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APC , PDP Fight Over Failure To Restructure Nigeria Since 1999

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday locked horns over the failure of the Federal Government to restructure the country since the return of democratic governance in 1999.
Firing the first salvo, the PDP, through Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, said despite riding to office in 2015 on the promise to restructure the country, the APC had failed to do so five years after, and had even rejected the report of the 2014 national conference which would have greatly helped in repositioning the country.
Speaking further, he said Nigerians should ask President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC why it had failed to act on the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led committee on True Federalism which has submitted its report to the National Working Committee of the APC since January 2018.
Ologbondiyan said: “For us in the PDP, we did not, for one day, take the El-Rufai committee on restructuring seriously. Part of the campaign that was made by the APC in 2015 was restructuring”.
“They have not, by any effort, come close to their own promise. In whatever way you look at the administration, it has manifestly failed”.
“If you make promises, even if you can’t fulfil all, you can still walk around part of the promises and provide hope that even after you have left office, any office holder that is coming after you will be able to do part of what you have left behind. The reality is that this APC government is not prepared for restructuring.
“They cannot deal with it and they cannot fulfil any promise. In a tenure of eight years, we have had this government for five years.
By next year, politics will be in full swing while governance will take the backseat. So, what is left for them to do?”
Also reacting to the September edition of the in-house monthly magazine of the APC, The Progressives, titled ‘Calm Down! Restructuring Has Begun’, Ologbondiyan said the APC should disclose to Nigerians in which area it had restructured the country.
He said: “When you talk about restructuring, it appears to different people from different angles. There are those who believe in the devolution of power as restructuring. To these ones, to restructure Nigeria, power must be taken from the centre and given to states and local governments.
“There are others who believe that the 36 states and FCT are not working and, as such, we must go back to regionalism; that is also re­structuring.
“There are those who believe that a bicameral legislature is too expensive and that we should go back to a unicameral legislature; that is also restructuring”.
“There are those who believe that the states should be allowed to have their own police while there are others who believe that even the local councils should have their own police, it is still restructuring.
“There are those who believe that traditional rulers should be given roles in the constitution in such a manner that they can look over their domains; it is also restructuring.
“There are those who also believe that each state should be allowed to manage its re­sources and return a percentage of those resources to the centre, in order to enable the centre to run its affairs. That is also restructuring.
“So, there are various ways of restructuring that Nigerians have expectations. In all these angles of restructuring that I have explained, which one can you point to that the Buhari administration has attempted to implement? None!”
“So, as far as we are concerned in the PDP, we have seen the eight years of President Buhari as a passer-by years. We do not know in con­crete terms what Nigerians will be able to point to after the eight years of his administration.”
However, Yekini Nabena, deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, admonished the PDP to explain to Nigerians why it failed to re­structure Nigeria during its 16 years rule.
Accusing the PDP of still being bitter because of its defeat in the 2019 presidential election, the party wondered why the PDP suddenly woke up to realise that Nigeria needed to be restructured but failed to do so while it was in power between 1999 and 2015.
“The PDP was in power for 16 years, why didn’t they restructure the country if they knew it was very important to do so? That is the question Nigerians should ask them.
“The situation we have now is that those who have been defeated and forgotten are now seeking political relevance by making noise about restructuring.You have the pot of soup in your custody for 16 years but you refused to dish out the meal because it was to your benefit.
“I think the PDP is just being hypocritical and they do not have the love of the country at heart. After spending that humongous amount of money to set up the 2014 national confab, why did they fail to implement it? Who is fooling who?
“They should first answer that question before we proceed to the next.”

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Ohanaeze Youths Urge South – East Governors To Join APC

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has urged governors of the South-East to join the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The group said it was apparent that the Peoples Democratic Party did not have the region’s best interests at heart, and as such, there was no need for leaders of the zone to continue to work with the main opposition party.
The zonal Secretary General of the group, Mr. Nnabuike Okwu, said this after a virtual meeting with leaders and other critical stakeholders of the region, on Monday.
This call came barely 48 hours after speculations that the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, had concluded plans to dump the PDP and take up membership of the APC.
Okwu said “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, after their consultative virtual meeting, with Igbo leaders and elders, on Monday, has been mandated to start mounting pressure on the South-East governors to abandon their political parties, especially those in the People’s Democratic Party, to join the mainstream ruling party, the All Progressive Congress, without further delay.
“OYC urges the governors to defect, because there are no political benefits for the South-East to continue to remain in a political party that has no respect and value for Igbos, except milking their votes during elections through deceitful mediums and fake promises, and manipulative politicians.

