2023: Only Southern Candidate Can Defeat Atiku
Former Niger State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, has observed that “a very strong” presidential candidate from the southern part of the country would defeat the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election.
Vatsa, who was also a former Niger State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed that there is nothing like a monolithic north in Nigeria’s politics any longer, adding that a right APC’s candidate from the southern part of the country would coast to victory at the polls against Abubakar.
The APC chieftain, who spoke to newsmen yesterday in Minna, said that with the situation on the ground only a politician of the APC leaders stature and former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, could defeat Atiku in the presidential election and therefore asked delegates to the APC presidential convention not to hesitate to cast their ballots for Tinubu.
Vasta said: “Tinubu is very acceptable in the north and in the southwest. He is the only person with the capacity to face Atiku in the general election. A northern candidate for APC will be a walkover for Atiku, and that is my candid opinion.
Hausa/Fulani traders slam N50m suit against Lagos govt over alleged discrimination
The Hausa/Fulani traders at Alaba Rago Market have slammed N50 million damages on the Lagos State Government alongside two of its commissioners and Inspector General of Police over alleged discrimination and an eviction notice.
Also joined in the suit before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos are the Commander, Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) as respondents.
The traders are asking for the sum of N50 million, as damages from the respondents for allegedly discriminating against them as Hausa/Fulani.
The suit was filed against the respondents by the traders’ leaders, who are listed as applicants.
They are Alhaji HusaiiI Lajawa, Alhaji Hamisu Mansur, Alhaji Muhammed Aminu and Pastor J.T. Assan.
Among the reliefs sought by the applicants are; “A declaration that the removal of notice pasted only on the applicants at the market, who are Nigerian of the Hausa/Fulani extraction on the basis of their tribe while none was served on the Igbo and Yoruba who occupies Alaba International Market and Tanzan Market respectfully is discriminatory and a breach of the Applicant’s fundamental right as guaranteed by Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Labour Party Crisis: Court orders substituted service against Peter Obi’s faction
The presidential ambition of Peter Obi under the platform of the Labour Party hangs by a thread as a federal judge has ordered substituted service against some party officials loyal to the former Anambra governor.
Prior to the order, Calistus Okafor had on Monday filed an ex-parte application praying the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to declare him the lawful national chairman of the party and derecognize its current leaders. An ex-party application will ask a judge to grant an urgent order without necessarily hearing from the defendants or other parties in a matter.
Mr Okafor argued that the party’s purported leaders have frustrated every means to serve them the originating summons and interlocutory injunctions.
He also challenged the leadership of Akingbade Oyelakin, arguing that he “represents persons wrongfully and unlawfully parading themselves as members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of Labour Party”.