Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a candidate of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, has said he is still in the race.
He was reacting to theexclusion of his name by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from the list of governorship candidates cleared for the poll.
Soludo, in a statement which his campaign organisation issued on his behalf, said he remained the valid candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
The statement read in part, “Honourable Chukwuma Umeorji has been published as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 6 2021 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
“The INEC publication is based on a judgment by a High Court in Jigawa State, and the electoral body sensibly wrote that its inclusion of Umeorji as a candidate in the election is By Judgment.
“Our millions of supporters in Anambra State and elsewhere in the world are advised not to be dispirited by the publication seriously. Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo will participate in the governorship election as the APGA candidate.
“His nomination was strictly in line with the Electoral Law and INEC guidelines. INEC observed the APGA Congress on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, where he was nominated after winning 93.4 per cent of the valid votes cast in a free, fair and transparent manner which was broadcast live on national television networks as part of deepening the democratic process in Nigeria.”
He expressed confidence that the judgement which INEC relied upon to produce its list would be set aside.
Soludo said, “The judgment will be set aside the way orders by Mr Justice Stanley Nnaji of the Enugu State High Court and Mr Justice Egbo Egbo of the Federal High Court in Abuja were thrown out when they embarrassed the legal profession with their decisions on the struggle for the governorship of Anambra State a few years after the inception of democratic governance in 1999.
“Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were then toying with the destiny of a great state.
“Desperate politicians are determined to go to any and every length to acquire power for its own sake. We thought that the state had passed the stage where some of its politicians were moving from one end of the country to the other in the dead of the night in search of judicial orders to impose themselves on the people as their rulers, not leaders.
“Our supporters and indeed all Anambra people, who have been waiting patiently for Soludo’s leadership of the state, are advised not to be deterred by the Jigawa State Court order. They should rather remain supremely confident of not only Soludo’s participation in the November 6 gubernatorial vote but also his triumph in the polls with a big margin which will lead to a new era in our state for the benefit of all.
“The campaign for Soludo’s emergence as the successor to Governor Willie Obiano has become a movement of the people through and through. The movement will come to fruition.”
Ohanaeze warns against imminent collapse of Nigeria, alleges conspiracy against Igbos
An Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), has warned against imminent collapse of Nigeria if appropriate steps are not taken to address the myriads of problems bedeviling her.
OYC also disclosed that it envisioned imminent conspiracy against the people of Igbo ethnic extraction of the country.
The group further insisted that Nigeria may not exist beyond 2023 should some appropriate steps be relegated to the background by the powers that be.
The Ohanaeze’s revelation was coming on the heels of the recent political calculation and permutation by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cede the party’s presidential tickets to Northern Nigeria.
However, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Saturday night, the Igboayaka O. Igboayaka-led OYC advised patriotic Nigerians, who bear the unity of Nigeria at heart to be cautious ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The Igbo youths faulted what it described as unguarded utterances as regards the Nigeria Presidency of Igbo extraction in the 2023 general election by some political leaders, and frowned vehemently at a statement credited to 2019 Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi, wherein the latter had said that “2023 presidential election will be basically on credibility”.
Ohanaeze reminded the former Governor of Anambra State that “credibility is the second qualification for 2023 presidential election, and also maintained that the first criterion for 2023 election was that the presidential candidates should come from State of Igbo extraction in Nigeria.
The highest Igbo youth body said, “among the tribes in Nigeria, Igbos have held the unity of Nigeria, even Igbo have paid with their blood to keep Nigeria, and such unity thirsty tribe is qualified to lead Nigeria at this time of fragile unity that has made Nigeria to divide more than ever.
“The apostles of truth, justice, equity and fairness in Nigeria project know that 2023 presidential tournament will determine if Nigeria will go into political relegation or qualify to continue to exist as one entity”.
OYC described the unity of Nigeria as a hungry and thirsty baby, craving for the mother’s attention, hence the quest for a true Igbo man who can succeed President Mohammadu Buhari in 2023.
The Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group reiterated that the only one vaccine that would stop Nigeria from falling ill in 2022 and die in 2023 is “Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.
According to OYC, “Nigeria President of Igbo extraction is a pill, an anti-dote of Nigeria political survival beyond 2023, the only one entrance and one exit for peace and Unity in Nigeria is entrance of an Igbo person into Aso Rock in 2023.
“Nigerian unity is like a baby that is thirsty and hungry and crying heavily, it requires mother’s breastfeed and water to stop the baby from crying, such water and mothers milk is An Igbo person replacing President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The only one vaccine that will stop Nigeria from falling ill in 2022 and die in 2023 is “Nigerian President of Igbo extraction-Vaccine.
“There is one option left for Nigerians in 2023 either to accept Ndigbo and reintegrate them into mainstream of Nigeria political project or risk the actualization of self-determination call by Ndigbo. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed the spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum, stakeholders and groups or individuals, other tribes who are aspiring for president should make a choice whether Ndigbo should continue with them as “One Nigeria.
“If after 2022 Presidential Primary election, the leading political parties in Nigeria did not cede presidential ticket to Igbo candidates, the call for a separate State of Igbo, Nation for Ndigbo will take a different dimension that will shock the globe and will be actualized by every conventional and unconventional instrument”.
Chijindu Emeruwa, Daily Post
Masari seeks security agencies’ support for vigilantes in Katsina
Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari has decried the lack of support for vigilante groups and hunters by security agencies in the State.
He lamented the Army and Police were not supportive enough of the recruitment and deployment of vigilantes and hunters by the State Government to combat banditry in forests and the rural communities.
