Thursday, March 4

Tag: Zoning

Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje
Politics

Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said that the presidency in 2023 should be zoned to the South. Speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today which aired on Friday February 12, Ganduje said that though zoning is not enshrined in the constitution, it is however a strategy for winning elections. He said; “The Southern part of the country but there should be a consensus of the members. “Zoning system even though it is not in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is a strategy for winning elections.” When asked if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has done well for Nigerians since coming into power in 2015, the Kano state Governor said the ruling party under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership improved on Nigeria’s ...
2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola
Politics

2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the zoning arrangement for political offices should be respected ahead of the 2023 elections. Amaechi, who spoke during a Channels TV programme on Sunday, said the arrangement, which is usually between the north and south, should remain the same. In Nigeria, political offices — especially the presidency — are rotated on the basis of geographical zones, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo up till the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari who is from Katsina state. Some Nigerians have started clamouring that the presidency should return to the south with the 2023 election. Asked by the anchor if the All Progressives Congress (APC) will consider giving the south-east a chance for the presidency in 2023, Amaechi responded: “It...
El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning Of Leadership Positions, Says ‘It’s Absurd’
Politics

El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning Of Leadership Positions, Says ‘It’s Absurd’

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has again kicked against zoning of political leaders, saying no country progresses with such an arrangement. Speaking at the Nigerian Economic Summit (#NES26) in Abuja, the governor said every qualified person should be given equal opportunity to contest for political positions. In Nigeria, political offices — especially the presidency — are rotated on the basis of geographical zones, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo up till the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari who is from Katsina state. With the 2023 election roughly two years away, some Nigerians have started clamouring that the presidency should return to the south. But speaking at a plenary session at the summit on Tuesday, el-Rufai said Nigeria has failed to make s...
APC’s Zoning Agreement Should Be Respected In 2023 – Fashola
Politics

APC’s Zoning Agreement Should Be Respected In 2023 – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, yesterday said the zoning agreement at the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 elections should be respected in 2023. Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State made the statement yesterday at a time reports that some of the chieftains of the APC were allegedly plotting to thwart the arrangement for power shift between North and South, intending to retain the presidency in the North on the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term. The latest crisis rocking the ruling party, according to party sources was as a result of the quest by respective blocs to grab the soul of the party ahead of 2023 politicking. The minister in an interactive session with newsmen at his ministry in...
2023 Presidency: No Zoning In APC — Orji Uzor Kalu
Politics

2023 Presidency: No Zoning In APC — Orji Uzor Kalu

The Chief Whip of the National Assembly, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has said there is no zoning of presidential ticket in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2023 presidential race, adding that “the position is an open basket for anyone that intends to vie for it.” Kalu stated this after his private visits to former President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and Former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar at their Uphill residence in Minna. He noted that zoning is a party issue, stressing that there is no zoning in the All Progressives Congress (APC) which makes the presidency an open basket for anyone to fight for in 2023. “Zoning is a party issue, every party has the right to say where they want a position to come from but in APC, there is no issue of zoning. ...
Zoning: El-Rufai Backs South, Says No Northerner Should Contest In 2023
Politics

Zoning: El-Rufai Backs South, Says No Northerner Should Contest In 2023

Amid controversy over the propriety of rotational presidency between North and South, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said no northerner should contest for the presidency in 2023. El-Rufai expressed his personal opinion on what has become a divisive subject, dismissing insinuations that he was interested in the race.The governor, who made the statement in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, had also made a similar remark last year. His latest statement came on the heels of Alhaji Mamman Daura’s assertion that merit should determine who becomes President instead of zoning. Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew aired his views also in an interview with BBC Hausa Service. El-Rufai said: “In Nigerian politics, there is a system of rotation, in which everyone ag...
PDP takes position on zoning arrangement for Ondo election
News

PDP takes position on zoning arrangement for Ondo election

With about four months to the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that the party will not adopt zoning arrangement. The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, disclosed this when one of the party’s top aspirant in the state, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), visited the national secretariat to obtain his expression of interest form. According to Secondus who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Hon. Yemi Akinwonmi, it is the responsibility of the party to talk about zoning. Secondus emphasized that the focus of the National Secretariat of the party is to conduct an integrity based primary and as well ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants. While assuring the aspirants of a transp...
PDP Denies Zoning 2023 Presidential Ticket
Politics

