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2023 presidency: Power must shift to South, says Masari

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Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has restated that power shift to the southern part of the country will will consolidate the nation’s confederation system.

Masari said this while responding to questions from journalists during a media parley held at his residence on Tuesday.

He said, “Let me make my position very clear. This constitution is made for us, not us made for the constitution. Yes, constitution does not say we must shift power, but if you shift have you violated any part of the constitution?”

“I still believe that, from my personal opinion as Aminu Bello Masari, until such a time when we have stable polity, I think rotation or shifting power from time to time will help consolidate our confederation. I support that and I still maintain my stand and I have the constitutional right to make such comment.”

Masari said he was a member of the constitutional conference of 1994/95 during which Federal Character Commission was provided for, adding that he was a member of the transition committee in 1999 and their committee initially suggested that each zone should be given opportunity of five years through the instrumentality of the constitution, but the suggestion did no see the light of the day.

He called on politicians, journalists, religious and traditional leaders to put the interest of the country above their personal interest as 2023 general elections approach.

“We should see politics as a way and means of producing leadership under democratic dispensation. Our politics is still very young, even from independence to date, you are talking of 60 years, which is important in the life of an individual, but in the life of a nation, it should be working progress.”

“We should measure where we were yesterday, where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow. The problem is that we are in a hurry that even before we finish crawling, we want to start running,” he said.

He said politicians needed attitudinal change as they needed to appreciate the responsibilities and burden of leadership as well as the consequences of coming forward to contest for any elective office.

“I believe the journalists in particular, have a very important role to play. For instance, as we approach 2023, the attention being created by the media is the fat salary and allowances of the National Assembly members, not on what the lawmakers are doing or what they supposed to do. So the media created a situation whereby everybody wants to go there because there is money.”

“But to be fair to the media, some of us in the national assembly are also helping in creating that false impression by changing their ways of life in such a way that even their friends become envious,” Gov. Masari said.

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Stop wooing Wike, Rivers APC tells Tinubu, govs

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

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Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, including candidates for the 2023 elections have called on the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and governors of the South-West to stop hobnobbing with Governor Nyesom Wike.

The stakeholders comprising national assembly and state house of assembly candidates and other party faithful said it was discouraging for members of the party in Rivers State to see leaders of the party that they look up to romancing with a known political opponent like Governor Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party.

They frown that these leaders go as far as visiting the state to inaugurate projects on the invitation of the governor, this, they stressed help to campaign for the ruling party in the state by heaping praises on him (Wike) ahead of a general election.

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hey spoke at a one-day consultative meeting of the South-South executive committee presided over by the APC National Vice Chairman of the zone, Chief Victor Giadom, in Port Harcourt on Sunday evening.

The state APC legal adviser, Dike Iheanyi Zubi, while speaking at the meeting said it was unfair for Governors of the South-West to hold nocturnal meetings with Wike and return back to their states without bothering to an interface or speak with their party members in the state.

Zubi further said the action of Tinubu who has held meetings with Wike abroad and the action of the governors concerned were tantamount to anti-party activities and called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to call them (Tinubu and the South-West governors) to order.

He said, “It is very discouraging for the APC here in Rivers State to see a situation where the presidential candidate of our party, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his handlers, including South-West Governors of the APC coming to the state to undermine our party here in Rivers State.

“And they begin to hobnob and hold nocturnal meetings with Wike, who is seen as a contender with the APC here in the state.

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PDP Reclaims Abuja Council Chairmanship From APC

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Hon. Christopher Maikalangu

ABUJA – A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) court has upheld the election of Hon. Christopher Maikalangu as chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Coun­cil (AMAC).

In a unanimous judgment, the three-man tribunal, in­cluding Hon. Justice S. B Bel­gore (chairman), Hon. Justice Yusuf Halilu (member 1), and Hon. Justice Jude O. Onwueg­buzie (member 2) dismissed the August 5 judgment of the FCT Area Council Election Tribu­nal, which declared Hon. Mur­tala Usman Karshi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election of February 12.

The justices said that the judgment of the lower tribunal was not only evil, but negates all the achievements recorded in Nigeria’s democracy.

While reading out the lead judgment in suit FCT/ ACEAT/AP/01/22, which had Maikalangu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as appellant and Murtala Karshi and three others as respondent, Hon. Justice Yusuf Halilu said the lower tribunal erred by ig­noring contradictory evidenc­es before it.

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The panel said the lower court did a hatchet job by de­claring Karshi winner of the election.

“It is not in doubt the APC as a party was faced with legal battles after the party prima­ries to nominate a flag bearer for the AMAC election held on 12th February 2022. It is equally not in doubt that the 1st respon­dent, Murtala Usman Karshi, was involved in the said alterca­tion, which eventually landed parties before the apex court of this land i.e Supreme Court of Nigeria, which eventually declared the 1st respondent as winner of the APC primary for AMAC election.

“We have seen the evidences supplied by both the appellant and the respondents to the lower tribunal. The witnesses listed by the APC as supervi­sors in the disputed polling units admitted that they were not polling unit agents. It has become critical for us to ask questions at this point on what the process of collating results connote.

“Can collation be done with­out polling units results? It is indeed a process of an election that votes are cast at polling units, results collated by elec­toral officers and results an­nounced to the hearing of all. If that is the case, who then is the proper person to be called in the event that there is a com­plaint anchored on wrongful collation of results? Is it the ward supervisor or a polling unit agent? The answer is a polling unit agent.

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Chieftain rallies support for APC presidential candidate

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Rear Admiral Ilesanmi Alade (rtd) has started rallying support for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.

Specifically, Alade inaugurated the Democratic Network for Asiwaju/ Shettima (DNA) at Sita Hall in Akure, Ondo State.

The former Commandant of National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja said the group was formed in 2018 to mobilise for the re-election of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in 2020 and it delivered on the mandate.

He said the group had been restructured to drive more mobilisation for Tinubu’s candidacy, assuring that DNA was well rooted in the 18 local governments of Ondo State.

“The campaign group was approved on September 20 by the national body of our party headed by Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu to serve as a support group and to ensure that our activities are in synergy with the party’s guidelines and constitution,” he said.

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Alade said the group would canvass and convince the electorate on why they should vote for the presidential candidate of APC.

“At this point, let me congratulate all executive members being inaugurated today.

“Your antecedents led to your nomination and I believe that with you, the Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima DNA will get to the promise land…

“Let me make it clear that DNA will not operate in isolation of the APC constituted guidelines and command structure,” he said.

National Coordinator of Next-Level Consolidation Forum, Oladesu Oladipo, has said the forum is committed in the campaign to elect the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

He spoke when he visited the Presidential Campaign Council with Southwest leaders of Next-Level Consolidation Forum (NLCF) in Abuja.

According to him, NLCF is involved and committed to ensuring Tinubu’s presidency succeeds, adding that Tinubu/Shetima government will bring about Next-Level prosperity for  Nigerians, regardless of creed, tribe or tongue.

Highlighting the impact of Tinubu’s leadership, he said:  “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is being eulogised today as the architect of good governance in Lagos State. The great man among great men, the leader who laid the foundation plan that his successors are following today and the governor who raised the monthly Internal Generated Revenue of Lagos State from N600 million to N30 billion monthly.

‘’It is our prayer that  Asiwaju Tinubu will win the election and become the president of Nigeria.”

He  assured of NLCF’s determination to mobilise Nigerians for the victory of Tinubu.

“We are going to mobilise, mobilise and mobilise from door to door, canvassing for Asiwaju Tinubu/Kassim Shettima as president and vice president,” he said.

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