LOCAL GOVT AUTONOMY: HOUSE OF REPS BACKS FEDERAL GOVT

LOCAL GOVT AUTONOMY: HOUSE OF REPS BACKS FEDERAL GOVT The House of Representatives has expressed its support for the legal action taken by the Federal Government against the 36 states of the federation to enforce the autonomy of the local governments. This was as the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees also, on Tuesday, declared its readiness to “aggressively mobilise our LG branches to troop out en mass to loudly support the Federal Government,” in the push for LG autonomy. The Federal Government has approached the Supreme Court with a suit seeking to compel governors of the 36 states of the federation to grant full autonomy to the local governments in their domains. The suit, marked SC/CV/343/2024, was filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), on behalf of the Federal Government. The Federal Government is urging the apex court to issue “an order prohibiting state governors from unilateral, arbitrary and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected local government leaders for local governments.” Speaking with The PUNCH on the subject matter, the deputy spokesman for the House of Representatives, Philip Agbese, said the legislators were in support of the Federal Government’s push for LG autonomy. Agbese said, “Yes; we are in total support of reforms that would uplift the well-being of our citizenry.” According to a statement on Tuesday signed by Ambali Akeem, NULGE, at a meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, resolved to embark on a mega rally. Akeem said, “We are to design various card posters and also use our big banners that we already had. The route of the campaign rally commences from local government secretariats, the major markets to paramount rulers or important dignitaries. “The national secretariat will be sending our solidarity message for onward reproduction and delivery. Those that have local media houses should take the solidarity message to them in the local language. The national and state officers should join to offer leadership at their local. Those Houses of Assembly that pass autonomy bills should be visited. This solidarity message is non-political and we already discussed it with ALGON national leadership.” But the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Emomotiti Gumor, on Tuesday, criticised the Federal Government’s resort to a lawsuit. Gumor wondered why the Federal Government would go to court when the issue of LG autonomy was already being considered in the ongoing constitutional amendment. The Speaker, who spoke during the Delta Assembly’s first anniversary in Asaba, said, “It is unconstitutional for the Federal government to deduct from the state what belongs to the local governments. “Only 16 out of the 36 states supported the autonomy of the local government, which means that it falls short of the expectations of what the constitution says. So, it couldn’t stand the test of time. “They (Federal Government) needed 24 states to support the autonomy but unfortunately, only 16 voted for it while others voted against it.“The Federal Government should have waited for the constitutional amendment, but it hurriedly approached the court, which to me is an aberration and unconstitutional.”

NEMESIS AS SHORT DISTANCE, BY TUNDE OLUSUNLE

NEMESIS AS SHORT DISTANCE RUNNER, BY TUNDE OLUSUNLE When he flung Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, (SLS) out of the window of the Emir’s palace in Kano four years ago, Abdullahi Ganduje would have least imagined what is playing out today. Ganduje was the “Lord of the Manor” in Kano State, the all-powerful chief executive. Recall video clips of Ganduje allegedly stuffing wads and packs of crisp, mint-fresh dollar bills into the bottomless pocket of his *babanriga* ahead of the 2019 general elections. They were reportedly gifted to him by some contractor ally of the erstwhile Kano governor who was repaying a good turn. Graphic and unassailable as that short motion picture was, former President Muhammadu Buhari who rode into office on the camel-back of now suspect integrity in 2015, volunteered a baffling defence for Ganduje. He swore Ganduje was most probably participating in a *Kannywood* movie, the way the film industry up North is described. Buhari who has never been known to operate a tablet, nay a notepad, suggested that advanced technology could actually simulate what we all saw in that short clip! Ganduje was the prototype *alagbara ma m’ero* as we say in Yoruba. This interpretes as the “maximally muscular, minimally reasonable.” He fought a few other prominent Kano leaders during his heydays in Government House. Recall he carried his unabated squabbles with one of his predecessors, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to the State House, Aso Villa, during the early weeks of the Bola Tinubu government. Told on one occasion that Kwankwaso was in a particular section of Aso Rock same time as he was in the complex, a vexed Ganduje said Kwankwaso should consider himself fortunate. He said he, Ganduje, would have slapped Kwankwaso if he sighted him in the Villa! That would have caused a scene in Nigeria’s seat of power. I’m now just imagining how Tinubu would be trying to restrain Ganduje, in the forecourt of the office of the President, while Vice President Kashim Shettima will be pulling at Kwankwaso’s *agbada* in a bid to manage the situation. Ganduje reportedly considered Sanusi too independent-minded and outspoken for a natural ruler. Sanusi was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), before being appointed Emir in 2014. He had always had a radical streak about him which culminated in his suspension as CBN head in 2014 for blowing the whistle on the theft of $20 Billion in accruals from crude oil sales. As Emir he considered aspects of the religious and cultural practices of his emirate repugnant. He opposed the “ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam” in some parts of northern Nigeria, which discouraged girl-child education, family planning, even inoculation against potential healthcare afflictions. He had reservations about the style of Ganduje as governor and didn’t put a veil over his dislike for the return of Ganduje to Government House in 2019. He believed Ganduje shouldn’t have made it back if the poll was fairly and transparently conducted. March 9, 2020, Ganduje upended Sanusi. He was accused of negatively impacting the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano emirate, and disrespecting the governor’s office. He was also alleged to have disposed of property belonging to the state and the misappropriated of the proceeds. It was a case of digging several manholes for a prey in a bid to ensure he falls into one of the several traps. He was summarily banished to Nasarawa State for effect. Sanusi sought reprieve in the courts which ruled it was an overkill to fling him to a remote community faraway from his family and more accustomed home in Lagos. Within a few days, Nasir El Rufai, Sanusi’s longstanding friend who was governor of Kaduna State, personally enforced the evacuation of Sanusi from Awe local government…

