President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has assured that the delay in the appointment of new ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari will not affect the speedy passage of the 2020 appropriation bill when presented to the parliament.
Lawan, who met President Buhari alongside the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja explained that civil servants do the bulk of the work on budget preparation.
The visit of the two National Assembly leaders to the Villa came few hours after the confirmation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Lawan pledged that the National Assembly will speed up more confirmation of nominees from the President, in contrast with what obtained in the immediate past Senate.
According to him, so far as the executive presents the fiscal document, the absence of new ministers in the Buhari’s cabinet would not adversely affect the 2020 Budget passage.
He assured that the lawmakers would equally pass it into law before year end if the target date of September for presentation is met.
Lawan said: “I think there is nothing to worry us deeply. The budget itself is normally prepared by civil servants, the permanent secretaries superintend and the directors will work most of the time.
“I believe that we are still on course and I believe both the Executive and the Legislature are on the same page on this. We are desirous and are prepared and determined to pass the budget by the first and second week of December by the grace of God, provided it is presented to us by end of September.”
Commenting on the need for a smooth relationship between the executive and the parliament, Lawan said that just like Justice Muhammad’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate without fuss, similar nominations from the President will be treated speedily, beginning with the confirmation of some Directors of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) today.
“What we did today (Wednesday) is to set the tone of what will be coming in the future. That is to say, we will be confirming the nominees from Mr. President because that will really ensure that the country is properly governed.
“The CJN confirmation was a fantastic way to start confirmation process and we are very happy we are able to confirm him today (yesterday), having received letter of request from Mr. President only last week,” Lawan said.
Also speaking, Gbajabiamila affirmed that Section 11 of the Nigerian Constitution would be invoked by the House of Representatives to take over the functions of the Edo State House of Assembly within the next one week if the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, fails to issue a fresh proclamation for inauguration to resolve the lingering crisis in the state parliament.
According to him, “What we did was to stick strictly by the rule or by the law that guides the Assembly and us as lawmakers. If, in a week, nothing changes, perhaps the House and the National Assembly as a whole will look at invoking section 11 of the Constitution.
“If every party, every player was consulted, all sides were heard, I don’t think we should go down that route and say if the governor decides not to heed it; that is not a decision for anybody to make.
“The governor is somebody I know and I believe he will operate within the confines of the law and dictate of the law and National Assembly and all other laws. So, I don’t think we should pre-empt the governor.”
Gbajabiamila explained that the House of Representatives has also intervened in the Bauchi State scenario with deployment of some members of a committee.
2023: Rivers governorship not turn by turn –Wike
ivers State Governor, Nyewom Wike has declared that all Ethnic Nationalities must work together to ensure the emergence of the next governor of the state, stressing that whoever it is will not emerge on turn-by-turn basis.
Wike, who spoke at a grand civic reception organised by the Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the state and country, noted that the state needs a governor that will carry everyone in the state along.
“We must work with all Ethnic Nationalities to move Rivers State forward”, he said.
He urged Ikwerre people not to be intimidated, saying that there can be no political position without the Ikwerre people playing prominent roles.
He noted that Rivers State remains one united state, where all ethnic groups are important.
He said: “Rivers State remains one united state, where all ethnic groups are important.
“Rivers State is one. Nobody can divide Rivers State. No outsider can be Governor of Rivers State. Let us not allow anyone to divide us.
“If you must be a Governor of Rivers State, you must carry everyone along. No Ethnic Group can do it alone. Once you say it is your turn, it will not work. When you say it is your turn, you have started failing.
“We will continue the legacy of Odili. Anyone with the interest of Rivers State will be supported. Wherever you are from, you must show that you are a Rivers man.
The chairman of Ikwerre Local Government, recognised Traditional Rulers, Eze Oha Apara Kingdom, Eze Worlu Wodo announced the conferment of the title: “Dike Oha Ikwerre “, covering the entire Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality.
Roughly translated,”Dike Oha Ikwerre” means Hero/Pillar of Ikwerre People.
He said that the title is in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Governor Wike to the Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality and the rest of Rivers State and Nigeria.
President-General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organization Worldwide, Prof Emenike Wami said the organisation is honouring a worthy and deserving leader.
