The five governors at the centre of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis, according to a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, would work in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 elections.
Iyorchia Ayu’s resignation as the party’s chairman is being demanded by the G5 group of governors, which includes Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
The call is said to be on the grounds that the party’s presidential candidate and national chairman cannot be from the same region.
Speaking on Friday in Abuja following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the former APC national chairman Oshiomhole claimed that his party is on track to win the upcoming elections.
He criticised PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar for not endorsing a southern candidate and for his remarks about preferring a northern candidate.
“You now have the G-5 governors who said the understanding we reached in Asaba, voluntarily, both by PDP and APC governors, they stand by that agreement,” he said.
“[They said] that leaders must have character, and that if you are not yet president and you are not obeying agreement, and Nigerians are talking of national unity, you disobeyed the provision of your party constitution, which talks about rotation in order to service that unity, and you can go to some parts of the country and say ‘don’t vote for Igbo, don’t vote for Yoruba’.
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“Those are very damaging statements. It would have been better if you said ‘don’t vote for this person, Obi; don’t vote for Tinubu’. That is fine. You talk to their persons.
But when you talk about race — don’t vote for Igbo man — so, if he’s Igbo, no matter how good, he’s a bad man in his eyes; if he’s Yoruba, no matter how good, he’s a bad man in his eyes — at a time when we need national unity.
“If you ask me how we are doing, we are doing very well. Whereas the other is now battling with five governors that backed out and you find out how many governors they have, we have 23.
“Now, if you add 23 to five — I’m not saying the five are with us, but we have 23 with five — I guess that’s 28. If you subtract 28 from 36, it means only eight governors, in fact, seven, because the other one in APGA is not there.
“So, while he has seven governors working for him, we have 23 working for us and we have five who are neutral. You know when you are voting, when I was in ILO, you vote for, against, or abstain. Abstinence is as good as voting against.
“So, however you look at it, our campaign is going smoothly and the message is very clear. It’s very clear, it cannot be better. You saw us yesterday in Owerri. For me, that was perhaps one of the best outings we’ve had.
“You listened to our candidate. You listened to those who spoke in Owerri. Some of them offered to contribute towards the campaign because their concerns have been addressed by the APC candidate.
“Election is about interest — whoever will address your interests — not religious sentiment, not ethnic sentiment, because hunger doesn’t they have a religious affiliation.
Unemployment, does it have a religious affiliation? Whoever will address your concerns, if you are a trader, whoever would make sure that the port’s work more efficiently, that is the kind of person you want.
“Government is about providing those assets. We must talk about enabling the environment and our candidate has laid out how he will do it.”
Finally, Obaseki’s Men Lose As Appeal Court Endorses Edo PDP List
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP aspirants for political offices in Edo State aligned with Governor Godwin Obaseki have again suffered a setback following the Court of Appeal judgment which sacked the list of the governor as candidates of the party.
The judgment which emerged on Friday, November 25 averred that the appellate court set aside the judgment earlier won by the Obaseki aligned candidates and returned the candidates aligned to the mainstream of the party, otherwise known as legacy PDP as led by Chief Dan Orbih, the National Vice-Chairman, South-South.
It would be recalled that the Obaseki inclined faction of the party had won a court judgment that removed the candidates earlier listed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The candidates removed belong to the Orbih faction and were those who emerged from the primaries the INEC claimed to have observed.
The development led the Orbih faction to lodge an appeal at the Court of Appeal Benin which in its judgment set aside the ruling that foisted recognition on the Obaseki led faction of the PDP.
In the lead judgement delivered by Tunde Oyebamiji Awotoye , JCA, the Court of Appeal resolved 4 out of the 6 issues in favour of the Legacy candidates and as such declared that the Appeal was meritorious and therefore allowed.
The court also set aside and struck out suit no FHC/C5/78/2022 which earlier declared the Obaseki’s group candidates as the authentic candidates) because of incomplete transmission of records that made the court not to have jurisdiction over the appeal.
The decision of the Court of Appeal siding the Orbih list could be further challenged by the Obaseki faction in continuation of the turf battle between the governor and his former allies PDP who collaborated in the fight against the APC in the Edo governorship election of 2020.
Fixing Nigeria Is No Rocket Science-Obi, lists criteria
The Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi has said to fix Nigeria is not rocket science but requires extraordinary commitment from the people and their leaders.
Obi’s view is contained in his remarks at the weekend at the Annual General Meeting AGM of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA in Calabar, Cross River state.
At the conference with a theme; “Housing and Design Excellence for National Development”, the LP standard bearer listed what he called 4Cs; -competence, capacity, credibility and commitment as critical requirements to turn the country around.
“We must aspire to put in place a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment. These 4 Cs, are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around”
He noted that, “What is grossly missing in Nigeria’s leadership, governance and economic realm is the lack of efficiency. Good governance and a prosperous and stable economy are routinely anchored on sectoral and holistic pursuit of efficiency”
He told the Architects that Nigeria has high and severe housing deficit to the point that the country needs 28 million houses to be built to meet the national needs and by estimation this will cost about 60 trillion naira.
He said that what his Presidency will do if given the mandate is to partner with a professional body like the NIA and create the enabling environment via the right of making laws; regulating and preserving of property; employing the force of the community; and public good.
The dearth of vision and commitment in our political leadership over time is having effect in all sectors, noting that, “what is grossly missing in Nigeria’s leadership, governance and economic realm is the lack of efficiency. Good governance and a prosperous and a stable economy are routinely anchored on sectoral and holistic pursuit of efficiency.
