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Nigeria Should Operate A Single Term Presidency – Ekweremadu

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has advocated the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to reflect a single-term rotational presidency.

Ekweremadu made the call on Monday in Lagos while speaking at Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch Law Week 2021 with the theme “The Nigeria of Our Dreams.”

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and Constitutional Amendment said that he had long advocated for a single presidential term of five or six years.

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“This will help us circumvent the distractions, manipulations, divisiveness, and excesses that come with quest for a second term of executive offices.

“It will as well ensure that power rotates more frequently among the various sections and groups.

“If people are sure that it will get to them, the struggle for it by various sections will be less desperate.

“Besides, it is better if every President or Governor understands that he or she has only a single term to begin and complete all his or her good works,” he said.

Ekweremadu said that this model had worked for some Latin American democracies in the 1970s when they faced a similar challenge of excessive contestation for power.

He said that some Latin American countries adopted the model for a fixed period of time and had since reverted to two presidential terms after their democracies stabilised.

“Some others such as Mexico still operate a single term of six years,” he said.

Ekweremadu noted that a region’s access or lack of access to political power affected public attitude and sense of belonging in governance and democracy.

He said that there was nothing to prove that sections of Nigeria that produced presidents or military Heads of State were better off than those that had not.

“Save the patronage enjoyed by a privileged few, the rotational presidency is nevertheless imperative in our African environment where ethnoreligious and sectional sentiments are still high.

“So, in the higher and long-term national interest, it is time to revisit and entrench the idea of the rotational presidency.

“This idea was first muted in Nigeria by the late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, in his 1995 Independence Anniversary speech,” he said.

Speaking, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Joe-Kyari Gadzama, called for the devolution of some centralized powers between the Federal, State, and Local Governments.

He said that the centralized nature of powers of government under the federal system had stood against the equal and progressive development of states and local government areas.

“It also stands against the effective exploration of the resources in Nigeria for development purposes.

“I believe that the need to devolve some of the powers vested at the center will also serve the interest of the government in providing Nigerians with the opportunity to succeed.

He said that to achieve this, some items must be moved from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

Gadzama noted that a list of items to be undertaken solely by the local government should be introduced by the constitution to be called the ‘residual list.’

The SAN said the general legislative limitation for local government which was contained in Section 4(7)(a) of the 1999 constitution should be deleted.

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BREAKING: Fayose To Work For Tinubu After Demarketing Atiku

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BREAKING: Fayose To Work For Tinubu After Demarketing Atiku

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose may likely work for presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, as he stated that his party candidate Atiku Abubakar is not the rightful person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

In spite of the fact that Atiku is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of which Fayose is also a member, the former governor insisted that power must be shifted to the southern parts of the country.

Borrowing the now-famous political slogan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Tinubu, he tweeted that “South Lo kan”, meaning it’s the turn of Southern Nigeria.

Newsrand understands that the former governor has an axe to grind with the PDP leadership and the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over the just-concluded Ekiti State governorship election, in which his preferred candidate, Bisi Kolawole, lost.

Also, Fayose’s grouse might not be unconnected to the choice of Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as Atiku’s running mate for the 2023 elections, at the expense his political ally and friend, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

Fayose, who took to his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, said his agitation for Southern Presidency was supported by relevant sections of the PDP constitution, adding that Nigerians should await the details of his act soon.

He wrote: “The current President of Nigeria is a 2-term Northern Presidency, thus implying that it MUST be a Southern Presidency in 2023 or NOTHING. Awa “South’ lo kan’. Nigerians should await details soon.

The PDP Constitution provides for a rotational Presidency. Section 3(c) provides that the Party shall pursue its aims & objectives by ‘adhering to the policy of the rotation & zoning of Party & Public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness.

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Uzodinma’s Administration Undemocratic, Gov’s Special Adviser Says

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Uzodinma's Administration Undemocratic, Gov's Special Adviser Says

Batos Nwadike, the special adviser to the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has disclosed that his boss’s administration is undemocratic.

The former presidential candidate disclosed this in a tendered letter of resignation addressed to the Governor, asking for a refund of the sum of N77,200,000, he spent to run his office.

The letter read;

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“It is with a mixture of nostalgia, pride, and regret that I write to formally inform you of my resignation as your Special Adviser on Political Matters.

“I am grateful to you for the great honor and privilege to have served the good people of Imo state in your administration.

“I am proud of the accomplishments of my office in the last 2 (two) years and 6 (six) months, during which time I dedicated all my talents and energy towards the success of your administration.

“If you will recall, in April to May 2021, in the heat of the then insecurity crisis and with the grief of the passing away of my dear mother, Nneoma Theresa Nwadike, my office courageously embarked on and auspiciously concluded a tour of the 27 (twenty-seven) Local Government Areas of Imo State.

”I inaugurated, on your behalf and the government of Imo state, Shared Prosperity Ambassadors in each Local Government Area; emboldened Imo people against the marauding horde and delivered your message of hope, prosperity, peace, and equanimity. Soon after, in a memo, I proposed the “Imo Prays” event to your Excellency and I was delighted that your Excellency took the initiative and convened the event in collaboration with some religious leaders.

“I am equally proud to have conceived your government’s slogan of ‘Shared Prosperity’ which is widely embraced by all your supporters and now synonymous with your government.

