10th NASS: APC zoning of speaker undemocratic – former lawmaker cries out
A former member of the House of Representatives, Abubakar Chika, has frowned at plans by the ruling All Progressives Congress to zone leadership positions in the 10th Assembly. According to him, a consensus candidate is undemocratic. Chika, who represented Shiroro/Rafi/Munya Federal Constituency of Niger state, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the choice of the leadership of the House is solely the responsibility of members-elect, urging the All Progressives Congress to tread softly. He said, “If the issue of zoning had been done democratically, the party would have deemed it fit to carry other contenders along.”All the major contestants have said that there is no way the party will zone the Speaker without carrying them along,” he said. He discredited the exclusion of the North-Central and the North-East where the APC got the majority of its votes, adding that the North-Central alone gave the APC over 40 per cent of the total vote in the North. He said if the North-Central could deliver such votes, they deserved to be considered in the race and not abandoned for other zones. “The APC should know that it does not have the majority, particularly in House of Reps. The minority is greater in number and with that, you cannot dictate to members. “The law did not say APC member-elect must be the speaker but the law say, member must choose among themselves, so if APC becomes very careless as a single party even as a majority other people will take it up, he said. He urged the leadership of the APC to rethink, adding that the manner in which the party is going about it could backfire. “We are not in a military administration; we are in a democratic administration. “If you cannot allow zoning to take place because you want to balance certain things, then you cannot nano-zone the position of the national assembly. “This is carelessness. And if Mr President-elect wants to govern Nigeria well, he should be able to take a stand right now,” Chika told NAN. NAN reports that the National Working Committee of the APC on May 8 released the zoning arrangement as Senate President – South-South, Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Deputy Senate President – (North West), Senator Barau Jubrin (Kano). Others are the Speaker, House of Representatives North-West, Abass Tajudeen (Kaduna); Deputy Speaker (South-East), and Ben Kalu (Abia).
Two Reasons I’m Supporting Akpabio to be Senate President – Ndume
Ali Ndume has revealed why he’s supporting Senator Godswill Akpabio to become the next Senate President. Ndume who represents Borno South, spoke during an interview on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday. Ndume said it is because Akpabio is the preferred candidate of President Bola Tinubu. Tinubu has also asked Ndume to lead Akpabio’s campaign and ensure he becomes the number three citizen.“There are so many that contributed to my reason to stand for Akpabio, because one the president had interest and had Akpabio as his preferred candidate and number two, he had the confidence of asking me to lead the campaign.“Most importantly, it is about justice, about equity, about the constitution and doing what is right and standing for what is justful for this country,” Ndume said. Even though the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chosen Akpabio to be senate president, the likes of Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara, and Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the senate, have insisted on contesting the position.
Democracy Day: FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday
To commemorate Democracy Day, the Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, 2023, a public holiday.In a statement issued Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion.She said; “Nigeria’s democratic journey has, like in many other climes, encountered both stormy and smooth sails, but the ship of State, it’s institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration”.
Nasir El-rufai Satanic, a threat to National Peace – Primate Ayodele
The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has said that former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is an enemy of Nigeria and the peaceful co-existence of its many ethnic groups. Ayodele was reacting to El-Rufai’s recent statement concerning Muslim-Muslim ticket. The former governor in his statement justified his choice of Muslims to occupy relevant positions in Kaduna state because they are the ones who vote for APC in the state. He also mentioned that the current governor of the state will follow in his footstep and the coming one to prove that Islamic leadership doesn’t discriminate. In his reaction, Primate Ayodele described Nasir El-rufai as someone who will start a religious war in Nigeria with his careless statement. He fumed at the statement of the politician, describing the ex-governor a satanic agent. Primate Ayodele alleged that El-rufai has an agenda to Islamize Nigeria and that if President Tinubu allows him in his government, the country will plunge into a religious crisis that may lead to war in the country. The cleric accused him of being the brain behind APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidency and the religious crisis of Southern Kaduna. He warned Tinubu against giving him any position in government to avoid the sudden collapse of the country. “El-Rufai is satanic, he should not be trusted. The election in Kaduna was rigged in his candidate’s favor and God will take it back from him. How can he make such an insensitive statement, why is he mocking Christians? He is a religious hypocrite and a representative of the Taliban in Nigeria. “The statement of El Rufai is unacceptable, we want a peaceful nation but El-Rufai is a threat to national peace. He is the one behind the Southern Kaduna crisis all this while. He should be warned or he will destroy Tinubu’s government. God will destroy his plans before his time and if Tinubu brings him in, he will destroy the government completely.’’ “El Rufai is an agent of satan and God will soon expose his plans. He lost Kaduna but the real winner will reclaim his mandate. El-Rufai is a devil who wants to enslave Nigeria and sell the nation to the Islamic Republic. We must rise against his evil agenda. He is a religious and ethnic racist. He is one of the backbone of Muslim-Muslim presidency in Nigeria and of course, Nigeria will soon see the repercussion.’’ “Tinubu should stop El-Rufai before he creates a religious war in this country. Christians are peaceful people, God will deal with El Rufai because he wants to create a fight in the country.’’ “If El-Rufai becomes anything in Tinubu’s government, he will burn the country, he will start a religious crisis and he has a devilish agenda that will soon be exposed.”
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