According to him, “if I and Datti are hired by Nigerians on February 25th, 2023, we will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and properties but for this to happen there must be elite consensus on critical national interest questions.
“We are also aware that our existing national infrastructures are decrepit and crumbling. We are housing challenged. We have as a nation been inconsistent in our infrastructural planning and funding. This is an area we must tackle urgently.
Obi further remarked that as a first step their Presidency must start with rethinking the fundamentals of our nationhood and how to collectively unite and secure Nigeria and move it from good to great.
“Good governance simply translates to eight critical governance values, namely; a government being Accountable, Transparent, Responsive, Equitable and Inclusive, Effective and Efficient; and adherence to the rule of law, as well as participatory and consensus-oriented governance.”
With the mandate of Nigerians the Obi-Datti administration, from its inception, will continue to encourage investment in infrastructure—housing, energy, transport, irrigation, and telecoms—to grow these and other sectors.
“We are eager to quickly close the infrastructure gap between now and 2030. That is the Nigeria we want in place by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target year.”
Obi also charged the Architects to bear in mind some fundamental requirements of their profession in contemplating on “Housing and Design Excellence for National Development” which includes Design for the future and economic and social wellbeing; to think of demographic in our designs; Design and build for public good;
Our buildings must be accessible to People with disabilities; Our buildings must reflect our culture and heritage; We must manage funding for building; Give primacy to maintenance culture; and finally NIA must protect its institutional integrity
Finally, he then reminded the NIA members of the new mantra of his campaign message,
“in the mission to rescue Nigeria, there is no tribe, religion, or class. Indeed, there can be no conscientious objector.”
Wike Boosts Odili Judicial Institute, approves N500m take-off grant
Action Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has approved N500million as a take-off grant for the Justice Mary Odili Judicial Institute (JMOJI) built by his administration in Port Harcourt the State Capital .
Making the announcement on Friday, Wike said that grant was needed for the institute to start off its operations immediately
Wike said: “I have made my budget presentation and it was not included. I’ve told the Commissioner of Finance, now that the budget has not be approved, make sure it is included in the 2023 budget.
“But to start off for now until next year budget will be released, we are making a grant to them of N500 million so that the institute.
Wike observed that the National Judicial Institute (NJI) saddled with the responsibility of training judges and magistrate yearly is overwhelmed with the challenge of carrying capacity.
He noted that not every judge and magistrate billed for the continuous training exercise would be fortunate to secure admission in any current year of such request.
He said: “Actually, if Nigeria is operating a true federal system, there is nothing wrong for states having their own judicial institute that will train judges who, of course, apply the laws, preside over matters that affects the State and business around here.
“But we thank God today that the federal government through the CJN has approved it. What we are doing is to complement the efforts of NJI.
“We are not taking over the functions of NJI. We are only complementing, so that our own judges will be ahead of other States.
“We can also allow them free of charge to come for training here in order to reduce the financial implication of sending most of the judges in the Southsouth to go to Abuja.
“For us, it is not only a Judicial Institute, in fact, I’ve called the attention of the Attorney General to it. And from what the Chief Judge read today, I will seek for amendment by Monday because there are so many things I’m not too comfortable with.
“Because I want a body that, of course, you’ll have a supervision but it will not look like the supervision that will hamper the working of the institute.
“I want where the institute will be just like you have the arbitration court, you have the family court and the rest where budget is being made for them. There will be a different budget for this institute so that we know that it is working.”
Wike explained that the institute was named after Justice Odili, a renowned jurist of Rivers State extraction, who ranked as the first to have risen from the magistracy to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and returned with unblemished record of service.
He stated that the land where the Justice Mary Odili Judicial Institute is located, beside the State Judiciary Complex was formerly owned by the defunct Nigeria Airways.
“The dilapidated and abandoned buildings there became a hideout for criminals, hence the decision of the Rivers State government to acquire the property and use it for public good”, he said.
Commissioning the project, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola said that Wike was one lawyer in position of authority, who had remained relentless in speaking up for the growth, progress and prosperity of the Nigerian Judiciary.
His words: You have thus far given a good account of yourself as distinguished life bencher. To say we are proud of your Excellency is an understatement. You remain a shining light in the legal profession and we shall always remember you for your unflinching support in the erection of enduring judicial structure in the country.
“At this level of our national development, we should begin to emulate good things that will usher in a new dawn of progressive growth. This is, no doubt, a bold step worthy of commendation and emulation.
“You are one of the few governors who have pledged to give judges owner occupier residences so that when they eventually retire, they will get a life time accommodation.
“Today, that pledge has not only be fulfilled but has formed part of our history. Your efforts will tremendously improve the service delivery and comfort of our judicial officers.”
On her part, Justice Mary Odili said she and her husband had tried in vain in finding best ways to thank Wike for his benevolence to them, including the naming of the institute after her.
She submitted that since it was difficult to do so and she could never repay Wike for all that he had done for them, they had presented him and his family to the Almighty God for the adequate reward due him.
Rivers Chief Judge, Justice Simeon Amadi explained that the inauguration of the institute signifies the actualisation of the enabling law that governor Wike signed in 2021.
Justice Amadi said it was on October 12th, 2021 that Wike signed into law the Rivers State Judicial Institute Law No. 8 2021 that has a Board of Governors and an administrator to cater for the affairs of the institute.
The Federal Judicial Service Commission, South South liaison office built by the Governor was also commissioned in Port Harcourt
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