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2023: Resign if you want to contest, Diri tells appointees

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed his appointees nursing political ambition ahead of the 2023 elections to resign in order not to be distracted.

Speaking on Wednesday during the State Executive Council meeting at Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Diri explained that such ambition was legitimate but it should not be at the expense of effective service delivery of his administration.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Diri was quoted as saying that although 2022 is a political year, governance will not be sacrificed on the altar of politics.

He noted that the administration still had time to deliver on its promises before the next governorship election in late 2023 but that cabinet members eyeing other elective offices in the polls in February or March next year must not combine politics with governance, stressing that the development of the state should supersede politics.

He, however, commended members of the Exco for their commitment to service of the state in the past year and expressed confidence that working together, they can do more for the people.

The state’s helmsman said there will be a periodic evaluation of activities of the various ministries this year to ensure that set targets were met while urging the cabinet members to redouble their efforts.

He said: “I welcome you all to the first executive council meeting in this new year. This year holds so much for us as it precedes an election year.

“We have few weeks to be two years in office. So, what is important now is what we have to show to the people of the state and to Nigeria in our two years in office and beyond it. What else can we still do as we still have time to still do more? The feedback from the people about our performance so far has been very encouraging.

“However, let me warn that any member of the state executive council that has one political ambition or the other to honourably resign. Any member of the cabinet that has such ambition should please send your resignation letter to Secretary to the State Government.

“It is legitimate for anyone to have ambition but we are one party, we are one government. Let not anyone’s ambition derail our governance and government. Just as we cannot stop anyone from having ambition, let no one stop the government from functioning.

“So, you can see where my warning is coming from. It is very difficult for you to combine your job and pursue your ambition.

“For me and my Deputy, the Constitution made it impossible for us to resign. So we continue in office to pursue our ambition.

“I also like to congratulate and appreciate you for the past year. We worked in synergy and as a family. I believe this year will not be different. We will still work together as partners in the development of our state and to give quality service that you and I will be remembered for at God’s own time when we exit our seat”.

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Fayemi, Fayose, Badaru, Emmanuel meet in Ekiti

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Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi and his predecessor, Ayo Fayose met at the state capital, Ado Ekiti, on Thursday.

Others were Governors of Jigawa, Mohammed Abubakar; and Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom.

Fayose and Emmanuel are Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members; Fayemi and Abubakar are of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Photos of their meeting are being interpreted differently on social media.

In a Facebook post, Fayose explained that he was at the Government House to see off Emmanuel, who superintended over the PDP primary election.

He said Fayemi and Badaru, APC Electoral Panel Chairman for Ekiti primary election, “saw us to the Helipad where Gov Emmanuel’s helicopter departed.”

“These clarifications become necessary before the “political analysts” start their commentations.”

The PDP exercise produced Bisi Kolawole as the party’s governorship candidate for the June 18 poll.

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2023: Igbos are ready, better prepared for presidency – Ohanaeze President, Obiozor

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President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Socio-cultural organization, George Obiozor, has insisted that the Igbos are ready and better prepared to produce Nigeria’s next President in 2023.

Obiozor said the Southwest, South-South, and the North have all produced Nigeria’s presidents and Vice Presidents since 1999, with only the Igbos left out.

In a statement, the Ohanaeze President General said Igbos have over the years fully supported other regions that produced the country’s leadership in the past.

He said, “Let it be known and clearly understood that Ndigbo were more prepared than the North when President Buhari was elected in 2015. By then Boko Haram had threatened to overrun the North and the country, and the nation’s priority then was security and the issue of who will guarantee security to the country favoured Buhari, a former Head of State, a General. The only preparation in the North was having available a man like Buhari presumed to have the capacity to confront the security challenges in the North and the rest of the country.

“In the South West, how prepared were they in 1999 when President Obasanjo was elected? In fact, many people from the South-West did not vote for him in that election. The people of the South-West zone were deep in the crises of NADECO and displeasure over the June 12, 1993 election annulment. That, notwithstanding, the Nigerian nation and the people through the two main national political parties zoned the Presidency to the South West to heal and reconcile the nation over the post-1993 election crisis.

“Today, if the truth must be told, the imperative of zoning the presidency to the South East is an idea whose time has come. Certainly, Ndigbo are prepared and look forward to it as a national priority. It is also indeed reasonable and logical that before any other zone in the country goes for a second turn of occupying the office of the presidency that Ndigbo should at least have their first turn.”

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2023: Ohanaeze rejects Atiku’s single term proposal, vice presidential slot

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s proposed single four years tenure if elected as president in 2023.

The apex Igbo social-cultural group described Atiku’s proposal as a hoax.

Recall that Raymond Dokpesi, an ally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirant, had said the former Vice President would govern Nigeria for a single term, if elected as president.

Dokpesi vowed to go naked if Atiku fails to hand over to the Igbos after his tenure.

Reacting, Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the remark was a collective disrespect to people of the southeast.

Isiguzoro also declared that Igbos will reject the vice-presidential slot, stressing that the region should be allowed to produce a president in 2023.

In a statement he signed and forwarded to DAILY POST, Isiguzoro recounted how Atiku rejected a single term offer from Igbo elders in 2019.

He said: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has declared openly that attempts to trick and entice the southeast with attractive offers from the ally of former Vice President and 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Raymond Dokpesi to get southeast’s support for his principal (Atiku) in 2023 are hoaxes and collective disrespect on the sensibility of the people of southeast, no amount of enticing promises will make southeast to swap their right to 2023 presidency to anyone.

“Atiku Abubakar’s refusal to adhere to a written request from Igbo elders for a Mandela option of a single tenure in 2019 will continue to haunt his 2023 presidential ambitions, instead, he replied to Igbo leaders in 2019 with his then six years economic blueprint for Nigeria (2020-2026) which was a clear understanding of having the ambition of a two-term as president if elected.

“This evidence is now contradictory to the recent request from Atiku’s ally for southeast’s support, as no force can thwart the 2023 Igbo Presidency Project with vice presidential offer to the southeast, which is not feasible, as there will be a power shift from the North to the East in 2023.”

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