Medical Doctor Kidnapped In Delta State

 

Some gunmen have kidnaped a medical doctor identified as Dr Jerry Isogun, who is also the President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD DELSUTH Oghara, Delta State.

This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Harrison Adja, on Thursday.

According to the statement, Dr. Isogun was kidnapped on Wednesday night while on his way from his primary place of assignment in Oghara, to Sapele where he lives.

The association also disclosed that an attempt had been made on their colleagues last month, and another one escaped the same kidnappers just about 20minutes before the president was kidnapped.

With the increase in the spate of kidnapping around the Oghara-Sapele-Warri and Oghara-Benin axis, the association has called on the government to come to their aid.

“We are therefore calling on delta state government, security agents, chairmen of the adjoining LGAs, and traditional rulers to beef up security around these areas, to forestall such happening in the future.

“We are also calling on the Federal Government to ensure that these roads are fixed as a matter of urgency to avert future occurrence”.

Appeal Court Dismisses Ogboru’s Appeal, Upholds Okowa’s Victory As Delta Governor

Court To Decide Certificate Case Against Buhari Today
A file photo of the Court of Appeal in Abuja

 

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the case filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Great Ogboru on the March 2019 Governorship Elections in Delta state for lacking in merit.

A unanimous decision by a panel of five justices affirmed the decisions of the tribunal which upheld the victory of Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of the state.

Mr. Ogboru had approached the appellate court in a bid to upturn the September judgement of the elections tribunal that dismissed its petition seeking the cancellation of the March 2019 elections in which Okowa was declared a winner for lacking in merit.

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The APC candidate who appealed on 37 grounds stated that the tribunal erred on the point of law.

He contended that the total number of votes declared for the PDP candidate outnumbered the total number of accredited voters during the elections.

But the appeal court ruled in favour of the respondent, Ifeanyi Okowa on the ground that the appellant is unable to prove the case.

The panel also held that the appellant was unable to mention at least one accredited voters who did not vote in the election, nor was he able to call at least an agent of the political party who on the point of law is the most qualified person to testify in a case of over-voting.

The court, however, dismissed the entire appeal for lacking in merit.

It affirmed the decisions of the tribunal which upheld the victory of Ifeanyi Okowa in the March 2019 governorship election.

No cost was however awarded against the appellant.

Delta Election: Court Reserves Ruling In Appeal Filed By APC’s Great Ogboru

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Chief Great Ogboru, against the election of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the Governor of Delta State.

A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu, reserved judgment on Monday after the lawyers to the parties in the appeal adopted and argued their final briefs.

Chief Ogboru is seeking a reversal of the decision of the Delta State governorship election petition tribunal which returned Senator Okowa as the winner of the March 9 governorship election.

He had raised 37 appeals through his lawyer, Mr Nicholson Ichekor, upon which he is asking the court of appeal to set aside the entire judgment of the tribunal.

The APC candidate alleged over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Three Children Die In Delta Flood

 

Three children have lost their lives in a recent flooding that ravaged communities in Warri North council area of Delta State.

The children – a girl and two boys, from two separate families, were aged two, four and five years old.

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While their parents and members of the community have been mourning the loss, they have also called on the Federal Government to put measures in place to prevent future tragedies caused as a result of flooding.

Flood: Residents Call Govt To Intervene After Death Of Teenagers In Delta

 

Residents of some communities in Delta State are calling on the government to immediately address the issue of flooding.

The appeal recently became intensified, following the death of some teenagers in the state who were flushed away by floods.

About a week ago, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly swept away by the flood in Okpanam Community after a downpour which lasted several hours.

A similar tragedy occurred days ago in Alibioba community, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area where two brothers, Testimony and Godwin Okwuokenye were swept away by a ravaging flood in the area.

11-year-old Godwin reportedly fell into a gutter right in front of their home and was swept away by the flood. In an attempt to rescue him, his brother, Testimony, also lost his life.

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At their home, a crowd of sympathizers were seen mourning the deceased.
Speaking to Channels Television, the parents pleaded with government to come to their aid and create more drainages to prevent a recurrence.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, has visited the family to commiserate with them.

