Sheriff’s Faction Of PDP Investigates Why Party Lost Ondo Election

Sheriff, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP in Ondo elctionThe Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the loss of the party in the last governorship election in the state.

The Chairman of the faction, Prince Biyi Poroye, set up the seven-man committee which is headed by Senator Omololu Meroyi few days after the party lost the governorship seat to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the committee are to investigate all actions of individuals or group of persons which were not in conformity with the party’s constitution and its fundamental objectives.

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They are to investigate, in particular, the breach of Section 7 (3) (c) of the party constitution which provides that the party shall adhere “to the policy of the rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness”.

Considering that the party lost the election even as the incumbent, the committee will also look into the acts and omissions of the government which impacted the people including public servants negatively, culminating into people’s anger and rejection which affected the electoral fortunes of the party.

Another aspect that the committee has been mandated to investigate is the conduct of certain individuals in the disbursement of the resources of the party in the mobilisation of members for the election.

They were given the power to summon any member of the party in the course of their assignment and to do all things in tandem with and in furtherance of the aforementioned terms of reference.

According to a statement by the spokesman for the party in Ondo State, Yemi Aakintomide, some members of the party have already been summoned by the committee that will hold its hearing at the Conference Room of the party at its secretariat.

The summoned members are the Governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Deputy Governor Lasisi Oluboyo, all Commissioners and members of the State Executive Council, Ondo State House of Assembly, Honourable Jumoke Akindele, Speaker, Mr Clement Faboyede, Mr Fatai Adams, Mr Banji Okunomo and Mr Eyitayo Jegede.

Others summoned to appear at the office at Mr Oyemekun Road Akure between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily starting from Tuesday, November 29 to Friday December 2 are Mr John Ola Mafo, Chairman OSOPADEC, Mr Wole Ogunyemi, Mr Bamiduro Dada, Mr Akin Akinbobola and all elected LG Council Chairmen.

Division in the PDP in Ondo State started after the former Chairman of the party, Senator Sheriff was removed in a convention held in Rivers State.

After his removal, his supporters refused to acknowledge the leadership of a caretaker committee set up by the party’s leaders and headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

The divide led to the election of two different candidates as the party’s representative in the governorship election.

The Sheriff faction of the party had presented their candidate, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, to the electoral body, claiming he was the legitimate candidate.

His name was added to the list of governorship candidates for the election after he secured a High Court ruling in his favour.

The other candidate of the Senator Makarfi faction, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, sought nullification of the ruling of the High Court at the Appeal Court.

After he secured the Appeal Court’s ruling in his favour, the electoral body replaced Mr Ibrahim’s name with that of Mr Jegede.

Mr Ibrahim proceeded to the Supreme Court, to seek the Judiciary’s final ruling on the issue, but lost that suit, when the court sustained the ruling of the Appeal Court.

After My Ibrahim lost at the Supreme Court, he asked his faction of the party to vote for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, a decision that political analysts had partly linked the PDP’s defeat to.

After the party lost the election to the candidate of the APC, the Makarfi faction described the Sheriff faction as agents of darkness that had the intention of destroying the party.

Edo Government Deposes Uromi Traditional Ruler

Oshiomhole, Edo Govt., Edo APCThe Edo State Government has deposed Mr Anselm O Edenojie as the Ojuromi of Uromi.

His deposition is contained in a letter signed by Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, dated November 9, 2016 and addressed to “Mr Anselm O. Edenojie”.

Entitled ‘Deposition from Office as Ojuromi of Uromi: Addendum’, the Government stated: “please be informed that the initial Exco decision of 26th October 2016 has been further affirmed,

“Consequently, you have been deposed as the Ojuromi of Uromi pursuant to Section 28 (i & ii) of the Traditional Rulers & Chiefs Law, 1979.

“Kindly, therefore, disregard our letter of 4th November 2016 on the subject “Re: Letter of Apology to Edo State Government.”

The Edo State Government had earlier suspended the monarch, the Onojie of Uromi, HRH Anselm Aidenojie, from office for seven days.

The suspension took effect from October 26 when the letter was read, and lasted till November 1, 2016.

The letter which was titled “Suspension from Office as Traditional Ruler”, was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere.

According to the letter, the suspension from office was based on the following reasons among others:

“Your unprovoked attack, inflicting grievous bodily harm on one Mrs Betty Okoebor on September 28, 2016 in full public glare to the embarrassment of those present and causing disgrace to your otherwise esteemed office.

