Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday at his residence in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take a second look at the 2014 National Conference report, insisting that it holds the key to resolving several challenges currently being faced by the country.
Jonathan who spoke when Governor Seriake Dickson paid him a visit to intimate him of the work being done by the committee set up by Ijaw leaders on restructuring, said many of the current issues which fall under the purview of the committee were exhaustively treated during the 2014 National Conference which when sincerely implemented would douse tension in the polity.
He said it was a good idea that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was able to set up a committee to look into the same grey areas which featured prominently in the deliberations of the 2014 Conference.
Jonathan had in the first quarter of 2014 inaugurated the 492-member body headed by Justice Idris Kutigi, which after about four months, submitted its report on which the majority agreed on several knotty issues problems ailing the country.
Once queried on why he did not implement the report, the former president had said the time between when the report was turned in and the 2015 election was too short to do anything tangible.
A statement made available in Yenagoa by the Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Media Relations Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, yesterday added that Jonathan also commended the governor for playing the leadership role of coordinating the thoughts of the Ijaw people on the sensitive issue of restructuring.
He said the governor must be appreciated for ensuring that the Ijaw nation did not speak in discordant tunes on the issue, maintaining that Dickson was performing the leadership role in accordance with expectations by coordinating the Ijaw people on restructuring.
“I am pleased with the calibre of people who came with the governor to brief me on the issue of the recommendations of the APC Committee on restructuring.
“I must say that I am happy with the role being played by the governor on this issue of restructuring. Ethnic nationalities must not speak with discordant tunes on such pertinent issues. I am pleased that Dickson is coordinating the Ijaw nation.
“I am also pleased that the APC set up a committee to look into the grey areas to come up with these recommendations. When we were in government, we came up with a confab and several issues were addressed which if sincerely implemented would encourage relationship in the country.
“A sincere implementation of the recommendations on these grey areas will make the country to move forward,” the former president said.
Dickson, who led the delegation of Ijaw leaders to Jonathan to deliberate on the matter, along with other top Ijaw leaders called on President Buhari and the leadership of the APC to be sincere with the implementation of the recommendations of the party’s committee led by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.
The group maintained that a holistic and sincere implementation of the recommendations of the report on restructuring would encourage inter ethnic harmony and development in the country.
Dickson said that he led the delegation of the Ijaw leaders to the former president to consult with him and to brief him on the steps the Ijaws had taken to build bridges of understanding in the pursuit of what is right in the country.
He concurred with Jonathan that the recommendations contained in the report of the APC committee were the same as those contained in the 2014 National Conference.
He said: “As you all can see, this is a high-powered delegation of Ijaw elders and leaders from all the zones from Ijaw nation. I am leading them to meet and consult with our respected leader, the former president and also to brief him on steps we are taking.
“Steps we will continue to take to unify our people to build bridges of understanding and to support all that is right and good, not only in this region, but across the nation.
“As you are aware, there is a raging issue of restructuring and moves made to bring about a fairer, egalitarian, stable and prosperous Nigeria. And here, in this state and in this region, we are proud to have our leader, the former president.
“So, today we came to brief him about the steps we are taking to study all the reports, including, the reports of the 2014 confab which was rightly empanelled by Mr. President and it is gratifying to note a number of the recommendations given by the APC panel are the same conclusions that the 2014 confab arrived at.”
It was learnt that the meeting was a follow-up to an earlier meeting of top Ijaw leaders at Kiagbodo, the country home of Pa Edwin Clark on January 20, 2018 during which a 15-man restructuring committee comprising some of the best brains in Ijaw land was set up.
The meeting which had in attendance, the Governor of Bayelsa, Clark, Alabo Graham Douglas among several others resolved that in the 2019 general election, the Ijaw people would reject anyone who does not support restructuring of the country.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Zamfara APC’s Request For Judgment’s Review
The Supreme Court has dismissed the application by the Abdulaziz Yari faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of its May 24, 2019 judgment in the intra-party dispute in the Zamfara APC.
In a majority ruling on Friday, four members of a five-member panel, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, dismissed the application on the grounds that it was without merit.
Justice Inyang Okoro, in the lead judgment, held that the ruling was a gross abuse of the process of the court.
Justice Okoro proceeded to award cost of N2million against the applicant.
In a dissenting judgment, Justice Centus Nweze held that the court ought to have reviewed the judgment by setting aside the consequential order which made the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the ultimate beneficiary of the intra-party crisis in the Zamfara APC.
Justice Nweze noted that the Supreme Court has reviewed its decision before and should be bold enough to admit where there are errors that ought to be rectified.
He dismissed the objection raised by the respondents, upheld the application and granted the prayers sought.
BREAKING: Bauchi Governor In Self-Isolation After Contact With Atiku’s Son
Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed is now in self-isolation over fears of contracting coronavirus after his contact with the son of Atiku Abubakar, the state’s Chief of Staff, Ladan Salihu said.
Atiku made a public disclosure via Twitter on Sunday evening about his son testing positive to the pandemic.
Reactions, mostly sympathies, have trailed the announcement since although the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, is yet to acknowledge the development.
Through his Twitter handle this afternoon, Dr. Salihu explained that Governor Mohammed, alongside his entourage, met with the Vice President’s son while on flight from Lagos to Abuja.
He added that they all have also taken test and are expecting the result as at the time of this report.
The tweet reads:
“Our Governor Bala Mohammed in self isolation following contact with Atiku Abubakar’s Son. Yes. We were on the same flight from Lagos to Abuja. They shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. The Gov and the rest of us have taken tests. The results will be negative in sha Allah.”
So far, NCDC has confirmed 36 cases of Coronavirus from Abuja, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, and Oyo states and one death.
My Achievements In One Year Will Shock Imo People — Uzodinma
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, says that he will shock the people of the state with breathtaking achievements in the next 12 months of his administration.
He said that his policies will change the landscape of the state and make the people rejoice over his election as the state governor.
Governor Uzodinma made this solemn promise during a church service in honour of the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe last Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Uzoagba Ikeduru LGA of Imo state.
He asked that people do not judge him by the records of past leaders of the state rather with what he is able to do with his mandate as governor.
“Within the next 12 months, you will see a great difference. My government will shock you with breathtaking achievements that will change Imo State for good,” the governor boasted.
“You will be happy that you elected me your governor and you will know that my mandate is destined by God.”
However, he enjoined the people of the state to give his government all the necessary support, admitting that he cannot succeed without the support of the church and the people.
Concluding, he added that Imo people should see his mandate as one ordained by God and be rest assured that he will not fail them
Meanwhile, he has reassured the people of his government’s readiness to battle the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, asking them not to entertain fear.
The Governor attended the church program in company of his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku and other government functionaries.
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