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2023: Christian elders back G-5 govs on agitations for equity

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* Atiku ought to step down, quit race – NCEF

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), a group of eminent Nigerians of the Christian faith, has thrown its weight behind the G-5 Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over their agitation for equity, justice and fairness in their political party.

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The NCEF which draws its membership from the five blocs of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said that from its findings, the cause of the crises in the PDP is that the party subverted its own
constitution when it elected a presidential candidate from the same geographical region as the party chairman

It however, faulted the G-5 otherwise known as Integrity Group on their demand for the resignation of the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu instead of insisting that the presidential candidate of their party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar steps down for a candidate of Southern Nigeria.

In a statement released by the forum and jointly signed by Dr Samuel Gani and
Pastor Bosun Emmanel as Chairman and Secretary respectively, the NCEF took a swipe at the former Vice President for throwing his hat in the ring against the zoning formulae and constitution of their party. The group also chastised Atiku’s running mate and Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, for what they described as “the ignoble role” he played in the nomination saga after the earlier pact he had with other governors from the south geographical region on power shift.
The NCEF statement read in part: “We have watched the developments in the Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP and
have concluded that cause of the crises is that the party subverted its own
constitution when it elected a Presidential Candidate from the same geographical
region as the Party Chairman. The call, therefore, for the Chairman who was already
in office and conducted the primaries which saw the Presidential Candidate from
his own zone elected, presupposes that election of the Presidential Candidate is
contrary to the Party rules and so that Candidate ought not to push out the Party
Chairman who was already on seat. The Candidate should vacate for a Candidate
from a geographical region other than that of the Party Chairman to emerge. This
is a simple solution to the problem.
The Presidential Candidate knowing fully well
that the Party Chairman belongs to his geographical region ought not to have
offered himself to contest in the first place.

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“Secondly and most importantly, the ignoble role of the Presidential Running Mate
who earlier on had hosted Governors from the south geographical region in his
State and had the privilege of reading and making public the Resolution of the said
Governors that the Presidential Candidate of their Party the PDP should emerge
from the South Region, only to turn round and accept to run as Vice to a Candidate
from the North Region, is not only reprehensible but robs him of the credibility
necessary for that office. He should reconsider his decision and act wisely to restore
public confidence in him.

“On the question of the Presidency going to the South East Zone of the Country, we
make bold to say that in order to complete and show good faith to the post-civil
war 3Rs REHABILITATION, RECONSTRUCTION AND REINTERGRATION and the NO
VICTOR NO VANQUISHED Policies of the Federal Government, which are still
relevant, it is only right that the Zone be given the opportunity to produce the next
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. All the other Zones have had
representation at the Presidency and if there are to be no second-class citizens and
if there are genuine desires to eliminate separatist agitations nationwide, then, a
credible candidate from the geopolitical South East Zone should be voted into the
Seat.

“The unfortunate statements credited to some Presidential aspirants that they will
lay the foundation for the Presidency for the South-East, after their turn, is not only
an insult to the general Nigerian electorate but a humiliating and derogatory attack
akin to that of the religious clerics earlier noted which is detrimental to the overall
peaceful co-existence and equity in the Nigerian project.”
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Oyo Gov suspends campaign as protests rock Ibadan over new naira notes, fuel crisis

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Kayode Sanni Arewa

Protest in Ibadan over fuel, Naira scarcity
Some aggrieved residents of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Friday trooped to major roads protesting over the hardship imposed on them by the new naira notes and persistent fuel scarcity.

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The protesters, in their hundreds, blocked the Iwo Road Interchange, frontage of the State Secretariat at Agodi and other major roads in the city.

At the state secretariat, the fierce looking youths forcefully opened the gate and moved into the complex, heading straight to the Governor’s office situated within the complex.

At Iwo Road Interchange, suspected hoodlums have hijacked the protest.
They were, however, prevented from gaining entrance into the governor’s office due to quick response from the security personnel manning the gates.

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In the town, the protesters obstructed the major roads, thereby hindering free vehicular movement, which left many commuters stranded.

They were seen blocking all the adjoining roads, burning tyres and harassing motorists and the commuters.

At the Gate/Bus Stop and Idi- Ape axis, the protesters blocked the roads, diverting vehicles from the direction.

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A cross section of the protesters attributed their actions to the frustrations being faced in the banks and filling stations.

As at the time of filling this report, the protest was spreading to other parts of the city.

The patrol vehicles of security agencies, particularly the police were seen moving toward Iwo Road and Idiape areas of the city to restore normalcy.

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Commenting, Mr Olu Akindele, an Artisan, said he spent the whole day at the Automated Teller Machine point in one of the banks at Iwo Road on Thursday and was unable to get cash.

According to him, the ATM was not dispensing, but I waited for hours, hoping that the bank officials would load it.

“We Nigerians have been contending with fuel and new naira notes scarcity for weeks across the country.

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“I believe it is time for the government to take positive step to address the twins challenges we are battling with,” he said.

A POS operator, Miss Funmi Irewole, also expressed frustration as she could not withdraw either the old or new notes from her deposit before extension of the deadline.

Ojewole called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, review its policy on the new naira notes to alleviate the sufferings of the citizens.

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Meanwhile, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has suspended his campaign activities until further notice over unending fuel and new naira-note crisis in the state.

Makinde, whose campaign trail had visited some parts of the state, announced the suspension of his campaign activities at the flag off of the Omi-Adio-Ido Road on Friday.

This is contained in a statement by Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.

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The governor said that the suspension was in solidarity with the people over the harrowing experiences in recent time over unending fuel and new naira note crisis in the state.

Makinde, who was in Ido to continue his campaign, directed that all campaign activities be suspended, noting that the people’s suffering was too much.

The governor said that the decision was taken because, he was elected to protect the interests and well beings of citizens of the state.(NAN)

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TRENDING! Watch moment protesters chased away Tinubu’s campaign train in Ijesha land

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A viral clip has emerged online showing protesters chasing away APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu campaign team when he visited the King of Ijesaland.

Echoes of go away we don’t want any party here and echoes of unprintable graffiti rented the air.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Kefas Agbu as Taraba PDP governorship candidate

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Supreme Court has affirmed the candidature of Agbu Kefas as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba state.

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Justice Emmanuel Agim on Friday
dismissed the appeal brought before it by Prof. Jerome Nyameh challenging the May 25, 2022 Taraba governorship primary election that produced Kefas as the flagbearer of the PDP.

The apex court dismissed the appeal by Nyameh on the grounds that he failed to explore the internal mechanism for peaceful resolution of primary election before rushing to court to institute the suit.

Justice Agim, while reading the unanimous judgment of the court held that Nyameh also failed to join other aspirants that participated in the primary election as defendants as required by law.

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The apex court also said that the law was clear on conditions precedent to be complied with before any aggrieved governorship aspirant can rush to court.

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