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Ondo’20: I will spend one term – PDP governorship candidate. (Nigeria)


A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, has declared that he would serve only one term in office if elected governor.

This, he explained, was because he would be completing the tenure of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as both of them hail from Owo, Ondo North senatorial district.


Dr. Ayorinde said he opted to work closely with Governor Akeredolu to move the state forward but all his intentions were repelled.

Ayorinde stated that he was chased out of the All Progressives Congress by Akeredolu despite his several pleas to him to be magnanimous in victory and tolerant of all of them that contested against him at the party primaries.


He said all efforts to make Akeredolu realised he is the Governor of all in Ondo State rather than Governor of Aketi Team failed.

The PDP governorship hopeful noted that the present realities in the state and emerging facts have rekindled his genuine concern that achieving a great and prosperous Ondo State is a task that must be accomplished.


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According to him, “People had equally asked me whether an Owo man can succeed Aketi as Governor. My answer has been emphatic no but that it is only fair and just for an Owo man to complete the expected tenure of office.

“Therefore, my honest intention is to complete the term due to Owo through the mandate of the good people of Ondo State and I am prepared to give our Leaders in PDP, a written undertaking to that effect.


“Ondo State, the 5th amongst the nine oil producing States in the Federation deserves better leadership. Given the opportunity to serve, my mission is to industrialise Ondo State, create wealth and provide gainful employment for our teeming citizens.

“That has been my concern, my consistent sermon and my mission in government. So, 1st on my priority list is Industrialisation, 2nd is Industrialisation, and the 3rd is Industrialisation.


“I must acknowledge the fact that many of the aspirants from Ondo Central and Ondo South are eminently qualified to govern the state. However, they must be appealed to, to allow us finish our two terms in Ondo North.

It is expected, reasonably too, that when power shifts to their districts, they would be allowed to complete their terms. Very logical and desirable to so think and act.

“This decision was reached after a very wide consultation coupled with strong conviction that I can make a positive difference. After 44 years of its creation, Ondo State must stop crawling. It must stand right and be counted amongst self sufficient states in Nigeria.

“As I present myself for genuine service with the fear of God, I appeal to all indigenes and residents of Ondo State to stand by me towards rebuilding our dear sunshine state.”


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PDP senators hail Buhari over speech.

disagree with party leaders.


The Minority Caucus of the Senate, yesterday, disagreed with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech on COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, the caucus commended the Federal Government’s approach to combat the ravaging COVID-19 as contained in President Buhari’s Sunday evening national broadcast to Nigerians.


In a statement released in Abuja by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the caucus said though they had expected the presidency to engage the National Assembly more in some of the policy areas that are statutory, they have to recognise the fact that these are unusual times that may require quick policy responses.

“These are perilous times in the world and indeed an unusual situation for our dear country, so the PDP caucus described as a step in the right direction the President’s broadcast and policy measures, which we believe while being short on prioritizing the poor and vulnerable in our society , nevertheless if properly implemented will keep our people safe from this deadly virus,” he said.


Abaribe assured that the caucus is ready to work and engage in a bipartisan manner with the presidency and is even ready to reconvene should the need arise to insure that the country ward off the Covid-19 virus, which has kept the entire world on it’s toes.

However, the caucus asked for a proper monitoring of the disbursement of the palliative measures to ensure that it gets to the people they’re meant for and also urged humane approach by the relevant security agencies while strictly implementing the measures that has to do with the restrictions of movement of our people.


“The security agencies should bear in mind that these are unusual times and first of it’s kind that Nigerians will be asked to stay mostly at home and maintain social distance. As such the approach should be more of humane engagement rather than the application of force,” Abaribe added.

Nonetheless, the PDP caucus according to Abaribe, advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the federal government directives and other containment measures rolled out by the National Center for Desease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) adding that doing so, would certainly put the ravaging virus at bay.

“It could be tough, but the measures are necessary now if we must survive this deadly scourge and emerge stronger after,“ Abaribe added.


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[Nigeria] God ordain your victory – Secondus tells Matawalle.


The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has felicitated with the Zamfara state Governor Alhaji Bello Matawalle on his victory at the Supreme Court on Friday.

He urged him to be a good team leader. Prince Secondus reminded the governor and the party in the state that their victory came from God, adding that the governor and his team should appreciate that fact and work hard to make a lasting mark with the mandate.


Secondus in a statement by his Media Aide, Ike Abonyi also advised the governor to unite the people and move quickly to tackle the myriad of challenges facing the state most of which steamed from bad governance witnessed in the state in the past.

