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2023: 6 Nigerian Female Politicians to Look Out For

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The Nigerian political environment is not friendly to female politicians as patriarchy reigns supreme in the polity. This has affected the number of women folk in active politics in the country, but some are bracing the odds and proving that they are capable of even surpassing the unsatisfactory performances recorded by their male counterparts.

Legit.ng has compiled the names of 6 female politicians distinguishing themselves in politics and paving the way for greater responsibilities as the 2023 general elections draw near.

1. Senator Abidoun Olujimi The 62-years old former deputy governor of Ekiti is an example of an irrepressible politician who has seen it all and continues to break new grounds in her distinguished political career. Olujimi had made a name for herself as a broadcaster and journalist before venturing into the murky waters of politics. Currently representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, she is expected to contest for the governorship election of the state in 2022.

2. Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Popularly called Binani, the senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly came into the national political scene in 2015 and she is already a force to reckon with. Even before her foray into politics, Binani had made a name for herself in the highly competitive Nigerian business environment.

3. Natasha Akpoti 41-years old Akpoti ran for the post of Kogi Central Senatorial District seat under the Social Democratic Party and contested in the Kogi state governorship election under the same party all in 2019. She lost both contests in controversial circumstances, but more importantly, cemented her place in Nigeria’s politics as a fearless and solid politician with an unrivalled ability to mobilise people from the grassroots.

4. Gbemi Saraki At 55, Saraki is following the footsteps of her father Olusola and brother, Bukola who are both widely-respected political juggernauts in Nigeria. She is currently the minister of state for transportation and former senator who was elected to represent the Kwara Central Senatorial District in the year 2003. She is expected to flex her political muscles in 2023.

5. Senator Uche Ekwunife At just 50-years old, Senator Ekwunife has come of age in politics and keeps breaking new grounds in what has been a distinguished political career so far from the House of Representatives to the Nigerian Senate. Ekwunife will have the chance to prove her doubters wrong long before 2023 as she seeks the PDP ticket in the 2021 Anambra governorship poll.

6. Hadiza Bala Usman 45-years old Hadiza is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority. She was previously the chief of staff to the governor of Kaduna state from 2015 to 2016. Despite the current position, her constant foray into politics are well-documented as she continues to serve in several committees within the ruling All Progressives Congress. Her thriving political career is expecting to take shape in 2023

Meanwhile, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly skeptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country. With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.

Some prominent leaders of thought have also expressed fear that the people’s desire for a smooth change of leadership in the 2023 general elections could be marred by violence and other forms of criminalities if left unattended to by the Buhari administration.

Source: Legit

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APC Set To Whittle Down Powers Of National Chairman

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There are indications the powers of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may be drastically whittled down in the new constitution proposed by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) of the party.

The draft copy of the constitution, which is subject to ratification of the National Convention slated for next month, also provides for inauguration of an Advisory Council in replacement of the Board of Trustees (BOT).

The council will serve as the conscience of the party.

APC Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) on March 2, 2021 inaugurated an 8-man CRC under the Chairmanship of Professor Tahir Mamman (SAN) to review the Constitution of the party to accommodate the new dynamics of managing a ruling party.

The Odigie Oyegun- led National Working Committee (NWC) in 2017 set up the Muniz Banire- Committee that carried out similar exercise but never implemented the Committee’s report.

Checks on the committee showed it has since completed its assignment.

Its report is billed for presentation to the Caretaker Committee immediately after the Ramadan holiday.

Highlights of the yet-to-be submitted report of the Tahir Mamman committee secured by The Nation showed the committee expressly watered down Article 14.1 of the party’s constitution (April 2014 as amended) which enunciates the powers of the National Chairman.

Though details of the powers of the office of National Chairman were not made available, a source in the CRC said the decision was “to check the overbearing tendencies exhibited by previous holders of the office.

‘’The Committee proposed that the powers of the National Chairman be curtailed.”

A new Advisory Council will be inaugurated by the National Working Committee (NWC) after the approval of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

This council will replace the Board of Trustees (BOT) as provided for in Article 12:2 of the party’s constitution (April 2014 as amended)

It was also gathered the review committee did not tamper with the controversial mode of conducting primary elections of the party in Article 20 of the party’s Constitution.

The Constitution prescribes the procedure for the nomination and emergence of party candidates for any elective office which can either be by direct or indirect primary elections or through consensus.

Article 20(iii) says that “nomination of candidates for: (a). Local Government House Council/Area Council Chairman, (b). State House if Assembly; (c). House of Representatives, (d). Senate, (e). Governor, (f). President shall be through direct or indirect primary elections to be conducted at the appropriate level.’

‘’Article 20(ii) (a) also gives room for the emergence of candidates through consensus with a proviso that “a vote of yes or no should be called to ensure that it was not an imposition which could breach discontent and crisis.”

A new Directorate is to be created for women and youth to bring the number of Directorates to seven from the existing Directorates of Organisation, Publicity, Administration, Finance, Research, Planning and Strategy as well as Directorate of Social Welfare.

Under the new draft, more powers are accorded the zonal officers of the party.

Unlike what obtains now that crisis and issues arising from state chapters of the party are directed to the National Working Committee (NWC), under the new document, the Zonal Working Committee (ZWC) is to attend to such cases.

