A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in Abia StatedChief Henry Ikoh says no political aspirant should be denied the privilege of contesting for any elective post on the basis of zoning.
Our correspondent reports that Ikoh who made his views known in in Umuahia, added that such a move was anti-democracy and unconstitutional. He said that only unpopular candidates insisted on zoning as a result of the stiffer challenges they might face from opponents that were better disposed.
He said that the most important criterion for eligibility for any aspirant should be based on past performance, instead of ethnic or sectional divides, noting that for the country’s democracy to grow, “that the interest of majority of Nigerians should be allowed to prevail”.
Ikoh urged President Goodluck Jonathan to hearken to the voices of millions of Nigeria beckoning on him to contest the 2011 Presidency in order to continue the good work he had started. He said that that the steps Jonathan had taken to ameliorate the difficulties faced by many Nigerians, especially in the petroleum and power sector were clear indications that the president was the man for the moment.
“Since he became president, he has made petroleum products available in every part of the country and the people who no longer find it difficult to access these products are happy and will sure want him to continue.
“If Jonathan decides to contest, I will back him,” he said. The gubernatorial aspirant cautioned those harping on the issue of zoning within the PDP to tread softly, adding:
“I see those talking about zoning as people who have nothing to offer to the populace”.
He said that those wishing to contest for elective posts should endeavour to convince the electorate through a well articulated manifesto that would translate to meaningful development, instead of stampeding Nigerians into non-existing zoning agreement.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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