He said: “He is a man with a heart of service for his people. He has distinguished himself as a performer. “
Present at the event were: Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri,Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and Taraba State Governor, Dairus Ishaku .
Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili said Governor Wike has surpassed the achievements of all his predecessors.
Sanusi may lose out under new Kano emirates
ollowing his reiteration of the wisdom behind the creation of four additional emirates in Kano, the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is set to announce the chairman of the State Council of Emirs, as there are fears that the current chairman and Kano Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, may lose out in the new dispensation.
The fear came into the fore following announcement by the governor that he would announce the composition himself.
He dropped the hint in an interview with a television station monitored in Kano Friday night, adding that the new First Class Emirs of Bichi, Karaye, Rano and Gaya, have come to stay for the overall socio – economic development of the state.
Also, Governor Ganduje said the Law gives a governor prerogative to appoint who becomes the Chairman of the State Council of Emirs, as the central Council for the 5 first class emirs apart from their individual emirate council across the emirate councils.
By way of affirming why the newly Emirates came on board, he restated that “the philosophy behind the creation of 4 more First Class Emirs, as being said in the past, are, among others, it was the people who demanded for it. They are significantly interested in the socio-economic development of their communities.
“There was similar demand during the reign of the late former governor of the old Kano state, Muhammad Abubakar Rimi. But at that time the process for the creation of the then new Emirates didn’t comply with the provision of the constitution then. That made it easy for the succeeding administration in the state to stop that action.
“But, with the strict following of the due process, which stems from the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, the new Law of the State Emirates is strong that it comes to stay.
As governor assures, “…the newly created Emirate Councils have come to stay. The process that led to their creation is based on due process.”
He then reminded how the first Law was squashed by the law Court, few days back, that created the 4 Emirate Councils, as being faulty, as ruled by the Court, explaining that, “In the first place (referring to the nullified Law recently) the process was faulty and we agreed with the nullification. But now the State Assembly followed all the procedures and we now have Law in place.”
Other reasons given as part of the philosophy, he added that, based on the history of the state traditional institution, people wanted to see that such history, that process, is revisited, according to the governor.
Participation of people in traditional governance for the overall development of the state plays an important role in the new dispensation of Emirate Councils newly assented Law.
Security concern for the state, as people raised and realized, is another fundamental aspect that calls for the creation of more Emirates, emphasising that, with additional Emirates the network of securing the state would be strengthened and more proactive, Ganduje argues.
Ugwuanyi inaugurates committee on conflict resolution
n furtherance of his administration’s commitment to sustainable peace, security and good governance in Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Friday, inaugurated a 17-man committee on conflict resolution, chaired by Dr. Uchenna Ogbu.
Noting that: “The whole world is steadily embracing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a means of resolving conflict”, Ugwuanyi, while inaugurating the committee, stated that the body is saddled with the responsibility of “reconciling issues between individuals, communities and/or institutions that may be assigned to them by the governor”.
The governor said his administration in the past five years has “strived to build an Enugu State of our dreams where there is peace and common brotherhood”, adding that “we know that Enugu State is one big family, as we have zero tolerance for bitterness and conflict”.
He pointed out that the committee was set up in recognition that “in every human settlement, there are bound to be conflicts because of our unique individual differences”.
Governor Ugwuanyi therefore urged members of the committee “to go out and ensure that conflicts are resolved through dialogue and reconciliation as may be assigned to you, thereby helping government in the discharge of its responsibility”.
Reiterating his administration’s resolve in setting up other institutional and legal frameworks for dispute resolution, the governor further stated that “Enugu State is the first State in the whole of South East Zone to set up the Multidoor Court House in 2018 and the third in the country after Lagos and Abuja.”
He revealed that his administration has also established mediation centres in all the local government area headquarters of the state and enjoined the committee, which comprises professionals and former members of the state and national assemblies, representatives of the security agencies as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), to take advantage of the existing government’s mechanisms for dispute resolution in the discharge of their duties.
Responding on behalf of others, Dr. Ogbu thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee and assured him of their commitment to full actualization of his noble vision towards the maintenance of peace and stability in the state.
The chairman, who described the committee as “the first of its kind in the history of Enugu State”, said that it is “another hallmark of creative, trend-setting and innovative disposition of His Excellency ever since he assumed office as the Chief Servant of the people of the state”.
