2023 Elections: I Believe In Rotational Presidency – Governor Sule

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has called for the adoption of a rotational presidency for all regions to benefit.

The governor made this call on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, amid increasing demand that the South should be given the presidential slot.

“I believe in the rotational presidency in Nigeria, I strongly believe in that,” he said. “This is my view, it is not the view of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors.”

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While noting that he is a beneficiary of rotation in the emerging governor of Nasarawa, he noted that the best person from the zone should emerge as the nation’s President.

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

Meanwhile, the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are yet to make their positions known on zoning.

The southeast, southwest and south-south zones make up the southern region.

South-south produced former President Goodluck Jonathan, who ruled for five years.

Southwest produced Olusegun Obasanjo from Ogun State, who ruled for eight years. Obasanjo was president between 1999 and 2007.

The southeast comprising the Igbo states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo are fiercely agitating for zoning of the presidential power in 2023.

Killer Of Nasarawa APC Chairman Arrested – Governor Sule

File photo of the Nasarawa APC Chairman, Phillip Shekwo

 

The killer of the slain Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Phillips Shekwo has been arrested.

Governor Sule confirmed this Tuesday while delivering a speech in Lafia, the state capital.

He identified the killer as Muhammad Usman, a notorious kidnapper who confessed to the crime.

The Governor who commended security personnel for the arrest of the suspect said that he was apprehended at Assakio village of Lafia east development area of the state.

“I was informed that Muhammad Usman also known as Baffa Nura, a notorious kidnapper in Nasarawa state has been arrested and he has confessed that he was the killer,” he said.

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“He was arrested in Assakio, exactly where we thought we were going to get him and we were able to get him. Mister Commissioner Sir, our security personnel, I want to thank you for the good work you have continued to do.”

The APC chairman was taken away from his house at Bukan Sidi in Lafia, on November 21 when gunmen invaded the house.

His body was found the next day, a few kilometres from his house.

The politician’s death sparked fear among residents and several security strategies were in top gear to nab the perpetrators.

On his part, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was on a day tour to the state joined thousands of sympathisers to commiserate with the family and assured them of the support of the government.

The slain Chairman was buried in his hometown Yelwa of Toto local government area on November 27.

COVID-19: Nasarawa Relaxes Curfew To Enable Residents Buy Foodstuffs

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

Nasarawa State Government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Karu Local Government Area aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Abdullahi Sule announced this on Friday in Lafia.

Karu LG shares proximity with Abuja and houses most workers of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the governor, the move is to enable residents of the state to get foodstuff.

Although he relaxed the curfew by four hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Governor Sule, however, extended the lockdown in the affected council area to a period of 10 days.

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This comes amid the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Abuja, the nation’s capital that shares a boundary with the state.

The 24-hour curfew previously imposed in the area which shares proximity with Abuja and houses most workers of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has also been relaxed to enable residents to get basic supplies.

His proclamation follows the expiration of the previous two weeks lockdown.

The governor also assured residents of the state that the restrictions are to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

He also reiterated the commitment of the state government to manage the situation arising from the deadly virus.

Governor Sule Visits Deposed Emir Sanusi In Nasarawa

 

Nasarawa state Governor Abdullahi Sule Thursday evening visited the deposed Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II in Awe local government area of the state.

The Governor and his entourage were received by the Emir of Awe.

Journalists were refrained from taking photographs or videos of the visit and the government has also declined any comment on the matter.

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There were attempts to seize cameras from journalists who tried to steal shots of where the Emir is residing.

About thirty personnel of the Police Mobile Force, (PMF) the Department of State Security, (DSS) are providing security for the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in Awe town of Nasarawa State.

Obviously, security is intensified around the area and people are not allowed to park cars near the house or even go close.

Contrary to reports that the Emir has been relocated to Lagos state, the Emir is still in Awe and many visitors from Kano state alongside locals were sighted outside the house.

