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.
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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