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Niger APC Chairman Resigns

Zakari Jikantoro has resigned from his position as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state.

Jikantoro announced his resignation on Friday in Minna, the state capital, after briefing party executives on the resolutions taken at the national executive council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja on Thursday.

Jikantoro said his decision to resign as the chairman of the party was voluntary and in the best interest of the party.

He said his resignation has nothing to do with what transpired at the NEC meeting.

“I on my own humbly and voluntarily wish to resign my position as the chairman of APC in Niger,” he said.

“This is the reason why I invited the media to come and cover the meeting.

“I don’t have issues with my colleagues, here we are seated, you can see the special adviser on politics to the governor here seated.

“I have made wide consultations before taking this decision. It is by way of adding value to the party.

“So, there is no crisis like people will think, no fighting, it is just a voluntary resignation.”

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SDP hails supreme Court’s ruling on local government autonomy

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) welcomes the landmark ruling of the Supreme Court in favor of financial autonomy for local governments in Nigeria.

In a statement issued by the media assistant to the national chairman of the party, Olugbenga George , said the statesman was in high spirits upon the announcement of the appellate court’s decision.

Also, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, national chairman of SDP said the decision marks a significant milestone in our nation’s journey towards true federalism and grassroots development.

The SDP believes that this ruling will empower local governments to deliver essential services and bring development closer to the people.

“We commend the Supreme Court for upholding the constitution and the federal government for pursuing this important initiative. We also acknowledge the states’ governors for their efforts, despite our differences”.

“The SDP remains committed to decentralization, good governance, and the empowerment of local communities. We will continue to advocate for reforms that promote democracy, accountability, and the well-being of all Nigerians” .

” This ruling is a victory for the people, and we celebrate it as a step towards a more prosperous and inclusive Nigeria” .

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APC applauds S’Court ruling on financial autonomy for LGs

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has commended the decision of the Supreme Court affirming the right of local government councils to receive their monthly allocations directly from the federation account.

Justice Emmanuel Agim-led seven-man panel also upheld the position of the federal government that state governors lack authority under the law to arbitrarily dissolve democratically-elected local government councils and set up caretaker committees in their place as ubiquitously practised.

The apex court had in its ruling on Thursday said it was an act of gross misconduct paying local government allocation through states.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka in a statement issued Friday said the judgment constitutes the single most significant stride towards restructuring Nigeria since the country’s return to civilian democratic rule in 1999.

He added that it gives practical expression to the constitutional recognition of local government councils as the third tier of government.

Morka noted that the decision struck down the proxy system in which state governments received federal allocations on behalf of local government councils in the country.

The party also commended the ingenuity, vision and commitment of President Bola Tinubu towards deepening the country’s democracy and turning the local government councils into potential strongholds for development and more efficient service delivery to our populations at the grassroots.

Morka said: “This decision signifies a historic moment in the consolidation of democratic federalism in our country.

“It gives practical expression to constitutional recognition of local government councils as the third tier of government.

“We applaud the Supreme Court for justifying itself, and for its courage in rendering a definitive decision on this vexed national issue.

“The clarity that it brings will, no doubt, spur further reform for effectiveness, transparency and accountability of local government administration in the country.”

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Reps: Bill to create new state in south-east passes second reading

Reps summon Auditor-General of the Federation over fuel subsidy payments

A bill proposing the creation of a new state in the South-East geopolitical zone has successfully passed its second reading in the House of Representatives.

The proposed legislation, co-sponsored by lawmakers Amobi Ogah (Abia), Miriam Onuoha (Imo), Kama Nkemkama (Ebonyi), Chinwe Nnabuife (Anambra), and Anayo Onwuegbu (Enugu), advanced during Thursday’s plenary session.

The bill seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution to establish a new state, Etiti, from parts of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo. Lokpanta is proposed as the capital of Etiti, which will encompass 11 local government areas: Aninri, Awgu, Isuikwuato, Ivo, Oji-River, Ohaozara, Okigwe, Onuimo, Orumba North, Orumba South, and Umu-Nneochi.

In his legislative brief, Ogah emphasized that the bill aims to address a “longstanding” issue of regional parity and administrative efficiency within the South-East.

The establishment of Etiti state is not just a matter of administrative convenience but a step towards ensuring balanced regional development and effective governance,” Ogah stated.

“It responds to the aspirations of the people of a very important region to this country and aligns with the principles of equity and inclusivity enshrined in our democratic ideals.

“Suffice it to say that it is a long overdue step in the right direction to foster equitable representation, enhance governance efficiency, and promote socio-economic development within the region.”

The bill was approved by a voice vote led by House Speaker Tajudeen Abbas and was first read on July 2.

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