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Reps Speaker: Igbo Group In APC Criticizes Zoning To South-West

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A pro-Igbo group within the All Progressives Congress (APC), South-East renaissance has called on the leadership of the party not to zone the position of speaker of the House of Representatives to the southwest geopolitical zone.

Hon Chris Onyemechara said in Abuja on Thursday that, having taken the position of the vice president, it would amount to avarice for the South-West zone to still show interest in the leadership of the green chamber.

Onyemechara claimed the sensible thing the APC and the presidency should do was to zone the position of speaker to the south-east.

He said since the party has zoned the senate president position to the North-East, it should zone the speakership of the House of Representatives to the South-East in the interest of equity, fairness and sense of justice.

He said what the party is trying to do now would distort the pattern of fair sharing as intended by the federal character clause in the constitution.

Onyemechara also claimed that years after the civil war, the south east and the Igbo, Itsekiri, Ibibio, Tiv, Idoma, Jukun and many others are still faced with rejection, denials, deprivations and exclusions from the political and socio-economic ramifications.  The group claims opposition Peoples Democratic Party was fair to the south east.

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Osinbajo Calls For Locally-Made COVID-19 Vaccine

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Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has spoken on the need for locally-developed COVID-19 vaccines, developed and manufactured by indigenous pharmaceutical companies.

In a statement on Thursday, the vice-present said the country should begin a dialogue on how this could be achieved to boost capacity for the manufacture of vaccines that would be suitable for peculiar Nigerian situation in particular and Africa in general.

Nigeria currently plans to spend two trillion naira to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for an estimated one hundred sixty million of the country’s 200 million population.  One hundred thousand vaccines are expected to be delivered to the country by the end of this month.

Professor Osinbajo said in the statement, although COVID-19 poses one of humanity’s greatest health challenges, it could also present the country with an opportunity to “ramp up public health infrastructure in Nigeria including the training of required experts.” He said the government should be providing more funding for this cause.

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Ebonyi PDP Petitions Police, DSS, Alleges Threat To Chieftain’s

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Ebonyi state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has petitioned the new commissioner of police, department of state security, DSS, and other security agencies in the state, to investigate the threats and attack on its chairman, Elder Fred Udeogu by alleged  thugs they say are loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The petition forwarded to the state police command, dss office, and other security agencies in the state, asked for an immediate arrest and prosecution of the alleged thugs.

PDP is claiming that APC state chairman, Stanley Okoro, stormed Udeogu’s residence with the alleged thugs.  The party also accused governor David Umahi of directing the whole incident.

Caretaker chairman of Ebonyi APC chapter, Stanley Okoro Emegha, describes as falsehood PDP claims that the governor took away a vehicle that was given to Fred Udeogu when he took office as PDP caretaker chairman in the state.

Udeogu claims the governor has a sinister plot against him and that his life is threatened.

Okoro says there is nothing like that and that no thugs are being harbored.

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2023 Presidency: APC Reveals How, When Its Zoning Formula Will Be Decided

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, said on Thursday it would decide on its zoning formula for 2023 elections after part main players meet.

The party’s former national secretary, Yekini Nabena told an online newspaper critical stakeholders in every zone would have to first meet before a final decision could be made.  He said some people have been heating up the polity because of what they stand to gain.  He says Nigerians should be patient.

Borno state former governor, senator Kashim Shettima, had said last month that president Muhammadu Buhari, APC national leader bola Tinubu, and other party leaders will resolve the zoning issue.

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