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11042019 - INSECURITY: Senate condemns killings; insists on State Police

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42 — Vanguard, THURSDAY APRIL 11, 2019 NINTH REPS SPEAKERSHIP: I 'll pursue six years tenure for lawmakers – Dyegh DR John Dyegh, who holds a Ph.D in Economic History represents Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency of Benue State in the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. A third timer with a wealth of legislative experience, Dyegh, in this chat, spoke on his ambition to become the speaker of the Ninth House of Representatives and why the North-Central geopolitical zone should produce the next speaker among others. By Emman Ovuakporie he speakership race for the 9th THouse has started and you are a little bit late in joining... I am not late. We are on it and we are hoping for the best. For the very first time, we have many lawmakers jostling for the position of speaker, why is it so? Number one, the party has not officially zoned the position of the speaker. But it is being speculated that it has been zoned to the South- West... Well, that is a rumour. As far as I am concerned, there is no official position on this. What we are seeing in the papers has not been communicated to any of us officially. The party has not called a meeting to say look, members and members-elect, this is the direction of the party, we are going North-East, we are going South-West, we are going North- Central, etc. The party has not done that and in my opinion that is the reason for the many aspirants coming out for this position. On why North-Central is insisting on producing the speaker Politicians do their own permutations, and arithmetic as you would call it and we in the North-Central have discovered that the position we had in the 8th Assembly which is the senate presidency has been officially zoned by the party to the North- East which means in the National Assembly the North-Central geopolitical zone will not have anything reasonable. And so the first consideration is that, if you are taking number three from the North-Central, it is only fair that you give us number four. In other words, if you are taking away the senate president from the North-Central which by protocol is number three, it is only right and fair that you give us number four and not number six as is being speculated. In the spirit of equity and fair play and justice, if you are taking the position of senate president from the North-Central, you give them the speaker. More so if you are talking about the quantum of votes that made the federal government today, the North-West brought in the number one votes, the North-East brought in the number two votes and the North-Central bought in the number three votes. So, if reward in politics, in the democratic set-up, is based on what you bring to the table, it only goes to show that our votes should also count - the votes we have brought to form the federal government which is number three. The South-West is very far behind us - number four, they already have the position of the vice president. So we are saying we deserve to be given the position of speaker, if you took the position of senate president from us, the law of justice, fair play and equity will tell you that you should give us the position of speaker. Most of people coming out for the speakership are from the North-Central. Before now you were the DG of Hon Idris Wase campaign organization but suddenly you joined the race, what influenced your decision? In the papers, you will see that it is there in the public domain, it is not me saying it any longer, that the man is going in for deputy speaker and that is not the dream of North Central. In the North-Central, we believe that the position of speaker should come to us, if number three is taken away from We want to seek an amendment in collaboration with the executives wherein we will extend the tenure of legislators from four years to six years and that means legislative experience will count us, the position of number four should be given to us and if anybody vying for the position of the speaker decides to go for the position of deputy speaker, if I am your DG, I will go for the position. It is not as if I wasn’t qualified when I was doing DG for anybody. What is your agenda, if elected? I am going to tell you just one thing, I have discovered in my stay here, this is my third time, there is very high turnover of legislators, it is something that bothers me and it is something that should bother every Nigerian, it is something that should bother those that are particularly in politics. If you want our democracy to grow, nascent as it is, you should be deliberate about churning up policies and legislations that make our democracy grow and take it to the next level. When I become speaker, by the grace of God, deliberately we shall bring out a legislation by amendment of the constitution wherein we will try to reduce this situation of high turnover of legislators. We have discovered that legislative experience is being wasted therefore we want to seek an amendment in collaboration with the executives wherein we will Dr John Dyegh extend the tenure of legislators from four years to six years and that means legislative experience will count. When you come in just for four years and go back, it really doesn’t make sense, it is not good for our democracy. So at least one should stay for six years and do two terms that is at least 12years, so it is going to make more sense for our democracy. And indeed even if you do only one term, you know that you have contributed six years and it will make more sense than this four years tenure. And like I said we are going to do that in collaboration with the executive, we need their buy-in. These are some of the things we are going to do for our members to ensure that they stay more in the National Assembly. In other climes, they do four terms and you discover that experience counts. In the US, you see people staying for 48 years but it is difficult for us to get to that level. So if it is difficult for us to get to a situation where one is voted in the legislature for like 10 times, why don’t we elongate the tenure of legislators so that legislative experience will count? NASARAWA: How I'll retrieve my mandate from Al- Makura – Adukwe By David Odama THE Senator representing Nasarawa South and the senatorial candidate of the peoples Democratic party, PDP in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in Nasarawa State, Senator Suleiman Adukwe, is upbeat about getting favourable ruling on his petition at the Election Tribunal. Claiming that the 2019 elections were conducted in flagrant disregard for electoral values, he said he would retrieve his mandate from Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, who