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Abia: APGA Governorship Candidate Rejects Appeal Court Judgement Validating Ikpeazu’s Election

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The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance at the 2019 governorship election in Abia State , Alex Otti , has rejected the judgement by Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal which validated the electoral victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu .

Otti who is seeking the nullification of the election said that he was not satisfied with the judgment of the court .

The APGA governorship candidate in a statement issued by his media aide , Ferdinand Ekeoma, said he would pursue the matter to its logical conclusion.

The statement reads, “ On Saturday, the 17 th of November 2019 , a Governorship Appeal Court panel sitting in Owerri , Imo State , upheld the very controversial and questionable election of Dr . Okezie Ikpeazu as governor of Abia State .

“ While the Abia atmosphere was expectedly enveloped by another round of sobriety , sadness and sorrow , as a result of the judgement , Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and his men were celebrating in far away Lagos where hundreds of government officials had been flown to , for the reception of yet another deceitful , but mercantilist award used to hoodwink a non – performing government .

“ For the Ikpeazus, their oppressive and clueless government got yet another judicial imprimatur to consolidate the maladministration that has caused horrendous devastation in Abia state .

“True to the same path of ignominy and half smartness like his uncultured and ill- mannered aides who have been abusing and insulting Alex Otti before and after the Appeal Court Judgement , Okezie Ikpeazu hilariously urged Dr . Alex Otti to “ Respect the Will of the People ” which according to him , the judgement represents .

“ The issue of Okezie Ikpeazu defeating Alex Otti is a fallacious , baseless and an amusing misconception of some moribund minds who ignorantly think that Otti can condescend to their level of nothingness by responding to their insults and mischievous distortions aimed at rewriting our history in a way Ikpeazu ’ s grand mediocrity and nationally acclaimed failure in governance would be hidden from intelligent minds .

“ As our team of eminent lawyers thoroughly study the judgement to determine our next line of lawful action , we urge millions of devastated Abians not to be dampened , but to remain strong , resolute and faithful , even as we strive to ensure that the entrenched culture of consistent transfer of barton of leadership mediocrity in Abia is halted and broken for the sake of our suffering people . ”

He insisted that the election that announced Ikepazu governor in February was “ controversial and questionable ”.

Otti said that the governor had not done enough to uplift the sufferings of the people of the state and did not deserve a second term in office .

The APGA governorship candidate said that the appeal court judgment was greeted with sadness on the streets of Aba , Umuahia and other parts of the state .

He said that he was confident that APGA would get justice while his team of lawyers advises him on what next to do .

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Junior Pope: Delta Billionaire Clergy Gifts Late Sound Engineer’s Family N10m, Nigerians React

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Renowned philanthropist and General Overseer of Christ Mercy Land church, Warri, Delta State, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, has generously donated N10 million to the family of late Engr. Precious Ofurum, a sound engineer who lost his life in a boat mishap alongside Nollywood star, Junior Pope.

Fufeyin’s act of kindness has drawn widespread praise from Nigerians, commending him for his compassion and generosity as a true embodiment of humanity.

Recall that the Akwa Ibom state governor Pastor Umo Eno had on 13th April visited late Nollywood make-up Artist, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick’s family to console them over the demise of the 24-year-old girl.

Eno promised to assist her two undergraduate sisters in school. He equally approved the remodeling of the deceased family house in Eket.

Eno during the condolence visit offered automatic employment to the deceased elder sister in the state civil service and directed that their home be renovated.

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However, the tragic boat accident claimed the lives of Engr. Precious Ofurum, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick and Junior Pope, leaving the nation in mourning for the loss of these talented individuals.

Reacting on X, @Doris_Nkiruka tweeted “Prophet Jeremiah is a shining example of sympathy and compassion. I’m truly inspired by this gesture. May the soul of Engr. Precious rest in peace.”

@EmekaJohnson__ wrote, “Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin has gained another fan in me. This is true Christianity—showing love and support to those in need. I admire his good work. Instead of criticizing, let’s each do our part. God bless PapaJ!”

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Ondo Poll: Commissioner Punches Journalist, NUJ Calls For His Indefinite Suspension

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Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, has physically assaulted a senior reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), Mr Tayo Ikujuni, during the conduct of the All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship primary on Saturday.

The ugly incident occured at about 11.45 am at Eji-Oba High school, Oba-Ile, the venue of Ward 9 election in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Yusuf-Ogunleye reportedly punched the reporter, collected his cell phone and threw it away.

He ordered his political thugs to seize all the electronic gadgets belonging to the reporter.

