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Akpabio will be 10th Senate president – Uzodinma

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Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has expressed confidence that Senator Godswill Akpabio will emerge as the next president of the 10th Senate.

He made this known while speaking with pressmen after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the committee set up by President Tinubu to resolve the controversy over the forthcoming leadership race has achieved substantial progress.

Uzodinma, who is also the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, said the move was in collaboration with the outgoing Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

He also assured that Lawan would work for the emergence of the preferred candidates of the party.

A new set of leadership of the National Assembly will emerge tomorrow.

This is as the race for the Senate presidency has been tied among the trio of Akpabio, Abdulaziz Yari and Orji Kalu.

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Crisis hits Lagos APC, as members attack chairman at party secretariat

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) demanding the review of court order

The ruling political party in Lagos State, All Progressive Congress (APC) is currently engulfed in crisis due wrangling among stakeholders within the party over leadership in Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The crisis which has been brewing in different LGA of the state, on Monday snowball to attack on the party’s chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi , at party’s secretatriat, in Acme, Ogba, Ikeja.

According to a viral video trending online, the party’s chairman, Ojelabi was attacked by aggrieved party members from Alimosho Local Government , who stormed the party’s secretatriat to express their displeasure on how Ojelabi is managing the crisis in their local government.

The protesters accused Ojelabi of bias and were about beating him up when the policemen waded in and rescued the chairman away.

In the video, before the police intervention, the angry members removed the chairman’s cap, attempted to beat him but they were stopped by the security men on ground.

It was gathered that the protesters, who had converged at the party”s secretariat, embarked on the act when Ojelabi totally turned down their request on possible solutions to end the leadership crisis rocking the party chapter in Alimosho.

But rather than accept their requests, Ojelabi insisted that the current public officeholders must be on seat during a meeting that will deliberate on their wish and recommendation for APC in Alimosho.

SOURCE: Sun news

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Kogi gov dispute: I’ve not withdrawn my appeal — Ajaka

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Kogi gov dispute: I’ve not withdrawn my appeal — Ajaka

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Muritala Ajaka, has denounced as false, reports that he has withdrawn the appeal he lodged to challenge the outcome of the last governorship election in Kogi State.

Ajaka, in a statement he made available to newsmen, said there was no truth in th claim that he dropped the legal action he initiated to void the election of Governor Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The SDP candidate said his legal team had earlier lodged a 32-ground of appeal at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.

“I am fully committed to pursuing the legal battle to regain the mandate that was freely given to us by the people of Kogi State.

“It would be a massive betrayal of our shared struggle, the impoverished workers, retirees and the people of Kogi State, as well as the memory of our comrades who were unlawfully killed, for me to even consider having any discussions to compromise this historic struggle.

“This fight is not just for me, but for the impoverished, terrorized, and dehumanized people of Kogi State, and for the families of those who were killed, injured, and forcibly disappeared.

“As you may be aware, our sagacious legal team has since filed thirty-two strong, compelling and arguable grounds of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, well within the stipulated time.

“We have followed all the necessary legal procedures to ensure that our appeal is heard and determined within the given timeframe, and I am confident that we will be successful,” the statement further read.

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It will be recalled that the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition had on May 27, affirmed Ododo as the winner of the gubernatorial contest that held in the state on November 11, 2023.

The Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu led three-member panel dismissed the petition that was brought before it by Ajaka of the SDP.

The tribunal held that Ajaka failed to prove his allegation that governor Ododo, did not secure the highest number of valid votes cast at the election.

It equally dismissed Ajaka’s allegation that the election was not only fraught with irregularities, but also conducted with substantial non-compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.

The tribunal held that it found no reason to dislodge the result the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared in favour of Ododo and the APC.

Dissatisfied with the judgement, Ajaka approached the appellate court to set it aside.

Source: Vanguard

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Rivers crisis: Ex-LG chairpersons flout police order, stage protests

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Rivers crisis: Ex-LG chairpersons flout police order, stage protests

Former council chairpersons from 21 of the 23 LGAs in Rivers have led protests in their respective council areas.

Last week, Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, asked the heads of local government administration to immediately assume control of the 23 council areas.

This followed the end of the three-year tenure of the council chairpersons.

Despite the governor’s directive, some of the former LGA chairpersons reportedly attempted to resume duties at the council secretariat, but were chased away by youths.

The development heightened the political tension in Rivers as residents protested at some of the LGA secretariats.

Police officers fired multiple shots to disperse protesters at the various LGA headquarters.

The 23 LG secretariats have since been barricaded by the police.

A STATE POLARISED

Rivers has been embroiled in political crisis since Fubara fell out with Nyesom Wike, his predecessor.

