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2023: PDP Panel Dashes South’s Zoning Hope

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Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hoping for zoning of the 2023 Presidential ticket to South may be disappointed.

This is because should the party accept the report of its Review Committee, the 2023 ticket will be thrown open to all.

The committee, led by Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, said the ticket should be given based on merit rather than zonal consideration.

The Governor Mohammed-led committee was set up to study the circumstances that led to the party’s loss of the 2019 election and proffer solution for a future victory. It submitted the report yesterday.

Other members of the committee are Senator Eyinaya Abaribe; Ex-Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu, Senator Stella Omu and Emmanuel Agbo (Secretary).

National Chairman Uche Secondus, who received the report said: “The PDP is leaving no stone unturned to ensure it regains federal power and this report is going to be the takeoff point and keystone to our subsequent actions ahead of 2023.”

He urged the Muhammadu Buhari administration to embark on immediate electoral reform that would  ensure free, fair, and transparent elections in the country.

Secondus said: “Having failed roundly in the delivery of any dividend to Nigerian people, and having brought the country to a status of a failed nation with an unprecedented collapse of all structures, the APC (All Progressives Congress) knows as a fact that Nigerians would not want to do anything with them again.

“As a result, they (APC) are putting all studs on the way to conducting credible elections. But we need to warn that the only thing keeping this country alive today is the fact that the APC will be history by 2023.

“They are aware of this reality and they are trying to use their usual propaganda to create a different image of themselves, but Nigerians know better and cannot be fooled again.

“Relying on the recommendations of this report, the NWC will work with think tanks, consultants and all critical stakeholders of our great party to enhance the new PDP narratives that will help address the yawning absence of leadership in the country.

The report reads in part: “In line with certain unwritten conventions of the nation’s history, many people think that, for fairness and equity, the Northeast and Southeast geo-political zones that have had the shortest stints at the Presidency, should be given special consideration, in choosing the presidential flag bearer of the party for the 2023 elections.

“While we admit that this is a strong argument, we should not lose sight of the fact that Nigeria is endowed with many capable and very experienced leaders in every part of the country.

“Moreover, the exigencies of the moment demand that nothing should be compromised in choosing the leader, with the attributes to disentangle the country from its present quagmire.

“Therefore, we think that every Nigerian, from every part of the country, should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate, through a credible primary election; as a way of institutionalising a merit-based leadership recruitment process for the country.

“The summary of our report is that the party must promote practices that will deepen democracy, promote national unity and inspire greater faith in our country, especially, among the youth and the several stakeholder groups yearning for inclusion”.

The committee urged the PDP to key into generational and gender shifts sweeping across the globe and the emergence of a new generation of Nigerians who are not held down by religion, ethnicity or such other primordial considerations but who are determined to mainstream the country into global best practices.

It said: “The #EndSARS movement, a few months back, was the testimony we needed, that a new generation of young, bold, ambitious and detribalised Nigerians have taken the centre-stage and that their legitimate clamour for inclusion and good governance can only be ignored to the peril of the party and indeed Nigeria.

“In line with the above, the party must strongly resolve to promote internal democracy, discourage ‘godfatherism and ensure that the will of the people prevail, in the choice of candidates to run for electoral positions. That, in our view, is the pedestal upon which electoral success can be seamlessly sustained.”

The report observed that the endemic frictions in inter-governmental relations, especially between the states and the Federal Government suggested that the present constitutional arrangement was grossly inadequate to contend with the nation’s changing democratic and demographic challenges.

It further advised the PDP to push for either a review or an endorsement of the 2014 Constitutional Conference Report or organise a new constitutional conference.

The committee encouraged the PDP to canvass genuine restructuring to  foster decentralisation, engenders national unity, guarantee the security of lives and property of Nigerians, no matter where they reside in the country.

Pressing for ideals that promote economic prosperity and the overall well-being of the Nigerian people, the committee also encouraged the PDP to get actively involved in the ongoing constitution review and electoral reforms efforts.

It called on the party to support efforts to make the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) truly independent and to be able to conduct elections devoid of the coercive apparatus of the state, underhand manipulations, and outright intimidation of voters.

The committee charged the party to push for getting the military insulated from the conduct of elections, saying that their presence breeds intimidation and questions the integrity of the process.

“Above all, it denies some of the candidates the level-playing field that is the singular barometer for ascertaining the wishes of the people. Similarly, the Police should be made to be more impartial in the supervision of elections”, it said.

The review committee stressed the need for the PDP to reclaim political leadership at the centre because of the “floundering ship of state, which is not only running adrift but appears to be heading perilously towards a precipitous cliff.”.

Secondus said the report would  form the bedrock of the party’s plan ahead of 2023 general elections.

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2023: APC Reacts To Zoning List In Circulation

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a 2023 zoning list in circulation, saying it is yet to zone its offices ahead of the forthcoming national convention.

There is a list in circulation indicating that the APC has zoned its 2023 presidential ticket to the South and chairmanship to the North, among others.

But reacting, Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Sen John James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement on Wednesday, described the list as the handiwork of speculators who are interested in running for various offices.

“People who are interested in running for one office or the other can speculate.

“As far as I am concerned, the last Caretaker Committee meeting we had, we did not discuss that [zoning].

“That is not what we are concerned with now. What we are concerned with is data collection; how to collect data without making mistake.

“We are not going to be pressurised because of sentiment and we do the wrong thing.

“Let me say that zoning is not for the Caretaker Committee alone.

“It has to do with the President, it has to do with other major stakeholders, it has to do with a lot of people.

“I want to mute the speculation. The list is not from us [Caretaker Committee].

“The President is not in town. There is no way such decision will be taken without consulting with the President, consulting with the governors and other major stakeholders,” he said.

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Moses Omo-Ikirodah Felicitates With Muslims As Ramadan Fast Begins

Moses Omo-Ikirodah has appealed to Nigerians especially Muslims to use the Holy period of Ramadan to pray for the unity of the country and also seek God’s intervention to the end of the spread of the coronavirus.

He gave the advice in his message to felicitate with the Muslim community in Nigeria as they join other faithful across the world to commence the Holy month of  Ramadan.

According to him, the current insecurity ravaging the country has made it imperative that Muslims who are engaged in the Holy month of prayer and fasting should make it a point of duty to seek God’s forgiveness and mercy upon Nigeria.

He also urged the Muslim community to seek Gods intervention in curbing the menace the coronavirus pandemic has brought upon mankind.

Moses Omo-Ikirodah urged Muslims to live and act according to the importance of the Holy Month, reminding them not to lose the essence of Ramadan which is to get closer to God and a way to become more compassionate to others.

“As I wish my Muslim brothers and sisters a happy and blessed Ramadan I urge them to be God-fearing and also  remember the less privileged during this holy period while showing love towards one and another ”

 

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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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