Members of the committee also include Hon. Donatus Okechukwu Uzogbado, Hon. Dr. Emeka Ogbuabor, Hon. Mrs. Dame Lydia Nkechi Omeje-Ogbu, Hon. Matthew Erochukwu Ugwueze, Hon. John Kevin Ukuta, Hon. Nelson Uduji, Hon. Agbo Joseph Ugwumba, Hon. Johnbull Nwagu and Hon. Philip Nnamani, among others.
Spain attack: IPOB lied –Amaechi
he Media Office of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, said that the claim that Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members in Madrid, Spain physically assaulted the Minister was a lie.
According to the media office, the timely intervention of the Spanish police in Madrid repelled them.
The statement from the Media Office reads: “We read with utter disgust and disdain the sickening propagandist lies credited to one Emma Powerful, who claims to be the Spokesman of IPOB, that IPOB members in Madrid, Spain “beat” (physically assaulted) Amaechi. That is not true.
“We must clarify that in the incident of the attack yesterday on the Minister in Madrid, where Amaechi was part of the official Nigerian government delegation to the United Nations (UN) climate change conference (COP25), IPOB members did not “beat”, physically assault or cause any bodily harm to the honourable Minister.
“As they charged towards and at the minister during the attack, it was apparent that their plan was to “beat” (quoting Emma Powerful) him, hurt him, cause bodily harm or even do worse! But their violent evil plot failed woefully due to the dexterity of Amaechi to resist them, protect and defend himself, and the prompt intervention of the Spanish police who repelled the motley crowd of misguided attackers.
“Even the video circulated online by the attackers confirmed this much. Everyone could clearly hear one of them shouting, “we didn’t get him…” expressing his frustrations of their inability to get and “beat” the Minister.
“We must commend the Spanish police in Madrid for their timely intervention to protect Amaechi and their investigation of the attack and attempt on the life of the honourable minister in Spanish territory.
“The honourable minister of Transportation is immensely grateful to all for the outpour of love, support and prayers. He acknowledges God’s hand in the foiling of the attack and reassures all and sundry that he’s well, unhurt and okay; and will continue to dedicate himself in service to God, Nigeria and humanity.”
Sowore’s detention: US Senator pushes for sanctions on Nigeria
United States Senator, Bob Menendez, a ranking member of the United States Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, unhappy with the goings on in Nigeria, especially the recent re-arrest of rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has signalled his intention to press his government to impose sanctions of the West African nation.
Sowore was re-arrested on Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) right in the presence of a judge.
However, reacting to the latest arrest, the 65-year-old from New Jersey, condemned in very strong terms what happened to the convenor of #RevolutionNow and other events in Africa’s most populous country and even questioned if President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of what is going on.
In a statement on Friday, Menendez, who admitted he had been involved in attempts to pressure the Federal Government, promised US intervention in the matter over Sowore’s case.
He said: “I am outraged by the blatant harassment of Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression.
“In a concerted effort to secure his release on behalf of the Sowore family living in New Jersey, my office has been working closely with the State Department as Mr Sowore’s case languished following his arbitrary arrest back in August.
“While we continue to seek immediate answers about Sowore’s treatment and conditions in jail, I will be further engaging directly with US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, in Abuja to raise this case at the highest levels of the Nigerian Government so that the Buhari administration gets the message that we are committed to defending Sowore’s rights and securing his release.
“This blatant miscarriage of justice is symptomatic of closing political and media space in Nigeria.”
Menendez said it seems President Buhari is not aware of what the secret police is “doing in his name”.
“The United States is watching and the world is watching. I fear that the blatant harassment of Mr Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression, is becoming symptomatic of increasingly closing political and civic space in Nigeria.
“The Nigerian court has twice ordered his release on bail. And the state security agencies openly defied the court order each time leaving me to conclude that either Nigeria no longer respects the rule of law or President Buhari is woefully out of touch with what agents of his governments are doing in his name.
“This is unacceptable in a country that calls itself a democracy. Journalists who risk their lives to expose the truth should be celebrated, not incarcerated.
“It is unacceptable to that the husband and father of a US citizen with such blatant cruelty. Today, my office contacted our ambassador in Nigeria in an effort to obtain answers on what actions the United States is taking on the Sowore family’s behalf.
