PDP Reps Primaries: Elumelu Emerges As Candidate For Aniocha/Oshimili Constituency

A file photo of Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu.

 

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency.

Elumelu was declared the winner on Sunday in the delegates’ election which now makes him the PDP candidate for the 2023 general elections.

The Chairman of the Delta State Electoral Committee, Funkekeme Solomon, declared Elumelu the winner after the vote count.

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While giving a breakdown of the total 132 votes garnered, Funkekeme said Elumelu got 80 votes by way of affirmation, 17 by buying,  and 35 by other means.

In his remarks, an elated Elumelu attributed his victory to God and his family members for supporting him strongly for the past few months.

He also appreciated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the roles he played in his emergence as the Aniocha/Oshimili constituency candidate.

“I feel very happy; I thank the Almighty God, only Him has done this. Most importantly, I thank my family, they have given me all the support. For few months, they have lost me because of this election. I give them thanks; I thank my mother for being a wonderful mother,” he said.

“I thank my brothers – Peter, Tony, all of them. Most importantly, I thank my governor, the Ekwueme of the universe. My federal constituency will always stand by you; whatever you ask us to do, we will do.

“Thank you so much for providing the enabling environment for me to come out victorious. Most importantly, let me thank the hierarchy of PDP in Abuja led by the National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, for allowing transparency in all the processes that has happened today.”

Purported IPOB Threat: Police Assure Asaba Residents Of Safety

In this file photo, the crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Delta State Police Command is asking residents of Asaba to disregard any sit at home order issued by faceless persons

Commissioner of Police in the state Ari Muhammed Ali in a press statement that was made available to newsmen, declared that there is no “sit at home order either by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) or any other faceless individual or individuals”.

This declaration is coming on the heels of a message by faceless individuals that Asaba residents are warned to observe the ‘Sit At home order’ as declared by the proscribed IPOB.

While urging residents to go about their lawful businesses, the Police Commissioner assured residents of their safety.

He promised that the Command is willing and able to deal decisively with anyone or group of persons who try to cause trouble in the state.

The Commissioner of Police admonished members of the public, particularly residents of Asaba and the entire Delta North district, to remain vigilant, monitor, and report any strange and suspicious movements or persons in their neighbourhood to the Command or other law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, officers and men of the Command have been placed on red alert with the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, Area Commanders, DPOs, and Tactical Commanders to maintain Police visibility across the length and breadth of the state to deploy strategies that will make the State uncomfortable and uninhabitable for hoodlums

Nigeria Will Never Forget Buhari If Only For The 2nd Niger Bridge – Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari used to illustrate the story.

 

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that his principal will forever be remembered in Nigeria, at least for the Second Niger Bridge, which will be completed this year.

Adesina made this claim in an article titled, ‘NDABOSKI! If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, This Country Won’t Ever Forget Buhari’.

He asserted that previous governments led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) failed to deliver on the project, even though they made promises for sixteen years. According to him, President Buhari has taken up many major infrastructure works, most of which would be due for commissioning before he exits next year May, and as such, “we must appreciate the ramrod straight man from Daura for succeeding where many other leaders before him had failed.”

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Below is the full article as published by the president’s spokesman on Facebook:

