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NADECO calls for return to federalism

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The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has advocated a return to the federal system of governance in order to redress the underlying issues bedevilling the country.

This call was made by the NADECO National Secretary, Ayo Opadokun, on Wednesday, during an interview with AriseTV monitored by Ripples Nigeria.

In response to a question about rotational zoning and possible presidential candidates in the 2023 elections, Opadokun pilloried the politicians for their “misdirected and misguided ambitions” while calling for a revamp of the country’s system of governance.

He said, “NADECO considers these so-called permutations and ambitions of politicians as misdirected and misguided. The concern of NADECO is that Nigeria must return to Federal Constitutional Governance (federalism). It is very appropriate for a heterogenous space like Nigeria with different people, cultures and all to return to this system of governance. The replacement of that system which centralised power by military coup has been the major disaster that befell the country.

READ ALSO: NADECO rejects 1999 constitution, blasts Buhari

“This was because every region was developing at its uniform and productive pace before the violent interventions by the military. All these selfish agitations of the politicians make no sense if you consider the antecedents since the return of democracy in 1999.

“How do you reconcile the vast resources of the country with the present appalling state of affairs? What the military entrenched in the psyche of the people is that it is legitimate to use force for selfish and political gains.

“The politicians who took over after the older ones fought the military have yet to show the consciousness required to lead the country out of the doldrums. All these politicians are disappointments.”

The NADECO spokesman further explained that a request for a referendum has been submitted to the United Nations while blasting the legality of the 1999 constitution.

“The response of the UN are according to the protocols; the various bodies that ought to meet for a review of our request are still organising the processes. The USA Senate, Committee of Foreign Affairs, is looking into the issue of a referendum as requested by NADECO. Nigeria is an unsustainable state and things cannot go on like this.

“It is a false premise that elections solve all problems and they are not the solutions to the Nigerian problems. NADECO will not cosign any election under the 1999 constitution since it was forged by the Military.”

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Gombe APC stakeholders adopt consensus for state congress

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After a long session of a stakeholders meeting which ran into the early hours of Saturday on the conduct of the State Congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe state, the stakeholders unanimously reaffirmed their earlier resolve to go by consensus method in electing the state party officials.

The enlarged stakeholders meeting was convened by the State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to discuss on how best to arrive at a peaceful, rancor-free and all-inclusive exercise to ensure that the party retained power in the 2023 General elections.

While addressing the party stakeholders at the new banquet hall of the Government House, Inuwa Yahaya expressed gratitude to all APC members, particularly its stalwarts for staying true and contributing their quota to the successes so far recorded by the ruling party starting from its membership registration to wards and Local Government Congresses.

The Governor said that, “If not for the transparency adopted by the APC in carrying everyone along in the scheme of things, I am sure by now the hues and cries within the ranks of the party could have been louder and possibly created rancor in the party but we chose to consult and bring everyone on board in the interest of fairplay”.

READ ALSO: APC charges members to shun bickering ahead of 2023 general elections

He however assured members of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State that as the leader of the party, he will continue to provide leadership devoid of ill-will or personal interest.

Inuwa Yahaya appealed to members of the APC in Gombe State to maintain the spirit of cooperation and understanding they displayed during the ward and Local Government Congresses.

According to him, “For this reason, I equally enjoin all of us that the State Congress slated for Saturday should also be conducted according to the APC guidelines and by the grace of God we shall do just that because until we are able to produce competent leaders only then we can be hopeful to consolidate on the party’s successes”.

He also maintained that the congresses so far conducted and the State Congress slated to be conducted Saturday were made possible through a wide consultation of party stakeholders to ensure the emergence of best candidates that can run the affairs of the party in the State.

He said that, “To this end, we shall ensure that all Local Government Areas in the State are fairly represented in the state working committee of the party in the spirit of equity and Justice”.

The Governor told the stakeholders of the APC in Gombe State that the party may not have satisfied the yearnings and aspirations of all but that in its policy of constant consultation, APC has by and large performed credibly well in carrying everyone along.

Inuwa Yahaya said that, “It is not possible to satisfy everyone at the same time so anyone who is not lucky to be selected as a leader should exercise patience hence the party is aware of him so also is the Government”.

The Committee Chairman for the Conduct of Congresses in Gombe State, Dr. Danjuma Dabo expressed optimism that the State Congress will take the form and pattern of the ward and local government congresses conducted under the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

He also said that his committee will conduct a rigorous screening exercise to ensure that those who eventually emerge as leaders of the party at the State level are of proven integrity.

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IPOB denies report of sit-at-home directive for Mon, Tues

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has debunked reports about the issuance of a sit-at-home order in the South-East on Monday and Tuesday next week.

This disclaimer was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, in response to reports making the rounds that the secessionist group declared a sit-at-home.

According to Powerful, the reports were created by government agents in a bid to create confusion and enmity for the group amongst the residents.

An excerpt from the statement reads, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been drawn to the fabricated statement being circulated by mischief makers and paid agents of darkness that IPOB had directed Biafrans to sit-at-home Monday, October 18; Tuesday, October 19; and Thursday, October 21 for our leader, and One year anniversary of #EndSARS protest.

“We want to make it categorically clear that the above purported statement did not emanate from IPOB, and we completely dissociate with such falsehood. IPOB did not issue any sit-at-home except on October 21 when our leader is expected to appear in court.

READ ALSO: IPOB denies reports of alliance with Andy Uba ahead of Anambra guber poll

“We therefore urge members of the public to ignore the purported statement and utter falsehood being peddled by paid agents of government to create confusion and demarket IPOB. Their intention is to portray IPOB as a violent and insensitive movement but we know their antics, and shall beat them to it.”

