As Senate President, I’ll give world-class leadership of NASS – Izunaso
“The expectations of Nigeria and the entire world were high on the incoming administration. No efforts should be spared by the present political leaders of the country in meeting the yearnings of the people.”
These wee the exact words of Osita Izunaso, Senator for Imo West, as he continued to make his pitch for the office of the the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly, which would be inaugurated on June 13, on Wednesday, insisting that his aspiration to lead the upper legislative chamber was in the best interest of the nation.
Though the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had since endorsed former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, for the office, Izunaso, a ranking Senator, who is one of those crying foul, told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday that the party must douse the tension generated by the controversial endorsement, urging it to adopt a zoning arrangement that would guarantee unity and national cohesion.
He stressed that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the incoming, Muhammadu Buhari the outgoing and the NWC led by National Chairman of APC, Adamu Abdulahi, must as a matter of importance, come up with a new zoning arrangement that would not only produce the best among lawmakers of the two chambers as presiding officers, but be seen by Nigerians and the world at large to have met best practices in legislative norms, as well as satisfy political exigencies of the country.
He added: “The APC NWC had, in its press statement of Tuesday, said it noted with respect the outcome of meetings held between the President-elect and leadership of the party. The NWC called for further and better consultation with necessary stakeholders to assure support of aspirants to the National Assembly leadership positions and members of the party nationwide.
“From the statement, the NWC was ostensibly not satisfied with the zoning arrangement that allocated two major principal offices to a particular region and micro zoned all the four major offices in the National Assembly to individuals rather than zones, as in the normal practice.
“Expectant ascendancy of the undisputable greatest democrat and the most successful politician in Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to the presidency of the most populous black nation had already raised the hope of a better and greater Nigeria in all aspects, particularly in the enhancement of democracy and good governance across the globe. I’m in the race to win and give the National Assembly a clean and fresh breadth.
He expressed optimism that he would eventually triumph at the election and make Tinubu, senators, members of the House of Representatives and the entire nation proud of an Assembly administered by competence, experience, capacity and integrity comparable, if not better than any in the advanced world.
To him, the outcry, protests and gang-ups that erupted following the informal and formal announcement of the provocative formula showed that the arrangements were not satisfactory to the overwhelming majority of the newly elected legislators and Nigerians, adding that it should, therefore, be discarded forthwith.
BREAKING: All clear for Tinubu! S’Court dismisses PDP’s double nomination suit *Says, PDP a busy-body
For being a meddlesome interloper and a busy-body in bringing a case that was none of its business, the Supreme Court, on Friday slammed a N2million fine on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over its suit demanding that the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election be vitiated.
The main opposition party, had claimed that Kashim Shettima, being a candidate in a Senatorial election in Borno and as well as the running mate to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate in the election, amounted to double Nomination, which is forbidden by the law.
Based on that, the prayed the apex court to declare the ticket null and void and the votes recorded for it in the election, through which they were declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted, a prayer, which if it had succeeded, would pave the way for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the party in the election to take over from Tinubu as the 16th President on Monday, when he is due to be inaugurated.
But the court, while dismissing the prayers, which originated from the Federal High Court Abuja, and travelled through the Court of Appeal, before it, agreeing with the positions of the lower courts which dismissed them on the ground of lacking in locus standi to institute the case.
But, Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, not only held that the PDP acted as meddlesome Interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC, ordered the main opposition party to pay N2milllion, for its troubles, after establishing that its arguments tended to misleading the court, which was “sad”.
The court, which said it was aware of the case of Uche Nwosu, former governorship candidate in Imo State, the court, held that it did not applay in the instant case, as it agreed that Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced and therefore, was no longer a candidate for the Senate before he picked up the running mate ticket, thus, making the allegation of multiple nomination untenable.
On the other hand, the court, held that Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions, and having not being on all fours, PDP suit, was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
Accusing the PDP of attempts to use the social media to set a trap for the apex court to blackmail it, which he said was “painful, unfortunate and uncalled for,” the court said a political party had no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party, adding that for a person to have locus standi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a neutral person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.
Nigerians must allow the love they share abroad resonate at home – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is worried that the level of love Nigerians abroad share among themselves is not replicated at home, adding that a situation where they are quick to become friends outside and enemies at home, must be stop. The former President, who acknowledged how Nigerians in the diaspora were making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour, told participants at an evening reception held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, that Nigerians in the diaspora must conduct themselves as good citizens wherever they domiciled.
Obasanjo, whose views were captured in a statement by, Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman, expressed satisfaction over the unity exhibited among Nigerians in the United States of America, urging them to reciprocate such togetherness when they are back home.
The former President, said to have spoken on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, was quoted as saying: “Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad, but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria.”
Uproar, social media exchange of fire, over Ooni’s handshake with Pete Edochie, KOK
The exchange of handshakes between veteran actors Pete Edochie and Kanayo O. Kanayo with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyey Ogunwusi Enitan, has spurred a flurry of reactions on social media, The Nation, is reporting.
The paper, which reviewed the viral video shared on Thursday, where Edochie and Kanayo approached Ooni’s table at Elizabeth Jack Rich’s 40th birthday party on Tuesday and exchanged Igbo “cultural” handshakes with the monarch, acknowledged the different meanings being read into it.
Social media users on Twitter took to the comment section of the video with some knocking the actors for disrespecting the tradition by exchanging handshakes with the monarch, while others praised Ooni for showing respect to the Igbo culture.
Man of Letters said: “Igbakeji Oorisa?! It’s acceptable that he received the cross-culture respect handshake with Pete Edochie because the man Pete carry, but what’s his excuse for doing it with Kanayo O Kanayo??”
Kelvin Odanz said. “Is this ceremony holding in the Ooni palace? I mean, if an Igbo man (from a culture that doesn’t bow to another man) meets the Ooni in the UK for instance, is it disrespectful if he chooses to greet the respected Oba in a way he was brought up to respect dignitaries?”
Another user Onyemauchi tweeted: “This man supposed be King for him community”
Another tweep tracesorba wrote: “Igbos don’t bow down to any man, An evolved or wise man is their our own Chi.”