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APC Boycott Of Confab Unreasonable, Childish – Sagay

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PROFESSOR ITSE SAGAY (SAN)

PROFESSOR ITSE SAGAY (SAN)

Professor of Law and human rights activist, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, has described the decision of the All Progressives Congress to boycott the national conference, billed to start on Monday, as unreasonable and childish.

According to a report by SUNDAY PUNCH, the distinguished legal scholar added that he was disappointed by the position of the APC on the conference, considering that the Yoruba were in the forefront of calls for true federalism.

He said, “APC’s decision to boycott the conference is the most unrealistic, unreasonable and childish thing I can ever imagine, considering the fact that the Yoruba are the progenitors of true federalism. Awolowo was a person who articulated that point most in the whole country, and wrote books about it.

“He plotted the way forward, the Awo Road, which the whole of the West and the Yoruba have followed and which the rest of us have come to imbibe. They have educated us; they are the ones who opened our eyes to the possibilities of true federalism and that it is the only way for the country to develop. That is why I am so disappointed”.

Sagay noted that the conference was crucial to the existence of Nigeria, saying without it, the 2015 elections would be a waste of time.

He said there was a slim chance of establishing true federalism through the conference, which would lead to devolution of power from the centre to the various federating units.

He said, “Most of the things which are exclusive to the Federal Government will become concurrent, so that states or regional governments can operate in those areas, and so that federal powers will be fewer.

“In the states, we will have most of the power and only critical things will be exclusive – things like foreign affairs, customs, and immigration. Basically, we’re talking about empowering the states politically, in terms of resources, and reducing the powers of the Federal Government”.

Speaking on the likely stumbling blocks at the conference, he stated that northern delegates would be opposed to federalism, adding that they preferred a unitary system of government.

He said, “They (northerners) believe that, if you capture the Federal Government, then you can have direct access to Niger Delta oil and gas, Lagos State duties, customs and all the other things they’re getting now. That way, you don’t need to work hard in order to enjoy resources”.

When contacted to react to the statement by Prof. Sagay, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said the party has tremendous respect for the legal icon and would not join issues with him on the pages of a newspaper.

“Our party has a very healthy respect for Prof. Itse Sagay and we are confident that if we have the opportunity to properly brief the professor on our position, his judgment may not be as harsh as it is”, Mohammed said.

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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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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

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.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

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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