“God has designed this position for you for a purpose and you must do everything humanly possibly not to disappoint both the people and the almighty who sent you there.

“Identify critical stakeholders who can help you achieve your goals and refuse to be intimidated because you have a special mandate from God,” Secondus said.


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Being on sit, you’re not in power – Oby Ezekwesili slam Buhari.


Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has slammed President Buhari over his ‘style of leadership’ as Nigeria battles the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ezekwesili, like many other Nigerians, have called on President Buhari to address the nation as the Coronavirus pandemic persists.


On Thursday night, the President took to his Twitter handle to announce new measures he has taken in the fight against the viral disease.

Ezekwesili was disappointed by the move and took to her twitter handle to react.


See her tweets below.


#Newsworthy…

PDP, CSOs slam Buhari after banning some Media houses from covering activities in Aso Villa.


The Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday, said the banning of some media houses from covering activities in the Presidential Villa was unjustified.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, had in a statement on Tuesday restricted the coverage of activities in the Villa to 13 media organisations excluding AIT, Arise TV, STV, Ben TV and others.

Also barred were reporters from The PUNCH, ThisDay, Tribune, The Guardian, Vanguard, Daily Trust and other major newspapers, while few of them were allowed to send in their photographers.

In the statement, Adesina attributed the decision to part of the measures being taken to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

He explained that Channels TV, NTA, TVC, News Agency of Nigeria, Sun Newspaper, Voice of Nigeria, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, and photographers of ThisDay, The Guardian, Leadership, Vanguard and Daily Trust, would remain to cover the Villa for a yet-to-be specified period.

However, in a statement issued, on Tuesday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, dismissed Adesina’s explanations.

He described the restrictions placed on media houses as a most heinous form of official victimisation executed in bad faith.

According to him, this decision by the Buhari regime is highly detestable, undemocratic and totally against the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Freedom of Information Act, as well as the tenets and guiding principles of rule of law.

Ologbondiyan said, “This is therefore not the time for unnecessary pettiness, victimisation and barring of media houses, a development which has sparked suspicion in the public space as being designed to conceal certain facts from the public.

“It is indeed instructive for the Buhari Presidency to note that our nation is in dire need of hope and direction contained in timely information, especially from the government.”

He warned that clamping down on the media, which is a critical stakeholder in the effort to defeat COVID-19, was completely at variance with national interest.

Ologbondiyan further said, “What our nation needs now is for all hands on deck, with those in power shelving their pettiness, parochial interests, pointless and unreasonable ego as we collectively seek for solutions.

“The PDP, therefore, charges the Presidency to, immediately and without any further delay, lift the ban on the affected media houses and allow them to discharge their responsibility to the Nigerian people, in line with the provisions of the law and their professional requirements.

“Moreover, the PDP frowns on the Federal Government cancelling its Tuesday media briefing on the COVID-19, thereby denying Nigerians very vital information in the process. The party urges the Federal Government to exert itself and seek more concerted efforts in the fight against the pandemic.”

No justification for barring free press – CSOs

Also, the National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association, Emmanuel Onwubiko, while speaking on the development said, “The restriction infringes on the constitutional obligations of the State to the people of Nigeria in line with section 22 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

He challenged the regime to come clean because there is now a clear indication that it was uncomfortable with public scrutiny of its activities by the free press in Nigeria.

Onwubiko also said, “HURIWA hereby totally condemns this outrageous and grave threat to the constitutionally guaranteed media rights of citizens who are the owners of the sovereignty of Nigeria and have donated the legitimacy to government officials to exercise responsibility within the legal framework. We think the current administration is rapidly becoming a tyranny and totalitarian regime.”

Speaking in a similar vein, the Executive Director, Civil Societies Legislative and Advocacy Centre, Auwual Musa, said, “When we said there was a systematic attack on free speech and the freedom of the press supporters of this regime call us lairs and wailers now it is clear for all to see.

“This restriction which is clearly targeted at independent minded media organisations is further proof of this regime growing intolerance of alternative views. It is such a shame.”


#Newsworthy…

INEC reveal how politicians violate election rules.


One year after the 2019 general elections, over 60 per cent of political parties that participated are yet to file their statutory returns to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Before the deregistration of 74 parties by INEC recently, 92 registered parties participated in the February 23 and March 9, 2019 presidential, National Assembly, governorship, and state assemblies elections.


