Those Doubting Tinubu’s Credentials Should Go To Court – Farouk Aliyu

A file photo of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

 

Farouk Aliyu has told those doubting the credentials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to seek redress in court. 

The former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives made the comment on Sunday amid claims that Tinubu falsified his academic qualifications.

“We have gone through this a very long time ago. Asiwaju Tinubu was governor in Lagos, a two-time governor. These issues have come up. What haven’t they said about Tinubu? What hasn’t he proved to the people? And look, that is the beauty of democracy,” he said during an interview on Channels Television Sunday Politics. 

“If anybody feels strongly that our candidate has no qualification to be president, he is entitled to go to court and challenge that.”

READ ALSO[2023] I’m Still Searching For My Running Mate – Tinubu

Search For Running Mate

In this file photo, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Farouk Adamu Aliyu, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight on May 10, 2021.

 

Aliyu, who also spoke about the search for a running mate to the former Lagos State governor, said the decision lies with Tinubu. He stated that the APC is still consulting and reiterated that competence, not religion, will be the major determinant.

“So, if our party comes out with a Muslim candidate, so be it. We are going to make sure we win the election,” he maintained.

“And if in the wisdom of our candidate, he brings a Christian candidate, we are also going to make sure we win the election because, as I said before, it is not about the religion or where you come from. It is about competence.”

His remarks came hours after Tinubu said he is still in search of a running mate ahead of the general elections.

He spoke on Sunday during his keynote address at a book launch to mark the 60th birthday of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

“I could see a Deputy (Wase) sitting down there too, you are very good symbols of unity, dependability, and honesty, thank you. Thank you for both of you, you’ve not rocked the boat. I will need to learn from both of you, how you made the pair work because I’m still searching for my running mate,” Tinubu said at the event held in Abuja.

“What you did during my primary (APC presidential election) is a story for another day. I’ve spent more time, too many times and people might be bored, they might be envious too, they might be jealous. I won a landslide, I thank you.

“Femi, with your determination, and reach, you are a contributor to our democratic growth, thank you. It is about charting a path to success, you’ve done a good job and I say thank you, thank you.”

Amosun Receives Rousing Welcome, Rallies Support For Tinubu In Ogun

 

Former Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun received a rousing welcome to the state after the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary and called on the people to support the party’s candidate for the presidency, Bola Tinubu. 

Amosun said this on Thursday when addressing supporters, who converged on the Alake Palace Pavilion in Abeokuta for the welcome rally.

“I want to be President of Nigeria but my wanting to be president of Nigeria is just 20 percent and that 80 percent of it is that the presidency should come to the southwest; lo and behold, almighty God has answered that prayer, ultimately, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is our flag bearer will be the President of this great nation, Nigeria,” the former governor said at the event.

“So, what I want you to do, all the love, all the support, all the prayer that you have been giving to me, continue but, please, extend that support and prayer to our flagbearer, support APC, let us all campaign round because this is the only country that we have.”

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Amosun was one of the aspirants for the APC presidential ticket. [email protected]

 

Amosun, who was among several aspirants that stepped down for Tinubu during the APC presidential primary, said his move was based on the party’s northern governors’ support for the former Lagos State governor.

He maintained that he is not desperate to become the presidential candidate of the APC and that the aspirations of the South West override any personal ambitions.  Amosun said working together will ensure Tinubu’s win in next year’s election.

Tunisian President Sacks 57 Judges, Tightens Grip On Courts

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A court gavel.

 

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Thursday sacked 57 judges accused of corruption and other crimes, after passing a new law strengthening his grip on the judiciary.

Saied, who has steadily extended his powers since he sacked the government and suspended parliament last July, issued a decree late on Wednesday allowing himself to unilaterally sack judges for “actions … that could compromise the judiciary’s reputation, independence or functioning”.

In the early hours of Thursday, the official gazette published a list of judges who had been dismissed, and who may face prosecution.

The gazette did not list the reasons for their sacking.

But Saied had at an earlier cabinet meeting accused unnamed judges of corruption, stalling “terrorism” cases, sexual harassment, collusion with political parties and obstruction of justice.