“In the next several days, I’ll continue to engage with the State Department in Washington to ascertain the impact of what the arrest of Mr Sowore and other activists and journalists will have on our relationship with Nigeria.
“My hope is that the bilateral relationship we have with Nigeria will be reassessed in light of these events,” Menendez said in the statement.
Sowore, who was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by operatives of the DSS for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations but only released on Thursday evening despite two court orders directing his freedom much earlier, was rearrested on Friday by the DSS, which only a day earlier had said it had complied with the court’s directive to release him and had even paid the N100,000 fine imposed for flouting earlier orders to release the former University of Lagos Student Union President.
Sunday Telegraph sought the views of the Presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on the video and the pronouncements of Senator Menendez but no response was received as at the time of filing this report.
In the meantime, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called for the arrest and prosecution of all the security operatives who invaded the hollowed chambers of the Federal High Court Abuja in a desperate attempt to arrest Sowore and his colleague who are standing trial before the court.
Reacting to the incident, which caused disruption in the proceedings of the court, Executive Secretary of the Commission Tony Ojukwu cautioned that “Law enforcement officials must not be above the law”.
“The National Human Rights Commission has watched with dismay the conduct of law enforcement officers in facie curie Friday 6th December 2019 at the Federal High court Abuja and reiterates its earlier statement emphasising the need for law enforcement officials to understand that to qualify as law enforcement agents, they must first of all be law abiding and not be above the law,” Ojukwu said.
According to Ojukwu, officials paid with tax payers money, cannot indulge in impunity and utter disregard for the constitution.
“Our democracy is founded on the principle of separation of powers and all citizens including law enforcement officials must understand the implications of that and are enjoined to respect the law and the constitution in the enforcement of the law.
“Accordingly, the Commission directs all the relevant agencies of government to arrest and try all law enforcement officers involved in the desecration of the hallowed chambers of the Federal High Court, Abujafor contempt in the face of the court.
“They should be tried and this should serve as a reminder to all law enforcement agents that they must obey the law in carrying out their law enforcement duties,” he added.
The Commission reiterated that law enforcement officers must enforce the law within the ambits of the law.
“Impunity by law enforcement officials cannot be indulged in our democracy because impunity uproots the very foundation of our constitution and our democracy,” he said.
Reacting to the US Senator’s stand, Spokesman of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere said it was instructive that President Buhari’s government’s wanton disregard for rule of law is receiving the attention of world leaders.
According to him, Nigeria has descended into anarchy with current spate of events in the country, stating that Senator Menendez, by his action is writing his name in gold, like for Ambassador Walter Carrington who spoke vehemently against Sani Abacha’s dictatorial rule more than two decades ago.
2023: Forget Igbo presidency, go for restructuring, Ozoanekwe tells Ndigbo
Chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and a former president general of Onitsha Amalgamated Traders Association (OMATA), Chief Pius Ozoanekwe has asked Ndigbo, to forget about the Igbo presidency in 2023 and instead go for the restructuring of Nigeria which he said without it would make an Igbo presidency counterproductive.
Ozoanakwe, who made this known in Onitsha while addressing journalists, also said that such Presidency would be controlled by the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy. He cited the 9th National Assembly as an example which he described as a “rubber stamp” of the executive.
“They all want to be in the good books of the Northern power block in order to have a better bargain another time. Such struggle will be an exercise in futility and unless Ndigbo resists the attempt they would be heading for doom,” he added.
The former market leader said none of the senators nor their counterparts in the House of Representatives are making any impute because they don’t want to risk their chances like M.i Okpala Senator Chuba Okadigbo, former governor Sam Mbakwe and Francis Ibiam did in their own time.
He said only through restructuring those institutions like INEC, judiciary, Nigeria Security and National Assembly could work as an independent body devoid of external control.
He called on the Ohaneze, Afenifere and other socio-cultural organisations in Nigeria to save this country from total collapse.
He said: “They should let the world know Nigeria’s predicament by sending delegates to the United Nations and tell them that Nigeria is tired of the present military democracy.”
On Ndigbo’s demand for the presidency, he said: “Let the Igbo lead a delegation to the North and dialogue with them on way forward and forget 2023.”
Chief Ozoanekwe contended that Nigerian cannot get it right now because the present democratic dispensation was founded by the military and the constitution took its root from the military decree which is incompatible with the conventional democratic principles and ideals.
