A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu has backed Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, on power shift ahead of 2023 general elections.
We gathered that Mamman Daura had in an interview with BBC Hausa Service recently said the most qualified Nigerian should succeed Buhari in 2023, irrespective of the zone such candidate comes from.
Hon. Oputu, who spoke in an exclusive interview with us in Yenagoa, on Sunday insisted that competence, pedigree and capacity should determine the choice of who becomes the President rather than rotation which always imposes poor leadership on the people.
He said, “Well I want to say, with all sense of humility that the position of an executive, by the Nigerian constitution; the position and the authority it drives is too absolute so in that case, I think that Nigeria has to really assess the kind of person that should go for that kind of an executive position.
“There should be some kind of character assessment on the individual that should hold claim to such a position.
“So if we are to rotate it, and because we have rotated it people do not look at it from the aspect of who really qualifies for that position or the man that can really take that absolute power and make good use of it to the betterment of all”.
“These assessments must be the first criteria not just from south or north. So, there should be a way that when a man has a better pedigree no matter where he comes from he should be the source so that there should be some transformation if not developmentally we are stagnant.
“So I think the issue of zoning, should not be the thing to discuss, particularly when it has to do with executive powers which have absolute control we should look at the human factor, this man what are his antecedents and then give him, even if he has to go for ten tenures as far as what society needs, is provided because our own we are not going further rather we are a little lower at every point when it is scaled among developing countries in the world.”
“Even if your candidate is a useless one you will still use your population to impose him on the people. If it is on that basis, that he said the zoning should not be there, then I am against it but if it’s for merit as a man that should be president of Nigeria I think zoning should not be there”.
“We should look at the merits, and demerits of candidates who are vying for the position to give them the mandate not because of where they come from, then we give to the wrong person, and he draws us backwards.
Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.
The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.
The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.
The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .
According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.
“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.
Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits
Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.
The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.
The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.
“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.
“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.
“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.
“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.
“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.
Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”
Heaven will fall if another northerner succeeds Buhari in 2023 presidential election – Joe Igbokwe replies Northern elders
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Joe Igbokwe, has reacted to the remark by the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.
Igbokwe warned that heaven would fall if another Northerner is elected after Buhari.
Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF spokesperson had said the North was not ready to relinquish power in 2023.
Baba-Ahmed had said anyone against a Northern president should leave Nigeria if one emerges in 2023.
The NEF spokesman had disclosed this at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series in Zaria, Kaduna.
Moreover, Igbokwe, on his Facebook page wrote: “Heaven won’t fall if another Northerner is elected president – Hakeem Baba-Ahmad.
“Me- Hear me well, heaven will falloooo.”
Most Nigerians have talked against the North producing the country’s next president.
Against this backdrop, the Southeast has been clamouring to produce Nigeria’s next president.
The Southern governors had currently insisted that their region should provide Nigeria’s next president.
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