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Rotational presidency is constitutional says Igbo Elders Forum

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***Warns, it will sanction any Igbo son that stoop to take VP position

The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has declared that rotational Presidency is constitutional by virtue of the provision of the Federal character principles in the constitution.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja at the situation room in Okwadike Close, Asokoro in Abuja on Wednesday, the secretary of the Forum Professor Charles Nwekeaku, said

“Legally, morally and strategically it is the turn of the South East to produce the next president of this country as the other zones have been given the opportunity to serve Nigeria in that capacity

Section 14[3] of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria provides thus:

‘The composition on of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out In such a manner as to reflect the Federal Character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and [also] to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.’

“The above provision implies that South East should be allowed to occupy any of the following positions at any point in time, President, Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of the Federation, Secretary to the Government of the Federation [SGF]
Other positions he wants the Igbos to also be given fair opportunity to occupy are the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Air Force, inspector General of Police, Chairman of EFCC, Chairman of ICPC, among others.

He also canvassed same for some Key ministerial portfolios, such as, Minister of Defense, Minister of Finance, Minister of Works and Housing, Minister of Petroleum, Minister of Education, Minuster of Internal Affairs are inclusive.

However, he alleged that the South East has no representative in any of the aforementioned positions, which he said is a clear breach of the principle of Federal Character.
“We decided to search for that section of the constitution because some people will come out and say there is no rotational presidency in the Nigerian constitution.
“We are saying that section 14(3) that provides for federal character implied that the rotational presidency is also in the constitution.”
The South East is strategically favored to produce the next president in 2023 for the fact that it has only occupied the position for only 6 months under Gen J. T. U. Agutyi ironsi, and has not come close to it since the current political dispensation that started in 1999
According to him, “A Nigerian President of South East extraction will bring out the Igbo spirit of ingenuity creativity, entrepreneurial, cooperative and economic disposition to rebuild Nigeria.
He said, numerous well established Igbos in Diaspora will be encouraged to come home and invest massively in the country to facilitate the economic recovery of Nigeria

“The 2023 Presidential election is the best time to fully address the injustice, marginalization and integration of the Igbos, as the Presidency is expected to rotate to the North after eight years

“Denying South East the opportunity of producing President of Nigeria in 2023 will not only aggravate the unprecedented separatist agitations across the country, but also amount to perpetuation of injustice, deprivation, discrimination and gross marginalization of the Igbos in Nigeria
“South East has many distinguished professionals, technocrats, economic and political leaders that are presidential materials, who are available and ready to make Nigeria work again for the benefit of all sections of the country
“The-unity of Nigeria: will be better guaranteed if the South east is allowed to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023 for the sake of justice, equity and fairness

“The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum is aware of the orchestrated subterranean moves by some professional, but amateurism political jobbers and unpatriotic elements to change the popular demand of a spectrum of well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians that the Presidency of Nigeria in 2023 should be zoned to the Southern part of the country, preferably South East, by standing logic on its head.
“We maintain unequivocally that any political party that does otherwise will not get the votes of the South, and, will, ultimately lose 2023 Presidency.
“We are waiting for them, as they will meet their political waterloo this time if they insist on shortchanging the South East people this rare opportunity of producing a credible, patriotic, detribalized and dynamic president of Nigeria in 2023.
He used the occasion to warn against any Igbo son that will betray the agenda by stopping to take the vice presidency position.
According to him, such a fellow would be sanctioned.
The chairman of the forum Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife called for prayers for the Indigenous People of Biafran Leader Nnamdi Kanu who was being arraigned in court same day.
“Our son is again in court there and we are not expecting anything serious from the court except they add some charges but what we should do is to seriously go to God for prayers so that Nmamdi Kanu is released in very quick time.
“All powers belong to God, whatever power we are holding on earth.
He expressed gratitude to the young men and women in Nigeria who do not belong to those who have buried their consciences but have been advocating for power to shift to the South East.

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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Obi visits Atiku, Saraki, Lamido in Abuja over State of the nation

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Apparently worried about the state of the nation and the increasing uncertainty in the living conditions of the poor and underprivileged, the 2023 Presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has consulted some top opposition leaders to chart a way out.
Among those Obi consulted with were Former Vice President, and PDP Presidential Candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, the Former Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki and the Former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
A statement Spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that his visit to the leaders is in continuation of his determination to live up to his expressed commitment to the peace and progress of the nation. “His abiding devotion has always been for the emergence of a Nigeria that works for all its peoples where the people are quickly pulled out of poverty.
“At the center of discussion during each of these visits was the state of the nation and how to reduce the suffering of all Nigerians irrespective of class and location.”
The statement explained that the desperate condition of the downtrodden in in the country was particularly highlighted.
“Of particular interest and emphasis in these discussions was the worrisome situation in the Northern parts of the country”

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Dan Nwanyanwu insists, no remedy for 27 Rivers lawmakers that dumped the PDP

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The National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, has insisted only fresh election can reinstate the 27 lawmakers from Rivers State who who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him by voluntarily switching political allegiances, the lawmakers have effectively relinquished their previous seats, with no avenue for reinstatement.

Despite directives to INEC to refrain from taking action, Nwanyanwu argued that delaying elections merely prolongs the inevitable outcome.

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In an interview with Arise TV, he remarked, ”I agree with Wike that nobody will remove the 27 lawmakers but they have removed themselves.

They have on their own volition decided to leave the state assembly. And I want to say without mincing words that nothing will bring back the 27 lawmakers to their seats unless another election is conducted and they emerge victorious in the election.

As of today, any lover of democracy and laws would know that the constitution has written it clearly that if on your own, you decided to join another political party, there is no provision that you want to come back.

I’m aware that there are plethora of cases and INEC has been told not to do anything. But you see, they are just postponing the day of the election.

These lawmakers are no longer recognized members of the state assembly. I’m a lawyer and most lawyers are unanimous on this matter. When a law is clear and unambiguous, you don’t need to give it any strange interpretation.

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