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Niger Delta group attacks Atiku for kicking against zoning presidential ticket - Naija News 247

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has come under fire for faulting the call on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its presidential ticket to a particular region of the country, and insisting that the Nigerian constitution does not recognise zoning.

Naija News 247 reports that Atiku, who is one of the prominent northern politicians interested in contesting the 2023 presidential election, had faulted the agitation for zoning.

Speaking at a meeting with members of a group, ‘Let’s Fix Nigeria’ who were on a solidarity visit at his residence in Abuja last Friday, Atiku said zoning was unconstitutional.

The former vice president argued: “There is no zoning in the constitution; there is none. I was a member of the constituent assembly that drafted the current constitution and there was nothing like that.”

He also reportedly stated that any Nigerian endowed with the right attributes could lead the country, as against the call for a younger president.

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Reacting to the rejection of zoning by Atiku, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) criticised Atiku.

PANDEF National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, on Monday, said that Atiku’s claim was not justified given the prevailing circumstances in the country, adding that “It is rather unfortunate that the former Vice President drew such a conclusion”.

According to him, he (Atiku) knows his statement is inconsistent with established and justifiable protocols and conventions, which have helped to sustain considerable understanding, peace, and stability in the polity.

“Truth is, the narrative that there is no zoning in the nation’s Constitution is a conscienceless mockery of our democratic evolution, and indeed, the country’s constitution.

“It bears underscoring that Nigeria’s Constitution, though flawed, has ample provisions that emphasize inclusiveness, fairness, and equity.

“Section 14(3) of the Constitution (as amended) provides that “the composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few States or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or any of its agencies.” The intent and purpose of this section are precise and explicit.

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“PANDEF, accordingly, further calls on all political parties to zone their presidential ticket to the South; any political party that does otherwise shall not have our support in 2023.

“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other northerners expressing interest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 ought to understand that their desire flies in the face of natural justice.

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“It would be, therefore, sufficient to implore former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the other northerners to shelve their ambitions now and support the emergence of credible individuals from the south as presidential candidates of their various political parties. Anything otherwise would be undignifying and injurious to national concord,” Robinson said.

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Kayode Ajulo, a constitutional lawyer has warned Nigerian politicians and political parties against disobeying the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 during campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mr Ajulo reminded candidates stated that the Electoral Act placed restrictions  been placed to prevent the usual electoral malpractices that start even from the period of the campaign.

“Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, provides for prohibition of certain conduct at political campaigns,” he noted.

Mr Ajulo explained that a political campaign or slogan should not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.

According to him, abusive, intemperate, slanderous or bias language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions should not be used in political campaigns.

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He said places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices should not be used for political campaigns.

“By the above provision prohibiting the use of public offices for election campaigns, it is safe to submit that palaces of our traditional rulers that are maintained with public funds are categorised as public offices,” he stated.

The lawyer said a credible election remained the basis for conferring legitimacy on any government in a democratic dispensation.

Section 92(3) of the act says, “Places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.”

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Festus Okoye, INEC commissioner had earlier warned politicians against campaigning in churches, mosques and other public places.

The campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comprises 325 members with Governor Udom Emmanuel as the director-general, while the campaign team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) consists of 442 members with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman.

Campaigns for the 2023 elections kicked off today, according to the INEC timetable.

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The major focus of the election is the presidential race involving Bola Tinubu (APC), Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Rabiu Kwankwaso (NNPP) and Peter Obi (Labour Party).

(NAN)

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INEC deleting double registrants from voter register – Mahmood

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that all 18 presidential candidates on the final list released by the electoral body have cases instituted against them in the courts.

The Commission also blamed the political parties for not observing internal democracy in the nomination of their candidates.

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The observations were made by INEC at the close of a two-day capacity-building workshop on its processes, innovation and preparations for the 2023 general elections and critical issues in the Electoral Act 2022 in Lagos.

It said that the development was not good for the electoral process.

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredolu

The Ondo House of Assembly has expressed joy over plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to confer a national honour, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

This is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Akure by Akogun Omole, chairman of the House Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development.

The statement said the speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, described the award as an honour well-deserved.

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Mr Oleyelogun added that the award was a clear testimony of the various laudable contributions of the governor to national development.

The speaker described Mr Akeredolu as a man with passion and love for his people, stating the governor brought smiles to the Ondo people.

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According to him, this is through his landmark achievements in the state, particularly in the area of security.

He appreciated the president for the prestigious award scheduled to hold on October 11 in Abuja.

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