Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, says he will consult with the State Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on the choice of his successor.
Ikpeazu who stated this during the grand finale of the PDP State Working Committee’s tour of the 17 council areas, at Mgboko, headquarters of the Obingwa council, urged governorship aspirants to acknowledge that only one person would be governor at a time and assured that the PDP would do the right thing at the right time.
The governor explained the party’s tour of the 17 council areas would help to strengthen the PDP in securing victory for the party in the 2023 general elections and commended the state party leadership for the initiative.
“Those who are interested in governorship position should understand that leadership is ordained by God. I cannot decide alone but will meet with the PDP State Working Committee to take a stand based on reports they have gathered from the 17 LGAs of the State”, he said.
In his speech, the member representing Obingwa East at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Solomon Akpulonu, assured the PDP leadership that the party had a stronghold in the council and would turn in more votes than past elections.
Earlier, State Chairman of the party, Chief Asiforo Okere, explained that the party embarked on the tour of the 17 council areas to make the PDP stronger and ensure success in all elections from House of Assembly to the Presidency.
He boasted that the governor had made the PDP proud in terms of too many projects to campaign with for the 2023 election.
Speaking on behalf of the stakeholders of the party, former Commissioner for Physical Planning, Elder Godwin Nna, said that the PDP had no rival in Obingwa council and would return 100% votes.
Meanwhile, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa has lent his voice to the agitation for power shift to Abia North come 2023, arguing that it will help cement unity in the state.
According to the former Leader ECOWAS Parliament, rotation of power will not only guarantee and sustain the prevailing peace in Abia polity but also ensure mutual trust among all three Senatorial zones in the state.
“We need peace in the state to enable the governor to concentrate and finish well. So, my take is that the party must resolve this issue immediately as time is of the essence”, Ohuabunwa said.
He argued that since power began with Abia North in 1999, and had gone round all three districts, it would only be proper that “power rotates back to the zone where it first started”.
Protest Rocks Kano Over Appeal Court Judgment
Protests erupted in Kano city and its environs on Monday afternoon with the demonstrators denouncing the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked the state Governor, Abba Yusuf.
The Tide’s source reports that uneasy calm pervaded the state capital following a contradictory Certified True Copy of the Appeal Court that affirmed the prayers of both the appellant and the respondent in the contentious Kano governorship, though the judiciary had since cleared the air.
In what appeared like a coordinated action on Monday, huge crowd of protesters had stormed strategic positions in the city as it visited temporary hiccups on commercial activities.
Kano- Zaria Road, Maiduguri Road by Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market) were taken over by hundreds of youths who called for justice for Abba Yusuf.
Some of the placard read: “Kano my city my state”, “Justice for Kano”, “ Justice for Abba”, “Abba’s mandate was stolen in 2019, we will not allow it happen in 2023″.
The protest came on the heels of discovery by the Police that “some faceless group are bent on unleashing violence in Kano”, stressing that the police were on top of the situation.
Cp Hussaini Gumel told newsmen in Kano on Monday that already 7 suspects had been arrested and would be arraigned soon.
Gumel revealed that “we have the understanding with the leadership of the contending political parties, and they have signed a peace pact. In view of that, therefore, any one found outside this arrangement will be treated as common criminal”.
However, normalcy had since returned to the ancient city following the peaceful protest that lasted several hours.
NASS To Receive Tinubu’s 2024 Appropriation Bill, Today
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will today, present the 2024 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly.
Secretary, Research and Information of the National Assembly, Dr Ali Barde Umoru, confirmed this on Monday to journalists while requesting the list of those to be allowed into the chamber during the budget presentation.
This will be the first budget estimate President Tinubu will present to the National Assembly in person.
He had earlier transmitted two supplementary budgets, 2022 and 2023, to the National Assembly, which the parliament speedily approved.
President Tinubu had, weeks ago, also forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly, the 20224-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) where the sum of N26.1 trillion was proposed as the total expenditure for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Senate, following the recommendation of its joint committee, which scrutinised the document, approved the MTEF/FSP.
It approved the N26.1trn proposed as the 2024 budget and other parameters as proposed by President Tinubu.
It approved the new borrowings of N7.8 trillion, pegged the benchmark of oil price for 2024 at $73.96, and oil production volume per day at 1.78 million barrels.
Other parameters approved are a GDP growth rate of 3.76%, an inflation rate of 21.40%, an exchange rate of N700 to $1 dollar, and a projected budget deficit of N9.04 trillion.
Muslim Clerics Offer Prayers For Tinubu, Kwankwaso In Kano
Over 1,000 Islamic clerics have offered special prayers for President Bola Tinubu and the NNPP national leader, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
Abdulmumin Kofa (NNPP-Kiru/Bebeji) hosted the ulamas at Kiru for the success of Governor Kabir Yusuf of Kano State at the Supreme Court, according to a statement by the lawmaker’s media aide, Sani Paki, on Monday.
During the prayer session, the clerics recited the Qur’an 1,101 times and prayed for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Mr Kofa said his relationship with the president was no secret, noting that Mr Kwankwaso is his mentor. He said he would continue to support and promote a harmonious relationship between Messrs Tinubu and Kwankwaso.
Mr Kofa described NNPP as a promising party open to collaboration, alliance and merger with the APC and even with the People’s Democratic Party, Labour Party or any other party that showed interest, so long as it is for the good of Nigerians.
He also promised to deploy his modest political network to reach out to gladiators in Kano politics towards resolving all resolvable issues and to de-escalate the current tension in the state due to the Kano governorship seat.
Also, after the prayer session, the legislator hosted 5,000 primary school kids across his constituency, as he often does, and provided them with school kits.
According to the statement, Mr Kofa assured the pupils of the good plans of the federal and state governments, especially on free education and free school feeding programmes.
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