Powerful said IPOB only declared a sit-at-home on Thursday, October 21 because its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is expected to appear in court.

“For the sake of clarity, IPOB has not called for any sit-at-home except on Thursday, October 21 when our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court in Abuja. Biafrans will solidarise with him by staying indoors on that day because we are all in the struggle together. He did nothing to deserve any persecution by the Federal Government.

“We seriously warn all those behind this rumour to retrace their steps and stop tarnishing the good image of IPOB,” he added.

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APC: Two State Party Chairmen emerge in Cross River

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The October 16, 2021 State Congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC has ended as two factional State Party Chairmen emerged in Cross River State.

THE PARADISE gathered that other positions also had two chieftains as a repeat of the 2019 Governorship election in the state (where Sen. John Owan-Enoh and Pst. Usani Usani emerged candidates) repeats itself in the just-concluded State Congress.

Sources said the State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade wanted his Director-General on Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau, Barr. Alphonsus Eba (who is from Yala Local Government Area of the State), while the other factor wanted someone from Ogoja Local Government Area (in the person EXY) as State Chairman.

However, two results obtained by THE PARADISE showed that 98% of the positions contested now have two winners.

Winners from the Governor Faction:

1). State Chairman – Barr. Alphonsus Eba
2). State Deputy Chairman – Eka Williams
3). State Secretary – Barr. Bassey Offiong Mensah
4). State Assist. Secretary – Hon. Joseph Ogar
5). State Legal Adviser – Barr Awah Pius
6). State Assist. Legal Adviser – Barr. Umoh Etim Effiong
7). State Treasurer – Godwin Inyang John
8). State Assist. Treasurer – Dr. Mathew Egong
9). State Organizing Secretary – Engr. Thomas Aruku
10). State Assist. Organizing Secretary – Dr Owoh Erim Agbor

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11). State Publicity Secretary – Erasmus Ekpang
12). State Assist Publicity Secretary – Hon. Emmanuel Edem Inyang
13). State Financial Secretary – Effiom Bassey Effiong
14). State Assist. Financial Secretary – Mr Erong Igwe
15). Stats Women Leader – Dr. Pauline Akor
16). State Assist Women Leader – Mrs Maria Asumpta Offiong
17). Zonal Vice Chairman North – Emmanuel Ateb
18). Zonal Vice Chairman Central – Hon. Abubakar Ibiang
19). Zonal Vice Chairman South – Mrs Tity Ndofon
20). State Youth Leader – Emmanuel O. Bassey

21). State Assist Youth Leader – Elemi Cyril Emmanuel
22). Senatorial Youth Leader North – Dr. Joseph Idagu Ogar
23). Senatorial Youth Leader Central – Hon. Samuel Ankwo
23). Senatorial Youth Leader South – Mr. Cyril Ene
25). Senatorial Women Leader North – Mrs Inakefe Janet
26). Senatorial Women Leader Central – Mrs Love Eroma Agbor
27). Senatorial Women Leader South – Dr. Helen Isamoh Egodo
28). State Auditor – Mr Charles Iru Iyam
29). State Assist Auditor – Offum Festus Agbor
30). State Welfare Secretary – Hon. Okora Ekawu

31). State Assist Welfare Secretary – Eld. Akiba Ayi Okpok
32). State Special Leader – Chief Edet Ita Asia
33). Ex Officio 1 – Mr Joseph Ibia
34). Ex Officio 2 – David Alui Along
35). Ex Officio 3 – Lukpata Benedict Ikade
36). Ex Officio 4 – Chief Enebong Umana

Winners from the Non-Governor Faction

1). State Chairman – Egbeji John Ogon
2). State Deputy (Vice) Chairman –
3). State Secretary – Chief Francis Ekenyong
4). State Assist. Secretary – Ukum Ebeni
5). State Legal Adviser – Barr. Okoi James
6). State Assist. Legal Adviser – Barr. Kaka Nyiam
7). State Treasurer – Oniro Ikpai Ikpai
8). State Assist. Treasurer – Adamu Ibrahim
9). State Organizing Secretary – Chief Olayinka Rickett
10). State Assist. Organizing Secretary –

11). State Publicity Secretary – Iso Bassey Edim
12). State Assist Publicity Secretary – Mfam Asu
13). State Financial Secretary – Egere Patricks Ebu
14). State Assist. Financial Secretary – Omin Omin Iso
15). State Women Leader – Barr. Confidence Ejuka
16). State Assist Women Leader – Chief (Mrs) Veronica Afufu
17). Zonal Vice Chairman North – Okuta Ushie
18). Senatorial (Zonal) Vice Chairman Central –
19). Senatorial (Zonal) Vice Chairman South –
20). State Youth Leader – Victor Anyanting

21). State Assist Youth Leader – Paul Okon Effiong
22). Senatorial (Zonal) Youth Leader North – Ololo Fidelis
23). Senatorial (Zonal) Youth Leader Central – Ofem Lebonga Okoi
23). Senatorial (Zonal) Youth Leader South – Charles Asim
25). Senatorial (Zonal) Women Leader North –
26). Senatorial (Zonal) Women Leader Central – Gift Augustina Etaba
27). Senatorial (Zonal) Women Leader South – Mrs Esther Edet
28). State Auditor – Tasen Ndoma
29). State Assist Auditor – Ogoja Simon Ekung
30). State Welfare Secretary – James O. Achichie

31). State Assist Welfare Secretary –
32). State Special (Physically Challenged) Leader – Edet Asia
33). Ex Officio 1 – John Oko
34). Ex Officio 2 – Engr. Marvellous Ban
35). Ex Officio 3 –
36). Ex Officio 4 – Barr. Ogon Bonaventure

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