Former Minister of Education and Ex-Presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili has said Nigerians reaction to Ruga settlements revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is ruling a divided country, adding that it’s time for President to call for a ‘ frank and deep conversation’.
Ezekwesili said this while delivering her lecture at 11th Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series at Muson Center, Lagos.
The former minister who was the Key Note Speaker at the event was speaking on a lecture titled: Rethinking Credible Elections, Accountable Democracy and Good Governance in Nigeria.
Speaking on how how RUGA sparked reactions in the country, Ezekwesili said, “Recently a vexing issue on RUGA took the country by storm and you could see the level of tardiness in which a government handle a matter so polarizing.
“If President didn’t learn anything from RUGA, then we should let him know that RUGA pointed that he’s a President of highly divided country.
“What does it says to us? That the real rethink of everything we have been discussing here today, on credible election.
“President Muhammadu Buhari must now know that it’s now time to invite all necessary parts of this country to a conversation that is deep, introspection, retrospection and radical rethink of how a democracy is constituted for the future,” she added.
BREAKING: Nine Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC
At least nine members of the Imo state house of assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Colins Chiji, the speaker, read the defection letters of the lawmakers who are from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Alliance (AA) on Tuesday.
The house was not in session when the supreme court sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor, replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.
Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the March election, is of the PDP while Uzodinma is a member of the APC.
The PDP defectors are Chyna Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele), Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema), Paul Emeziem (Onuimo).
Those from AA are Authur Egwim (Ideato north), Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre), Johnson Duru (Ideato South), and Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) while Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) moved from APGA to APC.
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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election As Benue Gov
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Benue Governor.
A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, dismissed the appeal by Emmanuel Jime, who contested as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants (Jime and APC) failed to present any cogent reason to move the court to tamper with the concurrent decisions of the two lower courts, which both upheld Ortom’s election.
Another member of the panel, Justice Dattijo Mohammed, is reading the judgment in relation to the governorship dispute in Admawa State.
Buhari Reacts To Supreme Court Verdict On Kano, Plateau
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Supreme Court judgement on governorship tussles in Kano and Plateau states.
President Buhari said it would have been disastrous for the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the party had lost Kano and Plateau states at the Supreme Court.
The president stated this in his congratulatory message to the APC over the apex court judgement that upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Governor Simon Lalong.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors.
“APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.
“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates. Election is good when they win.
“The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire