Ahead of the 2020 Edo State governorship election, leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo North Senatorial District, Monday, January 13, demanded for the deputy gobernorship position of the party in the forthcoming election in the state.
Reading the demands tagged ‘Afemai Declaration 2020’, which was signed by a body known as Edo North PDP Leaders Assembly (ENPLA), to climax leaders tour to the six local government areas of the Senatorial District, Hon. Bankole Balogun, noted that to bring the government closer to the people, the PDP must consider the district by allocating the state Secretary of the party in the forthcoming congress of the party.
Afemai people comprise of Akoko Edo, Etsako Central, Etsako East, Etsako West, Owan West and Owan East.
The programme which also saw award presentation to outstanding and hardworking members of the PDP in the zone, Bankole stressed that the people of Afemai deserved two slots of Board of Trustees of the party in the forthcoming congress.
He said, “That in furtherance of the above, the ENPLA hereby demand: that it produces the next state secretary of the party; that it will be given 2 slots on the Board of Trustees of the party; that the position of deputy governor of Edo State in the forthcoming 2020 gobernosrhip election be zoned to Edo North.”
He noted that leaders of the party have resolved to improve the lot of the people hence the demands.
Speaking as one of the awardees in the programme, chairman of the party in the state, Dan Orbih, described the programme as a rehearsal to victory of the party in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Stating that the abysmal failure of the APC in the state as been the strength of the PDP, he noted that
with lead Edo North people also known as Afemai have taken, the stage has been set for the PDP to win the state in the forthcoming gobernosrhip election.
“The abysmal failure of the APC in Edo State is where the strength of the PDP is coming from. APC only has 10 seats out of the 24 seats, the remaining 14, PDP will contest them and win them.
“By the time we nominate our gobernosrhip candidate, we expect all of you to que behind him so that it can lead us to victory in the governorship election”, he added.
Orbih who described APC has an expired drug, urged Edo people to reject the party, adding that members of the party have themselves revealed failure of the party to the public.
Some of the persons awarded in the events are Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, former Chief of Staff to president Jonathan, Chief Dan Orbih, PDP Edo State chairman, Col. Tunde Akogun (Rtd), Senator Yisa Braimah, Senator Kassim Oyofo, Comdrade Jude Images, Chief (Mrs) Evelyn Igbafe, amongst others.
INEC Releases 2023 General Elections Report
The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2023 general elections report.
Its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
The report was released almost a year after the 2023 general elections.
Some Nigerians had expressed disappointment over the delayed uploads of the presidential election results to the INEC result viewing portal.
However, Olumekun said the election report was reviewed and approved for publication at the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday.
He noted that the publication was done in keeping with the commission’s tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and its commitment to transparency.
Olumekun said the “comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes, and 10 graphs, offered an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, along with valuable lessons learned.”
Giving more insights, the national commissioner stated “The report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.
“This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies, and nine in state legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.
“The report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud.
“Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.”
He added that other aspects covered in the report include logistics, security arrangements, staff recruitment and training, inclusivity measures, and the electoral framework,” he said.
Olumekun further stated that the commission would welcome feedback to inform future electoral reforms and improvements.
CJN To Swear In New Supreme Court Justices Monday
The newly-appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in on Monday, according to The PUNCH.
The justices are Jummai Sankey, Chidiebere Uwa, Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Haruna Tsammani, Moore Adumein, Obande Ogbuinya, and Stephen Adah.
Others are Habeeb Abiru, Jamilu Yammama Tukur, Abubakar Sadiq Umar, and Mohammed Baba Idris
The National Assembly had on December 21, 2023, confirmed the elevation of the justices following President Bola Tinubu’s recommendation.
According to an invite sent to our correspondent on Friday, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Festus Akande, disclosed that the oath of office will be administered on the justices by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola.
He said, “The newly appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday at 10.00 a.m. at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.”
When the swearing-in of the elevated justices is done, the apex court will have the full complement of 21 justices, as stipulated by the Constitution
Akeredolu’s Widow Slams Critics As Ex-governor Is Buried In Ondo
The ancient town of Owo, Ondo State on Friday, played host to people from all walks of life who stormed the town to grace the final burial of the late former governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Akeredolu, who passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, during a protracted illness in a German hospital, at the age of 67, was laid to rest at the burial site in the community.
In line with the burial programme, the body of the former governor arrived in the state on Wednesday where a special court session was held in his honour after which the remains were taken to the Akure Township Stadium for a lying-in-state and commendation service.
On Friday, a funeral service was held at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Anglican Church, Imola, Owo. The Vice President, Mallan Kashim Shettima and many dignitaries were in attendance.
The wife of the late Akeredolu, Betty, in her tribute, hit hard on the critics of her relationship with her late husband.
The former first lady said “It’s me, your adorable Betty. You just left me. Just like that! It hurts. Badly it hurts. Now alone to face all manners of mockery from the so-called friends and adversaries alike. Now alone. A beg o! Can an Amotekun generalissimo be a weakling? Mbanuu! It doesn’t add up nau. Haba!”
“Not a few lashed out that you (Akeredolu) were a weakling because you loved me. I don’t think so in their homes while growing up they saw their mothers trampled upon as doormats. By the way, do they know what love is?
“They copied the template and treated their wives as pieces of furniture that can be easily discarded as trash. In many instances, the subjugation was garnished with beatings while the community looked the other way and remained unperturbed by gender-based violence. Beaten up like punch bags.”
Speaking at the service, President Bola Tinubu, who was represented by the Vice President, described the deceased former governor as a fearless man who always stood by the truth.
“We are gathered here today to bid farewell to a remarkable soul, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, CON,” the President began, reflecting on the transience of life and the enduring impact of our choices. He is a fearless soldier for his people.”
“There was no point in life where his voice shook in telling his truth. He was a vastly intelligent man whose passion has created quite a wide vacuum beyond this community,” the President eulogised.
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Similarly, the state Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa said his former boss always stood for good governance and the rule of law.
He stated, “You are all here because he stood for something: good governance and the rule of law. He means a lot to different people, and that is why he has been described in different words. He was a courageous leader, a fighter, and a warrior. How can we forget him so soon? It is not possible because he lives on.
“He used the instrument of governance to intervene in different sectors of the state, including education, health services, and infrastructural development and security, among others.”
Dignitaries at the burial ceremony include the Ondo State Governor Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Governors of Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Anambra and Benue States, Engnr Seyi Makinde, Dapo Abiodun, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun Oyebanji, Godwin Obaseki, Sheriff Oborevwori, Charles Soludo and Hyacinth Alia respectively and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje and host of others.
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