deadly disease which have claimed three lives in the Central African nation, is to check the disaster and make government alive to its responsibilities of ensuring good health for the citizenry.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja by its President and Secretary General, Mike Ogirima and Yusuf Tanko Sununu, NMA pledged its readiness to partner the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to achieve yet another feat on prevention and control of the contagious ailment.
The doctors, subsequently, appealed to all health teams to refresh their knowledge on clinical presentation of the scourge, apply universal basic precautions in patients’ care and employ standard protocols of management and reporting of suspected cases.
The NMA also called on Nigerians to be calm and cooperate with government in securing the country, especially during surveillance at entry points.
The medics equally assured the citizens of their readiness to safeguard the health of the nation.
“The recent declaration of outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is another major setback to the world. The devastation brought about by the last one still remains fresh in our minds. West Africa was worst affected with more than 11,000 deaths recorded in 2014-2015, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
“Efforts by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have been acclaimed as one of the best moments the country demonstrated. That is, where there is political will, success is assured. The role of our fallen heroes, especially the late Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh in the control of the spread of the disease is not only worth remembering but reminds us of the need to make sacrifices for our country,” the statement read.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday identified two more suspected cases of the deadly virus a day after it declared an outbreak in Congo.