On Monday, Onengiyeofori George, a former chairman and his followers, marched through Buguma, the council headquarters of Asari-Toru LGA, gyrating to songs praising Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT).

They held posters with inscriptions urging the police to continue occupying the council headquarters.

Some of the inscriptions reads: ‘Sim Fubara Can’t Continue to Act As He Likes’ and ‘There’s No Vacancy in Asari-Toru Council’.

The protest by the pro-Wike former LGA bosses is coming despite an advisory against protests as issued by the Rivers police.

The Rivers police command had asked the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to shelve the protest.

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On Saturday, Clifford Paul, president of NULGE in Rivers, had given Kayode Egbetokun, the inspector-general of police, a four-day ultimatum to order officers to vacate the 23 LG secretariats in the state.

Paul had said the police siege at the LG headquarters has prevented NULGE members from accessing their offices.

In a statement issued on Sunday night, Grace Iringe-Koko, police spokesperson in Rivers, said the command received intelligence of a possible hijack of the protest.

“The police command respects the right to lawful assembly but has received credible intelligence indicating potential infiltration of the planned protest on Monday,” the statement reads.

AMENDED LG BILL

In April, the Rivers assembly passed the local government amendment bill into law despite Fubara’s refusal to give his assent.

The amendment empowers the lawmakers, via resolution, to extend the tenure of elected chairpersons of LGAs and councillors, where it is considered impracticable to hold elections before the expiration of their three-year term in office.

The Rivers assembly said the amendment was to ensure that LGA elections were conducted before the expiration of the administration.

Fubara declined assent to the bill, but the assembly vetoed his decision.

However, a court judgment nullified the amendment to the local government law.

The verdict was appealed, and the appellate court is yet to deliver judgment on the matter.

The 27 house of assembly members had said they would resist attempts by Fubara to install caretaker chairpersons in the LGAs.

Source: The Cable

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Police take over emir’s palace in Kano, dislodge local guards protecting Sanusi

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The police have reportedly stormed the emir’s palace in Kano state and displaced the local guards protecting Muhammadu Sanusi, the recently reinstated emir.

According to Premium Times, the hunters who served as local guards left the palace as soon as the police officers took over the security of the building.

This was said to be a move aimed at securing the main palace for the relocation of Aminu Bayero, the deposed 15th Emir of Kano, following a court order that faulted his dethronement.

On Thursday, a federal high court in Kano nullified all actions of the state government repealing the Emirates Council Law of 2019.

In his ruling, Muhammad Liman, the presiding judge, said the defendants were aware of an interim order previously granted by the court but ignored it and implemented the law.

BACKGROUND

On May 23, the Kano house of assembly passed the amended bill, which Abba Yusuf, the governor, signed into law.

The law repealed the 2019 version, which divided the Kano emirate into five jurisdictions and was relied upon to dethrone Muhammadu Sanusi as emir in 2020.

On the same day the law was repealed, Sanusi was reinstated as Emir of Kano by kingmakers and the governor.

Aggrieved, Aminu Babba Dan Agundi and Sarkin Dawaki Babba of the Kano emirate approached the court to restrain the respondents from enforcing, implementing, and operationalising the law that reinstated Sanusi.

On May 23, Liman ordered the defendants to “suspend” and “not give effect to the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Law, 2024, as they affect all offices and institutions of the Emirate Council created according to the provisions of the Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019”.

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The Kano police command had also said it would not comply with the directive of the state government on the eviction of Bayero from the Nassarawa palace which he moved into after he was replaced by Sanusi, the new emir, who moved into the main palace in Kano.

Since then, Bayero, who is said to have the backing of some federal government officials, has been under the protection of a retinue of soldiers and police officers at the Nassarawa palace.

Source: The Cable

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Edo 2024: Group holds symposium to support PDP’s Ighodalo

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The Good Governance Advocacy Group recently held a symposium to show their support for Edo State governorship candidate Asue Ighodalo in the upcoming election.

The event, themed “Obidients for an Edo that works for all: The Asue Ighodalo Phenomenon,” took place in Benin, the Edo State capital, and was well-attended.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Asue Ighodalo, was praised as highly suitable for the governorship role to manage Edo state.

In his welcome address, the co-convener Obidients AI, Austin Isikhuemen highlighted the group’s vision and mission as the primary reasons for endorsing Ighodalo, citing his commitment to justice, fairness, and equity, as well as his impressive track record and integrity.

Isikhuemen emphasised that Ighodalo stands out significantly among the other candidates in the race.

Also speaking, Prof. Chris Nwaokobia Mustapha, gave enough explanation as to why Edo people cannot afford to toy with their future by electing the wrong candidate.

