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Your statement on 2023 Presidency will fuel agitations for division – SaMBA Warns Northern Governors

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The Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has declared that the statement regarding power rotation credited to the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) is capable of fuelling secessionist agitations in the country.

The Group in a statement signed by its Spokesman Rwang Pam Jnr. Stated that while there is no express provision for zoning in the Constitution, Section 14(3) explicitly provides for distribution of offices in the composition of government in the country and therefore disapproves of any attempt by any region to dominate other regions.

SaMBA therefore warned the Northern Governors Forum that any further attempt by the northern region to retain power in 2023 will defeat the purpose of a united Nigeria where every man and region’s right to rule is equal and will endanger the already fragile unity of the country.

Your statement on 2023 Presidency will fuel agitations for division – SaMBA Warns Northern Governors

The statement by the front-line Southwest, Southeast, Southsouth and Middlebelt political group further stated: “The recent statement credited to the Northern Governors Forum that power shift is unconstitutional is an attempt to stand history on its head and could fuel separatist agitations in the country.

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“The section of the Constitution referenced by the Northern Governors only refers to the requirements for someone to be declared as elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but the relevant constitutional provision for power rotation is section 14(3) which explicitly provides for the spread of political offices in the country to prevent one ethnic group or region from dominating the others for the sake of peace and unity in the country.

“Section 14(3) states: The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few States or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.”

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“Therefore, it is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and a danger to the unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the core North to spend eight years in office as and still be thinking of seeking another eight years.

“Nigerians are aware, that after former President Olusegun Obasanjo completed his 8-year term in 2007, the South unanimously agreed for the Northern Nigeria to produce the President. In 2007, the South did not cry that zoning is unconstitutional, and President Obasanjo duly handed over Power to a northerner, the late former President Umaru Ya’Adua.

“It is also public knowledge that former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 Presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari partly because of the global sentiment, that it was the turn of the North to produce the President, even though Dr Goodluck Jonathan had only spent one term in office as elected president.

“Therefore, it is not in the interest of the country for the North to hold onto power in 2023; because doing so will be to the detriment of the already fragile unity of the country and more likely to lead to an increase of separatist movements across the country.

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“The position of the Middle Belt Region is categorically clear, that it agrees with the rest of Nigerians, that the South should produce the president in 2023.”

“We therefore unequivocally advise the Northern Governors Forum to perish the thought of holding onto power in 2023 and the same applies to the various political parties (APC, PDP, or any other party) to bury the thought of zoning the Presidency to the North.

“We further advise the governors of the 15 states where the middle belt ethnic nationalities constitutes the dominant population, that any governor from the Middle Belt that supported the notion that power should remain with the Northern region is not reflecting the views of their peoples.

In the spirit of fairness, moral justice, national peace and equity, SaMBA stands with the majority of Nigerians: power must shift to the South!

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APC Inaugurates Appeal Committees For State Congresses

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated the appeal committees to address the concerns raised by aggrieved members following its recently concluded state congresses.

The committees were inaugurated on Thursday at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John Akpanudoedehe, inaugurated the committees on behalf of the party’s leadership.

He explained that this formed part of the internal mechanisms of the party to ensure dissatisfied members could approach the committees to get their grievances resolved.

Akpanudoedehe promised that the APC would ensure its channels of communication were kept open as dictated, in line with the constitution of the party.

According to him, it is important for members to stay united in order to win the forthcoming elections in Anambra, Ekiti, and the general elections in 2023.

APC Inaugurates Appeal Committees For State Congresses

APC Inaugurates Appeal Committees For State Congresses

Read his full statement below…

REMARKS BY THE NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE APC CARETAKER/EXTRAORDINARY CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE (CECPC), SEN. JOHN JAMES AKPANUDOEDEHE PH.D DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE PARTYS STATE CONGRESS APPEAL COMMITTEES ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021 AT THE APC NATIONAL SECRETARIAT IN ABUJA.

Once again, may I, on behalf of the National Chairman of the CECPC H.E (Hon) Mai Mala Buni, welcome you all to the National Secretariat of our great Party and to this very important event which is the inauguration of the States Congress Appeals Committee.

