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Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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Lawyers write Secondus, say South-West PDP congress can’t hold

A law firm, Adeyemi and Partners, has asked the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, to ensure that the party’s South West Zonal Congress slated for Saturday did not hold as scheduled.

This development came at a time the party leadership summoned the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; and a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, for a reconciliation meeting.

The law firm, in a letter dated April 6, 2021, a copy of which our correspondents obtained on Wednesday, attributed its position to a subsisting court order. The letter was signed by Rasheed Kolawole-Taiwo, Victory Uneh and Emmanuel Inyang on behalf of the law firm.

2023: Afenifere denies endorsing Tinubu

The South-West based socio-political group, Afenifere, has denied supporting the presidential bid of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, or any aspirant for the 2023 presidential election.

This is coming on the heels of a viral statement by the leader of South West Agenda, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, purporting that his group secured the support of Afenifere for its candidate during a visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, erstwhile Afenifere leader, on Tuesday.

However, Afenifere denied endorsing any candidate in a statement by its Director of Communications, Sola Lawal, titled, ‘Afenifere denies endorsing presidential aspirant’, on Wednesday. Lawal stated that the group is still mourning the demise of its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in whose honour the group suspended all engagements.

Atiku’s citizenship suit part of presidential poll case – AGF

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the suit challenging the citizenship of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, started in 2019.

He further stated that he did not institute the case as it was filed by a civil society organisation, the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa.

The AGF said this in a statement titled, ‘I didn’t file suit against Atiku’s Citizenship – Malami,’ which was signed by his spokesman, Dr Umar Gwandu.

Petrol right pricing, VAT hike to increase govt revenue – Dangote

President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Wednesday said government could not function without tax payment, increase Value Added Taxes and charging the right prices on petrol products. Dangote spoke during a dialogue session in Abuja with stakeholders.

It was organised by the National Peace Committee, co-chaired by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), and Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah.

Dangote said, “How do they expect a government to function without paying taxes. But you have to pay tax; they want to increase VAT, people shout. They want to charge right pricing on petrol products and some people say no.

House bill to permit wearing of hijab in military

A bill pending before the House of Representatives is seeking to compel the Armed Forces and para-military organisations to permit female officers to wear Islamic veil, commonly known as hijab.

The bill, known as the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2020, which has passed second reading at the House, was sponsored by the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi.

Article 13 of the bill titled, ‘Discrimination in employment in security and other sectors,’ prohibits the military from discriminating against anyone wearing a hijab.

Afenifere, Ohanaeze tackle ACF, forum says attacks on northerners provocative

Prominent northerners on Wednesday met in Kaduna over the state of the nation, saying some of the attacks of northerners in the South were meant to provoke the region.

The pan-Northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, made the assertion at a northern summit organised by the Professor Ango Abdullahi-led Northern Elders’ Forum which was held at the Arewa House, Kaduna.

But southern groups including Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere, criticised the ACF’s position.

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