In February, he already scrapped an independent judicial watchdog and replaced it with a body under his own control, a move critics decried as his latest blow to democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.

Saied had long accused the previous judicial watchdog, whose members were partly elected by parliament, of blocking politically sensitive investigations and being influenced by his nemesis, the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party.

A former head of the dissolved body is among those who lost their jobs on Thursday, along with a former anti-terror court spokesman and a former customs chief.

Also on the list are judges involved in a long-running inquiry into the 2013 assassinations of two left-wing politicians, Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi.

– ‘Affront’ –

Wednesday’s ruling, applicable immediately, goes further than Saied’s February decree, which had given him powers to dismiss “any judge failing to perform his professional duties” and had banned judges from going on strike.

Saied now has powers to sack judges “by decree and without any process”, the International Commission of Jurists’ regional director Said Benarbia warned on Thursday.

He called the move “an affront to the separation of powers and judicial independence”.

“Through it, the collapse of the rule of law & the constitutional order is now complete,” he tweeted.

Saied has insisted he has no intention of interfering with the judiciary, but rights groups have accused him of placing it under the direct control of the executive.

Saied’s power grab on July 25 last year was welcomed by many Tunisians tired of a parliament seen as corrupt and self-serving but political parties and civil society groups have warned that the country is drifting back towards authoritarianism a decade after the fall of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Saied has laid out a roadmap to a referendum next month on a new constitution, which has yet to be published, and elections in December.

Tunisians are meanwhile struggling with high unemployment, inflation and food shortages, aggravated by the war in Ukraine.

PDP Presidential Primary: Tambuwal Steps Down For Atiku

A photo combination of Atiku and Tambuwal.

 

Governor Aminu Tabuwal of Sokoto State has stepped down for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary race. 

He made the move on Saturday during the 2022 PDP National Convention holding at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, saying it was after consultations.

“I have come to the conclusion – to the glory of God Almighty, seeing millions of Nigerians suffering and the need for us to close ranks in the party and as one of the leaders in this party – I have come to a patriotic conclusion to step down my aspiration,” the former Speaker of the House of Representatives told the gathering.

“And not only that, I have appealed to my supporters to take this in good strides and for national unity and patriotism – not only that, those who are delegates here – should vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.”

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Tambuwal becomes the second presidential aspirant of the PDP to step down from the race. Earlier in the day, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen had withdrawn from the poll, describing the process as “obscenely monetised”.

“It is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized,” he said in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He, however, pledged to work for the party ahead of the general elections.

While the former managing director of the now-defunct FSB International Bank did not state he was supporting another aspirant, the Adamawa State governor Ahmadu Fintiri said Hayatu-Deen stepped down for Atiku.

“Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for him (Atiku),” Mr Fintiri told Channels Television on the sidelines of the party’s convention. “I think he has stepped down for him. He has instructed his delegates to vote for Atiku.”

When I Become Next President, I Will End Insecurity In Kaduna – Saraki

 

Presidential Aspirant, Bukola Saraki pledges to fight insecurity if elected as Nigeria’s President.

 

A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said that he would end insecurity in Kaduna when he becomes the next president of Nigeria.

Dr. Saraki stated this on Sunday when he met with PDP Delegates and Leaders in Kaduna State.

At the meeting, the former Senate President stressed that without security, communities cannot develop.

“This is why, when I met with the PDP Delegates and Leaders in Kaduna State today, I pledged that with their support, when I become the next President of Nigeria, I will end the insecurity in Kaduna, across the North West, and all-around Nigeria,” Saraki declared.

Saraki visits Kaduna, seeks support from residents.

 

He added that “once upon a time, people could safely drive, fly by plane, and take the train from Kaduna to other states. Today, with the insecurity around Kaduna, traveling to and from the state has become dangerous and quite tedious.

“Therefore, I will ensure that we deploy the latest tools, equipment, and technology to bring an end to banditry and terrorism across the nation.”

For Dr. Saraki, security is a major focus of his presidential campaign. Only recently, the former lawmaker condemned the Federal Government’s handling of the security situation in the country.

According to him, the inability to hold anyone accountable is responsible for the country’s continuous security challenges.

He emphasized that the nation at this moment does not have the luxury of sending just anybody to the Villa and as such, only one with proven competence such as himself deserves to take the reins to come 2023.

2023: In Two Years, Nigerians Will See The Effect If I Am Given Presidential Ticket – Ngige

File photo of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige

 

Senator Chris Ngige believes he has the capacity to turn the country’s fortunes for good, insisting that if he wins the presidential race in 2023, two years would be enough to do that.

“If my party gives me the ticket, many Nigerians know that Chris Ngige is the round peg for the round hole of Nigeria. I will fit in, and in two years, only two years, you would see the effect of my governance,” the Labour and Employment Minister said when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to him, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the major challenger against his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), he is confident that the ruling party will win the 2023 polls.

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He argued that the APC has been winning most of the bye-elections across the country, saying it is an indication that it is the party to beat in the next general elections.

“Have you looked at the INEC bye-elections results in the last 18 months? My party is constantly winning elections because the people know. Don’t think that these people you see in the rural areas don’t know what is going on in the country. They know!” he said on Thursday.

“PDP is our main challenger but we shall win them. They have always been challenging us,” the former governor maintained.

The minister said he has the qualities to lead Nigeria, recalling his years of public service. As far as he is concerned, his loyalty to the ruling party is also a critical factor that puts him in good stead to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

“If you look at it, I am a two-time minister which means I started with the administration in 2015 and then I was reappointed,” Ngige argued.

“So, I have passed through the crucibles so to say as a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). So, the government programmes, Vis-à-vis the manifesto of our party, the APC, are known to me.”

His comments followed his declaration for the presidential seat earlier in the week. He joins a growing list of top politicians that have formally declared their intentions to contest for the post in next year’s polls.

Burkina Ex-President Moved To Home After House Arrest

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 27, 2004 President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, listens during a press conference at the end of the Sommet de la Francophonie in Ouagadougou.
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Former Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, whose future became a major issue after he was toppled in a coup in January, has been moved from house arrest to his home in the capital Ouagadougou, an AFP journalist saw on Thursday.

Late Wednesday, the military-led government said in a statement that after three weeks of “consultations,” Kabore would return to his home.

“The government gives an assurance that measures have been taken to provide his security,” it said in a statement.

Several troops were on guard outside Kabore’s home on Thursday, while a few sightseers tried to catch a glimpse of the former president.

READ ALSO: Burkina Faso Ex-President Bags Life Sentence For Sankara Killing

It was not immediately clear whether he was free in his movements.

Kabore was ousted on January 24 by officers disgruntled at his handling of a nearly seven-year-old jihadist insurgency that has claimed some 2,000 lives and forced 1.8 million people to flee their homes.

The junta, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, placed him under house arrest — a move condemned by Burkina’s neighbours in West Africa, which with the UN and African Union demanded his release.

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I Am Prepared To Be President For Better Nigeria, Wike Declares

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike made an appearance on Channels Television's Politics Today on March 28, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike made an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on March 28, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, says he is fully prepared for the assignment of being the President of Nigeria because he has the capacity to address lingering issues of insecurity and poor national economy.

Governor Wike maintained Nigerians can no longer resign to fate, suffer the pains of harsh economy and wanton killings under the watch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.

He made those remarks when a group, the Northern Progressives Elements and Friends of Wike, in Abuja, presented the purchased Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms to him on Tuesday to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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The governor stated that it was time to save the country from the intractable lies of the APC led Federal Government that is completely bereft of governance.
Governor Wike emphasised that both Nigerians and the PDP do not need persons that will chicken out when intimidated by the APC in the build up to the 2023 general election.

“They have tried it with me. They know that they can never succeed. They did it in Rivers State, we said no, it will never work. And it didn’t work. If you give us the ticket, go home and sleep.”

Governor Wike pointed to how the APC has failed woefully on a continuous basis in addressing economy concerns of Nigerians. According to him, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) boasts of how much it is spending to boost agriculture without visible impact and availability of food.

“Where is the food? Because if you have invested in agriculture we should be seeing the result. Instead of people to eat, people are dying every day. Who are they deceiving?