You all will agree with me that the process of recalibrating our party into a functional winning machine in 2023, is well on course.

With the huge membership strength we have recorded during the last registration and revalidation exercise, there is no doubt that Nigerians still trust us and that we will win all the upcoming elections convincingly, starting from the Governorship elections in Anambra, to Osun, Ekiti and to the 2023 general elections.

Nigerians by now have realized that the APC led-government of President Buhari means well for Nigerians and is doing everything possible to deliver infrastructure to Nigerians amidst difficult economic times, globally. We must stay united so we can defeat the agents of destruction who have vowed to set Nigeria backwards. Just this morning, an Abuja-Kaduna passenger train was attacked by criminals, depriving Nigerians the services it provides. This is so despicable, but together we shall overcome them.

Therefore, there is greater need to sustain the trust of our party men and women and indeed all Nigerians.

In a bid to provide development to our people, this party has afforded many of our party faithfuls, the platform to attain various positions, either elected or appointed, it will still do so for many others going forward. Hence, all true party men and women must see dissensions within the party as family disputes and should not seek to destroy the platform which helped them in times past.

As a party, we shall ensure that channels of communication are kept open, as in the instant case and as dictated by the constitution of our party. This Appeals Committee is part of the internal mechanisms so that those who may feel dissatisfied with the States Congresses can approach the Committee and ventilate their grievances through this avenue.

It is elementary law that he who alleges must prove, so instead of taking issues to the media space, let them put forward their case before this Appeals Committee.

I urge you all to ensure that fair hearing and justice be your guiding principles in the task entrusted to you.

You all were carefully selected based on your proven track record of integrity and capacity to deliver. The party trusts in your ability to bring to bear on this task, your incredible credentials.

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2023: Makinde says Atiku, Tambuwal have shown interest in contesting

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Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo, says former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, have indicated interest in contesting in the 2023 presidential election.

Over the past weeks, there have been speculations on who will become president in 2023, especially with the issues raised by politicians on zoning.

Speaking on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television, Makinde said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has “eminently qualified” personalities that can lead the country successfully.

The governor said the only way of stopping the PDP in 2023 is by dividing the party, adding that the governors elected on the platform of the party understand the need for unity ahead of next general election.

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“I make bold to say that the situation in this country today, the only way that you can stop PDP at the federal level is by dividing PDP internally,” the Oyo governor said.

2023: Makinde says Atiku, Tambuwal have shown interest in contesting

“All the governors of the PDP are well aware of this fact and we made unity within ourselves our number one priority. Once the governors of PDP are able to move in one direction, align on most of the issues and the challenges we are faced with, I think there is hope for this country.

“The issue right now is that our party — PDP — has eminently qualified personalities that can lead this country successfully. Some have indicated interest like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, like governor Tambuwal, like governor Bala Mohammed.

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“They have indicated interest. But the bottom line is when we get to that bridge, we will definitely cross it. What is important at this stage, which I will solicit the support of PDP members and the generality of Nigerians, is please support us to have a successful national convention

“There is no way you can become anything — president, vice-president, even governor — if we don’t have a party. What we want to do first is ensure that we get things right within our party.”

Asked if he thinks the PDP will take over power from the APC in 2023, he said: “Well, it is a question that I know Nigerians will answer and they will answer decisively.”

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Anambra 2021: Supreme Court Declares Ozigbo Authentic PDP Candidate

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Supreme Court in Abuja has declared Mr Valentine Ozigbo the authentic candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

The apex court, in a judgement delivered at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja on Thursday, October 21, reportedly threw out all the challenges to Ozigbo’s candidacy and awarded damage of N5 million against Senator Ugochukwu Uba.

The panel of justices, led by His Lordship, Justice Inyang Okoro, according to the report, affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal Awka Division delivered on September 3, which declared Ozigbo the authentic governorship candidate of the PDP.

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Mr Ozigbo was present at the Supreme Court along with former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, and Senate Minority Leader Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

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