Okotie Wants To Lead Interim Government After Buhari
A former presidential candidate, Pastor Chris Okotie, has canvassed the setting up of an interim government to be headed by him immediately after the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okotie, the Founder, Household of God Church International Ministries, also proposed the scrapping of National and State Assemblies as well as political offices saying that the presidential system currently being run in the country, has brought a lot of pains than gains to Nigerians especially the masses.
He disclosed this in his church, located at Oregun, Lagos, in commemoration of his 63rd birthday.
According to the musician-turned pastor, various political parties in the country have failed in their programmes , and impoverished Nigerians due to their unfavourable party structures. He said, “some political parties were formed by rich men for selfish purposes so that they can impoverish the masses and that is why the prices of nomination forms have gone beyond the reach of a common man ,” said the cleric.
He called on the flag bearers of the political parties to divert the energy used in securing the party’s ticket, towards supporting the interim government he aspires to lead so that the true picture of democracy can be achieved.
The cleric said killings, maimings, corruption and kidnappings were gaining momentum in the country.
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“My message to Abubakar Atiku is to ensure peaceful atmosphere so that we can tackle the challenges facing the nation. Remember, Nigeria has been good to you and it is time you pay back.
“To Bola Ahmed Tinubu, you have shown your strength at the primaries but I want you to divert it towards emancipation of the masses by supporting the interim government for the sake of our people.
“To Peter Obi, I know you are a trader, kindly use your expertise to build the nation’s economy. The existing system is faulty and that is why I am asking you to support an interim govt that will heal the wounds of our people,” he said.
If given the opportunity to head an interim government, Okotie said he would scrap all political offices and empower professional associations.
“Some professional associations like National Teacher’s Association NTA, Nigerian Medical Association NMA, and Nigerian Bar Association NBA, have been in existence before the existing political parties and it will do well to tap from their knowledge rather than committing professional affairs into the hands of minister’s and commissioners, “ he said.
As for the National and State Assemblies, Okotie suggested that these be scrapped as they are being used to exploit the nation’s economy adding that such offices should be voluntarily occupied.
“The expenses that the National and State Assemblies are gulping, are enough to build a nation…Let us scrap them and divert the fund to meaningful projects.
“We don’t need political parties to govern Nigeria, let us change from presidential to federalism government or state autonomy.
“The Constitution that was handed over to us by foreigners is not working, so,
Nigerians should begin a conversation that will lead to an interim government immediately after Buhari’s regime. ” He added.
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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.
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They were convicted of conspiring to exploit the man from Lagos for his kidney, reports the BBC.
Prosecutors told the Old Bailey the organ was to be removed and given to the couple’s daughter, Sonia, aged 25.
She was cleared of the same charge.
The victim, a street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
They were later arrested at the airport while trying to leave the UK.
NLC Orders Workers To Shut CBN Offices Nationwide Over Naira Scarcity
Worried about the continued scarcity of naira, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has officially declared a nationwide . The national president of the union, Joe Ajaero, gave the directive during a media briefing in Abuja.
Ajaero also directed that affiliate unions constituting the NLC should be on standby for picketing exercises across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria nationwide.
The NLC earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to end the petrol and cash scarcity being experienced in the country.
Ajaero told journalists on Wednesday that the industrial action became the last resort of the NLC following the expiration of the ultimatum.
He said the decision to picket the CBN branches became necessary as the federal government and the CBN had failed to show any commitment to addressing the situation.
Ajaero lamented that despite the Supreme Court order that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the situation kept getting worse.
He said workers could not access cash to pay fares to work.
He also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector.
“Last week, we gave an ultimatum for the review of the cash crunch bedevilling the country, but we have discovered to our dismay that as at this moment not much effort has been made to ameliorate the situation. Government is still foot-dragging on these issues we raised,” Ajaero said.
“Based on this, we met again this morning to review our position and resolved that by Wednesday next week all CBN branches will be picketed. Workers are directed to stay at home too because people cannot eat, workers can no longer go to the office, we have been pushed to the wall.
“We have decided to take our destiny in our hands, we have mobilised our workers on this exercise.”
The NLC has no fewer than 43 affiliate unions which include, but not limited to, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
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