Tribunal Upholds David Mark’s Election

David MarkThe National Assembly election petition tribunal has upheld the election of former Senate President, Senator David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP.

In its ruling on Thursday, the tribunal struck out the petition filed by the APC’s candidate in Benue senatorial poll, Mr Daniel Onjeh.

The former Senate President had asked the tribunal to dismiss Mr. Onjeh’s petition for filing outside the 21 days required by law.

EDHA Declares Defected Member’s Seat Vacant

edo2 The APC faction of the Edo State House of Assembly, has declared vacant, the seat of Abdulrazaq Momoh, representing Etsako Constituency 2.

Speaker of the House Uyi Igbe who read the decision of the House said the decision is keeping with Section 109 of the   constitution following his defection to the Peoples’ Democratic Party from the All Progressive Congress.

Speaker Igbe also directed that the lawmaker should be evicted from his official quarters and also return his official car.

It was recalled  that the House suspended four lawmakers, on allegations of gross misconduct, about two months ago.

Three of them were those who defected from the APC to the PDP and the fourth suspended lawmaker is the Deputy Speaker of the House who is a member of the APC.

The Majority Leader of the House, Philip Shaibu, had also alleged that the lawmakers were suspended for trying to induce others with 50million Naira each to impeach Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the Speaker, Uyi Igbe.

However, the lawmakers debunked all allegations. A High Court, had ruled that the lawmakers  could be suspended, but that their seats could not be declared vacant.



Imo PDP Cautions Okorocha Over Criticism Of Jonathan Administration

Ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s scheduled visit to Imo State on Friday, the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried the level at which the State government has continuously denied the presence of Federal Government in terms of projects, infrastructure and programmes in Imo state.

At the party secretariat in Owerri the Imo State capital, a chieftain of the party in the state and member of the Federal Executive Council, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Professor Viola Onwuliri alleged that the state government, under the All progressive Congress (APC), in recent times had continued to criticise the Federal Government without any cause.

She said the claim by the state government that there was no federal presence in the state was untrue and a campaign of calumny. She insisted that the Federal Government, through the NDDC, Sure-P, UBEC, Foreign grants and Federal Allocation and many other avenues had done a lot in the state in terms of job creation, construction of quality roads, building of schools, hospitals and many empowerment programmes which were all under the transformation agenda of the Jonathan Led administration which is aimed at touching the lives of Imo people and the entire south east.

The foreign minister further said that the State governor, after 2 years in office, had not fulfilled his campaign promises.

“He has not made any positive change in the lives of Imo people,” Professor Onwuliri said.

She cautioned the State government to stop playing politics of bitterness and stay focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to Imo people.

Reacting to the allegations, the Imo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Theodore Ekechi, insisted that the Federal Government had continued to marginalise the state in terms of projects and presence in the state since the state Governor was of the opposition party.

He added that since governor Rochas Okorocha assumed office , visible landmark achievements had been recorded and that claims by the people’s Democratic Party were that of a sinking party being threatened by the achievements of the Okorocha led administration in just two years of office.

He added that what Governo Okorocha had achieved in two years of office, the 12 years of PDP administration in the state never achieved it.

He called on the people of the state to disregard any false claims by the PDP as the State government was resolute in changing the lives of Imo people.