The governor of Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that 2023 presidency should return to the south after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office,
The Witness reports that Governor El-Rufai’s statement is coming amidst rumours in some political quarters that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is positioning the Kaduna State governor to run for the presidency or as a presidential running mate during the 2023 elections.
However, Governor El-rufai has said in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity, the Presidency should go to other regions of the country.
The Kaduna State Governor was quoted by Vanguard as saying: “The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency should rotate between the North and the South. It is not written but everyone understands it.
“In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but it was breached in 2015. I think that every politician of honour should understand and abide by that consensus except there is an extenuating circumstance compelling it to be set aside. What could this be?
Why 2023 Presidency?
“President Yar’Adua died in office and it was compulsory for Jonathan to continue but when 2011 election came, there were many people who insisted that Jonathan should step aside for a northerner to complete the tenure of Yar’Adua but I opposed it because I didn’t think it was proper for an incumbent that got there not by his own design should be stopped from contesting when the constitution has not barred him from running.
“In the APC, we deliberately omitted rotational Presidency in our constitution and the emergence of a presidential candidate does not take into account zoning and that was why in 2015, Rochas Okorocha from the East contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah contested, Buhari, Kwankwaso and others contested.”
Though the Kaduna State Governor said candidates should be chosen based on merit and general acceptance, he noted that politicians should honour both written and unwritten agreements in the spirit of justice and fairness.
“I can say that as distinct from the PDP, APC has no rotational Presidency but candidates are selected strictly on the basis of political merit and the general acceptability of the candidate.
“I want to say that those of us from Northern Nigeria honour agreements. We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead in violating that agreement. I may have a personal view but that should be the basis. I don’t care where you come from but I look for merit.
“But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because, after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there is some extenuating circumstances. But all things being equal, we will honour our agreement and we keep our words,” he opined.
BREAKING: Supreme Court dismisses APC’s request on Zamfara judgement review
The Supreme Court has dismissed the application for judicial review filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara State.
The Witness reports that Zamfara APC filed the application against Senator Kabiru Marafa and 179 others.
In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, the Supreme court held that the application is a vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse of court process.
The Supreme court awarded the cost of N2m to be paid by the applicant to the 1st to 140th respondents.
Furthermore, Justice Okoro, who delivered the judgement, held that the apex court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain an application seeking a review of its own judgment as the finality of the judgment of the supreme court is sealed and cannot be reviewed under any guise.
On the other hand, Justice Centus Nweze, however, disagrees with the other members of the panel as he reads a dissenting judgment upholding the application of the APC.
The Supreme Court judge insists that it is better to admit an error instead of justifying an error that fails to represent justice. He adds that the Supreme Court can reverse itself.
Justice Nweze further insists that the judgment of the court favours the PDP who was not a party to the suit in the first place and orders the setting aside the earlier judgment of the court
Prince Charles of England tests positive for COVID-19
England’s future king Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House said today.
The 71 year-old prince displays mild symptoms but remains in “good health”, the spokesman for the royal family said. His wife, Camilla tested negative.
The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.
The Price of Wales has been working from home in Scotland for the last few days, in company of his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
‘In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.
‘‘It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.’’
According to metro.co.uk, among Prince Charles’ recent engagements was a Water Aid dinner, in which he sat opposite Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Prince Albert became the first Royal Family member to catch coronavirus earlier this month.
He was also at a celebrity Prince’s Trust Awards a few days ago.
Lagos Assembly reappoints demoted, suspended members
The Lagos Assembly has reappointed members of the House who were initially demoted and suspended, The Witness has learned.
The Witness understands that the Lagos State House of Assembly issued an internal memo through the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, on Friday directing the aggrieved members to take up new portfolios.
It was learned that Hon Olumuyiwa Jimoh, the former Deputy Majority Leader, has been assigned to chair the Committee on Central Business District while his counterpart who was removed as Chief Whip, Honourable Rotimi Abiru, is now the Chairman of Inter-Parliamentary Committee.
The Witness understands that Hon Moshood Oshun, who was removed from the Chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (State), has been named Chairman of Committee on Legislative Compliance while Hon Nurudeen Saka-Solaja is now the Chairman of PAC (State).
Similarly, Hon Kazeem Adewale Raheem is now the Chairman of Establishments, Training and Pensions from his earlier position of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations swapping office with Hon Rasheed Makinde while Hon (Mrs.) Mojisola Alli-Macaulay replaces Hon (Mrs) Mojisola Miranda as Chairman of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Committee. Mrs Miranda is now the Chief Whip.
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