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“APC chairman says party not opposed to true federalism” – Odigie-Oyegun

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John Odigie Oyegun

National Chairman of All
Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said the party
was not opposed to true federalism as perceived in some quarters across
the country.
He stated this on Thursday
in Abuja while inaugurating a 24-member committee on True Federalism to
articulate the party´s position on restructuring of the country as
agitations in that regard increased.
According
to Odigie-Oyegun, it is only the APC that can claim ownership to the
principle and the need for true federalism in the country.

“When
we sat down to discuss the union of the APC, it was one of the
principal issues that were almost like a no-go-item that we negotiated
and agreed.
“And as such, the
Constitution and the manifestos of the party are very elaborate in their
references to true federalism and devolution of power.
“It
is therefore totally inconceivable for uninformed members of the public
to jump on this bandwagon of reconstituting the federation,”
he said.
He
added that such members of the public gave the impression that the APC
was “in any way against the principle of taking a fresh look at the
basis of our federalism.”
Odigie-Oyegun
insisted that true federalism was already a mantra to the APC, and must
be looked into without jeopardising the fundamental unity of the
country.
He tasked members of the
committee to have a critical look at issues of devolution of power,
fiscal federalism, resource control and others thrown up following
recent clamour for restructuring of the country.
He,
however, stressed that APC’s Constitution and manifesto vigorously
canvassed the issues, adding that they were elaborately provided for.
The
chairman said that the party´s position on the issues had been
eloquently stated in the terms of references of the committee.
“It
is your duty, especially having regard to the emotive nature of the
national discourse on restructuring, to distill from our party
constitution and manifesto the various ideas canvassed in different
constitutional conferences.
“I
expect you to look at whatever document available on this subject and to
look at whatever views and recommendations available on it.
“I
also expect, at all times, that your anchor will be the constitution
and manifesto of the party, because it is on that manifesto that we went
to the public of this nation.
“I
ask you to generate a report which will truly reflect the desire of our
people and a true reflection of what our party stands for,”
he said.
He added that it was critical to ensure that the party met the desires of Nigerians on their idea of true federalism.
In his response, Kaduna State Governor and Chairman of the committee, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, said that APC believed in balanced federation and fiscal federalism and was doing well in that regard.
“We
can give example as state governors of the level of participation of
states in certain economic policy directions for the country.
“This
government has also taken steps to devolve power and responsibility to
states, without any constitutional amendment to states.
“We have seen more cases of federal assets and roads being taken over by states willingly,” el-Rufai said.
He
disclosed that the committee had met three times and had identified 12
key issues to be discussed by Nigerians to ensure a clearer direction on
issues of restructuring.
He said that
the committee would visit 12 states in the country to meet with the
people at the grassroots to collate their views on the issues with a
view to proffering solution.
El-Rufai said some of the issues to be looked into were state creation, regionalism, land tenure system and revenue allocation.
He added that the committee would also utilise social media platforms to interact with the people across the country.
The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 24-member committee,
which has nine states’ governors, women, youths and some leaders of the
APC, was constituted on July 9.

Members of the committee are Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.
Others are former governor of Edo, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor; APC National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso; APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi and Hajiya Fatima Balla.
Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi is the committee’s Secretary.
The committee is expected to complete its assignment within three months.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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