REGIONALISM: WE WON’T BE PART OF WESTERN REGION – LAGOS INDIGENES INSIST

REGIONALISM: WE WON’T BE PART OF WESTERN REGION – LAGOS INDIGENES INSIST Indigenes of Lagos State have vowed to reject a Bill seeking the return of Nigeria to regional government. Speaking under the aegis of De Renaissance Patriots Foundation, the Lagos Indigenes, in a statement by its Media Office, revealed that a proposed Bill seeking approval of the National Assembly to return Nigeria to regional system is set to be considered but insisted that Lagos State people will not be part of the Western Region. But De Renaissance Patriots Foundation, in a statement by Adelani Adeniji-Adele said: “This bill that is being proposed or suggested spells an ominous sign to us from Lagos State. It is a further attempt to subsume our aspiration into a larger group that is antithesis to whatever we believe in as indigenes of the state. “The first most important is that vast consultations were not held on the matter to find out if being submerged into another subgroup is a thing we desire. It cannot be generally assumed. “Generally and since Lagos and its environs became a colony, we have always maintained that we prefer a stand alone status and not be part of any Western Region or Province. “In recent times, our various indigenous groups had always maintained that we as indigenes of Lagos had always been having a raw deal from our neighbours in the South West, who see nothing good in us as they are only for project to marginalize us and see our state as ‘spoils of war’. “We recall that in our history of over 100 years, Lagos indigenes in their various forms, towns and villages have never made progress and development as part of any region not to talk of the Western Region. The brief balkanization of our state to be part of the Western Region was an aberration. “Nothing should be assumed especially from the contents of this proposed bill, especially if it has the inclusion of Lagos State as part of any region. We demand a referendum to actually reflect the wishes of the people. “We, the indigenes of Lagos State, do not wish to be part of the regional state as being proposed in the Bill returning Nigeria to regional government. Our leaders and traditional rulers opposed it in 1953 and we gained respite in 1967. We, offspring of our heroes’ past, will not accept it.“We enjoin our representatives in the National Assembly to consult with the elders statesmen and stakeholders before taking any action on the Bill. This is beyond the ruling party and state government affairs. Lagos State cannot be brought into nothingness through the South West Region proposal by this Bill surreptitiously.