“This year, the long wait for Godot will come to an end. The second bridge over the River Niger will be commissioned and put to use. And what a dream come true it would be.
Last December, a friend had traveled from Lagos to the South East for the Christmas holidays. When he had spent six hours on the River Niger bridge, a journey which should take less than five minutes, since the bridge is only 1.6 kilometers long, he called me in frustration. He was almost bursting a blood vessel.
I consoled and comforted him, and added for good effect: “This is the last time you and other travelers would be stranded on that bridge. By next Christmas, there would be two bridges in operation, and it would be a jolly good ride.”
He said a resounding amen, and went off the line. What trauma and travails users of the River Niger bridge have passed through. Built in 1965, the artery between the South East, South South, and the rest of the country has become grossly inadequate, and a torture to navigate at peak seasons. There was a year travelers even spent the night on the bridge.
There is a long history to the building of a second bridge over the River Niger, and it had over the years become a tool of false promises, lies and propaganda. When politicians want the votes of South Easterners as elections approach, they go and offload shovels, pick axes, wheelbarrows, cutlasses and others at the site, as if that is what is required to build a bridge of that magnitude. After they’ve got the votes, they come to remove their miserable implements. Goodbye basket, I’ve carried all my apples. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did it for 16 years, building the bridge with their mouths.
The first recollection was during the campaign for the 1979 presidential election. Candidate of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Alhaji Shehu Shagari, went to the South East, and promised a Second Niger bridge. That was all it was. A promise, though the NPN government lasted from 1979 to 1983.
Then came the military regimes headed by Muhammadu Buhari, which lasted only 20 months, that of Ibrahim Babangida, which endured for eight years, Ernest Shonekan-led Interim National Government, 84 days, Sani Abacha, five years, and Abdulsalami Abubakar, 11 months. Nothing was heard about the bridge.
Under Babangida, an alarm was raised about the deteriorating condition of the bridge. Ever the master of artifice and sleight of hand, the then military president challenged Nigerian engineers to design a new bridge. They did! End of story.
Then came Olusegun Obasanjo, a former military head of state, as civilian President. He promised to build the bridge. It didn’t happen in eight years.
About five days before he left office, Obasanjo flagged off the project, to cost N58.6 billion, and handed it to his successor, Umaru Yar’Adua. No action in the three years that the administration lasted. Understandably so, for Yar’Adua was infirm.
Then came Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who even at a point added Azikiwe to his name. He promised Heaven on earth, saying he was a South easterner, and he would build the bridge. During a Town Hall meeting on August 30, 2012, in the region, he said what would he claim he had done for his Igbo brethren, if he didn’t build the bridge.
Later, Azikiwe disappeared from Jonathan’s name, and the Second Niger bridge disappeared with it. All that happened in the about six years that the administration lasted was a Federal Executive Council approval for final planning and design of the bridge. All motion, no movement.
And then came the man from Daura, a Fulani, with no affinity with the South East. He didn’t make promises, he didn’t boast. He just went to work quietly.
From September 1, 2018, without fanfare or swashbuckling, action started on the Second Niger bridge. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister for Works and Housing, was the chief executioner. Doggedly, he and his principal set to work. And here we are today. What has defeated many military and civilian administrations is now reality in our country.
I will never forget the day I traveled to Onitsha for a private event. I was on the same flight from Lagos to Onitsha with His Royal Majesty, the Obi of Onitsha. When we alighted, and were walking towards the arrival hall of the airport, I went to pay my courtesies to the distinguished monarch.
He greeted me warmly, asked after President Buhari, and told me to pass his appreciation for the work being done on the Second Niger bridge.
“Every time I drive on the old bridge, and I look to my side, seeing the new upcoming one, joy wells in my heart,” the Obi said.
And that is the thing to do. We must appreciate the ramrod straight man from Daura for succeeding where many other leaders before him had failed. Where there is a will, there is a way.
President Buhari has taken up many major infrastructure works, most of which would be due for commissioning before he exits next year May. Roads, rail, airports, bridges, many others. If only for the Second Niger bridge, Nigerians will never forget Muhammadu Buhari. But then, you can add Loko-Oweto bridge, Bodo-Bonny road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Abuja to Kaduna and Kano, AKK Pipelines, rail network across the country, and many others. Surely, this country will always remember Muhammadu Buhari for good, no matter how revisionists have tried to shroud the successes with only talk of insecurity ravaging the country. While the security challenges are being met frontally, infrastructure proceeds apace. It takes determination and doggedness.
Indaboski! Nigeria will always remember Buhari for his strides in infrastructure, when the country was earning far less than it used to do.
Indaboski? What does it mean? Search me. Ask Prophet Chukwuemeka Odumeje what the word means. He coined it.
But I repeat: Indaboski! This country will never forget Buhari, if only for the Second Niger bridge.”

Delta Govt Shuts School After 19-Month-Old Pupil Flogged By Teacher Dies

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Delta State Government has shut down a primary school in Asaba following the death of a 19-month-old pupil, Obina Udeze.

Channels Television gathered that the victim died from injuries sustained by a teacher, Emeka Nwogbo, who reportedly flogged him on Monday, leaving marks on his body. The little boy was said to have fallen sick after the beating and was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. His health condition deteriorated until he eventually died on Saturday morning.

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The Delta State Commissioner for Basic Education Chika Ossai told Channels Television on Sunday that the school was not approved by the state government. He explained that the government’s decision to seal up the affected institution is because the proprietor does not have an operational licence.

