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There Was A Gentleman’s Agreement For ACN Bloc To Succeed Buhari In 2023 —– SWAGA

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The South West Agenda (SWAGA) group has said there was a gentleman’s agreement between the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that the Southern arm of the latter would produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor during the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014.

SWAGA Vice Chairman, Senator Adesoji Akanbi, stated this while speaking with The Nation yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Akanbi, who represented Oyo South Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019, said leaders of both blocs, which were the major collaborators in the APC’s formation, had the gentleman’s agreement.

He claimed that the pact was not documented in black and white.

According to him, while Buhari was the CPC leader at the time, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was the ACN leader.

Akanbi said the agreement still subsists and that members of both blocs are aware of its validity.

The former lawmaker, who facilitated the inclusion of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in the budgets while he was at the Senate, explained that the reasoning behind the agreement was that such rotation, which would allow the Southwest to produce the next President, would keep Nigeria united.

“There was a gentleman’s agreement, though not written, between the then CPC and ACN on the rotational presidency. The thinking was that it would help keep Nigeria as one indivisible entity. We believe that the ACN had sacrificed a lot for the formation of the APC, therefore, Southern Nigeria should produce the next President.”

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FG Orders Arrest, Prosecution of Nigerians Using Twitter Via VPN

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday, directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to begin immediate prosecution of those who violate the Federal Government’s order suspending Twitter operations in Nigeria.

Malami’s spokesman, Umar Gwandu, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Twitter ban: Malami orders prosecution of offenders.’

The Federal Government had on Friday ordered all internet service providers to suspend Twitter. However, many Nigerians have been using Virtual Private Networks to circumvent the ban.

“Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation at the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the Federal Government De-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria.

“Malami directed the DPPF to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, Nigerian Communications Commission and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”

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No Primaries In Apapa, As Hon Adele Calls For Calm

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Following series of violence put up by cultists and thugs across Apapa Local Government Area during All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos Chapter council primaries, the youths, party leaders, and other members have unanimously said that there was no evidence the chairmanship and councilorship primaries were held in any of the wards.

They said that the harassment and other shenanigans experienced during the exercise which disenfranchised genuine members of the party from performing their rights further indicated that there were no primaries held across the councils.

According to them, there are Visual pieces of evidence to show that the 5 wards in Apapa didnt have any Election because former state Chairman Tunde Balogun had tried to use the 2014 party register to deny members from voting but this was rejected.

Aside from violence that enveloped the entire process forcing many to flee from the venues after cultists and thugs, who were touring the entire wards to scare away Genuine party members, they stressed that the modalities set by the party leadership earlier before the exercise were not followed and that many adjustments were made that did not conform with the exercise before the thugs disrupted it.

The primaries, designed constitutionally to select flagbearers for the next council election on Saturday were disrupted, in a related development Apapa council chairman Hon Elijah Adele has asked party members to remain calm as the Party has been notified of the abnormalities in the primaries

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Restructure Your State Before Calling For Restructuring At Federal Level —- Lawan Knocks Southern Governors

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Ahmad Lawan, Senate President, has cautioned Governors calling for the restructuring of the country.

Lawan, who spoke to State House correspondents on Thursday, said although he was not against those calling for restructuring, elected officials must not be among those advocating such.

According to him, state governors must ensure that they restructured their respective states first before calling for restructuring at the federal level.

He said: “The call for secession or the call for restructuring, many are genuine calls even though I never believe that someone who is calling for secession means well or is a misguided person.

“But I believe that when somebody calls for improving the structure that we have is a genuine call.

“But I want to advice here, I believe that as leaders those of us who were elected must not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing because even if you are a governor you are supposed to be working hard in your state to ensure that this restructuring you are calling for at the federal level you have done it in your state as well.

“This is because what you may accuse the federal government of whatever it is, you may also be accused of the same thing in your state.”

“So, we are supposed to ensure that we have a complete and total way of ensuring that our systems at the federal, state, and even local government work for the people and that we allow people to participate in governance so that whoever feels that he has something to offer to make Nigeria better does so freely without any hindrance.’’ NAN quoted him as saying.

Lawan also said Nigerians must come together regardless of their religious, ethnic, or political persuasions to find lasting solutions to the nation’s challenges.

He called on all elected leaders across the three tiers of government to always avoid primordial sentiments capable of creating division and social discontent among Nigerians.

“We should avoid partisanship, we should avoid regionalism. We are all leaders and we are in this together. The solution must come from us regardless of what level of government we are – whether at the federal, state, or even at the local government level,’’ he added.

Lawan, who also frowned at the way the local government system was relegated to the background in the country, noted that for the nation to address its security challenges the local government system must be functional and efficient.

“I want to take this opportunity also to say that we have diminished the local government system. I think we can attribute some of the security issues to the lack of a functional local government system.

“For me, I think the time has come for us to take up the challenge to ensure that the local government system functions. This is in keeping with looking for ways, for means, for solutions to the security challenges that we face. We must never neglect the local government system.

“I believe that this is one system that had worked even though in a different name. When it was Native Authority it was very effective, very efficient.

“So, we must go back to our local government to ensure that the local government continues to be autonomous, continues to be functional in order to complement whatever the States and the Federal Government would be doing.

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