Sen. Izunaso most qualified candidate to succeed Lawan as Senate President – Group
The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria (COCSON) and National Association of Nigerian Youths Leaders (NANYL) have called on the leadership of the APC and the red chamber of the National Assembly to consider electing Senator Osita Izunaso as the next Senate President.
The National Secretary of COCSON Alh. Tijani Ali Danjuma and the National Secretary of NANYL Comrade Blessing Ogbogi both made the call while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
They said with the emergence of President-elect, Bola Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima from the South-West and North-East respectively, it is equitable for the leadership of the party to zone the position of the Senate Presidency to the South East Zone just as Nigeria had it when Obasanjo and Atiku were President/VP and Anyim, Nnamani were Senate President.
According to them, Sen. Izunaso is one of the most ranking senators from the south-east (Imo West Senatorial Zone) to succeed Senator Ahmed Lawan as the next president of the Senate in the 10th Assembly.
They said the endorsement of Senator Izunaso became necessary considering his vast knowledge in the political circle, courtesy of his “rich legislative experience, character, qualifications, prudence, accountability, loyalty”.
Senator Izunaso’s rich legislative experience, according to them will assist the APC led government to have a robust Executive-Legislative relationship to fast-track development.
“We therefore strongly appeal to the leadership of our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Senators-elect to consider the need for a stable Leadership of the National Assembly which will not be in variance with the vision of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu led government in delivering the democratic dividends to Nigerians who believe in the promise of hope and voted overwhelmingly for the All Progressive Congress”, the group said.
Tinubu vs Obi, Atiku: nothing has changed in Nigeria since 1979 – Fayose
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has said Nigeria hasn’t changed since 1979. He made the statement on Thursday following the outcome of the 2023 presidential election. Fayose spoke while fielding questions from journalists on Arise Television’s Morning Show. According to him, there is a lot wrong with Nigeria, adding that he blamed the majority of the problem the country is facing on stakeholders and politicians. Recall that the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently won the 2023 presidential election, beating close rivals Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi. Atiku and Obi have since headed to the courts to challenge the victory of Tinubu. Fayose said, “There is a lot wrong with Nigeria. Since 1979 nothing has changed. I blamed the majority of the problem on stakeholders and politicians. “When you asked Buhari in 2015 if you lose the election, would you concede defeat, he said I would win. He never conceived he would lose. “I told you the senators, House of Rep members are returning to the House of Assembly. The system is sick. Nobody is protecting it. “Rather than blaming INEC, we need to draw a red line like the army. Nothing was wrong in the election.”
People of Abia have spoken with votes – Orji Kalu Congratulates Alex Otti
The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu has sent a congratulatory message to Abia Governor-elect, Alex Otti. He said the people of Abia State have spoken with their votes by choosing the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the March 18 elections. He urged all Abians to close ranks and support the governor-elect “in rebuilding the state for the betterment of the people”. Sen. Kalu said this in a congratulatory message he sent to Otti on Thursday in Abuja. The senator applauded the political maturity demonstrated by candidates of all political parties during the election. According to him, the collective interests of the Abia people should be placed above personal ambitions. “I congratulate Chief Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP) who emerged victorious in the last Saturday’s governorship election in Abia state.“The people of Abia State have spoken with their votes and as such Abians regardless of party affiliation must rally support for the governor-elect.“Judging from his antecedents in the private sector, I am optimistic that Otti will bring to bear his administrative acumen in piloting the affairs of Abia State.“I urge Abia people to be steadfast, positive minded and peaceful during this period,” Senator Kalu said. The former governor of Abia wished Otti a successful tenure in office. Otti had won the governorship election in the state by a landslide. He polled a total of 172,386 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Okey Ahiwe, who garnered 88,174 votes.
Abia Guber: People’s wish respected – Peter Obi congratulates Gov-elect, Alex Otti
Peter Obi, the 2023 Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, has sent a congratulatory message to the Abia State Governor-elect, Alex Otti.Obi said Otti’s victory was an indication that the wishes of the people of Abia State were respected.On Wednesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Otti the winner of the gubernatorial election.The LP governorship candidate in Abia State defeated his closest challenger, Okey Ahiwe of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to emerge winner of last Saturday’s election.He polled 175, 467 votes, against Ahiwe who got 88,529.Reacting to his victory, Obi prayed for God’s guidance on Otti.Tweeting, Obi wrote: “A while ago, I spoke with my brother, Dr. Alex Otti @alexottiofr, the Governor-elect of Abia State and heartily congratulated him on his election.“I am gratified that the will and wish freely expressed by the Abia electorates have been respected.“I pray for God’s guidance and protection for the incoming Governor of God’s Own State. -PO”
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