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You Won’t Get A Shot At The Presidency If You Keep Agitating For Secession – El-Rufai Warns South-East Leaders

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, says although he believes the South should produce the next President, the people of the South-East must note that they cannot get the Presidential seat by threatening others with secession.

El-Rufai further stated that politics has to do with negotiations and convincing others why they should vote for you.

He, therefore, stated that the Igbo would need to adopt this approach if they want their son to succeed the current President.

The governor said this during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group. The event which was tagged: ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’ was hosted by Pastor of Trinity House church Ituah Ighodalo.

Responding to a question on why the South-East is being denied the Presidency, el-Rufai responded, “I don’t think anyone has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. But you see, you cannot get the Presidency of Nigeria by threats or by shouting victimhood. This is a political process and you have to engage other parts of Nigeria to convince them to support you.

“That is what everyone does. That is what Jonathan did in 2011; that is what Buhari did in 2015 and 2019. That is what every President does. You don’t stay in your corner, abuse everyone in Nigeria and say give me Presidency. It is not going to happen.”

He noted that no region in Nigeria can attain the Presidency without the support of others.

The governor advised those who want to be President to get on the road and convince people that you mean well for them.

He, however, explained that the All Progressives Congress is weak in the South-East which may not favour the region.

El-Rufai added, “Presidency is not by allocation. It is the result of a political process. You join a political party, your party negotiates with other parts of the country and it happens. That is how it is done. And you cannot get it by sitting down or threatening secession. It won’t work.

“I think the South-East is going about it the wrong way because if you look at the APC for instance, we do not have many footprints in the South-East.”

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Lagos APC To Adopt Consensus Candidate For Oct. 2 State Congress

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The Lagos State APC Caretaker Committee has reaffirmed the likelihood of employing consensus arrangement to produce the state executives during the forthcoming Oct. 2 state congress.

The State’s Caretaker Committee Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, gave this indication in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the state’s secretariat in Lagos on Thursday.

The ruling party used consensus option to produce its executives during the July 31 and Sept. 4 Ward and Local Government Congresses respectively.

Oladejo said the consensus arrangement would be repeated in the forthcoming state congress election to reduce acrimony within the party when it elects its officials.

He said: “The national headquarters has advised the state chapter to consider consensus arrangement for the state congress as well, which I believe will be adopted for the national convention.

“I am sure you are also aware that the party constitution allows for the consensus candidate option to save cost,” he said.

“We have resolved and directed officers of our party at all levels to engage in dialogue that would lead to meaningful reconciliation of aggrieved members within the party.

“This is in order to ensure that all opinions are accommodated and all members who are willing to serve the party are given positions in the various executive bodies at ward, local and state levels.”

Speaking, the APC state’s Chairman, Alhaji Babatunde Balogun, also assured members of the party’s readiness in ensuring a hitch-free exercise on Oct. 2.

The chairman explained that appropriate arrangements had been made by the National Headquarters of the party to ensure the success of the exercise.

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Ndume Blasts Buhari’s Unending Loan Requests, Decries Senate’s Speedy Approvals

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Ali Ndume, the Senator representing Borno South, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the rate of borrowings by the Nigerian government is increasing and worrisome.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in a letter on Tuesday sought the approval of the Senate to borrow another $4billion (4,054,476,863) and €710million loan from bilateral and multilateral organisations to fund the deficit in the 2021 budget.

Buhari’s latest request comes barely two months after the National Assembly approved his earlier request to borrow $8.3billion and €490million loans contained in the initial 2018-2020 borrowing plan.

While he said the loan request was an addendum to the 2018-2020 borrowing plan, he also asked the lawmakers to approve grant components of $125 million.

He told the lawmakers that the need to borrow more funds was to meet “emerging needs” for some “critical projects.”

Speaking during a press briefing at the National Assembly on Thursday, Ndume said it was more worrisome when there was little or nothing to show for what the loans were used for.

This was even as he faulted the Senate for rushing to approve the loan requests.

He said, “I’m not an expert in debt analysis. Honestly, the rate of our borrowing is increasing and is worrisome. But it is not the borrowing that is the problem as I always say, it is what you do with what you borrow.

“It is not the borrowing. And this request for loans that the president sent to the National Assembly is part of the approved external borrowing.

“You guys should look at what the borrowing is for in the first place. Is it necessary? Are the terms good? Borrowing is not a crime but when the rate of debt servicing increases and I understand it is getting to 80, 90 per cent, you have to be cautious. You have to look at alternatives.

“This is what we should analyse and see if it is necessary. Let us look at the implications and what the money is meant for. For example, we have infrastructural deficit in this country and with what we hear when people come to Abuja or when allocations are made, you can’t tell what is done with it.

“Another thing I’m worried about is the way the Senate is handling it. The Senate, by definition, is House of deliberation. When things like this (loan request) comes, you don’t just say, because you want to be good, you approve it. No.

“You’re supposed to look at it critically. Cross the Ts, dot the Is, ask questions, carry the people you are representing along, ask if they agree. Not that we just sit down and just approve it.

“We thought it might be good but the way we do it makes the people we represent look at us suspiciously. There are situations where the time is short and we need to act fast, then we’ll have to carry the people along. I feel the pain when they say ‘you people again’. You call us rubber stamp and all that.”

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Shehu Sani Defects To PDP

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Senator Shehu Sani, who represented the Kaduna Central Senatorial district in the National Assembly, has joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Sani was elected a senator on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) into the eight assembly from 2015 to 2019.

The Senator was unable to return to the senate in 2019 following an unresolved issue with serving Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

The controversies stopped him from getting the party ticket, which forced him to defect to the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) under which he contested but lost.

Recently the senator dumped the PRP but he did not state his new party.

According to Daily Trust, his close aide, Malam Suleiman Ahmed, confirmed his defection on Thursday, when he had a meeting with relevant PDP stakeholders in Kaduna.

“Yes, Distinguished Senator Shehu Sani has finally settled to join the PDP but official ceremony and reception will be in the next two weeks all things being equal,” he said.

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