Masari spoke at a mini town hall meeting involving heads of security agencies, first class traditional rulers, district heads, as well as members of the State Executive Council at the Government House Katsina for visiting Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed,
He also condemned the attitude of some transport unions, including National Union of Road Transport workers (NARTO) and some district heads for undermining the implementation of the containment order banning junction parks and the supply of logistics to bandits in the forests.
He said: ’The attitude of the Military and the Police towards the recruitment, training and deployment of the vigilantes particularly in the rural communities, is undermining the fight against banditry in the State.
‘’The uncooperative and non- support of these agencies to the vigilantes is disturbing. if they don’t have a conducive atmosphere to operate side by side, how can they be effective?’’
‘’The low population of the security agencies deployed into the rural communities are supposed to be complimented by the vigilantes and hunters, who were expected to take over the security situation of the rural communities and villages at the end of every military operation.”
Masari further reported that bandits being chased out of their forest hideouts by the recent onslaughts and bombardments were relocating to the communities in search of food.
He expressed concerns that the retreating bandits are trooping into the villagers to steal harvests and other farm products as the harvest season is fast approaching.
The Minister of Information and Culture Minister told the Governor that he came to the State accompanied by 22 media houses to hear first-hand, ’’noble and bold measures’’ he had taken to tackle banditry and other forms of criminality in the State.
2023: S’West, not S’East deserves APC Presidential ticket — Yakasai
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC and former Special Adviser to the Kano state Governor, Salihu Tanko Yakasai has faulted agitations for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023, saying he believes that the Southwest, as opposed to the Southeast deserves the party’s presidential ticket.
Popularly known as Dawisu, Salihu is the son of elder statesman, Second Republic Presidential Aide and founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai. He spoke on Friday on a breakfast television show, The Arise Morning Show monitored in Abuja.
Making a case for rotational presidency, Yakasai also challenged the Ebonyi state Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi to explain if the APC has promised him its presidential ticket since he premises his reason for ditching the Peoples Democratic Party PDP on the grounds that the country’s main opposition was averse to having a president from the East.
He said; “This is a very crucial issue not just for the APC but for Nigerians and the political stability of the country. I am of the view that, particularly in the APC, that power should rotate to the South and even in the South, I am of the opinion that the candidate of the APC should come from the Southwest in particular. And I have my reasons for saying that.
“The reason is simply. I know what the southwest in particular contributed to the victory of the APC in the 2015 elections. Even in the formation of the party, they contributed immensely and even if you look at the major contenders in the APC, they are from the Southwest. So, I see no reason the rest of the party should not put its weight behind any candidate of their choice from the Southwest in particular in order to produce the next candidate for the APC in the general election.
“I think what has heated the polity recently is the remark by the Southern Governors Forum which they have made twice but which is unconstitutional. Apart from one Governor from the North who has indicated his interest, there has not been any such indication from the APC as a party that it wants to retain power in the North and that is why I fault the Southern Governors. That gentleman agreement has been there since 1999 and I see no reason it should not be upheld in 2023
“I am saying that for APC, it has to go to the Southwest. I am a northerner, I know where we came from in the elections in 2015. So, I see no reason the APC as a party should not support any of the candidates from the Southwest because they are the biggest contributors to the victory of APC.
“Gov. Dave Umahi should tell us if APC has promised him and other governors from his region if they are going to give the ticket to him or them in 2023. I think that question should be put to His Excellency because his reason for decamping was that PDP was not going to give power to particularly the Southeast. Then, has there been any move or assurance by the APC that they are going to give a candidate from the Southeast? Because as far as I am concerned, I have not seen any indication that the APC is going to field any candidate from the Southeast and I don’t think that is going to happen. Even if Southwest does not get it, to be honest, I don’t see the APC giving it to anybody from the Southeast, maybe South South perhaps, but definitely not the Southeast.
“In the Southeast, they keep agitating individually but they have not come together collectively to show a unified front to the rest of the country that they are indeed ready for this presidency. There is no unity among the governors, there is no unity among the political elite and there is no unity among the followers. And unfortunately for them, they do not have the numbers which means that they need the support of one or two regions”, Yakasai added.
On Nigeria’s brand of democracy and his travails under the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration, the younger Yakasai said he is not an enemy of the president.
Until February 2021, Yakasai was the media aide to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, but was relieved of his appointment for criticizing the President Buhari Administration on the rising insecurity in the country.
He was later arrested and detained by the State Security Services SSS for expressing his opinion on the security situation on social media.
Yakasai said; “We can look away from so many issues like the lack of development, the economy etc, but when it comes to the issue of insecurity which has spread all over the country and for which we have given enough time for the government to do what is important in securing lives and property, unfortunately we don’t see that translating into anything tangible on the ground. Even if they are doing anything behind the scenes, that has not translated to results on the ground and I felt personally that this is something we cannot keep quiet about.
“A lot of people think that I am being sponsored or that I am doing someone’s bidding. But I am not. I did not come up one day and said I wanted to cast the government and the president in bad light. No. I woke up and saw the news of 300 kids that they have been taken away from their school. What is a normal human being supposed to do, for crying out loud? I have two daughters and one son. And that was not the first time. It has happened a number of times and as a parent, I felt that it was not right and something has to be done. I worked for the president. I was his returning officer during his first election in 2003. I have supported him. I am not an enemy of the president. I am not an enemy of this government but there are things that we need to get right. This is six years into the administration and we need to start delivering results and closing some of these major issues that we are facing and unfortunately we are not seeing results”, he added.
Omeiza Ajayi, Vanguard News Nigeria
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