2023 Presidency: Shekarau Backs Zoning To South, Faults Governors’ Approach

 

Former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, on Monday said there is nothing wrong if a Nigerian from the southern region succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

In his remarks while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, he wants his political party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the presidency to the South.

The former governor believes rotating the office of the President between the North and South will give citizens the sense of belonging necessary for the development of the nation.

“I have said it before (that) as far as the party I belong to is concerned – the APC, my proposal is that now that President Buhari is from the northern part of the country, he has done his eight years, let’s beam the searchlight to the southern part of Nigeria,” he said.

“Not because we don’t have enough competent people up North. If you say ‘let the other part of Nigeria produce the leader,’ that does not mean you are throwing to the dogs the issue of competence, the issue of credibility, and so on.

“While I agree we should go for the best and, therefore, throw it open regardless of which side of the country, we should also be mindful of aspect of the sense of belonging. You see, we must be mindful of the perception to give some sense of belonging to every part of Nigeria.”

Former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

 

The debate over the zoning of the presidency to the South has been ongoing for a while, and state governors are not left out of the controversy.

By the time President Buhari completes his second term in office, the Southern Governors’ Forum wants his successor to come from the region.

The Northern Governors’ Forum, in its reaction, says the provisions of the constitution have nothing to do with rotating the office of the President between the two regions.

Although the northern governors are not against the call to zone the presidency, they faulted the approach by their colleagues in the South.

“I subscribe to the view that we should be talking of the North and South, but where I disagree with the southern governors is coming together to gang up and say ‘it must be’; I think this is purely the party affairs,” said Shekarau who shares the same view with the northern governors.

Shekarau Meets Thousands Of Supporters In Kano

 

A former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, on Saturday met with thousands of his supporters from 44 Local Government Areas of the state following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting was to officially declare his defection.

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Shekarau had initially announced his defection on Friday after he met with the National Chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomole behind closed doors.

He said he took the step after due consultation with members of his constituency, stakeholders and supporters.

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Ibrahim Shekarau Defects From PDP To APC

 

 A former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Shekarau announced his decision to join the ruling party after a closed-door meeting with the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday in Kano State.

The former governor explained that he took the decision as a result of the current political situation in the country.

 

He added that he defected after due consultation with members of his constituency, stakeholders and supporters.

The meeting was also attended by Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and top party officials in the state.

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The defection came hours after he had told Channels Television on the breakfast show, Sunrise Daily that he was still a member of the PDP based on ‘certain conditions.’

He had said the conditions were in relation to the members of the APC who recently defected to the opposition party, including the former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

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Shekarau May Be On The Way Out Of PDP

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Former Kano State governor and former minister of education, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, may be on his way out of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The former governor is angry with the manner in which the crisis in the Kano PDP is being handled by the party.

Mr Shekarau’s aide Sule Yau told Channels Television on Tuesday that all efforts to prevail on the party to reconsider the manner in which the crisis was handled failed.

According to Mr Yau, his principal is consulting with his constituents on the next line of action and will take a decision later in the day.

The National Working Committee of the PDP had dissolved the party’s executive in Kano last week and constituted a caretaker committee for the state.

But Mr Shekarau is unhappy with the composition of the caretaker committee.

The former governor is now set to make a decision about whether to stay in the PDP or move on and will declare where he is heading next should he decide to leave.

Mr Shekarau was a governor in Kano State under the platform of the ANPP and was part of the merger of the ANPP with other parties to form the APC.

He later dumped the APC for the PDP and became a minister of education under the Jonathan administration

Alleged Fraud: Court Stops Shekarau From Traveling Abroad

Alleged Fraud: Court Stops Shekarau From Traveling Abroad
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The Federal High Court sitting in Kano has refused an application by a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, for the release of his international passport to enable him travel to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj.

A statement by the spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, revealed that Justice Zainab Abubakar declined the request on Tuesday.

According to the anti-graft agency, Shekarau approached the court with a motion on notice dated May 28, 2018.

He urged the court to direct its Deputy Chief Registrar to release his international passport to enable him travel to Saudi Arabia from May 30 to June 23, 2018, for lesser hajj.

In response to the motion, counsel for the respondent, Johnson Ojogbane, filed a nine-paragraph counter affidavit to oppose the motion.