He said while the government will continue to do its best to improve the state’s infrastructure, residents should also apply caution in the rainy seasons.

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had predicted that most states would experience abnormal amounts of rainfall.

Some of the state include: Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Niger, Plataeu, Nasarawa, Osun, Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Cross River.

AFCON 2019: Super Eagles To Resume Camping On Sunday

 

Nigerias final preparations for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt will begin on Sunday, when invited players, alongside the technical crew and administrative staff, will start arriving in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Delta State, nicknamed The Big Heart, has eased into the forefront as the nations football capital, since hosting the 2018 AITEO Cup finals and the international friendly between the Super Eagles and Ugandas Cranes in November 2018.

Since then, the Super Eagles have played Seychelles in Asaba in an AFCON qualifier and hosted Egypt in a friendly, and the city was also the setting for the U-23 National Teams thrashing of Libya in an U-23 AFCON qualifier in March 2019.

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On Sunday, the Eagles backroom staff members are expected to be complete, with some players also expected, while the larger population of the playing body should hit the town on Monday.

This first phase of camping will also take in a friendly match, against equally Egypt-bound Warriors of Zimbabwe, at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, 8th June.

Players and officials will travel to the Egyptian city of Ismailia the following day aboard a chartered flight, where they will stay at the Hotel Mercure and spend a full week perfecting tactics and strategies, before taking on Africas number one ranked team Senegal in another friendly in Ismailia.

On January 7, 2019, the three-time African champions will travel to Alexandria venue of their Group B matches against Burundi, Guinea, and Madagascar.

Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr had invited 25 players to the camp, with six other players among them three home-based professionals on standby.

25 EAGLES FOR AFCON 2019 CAMP

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

Six On Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC)

Inauguration: I Took An Oath To Build A Stronger Delta, Says Okowa

 

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro on Wednesday took their oath of office, birthing their second term.

The event was held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Governor Okowa in an address after being administered the oath of office by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, said that the oath he took was for him to build a stronger state.

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He scored his administration high in the management of human and material resources, disclosing that during his first term in office, his administration embarked on massive road constructions.

The governor also reeled out the achievements recorded during his first administration. He added that plans have been concluded for the construction of 19 more technical colleges to ensure that every local government area in the state has at least, one technical college.

According to Okowa, this will encourage skill development and the spirit of entrepreneurship among the people.

‘Technical Problem’ Led To Forcados Trunk-Line Explosion, Delta Government

 

The Delta State Government has said that the recent fire incident at the Forcados trunk-line was caused by a technical problem, as per preliminary reports.

According to Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, who spoke to journalists after a stakeholder meeting with protesting host communities and a delegation from Chevron Nigeria Ltd on Saturday, confirmed that the blast had casualties.

“Preliminary reports have it that it was a technical problem that led to the explosion.

“There were indeed casualties.”

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He assured both parties that there is no cause for alarm and the government is looking into the incident.

“The requisite offices from the government are looking into it. For now, major work has been suspended on the trunk line to allow for proper investigations.”

Appeal Court Upholds Judgment Nullifying Omo-Agege’s Election

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Friday reaffirmed the nullification of the re-election of the Senator representing Delta Central district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ovie Omo-Agege.

The court also nullified the election of Francis Waive, who was declared winner of the Ughelli North, South and Udu House of Representatives seat on the APC platform.

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In a judgement delivered by Justice Tosin Adegoke On March 18, the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, had sacked the Great Ogboru/Ovie Omo-Agege factional State Executive Committee of the APC led by Jones Erue and upheld the O’tega Emerhor faction led by Cyril Ogodo as the authentic state executive committee.

The Federal High Court also nullified all actions taken by the sacked Erue-led executive, including ward and local government congresses, party primaries and the list of candidates that emerged from the primaries.

Following the judgement of the Federal High Court, Omo-Agege and Waive thereafter, approached the Court of Appeal to seek the leave of the court to appeal the judgment nullifying their candidatures and re-election.

At the hearing of the case on Friday, the Court of Appeal, however, dismissed their applications, saying it lacked merit.

Consequently, the court awarded a fine of N300,000 each to the two candidates.