Failure of the ZWC to resolve such cases may be referred to the National Working Committee (NWC).

To arrive at the draft, the Constitution Review Committee conducted town hall meetings in the six geo-political zones of the country, held a 5-day retreat in Lagos, received 95 memorandums and consulted widely with critical stakeholders in the party.

The Committee also considered the Banire Review Committee report and met with Chief Segun Osoba, who chaired the Committee that drafted the current constitution.

Inputs were taken from the Presidency, various interest groups and individuals.

Source: The Nation

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Edo:Iguobazuwa Expectant As Dennis Idahosa Puts Finishing Touches To Ultra Modern Multipurpose Town Hall (photos)

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Edo: Iguobazuwa Expectant As Dennis Idahosa Puts Finishing Touches To Ultra Modern Multipurpose Town Hall (photos)

It’s called raising the bar in leadership, excellence in people’s representation.

Once again the lawmaker representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Dennis Idahosa has brought smiles to the faces of his constituents. The Youthful Lawmaker who is all over the news lately for his extensive constituency projects scattered across Ovia South West/Ovia North East has another project in the offing that is generating excitement amongst the residents of Igoubazuwa.

The Lawmaker was spotted yesterday inspecting the 95 % completed Iguobazuwa multipurpose town hall. The residents can’t hold their joy anymore, according to them they can be able to feel the city life when they hold their town hall meetings, even their social events, such as conventions, seminars, training, receptions etc.

The multipurpose hall is fitted with the latest event centre accessories like Sound Systems, Furniture, Airconditioners, Projectors etc.

The unique features about the constituency projects undertaken by Hon Dennis Idahosa are the local content involved in a very single project executed.

He sits alongside his constituents to determine their areas of needs, identifies the needs and immediately commences the facilitation of the needs with the adequate attention needed, in planning, contracting and execution of the projects.

As part of his personal oversight functions, the lawmakers make(s) it a point of duty to visit the projects sites as often as twice a week irrespective of the numbers involved, this is to ascertain the standard of construction done.

With no fewer than 26 people-oriented projects executed for the 2020/2021 fiscal year alone, the lawmaker seems good to go and deserves some accolades.

See pictures from the project site.

 

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Minister Assures On Diaspora Voting

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Amb. Zubair Dada, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has assured that Nigerians in the Diaspora would soon be able to vote from their countries of residence.

He gave the assurance at a webinar organised by Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Saturday.

The minister said the Federal Government was working with relevant authorities, including the National Assembly and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to achieve this feat.

He noted that there were about 17 million Nigerians in the Diaspora making a significant impact on the country’s economy that could not be ignored.

He added that Nigerians in the Diaspora were critical components when considering the country’s development, saying that the need to effectively mobilise them could not be over-emphasised.

The webinar, held under the topic: ‘Mobilising Nigerians in the Diaspora for National Development, was attended by Nigerians from across the world and was the first in the series.

Dada, however, urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to remain patriotic and committed to the country’s development irrespective of the current security situation which he said was being addressed.

“No matter how long you stay abroad, there is no place like home, I urge you to remain patriotic and committed to the development of your father land.

“The Federal Government is doing everything humanly possible to address the current issues of insecurity in the country,” he said.

According to him, Nigerians in the Diaspora could also make suggestions and proffer solutions on how the situation could be addressed.

He, however, decried the lack of cordial relationship with the country’s mission abroad and Nigerians in the Diaspora, saying that Nigerians should not wait until they had problems before locating the mission.

Dada noted that though there may be some bad eggs in some of the country’s foreign missions, efforts were being made to address the situation.

He said NIDCOM had all the instruments it needed to serve Nigerians in the Diaspora.

“NIDCOM and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one and the same, we are out here to serve you,” he said.

He said the Federal Government was doing everything to address the security and infrastructural deficit in the country.

The minister noted that in spite of the country’s security challenges, foreigners had continued to come in droves to invest because of the benefits they stand to gain.

He said while there were some bad eggs among Nigerians in the Diaspora, the patriotic ones should come to join the government in developing the country.

“In spite of the odds and shortcomings, we have to come home to develop the country, no one can do it better for us,” he said.

In his remarks, the Minister of Interior Affairs, Rauf Aregbeshola, blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the delay in the issuance of international passports.

He assured that everything was being done to resolve the issue.

According to him, the pandemic affected the operations of the Nigerian Immigration Service with regards to issuing international passports.

Ms Abike Dabiri-Erewa, NIDCOM Chief Executive Officer, encouraged Nigerians in the Diaspora to follow up with the commission to be availed of opportunities they could tap into.

Meanwhile, Ms Susan Fajana, a Nigerian from the United Kingdom, charged Nigerians in the Diaspora to be more involved in activities concerning the country rather than being critics always.

On his part, Mr Ade Omole, Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Voting Council, noted that countries around the world evolve with time along with the dynamism associated with global trends.

He noted that Nigeria as the most populous black nation in the world could therefore not be an exemption in the issue of Diaspora voting.

Omole, who is also the leader of the United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said Nigeria’s electoral law should be reviewed to guarantee Nigerians in the Diaspora the right to vote.

He said this was especially so in view of the contributions they made to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and her overall development.

(NAN)

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