When the case came up on June 12 for hearing, counsel to the former governor, Abdul Adamu, moved his application and adopted the written address attached to the application in his argument.

Ojogbane, on the other hand, moved his nine-paragraph counter affidavit, urging the court to refuse the application.

Delivering her ruling on the matter, Justice Abubakar held that it was irrelevant to grant the request after listening to the arguments of both parties.

She said, “After due consideration of the motion of the defendant applicant and the counter affidavit of the respondent, I deem it unnecessary to release the passport of the defendant applicant as it is one of the conditions in the grant of his bail”.

The judged subsequently refused and dismissed the application for lack of merit.

Former governor Shekarau was arraigned by the EFCC alongside two others, Aminu Wali and one Mansur Ahmed, for allegedly conniving to collect the sum of N950,000,000 – part of the $115,000,000 allegedly distributed by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke, for the purpose of compromising the2015 general election.

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Grants Former Kano Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau Bail

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has granted bail to the former State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau.

Shekarau was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside two others; a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Bashir Wali and Mansur Ahmed before Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar.

They were arraigned on 6 counts of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N950,000,000.

The defendants were said to have collected the sum of N950,000,000; part of the $115,000,000, allegedly distributed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Allison Madueke for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the 2015 general election.

The EFCC further alleged that the said money was shared among the PDP chieftains without going through a financial institution, in violation of provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.

One of the charges read, “You Ibrahim Shekarau, Aminu Bashir Wali on or about the 27th March, 2015 within the Kano Judicial division of the Federal High Court , retain, took possession and control of the cash sum of N950,000,000 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only), which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of an unlawful act of Deizani Allison Madueke to wit: gratification, commits an offence contrary to Section of 15 (1) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act”.

All the defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Subsequently, the counsel for the prosecution, Johnson Ojogbane pleaded with the court for a trial date in view of the plea of the defendants.

The defence counsel Ologunolisa Sam, (SAN) moved bail application on behalf of his clients, urging the court to admit them to bail on self-recognizance.

Ojogbane, on the other hand, responded with 19 paragraph counter affidavit urging the court to refuse bail.

After listening to the arguments by the parties, Justice Abubakar granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000,000 each and two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties shall be a civil servant in either federal or state service not below the rank of director.

While the other surety is expected to own a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The court also ruled that the sureties must swear an affidavit of means while the Certificate of Occupancy in respect of the landed property shall be deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court.

Also, the defendants were ordered to submit their international passports to Deputy Chief Registrar.

The matter was then adjourned till June 26, 2018, for the commencement of trial.

Earlier, it was reported that the police had to fire to teargas to disperse excited protesters.

Prior to the ruling, they were seen carrying placards bearing different inscriptions as they accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of victimising the former governor.

Subsequently, there was a celebration in the air as the former governor was granted bail.

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP’s Unity

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP's UnityFormer ministers, led by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido, on Saturday visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Mr Lamido spoke on behalf of the former ministers in what looked like an effort to build political alliances ahead of the 2019 elections.

He commended Governor Wike for standing firm and defending the principles of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He requested, on behalf of others, that Governor Wike should make himself available with other PDP governors as the rallying point for the party as it gets back on its feet.

“You are our own. You are a PDP creation therefore PDP has claim over you.

“With your colleagues, you must come together as a group of governors to be our rallying point,” he said.

The former governor also advocated a united front for the PDP.

Governor Wike, in his reaction, assured the former minister that his commitment to the party would remain irrespective of the challenges facing the party.

“It doesn’t matter what happens, nobody will intimidate us. We will never allow ourselves to be cowed not to stand firm and defend democracy.

“Yes we will pay the price. There are sacrifices but it is worth it,” he assured.

Those present at the meeting include Ibrahim Shekarau, Boni Haruna, Abba Moro, Erelu Olusola Obada, Iyom Anennih and Ambassador Musa Kazaure.

Kano Youths Kick Against Pension For Former Governors

Kano Youths on pensionSome youths have called on the Kano State House of Assembly to repeal the pension benefits for former governors and their deputies in the state.

The Voice of Progressive Youth in Kano State alleged that the benefit had given more attention to the governors and deputies to the detriment of the citizens.

