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APC To Decide Zoning Of Presidency After Aspirants’ Screening – Adamu

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APC To Decide Zoning Of Presidency After Aspirants' Screening - Adamu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) will take a decision on zoning after screening its 2023 presidential aspirants.

This was disclosed by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the APC in an interview with selected Hausa service media organisations late Wednesday night.

Adamu said that the presidential aspirants would be scrutinised in accordance with the party’s guidelines for the 2023 general elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party’s electoral guidelines provide three methods of choosing its candidates for an election, which include: direct, indirect, and consensus.

Speaking on the party’s zoning arrangement, Adamu said that no decision would be taken until its aspirants were all screened.

“We have not produced our candidate for the presidency yet, we have to screen the aspirants to know the way forward.

“We have aspirants from across the country in the presidential race. We will take the decision when we get there,” the APC national chairman said.

On the number of the presidential aspirants, Adamu said members of the party could not be denied the right to contest for president.

“You can’t stop our party stalwarts from contesting elections or aspiring for the presidency. It is their right, and we are happy for them.

“There is nothing wrong for anybody aspiring for the exalted seat of the president, it is God that decides who gets what.

“We have 28 aspirants for the presidential ticket, and everybody knows that all of them cannot get the ticket. If it’s God’s wish, they all can even be president of the country one after the other.

“Our goal is to ensure justice in the choice of who emerges as the candidate of the party, that does not mean we are perfect, but we pray we do the right thing,” he said.

On the possibility of the party adopting the type of consensus arrangement that produced him as its chairman, Adamu said the chairmanship position was not the same as that of the president.

He stressed that there was no comparison between the two positions.

“However, the party has laid down its rules and regulations for the aspirants, we would scrutinise all of them based on our guidelines to be sure we pick the right candidate for the party,” he said.

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He debunked insinuations that a large number of the party’s presidential aspirants was a subtle ploy to extend the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in office.

“I can only say that God will deal with those behind such insinuations. President Buhari had since 2019 declared that he would not seek a tenure extension.

“He told everybody and swore with the Qur’an that he would not breach constitutional provision on his two terms tenure.

“The issue does not even arise, the president, while performing the Lesser Hajj reiterated this position.

“If there is truth in such talks, none of the aspirants would have procured the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms,” he said.

 

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Why I Couldn’t Implement 2014 Confab Report – Jonathan

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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.

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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.

 

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Court Halts Impeachment Of Oyo Deputy Governor

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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.

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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.

 

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Sokoto Speaker, Others Defect To PDP

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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.

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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.

 

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