“We must re-write the Nigerians constitution to bring back the country to the part of growth and development if we are sincere in building a better Nigeria for our children and children yet unborn.
“I have no confidence in the 9th Assembly. A situation where an elected member of the National Assembly could change his Religion for political position is a source of concern for every Nigerian, and not only to his constituency.”
Kogi govt to NBS: Your Corruption Report is dubious, horrendous
he Kogi State Government has carpeted the recent National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report claiming the state is the most corrupt in Nigeria as a “dubious attempt to blackmail and blacklist the state by those scared by her rising economic profile and opportunities”.
The Director General of Media and Publicity to the State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo raised the allegation while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Saturday, saying the Bureau has lost the “little credibility left in it”.
He said the state government will soon come with facts to challenge the false report by the NBS.
“How can we be the most corrupt state when we have institutionalized strong mechanisms to check fraud in the system? It is unfortunate that the Bureau just looked through its office windows to cook the discredited report.
“In the last 47 months, we have strengthened our internal mechanisms to combat corruption in the system. We undertook a strenuous Staff Verification Exercise to exorcise corruption from our civil service.
“The state government has since digitalized the Civil Service. We granted autonomy to the tax administrative board, changing the name from the Board of Internal Revenue to the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service. Today, the Service is led by one of the most respected hands in the industry, leading to opening new vistas for higher revenue as a result of managerial innovations and blockage of leakages in the system.
“Our accounting and auditing administration have been digitalized and made to be more effective, efficient and dynamic.
“Sitting in their offices at the Central Business District in the FCT to write fiction will not be accepted by the Kogi State Government. We are the most transparent state in the federation and deserves an award for that.”
Fanwo questioned the indices leading to the unfortunate conclusions, saying nobody came to ask questions from relevant authorities in the state.
He said if NBS fails to provide the parameters for the rating, the state government may have no choice than to seek legal redress to save the name of the state.
Oshiomhole’s move to unseat Imo APC chairman fails again
…‘motion time-barred’, says Court
gain, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has failed in his quest to unseat the Imo State Chairman of the party, Daniel Nwafor.
This followed the ruling of a Federal High Court on Friday that Oshiomhole’s argument that the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has no jurisdiction over the matter since the matter in question has to do with Imo State.
The High Court in its ruling of August 14, 2018 had affirmed that Nwafor had been validly elected chairman of the Imo State chapter of the APC.
Dissatisfied with the judgment, the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole initiated a motion urging the court to set aside its judgment.
Oshiomhole maintained that the issues in context in the substantive suit are matters that happened in Imo state outside the fundamental jurisdiction of the court.
He argued in his written address and relying on the point of law, that a judgment which is given without jurisdiction is a nullity.
Citing relevant authorities Oshiomhole contended that, “In appropriate and deserving cases, the court can invoke its inherent powers to set aside its own judgment.”
However, the Imo State APC Chairman had filed a counter affidavit argueing that Oshiomhole never opposed his counter claims before judgment was delivered in 2018. He averred that the authorities cited by Oshiomhole were not relevant to the case being matters of the primary election of the party.
In his ruling, the Presiding Judge, Justice O.A. Musa held that Oshiomhole’s challenge of the court’s jurisdiction was appropriate, but was done out of time.
He said: “Another factor this court considers important is the time line; the 2nd Defendant (Oshiomhole) waited for over six months before bringing this application and as such, equity aids the vigilant and not the indolent.
“Finally, it must be against public policy for application of this nature being filed after six months in a pre-election matter dealing with congresses. It will open this court to ridicule. There must be an end to litigation, and that is what the interest of justice demands.”
Justice Musa noted that the case was determined within the time limit allowed by law and that any aggrieved party had a legal right to challenge the judgment at the court of Appeal within 14 days.
“But this application was brought on 14th February, 2019 exactly six months after the judgment of the court was delivered and well over the time limit within which the trial court is allowed to entertain pre-election matters,” he said.
2023: We can’t continue with present arrangement –Afenifere
…insists on restructuring
•Says Igbo has right to presidency
•You’re wasting your time –AYCF
pex Yoruba Socio cultural organisation, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), through its National Publicity Secretary Yinka Odumakin, has said that Nigeria cannot afford to continue with the current arrangement where every state takes directives from Abuja, insisting that the polity must be restructured for Nigeria to be developed.
