Kaduna train attack: Controversy rages over passengers’ manifest
More than 48 hours after terrorists attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train, Monday night, Nigerians are yet to know the number of passengers on board. Recall that the attacked train, which left at least eight passengers dead and 41 injured, saw the disappearance of scores of passengers.
This is even as the terrorists, who went away with some of the passengers, have started calling their families to say their loved ones are with them. Although the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, said in a statement, Tuesday, that 398 passengers bought tickets for the trip, and that only 362 of the tickets were actually validated for the trip, initial reports on the attack, which claimed 970 passengers were on board the ill-fated train has not been refuted by the authorities.
Consequently, families yet to find their loved ones on board have become anxious to get the manifest to ascertain the names, and number of persons who made the trip are in the dark as to the number of passengers on board the train at the time of the attack.
PDP: 13 presidential aspirants emerge as Udom, Hayatu-Deen, Ohuabunwa pick forms
The number of presidential aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has risen to 13 as Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, businessman Sam Ohuabunwa and Muhammad Hayatudeen yesterday obtained nomination forms.
Those who obtained presidential nomination forms earlier are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Presidents of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Anyim Pius Anyim, Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, Publisher of Ovation International, Dele Momodu, Oliver Diana Teriela and Nwachukwu Anakwenze.
With this number of aspirants, the Iyorchia Ayu-led PDP has generated some N520 million from the sale of presidential nomination forms alone. Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has declared interest but is yet to obtain the form. Recall that the party produced a total of 12 presidential aspirants in 2019 before it picked Atiku at its convention held in Port Harcourt in 2018.
Olopoeyan Dumps PDP
One of the chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji Adebisi, withdrew his membership from the party. Olopoeyan in a press statement available to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, made the declaration.
Olopoeyan through the statement maintained that he will make his further decision known to public as soon as possible.