It was learnt that some of the parties, aside from violating the campaign finance laws by spending above the amount stipulated in the Electoral Act, have not also submitted annual statements of assets, liabilities and analysis of their sources of funds to the electoral body.

INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told The Guardian that just over a third of the parties that participated in the 2019 general elections filed in their statutory returns.


Section 86 of the 2010 Electoral Act (as amended) empowers INEC to monitor and keep records of the activities of registered political parties in the country, while Section 92 (3) of the same law also mandated political parties to submit their election expenses to the commission in a separate audited return within six months after an election.

The law places a penalty of N1million maximum fine on any political party that acts in contravention of the above section and further says the court may impose a penalty of N200,000 per day in case of failure to submit an accurate audited return within the stipulated period until it is submitted to the commission.


INEC defines election expenses as “expenses incurred by a political party within the period from the date notice is given by the commission to conduct an election up to and including the polling day in respect of a particular election.”

The Guardian could not confirm if the two major political parties, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were among parties that are yet to submit records of their financial dealings to the electoral umpire.


Both parties were accused of spending beyond the campaign finance threshold during the 2019 general elections. Osaze-Uzzi said that though many parties had been deregistered, the commission was in the process of formally notifying those that have not complied and would draw their attention to the legal provisions.

According to him, corporate entities are not allowed to contribute to political parties by virtue of the provisions of the Corporate and Allied Matters Act.


On the commission’s efforts in ensuring that parties file their statutory returns, Osaze-Uzzi noted that several workshops had been undertaken to enlighten them on financial reporting, proper book keeping and many more. He also said that the commission had organised capacity building workshops for its field and headquarters officers to undertake proper monitoring of the spending of parties as well as engage external auditors to look into the books of the parties.

The Director of Centre for Democracy and Development, Idayat Hassan, in her reaction to the development, lamented how politicians have consistently breached the law on campaign financing. She told The Guardian that specific aspects of the electoral law provided legal loopholes for politicians to exploit in breaching the law on campaign financing.


According to her, there are two particular problems with political financing in the country. One is the limiting factor in the act that disregards “any expenditure incurred before the notification of the date fixed for the election with respect to services rendered or material supplied before such.”

According to her, “This has served as a legal loophole allowing potential candidates to spend considerable amounts of money prior to the official start of the election campaign. However, the refusal of the political parties to submit the audited returns of their finances remains a challenge, considering the fact that political expenditure can form a decisive advantage in determining the outcome in elections.


“Political parties continue to breach the provisions during the elections by resorting to third party spending. In the 2019 elections, for instance, we witnessed how the Buhari Media Campaign and Buhari Support group resorted to third party spending to run their campaign. INEC will have to do more and try to implement existing rules and explore the option of strategic litigation to address some of the challenges. There is also the need for Electoral Act amendments on the submission of audit and penalties.”

Hassan said that there was the need for a broader definition of election expenses beyond what was incurred by a political party within the period from the date the notice was given by the commission to conduct an election up to, and including, the polling day in respect of a particular election.


The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, asked to be given sometime to verify from the party’s departments in charge of such before making any comment.

Although he said he was aware that INEC came to the PDP’s secretariat to do its findings “but how far is what I would need to find out and communicate to the media.”

The spokesman of the ruling APC, Mr Lanre Isa Onilu could not be reached for reaction.The National Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr. Tanko Yinusa, told The Guardian that the party had submitted all necessary information in that regard to INEC, while the National Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralph Nwosu, said he would also need to get in touch with certain people to get accurate information.


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Nigeria: I will continue to support Buhari – Maharaji.


Satguru Maharaji in Lagos urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari in tackling corruption in the country.
Maharaji made the call while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of a public lecture that ended late on Saturday at the City Hall in Lagos.

NobleReporters reports that the theme of the public lecture is ‘Absolute End to Modern Day Slavery and The Only Way Out’.


According to him, Nigerians should support the president in ridding off corruption to the barest minimum in the country.

“There are natural rules guiding the world. This is to say we should not cheat anyone and also do the right thing,” he said.


Maharaji added that he would continue to support Buhari and ensure Nigeria is free from evil deeds.

On Coronavirus, he said the people were far from the creator, hence, the outbreak of the disease.


“I urge our leaders not to panic or give the news that will make our people panic.

“Anything can happen in other countries but here we are not to be bothered. All we have to do is to follow the rules,” he said.

Maharaji who listed part of the rules as not cheating each other and doing things properly in an African way assured everyone that everything would be fine in the country.


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Nigeria: Obaseki, Oshiomhole to end rift soon – Chief of staff.