READ ALSO: Ondo Poll: Aspirants Disagree With Committee, Fault Process, Call For Cancellation

Eyewitness account said that trouble started at about 11.45 when the reporter inquire about when the election materials arrived since they have started counting.

The commissioner shouted that “who are you. You’re a useless journalist. You’re a stupid journalist. Go away from here.”

According to Vanguard, timely intervention of some party chieftains and security personnel prevented political thugs from further attack of the reporter.

Contacted, the commissioner, Ogunleye, said that the reporter failed to produce his identity cards when he was asked.

In a swift response, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State council, described the attack and physical assault on the senior journalist by the commissioner as “barbaric and unacceptable.”

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Ondo Poll: Violence Breaks Out At APC Primary In Okitipupa

A statement by the state chairman of the union, Prince Leke Adegbite said the action of the Commissioner was uncivilized, and called on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to immediately suspend Mr Saka Ogunleye and launch investigation into the incident.

“Ondo NUJ observes with sadness that Mr Ogunleye’s attitude to media professionals was unbecoming of a public office holder.

“We call on Mr Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa to place Mr Saka Ogunleye on indefinite suspension for his physical assault on a Senior journalist like Tayo Ikujunni while performing his constitutional roles of monitoring the APC primaries.

“We call on the Commissioner to place damaged handset of the journalist and tender unreserved apology to the victim and the media industry.

“We equally direct Media Houses and professionals to halt the coverage and activities of the Commissioner until our demands are met.”

 

 

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Delta Bloodbath: Oborevwori Assures Okuama indegenes Of Safe Return As He Visits Troubled Community

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Governor of Delta State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, on Saturday, visited the Okuama community of Ewu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state where 17 military officers and soldiers on a peace mission to the community were killed.

This was as he assured indigenes who fled the community in the wake of the crisis of their safe return reiterating that “innocent citizens would not be made to suffer for what they know nothing about”.

It was the first time Oborevwori was visiting the troubled community after he had earlier been allegedly denied access to the community by the military last month.

The PUNCH gathered that the boat conveying the Governor and his delegation to Okuama took off from the jetty of the Nigerian Port Authority in Warri on Saturday morning.

READ ALSO: [JUST IN] Okuama Killings: Army Declares Eight Persons Wanted [FULL LIST]

In the governor’s entourage were top members of his cabinet as well as heads of security agencies in the state.

The Governor was escorted to the community by operatives of the military Joint Task Force.

It will be recalled that the Okuama community had been cordoned off by the military authorities since the March 14 tragic incident which claimed the lives of the soldiers and some civilians.

Oborevwori, during a visit to President Bola Tinubu last month, had told State House correspondents that he had not visited the community because the entire area had been deserted by residents following the military operation in the area.

READ ALSO: Okuama: Clark Blows Hot As Soldiers Invade His Country Home

Recall that on March 14, 17 military personnel including a lieutenant colonel, two majors and a captain were reportedly ambushed and gruesomely murdered around the Okuama community while on a peace mission over a disputed portion of land between Okuama, an Urhobo community and Okoloba, an Ijaw community on March 17.

Following the killing of the personnel, the Nigerian military had earlier declared eight persons including the traditional ruler of the Ewu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, King Clement Oghenerukevwe Ikolo, Urhukpe 1 and a renowned professor and President-General of Ewu communities wanted for the killing of the soldiers.

The Ewu monarch, barely 24 hours after he was declared wanted, turned himself in to the police in Delta, but was later handed over to the military for interrogation.

After spending three weeks in a military facility in Abuja, the traditional ruler was however released in the early hours of Friday and handed over to Senator Ede Dafinone, representing Delta Central Senatorial District.

READ ALSO: Delta Killings: Military Sets To Build Barracks On Okuama As Demolition Of Houses Continues

Meanwhile, the released monarch of Ewu Kingdom, His Majesty Ovie Clement Ikolo, has applauded the three Senators from Delta State at the National Assembly for the key role they played in his release by the military.

The traditional ruler who visited Senator Ned Nwoko, representing Delta North Senatorial District in his Maitama, Abuja residence, in the company of his wife and some family members, shortly after regaining his freedom, expressed his gratitude to Senator Nwoko, stating that Nwoko not only visited the Chief of Defence Staff alongside other Delta Senators to intercede on his behalf but also visited him in his Asokoro cell.

He said, “The day you came to visit me was the day I regained my bearings. Your presence gave me hope”.

Responding, Senator Nwoko stated that he was humbled to have been instrumental in the process and grateful that the collective efforts yielded positive results.

He encouraged the king not to be discouraged by the ordeal.

Who knows what could have happened if you weren’t detained? Perhaps it was necessary to prevent something worse”, the Senator said.

Details later…

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