Meanwhile, the accused teacher is currently in police custody while investigations are ongoing. The spokesman of Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, said they have commenced investigations into Udeze’s death.

Goods Worth Millions Destroyed As Fire Guts Ogbe-Ijoh Market In Warri

The scene of the fire incident in Ogbe-Ijoh Market, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State on January 23, 2022.

 

Fire gutted the popular Ogbe-Ijoh Market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, destroying several goods worth millions of naira.

The market is well known to be one of the biggest fish markets across the country.

Although the cause of the fire incident is still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, residents and shop owners were seen running helter skelter to rescue what is left of their respective goods.

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Channels Television gathered that firefighters from the State Fire Service later came in to put off the raging fire before it could escalate to other sections of the market.

The Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Micheal Tidi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone conversation on Sunday.

He said the fire which started at about 2 pm on Sunday, was triggered by a mentally-challenged woman who was clearing refuse at the market premises.

According to the Chairman, the fire spread beyond the dry refuse and then onto other shops in the market after the woman began to cook and walked away briefly.

Details shortly….

Three Children, Woman Confirmed Dead In Delta Building Collapse

 

One more person has been confirmed dead in the church building collapse in Delta State, raising the death toll to four.

Channels Television reported earlier on Wednesday that three persons were killed after the building collapsed on Tuesday at Okpanam community in Oshimili North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Hours after the report, the Commissioner of Information in the state, Charles Aniagwu, confirmed to Channels Television that one of the injured victims had died.

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Those who were confirmed dead earlier included a woman and two girls, while the new death recorded was also a child whose gender has yet to be ascertained.

A combination of photos taken on January 12, 2022, shows scenes from the building collapse in Delta State.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer in Delta, Bright Edafe, had also confirmed that 18 other people trapped in the rubble were rescued.

Although it is unclear if those rescued are all children, Edafe said the search and rescue operations were over.

Giving a breakdown of those injured, he said four of them have been discharged while 11 people were receiving treatment. But one of them was the child who died recently.

When the building collapsed on Tuesday, several persons were feared to be trapped in the rubble.

As soon as the incident occurred, officials of the red cross and fire service, as well as security operatives were said to have raced to the scene.

Search and rescue operations began thereafter, leading to the recovery of the survivors from the rubble, but not without four lives lost.

Three Dead, 18 Rescued As Search Ends In Delta Building Collapse


Three persons have been confirmed dead after a church building collapsed at Okpanam community in Delta State.

A woman and two girls lost their lives to the incident which occurred on Tuesday in Oshimili North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Delta, Bright Edafe, confirmed the number of casualties, saying 18 other people trapped in the rubble were rescued.

While it is unclear if those rescued are all children, Edafe also confirmed that the search and rescue operations were over.

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This photo shows the building that collapsed in Okpanam community in Delta State on January 11, 2022.

 

According to him, 15 of those rescued were injured and four of them have been discharged while the remaining 11 people are still receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, sources say the Deputy Governor of the state, Kingsley Otuaro, is scheduled to visit the site of the building collapse.

It is expected that he will answer questions bordering on the cause of the incident and actions to be taken by the state government to prevent a recurrence.

Channels Television had reported the building collapse in which several persons were trapped in the rubble.

As soon as the incident occurred, officials of the red cross and fire service, as well as security operatives were said to have raced to the scene.

Search and rescue operations began thereafter, leading to the recovery of the survivors from the rubble, but not with three lives lost.

Omicron Variant Spreading Faster Than Delta Strain – WHO 

This handout picture made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 29, 2021 shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressing the special session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Christopher Black / World Health Organization / AFP

 

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said the Omicron variant was spreading faster than the Delta strain. 

“There is now consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant,” Tedros told reporters, cautioning that the strain appears to have the ability to double its infections every 1.5 to three days.

“That is really fast.”

In addition to increased transmissibility, early data has shown signs of worrying resistance to vaccines.

There have also however been indications that it is sparking less severe symptoms than previous strains, but WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told Monday’s press conference it was “early days to conclude that this is a milder variant”.

She warned that South Africa and other places reporting lower hospitalisation rates from Omicron had been hit hard in earlier waves, so many of the Omicron cases may have been reinfections.