NORTHERNERS REJECT PROPOSED REGIONAL GOVT, SAY TINUBU WANTS TO DISMANTLE THE NORTH

NORTHERNERS REJECT PROPOSED REGIONAL GOVT, SAY TINUBU WANTS TO DISMANTLE THE NORTH Reactions have continued to trail the bill proposing a return to regional government in Nigeria which is alleged to be before the National Assembly and is expected to passed into law before October 1, 2024. Part of the draft bill circulating on social media, Nigeria is titled: “A Bill for an Act to Substitute the Annexure to Decree 24 of 1999 with a New Governance Model for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” Although the identities of the sponsors of the bill were yet to be ascertained, the Bill when passed would be cited as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria New Governance Model for Nigeria Act 2024. The sponsors of the Bill explained that the current Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended) is not “autochthonous” as it does not evolve from the deliberations and consensus of the Nigerian people. According to the advocates, the constitution amendment would be subject to a “yes or no” vote in a referendum by the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The bill partly read: “PART I – Preliminaries: WHEREAS Nigeria, its Peoples and Government have been governed under Decree 24 of 1999 that was handed down by the then Military Government without the express consent of the people despite the preamble of “We the people.” “WHEREAS the said Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended) is not autochthonous as it does not evolve from the deliberations and consensus of the Nigerian People. “WHEREAS the Peoples of Nigeria now desire and effectively demand for a change to a Constitution based on Federal/Regional System of Government. “WHEREAS the Federal and Regional governments are to operate within the provisions of this Constitution, it is within the discretion of the ethnic blocs within the States that constitutes a given region to aggregate or disaggregate as Provinces, Divisions and Districts, while being in control of their affairs without let or hindrance at whatever level of governance. “Whereas the 1999 Constitution as amended is a schedule of a military decree now deemed to be an Act of the National Assembly for which the National Assembly have the powers to amend and/or abrogate as expedient. Advertisements “Whereas the National Assembly where so necessary and expedient can invoke the doctrine of necessity to resolve any point of law for the good governance of the country Nigeria.” On PART 11 – Substitution Clause, the drafters proposed that the National Assembly shall invoke its inherent powers to expunge the schedule attached to decree 24 of 1999 often referred to as 1999 Constitution as amended from the decree, which “is now deemed to be an Act of the National Assembly to which the National Assembly have the powers to so do and replace same with a new governance model for Nigeria effective not later than October 1, 2024.” “This amendment is subject to a yes or no vote in a Referendum by the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it proposed. On governance structure under PART III – Stipulations for Federal Administration, the sponsors proposed that: “(1) Nigeria shall be a Federation comprising of Regional Territories and a Federal Capital Territory and shall be a Republic to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “(2) The territorial jurisdiction of Nigeria shall comprise the territory of the Regional members of the Federation and its boundaries shall be as determined by international agreements “3.2 Basis of the Federation: “(1) Every Ethnic Nationality and People in Nigeria has an unconditional right to self-determination within here delineated territories. “(2) The sovereignty, powers and authority to formulate the articles of association towards any reform of the…

WHY FORMER GOVERNORS, SUCCESSORS TRADE TACKLE – UMAHI

WHY FORMER GOVERNORS, SUCCESSORS TRADE TACKLE – UMAHI Minister of Works and immediate past governor of Ebonyi State, Sen. David Umahi has given reason some former governors are usually at dagger’s drawn with their successors. This is as he declared his readiness to protect the administration of his successor, Francis Nwifuru, in Ebonyi State. Briefing newsmen in his Abakaliki residence as part of activities commemorating this year’s Democracy Day, Umahi vowed not to tolerate any distractions for the governor. He attributed the problems commonly found between some governors and their predecessors to lack of understanding and charged all in the state to respect Nwifuru. He explained that any person who had done eight years as chief executive of a state should move on and allow his successor run his own administration unfettered. “I have done my bit and left the stage but I am happy that he is a man of conscience who recognizes those who are instrumental to his elevation,” he said. He appreciated the governor for bringing all the leaders of Ebonyi State together and promised not only to remain with him throughout his remaining seven years in office but also engage anyone trying to fight him. He stated: “I always feel fulfilled and honoured for being acknowledged before the public that I was the one whom God had used to change his fortune, this is why we politicians need to learn how to be appreciative, so I am happy with what he is doing pertaining to empowerment and infrastructure.” The minister disclosed that his relationship with the governor was built on the pathway of honesty, adding that he did not regret working with Nwifuru for 16 years. He disclosed that he occasionally called the governor to advise him issues especially as one who had been there before. “When I decamped to APC, no one believed that it was a right decision except Senator Nwebonyi, the present governor, my family members and few others but today, everyone is seeing what is going on and I will not only support the governor but also keep advising him because I have been on that seat,” he added.Umahi further hinted that the next governor of the state would be someone in their political group who must have understudied the current governor.

