Niger Delta Leaders Tackle Jonathan Over 2023 + AGF Malami Drops Governorship Ambition

Niger Delta Leaders Call Out Jonathan Over Presidential Ambition
AMID the nationwide confusion, concealment and official denial of former President Goodluck Jonathan joining the All Progressives Congress, APC, to run for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket, a cross-section of Niger-Delta citizens have called on the ex-president to put his cards on the table.

Stakeholders, who spoke to Vanguard, insisted that it would be outrageous for the former President, with his hard-earned integrity and self-respect, to join forces with APC that bullied him out of power in 2015. Though some of his followers argued it was his decision to make and should be left alone.
Two-time Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy in Bayelsa state, Chief Nathan Egba-Ologo, said: “The whole situation is still shrouded in uncertainty as the principal player in the whole drama is yet to make a categorical statement on it. However, all the indications seem to point in the direction of his joining the race.”
Coordinator, Niger Delta Peace Coalition, NDPC, Zik Gbemre, who responded from Delta state, said: “I know there is no limit to depravity, greed, and gullibility of the insensitive Nigerian politician, but this level former President Jonathan has driven it is the height of it.”

“At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I see these failed political leaders recycling forced rules on the populace are pushing for a violent change in this country. And they must not believe it is impossible. They are pushing for a violent change.
Founding member of Embasara Foundation, an Ijaw think tank for good governance, Iniruo Wills, said: “There is only one person to hear directly from for now. That is former President Goodluck Jonathan himself. No need speculating or second guessing him. By his high place in our political society, and as a matter of public credibility and respect for them, he owes Nigerians a duty to speak directly and unmistakably to them.”

Attorney General, Malami Drops Governorship Ambition
Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has pulled out of the Kebbi State governorship race, multiple sources told SaharaReporters on Friday.
Malami had in April declared interest in the Kebbi State governorship race.

He also distributed over 200 exotic vehicles to party members ahead of the governorship primary in the state.
On Wednesday, he submitted his N50 million nomination form at the International Conference Centre.
Several sources close to the minister said he withdrew from the race over fear that he may not get the ticket.
There has been a cold political war between the incumbent governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu and the political arrowhead of Kebbi, Senator Adamu Alieru over who succeeds the former.

Buhari Condemns Killing Of Sokoto student By Religious Fanatics
President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the resort to self-help by the mob in Sokoto, which resulted in violence, destruction and killing of a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel.

She was alleged to have blasphemed against Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam on Thursday.
But reacting to the incident, President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern and demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.
The President noted that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW) but where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

Moreover, religious leaders preach that it is not for the believer to judge the actions of another person. The constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise.
“No person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” said the President.

Tinubu’s Fmr Campaign DG Formally Joins New Political Party
A former member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin has officially joined the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

Recall that the Jibrin, who was the Director General of the Bola Tinubu Support groups had announced he was leaving the All Progressives Congress in a post on his Twitter page on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Kofa though did not publicly reveal why he dumped APC but boasts in his terse notification that he had given enough to the ruling party and it was time to move on.
“I have done my best for APC. It’s time to move on. I will announce my new political party within the next 24 hours Insha Allah. I will make a formal statement in due course,” Jibrin had written in the post that drew widespread reactions.

However, the Kano State APC following directives from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had tried to meet with the former lawmaker to broker peace.
A statement signed by the chairman of the state chapter of the party, Abdullahi Abbas revealed that an invitation has been sent to all the aspiring candidates for the position.