INEC Suspends Announcement Of Delta Governorship Election Results Till Monday

 

 

The announcement of the governorship election results in Delta State at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation centre in Asaba, the state capital, has been suspended till Monday, March 11, 2019.

With the results of 18 local government areas already announced and seven more to go, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, is leading in 17 local government areas.

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His closest opponent, Great Ogboru, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won one local government area.

During the announcement of the results, APC representative, Mr. Turner Ogboru, raised some objections on the alleged disparity in the figures for the number of accredited voters for most of the local government areas declared.

But the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe, said the commission had noted the observations made and called on all parties with complaints to direct their grievances to the appropriate quarters.

Delta PDP Criticises Buhari Ahead Of Warri Visit

FG Engaging In Guesswork To Tackle Insecurity, Insurgency – PDP

 

The Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of his visit to Warri.

The president is expected in Warri today (Monday) for a town hall meeting ahead of the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on March 9.

But the PDP believes that the trip is aimed at concluding plans to rig the elections on behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement issued on Monday, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Dr. Ifeanyi M. Osuoza, said it is the second visit in about two months.

Osuoza also asked why the president has always “limited his visits to a microscopic Warri and ignoring the larger areas of the state”.

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The statement read in part, “Already, the entire Delta State is abuzz with claims and insinuations and it is being openly said that the President and indeed the whole gamut of well-known election manipulators and hatchet men in the national APC leadership, are visiting Delta State ostensibly to perfect an APC rigging plan and subvert the electoral process and the ultimate democratic decisions of Deltans who have sworn to return Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for a well-deserved second term and vote for all the PDP candidates in the March 9, 2019 State Assembly elections.

“It is indeed a thing of shame that President Buhari will ignore other very important and urgent state matters to come to Warri to be at the head of a despicable scheme to manipulate and swing votes in favour of the unpopular APC and its candidates.

“We condemn the president’s insensitivity to the sensibilities of the people of Delta State who have taken PDP as their party.”

The party also alleged that the President plans to “secretly get the various agencies of the Federal Government, namely, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police, the military and other security agencies to intimidate and harass PDP supporters.”

The president is, however, yet to respond to the claims.

Those expected to attend the town hall meeting, later on, include traditional rulers, opinion leaders, politicians, market men and women, National Assembly members, candidates for the March 9 elections, and stakeholders in the Nigerian and Delta Project.

Uduaghan Calls For Cancellation Of National Assembly Elections In Delta South

Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan (file)

 

A former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has called for the cancellation of the National Assembly elections in Delta South.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, he said he had made the call after the electoral umpire (INEC), announced the results of the Delta South senatorial district in which he lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, James Manager.

According to him, the elections were fraught with a lot of electoral malpractices, irregularities and violence.

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Consequently, he said he petitioned INEC during the collation of results and the final announcement at the Senatorial Collation Centre in Oleh, Isoko South LGA after which he called for the cancellation.

Uduaghan, however, thanked the people of Delta South Senatorial District “for their overwhelming support throughout the period of electioneering”.

He also asked his supporters to remain calm and peaceful, saying further directives would be communicated.

The PDP candidate who is the incumbent in the senatorial district beat Uduaghan by securing 258,812 votes.

The former governor polled less than half of the figure with 125,776 votes.

Read the full statement below.

PRESS STATEMENT
Following the result released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly Election in Delta South Senatorial District, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, we wish to state as follows:
1.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan wishes to express his profound appreciation to the people of Delta South Senatorial District for their overwhelming support throughout the period of electioneering.
2.   His Excellency, Dr, Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan wishes to state that the above election was fraught with a lot of electoral malpractices, irregularities, ballot stuffing and further crippled with electoral violence in some parts of Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Warri North and Isoko North LGAs.
3.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan had already petitioned INEC in respect to paragraph two above during collation of results and the final announcement at the Senatorial Collation Centre in Oleh, Isoko South LGA.
4.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan in the petition called for the cancellation of the Presidential/National Assembly election held in Delta South.
5.   His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan calls on his supporters and the good people of Delta South to remain calm and peaceful as further directives would be communicated.
6.   Thank you all.
Monoyo Edon,
Media Assistant to Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan