Youths in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, have urged President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President, Namadi Sambo to go ahead and recontest the Presidency come 2015.
The youths under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NDYC) said the nation, as at present, still needed the peaceful disposition of the duo and their sustained effort towards peaceful development of Nigeria and its nascent democracy.
National Co-ordinator of NDYC, Prince Emmanuel Ogba who stated this while addressing newsmen at Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa, last Saturday noted that the level- headedness and wisdom of the President and his vice had saved the country from possible break-up due to the Boko Haram sect’s activities and commended them for their enduring spirit and maturity.
“We have seen sustained stability in the distribution and availability of petroleum products, a good sign which began with the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua with Jonathan as then Vice President, we have seen sustained and improved power supply,” the co-ordinator said and also lauded the duo for what he described as dogged fight against terrorism.
The group also remarked” we have seen democracy deepened under President Jonathan’s administration,” we have seen a better Nigeria.”
Prince Ogba, who believed that President Jonathan’s successes should be consolidated, appealed to Nigerians irrespective of tribal, religious and political differences, to add their voices in urging President Jonathan to recontest in the next presidential election to enable him consolidate on the laudable progress so far made.
NDYC frowned at the recent revelation that 83 per cent of oil blocks in the country were owned by northerners while the Niger Delta, the goose that lays the golden egg own less than 17 per cent.
“What a shame and injustice; he queried and reiterated the group’s stand for 100 per cent resource control for all regions as they contribute to the nation’s economy while the central government pays taxes to host communities stressing that resource control would be in the interest of all regions and not only the Niger Delta.
Reacting to the recent killing of seven foreign nationals in Nigeria by Boko Haram sect, NDYC condemned the act, and backed the President’s stand not to withdraw JTF from the troubled parts of the North ravaged by the sect activities and also suggested that instead of withdrawing the JTF, it should be urged to now begin massive combing of the troubled spots by JTF.
“If the north which is the problem area fronting the so called faceless Boko Haram sect are tired of being Nigerians, it should be allowed to go on its own and let peace reign for those Nigerians that still have faith in the Nigerian project;” Ogba said.
Yakassai Wants North To Cede Presidency In 2023
An elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, has said it will be unjust for Northern Nigeria to still demand the presidency in 2023.
The Tide source reports that there have been heated debates among stakeholders in the nation’s polity over power rotation between the North and the South ahead of the 2023 general elections.
At the moment, prominent northerners like the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; and a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki appear to be interested in the 2023 presidency.
But Yakassai in reaction to the declaration of interest by some Northerners said while he is not a card-carrying member of any political party, it would be an injustice to the South for northerners to aspire for the presidency after the expiration of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He said, “How can it be that it is always us the Northerners that will rule? There is no justice in this matter, we rule, they (South) rule, that is justice.”
“I am wondering what the northerners will say to the people? What will they show to the citizens of Nigeria that they benefited or will benefit in order for them to give their votes?
“In the six to seven years, what have the northerners done? What achievement has the leadership accomplished that helped in the development of the country, its economy or any other development that helps the people?
“What major achievement do the northerners have that they can use to call upon all other Nigerians to give them votes again?”
The elder statesman said his interest in politics from the beginning had always been about justice, explaining that his support for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was to make sure Nigeria went with the method of letting any president run his second tenure after his first; just like he said earlier.
He said that if the first four years of the tenure were not enough for the president to accomplish his goals, then eight years would be enough for him as long as he had the plan on how to accomplish them.
Pastor Rejects Ortom’s Car Gift
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has recounted how Rev Samuel Alaha, who anointed him in 1992 with a prophecy that he would become governor of the state, rejected a car gift from him after the prophecy came to pass in 2015.
The governor, who made the disclosure, Sunday, during a sermon as the guest preacher at Faithway Gospel Ministries, Gboko, explained that he visited the cleric and presented the new car in appreciation but the vehicle was returned after a few days.
According to Ortom, even though Rev Alaha received the gift on the spot, he called after a few days to inform the governor that he appreciated the offer but begged to return it, saying he did not find it necessary.
Governor Ortom described the clergyman as a committed and true man of God whom he had known since 1980, lauding his zeal and commitment in service to the Almighty God.
Ortom pointed out that as Governor, he was determined to execute God’s counsel to people of the state at all times.
He admonished the congregation to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and assured that “all other things will be added on to you.”
Governor Ortom also called on Christians to go back to the time when there was love towards one another “as it used to be in the past when we became Christians. True brotherly love is lacking today, that is why there seems to be conflict all the time.”
Touching on the unity in the family, the governor told couples to begin to show love towards one another to celebrate accommodation, tolerance and faith in God.
Ogun: PDP’ll Produce Next Gov – Ayu
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, has declared that the PDP would produce the next governor of Ogun State in 2023.
Ayu said considering the record, which according to him, shows that the PDP had produced the first PDP president in 1999, who hails from Ogun State, the state remains a PDP state.
Ayu said, this last Saturday while addressing a large crowd of PDP members at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
Ayu, who was flanked by members of the national working committee, former governors, the leader of Ogun PDP, Oladipupo Adebutu, the State Chairman, Sikirullahi Ogundele, among others told the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun and the All Progressives Congress to prepare to leave the government for the PDP in 2023.
The chairman said the APC governments both at the federal and the states had made lives difficult for Nigerians, adding that it was time to vote the party out of power.
Ayu, who earlier held a private meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said he would be returning to Ogun to mobilise PDP members across all levels, as part of efforts to unseat the APC in 2023.
He said, “I only came to greet my boss and our father, President Obasanjo. I didn’t know that all my people are here. I will come back to mobilise the people of Ogun State in every ward, in every local government because in 2023 we shall produce a PDP governor in Ogun State after which we shall produce a PDP president who will make things better for you.”
In his remarks, Adebutu, who is a PDP governorship aspirant, reiterated his commitment to the development of Ogun State.
He said, “I am sacrificing my comfort for you, not because I need something to eat but I want to create a better tomorrow for you. I will continue to sacrifice for you and I bring to you this sacrifice and this solution. Let us be together. Do you agree with me?”
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