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Reps To Bar Courts From Sacking President , Governors

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A law to bar courts and election tribunals from voiding the election of a President-elect and governors-elect, because of blemishes in the educational qualifications of their running mates, is underway in the House of Representatives.
The Bill to that effect, obtained on Monday, by is entitled: “An Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, to Preserve the Elections of a Candidate to the Office of the President and Governor whose running mates are found to have Defected in their Qualification”.
The Bill, sponsored by Rep. Solomon T. Bob (Rivers-PDP), seeks to alter ” Section 142 (1) of the Principal Act, by “inserting a proviso to the subsection as follows: Provided that a person who has been elected to the office of the President shall have his election voided or cancelled by sole reason of any defect in the qualification of his associate nominated as his running mate”.
The Bill alters Section 142 of the Constitution, “by inserting after subsection 2, a new subsection 3(3) where a candidate has been elected to the office of the President and his running mate, has been found by a competent Court or Tribunal not to possess the requisite qualification for that office as prescribed by subsection 2 of this section, his election shall not be voided by the sole reason of such defect, but shall nominate another candidate from a same political party, which sponsored him to occupy the office of the Vice President”.
Section 187(1) of the Constitution, is amended by the Bill, “by inserting a proviso to the subsection as follows: “Provided that a person who has been elected to the office of the Governor, shall not have his election voided or cancelled by the sole reason of any defect in the qualification of his associate nominated as his running mate”.
Section 187 of the Constitution, is also altered by ” inserting after subsection 2, a new subsection 3″, to state that: ” where a candidate has been found by a competent Court or Tribunal not to possess the requisite qualification for that office as prescribed by subsection 2 of this section, his election shall not be voided by the sole reason of such defect, but shall nominate another candidate from the same political party, which sponsored him to occupy the office of the Deputy Governor”.
The Bill explains that “it seeks to alter the Provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to preserve the elections of candidates to the office of the President or Governor whose deputies, have been found to have deficiencies in their qualifications”.

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Ebonyi Lawmakers Give PDP 7 Days Ultimatum To Zone Presidency To South- East

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The plot for the defection of top government officials in Ebonyi State to the All Progressives Congress (APC) thickened yesterday with the state House of Assembly giving a seven-day ultimatum to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone the presidency to the South-east zone in 2023.
The ultimatum has strengthened the speculation that the Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, is planning to lead executive council members and the state lawmakers, elected on PDP platform, to join the APC.
Umahi, who is rumoured to be nursing higher political ambition in 2023, had reportedly perfected plans to cross over to the nation’s ruling party.
At a press conference in Abakaliki, the state capital, the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Francis Nwifuru, warned that the PDP would pay heavily if the party fails to adhere to the request.
Twenty two out of the 24 members of the state House of Assembly were present while two lawmakers were absent.
The lawmakers also warned the PDP not to contemplate removing the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.
Nwifuru said: “We are giving our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seven days’ ultimatum to summon the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party and zone the position of the presidency to the South-east, Nigeria, especially as INEC has officially announced the date of the presidential election.
He said: “Equally, the party should not contemplate to remove the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, as it is customary that the zone (South) from where the National Chairman comes from produces the presidential candidate of the party. If this advice is not adhered to, it will further divide and destabilise the party along sectional and regional lines.
“Failure to adhere to these kind requests will cost our party heavily and we, the honourable members of the sixth Ebonyi State House of Assembly will leave no stone unturned in taking decisive actions to ensure that traditions and dividends of democracy are respected in our party.”
The lawmakers noted that since the rebirth of democracy in 1999, the South-east zone has paid its dues having worked assiduously and massively voted for all the presidential candidates of PDP from other zones in the country, stressing that in the spirit of democracy, equity, justice and fairness, the presidency, come 2023, be zoned to the South-east.

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