Ortom Rejects Invitation To Rejoin APC

A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom
A file photo of Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue state governor Mr Samuel Ortom has rejected the invitation extended to him by the All Progressive Congress to return to the party, noting that he is fully committed to the ideals of the Peoples Democratic Party, thereby putting to rest, speculations on his alleged defection plans to the APC.

Governor Ortom made this public at the PDP congress to elect a new state executive committee of the party was returned the John Ngbede led executive, admitting that the APC indeed reached out to him but the congress decision would determine if he would remain in the PDP.

Expectedly, the delegates passed a vote of confidence on him after a voice vote he put forward to leave for the APC, was rejected by the PDP delegates, promising to work for the victory of the PDP come 2023.

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With that cleared out of the way, the issue of equitable distribution of power, where only the Tiv ethnic group has been ruling the state since its creation in 1976 was tabled.

The Senator representing Benue South Senator Abba Moro and the former senate president, Mister David Mark makes a compelling case for the zone to produce the next governor come 2023.

After acknowledging cheers from the crowd and taking his seat, delegates began casting their votes for the candidates running for the 39 positions led by the incumbent chairman, Mr. John Ngbede.

Some notable persons who were present at the congress on Saturday include former Senate Presidents, David Mark, and Iyorchia Ayu, as well as the three Senators representing Benue at the National Assembly.

PDP Says It Has Uncovered APC’s Plot To Use Ganduje, Others To Derail Edo Election

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has uncovered plots by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use the trio of Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Hope Uzodinma of Imo state and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to derail the September 19 Edo State governorship election.

The PDP in a communique signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it is already aware that the trio was selected by the APC to lead its campaign so as to force a “combined formula of Kano and Kogi electoral violence as well as Imo state mandate robbery” to subvert the will of the people of Edo State in the governorship election.

The PDP said it is pathetic that the APC only has a person who has become a “butt of international shame after being seen in a viral video stuffing his robe with gratification, in foreign currency,” to serve as Chairman of its Edo state governorship campaign council.

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The statement further reads that “It is equally contemptuous that such a person is being deputized by another individual, who has become a metaphor of electoral manipulation, after being so docketed by a judgment of the Supreme Court.

“It is also disgusting that a governor who deployed a Police helicopter to scare voters on election day has been mandated to deploy thugs and dangerous weapons through the northern borderlines of Edo State ahead of the election.

“Part of APC’s plot is to import election mercenaries as observers to attempt to scare the people of Edo state, suppress them and steal their mandate.

“It is however not surprising that such is the drift of the APC campaign, given that it has neither messages nor plans for the people of Edo state, especially, with a candidate like Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who has also been declared by his former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, as a person of questionable character, a fake pastor, treasury looter, rusticated student who is only fit for “night meetings” and should never be entrusted with the office of the governor of Edo state.

“Whereas our candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, enjoys the overwhelming support of the Edo people due to his enthusing track record of personal character and performance in office for which even APC leaders have praises for him, the APC candidate has nothing to present to the people.

“With its defective nomination process, an ailing campaign council and a dented governorship candidate, it is clear that the APC is not preparing for issue-based and people-oriented campaign, but for process manipulation and ballot robbery.

“Our party, in the strongest terms, cautions the APC to note that the “Gandollar,” “Supreme Court Governor” and “helicopter shooting” formulas cannot work in this election as the people of Edo state have never been intimidated, suppressed, subjugated or overpowered by external political influences”.

The PDP asked the APC to note that the people of Edo state will spare nothing within the law in firmly resisting any attempt by anybody to import violence or try to manipulate the Edo election in any way.

“With the people of Edo State on the side of Governor Obaseki and the PDP, the coast is already clear and any attempt by anybody to subvert the will of the people will surely be met very stiff resistance,” Mr. Ologbondiyan stressed on behalf of the PDP.

Governor Ajimobi Pledges To Ensure Peace After Polls

ajomobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has vowed that peace will not be compromised by any group or persons in the state.

The governor made the promise while reacting to the alleged threat by former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party that there would be reprisal attacks, if members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) continued to harass his people.

Governor Ajimobi added that the victory won by the APC was more than convincing, as the people voted overwhelmingly for him.

Former Governor Ladoja had said he was gathering evidence to enable him come back to the Government House in the next three months through the tribunal.