The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his estranged political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, have commenced consultations to end the political rift between them.

Obaseki’s Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, revealed this while responding to questions from reporters during an event to mark his 44th birthday in Benin, on Sunday.


He said it was too early to reveal how far deliberations had gone but expressed confidence that appreciable progress had been made.

Akerele said, “When the time comes, we will invite you just like this and address you.”


He said this in response to a question from The PUNCH as to whether the duo had reached out to each other since Oshiomhole announced a truce last week.

The governor’s aide added, “(For) the Governor, getting the ticket is not in contention but we will go into primaries and the party has a formula for it. It can be either consensus or none consensus, whichever it is, Obaseki and Philip are ready. Ordinarily he should be given the right of first refusal.


“Oshiomhole and Obaseki are very close; nobody should be deceived even as we speak. But of course, the issue they have is political and it is resolvable.

“The difference they have is political disagreement and it is resolvable; some factors came in and heightened the tension, otherwise this is a very minor thing. Remember, we were in Iyamoh during the Sallah celebration, that was in the middle of the crisis, we were there and we even blamed the media for the whole thing.”

He expressed gratitude to Obaseki for giving him the opportunity to serve in his government especially because he had no political godfather.

According to him, his appointment marked the very first time a person from Akoko-Edo was given such an important position in government.


#Newsworthy …

Just in: Lagos assembly reshuffle committee chairmen


NobleReporters reports that the reshufflement was contained in an internal memo issued to lawmakers by Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni.

N.Rs gathered that the committee chairmen were reshuffled 11 days after four lawmakers were suspended indefinitely through voice votes for alleged gross insubordination.


Sanni explained that the reshufflement was to enable the lawmakers serve the people of the state efficiently in their respective legislative duties.

“Following the approval of the House, be informed that the following House Committees have been reconstituted with effect from Friday,” he said.


Sanni explained that the former Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Olumuyiwa Jimoh, has been assigned as the Chairman of the Committee on Central Business District (CBD).

The clerk said Mr Rotimi Abiru, who was sacked as Chief Whip, is the Chairman, Inter-Parliamentary Committee.


He noted that the suspended Moshood Oshun, who was removed from Chairman, Public Accounts Committee (State), now Chairman, Committee on Legislative Compliance.

Sanni named Mr Nurudeen Saka-Solaja as the Chairman, Public Accounts Committee (State).


He said: “Mr Olatunji Oluwa is now the Chairman, House Committee on Tourism, Art and Culture, while Mr Rauf-Age Suleiman is now the Chairman, House Committee on Procurement.

“The suspended Kazeem Raheem is now the Chairman of Establishments, Training and Pensions, from his earlier position of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations.


“Raheem is swapping office with Mr Rasheed Makinde while Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay will replace Mrs Mojisola Miranda as Chairman of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Committee.”

The clerk said Miranda, who had been named one of the principal officers, is the current Chief Whip of the House.

N.Rs learnt that the two lawmakers suspended were Mr Moshood Oshun (Mainland Constituency II) and Mr Raheem Adewale (Ibeju Lekki Constituency II).

The two principal officers, also removed from office same day, were Mr Rotimi Abiru, former Chief Whip and Mr Olumuyiwa Jimoh, former Deputy Majority Leader


#Newsworthy…

Appeal court fails to hear Oshiomhole’s suit.


The Court of Appeal in Abuja failed on Friday to hear the appeal filed by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole’s appeal is against the March 4, 2020 interlocutory ruling by Justice Danlami Senchi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Jabi, suspending him (Oshiomhole) from office.


On March 10 this year, the Court of Appeal in Abuja, heard an ex-parte motion argued for Oshiomhole by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), and ordered a stay of the execution of the ruling by Justice Senchi, pending the determination of the appeal by the APC Chairman.

The appellate court then adjourned further hearing till March 20, 2020.
When parties got to court on Friday, one of its officials told lawyers in the case that the court will no longer hear the appeal as earlier scheduled.

The official said a fresh hearing date will be communicated to parties.


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Nigeria, seating on time bomb – PDP writes.


The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), on Thursday, sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari through its national chairman, Uche Secondus.

According the PDP chairman, the country is seating on a time bomb and disaster could only be avoided if President Muhammadu Buhari “act now or give way”.

Uche Secondus made the statement at his press conference, held in Abuja.

Please read the full text of press conference of Uche Secondus

“MR. PRESIDENT ACT NOW OR GIVE WAY BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO LATE”

Preamble.

