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Automatic Ticket For Jonathan, Govs, Undemocratic – ACF

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nigeria-president-goodluckThe Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) weekend kicked against the proposal by Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Tony Anenih, which sought to give President Goodluck Jonathan automatic ticket come 2015.

Anenih had while speaking during a PDP family dinner held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Thursday in Abuja, canvassed for automatic ticket for Jonathan and PDP governors.

But in a swift reaction, ACF said the proposal is undemocratic.

The Forum in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Anthony Sani, said the proposal by Anenih was clearly against the provisions of the Electoral Act on internal democracy within political parties.

The statement reads in part: “The Electoral Act does not allow candidates by consensus. And that is why even if the candidate is only one; there must be yes or no votes by the delegates. More distressing is the reason given by the BOT chair that such practice would do away with bickering and rancour that come with primaries. What happens when president and governors finish their terms? Will there be primaries for the new comers or not?

“Perhaps, it is this mindset that has brought about the avoidable controversy about the elections of the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum in which a faction is putting more premium on prior endorsement than on actual votes cast, as well as saying Governor Amaechi did not step down as Chairman before the elections, as if incumbents step down in Nigeria before elections.

“ACF has always maintained that democracy may differ in forms. But when it comes to its three elements of liberty, justice and common decency, democracy is the same. So those who seek to redefine the three elements of democracy can as well reinvent the wheel and redefine evil. The ruling PDP controlled government together with our state governors cannot feign ignorance of the fact that their mandate includes providing order and direction for our democracy to grow and mature. Failure to do this will be counted against their leadership,” the Forum said.

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  1. dahtani

    June 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    why are ACF complaining while 2015 is ahead of time. does that mean that they are afraid or what. that is a giant for you, i know GEJ is capable of handling all his opponent when time comes. for ACF to keep shouting,my advice for them is to get prepare for 2015. they can bring their candidate from the new party ACP and battle with GEJ and we shall see who is who if they mean it.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

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This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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