“The variant may be behaving differently in people with prior immunity,” she said.

End To Pandemic?

He also said the world must pull together and make the difficult choices needed to end the Covid-19 pandemic within the next year

“2022 must be the year we end the pandemic,” the World Health Organization’s director general told reporters in Geneva.

As end-of-year festivities approach, the UN health agency chief said countries should rein in national events linked to the holidays because allowing crowds to gather would be a “perfect platform” for Omicron to spread.

It would be better to cancel events now and celebrate later “than to celebrate now and grieve later”, he added.

Since it was first reported in South Africa in November, Omicron has been identified in dozens of countries, dashing hopes that the worst of the pandemic is over.

‘End inequity’ 

Tedros pointed out that regardless of the variant’s severity, “the sheer number of cases… may overwhelm the health system” and more people could die.

More than 5.3 million people have died since the start of the pandemic, though the true toll is believed to be several times higher.

Amid growing concern over Omicron, many governments are scrambling to roll out vaccine booster shots to populations, with early data suggesting that a third dose offers increased protection against the variant.

But the WHO has repeatedly voiced concern that such booster programmes could deepen already glaring inequity in vaccine access between wealthy and poorer countries.

Many vulnerable people around the world are still waiting for a first vaccine dose, and the UN health agency has said it is better to prioritise them over providing fully vaccinated health adults with boosters.

“If we are to end the pandemic in the coming year, we must end inequity,” Tedros said.

AFP

 

FG Approves November 2022 For National Sports Festival In Delta

File photo of athletes competing in the sprint event at the National Sports Festival in Edo State.

 

The Federal Government has fixed the National Sports Festival for November 2 to 15, 2022 in Delta State following the resolution of the Technical Committee of the National Council on Sports.

Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, disclosed this on Monday in Asaba, the Delta State Capital during the extra-ordinary National Council on Sports Meeting and Inauguration of LOC for the hosting of the National Sports Festival.

He described Delta State as the incubator of talents for the nation’s sports development, noting that the successes of Nigeria in sports won’t be complete without the contribution of the oil-rich state and the giant strides of her athletes.

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“Therefore, this meeting today puts us at the cusp of another National Sports Festival (NSF) which we refer to as our own Olympics,” he said.

“The National Council on Sports meeting today has become necessary in order to update Council on developments, and deliberations on issues that concern the hosting of the 21st National Sports Festival which Delta State had earlier won the rights to host in November 2022″.

“Interestingly, Delta State came first at the recently concluded Edo 2020. Now, we are happy that they have the opportunity not just to host, but to validate their first position.

“Arising from the award of the hosting rights to Delta State, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has continued to engage the Host State on the need to fine-tune the road map in preparation for the NSF.”

According to Dare, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will continue to collaborate with the Delta State Government with the view to ensuring the successful hosting of the games.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari administration for the progressive and giant stride ideas put in place to drive sports development and the entire ecosystem in the country.

This is even as the Minister noted that sports development under the current government has attained a new and impressive height which has invariably secured a seat at the table when it comes to allocation of resources as an area of business.

He stated further that his ministry in collaboration with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), have established a Department in the Ministry that is solely responsible for National Sports Festival and Para-Sports.

A Crushing Fall Awaits APC In 2023 – Elumelu

File photo of Ndudi Elumelu during a plenary session. Photo: Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP Delta) has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will face an inevitable and crushing fall in 2023 after which it will go into political oblivion.

According to a statement by his Senior Legislative Aide, Tony Ayaegbunam, the lawmaker made the declaration at the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee of the PDP in Abuja.

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The Minority Leader said the harmony in the PDP “signposts the peace, cohesiveness, and progress that will pervade our nation when our party takes over power in 2023 from the vexatious, retrogressive, and corrupt APC.”

According to Elumelu, the achievement of a seamless transition in party administration at the expiration of statutory tenure reinforces the status of the PDP as a party of statesmen and women and the mainstay of democratic practice in our country.

“I am happy that we have roundly shamed the APC and their agents, who, as naysayers and enemies of democracy, had set land mines, expecting our party to submerge in crisis, factionalize and founder, so as to deny Nigerians the platform to rescue our nation from the vicious claws and deadly stranglehold of the APC. The APC has failed in governance and party administration and a crushing fall awaits it in 2023”, Elumelu stated.

