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We’ll Prevail On Fayemi To Contest 2023 Presidential Polls – Ekiti Obas

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We'll Prevail On Fayemi To Contest 2023 Presidential Polls - Ekiti Obas

The Ekiti State Council of Obas has said its members would prevail on Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi to contest the 2023 presidential election.

The monarchs stated this in Ado- Ekiti on Tuesday when Ekiti Concern Group led by Chief Samuel Bejide paid an advocacy visit to the traditional rulers during their monthly council meeting.

The Chairman of the Traditional Council and Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi disclosed that the council would soon appoint delegates that would convey its decision to the governor.

Oba Alabi stressed that Dr Fayemi had the experience, knowledge and expertise to pilot the affairs of the country. He added that Ekiti Obas would prevail on the governor and ensure he contest in the coming presidential election.

Oba Alabi noted that the governor has been instrumental in proffering solution to some of the knotty issues affecting the country, adding that his resourcefulness has endeared him to the hearts of the various ethnic groups in the country.

“We as traditional rulers in EKiti are fully in support of Governor Kayode Fayemi. We are going to prevail on him to run for the presidency of this country because what we want for Nigeria is the best, age is on his side, he is very young and hale, he has the strength, I can attest to that.

“For somebody to be president of this complex and complicated Nigeria, he should be between the age of 50 and 60 or maximum 65, when you are getting to 70 and you say you want to be president of Nigeria, it is problem because the problem of the country is enormous.

“Moreover, the greatest problem we are facing in the country today is the problem of insecurity everywhere, north south, east and west. We need somebody that has competence and capacity to handle this, Dr Kayode Fayemi has his PhD in war management, we are almost in the state of war in Nigeria today.

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“We need somebody that can manage it and I can say without equivocation that he has the wherewithal to lead this country and by the grace of God we as traditional rulers will back him, support him and use everything at our disposal to ensure his success, at an opportune time we will send a delegation to him”, he said.

In his remarks, Chief Bejide said the group was on advocacy visit to drum support that would compel Governor Fayemi to see the need to contest for the coming presidential election in the country.

He said the achievement of the governor in Ekiti State and as Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) coupled with his character, integrity and pedigree were the reason behind the move of the group.

Bejide who was accompanied to the council meeting by the Chairman Amotekun Board, Chief Akin Aregbesola and the Special Advisers Gender Empowerment and Social Mobilization, Chief Mrs Moji Fafure expressed confidence in the ability of the governor to perform credibly well if given the opportunity by Nigerians.

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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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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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