“I had advised you even in the days preceding your election as Governor that Imo people deserve and will only be enamored by bold, ambitious, and visionary legacy projects such as the Owerri/ Okigwe Road and Owerri/ Orlu Road. I am glad that your audacious ongoing reconstruction of those roads tallies directly with that advice.

“My office has constantly been the first to respond to breaking news pertaining to your government. Since my appointment, I have consistently used my intellectual acumen to counter the attacks on your government and advanced unimpeachable arguments on your behalf which have been widely acclaimed even by your opponents. Your political opponents have been my political opponents and your allies have been my allies.

“This is not to say that I am not disappointed in your failure to run an inclusive government outside your chosen insular inner circle. Your undemocratic and opaque leadership style has caused me no small unrest. I have been appalled not merely for my political interest but on account of common decency.

“I was repeatedly left in the dark and denied access to power in a government and vision I played an unwavering and consistent leading role in birthing from 2001 to 2020. During this period, I never changed, disbelieved, vacillated, or cross-carpeted.

“As your political adviser, I was not afforded the respect of my office or reimbursed my legitimate expenses such as Imprest of my office from inauguration till date. Your Excellency, for 28 (twenty-eight) months, I spent the sum of N2,400,000 (Two Million Four Hundred Thousand Naira) monthly from my own pocket in running the office which you appointed and inaugurated me into.

“These expenses were made on account of payment of staff salary, logistics, feeding, media, printing, travel, events, meetings, and several other sub-heads of payment. Furthermore, I spent the sum of N10,000,000 to furnish the government residence in Commissioners Quarters which I was allocated. This is a total amount of N77,200,000 (Seventy-Seven Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira). I humbly use this medium to once again request your Excellency to instruct that these expenses be reimbursed to me.

“Far- disappointing is your bewildering fervent embrace and elevation of hardened opponents of the vision, high and above honest and dedicated allies. This is a brazen crass aberration of politics and power. Despite the challenges, I soldiered on without malice, bearing the constant slights and carrying my cross with the hope that it shall be well.

“However, like the holy book says ‘there is a time for everything. I believe the time has come for my departure from your administration. This is by no means the end to the over 20 (twenty) years of our political association. I still remember with nostalgia our long ago regular extensive discussions on the struggle for Igbo presidency which culminated in your delivering Ozuruigbo’s 17th keynote lecture in 2016 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. As the adage goes, the rest is history.

“In parting, I must thank my wife Lolo Edith Nwadike and my children – Ozioma Nwadike Esq; Chisom Nwadike Esq; Queen Nwadike; and Chidinma Nwadike for supporting me and your administration with endless prayers in the course of my service. I am also grateful to my extended family, my staff, and my political associates especially Ozuruigbo followers worldwide, who greatly assisted me in shouldering the demands of my office and encouraged my political trajectory for around thirty-five years and still counting.

“Once again, I thank you Governor Uzodinma for the opportunity. While I crave your kind understanding, I offer my prayers and best wishes for your success.”

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Why Kwankwaso Can Not Be Obi’s VP – Jibrin

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Why Kwankwaso Can Not Be Obi's VP - Jibrin

Abdulmumin Jibrin, a candidate for the house of Representatives in Kano State under the New Nigeria’s Peoples Party (NNPP), has revealed why Rabiu Kwankwaso cannot be a running mate for Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Revealing this in an interview on Channels TV monitored by NEWSRAND, Jibrin stated that the NNPP flagbearer is more politically inclined than his counterpart of LP.

There have been talks about a possible merger between the two parties, with the most asked question being ‘who will be the presidential candidate when that happens.

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“Very clearly, Kwankwaso will not be the running mate to Peter Obi. The NNPP chieftain explained.

“By every standard, Kwankwaso should be the presidential candidate.

“Kwankwaso has more political exposure and experience. He has a bigger profile when it comes to that (political exposure). He has more experience politically on how to win the election.

“At the end of the day, when you look at the equity contribution in terms of votes, it will be a ratio of about 70 to 30 percent.

“We are looking at bringing 70 percent of the contributions. Even if it is business, Peter Obi is experienced in business, he knows that whoever is bringing the larger percentage of the equity is expected to stay on board.”

Adding on, Jibrin disclosed that his party’s candidate is the only politician in the northern part of Nigeria that commands huge followership and that the party is looking for other options in the Southeast aside from Obi.

“We are working on getting a presidential running mate. He said.

“The Southeast has been seriously backstabbed by the APC and they have been ‘front stabbed’ by the PDP.

“They have worked so much for the PDP. The PDP and APC have thrown away the southeast, they have said to them, ‘we don’t need you, people.

“The last time the southeast has been on the table to discuss the presidency of this country was Alex Ekwueme (Nigeria’s first elected Vice President who served from 1979 to 1983).

“The first opportunity they have now is with Kwankwaso. They have to think very clearly not to waste their votes. They should come and take up the running mate. This is the best opportunity for them.”

“The southeast should think clearly and rally around Kwankwaso.”

During his visit to Egypt, Peter Obi’s Labour Party had selected Doyin Okupe as a supposed placeholder to meet up with submission deadline.

It is still reported that the 3rd force party is in search of a running mate most likely a Muslim from the North.

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