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North Cannot Be Excluded From 2015 Race – Junaid, Abdullahi

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FROM LEFT: LEGAL ADVISER, AREWA CONSULTATIVE FORUM, MR BITRUS GWADAH; FORMER MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, ALHAJI SANI DAURA AND CHAIRMAN, NORTHERN  ELDERS FORUM, PROF. ANGO ABDULLAHI, ADDRESSING A NEWS CONFERENCE IN KADUNA RECENTLY (PHOTO CREDIT - NAN)

FROM LEFT: LEGAL ADVISER, AREWA CONSULTATIVE FORUM, MR BITRUS GWADAH; FORMER MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, ALHAJI SANI DAURA AND CHAIRMAN, NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM, PROF. ANGO ABDULLAHI, ADDRESSING A NEWS CONFERENCE IN KADUNA RECENTLY (PHOTO CREDIT – NAN)

A recent comment credited to Chief Ebenezer Babatope that the North should wait until after 2019 to vie for the office of the President has elicited knocks from some northern groups.

Babatope, had while speaking at a public function in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, to mark the nation’s 53rd independence anniversary, asked the northerners to wait till 2019 after Jonathan’s tenure might have expired saying if he is still alive by that time, he will lead a campaign for power to return to the region.

He was quoted as saying, “If Jonathan declares to contest the 2015 election, I will be among the people that will campaign for him. I submit that it is right and proper that the Ijaw man, President Goodluck Jonathan, completes his term in 2019.

“After that, if I am still alive, I will be one of those that will fight to ensure the North have its turn in 2019,” Babatope said.

But in a sharp rebuke for the former Minister of Transport, the leader of Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, said Babatope lacked the moral authority to ask the North not to field a candidate for the 2015 presidential elections.

Babatope, according to Junaid, was part of a group of people around the late Premier of the Western region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who rejected a similar suggestion offered the late sage in 1979/ 1980.

“None of these people who are telling the North these things have justified what they are asking the North to do. Is what they are asking based on any rational ground?

“If you want somebody to wait for something, tell him why you want him to do that. Who is Babatope?

“He was one those who made a career vilifying everything northern.

“If these are the kind of people who expect the North to take advice from them, then we will tell them to go and hang themselves. We are not going to take their advice.”

Junaid noted that democracy was a game of numbers, and as such, excluding the majority out of any of the processes was not negotiable.

Likewise, the Northern Elders Forum said just like every other Nigerian, Babatope was entitled to his opinion.

The Forum’s spokesman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi said, “Like every other Nigerian, Babatope is entitled to his opinion. He was even more charitable than some other individuals, who were even suggesting that northerners should not even vie at all.”

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  1. atampa bala karmo

    October 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Old man like you can not address people that is why there a problem in the country,you are to remind at home to be adverse.

  2. Adeiza 355

    October 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    may God have mercy on us

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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