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Southern Governors Meet, Insist On VAT Collection, Anti-open Grazing Law, Others

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Southern Governors Meet, Insist On VAT Collection, Anti-open Grazing Law, Others

Southern governors jointly took some decisions as they met in Enugu on Thursday, declaring that it is within their purview to collect the Value Added Tax (VAT).

This is coming amid a row between the Rivers State Government and the Federal Government, a case that is now a subject of litigation.

The governors also reaffirmed their stand on open-grazing ban, urging every state in the region to quickly pass a law in that regard.

A communiqué after the meeting was read by Chairman of the Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Also present were Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta, Babajide Sanwolu, Lagos, Gbega Oyetola, Osun, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike, Rivers, Dapo Abiodun, Ogun and the host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

Deputy Governors present included Rauf Olaniyan, Oyo, Bisi Egbeyemi, Ekiti, Philip Shuaib, Edo, Ude Okochukwu, Abia, Kelechi Igwe, Ebonyi, Placid Njoku, Imo.

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The communiqué read in full:
“The Nigerian Southern Governors’ Forum at its meeting of today, Thursday, 16th September 2021 held in the Government House, Enuqu, Enugu State reviewed tne state of the nation and the progress of implementation of the decisions reached in her previous meetings and further

resolved as follows:
“1. Expressed satisfaction with the rate at which the States in the Southern Nigeria are enacting or amending the Anti- Open Grazing Laws which align with the uniform template and aspiration of Southern Governors and encouraged the States that are yet to enact this law to do so expeditiously.

“2. Encouraged the full operationalization of already agreed regional security outfits; which would meet, share intelligence and collaborate, to ensure the security and safety of the region.

“3. Reaffirmed its earlier commitment to Structural and fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the Forum held on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State and emphasized the need for the Southern States to leverage the legislative competence of their respective State Houses of Assembiy as well as representation in the National assembly to pursue its inclusion in the Nigeran Constitution through the ongoing constitutional amendment.

“4. Following from paragraph 3″ above, the meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the States.

“5. Expressed satisfaction with the handling of issues around the Petroleum Industry ACT (PIA) and ownership of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the larger Nigerian Governors’ Forum.

“6. Reiterated their earlier position that the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria in line with politics of equity, justice and fairness.

“7. The Forum thanked the host Governor, Rt. Hon. IfeanyiUgwuanyi, and chose Rivers State as the next host for the
Southern Governors’ Forum meeting in November 2021.

“Arakunrin Oluwarotimí O. Akeredólu; SAN Governor, Ondo State and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum.”

 

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Uncertainty Over Anambra Election As IPOB Declares One Week Sit-at-home Protest

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Uncertainty Over Anambra Election As IPOB Declares One Week Sit-at-home Protest

A week sit-at-home protest has been declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to prevail on the Federal to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The sit-at-home protest is billed for November 5 to November 10 .This threatens the governorship election in Anambra State that is scheduled to hold on November 6.

IPOB’s Media and Public Secretary, Emma Powerful disclosed this development in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State on Saturday.

Powerful said, “Following the adjournment of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s court case to 10th of November 2021, by the Federal High Court, Abuja, we the great movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that IPOB will lock down Biafraland from 5th of November to 10th of November except Sunday, November 7th, a day our people worship the Almighty God if the Nigeria Government fails to release our leader unconditionally before 4th of November 2021.

“Our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi must be released unconditionally on or before November 4, 2021 because he has not committed any offense known to any law.

“Failure to release our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on or before November 4, 2021, our one week Sit-At-Home begins on November 5, 2021 till November 10.

“Although we quite understand the pains and adverse effects of this option on our people, we are compelled to take it to achieve a better purpose in the collective interest of Biafrans.

“We have taken time to analyse what transpired on October 21 when our Leader was arraigned in court and discovered that the federal government is not sincere and only wants to humiliate him and keep him perpetually in DSS custody to rot there.

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“We all saw how lawyers, journalists, Igbo delegates and respected traditional rulers and other people who came from all around the world to witness his court case were restricted and denied access into the court premises by security agents who kept them outside under the scorching heat of the sun. What a humiliation and wickedness!

“We cannot accept that anymore. We can never allow our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be tried secretly and we can never also allow him to be tried under Sharia law under any guise. Nigeria must follow International laws in handling our leader.

“Unless the federal government releases him unconditionally before November 4, we shall sacrifice one week for him as a warning protest to convey to our oppressors that Nnamdi Kanu represents over 70 million Biafrans.

“He is innocent of all the charges preferred against him. As long as he is in detention our individual businesses do not matter so much because he is suffering for us all and we can’t abandon him.

“We seriously regret the inconveniences this may cause our people but it’s a necessary sacrifice we need to make until we have our full independence. Nobody resident in Biafra land is expected to flout this directive as doing so amounts to challenging the will of the people on the Biafra project,” the release stated.

 

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I Already Know Of Three Presidential Aspirants In PDP – Makinde

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I Already Know Of Three Presidential Aspirants In PDP - Makinde

Ahead of its national convention, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has declared that he is aware of three people in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who have indicated interest in the 2023 presidential election.

Makinde listed these people as former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and his Bauchi State counterpart Bala Mohammed.

There have been speculations in the past weeks over the candidates for the next general elections, especially with the issues raised around zoning.

During an interview on Channels Television on Thursday, Makinde said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had “eminently qualified” personalities that could lead Nigeria.

He also said the only way the PDP could be stopped was if the party was divided internally.

“Once PDP governors are able to move in one direction, align on most of the issues and the challenges we are faced with, I think there is hope for this country.

READ ALSO: PDP Governors Meet Ahead Of Party Convention

“Our party has eminently qualified personalities that can lead this country successfully.

“Some have indicated interest like former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, like governor Tambuwal, like governor Bala Mohammed.

“The bottom line is when we get to that bridge, we will definitely cross it. What is important at this stage, which I will solicit the support of PDP members and the generality of Nigerians, is please support us to have a successful national convention.

“There is no way you can become anything — president, vice-president, even governor — if we don’t have a party.

What we want to do first is to ensure that we get things right within our party,” Makinde said.

When Makinde was asked if he thinks PDP would take over power from the APC in 2023, he replied: “Well, it is a question that I know Nigerians will answer and they will answer decisively.”

 

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PDP Governors Meet Ahead Of Party Convention

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Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention in about 10 days, governors in the party are currently meeting in Abuja.

The meeting, held at the Akwa Ibom State governor’s lodge, had in attendance Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Duoye Diri (Bayelsa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

An official of the PDP Governors’ Forum who pleaded anonymity said the meeting was not unconnected with the heat generated by the collapse of consensus arrangement particularly in the South-East.

READ ALSO: How Igbo Presidency In 2023 May Help IPOB’s Secession Bid – Dokpesi

According to him, “The governors are scared of the implication of going to the convention in crisis. When you see a position micro-zoned to a region or state and a consensus cannot be reached, then there is a problem. This is what the governors want to deal with.”

 

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