The facts are indisputable that President Mohammadu Buhari-led APC Administration has woefully failed the people of Nigeria. This is a general consensus across this great country. No segment of our nationhood is in good shape as we speak.

The economy is in a dire state as the country heads toward insolvency, occasioned by huge unserviceable debts and the crash of oil price.

Nigerians continues to live in fear as security situation worsens and remains unabated.

Corruption update.

The twin evils of bribery and corruption have continued reign supreme in the nation’s public and private lives. All over the country, strategic institutions have been bedeviled by varying degree of corrupt practices. There are also widespread allegations on several serving public officers of corrupt enrichments with no actions taken. For a regime that came into office on the pedestal of revamping the economy, restoring security and fighting corruption to fail on all scores, it is obvious the bloom is well off the roses. Reports just released from the state department of the United States of America confirmed this worrying development that In Nigeria public officials still engage in corrupt practice with impunity.

Rule of Law and democratic institutions

There are other core issues of our national life that have similarly deteriorated under this administration. Constitutionalism and due process of law are being circumvented, compromised and abused. For example, public officers whom the law demands legislative confirmation are put and kept in offices against the provisions of the law. There are also rampant deliberate and scornful disregard of court orders and legislative resolutions. Furthermore, extra-judicial acts of security agencies have effectively compromised the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. The several mindless cutting down of the lives of Nigerians all over the country are sore examples of reference. Even the little mileage made on the image of the country in the international community in the years before 2015 has been lost. One could go on and on; the problems are without end! The cumulative effects of all these, however, is the weakening of such critical democratic institutions like political parties, the electoral process, the judiciary and the backbone of our nationhood, the military.

Unemployment and its social effects.

It is important to point out that the sociological root causes of the problems facing the nation, particularly the violence and crimes across the country, are poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and economic and political deprivations arising from unemployment. Until these fundamentals are resolved, the country will continue to experience violence and crimes, and in complete state of insecurity, as no amount of police or military actions can prevent or even curb the menace. The federal Government must device a concrete means of seeking lasting solution by working with critical stakeholders particularly states, local Government areas and communities.

Securing the lives of Nigerians.

Any regime that fails to secure the safety of lives and property of its citizens has lost all moral and lawful rights to continue in office. The Buhari regime has utterly failed in this regard. Instead of providing strong and decisive leadership, the regime is now going about both destroying the solid foundation upon which the country stands and dislocating a building pillar of our society – i.e the traditional institution!

Governments insensitive Acts

Last week’s insensitive exclusion of the whole Southeast Zone and Edo State from the benefits of the whooping $22b loan and the unlawful deposition and banishment of Emir Mohammadu Sanusi II of Kano at a time when all hands are needed on deck to rescue our country are good examples of such destructive tendencies of the APC government displaying their insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.

Corona virus, Soot pollution and lackluster Response to Disaster.

The Coronavirus ravaging the World has thrown up fresh challenges across the globe for leaders of nations. While we watch and admire leaders rise to the challenge elsewhere, the reverse is the case in our country. Nigerians are yet to hear or see their President rise to the emergency and those officers on duty have not enjoyed the needed political will. ( May be when it’s cuts up with us God forbid the President in his character would say he is not aware of the virus)

Also very outstanding is Nigeria government’s response to disaster as was experienced in weekend’s pipeline explosion in Lagos state ( may I crave your indulgence for a minute silence for souls of our beloved citizens who lost their lives)…. May their soul and those of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen. Gentlemen of the press, the measure of blood letting in the country under the watch of this regime is that there is hardly any press conference we do that we do not observe some time for souls of our beloved ones. Very unfortunate our value for human lives.

Another disaster waiting to happen is the effect of black soot in the Niger Delta region with its attendant health hazard to the populace and no serious response is being given to it.

Our demands

Consequently, at this hour of peril to our country, PDP is calling upon President Buhari to wake up and give this nation a firm, purposeful, consultative and all-inclusive leadership. Our party is of firm conviction that our problems can be successfully resolved if there is a fair and effective leadership at the top. It is now time to give this leadership or give way to capable hands.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the point we are trying to underscore here very loudly is that this country is seating on a time bomb and we must not allow it to explode.

We in PDP have our genuine fears that this government and its managers lack the needed capacity to lift us out of the wood because we got into it abnitio due to their incapacity.

But that notwithstanding the regime should be sensitive to the plight of the suffering masses of the country by reviewing downwards various draconian policies like the various tax regimes especially the Value Added Tax VAT that affects every goods and services.