PDP Denies Zoning 2023 Presidential Ticket

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied reports in a section of the media suggesting that it plots to retain the zoning of its presidential slot in the North East and South East. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, described the reports as mere speculation. Mr Ologbondiyan said those behind the reports were political terrorists whose plan was to mislead the public and cause disaffection within the ranks of the PDP with the hope of using such fabrications to further their own selfish political ambitions. He urged all PDP members and supporters to ignore those seeking to cause disaffection in the party’s ranks. “The PDP states categorically that our governors are not divided along any lines of ambitio...
Oshiomhole meets Reps-elect as APC moves to control National Assembly leadership
News

Oshiomhole meets Reps-elect as APC moves to control National Assembly leadership

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Monday cautioned newly-elected members of the House of Representatives under the platform of the party against division as regards the constitution of the House leadership. Oshiomhole also said extensive consultations will be made with President Muhammadu Buhari and other party leaders to ensure cohesion and support for the party’s candidates in the election of leadership of the 9th National Assembly. The party’s National chairman made this declaration during a scheduled meeting between the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, and APC’s newly-elected lawmakers in the lower chamber held at Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja. In his words, “Please, don’t allow anybody to divide you. “We shall carry...
APC Senators-elect Oppose Zoning NASS Positions To Individuals
Politics

APC Senators-elect Oppose Zoning NASS Positions To Individuals

Senators-elect on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have warned against micro-zoning the leadership of the Senate to individuals, saying it would backfire on the party. LEADERSHIP Friday reports that intense lobbying has begun for the leadership of the National Assembly. In the Senate, Ahmed Lawan (Yobe), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Ali Ndume (Borno) and Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa) are considered the favourites for the Senate presidency. However, a ranking senator-elect, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, has warned that if the party zoned the leadership positions to individuals, it would generate crisis for the party. According to him, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was working to decide who becomes the Senate president, just like in 2015. ...
South African stripper slammed for questioning dress of lady reportedly raped by Pastor Omotoso
News

South African stripper slammed for questioning dress of lady reportedly raped by Pastor Omotoso

A South African stripper who allegedly shamed Cheryl Zondi, one of the victims of sexual abuse in the hands of Pastor Omotoso, has been slammed by social media users. The South African stripper, Lindi who shared a photo of Cheryl in a scanty outfit, expressed her surprise over the cloth worn by someone who was reportedly raped by Pastor Omotoso. However her post attracted comments from other social media users, who slammed her and further described her as a disgrace to womanhood. Here is the exchange below; This is coming after we reported that a church-owned by Pastor Omotoso, the Nigerian Pastor accused of rape and sex trafficking was shut down by protesters in South Africa Angry protesters stormed the Port Elizabeth branch of Jesus Dominion International ...
How ANN Will Checkmate PDP, APC — Olawepo-Hashim, Presidential Aspirant
Politics

How ANN Will Checkmate PDP, APC — Olawepo-Hashim, Presidential Aspirant

Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim is aspiring to be president of Nigeria on the platform of the newly registered Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), a party, styled as the party of technoticians mainly on account of the professionals and non-career politicians in its fold. On the periphery of the party’s national convention penultimate Saturday, Mr. Olawepo-Hashim, in an interview, ventilated his thoughts on his aspiration and the state of the nation. •Olawepo-Hashim Excerpts: Despite your prominent role in the evolution of the PDP, why did you leave the party? I left PDP in November 2006 about 12 years ago. I had issues at that time with the PDP and I think the party now is worse than then. The issues we had were issues of internal democracy and the standards were even pretty high in terms...
Ekiti 2018: No Room For Zoning In APC – Bimbo Daramola Tells Oyegun
News

Ekiti 2018: No Room For Zoning In APC – Bimbo Daramola Tells Oyegun

th descent, like Bamidele Faparusi, Senator Gbenga Aluko , former Speaker Femi Bamisile, Hon Funminiyi Afuye and others, had consistently been canvassing for zoning of the ticket to their district, which has never produced the governor since 1999, to entrench equity, fairplay and justice in the state. But speaking in Ado Ekiti on Thursday on the contentious zoning issue, Daramola , who is from Oye Ekiti in Ekiti North senatorial district , said APC had no reason to embrace zoning being a party that has enormous respect for the constitution of the land. The former federal lawmaker added that what the populace needed was good governance not minding where the personality that is able to give the people a new lease of life hails from. “The issue of zoning is arrant nonsense. In a civili...