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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 06 February, 2021 Edition)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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PDP Presidential Ticket Will Be Zoned To North – BoT Member

For 18 years, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri has been a Board of Trustees (BoT) member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with Daily Trust Saturday, Waziri, Minister of Police Affairs under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, said the presidential ticket of the party will be zoned to the North, because there is an understanding to that effect.

Manoeuvrings have commenced for 2023 politicking. While some top shots of the PDP are pushing for the presidential ticket to be retained in the North, others are against it. Which zone do you think should produce the presidential candidate of your party?

As far as the PDP is concerned, the presidency should return to the North because the successor to President Jonathan in 2011 should have been a northern candidate, not Jonathan. That is the understanding in the PDP and that is what I subscribe to. We cannot enforce a system on APC neither can the APC enforce a system on PDP. We should have certain salient points in the PDP, just like they will have in the APC. It is expected in the APC that his (Buhari) successor should be a candidate of Southern and Christian extraction. Even though, as far as I am concerned, President Obasanjo came on his merit; that the country needed somebody of his texture and experience. In 2011, the circumstances were said that the incumbent president should be allowed to continue. In 2015, the assumed qualities of President Buhari made him defeat President Jonathan. People should look for a qualitative leader and de-emphasize this issue of subterranean attributes like religion, region and others.

Stop Onslaught On Fulani Communities – Ogun Police Warn

Ogun Police Command yesterday said it has arrested three suspects for alleged arson on the residence of Seriki Fulani of Eggua, Adamu Oloru and the Kara market.

Hoodlums had on Monday, set ablaze a house and Kara Market belonging to Seriki Fulani, in continuation of the ‘anti-killer herdsmen’ battle led by Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise called Sunday Igboho, in the South West. One Alhaji Jiji was burnt to death, while scores of cows were also killed during the attack. The incident happened on Monday night when Igboho stormed the troubled area in Yewaland.

However, the spokesman of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, yesterday told newsmen in Abeokuta that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime.

Why I Banned Sheikh Abduljabbar From Preaching – Ganduje

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has revealed the real reasons why he banned Sheikh Abduljabbar Sheikh Nasir Kabara from preaching and ordering the closure of his mosque in Kano, debunking the cleric’s allegation that it was a political attack.

The governor said the state government will not allow one person to ignite crises and tamper with the peaceful coexistence in the state.

Speaking to BBC Hausa service Thursday evening, the governor said, “We are watching carefully all his activities. The security operatives are very careful of what he is doing and as you can see we have taken action. We have just started, provided what he is doing will tamper with the peaceful coexistence in Kano. So, the security are doing their job to ensure that peace is maintain in Kano and I hope people will understand this,” Ganduje said.

Buhari Can Keep AGF Despite Attaining 60 – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has not contravened any law by reappointing Mr Ahmed Idris as the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF).

Ngige said this yesterday while addressing State House reporters after a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Labour unions have been raising concern over the legality of the stay of Idris as AGF, having reached the statutory retirement age of 60 years in November 2020. President Buhari reappointed Idris as the AGF in June 2019 for a second four-year term in the office.

FG: It’s Illegal For SSANU, NASU To Go On Strike Again

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said any move by the unions in the University to go ahead with the planned strike will contravene ILO Statute on Social Dialogue and Principles at work.

Dr Ngige, who said this on Friday while addressing State House reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on many urgent labour issues, said such strike would be wrong while discussions were still ongoing.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) as well as the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), had given notice of strike expected to start midnight of February 5. The two unions threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the government failed to address about seven points demand they made. The minister, however, asked NASU and SSANU to give the government three months so that it will forward a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to cover arrears of the minimum wage that had not been paid to them

History Beckons As Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Edges Closer To WTO’s Top Job

Twice Nigeria’s finance minister and its first woman foreign minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been described as a trailblazer.

Now the 66-year-old is looking to make more history as she bids to become the first African and woman to head the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Aside from her time in public office, the development economist had a quarter-century at the World Bank close- rising to be managing director and running for the top role in 2012.

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