2023: Disquiet in APC over plot to jettison zoning

A declaration by governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress suggesting that the party may jettison zoning in 2023, is causing disquiet within the party.

The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Abubakar Bagudu, while welcoming the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade into the party last week had said, “APC belongs to all Nigerians. Everyone, from every part of the country is free to aspire for any position in the party in line with provisions of our party’s constitution and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”

Some party supporters have interpreted this statement to mean an attempt to renege on a gentleman’s agreement among leaders that the Presidency should go to the South in 2023.

Spokesperson for the Concerned APC Members, a pressure group within the party, Abdullahi Dauda, alleged in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, that a kite was being flown.

He said, “We know this has been the plan of some people all along. But as a party, we must respect agreements, the North has had its turn in, 2023 the presidency should go to a southerner.”
Source – Punch



Plane Crash: Buratai speaks on Attahiru, other military chief’s death

Immediate past Chief of Army Staff and Ambassador Designate, Tukur Buratai, says the death of General Ibrahim Attahiru and other senior military officers came at a time successes were being made on counterinsurgency operations, urging the military to close ranks to preserve their legacy.

Mr Buratai in his tribute to the late Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru described the incident as tragic to all Nigerians and peace-loving people, adding that Mr Attahiru and the officers that died with him were top-level officers whose records of service were meritorious.

He said the unfortunate incident deeply saddens him as it robbed us of the services of the Chief of Army Staff who had left no one in doubt as regards his determination to succeed in the various military operations across the country.
Source – Peoples Gazette



We got Akeredolu’s support for Yoruba Nation rally in Akure –Sunday Igboho

The Ondo State capital, Akure, was on Saturday agog as hundreds of Yoruba Nation agitators, under the aegis of Ilana Omo Oodua, trooped to the town from neighboring South-West states for a rally.

The agitators, who were led by activist Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, chanted various solidarity songs during the peaceful rally, which began at Isikan Roundabout, and moved to other parts of the ancient town.

The agitators, comprising women, youths, motor cycle riders, traders, artisans, and others, wore attires with the inscription ‘Omo Oduduwa ni mi.’ (I’m Oduduwa’s child).

Meanwhile, policemen, soldiers, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; and Amotekun were on the ground to maintain order and ensure that the rally didn’t not degenerate into chaos.

Speaking at the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, Igboho said the agitators did not plan to stop their campaign until the Yoruba Nation became a reality.

Igboho, who arrived at the palace around 3pm, said there was a need for traditional rulers to be given prominent roles in the constitution to enable them to get more involved in the administration of the state and local governments.

He said, “Traditional rulers are supposed to be the father of all but they have been relegated and I believe all these anomalies would end when Yoruba Nation comes to being.

“Politicians have sold us to Fulani and now these Fulani are beyond their control. It is time we free ourselves. No going back on the agitation, no election in 2023 and I have a strong belief that we are going to succeed.”

Igboho said the Yoruba Nation agitators had the support of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to hold a rally in Akure.
Source – Punch