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Don Wants INEC To Prevent APC,PDP From Rigging

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A Professor of Agriculture and All Progressives Congress(APC) chieftain in Ekiti State, Prof. Omoniyi Adetiloye, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor and prevent the rigging of the governorship primaries in the state in 2022.
Adetiloye alleged that some leaders of the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were plotting to manipulate the system through already twisted and flawed party congresses in favour of their preferred candidates, which he said might not be in favour of aspirants from the South senatorial district.
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, lecturer lambasted the APC-led government of Ekiti for allegedly plotting to muzzle aspirants from the South senatorial district that had not produced a governor since 1999 in the primary to pick a candidate from another zone.
While the APC would conduct its governorship primary on January 22, 2022, that of the PDP is billed for January 28.
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Adetiloye insisted that zoning of governorship tickets to the South by APC and PDP would promote unity and peace in Ekiti, saying the parties can’t continue to govern the state at the expense of the people of the South.
“We need to alert the INEC about the imminent failure of our democratic process through the manipulations of party congresses by APC and PDP, thereby denying our people the fundamental rights of electing credible ward and local government officials in order to manipulate the governorship primary in favour of their anointed candidates.
“The South has been put in a disadvantaged position for long. The federal and state institutions were deliberately concentrated in the North and Central Senatorial districts of Ekiti in our 22 years of democratic governance.
“In my opinion, no governor wants his name to be remembered for leaving office with a severely fractured party in the 16 local government areas and three senatorial districts of Ekiti State. If Ekiti cannot practically demonstrate the principles of equity, fairness and justice in governorship elections, what audacity has anyone from Ekiti State to demand the same in Nigeria?
“To guarantee trust, harmony and even development in Ekiti State, the next governor in the 2022 governorship election must come from Ekiti South senatorial district”.
Adetiloye said the South senatorial district agitated for a similar consideration in 2018, but politicians from that axis were edged out by power brokers in APC in favour of a “predetermined candidate”.
Also, the convener of a Pro-zoning group called “Ekiti Concerned Citizens”, Femi Babalola, advised interested politicians from the South to toe the line of civility by averting overcrowded aspirants and come up with only aspirants that could win the APC and PDP primaries.
“This group was not formed to fight anyone or party, but we are for justice. How can the state experience 23 years of democratic governance with only two senatorial districts producing the governor at the expense of one of them?
“This is sheer injustice and this should not happen in Ekiti if truly we are one. This is the more reason why aspirants from the South must come up with one candidate for each of the PDP and APC primaries so that they can have high possibilities of getting the tickets”.

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2023: Southern PDP Leaders Consider Fresh Option

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Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southern 17 states have begun move to ensure that the presidential ticket is secured by an aspirant from one of the three geo-political zones.
In the alternative, they are also looking at a northerner with strong roots in the South.
The plan, according to sources, is to have a second strategy or an Option B, as it has become obvious that the party leadership will not yield to the demand for the presidential ticket to be specifically zoned to the South.
The Southern leaders are moving to ensure that their delegates vote only for either a particular southern aspirant or to adopt a northern candidate, who is not from the far North.
The strategy of the southern PDP leaders behind this plot is to ensure that the outcome of the PDP primary produces a win-win situation for the South, irrespective of where the candidates come from.
A chieftain, who spoke on phone, said: “We want to ensure that the South converts the disadvantage of the PDP refusing to zone the presidential position to the South in line with the rotation arrangement in the party’s constitution becomes a benefit to us.
“We will work to ensure that the South decides who the presidential candidate is, even if he is not from our zone.
“Southern delegates may come together and choose a northern candidate who has strong roots in the South. He must be somebody who has a close affinity and filial relationship with us. He must be somebody who understands the challenges facing the South and can run a government that is based on equity, justice and inclusiveness, and knows what it is to suffer injustice or the pains of the minority.”
“It is the reason why we will not support aspirants from the far North. We will rather support an aspirant whose zone has not produced any of the two positions in the Presidency. An ideal candidate for the PDP is somebody from either the South or the Northern minority.
“It is the only way we can show that without having a southern candidate; we can have a president who believes he owes the South and that the support of the southern delegates is instrumental to his victory. That means that if the South plays its card very well, it can produce a southern candidate from the North.”

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Buhari To Determine Malami,Other Returning Ministers’ Fate – Lai Mohammed

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President Muhammadu Buhari will decide the fate of those members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who made a u-turn on their political ambitions and continue to serve in the current administration.
Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this Wednesday to newsmen after the FEC meeting at the State House, Abuja, said he will need to confirm from the president the status of the returning ministers on whether or not they have been reabsorbed into the cabinet.
He said: “The  question about ministers returning or not going, I think you need to give me more time so that I can tell you exactly what the situation is. Right now, I need to cross check. I need to confirm again from Mr President what the situation is. You see the final decision on who is going, who’s coming back, who’s not going lies with Mr. President.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; his Women Affairs counterpart, Dame Pauline Tallen; Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timpre Sylva, had earlier rescinded their decision to contest for elective offices in 2023.
Malami was physically present at Wednesday’s Council meeting, while Tallen and Sylva attended the meeting virtually from their various offices in Abuja.
Ngige is said to be away on official engagement in Durban, South Africa, where he is attending the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) global conference on Child Labour.

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2023: Ganduje Refuses To Endorse Amaechi For Presidency

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has refused to endorse the former Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, for the presidency come 2023.
Amaechi visited Kano on Wednesday as part of his consultations ahead of the All Progressives Congress’ presidential primary.
The former minister had resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to pursue his presidential ambition under the platform of the APC.
At the meeting, with other APC stakeholders present, Ganduje said Kano as a “swing state, will continue to swing.”
He added that Amaechi would know where the state eventually swung to at the right time.
TheTide source gathered that Amaechi, who had told the governor that the people in the APC already knew where Ganduje’s loyalty was, added that he was in Kano to convince him that he was the most qualified among the aspirants.
Our source recalled that when Amaechi visited the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, he was equally not endorsed as the governor told him former Governor Bola Tinubu was their rallying point.
Ganduje is also known to be an ally of Tinubu, who is also aspiring for the Presidency.
Meanwhile, Amaechi said he was more qualified than Tinubu, noting that the former Lagos governor had never been a minister, and even as a lawmaker, Tinubu only served for a few months.
He equally noted that he was more qualified than Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, adding that while Osinbajo was a commissioner in Lagos, he was already a Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly.

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