STAY AT HOME AND WORK FOR YOUR PEOPLE, TINUBU TELLS GOVERNORS

STAY AT HOME AND WORK FOR YOUR PEOPLE, TINUBU TELLS GOVERNORS President Bola Tinubu has decried the level of poverty and infrastructural decay in the North, saying that it is unacceptable. Tinubu, who also lamented the number of out-of-school children in the country, called on elders and leaders in the country to prevail on State Governors to stay in their states and work for the people, especially those in the rural areas. Thung Khe Pass, White Stone Slope, Hoa Binh, Flycam – Nếm TV00:05 / 02:5810 Sec The president made these remarks on Thursday at a meeting with the leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also appealed to state governments to prioritize the needs of local communities by ensuring accountability and effectiveness in the administration of local governments. The President said any of his appointees that failed to live up to expectation would be shown the way out. “I will appeal to you to summon the governors. I am doing my very best to enhance the revenue base of the country. They must equally be sympathetic, and they must urgently consider the needs of the local people. “People reside in the local communities. That is where they work, farm, and live. If the local governments are not effective in delivering services; as leaders, we must not hang on to the numbers. “Maybe we should look at recalibrating. What was good four years ago may not be good today. When we want the votes, we go to the locals; when we get the votes, we move to and focus on Abuja,” the president said. Speaking on the significance of education in nation building, President Tinubu described the situation of out-of-school children in parts of Nigeria as unacceptable. “The question of out-of-school children is unacceptable. Education is a tool against poverty, and that is what brought many of us here. We must use our education to serve the people and improve their conditions. We must develop the backbone of Nigeria’s economy, which is the education system. We will collaborate with you on this intensively. “We are still building Nigeria, and I am glad that you have emphasised the need for development. The infrastructure decay is unacceptable, and the level of poverty in the North is unacceptable. We must eliminate the source of these trends,” President Tinubu said. On security, the president commended the National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, for his efforts, saying: “Everybody wants to be secure, and we need to invest more in technology. We will do it, I promise you. We will put our heart and soul into ensuring that Nigeria is secure and its citizens are protected.” President Tinubu also addressed economic development and livestock management, saying: “Animal husbandry has been a huge problem for Nigeria. Dairy farms can grow our economy significantly. “Talk to the governors and tell them to make more land available. Talk to herders to collaborate with the states. The lands are with the states. We are ready to put funds in place to help the herders. We can do it, and we will be able to do it. If the Brazilians and the Dutch are doing it, we can also do it,” the president said. President Tinubu also used the occasion to appeal for national unity and continued support for his government, saying “As long as we are together, and we have to be together, there is strength in our diversity. Our strength and opportunity are built into our population. I thank the cabinet members for their efforts, but I will relieve any of them of their duties anytime I feel that they are failing Nigerians,” the president said. President Tinubu directed the establishment of a committee to follow up…

