Power Shift: Yoruba Group Cautions Southern Govs, Politicians

By Godwin Amunde A group, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has cautioned governors and other politicians from the southern region of Nigeria over the ongoing national debate arising from the resolutions of last Monday’s meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum demanding for power shift to the region in 2023. The group expressed concerns that the resolutions of the southern governors has generated tension in the polity, and alleged that certain actions by some powerful politicians and individuals from the southern region since the Lagos meeting of the governors could spark…

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Buhari presents APC flags to Ayade, Matawalle

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received the Governors of Cross River and Zamfara States, Ben Ayade and Bello Matawalle, respectively, who recently left the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress, (APC), congratulating them for having the courage to leave their “constituencies”. The APC new entrants were accompanied to the event by the Chairman Caretaker Committee of the Party and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, who is Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, and Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, of Jigawa State. According to a…

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2023: “Respect presidency zoning arrangement” Ohanaeze Ndigbo advises Yahaya Bello

Tells governor ‘You were in school when North, South agreed on zoning’  The Ohanaeze Ndigbo cultural group has frowned against the statement made by the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, that rotational presidency is unconstitutional and that Nigerians should be allowed to make their choices for the best candidate to emerge for the top post. The Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu yesterday, said the statement made by Governor Bello spoke at the seminar for political and crime correspondents in Abuja on Friday may…

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Court process on to declare Gusau as Zamfara governor’ ― PDP

…Cautions Police over harassment The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has condemned the reported attempt by the police to undermine the statutory powers of the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, pointing out that the State governor, Bello Matawalle, has already decided to vacate his office by decamping to the All Progressives Congress, (APC). In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the Party informed that the process has begun in the High Court to formally declare the deputy governor as the substantive State Chief Executive.…

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2023 Presidency: Pan-Yoruba group accuses southern govs of overheating polity

A pan-Yoruba advocacy group, Yoruba Appraisal Forum, (YAF), yesterday claimed that the position canvased by Southern Governors ahead of the 2023 election is tantamount to “overheating the polity” and called for caution over the ongoing national debate on which part of the country will produce President Mohammadu Buhari’s successor. The Southern governors, at their meeting in Lagos earlier this week insisted that the presidency must rotate to the South in the coming dispensation, a position the YAF claimed is generating needless tension between the North and South. The group said…

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2023: Kwankwaso speaks on dumping PDP for APC

Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has reacted to reports that he is planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). A media aide to Kwankwaso, Saifullahi Hassan, disclosed that the report making the rounds that Kwankwaso plans to return to the APC was false. The leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement also confirmed that he is not planning to float a new political party to challenge PDP and APC for presidency in 2023. Meanwhile, the Kano State Commissioner for Rural…

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2023: Ohanaeze asks Amaechi, Umahi, Okorocha, others to start negotiation on Igbo Presidency 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has urged the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Imo-West Senator, Rochas Okorocha; ex-Anambra State governor, Peter Obi; Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, Governor Ifeanyi Uguwanyi, of Enugu State and Ogbonnaya Onu, to commence consultation with other regions ahead of the 2023 presidency. The apex Igbo socio-political organisation, which made the announcement through its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the Southern Governors Forum’s resolution on 2023 and avowal to Southern Presidency had put the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), on the spot. According to him, “This is a great…

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2023: “I’m done with politics; not forming party”, says Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo says he is done with politics and he has no intention to form a new political party as reported by some media platforms. According to a statement issued by the former president yesterday, titled: ‘Obasanjo Not Forming Political Party’, signed by the ex-president’s Special Assistant on Media Affairs, Kehinde Akinyemi, his principal, who is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan.  It declared that the report was false, maintaining that there was “no plan to float a new political party now or in near future”. Obasanjo was quoted as saying,…

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Anambra APC Guber Primary election: Gombe Gov. Inuwa Yahaya-led Appeal C’ttee submits report

From Umar Kaltungo Gombe State Governor and Chairman of the Anambra State All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, earlier today submitted the report of his committee to the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Committee, (CECPC) of the APC at the Party’s national secretariat in Abuja. The Governor, while handling over the report to the CECPC Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, represented by the National Secretary, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, thanked the leadership of the party for finding him and the other members of his…

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“I won’t retire from politics until death” – Shekarau

Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, representing Kano-Central senatorial district, has vowed he won’t retire from politics until death comes calling. The 65-yr-old Shekarau, who was Minister of Education from 2014 to 2015 and two-term governor of Kano State, serving from 2003-2011 and elected Senator in 2019, told newsmen in Kano yesterday that, “I have no time to retire from politics until death”. He made this disclosure while speaking about his political future shortly after he inaugurated the Shura Consultative Assembly whose mission, the former governor said, is to facilitate “Just and fair…

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