The minority leader commended the outgoing NWC for their commitment to revamping and repositioning the party thereby restoring the confidence of the people in the PDP as the only viable platform for the restoration of good governance in the country.

“I dare say that in spite of its many challenges, the outgoing NWC is an embodiment of the resilient spirit of the PDP. This NWC took up the challenge, picked our party from its lowest ebb, rebuilt our political stables, rekindled the zeal of our members, and restored the confidence of Nigerians in the PDP.

“The courage and commitment exhibited by our leaders contributed in reigniting the passion in Nigerians to join forces with our party in their collective resolve to rescue our nation from the misrule of the APC,” he said.

Elumelu also commended the NWC for entrenching a strong internal conflict resolution mechanism, adding that “since the resolution of the leadership issues in the House of Representatives, our caucus under my leadership has remained stable and forceful in opposition.”

He however stressed his confidence in the incoming Iyorchia Ayu-led NWC to take the party to the next level of accomplishment, particularly the return of the PDP to power come 2023.

Police Rescue Kidnap Victim, Arrest Suspect With AK-47 Rifle

The suspected kidnapper arrested by police operatives in Delta State.

 

Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have rescued a kidnap victim and also arrested a suspected kidnapper along Irri-Aviara community road in the Ughelli area of the state.

Following the kidnap of the victim, a 63-year-old lady, on November 26, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ari Muhammed Ali, ordered the immediate arrest of the suspects.

The directive, according to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Edafe Bright, forced the Divisional Police Officer of Oleh Division, Paul Oboware to swiftly mobilise, lead police patrol teams in a combined effort with Irri vigilante and cordon the surrounding bushes.

It was gathered that the hoodlums on sighting the police, abandoned the victim and escaped into the bush.

“In compliance with the directive of the CP, the DPO Oleh division embarked on the intelligence-led investigation. Police Operatives and vigilante were strategically deployed for the purpose of getting useful information with a view to seeing that these hoodlums are arrested and brought to book,” the statement read.

“Consequently, it paid off as on the 02/12/2021 at about 2143hrs, he received another distress call from the vigilante deployed around Irri roundabout Oleh, that some hoodlums were sighted near the roundabout and operating in a white Toyota Hilux without the registration number.

“He further stated that in an attempt to kidnap one man (name withheld) who recently returned from Europe, a disagreement ensued among themselves which made residents in the area who became suspicious to alert the vigilante.”

Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to being part of the gang that kidnapped the 63-year-old victim and abandoned her when they noticed that the police were closing in on them.

The suspect led police operatives to his house where one AK -47 rifle, 19 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one magazine, one pump action gun and 26 live cartridges concealed in a sack bag and buried in the compound were recovered.

The police authorities equally vowed to arrest other fleeing suspected kidnappers.

Court Orders FG To Pay Delta State $1.638bn As Derivative Arrears

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Federal Government to pay the sum of N1.638 billion dollars to the Delta State government, as part of the 13 per cent derivative arrears of revenue payable to the state.

Delivering judgment o Monday, Justice Donatus Okorowo held that he was satisfied with the amount of 13 per cent derivative sum due as arrears of revenue payable to Delta State.

He granted all the reliefs that were sought by the state government, adding that the suit being an action instituted to recover revenue accruing to the Delta State qualified for the undefended list.

Justice Okorowo, therefore, declared the suit as unchallenged.

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Counsel to the state government, Ken Njemanze, had filed a suit in which the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, was listed a respondent.

In the suit, he prayed the court to compel the Federal Goverment to pay five per cent of $50 billion recovered as additional revenue that accrued to the Nigerian government.

Ruling on an ex parte application on July 22, the court held that the “plaintiff’s writ of summons be marked and placed on the undefended list.”

In his verdict on Monday, Justice Okorowo granted all the reliefs of the Delta State government.

“The suit succeeds on its merit and all the reliefs sought by plaintiff are granted,” he stated.

This followed an affidavit set forth by the Attorney-General of Delta State on the grounds upon which the government’s claim was based.

The state government asked the court for an order directing the defendant (AGF) to pay the sum of $ 1,638,396,277.00 (One billion, six hundred and thirty-eight million, three hundred and ninety-six thousand, two hundred and seventy-seven United States dollars) being the 13 per cent derivative sum due as arrears of revenue payable to Delta as assessed.