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Today's Headlines: Why IBB Cancelled Abiola’s 1993 Victory -OBJ, South-East Govs Forms Security Outfit

Why IBB Cancelled 1993 Victory:

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former President, on Sunday said ‘bad belle’ prevented late Moshood Abiola from becoming the third president to have come from Ogun State.

'Bad belle’, Nigerian slang, is synonymous with jealousy. It is used to express the resentment of a person(s) towards a thing or individual(s).

Recall that the June 12, 1993 presidential election, presumably won by the late philanthropist, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola and adjudged to be most peaceful, credible and fair, was annulled by the military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

While speaking at after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a sociocultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State, said IBB’s action denied Egbaland and Ogun the privilege of producing three occupants of the nation’s top seat, including Ernest Shonekan, ex-Head of Interim National Government (ING).

In his words, he said:

“Kabiyesi, the Alake (of Egbaland) alluded to it. Normally, when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case, we should have kept it permanently.

The Owu-born elder statesman was honoured alongside Abiola. The late philanthropist was awarded a posthumous vice-patron of the club.

Source: TheNation

SouthEast Govs Establish Security Outfit:

In order to tackle the recent surge in insecurity crisis in the southeast region, the Governors of the five South-East states, despite political differences on Sunday, resolved to form a joint security outfit for the region codenamed ‘Ebube Agu.’

It will be recalled that recently, many of the Southeastern states have been at the center of attacks from unknown gunmen who have been wrecking havoc on many government properties including Police stations, correctional service, and killing of security operatives in the process.

To this end, in order to stem the activities of the attackers, governors and heads of security agencies at a South-East security summit held in Owerri, Imo State, on Sunday, resolved to establish the regional security outfit, 'Ebubeagu', with Enugu State proposed to serve as headquarters of the outfit which will also coordinate the vigilante of the South-East region.

At the meeting were governors Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Willie Obiano (Anambra) and Imo State Hope Uzodimma, who was the host.

Source: TheCable

Makinde, Fayose factions battle for slots at PDP congress:

Southwest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates were on the edge yesterday over the modalities for the zonal congress holding today in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

However, there are fears that two factional chairmen may be produced by the two camps struggling for the soul of the party, if they'll not take defeat in good fate.

The camp led by former Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose is rooting for the former occupant of the position, Dr Eddy Olafeso, while the camp led by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde is backing former Deputy Governor Taofik Arapaja for the national vice chairman (Southwest).

The crisis deepened following the allegation of exclusion of some aspirants and delegates by the Screening Committee chaired by Senator Dino Melaye, amid allegations of plans to rig the intra-party poll in favour of candidates backed by Makinde.

Additionally, some party elders was said to have also expressed concern over the possibility of violence and inconclusive exercise appealed for calm, urging the gladiators in the two antagonist camps to sheath their swords, saying a sharing formula that will ensure equitable distribution of the positions between the two camps may eventually be adopted.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Governor Makinde exuded confidence, saying Arapaja will become the next zonal chairman.

Besides, while explaining why some aspirants were ‘screened out’ during the pre-congress process held at Aenon Suite, GRA, Osogbo, Melaye said they were not qualified.

Melaye, who refused to disclose the identity and the number of disqualified aspirants, said conciliatory meetings were being held to foster unity and peace in the party, but assured the election will be free and fair, saying the tension and propaganda on social media should be ignored.

Source: TheNation

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