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Group demands power shift for emergence of Southern Christian in 2023

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Group demands power shift for emergence of Southern Christian in 2023

A political organisation under the aegis of Nigeria Equity Group (NEG) has urged all political parties and other critical stakeholders in the country to work towards the emergence of a Christian President from the South in 2023.

The NEG therefore called on ‘’all the political parties in the country, especially the two major ones- the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party – to reserve their presidential tickets for Southern Christian candidates in 2023.’’

The organisation said that religion and geography should be considered as key factors in power shift equation for the 2023 presidential election to give all Nigerians a sense of belonging.

The Convener of NEG, Dr. Emeka Nwosu and Secretary, Alhaji Muhammed Mubarak, made the recommendation in a statement in Abuja, entitled: ‘2023: NEG demands power-shift to a Christian President.’

According to the NEG, it was only fair to consider a “religious power shift”, that would produce a Christian President in 2023 after the eight-year reign of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), who is Muslim in order to maintain the careful balancing that has been established since 1999.

The statement reads, “Our position is that after an eight-year rule of a Northern Muslim in 2023, it would only be fair and equitable that whoever takes over from him be a competent Southern Christian.

“The population of Nigeria is shared almost equally by Christians and Muslims and between the North and South; we therefore hold that, for the sake of equity, after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, a Northern Muslim, the position of the President should go to a Southern Christian in 2023.

“This will not be unusual; in 1999, the two major parties at that time, ensured that their presidential candidates were both from the South-West to assuage the historical injustice done to the people of that region with the unjust nullification of the June 12, 1993 presidential election which denied Chief MKO Abiola the Presidency.

‘’We wish to put it on notice and state strongly that we will mobilize similar organizations and indeed all Nigerians to work against any political party that does not follow this template in 2023.

“We are assured that there are many competent Southern Christians with the experience, passion, patriotism and competence to lead Nigeria towards stability and prosperity, and this is the route we must follow to avoid worsening the division and crises that have plagued our nation.’’

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Fracas as PDP Zonal Congress in Kaduna Ends in anarchy

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Fracas as PDP Zonal Congress in Kaduna Ends in anarchy

The People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Congress for the north west zone in Kaduna has ended in a disorderly manner after supporters of major contenders clashed.


The disorderly atmosphere led to destruction of ballot boxes by thugs of opposing camps

The major contenders for the position of National Vice Chairman for north west zone include Senator Bello Hayatudeen Gwarzo, Aminu Wali and a preferred candidate of former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

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Harvest of defectors as Prof Jerry Gana, Humphrey Abah others, join PDP

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Harvest of defectors as Prof Jerry Gana, Humphrey Abah others, join PDP

Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, former minister of State for interior, Humphrey Abah and other top political leaders on Saturday joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The decampees were received at the North Central Zonal Congress of the party taking place in Makurdi, Benue State.
Others who joined the opposition party were Ambassador Mrs Esther Audu and Hon Adakole Ijogi.
The defectors were received into the PDP by leader of the party in the North Central Zone, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Professor Jerry Gana who spoke on behalf of the defectors said PDP will reclaim power in all the states of the North Central Zone currently being ruled by the APC and Nigeria at large.

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Jerry Gana, Part of Nigeria’s Problem Says Niger Amalgamated Youths Societies

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Jerry Gana, Part of Nigeria’s Problem Says Niger Amalgamated Youths Societies

From John Adams, Minna

Former information Minister Professor Jerry Gana was on friday described by the Amalgamated Youth Societies of Niger state as being part of the problem facing Niger state and Nigeria.

The Youths in a statement made available to newsmen in Minna claimed that for the years Professor Gana was in power “there is nothing he can show as his contribution to the socio economic and physical development of our state.

“It is sad enough that the former Minister who held juicy political positions in the regime of former military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida rtd has not even been able to float a foundation which will assist the needy neither has he been able to give even one scholarship to a nigerlite in all the years he held public office.

“How can such a person complain about lack of development in his state or lack of governance/government when in all the years he was in government he did not do anything to better the life of his people” the Amalgamated Youths said in the statement signed by it’s President Ndako Mohammed

“This state has done a lot for Jerry Gana what has he given back to the state, what has he done for the country that made him a Minister and National Orientation Agency boss apart from speaking big big English” Mohammed said.

In apparent reference to the remarks by Professor Gana at his reuniting with the PDP where he said ” There is no governance in Niger state, there is no governance in Nigeria” the youths said Professor Gana was part of the PDP for 16 years during which the economy of the country was bastardised and corruption was the order of the day

“The effect of the maladministration of the PDP for 16 years is what we are facing as a country today” the Youths said.

According to the statement Professor Gana with his defection from the Social Democratic Party where he contested and lost the presidential ticket of the party just three years ago has also shown him as “an unstable and unprincipled politician who jumps from one political party to the other because of bread and butter”.

The Youths told Professor Gana that Niger state has been in good hands since the APC under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello started in 2015 adding that the administration has been “righting the wrongs the PDP government of which he was a part of committed in the state”, adding that the Minna- Bida road is now under construction, several roads hitterto abandoned in Minna are being constructed.

People in most towns and villages in the state now have access to potable water the hospitals are no longer mere consulting clinics, civil servants are receiving their entitlements as at when due contrary to what obtained when the PDP was in power in the state the Youth said in the statement.
Professor Gana had while reuniting with the PDP last Wednesday at his Busu countryhome had berated the state and federal government for lack of performance saying the country ” is nosediving”

According to Professor Gana “today (Wednesday) is not a day for lecture, it is not a day for campaigns, we just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully

“I tell you, we are going to go round strategically, in such a way that the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) so called government, whether in Niger state; is there a Government in Niger state? Because many people are not aware, or at the Centre? At the federal level, we don’t even have a Government

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