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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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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2023: Nigeria’s democracy at risk, British govt. warns

…Violence eroding people’s livelihood – Governors The British government has warned the rise in conflicts can destabilise Nigeria’s democracy in the run-up to the 2023 elections. The warning came even as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF), declared that the level of insecurity across the country is not only eroding citizens’ safety and peoples’ means of livelihood, but also threatening the expression of the rights of Nigerians. The two sides both spoke at the launch of the NGF Peace and Inclusive Security Initiative in Abuja on Thursday. The Development Director, Foreign,…

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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: Northern Elders reject Southern Governors’ resolution

…North will support candidate from any part of the country – CNG The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF) has rejected the position of the Southern governors that the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the southern part of the country. The Forum maintained that the region should not be compelled to accede to a democratically elected office that can be sought by any person irrespective of where he comes from. The position of NEF came barely 24 hours after the Southern governors insisted that the south must produce the next president…

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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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“Power should shift to the South in 2023” – ex-Borno Gov. Shettima

The immediate-past governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has called for a power shift to the South in 2023. He said this yesterday, during the public presentation of a book tagged: “Standing for The Truth With Courage”, published by Chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund’s (TETFund) Research and Development Standing Committee, Prof. Emeritus Njidda Mamadu Gadzama. “I believe in equity, justice and fairness. After power has resided in the North for eight years, there is a need for a power shift to the South,” Shettima said. He blamed selfish…

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2023: INEC launches online portal for voter registration 

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has finally launched an online portal for Nigerians to register as voters. The portal will go live on Monday when the online registration is scheduled to commence. The electoral umpire stopped the continuous voter registration in August 2018, about six months before the last elections. As of then, the total number of registered voters in Nigeria stood at 84 million, just 42 percent of the country’s population. At least 11 million voters were yet to collect their permanent voter cards (PVCs) when the Commission…

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2023: Zoning is unconstitutional ― Sen. Abdullahi Adamu

The senator for Nasarawa-West senatorial district, Abdullahi Adamu, says zoning political offices between North and South is not a Constitutional issue, but an arrangement by political parties. Adamu said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja, while reacting to rising clamour for power shift from North to South in 2023. “On the issue of zoning, people are misreading the signals; the issue of zoning is not in the Nigerian Constitution. “It is not a constitutional matter. The six geo-political zones that we have are not in the Constitution of…

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