The government should avoid pouring fuel to an already burning inferno with their reckless and lawless attitude to human rights issues which worsens situation and exposes the country to further ridicule.

When you depose a traditional ruler and deprives him and his family of their fundamental human rights and in less than 24 hours the United Nation gives him an exalted appointment, it says a lot how you are rated globally.

Thank you for listening and God bless”

Prince Uche Secondus

National Chairman


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Gabbard retires from Presidential race, support Biden.


U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who campaigned to end “forever wars,” dropped her long-shot bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday and endorsed front-runner Joe Biden in a video posted on Twitter.

“Although I may not agree with the vice president on every issue, I know that he has a good heart, and he’s motivated by his love for our country and the American people,” said Gabbard, 38.


She has served as a congresswoman from Hawaii since 2013 and is the first Hindu elected to Congress.

The endorsement was somewhat of a surprise, given Gabbard’s past support for Biden’s main rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


But she noted that recent state nominating contests had made it clear that Democratic voters had chosen the former vice president to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November’s general election.

In spite of remaining mired far behind Biden and Sanders, Gabbard had stayed in the race even as better-known rivals dropped out.


In all nine state contests over the last two weeks, she finished behind other contenders who had already abandoned their campaigns but still appeared on ballots.

She earned her only two delegates by finishing second in American Samoa, where she was born.


Biden has won at least 971 delegates of the 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, while Sanders has collected 737, according to Edison Research – an advantage for Biden that is widely seen as virtually unassailable.

Gabbard, a major in the Hawaii National Guard who was deployed in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, is a fierce opponent of what she calls “forever wars”.


In spite of her liberal views on most other issues, she has won praise from some Trump supporters and conservative media outlets, where she frequently appears as a commentator.

She has consistently opposed U.S. intervention in Syria, going so far as to meet secretly with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in January 2017 during President Barack Obama’s administration, sparking fierce criticism from some in her own party.

She became embroiled in an ugly war of words in October after 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Gabbard was being “groomed” to disrupt the 2020 election as a third-party candidate.

In January, Gabbard sued for defamation, seeking at least 50 million dollars in damages from Clinton for harming her reputation by allegedly suggesting she was a Russian asset


#Newsworthy…

Court ignores ifeanyi ubah sack case, affirm him as senator.


The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra south senatorial district.

Stephen Adah, the appellate court justice, held that the judgment of the lower court which sacked Ubah as senator is a nullity.


Bello Kawu, judge of a federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Kubwa, had voided Ubah’s election on April 11, 2019 on the grounds that he presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to INEC.

After hearing the case afresh, the high court still affirmed its previous judgment on January 17, 2020, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ubah and to issue a fresh certificate to Obinna Uzoh, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the senator-elect of the district.


But Ubah contended that he was not given fair hearing.

Ubah through his counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, argued that as of the time the judgment in suit No: FCT/HC/CV/3044/2018 was delivered, the suit was not properly filed before the court and that consequently, “the entire proceedings and the judgment emanating therefrom are manifestly incompetent being a nullity”.


Another issue raised was that the originating summons was not signed by any counsel as required by law.

Delivering the judgment, Adah held that the law makes it mandatory for a legal practitioner to sign an originating summons before it is issued out.


He said: “A document that is not signed is a worthless piece of paper and has no credibility.”

He also agreed that the right of the appellant to fair hearing was breached by the trial court.

“Right to fair hearing is very fundamental and anything done afterwards results to a nullity,” he said.

“The judgment of the lower court is a nullity and is hereby set aside.”


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N.Rs tv: Adams Oshiomhole’s supporters celebrate. | Why?



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Nyesom wike attack Uzodinma, agree with Tinubu.


Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has berated the Hope Uzodinma, for alleging that the PDP is responsible for the plot to remove Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman APC
“Many of us, leaders of the party, are aware that those clamouring for the chairman’s removal are working with the PDP to destabilise the party,”

Uzodinma told reporters on Saturday.

In an interview at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said the comments credited to Senator Hope Uzodinma are baseless, untrue and unfortunate.

“I read that Senator Hope Uzodinma said that the PDP conspired to plot the attempted removal of APC National Chairman. That is an unfortunate lie.

“It is unfortunate that Senator Hope Uzodinma will have the temerity to make that false allegation. Hope Uzodinma was an APC agent while he was in PDP. That was why APC used him as an agent to support Ali Modu Sheriff, but they failed.

