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Ohanaeze Backs G-5 Govs Over Southern Presidency

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has declared support for the five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), identified as the G-5 governors, over their call for a Southerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The group called on Nigerians to accept the choice of G-5 governors in their bid to present a Southerner and a unifier in 2023.

Ohanaeze expressed confidence that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his allies would choose a preferred presidential candidate whose competence and capabilities are verifiable. The group stated this in a statement released on Friday through its secretary-general, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro. Isiguzoro said, “Ohanaeze N’digbo Worldwide has called on Nigerians to accept the choice of G5 Governors in their bid to present a unifier and southerner.

“The choice of the next president of Nigeria and President Buhari’s successor by May 2023, N’digbo have agreed that with the presence of three of our own in the G5 Governors and integrity group, we have the implicit confidence that Governor Wike and others who are seen by Nigerians as the heroes of democracy and are saddled with the responsibility of presenting a preferred presidential candidate whose competence and capabilities are verifiable and dispositions are acceptable across the country.

“The manipulation of a few politicians will never stand against the interests of the majority of Nigerians, and Nigerians are ready for the G5 group and are waiting patiently for the G5 London resolutions.”


Source: Naija News



Why Tinubu, APC will lose Buhari’s home state – Katsina Rep, Ibrahim

A member of the House of Representatives, Babangida Ibrahim, who represents the Malumfashi/Kafur Federal Constituency in Katsina State, tells LEKE BAIYEWU about his defection from the All Progressives Congress to the New Nigeria Peoples Party, and the chances of the ruling party and its candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 presidential election

The All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, are expecting a block vote from the North-West geopolitical zone in 2023. Do you and your party feel threatened by this?

Let me be very honest with you; when you are doing political analysis, you have to be very objective. I come from Katsina State and you know that Katsina State is the state of Mr President. Katsina State has been APC all along until during the primaries when the party could not manage itself; when due process was not followed and there was a lot of dissatisfaction by the majority of members within my state. That was the reason why most of us pulled out of the party. I can assure you, I don’t want to exaggerate, but the APC is coming third in Katsina, struggling to meet up.

Which parties will come first and second?

(They are) the New Nigeria Peoples Party and the Peoples Democratic Party. The APC is struggling to come behind these two political parties.

How about the large crowds at the APC rallies, especially in the states in the North-West?

Let me tell you what is happening; when you have a government, you can organise any gathering but what is important and key is not about the numbers or the crowds you assemble in a place, it is about the feeling of the people at the lower level – the actual voters. That is what matters. By the time the election approaches, you will see that the reality will come out. All these cover-ups will be exposed. Because you have money, you can invite anybody; put any gathering of people together at any place at any time. That is because you have the resources to do that. But there is a limitation to that. Those gatherings, those crowds, they are all artificial.


There are speculations that the presidential candidate of the NNPP, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, may step down for either Atiku Abubakar of the PDP or Tinubu of the APC close to the election. Do you see this happening? Let me tell you what people don’t understand about politics; when you say ‘I step down for you,’ I will step down for somebody that is better qualified than me. I have done this analysis, not once, not twice; pick all the presidential candidates – all of them, put them together at a table and pick them one by one. None of them has the antecedent of Kwankwaso.

Including Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu?

Asiwaju was just a three-month senator. That title, ‘senator’, under normal circumstances, he should not be using it, but because the law allows him; because he was sworn in as a senator. He was just a senator for three months. But let me tell you his antecedent of our presidential candidate. He (Kwankwaso) is a former member of the House of Representatives – he was deputy speaker. After being deputy speaker, he was a governor (of Kano State) for eight years. He was a minister (of defence). He was a senator (in the 8th National Assembly). So, tell me, which of all these presidential candidates has those qualities or antecedent? None of them! He was part of the Executive (arm of the government) – he was a minister and governor. He was part of the legislature; he was in the National Assembly – he was a presiding officer in the House and he was in the Senate. He was even an attaché. So, tell me who has that antecedent out of the other candidates. So, for somebody to come and say that somebody should step down for somebody that is less qualified, what are we looking for? Are we looking for quality or we just want to play politics


Source: Punch



Auto crash claims 81 lives in Osun

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Osun State, on Friday, said 81 people lost their lives in different degrees of accidents that occurred from January to November 2022. The Sector Commander, Mr Paul Okpe, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.

Okpe reported that 244 people sustained different degrees of injuries in 313 road traffic accidents during the months under review. According to him, the accidents occurred because of violations of road traffic laws by road users, hence leading to the death of 81 people.

Okpe said that the command wouldn’t hesitate to deal with any road users who decided to violate the traffic laws. The sector commander, however, called on transport stakeholders in Osun to join hands with the command to ensure the safety of lives and property on the highways.

Recall that Mr Uakhemen Ujeamerem, the Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) in charge of Osun, Ekiti and Oyo States, had earlier told NAN that 535 people lost their lives in the zone from January to October 2022. Ujeamerem also said that 1,357 traffic accidents were recorded from January to October 2022.


Source: Dailypost