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Competence should determine Buhari’s successor, says Yuguda

By Adamu Abuh, Oludare Richards (Abuja) and Abdulganiyu Alabi (Kaduna)
08 October 2021   |   3:03 am
Former Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, says competence, rather than primordial interests, should be the basis for the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.

Isa Yuguda , Former Bauchi Governor

TI accuses politicians of stealing to meet declared assets
AfBA slams ECOWAS members over contempt of court

Former Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, says competence, rather than primordial interests, should be the basis for the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.

Speaking on power shift at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, he said: “Power belongs to God. So you allow the Almighty God to choose at that time. Your preference may not be God’s preference.

“But, as far as I am concerned, we need a competent person. There is no part of the country that doesn’t have competent people. Let us pray God to bring them out for us so that they can run the country for us.”

Yuguda, who confirmed his interest in the national chairmanship of APC, promised to reconcile dissenting voices in the party, and improve the condition of its workers.

MEANWHILE, Transparency International (TI) has alleged that some Nigerian politicians declare false assets and steal when they get to the office to meet up.

It called for the strengthening of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to enable it properly verify assets declared by political office holders before they are exposed to public resources.

This was as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said that the use of technology would go a long way in strengthening assets declaration.

ICPC and TI, through the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), made the call in Kaduna, yesterday, during the Stakeholders’ Forum on Strengthening Accountability Networks Among Civil Society (SANCUS) project.

The Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Rafsanjani, who spoke on behalf of TI, said: Often, politicians declare $10 million as assets (which they do not have), so that when they get to the office, they begin to steal to acquire such assets.”

According to Rafsanjani, the SANCUS project seeks to address the issue of corruption in the electoral system.

HOWEVER, the President of African Bar Association (AfBA), Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo, has condemned the non-compliance by some member states with the judgments of the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He promised that the continental body would lead the fight to ensure enforcement and respect for judgments.

After presenting certificates to members of the court’s delegation to the ongoing conference of AfBA in Niamey, Niger Republic, he said the association would partner with the ECOWAS Court in ensuring the realisation of the objective.

Responding, Vice President of the Court, Justice Gberi-be Ouattara, who led the delegation, commended the association for its offer to reinforce the efforts of the court in improving the level of enforcement of its decisions.

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