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CAN blows hot over Tinubu, APC Muslim -Muslim ticket



…Say’s in every 10 brilliant Northerners 8 are Christians
..To massively mobilise for 2023

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State chapter has described as an insult, the excuse forwarded by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that the running mate for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Kashim Shetitma was selected based on competence.

The State CAN chairman, Reverend John Joseph Hayab expressed this in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Monday July 11, 2022, in Kaduna.

He argued that to remove bias in government against any specific tribe, at least in form, the Nigerian Federal Character Framework was authoritatively captured in Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution with descriptions.
“The government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of agencies.”

He explained that the statement is to ensure the principle that all public service institutions fairly reflect the country,s government of the linguistic, religious, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the count.

“Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner
as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity and also to
command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from
a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of its
agencies,” he said.

According to the statement, today there are a lot of concerns from Nigerians over a particular party’s consideration of a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

” Last week, we stated our position in clear terms to establish that the ill decision of a particular political party is not for us a thing of concern, where we clearly illustrated, that when I wish to eat rice and beans and a particular restaurant chooses to cook only white rice that has not given me any reason to worry because simply what I will need to do is to move to the other restaurants that have prepared what I desire to eat.

“However, just to state the obvious on the matter at hand, though the electorates have no reason to
raise eyebrows over wrong decision by any political party.

“But that we have no reason to be worried about it does not also suggest that such a decision is not condemnable.

“The implication of such a decision is that such a candidate has no respect for the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria,

“it also suggests that the candidate is just a candidate that priorities selfishness, greed and personal
unhealthy interest over the good of the nation.

“The Federal character principle that we talked of above was the product of Gen Yakubu Gowon Administration when after the Civil War it was believed that a particular group occupied major ministries in the nation,” it said.

The statement further said, “But clearly we all know, many have just course to argue that leadership in Nigeria in the most recent past is with high ethnic nepotism, well one can rightly say this is another phase of it in religious shade.

“It is sad that the constitution clearly states that “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any persons or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or
any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution”.

“And that “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State based on the principles of democracy and social justice”, with the very divisive challenges of poor security, hunger, a dying economy to mention
but these.

“At a time when Nigeria needs a unifying and productive leader, a good candidate cannot
consider a one sided. divisive selection of a running mate despite all genuine agitations against

“This shows that should theses persons be elected they will not be listening leaders, it shows
that this candidates are insensitive to the concerns of the people and does not care heating the
system for selfish gains as they appear disinterested in the unity of the country but their selfish
ambition,” it said.

CAN warned that the refusal to listen to wise counsel on this is a confirmation of the anxiety of the people.

“Well as earlier stated, this is not a problem to us as an association serving as the voice of the
church. We have performed our role as the voice of the church in the political and social arena,
that is our simple role as far as this and the 2023 elections is concern.

“But every candidate should
know that he is just one option among others in the 18 approved political parties for the over
84,004,084 of Nigerian voters in the 176,846 polling units to choose from.

“As leaders we will want
every political party to know that we will educate, sensitize, and mobilize our ever faithful
followers to vote against anything that we judge as a danger against the unity, peace, progress and
development of Nigeria.

“We will reiterate that the political party has her right of will to make
decisions that she judge best for her, but they should know too that their decisions only end as an
option to the electorate among many other options. Thankfully 2023 is never going to be business
as usual”.

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



…..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



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



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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