NIGERIA WE HAIL THEE: REINTRODUCTION OF OLD NATIONAL ANTHEM MY PRIORITY – TINUBU

NIGERIA WE HAIL THEE: REINTRODUCTION OF OLD NATIONAL ANTHEM MY PRIORITY – TINUBU President Bola Tinubu has said the reintroduction of the old national anthem has always been his priority. Tinubu disclosed this during his meeting with the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, at the State House in Abuja, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale. He said the National Assembly made the law reverting to the old national anthem and he does not have a choice but to obey the legislation. According to Tinubu, Nigeria’s diversity should be protected and celebrated He said: “Let me allude to something that happened yesterday. The change of national anthem, ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’. “Some people say, okay, say what? Is that your priority? It’s my priority. I agree with the National Assembly. If they make law, I’ve got to obey that law, or we disagree openly and close the chapter. “But the question of diversity. Who gave us the name Nigeria? Is it not Britain? Or somewhere? Have we changed our name? We are Nigerians. Our passport shows that. “As long as we are Nigerians and one family, we remain and protect our diversity and love one another as brothers and sisters. “It is God Almighty that puts you in that particular place and makes you a member of that family. You have no control over it.“When I came begging for votes, I didn’t say vote for me as a Yoruba man, I said vote for me as Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA SHAPED NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA SHAPED NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY Since the military returned to the barracks in 1999, Nigeria has held seven elections every four years. Of these periods, three were done without the direct impact of social media: 1999, 2003, and 2007. But 2011 marked a turnaround. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who won the election that year, declared his presidential bid on social media and even published a book on his Facebook conversations with Nigerians. He also went further by appointing an aide on social media, a step that every other government, both at the federal and state levels, has maintained till date. Perhaps realizing the power of social media, which influenced the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011, the opposition used it to launch a major campaign that ended the 16-year rule of the PDP. The opposition built on the momentum from the #OccupyNigeria protest to unseat the PDP. Interestingly, mobilisation for #OccupyNigeria started on Twitter, now X. While millions of Nigerians saw the protest through the lens of calling the government to order over a harsh and hostile policy, a former governor of Ekiti State and APC chieftain, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, confessed that the intent of the protest was political. In his speech at the 60th birthday of Professor Udenta Udenta, a founding father of the defunct Alliance for Democracy, Fayemi noted: “We all said subsidy must be removed. But we in ACN at the time, in 2012 (when the #OccupyNigeria protest held), know the truth… it is all politics.” And this worked effectively for the then opposition mega party-turn ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as it was able to build on this and launch a never-before-seen onslaught, primarily on social media, that ended the PDP’s 16-year rule. However, there’s no election where the impact of social media has been felt like that of 2023. #Obidient Movement as Third Force The movement, which came into force a few months before the election, sent a loud statement. Since 1999, Nigeria’s presidential election has been a two-horse race, but the #Obidient Movement changed the dynamics. According to statistics from the country’s electoral umpire, about 70% of Nigeria’s population is under 30, and those in this category were the most active during the elections. In the demography released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the youth population topped the age distribution chart. And while results from the polls suggested that a huge number of them did not go to polling stations, they, however, used their mobile devices to shape the election from the comfort of their homes, offices, schools, and worship centres. One interesting thing about the Labour Party campaign was how the youths used their social media power to effect a change in the campaign structure. The presidential candidate had unveiled his campaign council, which included Major General John Enenche, the younger brother of one of his major backers, Pastor Paul Enenche. At the time of EndSARS, the General was a spokesman for Defence Headquarters. In his role as spokesman, he had described the pictures the protesters released as evidence that soldiers shot at them as fake. In anger, the youths rejected Enenche’s inclusion on the campaign council. After trying to pacify them without any luck, Obi pandered to their wish by dropping the general. EndSARS Movement Another campaign powered by social media was #EndSARS in 2020. Nigerian youths used the protest to demand the end of the police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), for its brutality. It was a social campaign that began by using X to assemble youths in major cities to stand up and speak against police brutality and other forms of impunity by security forces and those in government. Apart from sacking SARS, the #EndSARS…

