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 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: 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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House of Reps ignore Southern govs, S/South demands, pass PIB for 3rd reading

…State Police bill scales 2nd reading  The House of Representatives yesterday passed through third reading the Petroleum Industry Bill, (PIB), in outright disregard for the demand of the 17 Southern Governors and South-South region for the reversal of 30% share for exploration of frontier basins and 3% or 5% host community trust fund. Recall that the House last week considered and adopted the 318 clauses report of the ad-hoc Committee on the PIB, chaired by the House Chief Whip, Mohammed Mongunu. The Green Chamber, unlike Senate that provided for 3%,…

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Southern Governors surreptitiously supporting seccession?

By Bala Ibrahim The call for coup today, for the first time by people in power, which was announced by no less a person than a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) and governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on behalf of the southern Nigerian governors, is a call that must be taken with the seriousness it deserved. Arising from the meeting of their Forum in Lagos, today Monday, 05/07/21, the southern governors of Nigeria made a pronouncement on how they want Nigeria to go. Although they claimed to be…

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Southern Governors Forum back zoning of 2023 presidency to South

…Reject 3% revenue for oil communities in PIB The Southern Governors Forum has declared support for rotation and zoning of the Presidency to the South in 2023. This was contained in a communiqué issued yesterday, at the end of the Governor’s meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State. According to the statement, the Forum re-affirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people. Chairman of the Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, who made the announcement while addressing newsmen,…

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State of the nation: 17 Southern governors to reconvene in Lagos today

The 17 Southern governors are billed to converge in Lagos State today, Monday, for a follow-up meeting to the one held in Asaba, Delta State. According to sources privy to the meeting, it was called to review the state of the nation as it affects the three geo-political zones, with the welfare of the people of Southern Nigeria taking the central stage. The meeting, being hosted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, sources further revealed, is to further articulate the collective interest and reiterate commitment to a united Nigeria capable of guaranteeing…

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Yoruba-Hausa clash: ‘We hold Southern governors responsible for Shasha killings’ – Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says divisive utterances by some Southwest governors were responsible for the killings in Sasha market and other violence against Northerners in the region. Lawan said this during an interview with the BBC yesterday. Several people were feared killed during violence that erupted between Hausa and Fulani traders in Shasha market in Ibadan, Oyo state, recently. He said: “What happened in Oyo State and other things that kept happening in the South-Western States  are caused by leadership failures in the region. “Some utterances by some governors also…

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