Ajimobi further stressed that any candidate who feels that the will of the people should be contested, must do so within the ambit of the law. He said any breach of peace would not be tolerated from anyone in the state, no matter how highly placed.

In his address to Accord Party (AP) supporters, former Governor Ladoja had warned that if the governor does not warn his supporters from harassing his people, there would be reprisal attacks. He claimed that the elections results do not represent the will of the people.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, said no group or individual would be allowed to take the law into their hands, advising any aggrieved candidate to seek legal redress.

Other governorship candidates, who contested with Governor Ajimobi have expressed readiness to work with him, in order to move the state forward.

Kenya Foreign Minister Says Americans, Briton Among Mall Attackers

Kenya’s foreign minister, Amina Mohammed, on Monday said that two or three Americans and one Briton were among those who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall.

A report by Associated Press (AP) records that during an interview with PBS’ “NewsHour” program, Mohammed disclosed that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and lived “in Minnesota and one other place” in the U.S. The attacker from Britain was a woman who has “done this many times before.”

More than 60 people have been killed in the assault on the upscale mall, which lasted for three days.

The foreign minister said Authorities in Kenya were trying to wrap up their bloody standoff with al-Shabab, a group allied with al-Qaida.

However, U.S. officials said they were looking into whether any Americans were involved. State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki on Monday said the department had “no definitive evidence of the nationalities or the identities” of the attackers.

While White House spokesman, Ben Rhodes said U.S. officials have seen “reports coming out of al-Shabab that indicate information along those lines,” referring to possible involvement of Americans in the attack.

“But we have to run those to ground, of course,” he said. “We do monitor very carefully and have for some time been concerned about efforts by al-Shabab to recruit Americans or U.S. persons to come to Somalia.

“This is an issue that has been tracked very closely by the U.S. government, and it’s one that we’ll be looking into in the days ahead.”

Furthermore, Mohamed said Kenya needs to work with other governments to fight the increasing terrorist threat and “much more with the U.S and the U.K., because both the victims and the perpetrators came from Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. From the information we have, two or three Americans and so far I’ve heard of one Brit.”

She added: “That just goes to underline the global nature of this war that we are fighting.”

Six Attackers Killed

Kenya’s Citizen TV reported on Tuesday that troops had killed “six of the remaining attackers” but did not give further details and the report was unsourced.

“Security forces killed six of the remaining attackers,” the channel said in a brief headline. Officials earlier said three of the 10 to 15 people who stormed the building on Saturday had been killed.

The government said it was in control of the mall, although there was another burst of gunfire at 9.30 a.m. (0530 GMT) and two security personnel at the scene said security forces were still searching the mall.

 

AP shareholders ask Supreme Court to restrain Dangote as NSE President

Shareholders of African Petroleum, (AP) PLC, have asked the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, which allowed Mr Aliko Dangote resume as President of Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE.

The aggrieved AP shareholders, through their counsel, Mr Onyebuchi Aniakor submit that the appellate court erred in law, in its proceeding.

The shareholders want the Supreme court to restrain Mr Aliko Dangote from taking any step and/or further steps to occupy and/or assume the duties & rights of President of NSE, in pursuance of the decision of the Court of Appeal pending the hearing and final determination of the appeal at the Supreme Court.

They also want the appellate court to restrain the defendant from parading himself and/or allowing himself to be paraded as President of NSE, pending the hearing and final determination of the appeal at the Supreme Court

Dangote resumed back as the president of the NSE on Tuesday, June 19 following a Court of Appeal ruling which reversed a federal high court judgement that nullified his election as the president of the nation’s bourse.

Africa’s richest man was in August 2009, elected the 17th president of the NSE based on a unanimous acclamation by the council members.

Justice Muhammed Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos, nullified the election, ruling that it was in clear violation of an order of August 4, 2009, which directed all parties to maintain status quo in a suit by aggrieved shareholders of AP Plc.

The suit was against Dangote, Nova Finance and Securities Limited; a stock broking firm, and others on allegation that AP’s share prices were manipulated.

Dangote appealed against that decision and urged the Court of Appeal to set aside the ruling of the lower court.

In its judgment, the Court of Appeal held that since the federal high court was wrong to order parties to maintain status quo, there was no need to annul the election.

The court also held that Mr Dangote cannot be held for contempt over the elections.