“We took oath of office to protect life and property. If we cannot protect life and property, there is no governance. You’re talking about food; agriculture.

“How can you talk about agriculture when people cannot go to farm. How can you talk of improving the economy when investors have lost confidence in the country?”

The Rivers State governor said God has given him the wisdom, good health and it was time to utilise them to wrest power from the APC and tackle the numerous challenges facing the country.

“But it is a task that is surmountable with commitment and passion. By the special grace of God, with your support, we shall surmount the problems facing Nigeria.

“Let me tell PDP people, just like the former deputy national chairman said, we cannot just stay at home and be praying to God to dash us power, no. God has given us the capacity. We must use that capacity and take over the power.”

Governor Wike thanked the Northern Progressives Elements and Friends of Wike for presenting him with the forms and calling on him to contribute his quota to salvaging the country.

He assured that with their help, he will do his best possible in salvaging Nigeria under the platform of Peoples Democratic party (PDP).

Senator Sulieman Nazif, who presented the forms to Governor Wike on behalf of the Northern Progressives Elements, explained that they decided to pool their resources together to purchase the forms because of their belief in the governor’s love for the country.

“Nigerians are in dire need of a leader that can show courage, a leader that take them to the promise land and that leader is no other person other than His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike. As we present to you this form, we will be by you, stand you. Wherever you stand, you will find all of us around you, so that you can seize and collect that power, and bring that power back to the PDP.”

The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde thanked all who contributed their resources to purchase the forms for the Rivers State governor.

He maintained that Nigeria at this point needs a leader that is energetic and not people that are tired and lack the direction to salvage the country.

“If you look at places around the world, energy and drive is something that you cannot wish away. He is also of the right age and in terms of intellect and commitment to a united, progressive Nigeria, he is also there. So, we are moving in the right direction.

“Well, I will say to others that may also want to purchase their own forms, they are free to collect their forms. They are free to tell us who they are, what they have achieved and their plan for Nigeria. You may not like his (Wike’s) style but there are certain things that are very clear. Is he committed to a united Nigeria, does he have the intellectual capacity for this job, does he have the drive. So you can collect your form if you wish. But for us, we are desirous of a new Nigeria.”

On his part, former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, Fayose commended the group and friends of Wike for their kind gesture and declared that, “Nigeria is at the verge of return to new Nigeria.”

Rotational Presidency: PDP Did Not Produce Obasanjo Because Of Zoning – Mukhtar Shagari

A photo combination of Mukhtar Shagari and the PDP emblem.

 

A founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, has said that the recent rhetoric about zoning, which is hinged upon the emergence of President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, is totally unfounded.

Ahead of the 2023 presidential polls, there have been arguments that the leading political parties in the country must adhere to a certain zoning formula that will see power go to the South.

Proponents of this theory argue that the very reason Obasanjo was handed the PDP mandate when democracy returned in 1999, was due to zoning concessions which have since then played a major role in the decision for who will be given the party’s endorsement. The notion has now gone from being just one party’s internal politics to what many now think should be obtainable across board.

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However, Shagari, who on Sunday was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, begged to differ, arguing the negative, he said the issue of a rotational presidency is just a said show.

According to him, the PDP did not produce Obasanjo because of zoning.
“Obasanjo was brought by the PDP in order to satisfy what has been termed injustice done to the people of Southwest by June 12,” he said.

“The PDP felt that this is the time for us to look at all those issues and heal the wounds; that is why Obasanjo was brought in, he was not brought in for zoning, nobody was talking about zoning at that time.

“We know that people were dissatisfied, Abiola was voted by Nigerians and he was denied the mandate, so we decided that this is the time to heal the wound,” the PDP chieftain.

Shagari, who was a former deputy governor of Sokoto State, further opined that the issue of zoning must at this moment be treated as a side-show which it is, adding that what Nigerians want at this time, is a president that can move the country forward and bring unity amongst the people.

He believes zoning is an agenda pushed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for fear that they will be ousted from the corridors of power when the next election comes around.

“At the moment, what is happening is that the APC is pushing very strongly the idea of zoning… They are doing this because they have realized that the Nigerian people have left them.

