The crises rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State remains unabated as Factional Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Joseph Osagiede, says the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, working with Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) is against the wish of Oba of Benin.
Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) is a group alleged to have been given birth to by the faction loyal to the national chairman and whose members are alleged to be working against the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Osagiede said, “I believe that the national chairman will also learn some lessons from what is going on because, for His royal majesty, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II to have led Benin Traditional Council to meet with the president on this matter.
“Once the Oba expressed a wish about anything, it becomes a command to we that are Edo people. So, the Oba’s wish is to command that there should be peace in this political imbroglio and for Adams Oshiomhole to still be harbouring these descendents who led the captain and they are forming EPM (sic) and he is supporting them, he is working against the wish of the Oba.”
Accroding to him, the APC remains a formidable party in the state that has no faction, stressing that the party has one chairman, one Secretary and leader who happens to be Obaseki.
“We have only one chairman in APC, Anselm Ojezua and one publicity secretary, Joseph Osagiede, and governor Godwin Obaseki as the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state”, he added.
While disclosing reason the Obaseki faction rejected the reconcilation committee set up by the National Working Committee (NWC), Osagiede noted that the governor’s faction was ready for reconcilation but with neutral body.
He therefore recommended neutral body from the Presidency or Benin Traditional Council as reconcilation committee in order for the crises to come to an end.
“We have always said that we are willing and ready for reconciliation but you see, you can not be constituting a reconciliation body when you are an interested party in the issue. We expect that a neural body for instance, the presidency or Benin Traditional Council can setup a committee for reconciliation. It is not for us to say we want to reconcile when we are the aggrieved party and that is why we rejected the committee setup by Adams Oshiomhole because most of the members have interest in the issue.
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“For instance, it was the deputy speaker of the house that presided over the decision that they should come and take over Edo House of Assembly. Now, he is a member of that committee to reconcile aggrieved members and the national chairman, how can we have confidence in him?”, he questioned.
JUST IN: OPEC Secretary-General, Barkindo, Is Dead
The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Muhammad Barkindo, is dead.
Barkindo died late Tuesday.
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, announced Barkindo’s death in a tweeted posted to his verified Twitter handle, @MKKyari, in the early hours of Wednesday.
“We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” Kyari tweeted.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, on Tuesday, honoured Barkindo, describing him as a worthy ambassador of the country, at the State House, Abuja.
Reacting to Barkindo’s death, a former lawmaker in the eighth Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, tweeted to his Twitter page, “Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”
‘Go Spiritual,’ Army Chief Tasks Troops To Complement Kinetic Efforts
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, has asked troops to complement the Nigerian Army’s kinetic engagements with spiritual efforts.
He advised them to seek counselling, guidance, and divine supplications in ongoing military operations across the nation.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Yahaya gave the charge during an interdenominational church service to commemorate the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022, held at Saint Mark Military Church (Protestant), 34 Brigade Obinze Barracks in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The army chief who was represented by Major General Victor Ezugwu, according to Nwachukwu, noted that the theme of the interdenominational service “Promoting National Unity through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence” was apt.
He urged the Christian faithful across the nation to continually promote peace and unity in complementing the efforts of the army to surmount contemporary security challenges bedevilling the nation.
Yahaya also appealed to all to desist from the use of misinformation, deceit, and issues capable of disintegrating the nation, stressing the unity in Nigeria’s unique diversity.
The interdenominational service was held in all formations and units of the army across the nation.
The church service had in attendance representatives of the President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), principal staff officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, corps commanders, general officers commanding, commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions, soldiers, and their families.
Man Docked For Alleged Intimidation, Falsehood Against High Court Judge
A Minna, Niger State-based land speculator, Ibrahim Tukura, has been remanded in correctional custody till July, 7 on the orders of a Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah over alleged intimidation and injurious falsehood against a High court judge, Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in the state.
Tukura had allegedly filed a case before the Niger State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, and requested that his case over a parcel of land presided by Justice Gambo of High Court No 6 be transferred from her court.
The defendant claimed that the disputed parcel of land of which, he is claiming ownership with suit No: NSHC/MN/173/2021 was pending in High court No. 6 presided by Justice Gambo.
He alleged that the plaintiff in the disputed land, Malam Isah Nagoji, had given the said land to the presiding judge handling the case, hence his petition to the acting chief judge, demanding that the case be transferred from her court.
Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in her reaction filed a Direct Criminal Complaint against the defendant to the Chief Magistrate Court No., Hauwa Kulu Isah, requesting a police investigation into the allegations levelled against her by the defendant.
Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah, forwarded the complaint to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID), for discreet investigation and afterwards, arraigned the defendant in court for prosecution.
The defendant was consequently, booked on a four-count charge of injurious falsehood, use of abusive or insulting language, criminal intimidation as well as inciting disturbance.
According to the head of the prosecution unit of the SCIID, Abdullahi Mayaki ASP, the charges contravened sections 393, 399, 397 (b), and 114 of the penal code.
However, when the presiding Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah read the charges to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered to be remanded in Correctional custody.
Magistrate Isah then adjourned the case to July, 7 for further mention
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