The Chairman of the group, Hamisu Sharifai, presented the letter of protest to the Clerk of the Assembly on Friday in Kano, northwest Nigeria.

He noted that the law would destroy the state’s economy, considering what the beneficiaries of the law were getting from the state’s lean treasury.

In line with the current Nigeria’s economic crisis, Mr Sharifai insisted that the said law be repealed in the interest of justice, equity, fairness, public decency and morality.

The youths noted that the law depleted the lean treasury of the state as well as made the governors and their deputies the landlords, rather than the servants of the good people of Kano State.

In his response, the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Lawan Badamasi, assured the youths that their message would be delivered to the leadership of the House.

He promised that the lawmakers would act in accordance with the law.

In 2007, a former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, signed the Pension Rights of Governor and Deputy Governor, a law that entitles former governors and their deputies to pension rights for life.

Section 3 (1) of the law provides the governors and deputy governors with pension at the rate equivalent to annual total emolument of the incumbent governor.

This includes two personal staff, two brand new vehicle, free medical treatment and 30 days annual vacation within or outside Nigeria.

PDP’s Former Governors In Reconciliatory Meeting

pdpThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started a reconciliation process with former governors of the party with a view to regaining power in 2019.

National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, at a meeting with the former PDP governors said that the move is to foster unity among members.

Since its lost control of the centre in the general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been trying to rebuild its structures.

The party has embarked on series of reconciliatory meetings since its new chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sherif assumed office.

Some of those in attendance include Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina State, Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State, and Gabriel Suswam of Benue State.

Members of the party’s National Working Committee were also at the meeting.

 

Shekarau Visits Olu Falae

ShekarauThe need to ensure social justice for all has been identified as the panacea for ensuring the peaceful coexistence of the various ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

A former Kano State Governor and Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Akure.

Shekarau was in Akure on a solidarity visit to elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae in his Akure country home over his abduction from his farm by suspected Fulani Herdsmen.

He maintained that the herdsmen should be well taken care of ‎and farmers also supported and guided, ensuring the interests of all are considered without one hindering the other.

Speaking earlier, Chief Olu Falae reiterated his stance on peace and peaceful resolution of crisis.

He added that his hope and prayer was that threat to human life and inter communal activities be ended in Nigeria.

Mallam Shekarau is the only political leader from the northern part of Nigeria that has visited Chief Falae since he regained his freedom from the kidnappers.

FEC Upgrades 4 Colleges Of Education To Universities

FEC upgrades 4 colleges to universitiesThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Nigeria has approved the conversion of four Federal Colleges of Education to full fledged universities.

The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, who briefed State House Correspondents after the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, listed the Colleges that have been upgraded.

They are Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo (now Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo); Federal College of Education, Zaria (now Federal University of Education, Zaria); Federal College of Education, Kano (now Federal University of Education, Kano); and Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri (now Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri).

Mr Shekara also said that the Colleges were part of the 21 Federal Colleges of Education that had been awarding degree programmes in the last three decades under the close supervision of the different universities they were affiliated to.

The council also approved the establishment of the Federal University of Health Sciences in Otukpo, Benue State.

Until the approval, the university was said to be the College of Medical Health Sciences, under the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

FG Spends 100 Billion Naira On Education Annually – Sambo

Namadi-Sambo.jpg1electionNigeria’s Vice President (VP), Namadi Sambo has said that the Federal Government spends about 100 billion naira annually on educational projects across the Nigerian Universities.

The VP, at a foundation laying ceremony of Dame Patience Jonathan’s 360 beds female hostel block, and the Modern International Conference Center of the Bayero University, Kano, said 1.5 trillion naira from the Presidential Support Fund on education has already been approved to cater for the needs of Nigerian Universities and other tertiary institutions.

Vice President, Namadi Sambo who said courtesy of their administration’s transformational agenda, ”projects like this will continue to full all the Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions”.

In an interactive session with members of the University Community, the VP said, in order to realise the Nigeria’s vision 2020, the Federal Government has paid special attention to the education sector, through the award of various projects costing billions of naira.

Meanwhile, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Rasheed told the Vice President that the university had in the last four years been repositioned from an art based, to a science based university, with the introduction of about 40 new departments and research centers.

The VP was accompanied by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau and Minister for Special Duty, Tanimu Turaki.