The Coalition of APC Support Groups in the North East has called on the leadership of the All Progressive Congress APC to be fair in its decision on state which will provide the next National Secretary of the party, urging leaders of the party to stop cheating Taraba State.
According to the group, it would be unfair to zone the position of the party’s National Secretary to Yobe State despite the deficit of positions in other APC loyal states from the North-East zone.
The group said with the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State as Senate President, Taraba State should be allowed to produce the next National Secretary of the APC.
The Coalition Coordinator Abdulhamid Yazeed in a statement on Wednesday said, “We are appealing to the NWC of APC to rescind it’s decision that Yobe should bring replacement for the former National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni who was elected governor of Yobe State, Senate President Senator Ahmed Lawan should “pacify Borno and Yobe to concede the office of the National Secretary to Taraba state in appreciation of the supports it has gotten from Taraba state.”
The APC group also noted that it is going to be injustice should Yobe state produce the National Secretary after clinching the Senate President zoned to the North East.
“Yobe state has just produce the Senate President with overwhelming supports from all the North Eastern states and Taraba does not have an APC governor at the moment. Taraba do not have any representative in the Buhari government and in the APC leadership despite its support for the party. It is also on record, that President Muhammadu Buhari enjoys an overwhelming followership in Taraba State. Ever since Mr. President joined partisan politics and contested the 2003 presidential election, the Taraba State electorate has massively voted for him in a consistent pattern, up to the 2019 general elections. In the last election we gave the President 48 percent of the total votes cast but Taraba State APC is grossly marginalized even in the party.
“We are worried about the non inclusion of Taraba state in the political arrangement of the APC. Currently, Taraba state does not have any representative in the National Working Committee of the APC as has been the case from the party’s inception, due cognizance should be accorded to Taraba State for office of the national secretary now.
“In particular, we passionately appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of our great party, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Senate President Ahmed Lawan and all other APC top echelon, to kindly consider the candidature of Barrister Mohammed Bello Mustapha from Taraba State on the basis of not only his personality, capabilities and sterling pedigree but fairness and equity our party is known for.”
Furthermore, the group bemoaned what it described as marginalization of Taraba state in terms of federal appointments to reflect federal character as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.
“Even in governance, Taraba state has been grossly marginalized, the state for Nine months does not have a minister in the last Federal Executive Council, the state does not have Chief Executive of any Federal Government agencies since the APC takes over in 2015.” the group added.
“We strongly believe in the capacity and disposition of Mr. President and the APC hierarchy, to uphold the tenets of fairness and equity, therefore we wholly ascribe the unusual exclusion of Taraba State from the constitution of the previous federal administration, as an oversight which should be corrected immediately.”
Atiku vs Buhari: PDP tenders fresh request before Supreme Court
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has asked the Supreme Court to review its judgement on the presidential election that affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election.
The Witness reports the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbodinyan, who made this statement while addressing journalists on Monday, also urged the Apex Court to review the judgment in respect of governorship elections in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Osun state, which the party lost to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP stated that the review was needed due to APC’s move seeking a review of the apex court’s judgment on governorship elections in Zamfara and Bayelsa states which the PDP won.
According to the opposition party: “Consequently, the National Working Committee of the PDP, after comprehensive consultations, states that our party has no choice left, given the manner with which the APC has conducted itself, than to ask for a review of the judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal, where the issue of certificate forgery and or presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and her presidential candidate.
“The same applies to the judgment on the Katsina governorship election petition, where lawyers also established a similar issue of certificate forgery.
“The PDP equally has no choice than to ask the Supreme Court to review the Kano, Kaduna and Katsina election judgments, because of manifest violence and substantial non-compliance to our electoral law.
“The PDP also asks the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the Osun Governorship election in view of manifest, complete and total disregard to our electoral rules in the conduct of the elections.”
The opposition party faulted the ruling APC was what it described as desperate attempts to subjugate and intimidate the Supreme Court, for the purpose of annexing the apex court over its judgments on Imo, Bayelsa and Zamfara governorship elections – all delivered in favour of the PDP.
2023 Presidency: Why power should go to the south – El-rufai
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.
PDP gets new deputy chairman
Tola Alabere, a former Senatorial Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has emerged the Ondo State deputy chairman of the party.
The Witness reports that Alabere who hails from Ugbo community under Constituency I of Ilaje council area in Ondo South emerged unopposed on Saturday, February 22.
It was learned that the election which brought in Alabere was held at the party’s Secretariat in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The Witness reports that Alabere became the PDP deputy chairman unanimously due to the zoning of the post to Ilaje council area.
Speaking after his emergence, Alabere promised not to fail party leaders and members, saying: “I thank you all the party leaders for the confidence you reposed in me to find me worthy of this position.
” I promise to abide by the party rules and will not disappoint you,” he said.
Meanwhile, PDP leaders at the congress included Olusola Ebiseni, a former governorship aspirant, John Mafo, a former Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Mr Banji Okunomo, a governorship aspirant.
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