the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the winner of the election. Adukwe said the election that threw up Al-Makura as winner was marred with massive rigging, violence and incidents of vote buying, and fell short of acceptable minimum standard. According to him, the declaration of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, APC candidate as the winner of the Nasarawa South senatorial district election is wrong and contestable. The incumbent lawmaker, who is the chairman, ong>Senateong> Committee on Information and Media Affairs, believes that the elections in Nasarawa were not conducted in line with laid down rules and regulations of the INEC. Speaking with newsmen in Lafia, the senator expressed confidence that his ''stolen mandate overwhelmingly given him by the electorate'' will be reclaimed through the tribunal. He said: “Following a review of the governorship, National Assembly elections in Nasarawa State, it is evidently clear that massive rigging, thuggery and votebuying characterised the exercise.'' Asked if he believed in the Nigeria judicial system, the lawmaker said his party was already in the tribunal challenging the outcome of the elections and expressed optimism that PDP will reclaim its mandates which the people of the zone and the state freely gave to them. "We have done it before in the past and we will do it again in the state". I'm optimistic that the tribunal will be impartial, upright and deligent in its judgement. Nigeria judiciary have shown that it will do things right for the common man especially with the 2019 general elections", the lawmaker insisted. •Adukwe •Al-Makura ...N/Central Elders forum tasks Buhari, APC on zoning By Dirisu Yakubu TO avoid what it called the rebellion that characterised the emergence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 8th Assembly, the North Central Elders Forum, NCEF, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to zone the speakership of the 9th House of Representatives to the North-Central geo-political zone. NCEF Chairman, Alhaji Muhammadu Ari Gwaska, gave the counsel while addressing a press conference in Abuja, yesterday. He advised the ruling party to imbibe the traditions of party democracy, which appropriates the spoils of office when elections are contested and won for the purpose of running an inclusive government and to accommodate divergent interests within the party. According to Gwaska, the North-Central is too strategic to be relegated in the power sharing equation in Nigeria. He queried the insinuations that the South- West is being considered by the leadership of the APC for the Speaker, saying that would be very unfair to the North-Central. He argued that the zone since the Second Republic has continued to play a strategic role in representative government and has been the bridge between the northern and the southern parts of the country. The NCEF chairman added that the North- Central deserves the speakership based on the number of votes it contributed to the re-election of President Buhari during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections. He said: "To forestall the rebellion act that upset the apple cart in 2015 which produced the ong>Senateong> President and the Speaker from North-Central and North-East respectively, which never had our backing, the national leadership of the APC must ensure that it does not inflict a sufficient damage on itself, which consequences can be better imagined in the selection and election of principal officers of the 9th House of Representatives. The North Central has demonstrated its loyalty and strength to the APC both in 2015 and 2019. In 2019, we contributed 2,441,013 votes to President Buhari compared to South West’s votes of 2,036,450.“

Vanguard, THURSDAY APRIL 11, 2019 — 43 ONDO 2020: Akeredolu woos Boroffice, Kekemeke’s faction Akeredolu By Dayo Johnson, South-West Regional Editor THE rat race for the 2020 governorship seat in Ondo State has kicked off. To this end, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has put in place a kitchen cabinet to woo aggrieved leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC ahead of the primaries. Akeredolu is said to be optimistic that if he secures the confidence of party faithful in the state half of the war with the national secretariat would be won. He is currently not on the same page with some power brokers in the Presidency, two prominent figures in the party, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole, and National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Buhari’s loss in Ondo The loss of the last Presidential election in the state and some National Assembly seats to the opposition because of the governor’s alleged anti-party activities for which he had been queried, had pitched him against some power brokers in the Presidential villa. More painful to the power brokers was the allegation that the governor showed little enthusiasm during the Presidential election but went all out to mobilise and ensured that the APC had the majority of seats in the state Assembly election. Equally, his refusal to abide by the decision of the NWC of the party during the last election over automatic tickets to national assembly members and his alleged support for the candidates of the Action Alliance, AA, drew the wrath of the APC leadership. Vanguard gathered that his think-thank group had impressed it on him that once the party leaders in the state are solidly behind him his second term ambition would sail through. Ambode treatment The fear of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode treatment was said to be giving the governor sleepless nights. APC elders and leaders backed by Tinubu op- posed a second term for Ambode in Lagos and he was thoroughly beaten by Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the APC primaries. Sanwo-Olu went on to win the 2019 governorship election. Boroffice Wooing aggrieved leaders Consequently, the governor is wooing aggrieved party leaders including the former state chairman of the party, lsaac Kekemeke, the Senator representing the governor’s constituency in the National Assembly, Prof Ajayi Boroffice and former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi. He also promised to appease members complaining of abandonment in the last two years with board appointments and other political patronages. The think-thank, it was learned, suggested that Akeredolu should initiate moves to mend fences with the factional leaders of the party across the state in order to woo them for his re- election in 2020. For over two years, the relationship between Akeredolu and the leaders has been frosty. These leaders are the arrow heads of the other faction of the party in the state and they have the ears of Oshiomole and Tinubu. Kekemeke Faulty olive branch The Kekemeke group