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No more Abuja-imposed leaders in APC, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said imposition of leaders will no longer be allowed in the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He specifically declared that there would be “no more crowning from Abuja” for APC candidates in elective posts.

Buhari spoke shortly after he revalidated his membership of the party in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

The President, who was accompanied by the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Mai Buni; members of the committee; President of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; state governors and other party members, said he was committed to ensuring that the party was returned to the people at the grass roots.

He said, “No more crowning from Abuja downward. Let the people know this and appreciate it that they are in charge of their constituencies and they are in charge of the party.

 “Without any incentive, they must come out and defend the party at any level so that we, you and the party will feel secured and comfortable because the old time of putting hands in the pocket is over because the money is no longer available.”

The President stressed that the party’s structure should no longer be Abuja downwards, stressing “Our party style and structure should no longer be Abuja downwards, but from the ward level upwards; so that people can defend the party and its policies even at every level.”

Buhari again recalled how his regime inherited a country without infrastructure despite the money made by past administrations.

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Reps working on legislation to abolish by-elections

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A law seeking to repeal the provisions in the 1999 constitution for by-elections into vacant seats at the Senate and House of Representatives is underway at the lower chamber.

The legislation entitled ‘An Act to amend section 68(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999’, is sponsored by Kwewum Shawulu, PDP-Taraba.

The sponsor of the bill seeks to amend section 68(1) of the Constitution by adding a paragraph (I) immediately after the existing paragraph (h)”, to read if “he dies during the continuance of his tenure or term of office, in which case, the independent National Electoral Commission shall not be required to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy, but shall ask the political party which sponsored him at the main election, to nominate and forward to it a replacement for the deceased member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives.’’

It was learnt that the legislation also sought to achieve same for representation at 36 state houses of assembly.

The bill, which also amends section 109(1), read, “If he dies during the continuance of his tenure or term of office, in which case the Independent National Electoral Commission shall not be required to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy, but shall ask the political party which sponsored him at the main election to nominate and forward to it, a replacement for the deceased member of the State House of Assembly.”

The sponsor of the piece of legislation in an interview with Vanguard, said: “The amendments will save INEC and the public a lot of cost. This is what even INEC itself, wants.

‘’It is ideal to allow political parties the benefit to nominate replacements for people who may have died in the course of their representation or some other circumstance.”

-Vanguard

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Aggrieved Kwara APC members dump party, form ‘Third Force’

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Thousands of aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State have dumped the party and formed a new political group, Kwara Third Force.
This followed years of irreconcilable crisis that has polarised the party that won last general elections, including the governorship poll, on a sweeping ‘O to ge’ movement.
A faction loyal to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had been at loggerhead with that of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, and other splinter groups, over the control of the party, leading to the replacement of Bashir Bolarinwa with Sanmari Abdullahi as the state chairman of the party.
The aggrieved APC members, who included senatorial chairman, ward chairmen, local government chairmen, women leaders, youth leaders, as well as APC party stalwarts across all the 16 local government areas, among others, in IIorin accused the national leadership of the party of supporting the political agenda of the governor.
They also accused the state governor and his loyalists in the party of alleged disenfranchisement in the recent membership registration and revalidation exercise.
The people tore their APC membership cards and burnt the party symbol of brooms.
He said, “As you are all aware, Kwara APC has been enmeshed in one crisis or the other almost immediately after the party’s primary, stretching into the campaign period and lingering up to date.
“The crisis has got to its peak with the recent concluded APC membership revalidation and registration exercise in the state that was flawed with deliberate policies and grand orchestration to deregister and disenfranchise selected members of the party.
“The success of a political party is anchored on its popularity, intra party membership cohesion, integrity and sincere commitment to the service of the masses. All these are glaringly diminishing in Kwara APC as it is now.”
He also said, “A grand design that denied majority of party members the opportunity to register and revalidate their membership across the state is a 2023 permutation agenda. We can never cross our fingers and watch the game from the sideline.

“The deliberate inaction to address the lingering crisis in Kwara APC has become obvious to all discerning minds that the agenda to deregister and refusal to revalidate thousands of members across the state was a grand plot that has the backing of the National Caretaker Committee of the party.
“From the highlighted points above, we the over 20,000 card-carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which includes Senatorial chairman Kwara Central, local government party chairmen, local government women leaders, youth leaders, ward chairmen, as well as APC party stalwarts across all the sixteen local government areas in the state hereby denounce APC and form a Kwara Third Force for the yearning and betterment of Kwarans at large
“We are, therefore, calling on all well-meaning Kwarans to shun violence, unnecessary struggle and agitation on account of desperation to belong to a party that has thrown away a large chunk of its members.”

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Guterres appoints Amina Mohammed as UN deputy secretary-general for second term

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António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), has asked Amina Mohammed to serve as deputy secretary-general for a second term.

On Friday, Guterres was re-appointed as the secretary-general of the UN for a second term by the general assembly.

His second term starts on January 1, 2022, and will run for a period of five years.

Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 as the ninth secretary-general.

Speaking with journalists after taking the oath of office for a second term, Guterres said he had extended an offer to Mohammed to continue in office.

“After being elected, I have the pleasure to invite the deputy secretary-general to remain in my second mandate and I hope she will accept,” he said.

Mohammed, who was standing behind Guterres at the press briefing, responded with the comment “absolute honour”.

Before her appointment in 2017, she was Nigeria’s minister of environment under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

She had also served as the special adviser to Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, which focused on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.

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