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Jega warns against revolutionary approach to restructuring



  • Wants FG to relinquish more power, resources to states

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has attributed the rising tension in the country to the enormous power and resources concentrated at the centre (with the Federal Government).

Even he stressed the need to urgently address the imbalance, he warned against revolutionary and destructive approach, saying it could be counterproductive.

Jega, also a former President of Academic Staff Union of Universities and ex-Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, spoke on a live television programme, The Morning Show on Arise TV on Friday.

He said, “Anybody who compares the Nigeria’s federal legislative list with the federal legislature in any federal country of the world will clearly see the imbalance. We should address that and begin to deconcentrate the power assigned to the Federal Government and reallocate it to the state governments.”

Jega noted that the current clamour for resource control would subside once more power and resources were transferred from the federal to the state level.

“Doing so will also mean taking those resources associated with those responsibilities from the Federal Government to the state level. If we do that, you will see the main reason why there is a lot of clamour for who controls of the Federal Government. Those who control our federal resources vandalise and privatise them.”

He lamented that the imbalance had caused not only disharmony and division among ethnic groups but crippled the economy, adding, “It will require careful planning, systematic planning and a time frame within when to address this.”

He, however, warned, “A revolutionary, destructive approach, in the sense that we have to do everything at the same time, will be counterproductive and the little history we have trying to fix constitutional amendment showed that it can’t work .”

Jega, now a chieftain of the People Redemption Party, also noted that there were other crucial steps that could be taken to bring peace to the country before the 2023 general elections.

He disagreed with the presidency’s position that aggrieved individuals could approach the national assembly for restructuring, saying with strong political will, the Federal Government could initiate moves that would address a lot of imbalance in the system.

According to him, one of such initiatives is to revisit the report of the two most recent constitutional conferences.

He said, “It is possible to push for restructuring and focus on the low-hanging fruits between now and 2023 and consolidate with other reforms and we ensure that post 2023, we’ll have better elected leaders whether at the federal or state level, people who respect democracy and those who will be selfless in the way they serve the people, people that manage resources and satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

“We will be able to avoid all those crises and conflicts we had in the First Republic. The problem was not limited to authoritarian and selfish disposition of leaders to the people but also to the issue of lack of respect for different opinions.”


2023: Wike denies Atiku use of Adokiye Ameisimaka Stadium for rally



Nyesom Wike and Atiku Abubakar

Rivers State governor,  Nyesome Wike, has denied the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar the use of Adokiye Ameisimaka Stadium for the presidential rally slated for February 11.


In a letter seen by Newsbreak Break, Wike, through the Commissioner, Ministry of Sports, Barrister Christopher Green, said the reason for the denial is that the PDP Presidential Campaign Council is working with some faction of the APC in the state.

According to the letter, APC in Rivers led by Tonye Patrick Cole has plans to stadium with PDP.

The letter also said that activities of the APC in Rivers State have always been smeared with violence.


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Just in: Supreme Court sacks APC governorship candidate for Taraba Bwacha



The Supreme Court on Wednesday nullified the selection of Emmanuel Bwacha as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State.

A five-member panel led by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun in their judgement affirmed the verdict of the federal high court which held that the APC did not conduct any valid governorship primary in the state.

On September 20, a federal high court in Jalingo, Taraba State, sacked Bwacha as the APC’s governorship candidate.

The court of appeal reinstated him as the party’s candidate on November 24 and the matter went to the highest court in the land.

David Sabo Kente, one of the aspirants, had filed the suit against Bwacha’s candidature.

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Some elements in Aso Rock working against Tinubu – El-rufai


on makes no economic or political sense to change naira now

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says there are some “elements” in the seat of power, Aso Rock, working against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He said this on Wednesday when he appeared on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television breakfast programme.

According to him, these persons are aggrieved that Tinubu defeated their candidate in the APC presidential primaries.
This is coming a week after the ruling party’s presidential candidate said there were plans to stop him from winning the election.

Tinubu had said fuel scarcity and naira redesign were targeted at him.
El-rufai said those working against the APC candidate were more powerful than all the G5 put together and control critical government agencies.

He however refused to reveal their identities.
He said these elements were hiding behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to do what he thinks is right.
He said, ”I believe there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election because they didn’t get their way; they had their candidate. Their candidate did not win the primaries.
“They are trying to get us to lose the election, and they are hiding behind the President’s desire to do what he thinks is right. I will give two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of naira, was something that we all agreed would be removed.
“In fact, I had a discussion with the President and showed him why it had to go. Because how can you have a capital budget of N200bn for federal roads and then spend N2tn on petroleum subsidy? This was a conversation I had with the President in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.
“The second example I will give is this currency redesign. You have to understand the President. People are blaming the governor of the central bank for the currency redesign; but no. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as president. He did this; the Buhari, Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy with a view to catching those that are stashing away illicit funds. It is a very good intention. The President has his right. But doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.”

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