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10042018 - Why I'm seeking a 2nd term — BUHARI


4 Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018

Vanguard, TUESDAY APRIL 10, 20185 POCKET CARTOON VISITFrom left: Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder/Chairman, African Initiative for Governance (AIG); Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), and Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank Plc, during a visit of the team from AIG and OHCSF to Access Bank Head Office in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Akeem Salau. Why I'm seeking a 2nd term BUHARI Continues from Page 1 following a recommendation by a committee of the party that could open the way for the extension of the tenure of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee, NWC. The committee led by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State had been constituted upon President Buhari’s observations that an extension of tenure of the party executives was illegal. In its recommendations adopted by NEC, yesterday, it was recommended that the party goes ahead and conducts congresses and a national convention but that where it was impossible to do so, that the party should fall back on the extension of tenure for all party officers across board as originally conceived at the NEC meeting in February. President Buhari’s declaration was received with rapturous approval at the NEC meeting. However, outside, critics and political rivals expressed dismay upon claims of a mixed performance in his first term. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a reaction, charged every other contender to run away. At the crowded, closeddoor NEC meeting, the President said that having made wide consultations and conscious of the need to consolidate on his achievements in office, he had decided to stand for re-election. His declaration was greeted with a standing ovation. The president, who came under “Any Other Business, AOB,” said he had been under tremendous pressure to make the declaration, adding that he felt it was courteous to first inform the NEC before going to town with it. Apart from hordes of presidential aides, others at the meeting which was also attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, were the caucuses of the National Assembly, led by Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker Yakubu Dogara, governors of Zamfara, Imo, Oyo, Ogun, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Kebbi and Jigawa states. Others were those of Kaduna, Kogi, Borno, Sokoto, Adamawa, Lagos, Ondo, Nasarawa, Kano, Osun and the deputy governors of Katsina, Edo, Yobe and Niger states as well as other NEC members. Addressing journalists at a post-NEC briefing, both the Plateau State governor, Simon Bako Lalong, and the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed the president’s declaration. Lalong, who also spoke on the report of the technical committee which he headed, said: “Everybody’s interest was considered in the report and it was a unanimous vote and adoption of the recommendations that were made. “The President felt so happy and excited because of this unity in the party; he will now consider and also accept the appeal by several members of the society, party and everybody that he will contest the 2019 election. “He has accepted that he is going to contest again the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the governor confirmed. Oyegun’s NWC might have tenure extended if.... However, the last may not have been heard of the issue of tenure elongation for party executives as the Lalong committee in its recommendations sighted by Vanguard, stated that the party might have to fall back on its earlier resolution extending the tenure of the executives. It premised its decision on the inability of the party to fulfill all legal conditions necessary for a convention and congresses. “If for reasons of inability to fulfil constitutional and/ or legal conditions requisite for the conduct of a valid elective congress or convention, then the party may as a last resort leverage on the NEC resolution of February 27, 2018, which in our view is lawful in the circumstances. Finally, the committee recommended that a NEC meeting be convened to consider the report." According to the committee, “although the Continues on Page 49 By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou & Frederick Okopie On rising food prices in Nigeria (2) THE Federal Govern ment should begin to look into the factors responsible for the high cost of fertilizer, high cost of transportation, excessive importation, crop diseases, extortion when transporting farm produce and bad roads. If these challenges are addressed, I believe the prices of food items would reduce. *Azeez Olateru, worker IN Nigeria, traders de termine the prices of foodstuffs whether they are produced locally or not. Prices are supposed to be determined by the forces of demand and supply. The reason prices of food items are on the increase is because the government is not interested in our markets. When the price of any item goes up, it hardly drops because of greed. The only way government can assist is by reducing taxes, making the roads motorable, and ensuring that transportation is affordable. *Comrade Florence Eghagara, Caterer THE situation is be yond my imagination. I never imagined that things would be this difficult in Nigeria. Whenever I think of the rising prices of food items, I begin to doubt the back to farm noise being made. The noise about agriculture has not resulted in food sufficiency in the country. *John Idani Upah, Analyst SINCE the minimum wage has not been increased, the poor are the people feeling the impact. Every home is experiencing this hardship and Nigerian government is watching without making any meaningful intervention. I hope this issue would be addressed as soon as possible because things are really tough. *Bukola Aderemi Ladigbolu, Activist THE situation demands urgent attention from the government because it can make a difference. Food is supposed to be cheap in Nigeria but what we have been experiencing since 2015, is disappointing. The government should address those things responsible for inflation. *Philips Adefioye, Journalist The market prices have been fluctuating since this government came on board. The price of an item can change within two days. Prices have reduced from the rooftop level of last year, but traders have refused to reduce their prices. What goes up in Nigeria never comes down. That is why we are where we are today and that is the reason the government should intervene. *Josephine Bathlomew, Interior Decorator