The newly elected President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide, Comrade
Timothy Peter Igbifa says the long marginalisation of Ijaw people in Edo State will no longer be tolerated.
The President who was in a thank you tour to the Ijaws in the state after his election, expressed anger that inspite the population and being oil producing areas, the Ijaws are yet being marginalised and treated as strangers in the state they co-owned.
He noted that even before his election, what he told everyone during his electioneering was that his major cause will be the liberation of the Ijaws in Edo and Ondo states.
Stating that the Ijaw people are one worldwide, the 8th IYC President noted that ill-treatment to one Ijaw man is an ill-treatment to all, and will be fought by all Ijaws worldwide.
He said, ” I am particularly passionate about the Ijaws in Edo and Ondo states axis particularly the Edo Ijaws and how they are being marginalised and ill-treated. Marginalisation of the Ijaws in Edo State will soon come to an end. We cannot be producing the crude oil and still be backward.
” The Council will stand by Ijaws ìn Edo State, and every form of oppression would not be tolerated. The battle for your liberation will not be exchanged for any coin. The attitude of Edo State Government towards Ijaws in the state has to change. In hunger, in plenty, we will not be moved until will make change.
“We will walk with Edo State Ijaw that never will marginalisation be allowed. An ill-treatment to one Ijaw man in anywhere is an ill-treatment to the entire Ijaw nation, we will not tolerate that.”
Speaking on the abandoned East-West road which has become dead trap to commuters, the 8th IYC President said the Council will soon issue a statement with ultimatum to rehabilitate the road, adding that failure to meet the ultimatum will lead to shut down.
While noting that Niger Delta resources are used in constructing flyover bridges and other good roads in Abuja and other states outside the region, the number one Ijaw youth noted that the entire Niger Delta can no afford to be having enough at disposal yet live in scarcity.
” The first thing I said when I emerged winner at the election was that the deplorable condition of the East-West road would be addressed. You cannot be taking much from us and leave us in hunger and scarcity, that will not be allowed! We are going to make sure East-West road is rehabilitated.
” If you have lost trust in the Council, please this is the time to regain trust in the Council. It is no longer business as usual.
I want to assure you that the Council is back at its feet! On Kiama declaration I stand.
“I will very soon issue a statement with ultimatum for the rehabilitation of the East-West road, and it shall be followed up. And after the ultimatum and nothing is done, the authorities will see the other side of us,” he said.
Earlier, welcoming the 8th IYC President to Edo State, Chief Don Ben, an IYC leader expressed confidence in the President, just he said the number one youth will fight the cause of the Ijaws in Edo State and take them to their promise land.
Describing Igbifa as a dogged, resilience and bold fighter, Ben said electing Igbifa to lead the entire Ijaw youths was never a mistake, adding that result will soon be seen by all.
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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