is skeptical of the olive branch premised on Akeredolu’s re-election in 2020. Recall that Akeredolu and other leaders, including Boroffice, have been feuding since the 2015 governorship primary in the state. While Boroffice and others believed that the outcome of the primaries was a sham, the party hierarchy thought otherwise and put its seal on the primaries. Many of the governorship aspirants, who slugged it out with Akeredolu kicked vehemently and one of them, Dr Olusegun Abraham went to court and is still in court challenging the emergence of Akeredolu in the primaries. Boroffice and others were later accused of anti-party activities during the election, which Akeredolu won. Members of the group w e r e thereafter sidelined by t h e governor on the pretext that they did not work for h i s emergence. Akeredolu’s For over two years, the relationship between Akeredolu and the leaders has been frosty; these leaders are the arrow heads of the other faction of the party in the state and they have the ears of Oshiomole and Tinubu bid to stop Boroffice from returning to the ong>Senateong> was thwarted by the APC National Working Committee, NWC, which gave him and two other senators automatic return tickets. Not done, Akeredolu was said to have backed Dr Tunji Abayomi of AA against Boroffice during the election but failed as Boroffice retained his seat. However, the governor beat a retreat after notable party personalities impressed it on him that he was fighting a lost battle against Boroffice more so that he would need the group for his second term ambition. Consequently, Akeredolu, according to a party source, has decided to tread softly and unite with with Kekemeke and Boroffice. Indeed, a source said that Akeredolu looked the the other way when another opportunity to make Boroffice lose his seat came up. Rather, Akeredolu was said to have presented himself as an arbiter to save Boroffice from being sacked from the ong>Senateong> in order to woo him to his side. The Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN, had after the election filed a petition at the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Akure against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the winner of the Ondo North senatorial election, Senator Ajayi Boroffice challenging the absence of its logo on the ballot papers used for the election. Akeredolu reportedly met severally with the leadership of the MPN both within and outside the state and they agreed to settle out of court. If the MPN did not withdraw the petition it could make the courts to order fresh elections in the zone. Contacted, the state chairman of MPN, Biyi Poroye, said the party was no longer interested in the case the directive to withdraw the case came from the National Headquarters of the party. According to him, the decision to discontinue the case was borne out of the spirit of reconciliation. However, the Boroffice faction said they are not impressed and that Akeredolu would have to pay for all his sins against leaders of the party who he shut out of his government over the years. Akeredolu declines comment on second term bid Contacted, an aide to Akeredolu declined comment on the governor’s second term ambition. His Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, recently told Vanguard that his principal should not be distracted with the second term campaign. Ajiboye said it was too early as the government just marked it’s second year in office. Tactical endorsement However, last weekend, some party leaders gathered at the government house to tactically endorse Akeredolu for second term as they passed a vote of confidence on him. Those at the parley, included Senator Titus Olupitan; former Finance Commissioner, Segun Ojo; former Commissioner for Information, Prince Olu Adegboro; South-West chairman of the APC, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana; a member of the APC Board of Trustees (BOT) Chief Jamiu Ekungba; Senator Tayo Alasoadura; a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Kolawole Babatunde; and Pat Kelly. Also present at the meeting were Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun; SSG, Ifedayo Abegunde; members of the state House of Assembly, state executive council, land ocal government caretaker chairmen among others. They unanimously gave Akeredolu a pass mark particularly on infrastructural developmental, water and sanitation, industrialization, workers welfare and other areas of critical intervention. The APC South West chairman, Pastor Oluwajana explained that Akeredolu has made the next journey of the party easy and described him “as a sellable candidate who has touched the lives of the people of the state. The APC state chairman, Ade Adetimehin at the meeting urged members of the party to be united and speak with one voice ahead of future elections in the state. Akeredolu turning Ondo around with agriculture – Campaign Concourse Indeed, a pressure group, Campaign Concourse, said Akeredolu is turning the fortunes of the state around through agriculture and human capital development. A leader of the group, Mr Amudipe Opeyemi Marcus, said agriculture has been a strong focus point of the Akeredolu-led administration given his multiple agricultural investment and intervention programmes. Recently, Akeredolu said Ondo State Government is in partnership with the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. NNPC, to set-up a cassava-ethanol plant at Okeluse, in Ose Local Council of the state. According to the governor, the cassava-ethanol plant will produce bio-fuel for NNPC and ethanol both for local use and export, adding that the cassavaethanol project will be the largest cassava- based ethanol plant in Nigeria and Africa. He said the project will provide over one million jobs for Ondo indigenes and other citizens within and outside the state. Handled by Obax Worldwide Ltd, Complant in partnership with the NNPC, the project would create 12,000 direct jobs while over 200,000 farmers would be fully engaged. Governor Akeredolu said this project was visible due to the current interest by investors in Ondo State from the maiden edition of the Ondo State Investment Forum which took place in 2018 in Akure on the auspices of the Presidential Economic Diversification Initiative, PEDI. The governor who said the NNPC team was already in touch with the communities and assured the people of the state that the industry would be the long-awaited answer to the agitation for industrialization in Ondo state for years. Marcus said Akeredolu’s vision and interest in agriculture for both human capital development and the development of the state can be seen in various programmes such as Youth on the ridges empowerment in agro business, and Schools on the ridges for secondary schools students among others.

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