Make APC Proud, Buhari Tells Governor Abdullahi Sule

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, on his 60th birthday, urging him to make good governance his priority in order to leave a lasting and favourable legacy.

President Buhari said: “Life is the most invaluable gift from God and we should use our birthday to thank our creator and reflect on life, with humility.’’

The President, who wished the governor “many more years and good health’’, advised him “not to rest on his oars because the task of fulfilling campaign promises is even greater than the campaign efforts.’’

“I urge you to make good governance your watchword because your good performance will be the yardstick by which your tenure will be judged for years to come. I wish you a happy birthday and more prosperous years ahead,’’ President Buhari added.

Supreme Court Affirms Election Victory Of Makinde, El-Rufai And Sule

Photo combination of governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna State) and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa State).

 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the outcomes of the governorship elections in Oyo, Kaduna, and Nasarawa states.

The court upheld the elections after listening to separate appeals regarding the outcomes.

Seyi Makinde Wins

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the election victory of Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Oyo State governor.

In a unanimous judgment, the Apex Court found merit in the appeal filed by Mr. Makinde that the majority judgment of the Appeal Court was a miscarriage of justice.

The Appeal Court had earlier ruled against the Oyo election tribunal which dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Adebayo Adelabu.

Governor Makinde urged the Apex Court to set aside the decision of the court of Appeal and restore the judgment of the tribunal which affirmed his election as the governor of Oyo State.

After listening to both counsels, the panel headed by Justice Ejembi Eko went on a short recess and returned to deliver the judgment.

The court, therefore, affirmed the majority judgment of the tribunal which upheld the election of Makinde as the duly elected governor of Oyo State.

El-Rufai Triumphs

In the case of Kaduna state governorship election, Mr Isa Ashiru, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the Supreme Court challenging the election victory of Nasir El-Rufai.

However, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the appeal filed by Ashiru was dismissed for lacking in merit.

Victory For Abdullahi Sule

Also in Nasarawa State, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili dismissed the appeal filed by David Ombugadu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge Sule’s victory at the March 9, 2019 election.

The court held that the appellant failed to prove allegations of substantial non-compliance in the election.

Electricity: Nasarawa To Generate 1,000 Megawatts From Coal

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Nasarawa State government plans to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity from coal reserves in Obi Local Government Area.

Governor Abdullahi Sule made this known while flagging off the construction of a 2km solar powered streetlights in the council area.

According to him, his administration is finalizing arrangement with a private electricity firm, the General Electric towards boosting the electricity supply in the state.

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The governor explained that the firm plans relocating four of its turbines in South Africa to the state where it will begin the electricity generation which he said will power the entire state.

“I am happy that I’m here today to actually start this project, but my happiest day in Obi will come when I bring General Electric to come and use the coal deposits in Obi, with the four turbines that they are going to relocate from South Africa to Obi, so that they can start generating the 1000megawatts that will power the entire state,” he said.

Governor Sule believes that the project will not just provide services to the people but it will also generate employment as well as economic activities.

Nasarawa Assembly Asks Governor Sule To Hold Summit Over Insecurity

 

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed a resolution asking the state government to organise a peace and security summit to address the security challenges.

Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Abdullahi, read the resolution after the Deputy Majority Leader, Daniel Ogazi, raised the matter of insecurity during the House proceedings in Lafia on Tuesday.

According to the Speaker, peace is fundamental to societal development, hence the need for the House resolution.

“The issue of peace and security is very important to the development of society. It is on this note that, we are urging Governor Abdullahi Sule as a matter of urgency to organise security submit.

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“The state government should assist security agencies with the necessary logistics. The government should also identify local vigilante and encourage them for effective service delivery as well as to check to mate the rising security challenges in the state,” he said.

While moving a motion on the need for an urgent step to address insecurity across the state, Ogazi, of the All Progressives Congress who represents Kokona East constituency, said that all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace.

The motion was, however, supported by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker representing Kokona West constituency, Danladi Jatau, after which it was unanimously passed.