Prof Chris called on Asue to take Edo state to the exemplary height that will create peer pressure among other state governments which can raise the standard of governance nationally.

Prof Chris, also said that the Obidient Symposium was necessary as he explained that Obidients preached justice, equity and fairness and supported Peter Obi from the southeast in 2023.

He said they cannot now turn around to support a candidate of Labour Party who is from the same local government and senatorial district to take over from Governor Obaseki.

“Edo North was in the saddle for eight years before Edo South whose tenure of eight years is coming to a close. He jocularly asked, “Edo Central come wash plate?”

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Responding, Ighodalo, spoke about great leaders like Lin Quan Yu and his Cambridge University days with Femi Fani-Kayode who became his ‘tutor’ because of the latter’s exceptional brilliance.

He said that the Singaporean leader was shocked when he later visited Nigeria and found it in a state of arrested development.

Asue said that Singapore has moved to the first world while Nigeria is apparently on a backslide.

“We have had oil revenues enough to build seven Dubai’s but where did all the money go? Choice of wrong leaders has been the cause of Nigeria’s development crisis,” he said.

Goodwill messages were received from the Deputy Governor, DG PDP Campaign Council, and Commissioner for Arts and Culture.

Professor Izibili’s guest lecture on ‘leadership and its role in attaining the Edo of our dreams’, was well received.

He defined leadership and showed the relationship between purposive leadership and governance outcomes.

He successfully linked leadership perception and the quest for the Edo State of our dream.

He highlighted the critical impact of character on the performance of a leader and concluded that leadership must not be left to chance but deliberately chosen with expected outcomes in mind.

Source: The Nation

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Escalation of Wike, Fubara’s Power Tussle in LG Councils

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The power tussle between the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and Governor Siminalaye Fubara of Rivers State was escalated in the 23 local government councils in the state last week, following the expiration of the tenure of the local government chairmen. What the current situation looks like, is that the minister may have lost his much-cherished political structure in the state, Ejiofor Alike reports

With the expiration of the three-year tenure of the chairmen of the 23 local government areas in Rivers State on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, the immediate-past governor of the state and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike, and Governor Siminalayi Fubara have shifted their power tussle to the local government councils.

In a strategic move to stop Fubara from replacing the elected local government chairmen who were Wike’s loyalists, with caretaker committees comprising his own loyalists after the chairmen’s three-year tenure, the members of the sacked Martins Amaewhule-led state House of Assembly, who were also Wike’s loyalists had enacted the Rivers State Local Government Law No. 2 of 2024, which extended the tenure of the chairmen by six months.

But in a counter move, Fubara’s loyalists challenged the lawmakers’ decision in court and Justice D.G. Kio of a Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt declared the six-month tenure extension as null, void, unconstitutional, and of no effect, on the grounds that it was inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution and Section 9 (1) of Rivers State Law No. 5 of 2018, which fixed a three-year tenure for the chairmen and councillors.

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However, despite the court judgment affirming the three-year tenure as stipulated by the 2018 law, the elected chairmen had vowed that they would not vacate offices when their tenure expired on June 18, 2024.

Indications of a potential breakdown of law and order emerged when the outgone Chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Samuel Nwanosike, in a now-viral video, threatened anyone to dare remove him on the said date, insisting that he would remain in office in accordance with the law enacted by Amaewhule-led House of Assembly.

He blamed what he described as Fubara’s failure to conduct local government elections for the tenure extension.

The state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) led by the then Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Allwell Ihunda, had also at a press conference in Port Harcourt, insisted that the state lawmakers had extended their tenure because the governor failed to conduct LG elections.

The audacity of the now-former chairmen to challenge the authority of the governor and resist the state high court judgment had led to a build-up of tension in the state.

The perceived act of insubordination by the former chairmen also earned public sympathy for the governor as many people argued that the state was the only state in Nigeria where serving lawmakers and local government chairmen could abuse their governor publicly.

It was not surprising that armed youths who were engaged in the protection of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta trooped out from the creeks in their large numbers to force the chairmen and their supporters out of their offices when their tenure expired on Tuesday.

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In a viral video where armed youths belonging to one of the groups were trooping out of the creeks, their leader who later identified himself as ‘General Gab Asabuja’, the Ogidigbo of the Niger Delta, was heard saying that they were back from the river ahead of June 18, to deal with council chairmen that would refuse to vacate their offices.

“We are back to take over all the 23 local government councils. So, the council chairmen should wait for us. We are coming,” he said.

He said it was his hobby and business to work with the government to fight crime.

Source: This Day

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