Afenifere was reacting to the recent statement credited to the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Prof Ango Abdullahi, that the Forum would support a candidate of Northern extraction to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
In an exclusive interview with Sunday Telegraph, Odumakin did not only condemn the stance of the Forum, but said if Nigeria had been restructured before the 2015 elections, she would had been spared the turmoil it is passing through today.
He said: “He is only blabbing. What he is saying makes no sense at all. In 2014, when they were shouting that it was their turn, it was their turn, it was their right to be in the presidency of the nation, they had their way. If they had allowed the restructuring of Nigeria then, we would not be going through this route again. If they insist that they will produce the president in 2023, let them go about it on their own.
“It is very correct that the South East is yet to produce the president of this country since 1999, they have a right to it. Last week we were in a function in Delta State, with other notable Igbo sons. We were discussing and they said that they do not want a Hausa with Igbo name. If we do not restructure Nigeria, it will not be in the interest of anybody. If we should continue with the way we are, they will go and bring somebody and give him an Igbo name, they will not take it, a president that would only kowtow to the North or do the biddings of Abuja, Nigeria cannot make any head way. That is what Ango Abdullahi and their likes want. That you will go and bring one Chukwuma or Iloanusi and will be answerable to the North, we will not tolerate it.
“What we stand on is that in 2023, the presidency must come to the South. Whether it comes to the South or not, Nigeria must be restructured. If we do not, there will be no progress.
“Southern leaders and Middle Belt Forum which comprises of South West, South East, South South and the Middle Belt, have all resolved that there must be restructuring and we do not want a situation where a section of the country will be lording it over others. If we rotate the presidency and every section spends a month each, without restructuring, we are heading nowhere.”
Also weighing in on the issue, President Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima said it is nothing new.
Hear him: “What the acting chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said is not different from what I have told you in the past. Was I not the one who started it? And do you think I would say something I was not sure of? It is not possible. That is why I advised that any political party that makes the mistake of putting any Southerner as a candidate is wasting its time. The North will massively go one way. So every party should put Northern candidate to balance the story, otherwise, if you put any other tribe, it will be different.
“The issue of rotational president had already been jettisoned before now by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. If Buhari succeed to complete his second tenure, it means the North only had nine years and the South had 15 years from 1999 till date.
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had eight years of uninterrupted administration. Umaru Yar’Adua had only one year, the second year he was sick and Jonathan acted for one year. And within the two years of Yar’Adua’s demise then, they created this issue of doctrine of necessity that made Jonathan to become substantive president for another two years. Yar’Adua had only one year and Jonathan had three years of the administration.
“When some of us came out to say it is important they allowed a Northern candidate to emerge through the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform so that the North can also complete the Yar’Adua’s administration, and the Northern administration by extension, people raised eyebrows, saying it is not constitutional and there was nothing like agreement and that it is the right of every Nigerian to contest. That was how the issue of rotational presidency was jettisoned.
“If we are talking about justice, we (North) never got justice from Nigerians. The South had occupied the presidency from 1999 till date for 15 years. Even if Buhari finishes next three years, we only had nine years. Can we compare nine to 15 years? Even if we are given 2023 ticket freely without opposition, you will realise that we only have 13 years, we have not even made up to the 15 years. But, however, let us just have one more shot.”
DSS: We didn’t re-arrest Sowore inside courtroom
he Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it never re-arrested the convener of the #Revolution Now Movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, inside the courtroom, on Friday. Rather they carried out the arrest outside the court, the Service posited.
This is contrary to reports that Sowore, who is also the publisher of Sahara Reporters, was arrested by DSS’ personnel inside the courtroom.
Sowore and an activist, Mr. Olawale Bakare, are standing trial before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, over treasonable felony and other related charges.
In compliance with a 24-hour ultimatum, the secret service had released the duo, who appeared in court on Friday.
However, it was widely reported that operatives had allegedly disrupted the day’s proceedings, shortly after the court had adjourned the case until February, 2020.
But in a statement, Saturday, by its spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya, the DSS said the commotion in court, was caused by Sowore’s supporters, who were shielding him from what they referred to as an “imaginary arrest”.
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