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2023: CAN release guidelines for voting presidential candidate, others

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…Says Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian Candidate unacceptable

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has released what it described as policy guidelines on the 2023 general election produced by the Politics and Strategy Committee of the Association in August 2022.

CAN Policy Guidelines on the 2023 General Elections circulated the various Christians bodies across the country Monday stipulated that

“The Church in Nigeria is emphatic that the emergence of the President of Nigeria through the 2023 General elections would be a make or mar development for the Church, and should not be based simply on party affiliation, ethnic or regional considerations.

According to the statement, the FUNDAMENTAL basis for consideration should be an objective assessment of the candidates based three core standards to measure including Character, Competence, and Capacity.
CAN also lists the fundamentals upon which each candidate should be judged.

“CANDIDATE! Below is a summary of our shared Core Values, which should guide the consideration of which of the Presidential Candidate and indeed all Candidates for the elections to be voted for.

“These should include, but limited to the following: These are the fundamentals upon which each candidate should be judged.

i. Character: Fear of God; Integrity (honesty, truthfulness, etc.); Accountability and Transparency; Selflessness; Respect for Rule of Law; Value for Human Life; Sense of Fairness and Justice for All; Respect for Diversity (religious plurality and ethnic diversity); Ability to Sacrifice for the Common Good; Personal Discipline; Compassion; Trustworthiness.

ii. Competence: Track Record (performance in previous positions held); Academic Qualification (crucial for current global realities); Effective Representation of the Country to the Outside World; Promotion of the Nation’s Image Globally; Leadership Quality (quickness to grasp issues and respond appropriately).

iii. Capacity: Ability to envision Transformation; Ability to Communicate the Vision to diverse peoples; Ability to effectively execute the Vision of Transformation; Good Health, Sound Mind and Physical Fitness for the Job; and Exemplary Leadership”, it stated.

It added that: “We should also assess the Candidate’s stand on the following issues:
i. State Police
ii. The Religious neutrality of the Nigerian State
iii. Muslim-Muslim, or Christian-Christian Candidate is NOT acceptable!.
iv. Enforcement of the Fundamental Rights of All Nigerians
v. Implementation of Restructuring Devolution of powers to decentralize Governance
vi. Equitable and Enforceable sharing of Executive Offices
vii. Equal Ethnic and Religious representation in Military and Security agencies.
viii. Self Determination for all Nigerian people.
ix. No to RUGA, yes to Ranching; No Open grazing (rather Modernization of Animal Husbandry).
x. Qualitative Education and Free Healthcare to all Nigerians (Including Almajiris).
xi. Enforcement of Federal Character in all Public Institutions
xii. Natural Resources (including Water Resources) to belong to those that own the Land’, it stated.

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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing

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…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA

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Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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