Ghali Na’abba Blames Politicians For Political Violence

Ghali Na'abba Blames Politicians For Political ViolenceA former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba has appealed to politicians to embrace dialogue in order to reduce the increasing cases of political violence in the country.

Addressing participants at the 2017 National Political Summit in Abuja, where Nigerian democracy, constitutionalism and leadership recruitment paradigm was the focus.

Na’abba condemned the political development in Edo and Ondo governorship elections and the parliamentary rerun elections in Rivers state, and criticized politicians who go to the polls as if they were at war.

The former speaker said that Nigeria as a nation was founded on dialogue and asked the political class to consolidate on the gains of the nation’s founding fathers.

He said: “With the recent happenings in our political development especially the governorship election in Edo and Ondo and the legislative elections in Rivers state, can we say we are indeed making progress? It seems to me that people still contest elections as if it is a war that must be won or we perish.”

Na’abba was speaking in his capacity as the acting chairman of the governing council, Save Democracy Group Africa.

The chairman of the summit and former governor of Edo state, Oserheimen Osunbor, called for the enthronement of the rule of law.

“Democracy cannot thrive if the constitution is not right or if we are not respecting our constitution and respecting the rule of law,” he said.

The convener of the summit and Director General of Save Democracy Group Africa, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, enumerated the essence of the national political summit.

It is to develop elite consensus on political and governance issues and promote tolerance to alternative view points and dialogue among stakeholders.

The three-day summit is expected to among other issues examine constitutional development options for sustainable democracy in Nigeria, political leadership recruitment and internal democracies in political parties.

Stop acting as APGA chairman, Court tells Massalla

An Abuja high court has reaffirmed its August 7th order restraining Alhaji Sadiq Massalla and Dr Ifedi Okwenna from parading themselves as the acting national chairman and acting national secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The court warned that the ruling subsists pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed before the court by Mr Victor Umeh.

The court presided over by Justice Husseni Baba-Yusuf while adjourning the matter to September 13th for further hearing directed that counsel to the defendants, James Ikenyi be served in court as he had earlier complained that his clients were not properly served and that they only saw the order of the court on the pages of newspapers.

It would be recalled that the court gave the order after hearing an ex-parte application moved by counsel to APGA, Mr Patrick Ikwueto on behalf of its national chairman chief Victor Umeh and national secretary Alhaji Aani Shinkafi.

The court had also restrained Massalla and Okwenna from convening, calling or organizing or holding any meeting of any organ of APGA and or otherwise interfering in any manner whatsoever in the affairs of APGA at any level pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice which has been fixed for September 13th.

Umeh and Shinkafi had in a motion ex-parte asked the court to restrain the duo from interfering in the affairs of the party as they have been suspended from the party since June 21st 2012.

 

Court restrains Massalla, Okwenna from parading as APGA leaders

An Abuja High Court has restrained Alhaji Sadiq Massalla and Dr Ifedi Okwenna from parading themselves as the Acting National Chairman and Acting National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The Court presided over by Justice Baba Yusuf, on Tuesday, gave the order after hearing an ex-parte application moved by Counsel to the Party Patrick, Ikwueto.

The court also restrained Massalla and Okwenna from convening, calling or organizing or holding any meeting of any organ of the party.

The two were also barred from interfering in any manner whatsoever in the affairs of APGA at any level pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice which has been fixed for August 16th, 2012.

APGA’s national chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and national secretary Alhaji Sani Shinkafi had in a motion ex-parte asked the court to restrain the duo from interfering in the affairs of the party as they have been suspended from the party since June 19th 2012.

In a 37 paragraph affidavit deposed to by Shinkafi, he averred that the defendants were members of the National Working Committee of the party until June 19th when they began a dissident campaign against the National leadership of the Party.