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Rotational presidency unconstitutional, says Yahaya Bello

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By Lizzy Okoji

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has described the clamour for rotational presidency as unconstitutional, saying that Nigerians should be allowed to make their choices for the best candidate to emerge for the top post.

Bello was speaking at the maiden edition of the Governor Yaya Bello seminar for political and crime correspondents in Abuja on Friday.

He argued that the criteria on who should be Nigeria’s next president should be centered on someone who would unify the country and solve the problems plaguing the nation.

Bello pointed out, however, that if rotational presidency was to be considered, it should be done with equity, fairness and justice, noting that the Middle-Belt and the Southeast had not held the position since 1999.

The governor argued further that if zoning was to resolve the problems of Nigeria, the previous presidents would have completely solved the problems in the zones they had represented.

“When we are talking about democracy today, democracy is all about free choices. Give the majority the free will to choose whoever they want. Let political parties not limit Nigerians to who they want to elect into offices.

“When you look at it, I think it is unconstitutional. It is not in our APC party Constitution and it is not there in the 1999 Constitution.

“Today, if you are sick and need to be operated upon, you will want the best doctor to operate on you. It’s not where the doctor comes from or the religion he practices that matters.

“Put that aside, if we should continue on the sentiments of this rotation of the presidency, from that region to this region, then let us do it perfectly in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.

“If that is the angle you want to come from, let us put it on the table and look at it and we should not just take it from 1999, let us go back to 1960 from independence when Nigerians started ruling themselves.

“You will discover that other geo-political zones as they exist today, have at one time or the other occupied the position of the presidency — either as president or vice-president.

“If we should go by that, then the North Central has been largely short-changed. Then let us focus on North Central.

“But if you take it from 1999, then you are talking of the North Central and the Southeast. I continue to emphasise that the best candidate should be allowed to emerge.

“The candidate should be someone, who will unify this country, solve the problems we are facing today, build on the legacies that Mr President will leave behind.”

The governor also urged Nigerian youths to get involved and take charge just like their counterparts across the globe, “who are driving the modern world’’.

The President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr Chris Isiguzo, said that gathering journalists from across the country for the seminar was a step in the right direction.

He said that the Bello administration had been able to transform Kogi from “the decrepit point where he met it to the pinnacle point where the state sits today.

“What is happening today is one of such initiatives coming from Kogi State.

“This should be the first time in the history of this country for a  governor to come, not just to talk to journalists but to empower them by building their capacity and equipping them to report Nigeria for Nigeria.”

Isiguzo urged journalists to undertake their reportage with patriotism and place the country above other considerations.

Dr Folashade Arike Ayoade, Secretary to the Kogi State Government, said the seminar was meant to be a moment of sober reflection on issues bedeviling the nation.

She pointed out that the seminar would give participants insights into how Kogi was tackling challenges affecting the state.  (NAN)


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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Edo State Governor finally releases cabinet list

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By Goodluck Ikiebe

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has finally released list of Commissioner-nominees members of the State Executive Council.

The list was released by the Governor on Friday and obtained by our Correspondent.

Here are the names as follow;
1) Barr. Osamudiamen Wole-lyamu (Oredo).

2) Mr. Chris Nehikhare (Orhionmwon)

3) Mr. Richard Edebiri (Uhunmwode).

4) Barr. Andrew Emwanta Adaze (Egor).

5) Mr. Tony Aganmwonyi (Ikpoba Okha).

6) Mr. Ethan Uzamere (Ovia South West)

7) Ms. Efosa Uyigue (Ovia North East).

8) Barr. Donald Okogbe (Akoko Edo).

9) Barr. Anthony Innih (Etsako East)

10) Mrs. Omo Otse Omorogbe (Etsako West).

11) Hon. Damian Lawani (Etsako Central).

12) Mr. Jimfred Obaidiku (Owan West).

13) Barr. J O Braimah (Owan East)

14) Hon. Felix Akhabue (Esan West).

15). Fred Emefiele (Igueben)

16) Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya (Esan Central).

17) Dr. Olu Ayewoh (Esan North East).

18) Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South East).


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Oyo CAN holds one million man peace prayer walk in Ibadan

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, on Saturday embarked on a one million man prayer walk in Ibadan to pray for peace in Nigeria.

Newsmen report that the faithful wore white and green shirts and caps with inscriptions ‘Peace Be Unto Nigeria and CAN is 45.’

They began the prayer at the Oyo State Government House Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, proceeded to Idiape junction Iwo road, Gate, NTA junction, UCH, Agodi Garden junction, Oyo State Secretariat, among others.

NAN reports that prayers were made at each of the junctions by the faithful.

In the opening prayer, Apostle Sunday Popoola, General Overseer of Word Communication Ministry, Ibadan, remarked that the plans of God for Nigeria would surely come to pass.

Popoola prayed that God would continue to show mercy to Oyo State and Nigeria at large.

“We pray that righteousness shall continue to exalt Nigeria while sin will no longer be a reproach; Nigeria, Oyo State will know peace, progress and good governance,” he said.

Also speaking, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State urged the faithful to use the opportunity to pray for peace to reign in Nigeria and the state.

Makinde, represented by his Executive Assistant, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, congratulated CAN on its 45th anniversary and urged the members to continue to pray for the well being of the state.

Earlier, Oyo State CAN Chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, said the prayer walk was part of its activities to celebrate CAN’s 45th anniversary.

“CAN clocked 45 on Aug. 25 but we decided to celebrate it through the prayer walk today.

“We have praised, prayed and made supplications to God concerning CAN, Oyo State and all of us, we believe He will surely hear us and grant our heart desires,” Akinyemiju said.

He, however, appreciated the ministers of God who supported the prayer carnival financially and morally.

NAN also reports that the faithful after embarking on the three-hour prayer walk reconverged at Agodi Government House where the final prayers were said.

Security operatives including the Federal Road Safety Corps, Civil Defence and Boys Brigade were on-ground to ensure peace and orderliness.

Source:( NAN)


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