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CONSIDERS BILL TO RETURN NIGERIA TO REGIONAL GOVT

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CONSIDERS BILL TO RETURN NIGERIA TO REGIONAL GOVT A bill proposing a return to regional government in Nigeria is before the National Assembly and is expected to passed into law before October 1, 2024. Part of the draft bill circulating on social media, seen by SaharaReporters is titled: “A Bill for an Act to Substitute the Annexure to Decree 24 of 1999 with a New Governance Model for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” Although the identities of the sponsors of the bill were yet to be ascertained, the Bill when passed would be cited as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria New Governance Model for Nigeria Act 2024. The sponsors of the Bill explained that the current Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended) is not “autochthonous” as it does not evolve from the deliberations and consensus of the Nigerian people. According to the advocates, the constitution amendment would be subject to a “yes or no” vote in a referendum by the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Part of the draft Bill read: “PART I – Preliminaries: WHEREAS Nigeria, its Peoples and Government have been governed under Decree 24 of 1999 that was handed down by the then Military Government without the express consent of the people despite the preamble of “We the people.” “WHEREAS the said Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended) is not autochthonous as it does not evolve from the deliberations and consensus of the Nigerian People. “WHEREAS the Peoples of Nigeria now desire and effectively demand for a change to a Constitution based on Federal/Regional System of Government. “WHEREAS the Federal and Regional governments are to operate within the provisions of this Constitution, it is within the discretion of the ethnic blocs within the States that constitutes a given region to aggregate or disaggregate as Provinces, Divisions and Districts, while being in control of their affairs without let or hindrance at whatever level of governance. “Whereas the 1999 Constitution as amended is a schedule of a military decree now deemed to be an Act of the National Assembly for which the National Assembly have the powers to amend and/or abrogate as expedient. “Whereas the National Assembly where so necessary and expedient can invoke the doctrine of necessity to resolve any point of law for the good governance of the country Nigeria.” On PART 11 – Substitution Clause, the drafters proposed that the National Assembly shall invoke its inherent powers to expunge the schedule attached to decree 24 of 1999 often referred to as 1999 Constitution as amended from the decree, which “is now deemed to be an Act of the National Assembly to which the National Assembly have the powers to so do and replace same with a new governance model for Nigeria effective not later than October 1, 2024.” “This amendment is subject to a yes or no vote in a Referendum by the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it proposed. On governance structure under PART III – Stipulations for Federal Administration, the sponsors proposed that: “(1) Nigeria shall be a Federation comprising of Regional Territories and a Federal Capital Territory and shall be a Republic to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “(2) The territorial jurisdiction of Nigeria shall comprise the territory of the Regional members of the Federation and its boundaries shall be as determined by international agreements “3.2 Basis of the Federation: “(1) Every Ethnic Nationality and People in Nigeria has an unconditional right to self-determination within here delineated territories. “(2) The sovereignty, powers and authority to formulate the articles of association towards any reform of the Central Federal Government of Nigeria, at any other…

STORMY DANIELS, WOMAN WHO BROUGHT TRUMP DOWN

STORMY DANIELS, WOMAN WHO BROUGHT TRUMP DOWN The legal saga involving former President Donald Trump and his dealings with porn star, Stormy Daniels, reached a dramatic conclusion Thursday as Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records. This conviction, stemming from a $130,000 payment made to Daniels to conceal their alleged extramarital affair just days before the 2016 presidential election, marks a significant moment in U.S. legal and political history. Trump’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11, opening the door to potential jail time for the former president. The Core of the Controversy The case centered on the payment made by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, intended to prevent Daniels from publicizing her affair with Trump during the critical final stages of his presidential campaign. The payment was not only a personal matter but was deemed a campaign finance violation, as it was an expense aimed at influencing the election outcome and was not reported as such. The Stormy Daniel Legal and Political Ramifications Trump’s conviction carries both immediate and long-term consequences. Legally, the former president faces the unprecedented prospect of imprisonment, pending his sentencing. This outcome also casts a serious doubt on Trump’s integrity and transparency, potentially impacting his influence and the loyalty of his supporters. The political implications are vast, not only for Trump but for the Republican Party as it navigates the repercussions of his actions. The Role of Stormy Daniels Stormy Daniels, once underestimated by many as a peripheral figure unlikely to impact Trump’s career significantly, has proven to be a central figure in one of the most consequential legal battles involving a former U.S. president. Her determination to pursue legal action and her cooperation with prosecutors have highlighted the potential for individuals to hold even the most powerful figures accountable. Broader Implications This case underscores a growing demand for accountability among public figures, a sentiment echoed by movements such as #MeToo. It illustrates the increasing unwillingness of the public and judicial system to overlook or dismiss potentially illegal actions by leaders, driven by societal calls for greater transparency and ethical conduct. Future Political Landscape The ramifications of this verdict reach far beyond Trump himself, affecting the political landscape significantly. As the Republican Party reassesses its strategy and alignment, Trump’s conviction may prompt a reevaluation of how deeply the party ties itself to one individual’s fortunes. The GOP must consider whether continuing to support Trump could harm their appeal to broader voter bases in upcoming elections. Public and International Perception Internationally, this conviction may alter how global leaders interact with the United States. The perception of American democracy and its leaders’ accountability is crucial in diplomatic relations. Trump’s legal troubles and potential imprisonment could serve as a deterrent to other nations, affecting international policies and alliances. Conclusion The conviction of Donald Trump is not just a personal defeat for the former president; it is a landmark moment that may redefine the standards of accountability for political figures in the United States. As the date of his sentencing approaches, all eyes will be on the impact this verdict will have on his future political viability and on the broader political landscape.Stormy Daniels’ role in this historic outcome underscores the significant impact that determined individuals can have in challenging established power structures.