“It is unfortunate that people of questionable character are in Government. Hope Uzodinma cannot talk about the attempted removal of APC National Chairman and mention the PDP. What is our business in the attempted removal of Oshiomhole? “

“APC does not mean well for Nigeria. It is a party of strange bedfellows merely formed to take over power.

“If Senator Uzodinma dares to make such false comments again about the PDP, we will tell the world about him.

“That he fraudulently took the mandate of PDP does not mean that PDP is weak. Hope Uzodinma lacks the capacity to discuss the PDP.”

Governor Wike also urged Nigerians to be vigilant and work towards protecting the Judiciary, adding that the APC has destroyed the Judiciary.

“We must protect the Judiciary to do its work. But the Judiciary should protect itself. APC has destroyed the Judiciary,” He said.

Governor Wike wondered why the Judiciary should allow leaders of the APC to toss it around as has been witnessed during the party’s internal crisis.

He decried the situation where the Court of Appeal granted a stay of execution on the suspension of the APC National Chairman, but the FCT High Court went ahead to declare another person the Acting National Chairman. He said only the National Executive Committee of political parties have such powers.

“The Judiciary should be very careful. The Judiciary should be alert. It should not allow itself to be used. It should not allow itself to be destroyed.

“APC should not be allowed to destroy the Judiciary. Judiciary was there before APC. It was there before any political party. I cannot see the Judiciary being destroyed and keep quiet.

“I am not interested in what happens in the APC. But I am concerned with the Judiciary and its survival. “

He urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria to caution judges.

“With what the APC is doing today, we may not have the Judiciary and everyone will pay the price. The party is trying to destroy the hope of the common man,” He said.

Governor Wike regretted that the APC and her supporters attack the Judiciary when judgment is not in their favour.

He pointed out the attacks on Justice Mary Odili in the Bayelsa State Governorship matter.

The Governor said that the recent order by the wife of the member of a House of Representatives wherein she reaffirmed the freedom of the former Emir of Kano, was hailed, even though she was the wife of a PDP member.

He said that the APC is an association that was only concerned about the removal of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said that having removed Jonathan, APC has been unable to use power to the advantage of Nigerians.

The Governor wondered how a national official of the APC who resigned to contest the Deputy Governorship position in Rivers State, would still go to court to seek to be Acting National Chairman.

Governor Wike, however, agreed with the Former Governor of Lagos State that the struggle in the APC is about 2023.

“I agree with the former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu that the crisis in APC is about 2023. Everyone wants to be President or Vice President. This virus is indeed worse than coronavirus,” He said.


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I have learnt to reconcile my ways with others – Oshiomhole says.

…Party Politics is about contestations

…I am not the best chairman – Oshiomhole


National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, sang a conciliatory tune on Tuesday when he enjoined his colleagues in the National Working Committee to put the interests of Nigerians first.

He also suggested that the first post-crisis NWC should be devoted to “having a conversation around the coronavirus”.


Oshiomhole, holding his ‘rival’ Victor Giadom, said, “If it is one hour that we spend here, let us have a conversation around this issue.”

According to him, it should be an issue of concern that other countries were closing their international borders to contain the spread of the virus but Nigeria has yet to follow suit.


He explained that recent challenges the party had had to deal with were normal in a democratic setting.

Oshiomhole said, “Party Politics is about contestations. I am not the best chairman in the world and I don’t claim to be so, you can fault my style but you cannot fault my sincerity.

“The NWC is not divided. None of us seated here wants to destroy our party. My style is my style but I’ve learnt to reconcile my style with the style of others.”

The meeting, which is underway had most members of the 21 member NWC irrespective of which side they took during the crisis in attendance.


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Buhari is my father – Bayelsa Governor, Diri Douye says

as he said buhari received in as son during his visit to Aso rock••


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Diri Douye, have just held a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The brief meeting ended about 1.39pm.


Douye, who said Buhari received him as “one of his sons”, explained that he went to Aso Rock to greet the President and formally present himself to him as the father of the nation.He told State House Correspondents after the meeting that the visit was the first time he did so formally since his inauguration on February 14.


The governor spoke further, “Since my inauguration, this is the first time I have come to see Mr President and to promise to work with the Federal Government for the security and peace of the nation.“He received me as one of his sons.


“He went ahead to advise me and to say that he is happy that I came and that he is happy with the way I started.“He said he read about all the statements I have made on security. Bayelsa is critical to peace in the country. If there is security there, then the whole country is at peace.”Recall that Douye became the governor of the state following the February 13 judgment of the Supreme Court, which sacked the All Progressives Congress Governor-elect, Mr David Lyon, just 24 hours to his inauguration at that time.


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Court set to announce review date for zamfara judgement.


The Supreme Court in Abuja on Tuesday reserved ruling on the All Progressives Congress’ application for the review of its judgment nullifying the party’s victories in the general elections held in 2019 in Zamfara State, NobleReporters report

A five-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, said the date of the ruling would be communicated to the parties.


The CJN made the announcement after the parties to the case concluded their submissions on the application on Tuesday.

The APC and the faction of the party in Zamfara State led by former Governor Abdulaziz Yari had filed the application for the review of the May 24, 2019 judgment, which nullified their victories at the general elections barely four days to their inauguration.


In the said May 24, 2019 judgment, the Supreme Court had declared that APC failed to conduct valid primaries and, therefore, had no candidates in the 2019 general elections.

The apex court had declared the votes polled by the APC in the elections as wasted.


The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidates, who polled the next highest votes in the elections, were declared winners of the exercise and eventually inaugurated.

The APC’s application for the review of the May 24, 2019 judgment was opposed by the Senator Kabiru Marafa-led faction of the party in the state.


APC’s lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), on Tuesday urged the court to grant his clients’ application by setting aside the consequential order directing that candidates with the next highest votes be sworn in.

He urged the apex court to order the APC to conduct fresh primaries.

He argued that the previous orders of the apex court were made without jurisdiction.

But the Marafa faction’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), urged the apex court to dismiss the application and award huge and punitive costs against the applicants’ lawyer.


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Court of Appeal interrupt Oshiomhole’s suspension.


The Court of Appeal in Abuja has halted the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

Justice Danlami Senchi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, had on March 4, 2020, made an order suspending Oshiomhole.


But in a bench ruling delivered by a three-man panel of the appellate court led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya, on Monday, ordered a stay of execution of the FCT High Court’s order.

The court ruled that the order would remain binding pending the hearing of Oshiomhole’s motion for interlocutory injunction slated for Friday.

The panel also unanimously restrained the respondents including the Police and the Department of State Services from further giving effect to the suspension order.

Justice Yahaya made the order shortly after Oshiomhole’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), moved an ex parte application seeking an order for stay of execution of the lower court’s order on Monday.


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APC Governors shows their condelences to Sanwo olu.

yahaya Bello over loses


Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC have condoled with the Government and people of Lagos State over Sunday’s pipeline explosion which led to the death of at least 18 people and scores injured or traumatized.

The governors in a statement by their Chairman, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state also commiserated with their counterpart in Kogi, Yahaya Bello on the demise of his aged mother.


On the pipeline fire, the governors said; “We commiserate with the Government and people of Lagos on the sad incidence of the crude oil pipeline explosion that caused many deaths and devastating damages to many houses in Abule Ado area of Lagos state. At a time like this, we send our condolence message to our colleague His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu and all the people of Lagos State for the unfortunate loss lives. We pray that God Almighty gives you and the families of those who lost their lives the fortitude to bear the loss.

“We in particular sympathise with the people of Lagos, especially the residents and indigenes of Abule Ado who have lost their homes, properties, livelihood and have been displaced by the ruin. We are sure with the good leadership of Lagos State government, the situation would be managed in the best way possible”.


In the letter to Gov. Bello, the forum said; “On behalf of the Progressive Governors Forum, we extend our condolences to Your Excellency on the passing away of your mother, Hajia Hawa Bello.

“We commiserate with Your Excellency, and the entire Bello Family on this sad occasion of the demise of the jewel and matriarch of the Bello family. Hajia Hauwa Bello was a great woman of courage and value, mother-General of Kogi State and a notable citizen of Nigeria, who has distinguished herself in all aspect of humanity. The entire people of Kogi State and Nigeria at large will miss her.

“We therefore pray unto you, the State and the entire Bello family, the fortitude to bear this loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May her soul rest in peace”.


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Just in: PDP wins sokoto state by-election.


Mr. Abubakar Adamu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has emerged winner of by-election for Kebbe constituency in Sokoto State House of Assembly.

The state’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Head of Voter Education and Public Affairs, Mr. Muhammad Musa said this while speaking on Sunday in Sokoto.


Musa said that seven candidates participated in the March 14, by-election.

He said Adamu scored 15, 663 votes, while Mr. Abubakar Umaru of All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 254 votes to emerge second.

He said Mr. Adamu Musa of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 63 votes, while Mr. Shehu Magaji of APP scored 15 votes.


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