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2023 Presidency: Amaechi cannot speak for Southeast – Peter Obi

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The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in February election, Peter Obi, has slammed Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over his comment writing off the Igbos from demanding that the 2023 presidency be zoned to the Southeast.

Obi, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday at the lecture/book presentation in honour of Rivers State Governor  Nyesom Wike, said Ameachi cannot speak for the Southeast.

Amaechi, in an interview with The Sun, has said the people of Southeast must not demand the presidency slot in 2023 over their refusal to support the All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari in the last election.

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He said:

“I don’t know what they will do now for voting against the APC.

“For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come to the table to demand the presidency slot.”

In his reaction, the former Anambra State Governor wondered why Amaechi, who is not from the Southeast, was writing off the region from the next presidential election.

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Obi said:

“Amaechi is not from the Southeast, so he cannot speak for us.

“He is not in any position to make such statements because even he that is in APC; he did not contribute anything to the success of that election.

“He did not even achieve anything in his own state. Those of us from the Southeast who are from the PDP contributed to the success of our party.”

He added:

“For example, PDP in my state got 95 percent. They (APC) didn’t even get 25 per cent in Rivers State.  So he is not competent to speak on the Presidency in 2023.”

On the insecurity in the country,  Obi said the only way to achieve peace is for the Buhari Administration to unite the people and tackle insecurity headlong.

Everybody has to be involved. The President has to work with the governors and the governors should work with the local government councils. We are Nigerians.  We have no other country, so everyone must be involved.”

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IYC shifts national elections to July 17

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The Electoral Committee of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) 2020, has postponed the much-awaited IYC’s national elections from July 10 and 11, 2020 to July 17 and 18, 2020.

Spokesperson for IYC Electoral Committee, Alhaji Abubakar Amaigo-Brown, made the development known to journalists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Wednesday.

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He said the change in date was after an extensive deliberation was necesitated by some challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also said the electoral body also acceded to complaints from several aspirants and stakeholders that the date be shifted to enable them to carry out their campaigns.

Amaigo-Brown said the committe held wide consultations with elders and other stakeholders of Ijaw nation to ensure that all the aspirants were given a level-playing field.

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He said that the committee had concluded plans to ensure the conduct of a credible election at Oporoza in Delta State to produce a leadership that would reflect the votes of the delegates.

 

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Covid-19: Okowa orders exco members, aides to face test

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Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed members of the state executive council and his appointees to embark on compulsory COVID-19 test as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus, it was learnt yesterday.

The directive, which was contained in an internal memo, also affected civil servants working within the Government House and the office of the deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro.

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It was learnt that several aides, including close security details to the governor, recently tested positive to the ravaging virus.

According to the Nation, the memo, which was at the instance of the governor,  is to ensure that the Government House is free of the virus.

A source, which confirmed the development, said the various units, including media aides, have been directed to go for the test immediately.

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Many of the commissioners and political appointees are, however, uncomfortable with the development.

Okowa, his wife Edith, daughter, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Chiedu Ebie and the commissioner for information, Mr. Charles Anaigwu, have tested positive to the virus.

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WTO boss: Okonjo-Iweala, five others battle as nomination process ends on Wednesday

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No fewer than six candidates are competing to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) — an institution which faced mammoth challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.

The window to enter the race slams shut on Wednesday, in a speed-up contest to replace the outgoing WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo — the Brazilian career diplomat who is stepping down one year early at the end of August.

The six candidates in the running are from Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria and South Korea.

The six candidates are South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee; Kenya’s former foreign minister Amina Mohamed; Mexico’s former WTO deputy director-general Jesus Seade Kuri; former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Egyptian former diplomat Hamid Mamdouh; and former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi.

The new chief must revive stalled trade talks, lay the ground for the 2021 ministerial conference — one of the WTO’s major events — and thaw relations with Washington.

The United States, which has threatened to leave the WTO, has blocked the organisation’s dispute settlement appeal system since December and wants China moved up from the developing economies category.

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In a surprise move in mid-May, Azevedo, 62, announced that he would end his second four-year term early for personal reasons, forcing the Geneva-based WTO’s 164 member states to come up with a successor in just three months instead of the usual nine.

Rather than an election, the procedure for selecting the next WTO boss relies on finding consensus, with candidates gradually being eliminated in turn.

A vote is possible as a measure of last resort, but that scenario has never occurred.

In 1999, when countries could not decide between two runners, both candidates each served a three-year term.

The next incumbent faces a tough task, with the WTO caught in the middle of rising tensions between the United States and China.

If a consensus cannot be reached in time, one of the four deputy directors-general will take the reins in September on a caretaker basis.

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Of the directors-general, since the WTO was created in 1995, three were from Europe, while one each came from Oceania, Asia and South America.

There has never been a WTO leader from Africa and the continent fancies its chances this time, even though there is no regional rotation principle at the global trade body.

However, African nations have so far failed to convene around a single candidate.

Expecting the contest to come in 2021, the African Union had given early official backing to three figures, among them Mamdouh, a veteran former senior WTO official.

Mamdouh, 67, who is also a Swiss national, was the only one to declare his candidacy.

Nigeria’s decision to stand Okonjo-Iweala against him has triggered a legal dispute with the African Union.

Nonetheless, “Nigeria’s candidate is gaining ground within Africa,” said a diplomatic source.

Okonjo-Iweala, 66, who chairs the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said she was receiving “tremendous support”.

“I’m sure the African Union will make a decision to choose and support the candidate that merits it,” she told reporters in Geneva at a virtual press conference in late June.

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The former World Bank number two insisted that the WTO — which has never had a female leader — must choose is next chief based on ability.

“I hope that the WTO director-general will be elected first and foremost on merit. And then, if it happens to be a woman or an African, that is also good,” she said.

Kenya’s sports minister Mohamed, 58, has also previously served as chair of the WTO general council and first ran for the post in 2013. She threw her hat in the ring just before nominations closed, meaning there are three women and three Africans in the contest.

Yoo, 53, is the other female candidate.

The youngest contender is 37-year-old Ulianovschi, while Seade, at 73, is the oldest. He has led posts at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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