“They have also realized that the Nigerian people are yearning for the PDP to come back to power so that the good old days will come back to the country, the good old days of unity, of development, of inclusiveness, of listening to people and the rest of it,” Shagari argued.

He reiterated that Nigerians are trying to find a government that can take the nation forward, adding that what is important to members of the PDP is winning the forthcoming election, not where the presidential candidate will come from.

2023: Elect Patriotic, Committed Leaders, Okorocha Tells Nigerians

Senator Rochas Okorocha

 

Former Imo State Governor and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha, has advised Nigerians to elect leaders that will be committed to the unity, oneness and progress of the country as the election year 2023 approaches.

He said at this critical time in the life of the country, citizens should focus on the ability and track records of the leaders they will elect to occupy political offices in the country.

Okorocha made the comments on Tuesday in Sokoto shortly after condoling with the people and government of the state over the demise of the Magajin Garin Sokoto.

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He described the deceased Magajin Garin Sokoto as a detribalised Nigerian that believed in the unity of the country during his lifetime.

This comes weeks after he officially declared his intention to run for presidency, saying he will beat the record of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Buhari has done well, but he will never wish to be the best. I will beat Buhari’s record a billion times,” Okorcha said.

He stated that the problems of Nigeria are bigger than the resources available and that the country needs a leader who can create wealth and turn things around.

According to him, if given the chance, his administration will be better than President Buhari’s.

Bill To Raise Minimum Qualification For President Passes Second Reading At House

 

A bill seeking to increase the minimum education qualification for Nigeria’s President and other elective offices has passed the second reading at the House of Representatives.

Representative Adewunmi Onanuga (APC, Ogun) had sponsored the bill which hopes to amend the 1999 Constitution and raise the qualification from school certificate to degree or its equivalent.

The bill seeks to amend Sections 65, 106, 131 and 171 of the 1999 Constitution.

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In leading the debate on the bill, Onanuga said the school certificate is not sufficient to rule the country.

File photo: Mr Femi Gbajabiamila presides over a plenary at the House of Representatives chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

According to her, it was curious that to qualify for employment as senior cadres in Nigerian civil service, an applicant must be a holder of the National Youth Service Corps certificate.

She noted that the applicant must already be a graduate as only graduates went for NYSC deployment.

This is even as she explained that it was strange that a person seeking to lead the whole country, including the graduate, was required to possess only a senior secondary school certificate or its equivalent.

The bill was read for the second time without any debate.

This is coming few weeks after the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabimila, called for the review of the country’s existing law which pegs the minimum educational qualification for aspirants to the presidency and other elective positions at senior secondary school certificate or its equivalent.

Gbajabiamila, who spoke at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, as the university’s 52nd convocation lecturer, said Section 131 (d) of the 1999 Constitution, which speaks to the minimum educational requirement for presidency, does not align with the current realities and needs of the modern times.

2023 Elections: Why I’m Against Zoning Of Political Offices – Sule Lamido

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File photo of former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, has said he is against the idea of zoning of political offices.

Lamido, who spoke on Saturday during an interview on BBC Hausa, believes the zoning of political offices has been counter-productive, stressing that the idea should be jettisoned for the welfare and unity of Nigerians to take the centre stage.

“When it comes to zoning, I would say I do not agree. The world should look at it as it is, everywhere it goes; everywhere we talk about human development, “he said.

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As Nigerians go to the poll to elect a new President, Lamido asked the masses to consider virtue rather than ethnicity or religious sentiment.

The chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also faulted the decision of the current administration to consider the removal of fuel subsidy.

According to him, President Buhari had in the past kicked against the subsidy removal under the PDP government but was now talking about the policy.

This is coming just four days after he revealed his intention to support any presidential aspirant who is best for the country in 2023.

Lamido also threw his weight behind Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal who declared his intention to contest the presidential election.

Although he believes Tambuwal is one of the most qualified aspirants, Lamido kept mum on whether the northern elites have decided that the region should produce the next President.

“Let us look for the kind of person who will be there for Nigeria for all Nigerians,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “For me, wherever he comes from, anybody who will be there for Nigeria is the one I am going to support.”