Connect with us

Politics

APC Disowns Alleged Plan To Field Jonathan In 2023

Published

on

Former President Goodluck Jonathan will not be fielded as the presidential standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

Reports last week had it that some Northern APC governors who visited Jonathan last week assured him of a plan to give him the party’s ticket in 2023.

But the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, who doubles as the interim committee chairman of the party, cleared the air on the reports in an interview with Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Wednesday.

He said it would be a new discussion entirely whether Jonathan would be welcomed if he eventually indicates interest.

According to him, there is no truth in the reports, saying those peddling such information are afraid.

READ ALSO;How Buhari Is Causing Nigeria’s Disintegration – Tunde Bakare

“Those peddling such information are afraid. But for now, there is nothing in the APC which has anything to do with the aspiration for 2023.

“Even if someone wants to base assumption on our recent visit to him during his birthday, we were there because of his status as a former president of Nigeria.

“Again, even when we are talking of peaceful coexistence, we must give credit to former President Jonathan on the issue of peace.

“He accepted defeat in 2015 and resigned to fate. That has qualified him to be a statesman and he is now among our fathers.”

Governor Buni said it was customary to visit one another and exchange pleasantries.

“Our visit to Jonathan was because of his status as a former president, that could be why some may think there was something beneath.

“There are many of such visits, to leaders of PDP, APC, why are others not being mentioned but Jonathan?”

When asked whether the APC would welcome Jonathan if he eventually indicates interest, Buni said that would be a new discussion entirely.

READ ALSO; Motivation And Time Management

“Even in America where we got this democracy, I’ve not seen where people are being confined” to a political party, he said.

Read more authentic news on our social media platforms

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Politics

Why I Couldn’t Implement 2014 Confab Report – Jonathan

Published

on

Why I Couldn't Implement 2014 Confab Report - Jonathan

The then existing political atmosphere was among the factors that did not allow former President Goodluck Jonathan to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference report.

Jonathan explained that the political climate did not warrant his then government to implement the report.

He noted that Nigeria was on the verge of the 2015 general election; hence it was impossible to review the constitution, which would have allowed his administration to implement the report.

The former president disclosed this at the public presentation of a book on the 2014 National Conference in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Represented by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, Jonathan noted that defections among past lawmakers in the National Assembly contributed to his inability to implement the conference report.

Jonathan said his administration could not implement the report because the then legislature was anti-government.

READ ALSO: National Conference Revisited As Jonathan, Anyim, INEC Chair, Others Meet For Book Presentation

He said: “Those familiar with the process of constitutional review will know that to implement the confab report, a number of alterations will be made in the constitution, which will require the involvement of the National and State Assemblies.

“Such an elaborate review will be termed impossible at the time because at the time the report was submitted in August 2014, we were already on the verge of the 2015 election.

“It is also important to point out that at that time, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who was a member of my party, the PDP had already moved out with some members to join the opposition.

“That meant that a reasonable part of the legislature was already anti-government. When you know that your parliament is under that kind of situation, it would have been impudent on my part to take such a precious document, which I considered crucial for development, to a parliament that would not take it into consideration.”

Jonathan also noted that his administration could not implement the recommendations from the report because Nigerians were suspicious of his government.

“There was no way that could have been done. We were also fully aware that a segment of our population were already suspicious of the actions of government,” he added.

 

Read more authentic news on our social media platforms

Continue Reading

Politics

Court Halts Impeachment Of Oyo Deputy Governor

Published

on

Court Halts Impeachment Of Oyo Deputy Governor

Justice Oladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court has restrained the House of Assembly from further impeachment process against the state deputy governor, Raufu Olaniyan.

Justice Akintola ruled that the State Assembly should stop any removal process they may want to initiate until the court decides.

The Assembly is billed to read Olaniyan’s reply to their allegation this morning but has placed a hold on the further process regarding the impeachment.

READ ALSO: Only Credible Nigerians Should Get Chieftaincy Titles – Makinde

The court adjourned the matter till Tuesday, July 5 2022 for the continuation of the hearing.

The adjournment was to allow the Assembly to file its reply to that of Olaniyan at the Court.

The Director of legal services, Olabanji represented the Assembly, while Chief Afolabi Fashanu (SAN), led Olaniyan’s legal team.

 

Read more authentic news on our social media platforms

Continue Reading

Politics

Sokoto Speaker, Others Defect To PDP

Published

on

Sokoto Speaker, Others Defect To PDP

The Sokoto State House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida, and three gubernatorial aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate received the defectors in Sokoto State on Sunday.

The gubernatorial aspirants, who defected to the PDP were identified as former Minister of Sports Yusuf Suleiman, Alhaji Abubakar Gumbi and serving Rep. Balarabe Salame.

Others include, Rep. Yusuf Kurdula, Sen. Bello Gada, State lawmaker, Murtala Maigona, serving National Commissioner in the Public Complaints Commission and Sen. Jibril Gada.

Okowa while receiving the defectors, said that the PDP was working judiciously to salvage Nigeria from its current challenges of insecurity.

He also stated that Atiku Abubakar has the quality and knowledge to solve the country’s numerous challenges.

READ ALSO: Tambuwal Lifts Curfew On Sokoto Metropolis

He said, “Atiku is the man to take Nigeria out of its present stage, as such our country of tomorrow needs every one in the struggle by PDP,” he said.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State expressed happiness over the acceptance of the defectors to join the PDP in the State.

“Today you are all returning home. I am happy that all of you are satisfied and convinced with the PDP leadership in Sokoto and Nigeria,” he said.

Tambuwal described Atiku and Okowa as true nationalists with passion for Nigeria’s prosperity, saying their combination will yield the right leadership needed for the country.

 

Read more authentic news on our social media platforms

Continue Reading

Top Stories

%d bloggers like this: