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2023: We Will Support Any Party That Fields Southern Candidate, Says Southern, Middle Belt Leaders



The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF) has promised not to support any political party that fields a northerner as its presidential candidate.

Recall that the forum added that it will not be backing any party that doesn’t zone its presidential ticket to the South or fails to present a Southern candidate.

In a communique issued after a meeting on Thursday in Abuja, the forum stated that some of the issues discussed include the security situation in the country, restructuring, preparations for the 2023 elections and zoning.

SMBLF reiterated its earlier call that the 1999 constitution is flawed and a new constitution be drafted before the 2023 general elections. The forum added that the country needs to be restructured to solve the various challenges facing the country.

Leaders present at the meeting are Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General, Prof George Obiozor; PANDEF leader, Chief Edwin Clark and Middle Belt Forum National President, Dr. Pogu Bitrus.

The communique reads:: “The meeting extensively discussed various issues on the state of affairs in the country, particularly, the security situation, restructuring, preparations for the 2023 elections and zoning.

“That the extant Constitution and Structure of Nigeria are grossly flawed and lopsided. Accordingly, Forum restates its demand for the fundamental restructuring of the country by enacting a new Constitution that would enthrone equity, fairness and justice. It must be One Nation, One System.

“Cites that the northern part of the country would have fully enjoyed the Office of the Presidency of the country for the full statutory period of 8 years by 2023, hence, the presidency should rotate to the South; Therefore, unequivocally, and in full resolve, call on all political parties in the country to zone their presidential tickets to the South.

“Advices that any political party that does not zone its presidential ticket to the South should not expect support from the four regions;

“Notes that the basis of any viable democracy, especially in a diverse and complex country such as Nigeria, is fair and even sharing of power.”

The forum described the continued killings of innocent citizens in the North West Zone and across the country as senseless, asking the military to redouble efforts in keeping the lives and property of Nigerians safe.

SMBLF also advised the National Assembly to make laws that would promote equity, justice, peace and national cohesion instead of controversial laws that will cause tension in the country.

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BREAKING: APC Convention To Hold February 26, Says Buni



The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee Chairman Mai Mala Buni has announced February 26 as the date for the APC convention.

Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State, said this on Tuesday at the national progressive women conference 2022 holding at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.

He said the party is counting on the support of women to hold a successful convention.

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House Of Reps To Reintroduce Electoral Act Amendment Bill Wednesday



The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be reintroduced Wednesday for a rework by the lawmakers.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in December rejected the Bill, citing issues with direct primary provisions.

Gbajabiamila, in his welcome address at the resumption of plenary Tuesday while chiding the appalling argument that lack of proper membership registration of the political parties was among the reasons why the Bill should be rejected, however stated that a credible electoral law is what the people want and that is what they will get.

He also assured Nigerians that the lawmakers will prioritize action to pass the constitutional amendment bill.

Thereafter, the lawmakers went into a close door session.

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Just In: 2023: Why I Won’t Support Tinubu’s Presidential Bid, By Ojudu



By Augustine Akhilomen

..Says Threats By Asiwaju’s Supporters Won’t Deter Him

Ahead of 2023 election, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has come out to declared his readiness to work against the Presidential ambition of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ojudu rejected the claims that anyone close to Tinubu but against his presidential bid is a traitor.

Ojodu affirmed that Tinubu remains his leader and he would forever cherish him and the contributions he made to his organisation during the fight against the military.

Recall that last week, the former Lagos State Governor publicly declared his intention to run for the Presidency after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

While some persons have thrown their weight behind Tinubu, others, including some of his loyalists, have vowed to work against him.

“I have seen a statement made by me, many years ago, to celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu making the rounds. Yes I did make that statement. And more of such will come in my autobiography. We, together, have seen good days and bad days.”

“I and Bola Tinubu have come a long way and we have been there for each other. So, let no one use my acknowledgment of his good deeds and my refusal not to support him in his bid for Nigeria presidency to portray me as a betrayer.

“Tinubu remains my leader and I will forever cherish him and the contributions he made to my Organisation during our fight against the military.

“He however knows I don’t follow the herd. I make my choices based on very rigid parameters. He will tell you I am very Independent in my actions and ways.

“As a third year university student my dad chose to be in NPN. I never considered the fact that he fed me and paid my school fees to join him in a party I despised. I went to UPN and became a youth leader.

“Tinubu will tell you that whatever and whoever Ojudu is committed to is in for 100 percent commitment. Reasons I did rather faced torture and possible death in General Sani Abacha’s detention than reveal certain things they wanted me to reveal about him.

“We were already made before meeting him and in the cause of relating we gave one another a helping hand. As far back as 1992 when I came to know him I was already one of the editors of a popular news magazine with a good standing too in the civil society. I walked out of my job when our billionaire publisher (Chief MKO Abiola) requested I and my colleagues to apologize to General Ibrahim Babangida over a story critical of the regime. That was 1992.

“When I left that job, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, a man whom I was indebted to greatly (gave me a scholarship in my school days alongside King Sunny Ade) invested in my publishing platform (The News, publisher of PM news). The same one that was consequential in the battle to bring democracy back to Nigeria.

“At the conclusion of that struggle, Chief Fawehinmi insisted we seat out politics. Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu disagreed with this notion, and I did as well. Against an obvious choice to blind loyalty, I went along with Senator Tinubu even serving severally in critical roles as he assumed the Governorship position. My actions angered Chief Gani so much he asked that I repay his investments. Guess what? I gladly did.

“So if my principled stance against NPN, against IBB and against “siddon look” was not betrayal of my father, Chief MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi respectively, why would my principled stance against our leader present ambition be.?

“So, on this matter of 2023 I wish him well but I cannot in good conscience give him my support or cast my vote for him in the coming primary. It is my right. I am above 60 years of age for God sake. I almost died seeking this inalienable democratic rights, held up in detention and severally tortured. Your god is not my god.”

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