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Some Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party have condemned the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

This comes a day after President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed and swore in Justice Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, described the suspension of Justice Onnoghen, as a national provocation by the Presidency which he said was capable of causing security crisis in the country.

He condemned the President’s action when he received the National Executive Committee of the International Federation of Women Lawyers at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

The governor accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being desperate to put the party on the ballot.

He also alleged that the media would be the next target of intimidation to force them to dish out half-truths.

On his part, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said the suspension of Justice Onnoghen was an alleged attempt by the Presidency to truncate democracy and throw the country into anarchy.

The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, describe the suspension as ‘unconstitutional’. He alleged that the Presidency has demonstrated that it does not believe in the rule of law, due process and the principle of separation of powers.

Governor Ortom said the suspension was not only a slap on the judiciary, but the action exposed the alleged desperate self-succession bid of the present administration at the expense of the country’s unity.

He claimed that the suspension of Justice Onnoghen appeared to have “the imprints of the cabal which the President’s wife said is running the government”.

The Governor said the suspension must be reversed in the interest of the country and accused the APC of plot to rig the general elections.

He also called on all Nigerians to reject the suspension of Justice Onnoghen and other alleged attempts by the ruling party to cause a constitutional crisis.

For Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, the suspension of Justice Onnoghen is “a sad day and indeed a sad commentary on democracy in Nigeria”.

He said the action was inimical to the desired stability of the nation and critical institutions of state, noting that Nigerians have a responsibility to be concerned about the electoral process and the critical institutions entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard democracy in the society.

Governor Dickson warned that Nigeria would be heading in the direction of “a shithole country” as a president allegedly said if critical institutions of state do not get it right.

He said the suspension showed that the nation’s democracy was under serious stress and test.

“It is a very sad day, for our nation’s democracy and for the stability of our nation, and the stability of the critical national institution of which the judiciary is primus inter pares. We must be concerned about the process, the integrity of the national critical institutions that will safeguard and reinforce our democracy, seeing our democracy has come under very severe stress and test by what has happened.”

Governor Dickson stressed that while the courts would make a pronouncement on the legality or otherwise on the development around the suspension, he personally found the action condemnable.

“Is this action legal? I am sure the courts are there to make pronouncements on it one way or the order. However, I have my views, and clearly, I condemn it,” he noted.

The governor emphasised the need for due process and adherence to constitutional provisions, noting that countries were governed according to laws and mutual respect among the political class.

He insisted that there must be respect for processes in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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APC, Ajimobi reveal plans to sack Oyo governor-elect, Seyi Makinde

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The Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has urged its members and supporters to start working immediately towards taking back power from the governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, of the Peoples Democratic Party’s in 2023.

The party also said it would challenge the outcome of the governorship election in places where there were glaring irregularities.

These were the highlights of the communiqué issued at the end of the expanded meeting of the APC leaders drawn from the 33 local government areas of the state, which was presided over by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi, at the Government House, Ibadan, yesterday.

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The Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has urged its members and supporters to start working immediately towards taking back power from the governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, of the Peoples Democratic Party’s in 2023.

The party also said it would challenge the outcome of the governorship election in places where there were glaring irregularities.

These were the highlights of the communiqué issued at the end of the expanded meeting of the APC leaders drawn from the 33 local government areas of the state, which was presided over by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi, at the Government House, Ibadan, yesterday.

Passing a vote of confidence in the Ajimobi-led administration, the APC said it was impressed by its unprecedented achievements and impressive performance in its historic eight-year tenure.

The communiqué by the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, urged members to be happy and take solace in the feat already recorded by the progressives, having been given the chance to rule the state for eight unbroken years.

It read, “Meeting urged members to walk tall and be cheerful because this is the first time the progressives would be opportune to have eight unbroken successive years of governance since the era of the Western Region.

“The party resolved to embrace genuine reconciliation and frown upon factionalisation (within the state APC). The party warn its members to avoid buck passing and blame game, but rather chart a roadmap to 2023 in earnest.”

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I’M RICHER THAN BUHARI – OSIBANJO

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Yemi Osinbajo, vice-president of Nigeria has claimed that he is richer than the president President Muhammadu Buhari and it has been that way since they were elected into office in 2015.

Osinbajo spoke during a dinner in honour of volunteers who canvassed for votes for the APC during the campaigns for this year’s general election, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said “When I looked at his assets declaration form, I was checking it in 2015, I said to him, “Mr President, I am so much richer than you, it is an embarrassment.”

“He said, “I am only a soldier, you are a big lawyer so you should have more money than me. I can tell you that he is perhaps; even poorer than he was in 2015 when I saw his declaration of assets form.”

He also urged Nigerians to vote for the All Progressives Congress in the March 23 supplementary elections.

The supplementary elections will take place in six states of Nigeria where the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared last Saturday’s gubernatorial election inconclusive. He said “We are still not done with the elections.

“On the 23rd of March, we still have some outstanding states and as you know we are re-running in about six states. And all of the efforts we need to put into those six states, we still need to do. We can’t afford to slack off and say the job is done; we still have some things to do.”

Recalling the experiences he had during the electioneering, Osinbajo said his encounter with Nigerians as he crisscrossed the country, campaigning for votes, showed that Nigerians are so trusting and supportive of their leaders.

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“I think that one of the main characteristics of the Nigerian is how so supportive and trusting many of our people are and they don’t ask us for too much. They never really ask for anything that is impossible to do.

“And that’s why, for many of us that went around this country, we realized the tremendous amount of work that there is to do and our capacity to do so much work. What our people need, as we discovered, isn’t that much. As a matter of fact, I do not know any nation where the people are so generous no matter how poor they are.

Osinbajo said there was need for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to connect more with the people.

“It just struck me that what we really need to do a lot more is to connect with the people. All the people need is opportunity for us to interact with them. We should have a way by which everybody is involved one way or the other.

“One of the complaints that people made about our government is that we were not communicating enough and that people did not know what had done.”

The vice president acknowledged that the diligent communication carried out to put across the APC message in 2015 was not sustained, making the administration lose some ground to the opposition, especially in the social media.

He said the new administration would ensure that it makes change in that regard.

Osinbajo said that he would take up everyone who has challenged the administration on the issue with a view to getting its communication of programmes and policies better.

Speaking at the event, the APC Woman Leader, Salamatu Eluma, commended the volunteers for believing in the vision of the President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo and working for their re-election.

 

source: Daily Advent

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