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2023: Ethnicity, Religion Shouldn’t Determine Buhari’s Successor — Okorocha

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Lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate, Rochas Okorocha has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 should not be determined by ethnicity or religion.

The former Imo State governor was fielding questions from journalists in Abuja. He said ethnicity or religion should not be a determining factor in politics as poverty knows no tribe or religion.

“I believe that power must be given to someone that has the vision irrespective of where he comes from because tribe cannot put food on the table of the common man or guarantee security.

“As you see the politics of today, everybody looks up to the North because it has the large chunk of votes to determine who becomes the president of Nigeria.

“One good thing I know of the North, especially the Islamic world, is that a good Muslim is a man of conscience who believes in equity, justice and unity.

“That is the only hope for anybody who wants to contest from the southern region. The North can say for the purpose of equity and not tribal or religious differences, the North having served as president, let somebody from the South be the president,” he said.

Okorocha said other regions required the backing of the North if power must shift.

“The Igbo alone cannot make themselves president. The quicker they come together and start shoring up support from the North and other parts of the country the better for it to realise the dream.

“I know we shall come to that point one day, when who becomes the president would not be based on tribe or religion. For as long we keep promoting tribal and religious sentiments, we are not getting it right.

“We need somebody who can move this country forward. What Nigeria needs now is that man who would emerge as president and continue with unity of Nigerians just as we see ourselves during football matches, that will create jobs and guarantee security,” he said.

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    In a sane society anybody can contest for the presidency but Nigeria the reverse is the case.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Zamfara APC’s Request For Judgment’s Review

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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.

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BREAKING: Bauchi Governor In Self-Isolation After Contact With Atiku’s Son

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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.

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My Achievements In One Year Will Shock Imo People — Uzodinma

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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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