The Director with the center for alternative policy perspectives and strategy (CAPPS) Abuja, Professor Udenta O. Udenta has indicated that he cannot imagine any proud Igbo son or daughter going out to cast a vote for any Yoruba presidential candidate on any consideration.
He spoke at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Center Abuja on monday against the backdrop of his support for Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Muhammed Presidential ambition.
Professor Udenta was an arrow head of supporters of the Governor when he visited his boss, former President Goodluck Jonathan to intimate him of his ambition.
Udenta said, “I do not expect any proud Igbo son or daughter to cast a vote for a Yoruba presidential candidate on any consideration.
“Because for those who believe in politics of hegemony, replacing one hegemony you are afraid of in the north with another hegemony in the south does not make sense. “If Obasanjo did 8 years and Osinbajo 8 years what the heck, nobody there who is politically sane should even step out.
“We are ready to do the battle. I am intellectually endowed to do the battle, “I will rather work with the Bala Muhammed who may say after four years he is tired, my partner should step in for me and at most 8years and within that his presidential moment he will mainstream our people as well as the rest of the people to give a balance in democracy and Governance model that will impact positively on everybody.”
“The one I am not going to stand for with my intellectual and moral endowment, is to see my generation after 16 years of a Yoruba Presidency for anybody from that side of town to step out and say he wants to become President that is an insult to our people.
“It is even diminishing their humanity, it does not show fidelity, compassion, brotherhood. These are things they don’t say in politics but people like us are there to expose them. And that is why I am beginning today to expose the shenanigans.
“On the other hand he said he believes in the idea of Igbo Presidency however he said the Igbos have to be serious. “Many are waiting for the presidency to be zoned to their Local Government before they can have the courage to step out, I am mindful of that because Ibo Presidency is like any other presidency or it sounds like a bargain, the process is not an abstract institution. “Igbo must get up and declare their interest in that project. It is not the position of Udenta to call out those who want to be president. “Buhari attempted three times without success but won at the fourth attempt. He won the fourth time, it’s not like if he was being compelled or pushed.
“People should do that at this stage, if you don’t do it, I am not a wizard to know what you want. As much as I want Igbo Presidency, I am going to work for it but I am not going to ask anybody to come and become President, those who want to become president should meet me and ask me clearly to help them in becoming President, if not how would I know you want to become President?
“You should not presume being Igbo I should have certain capacity and so by right I should join up with you.”
He described zoning as a fraud saying it is the Igbos that are marginalized, when you zone to South it is not specific.
He said he wants Igbo presidency, “That means in principle as a moral imperative, sure I want it, but as a practical necessity in overcoming this predicament you want to create, somebody want to be president, and he said, he wants to include your people in the bargain.
“We dont see much of them, we dont know when the Igbo Presidency is going to happen, by July the primaries are over unlike before when it would be October or Novermber,
“so we can’t wait, there is no time, you cannot stay in your comfort zone hoping to get the presidency and here is somebody saying he is a friend of my people, he even want his peers in Ibo land to come out. Let us be doing what we are doing whether they will step out at all or not. At that state you can reshuffle and rethink
“I must embrace what we see
It is morally imperative to say you need Igbo Presidency but for God sake you and I are not aspiring to be President we dont know who is aspiring to be president unless he steps out to say he wants to be President.
“Bala had made some statements in the past here and there nobody took that very seriously until when he went to see Jonathan, a former President and it was in the full glare of the world and Udenta sat beside him, what was he doing there. I am a proud igbo son supporting Bala Muhammed.
“I want an Igbo president but I am a practical political player I need to get something close enough because if the political calculation does not work is it always happens in Nigerian politics and somebody want to sneak in from the West it is better I support a person that is known to keep to his words.”
Ododo/Oyibo campaign in harvest of decampees as NNPP reps candidate, Amanabo Joins APC with Supporters
****collapses structure for APC
Ahead of the November 11th, 2023 governorship election in Kogi State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has recieved thousands of decampees from the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).
The House of Representatives candidate of the NNPP for Ofu/Idah, Igalamela-Odolu/Ibaji Federal Constituency of Kogi State, Egbunu Yusuf Amanabo dumped the party along with supporters to join the ruling APC
Speaking shortly after a closed door meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello and the deputy Governorship Candidate of the APC, Joel Oyibo indicated that he will collapse all his structure in the four Local Governmemt of Ofu, Idah, Igalamela-Odolu and Ibaji for the Ododo/Oyibo campaign organization.
“I have collapsed my structure all through the four Local Government Councils that make up the Federal Constituency to support the APC candidate and his running mate.
Amanabo who also met with the State APC chairman honorable Abdullahi Bello and Women Leader Hajia Hauwa, said, he has officially joined the APC to propel the campaign for the victory of Ododo/Oyibo ticket.
He expressed his admiration for Governor Bello and his style of leadership that is devoid of tribalism and commitment to all inclusive governance and unity of the State.
“From my view, Bello is a dogged leader who is not tribalistic but carries everybody along.
“Flowing from Bello’s open door policy in governance and all inclusive government the APC is poised to winning the next election in November.”
Amanabo indicated that he had been in the opposition for almost a decade adding that each time he deployed personal resources for his campaigns and mobilization.
He added that it is time for him to play the mainstream politics.
He also expressed fulfillment that the APC is not just a ruling party this time around but with a President like Bola Tinubu who has the knack for developments, saying that soon Nigeria will reach its eldorado.
Kano Tribunal: Gov Yusuf tells supporters not to fret, says, it’s ‘Temporary Setback’
****Condemns ‘error-ridden’ judgment, proceeds to Appeal Court to seek redress
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state has asked his supporters not to fret but stay calm and peaceful as he assured them he will reclaim the people’s mandate through all available legal means.
Yusuf was reacting to the Tribunal’s judgment that upturned his victory at the March 18th, 2023 governorship election and awarded it to his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna.
He said there is no cause for any alarm as the ‘error-ridden’ judgment was only a ‘temporary setback’.
Governor Yusuf spoke to newsmen a few minutes before midnight that the Appeal Court would do the right thing by correcting all the noticeable errors contained in the Tribunal’s judgment in order to ensure that justice is done.
While expressing confidence in the capacity of the Appellate Court to upturn the Tribunal’s ruling, the governor said; “My good people of Kano State! You would recall that on March 18, 2023, you came out en masse and voted for me as your Governor with a total vote of 1,019,602 and a margin of 128,897 votes between my humble self and the second-place candidate.
“Subsequently, I was duly sworn in as your elected Governor on May 29, 2023. You may also recall that the party that lost the election took us to court. However, after almost six months of proceedings at the governorship election petition tribunal, today Wednesday, September 20, 2023, the judges of the tribunal have in their own wisdom delivered their ruling.
“As human beings their judgment may not be absolutely perfect, there are errors and misapplication of the law as pointed out by our legal team. That is why our constitution provides for other stages to go on with, such as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.”
On his next line of action, Governor Yusuf said; “We have already instructed our legal team to appeal this judgment as soon as possible to ensure that justice is done. I have since directed our lawyers to obtain a copy of the judgment and appeal as appropriate.”
Urging the people of Kano to be calm and remain law abiding at all times, the Governor said the security agencies have been directed to ensure the full protection of the lives and properties of innocent citizens across the State.
According to him; “This government will continue to work for the development of our State in line with the promises we made while seeking your votes. We want to assure you that this will neither dampen our spirit nor slow us down as this is a temporary setback for our State which we will overcome by the grace of Almighty Allah (SWT).
“While thanking the good people of Kano State for their continuous support and prayer, let me further use this opportunity to call on them to continue to go about their businesses peacefully as the government would ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order across the State.”
PDP asks gov Sule to refrain from dragging president Tinibu, Wike into Nasarawa politics
From Abel Abogonye, Lafia
The Opposition People’s Democratic party (PDP) in Nasarawa state has called on the state governor, Abdullahi Sule, to face the challenges of developing the state as the time for politics is over.
The party also urged the governor to leave president Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, out of the politics of the state and face his political travails.
The state chairman of the party, chief Francis Orogu Enokela gave the advice while addressing journalists on Saturday in Lafia.
Chief Orogu indicated that the party has observed with grave concern the governor’s inability to settle down like his counterparts in other states to make impact after his four years and three months in office.
“We have observed that after four years and three month in office governor Abdullahi Sule is yet to commission a single remarkable project in the state because of his weak leadership ability to manage the huge state resources.
“It is disturbing that the APC governor in Nasarawa is only hiding under the guise of collaborating with the former governor of River State who has just been appointed FCT minister to discuss infrastructure development and security between Nasarawa and the FCT when even his homestead is the headquarters for kidnappers.
“We strongly advise Mr. Wike to enquire from Gov. Sule, why Nasarawa state has become hide out for terrorists operating in the FCT.
“Mr. Wike should further note that the crises in Benue is mainly at the border with Nasarawa as well as those from Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, and Southern Kaduna, among others.
“In recent times even gun runners arrested in Enugu and Zamfara state claimed to have taken off from Lafia, the State Capital.
“Under Sule, an APC state chairman, Mr. Philip Tatari was killed in Lafia metropolis, and nothing had happened. A former federal commissioner National population commission, Alh. Zakari Umaru, a classmate and close door neighbour in Gudi of Governor Sule, was murdered in his house after struggling for four hours seeking help before he was murdered by the terrorists.
“This is just a part of the litany of several others, including emirs, chiefs, farmers, and civilians, who were either killed or kidnapped. Prof Onje Gye wado, former Deputy Governor, was kidnapped, former minister of information Labaran Maku was attacked twice.
“Sadly and only recently, two army generals were kidnapped. It is worthy to note that all the hills in Nasarawa state are currently occupied by fundamentalist Fulani terrorists of foreign descent.
“Substantial number of terror groups from all over West Africa are being camped in Nasarawa terrorizing everywhere up to Northern Anambra and Enugu states.
“We believe that a conscious commitment to governance by Mr. Sule could have reduce or eliminated these security challenges. It is the non performance and insecurity ravaging the state that led to the rejection of Gov. Sule in the last election.
“We therefore call on the Federal Government to closely look into the competence of the present state government to handle the affairs of the state with a view to providing additional support to the Army operation brigade in Doma and a mobile police training centre located in one of the most vulnerable areas of the state.
“We want to use this ample opportunity once again to draw the attention of the Nasarawa state governor to the fact that the time for politics is over, as such the governor should not use the time meant to develop the state to drag president Tinubu and Wike into the politics of the state.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa state hereby call on well meaning citizens of the state and other Nigerians including the president, Minister Nyisom Wike to kindly assist the the state by drawing the attention of the governor to the development of the state rather than canvassing for support and seeking help everywhere to influence the tribunal to give judgement in his favour.
“The PDP in the state is aware of all the antics Mr. Sule is deploying to influence the decision of the awaited judgement of the governorship petition tribunal. While the party believes in the integrity of the judiciary, all attempt to interfer with justice will only destroy the democracy we all agreed to practice.
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