“Your refusal, even after two weeks, to respond to a query issued by the appropriate authority within the stipulated 72 hours, demonstrating total disregard and disrespect for constituted authority.

“Travelling outside the country without appropriate permission in further demonstration of your disregard for extant regulations and laws.”

The statement demanded that he tenders “unreserved apologies” to his victim, Mrs Betty Okoebor and the Government of Edo State within the 7-day suspension period.

“However, if within the said number of days, no public apology in tendered by your very self, you will stand deposed as the Onojie of Uromi,” it threatened.

Edo Govt. Suspends Traditional Ruler For Seven Days

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The Edo State Government has suspended one of its monarchs, the Onojie of Uromi, HRH Anselm Aidenojie, from office for seven days.

The suspension which took effect from October 26 when the letter was read, will last till November 1, 2016.

The letter which was titled “Suspension from Office as Traditional Ruler”, was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere.

The content stated: “I write to convey to you, the decision of the Edo State Executive Council at its meeting on October 26, 2016, suspending you from office for 7 days as Onojie of Uromi.

The suspension from office was based on the following reasons among others:

“Your unprovoked attack, inflicting grievous bodily harm on one Mrs Betty Okoebor on September 28, 2016 in full public glare to the embarrassment of those present and causing disgrace to your otherwise esteemed office.

“Your refusal, even after two weeks, to respond to a query issued by the appropriate authority within the stipulated 72 hours, demonstrating total disregard and disrespect for constituted authority.

“Travelling outside the country without appropriate permission in further demonstration of your disregard for extant regulations and laws.

“In the circumstances, the State Executive Council has arrived at a conclusion that these and other acts of misconduct of Your Royal Highness, the Onojie of Uromi are not only distasteful but also unbecoming of a traditional ruler of your status.

“Based on the above and convinced that your Highness has denied yourself of the opportunity of entering a plea against the charges against you that were duly conveyed in writing to you, and therefore in exercise of the powers conferred on the State Executive Council by virtue of Section 28 (1) of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law (1979) and all other Laws enabling it in that behalf, has approved your suspension from office as the Onojie of Uromi with immediate effect for a period of seven (7) days, that is, from the October 26, 2016 to November 1, 2016.

“Consequently, within the suspension period, you shall cease to be recognized and treated as traditional ruler or as the Onojie of Uromi in Edo State and you shall not exercise any powers or function or enjoy any privileges provided for under the Traditional Rulers and Chief Law (1979) and all other relevant provisions under the said law.

“Within the 7-day suspension period, you are required to tender unreserved apologies to your victim, Mrs Betty Okoebor and the Government of Edo State.

“However, if within the said number of days, no public apology in tendered by your very self, you will stand deposed as the Onojie of Uromi,”

Cross River State Gets Limestone Exploration Licence

Ayade, Cross River, Supreme CourtThe Cross River State government in southern Nigeria has obtained exploration licences for limestone and quarry from the Federal Government.

The licences include quarry lease for granite, exploration licence for limestone, clay and shales as well as reconnaissance permit.

The State government says the development is part of strategies to reposition its economy.

Receiving the licences, during the State Executive Council meeting at the State Executive Chambers, at the Governor’s office in Calabar, the State Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, thanked the Federal Government for the feats.

The Governor also applauded the Commissioner for Solid Minerals Resources, George O’ben-Etchi, for his level of commitment to procuring of the licences.

Governor Ayade maintained that, with the licences and the availability of the limestone in the state, the next step would be sourcing for finance to begin exploration to positively reposition the economy of the state.

Reasoning that Cross River indigenes were not limited by the challenges of the time, the Governor averred that, the state was rather inspired by the challenges to act and dream big.

Limestone is the raw material for the manufacture of quicklime (calcium oxide), slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), cement and mortar.

Pulverised limestone is used as a soil conditioner to neutralise acidic soils, this can help in the area of agriculture that the Nigerian government is exploring to increase its input to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

Pulverised limestone is crushed for use as aggregate – the solid base for many roads as well as in asphalt concrete.

H.I.D. Awolowo Laid To Rest

HID-AWOLOWOThe matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mama Hannah Dideolu Awolowo has been laid to rest in the home town of the Awolowos in Ogun State.

In what could be described as the biggest gathering of high profile dignitaries this year, Ikenne in Ogun State, the hometown of the Awolowos, hosted family members, friends and political associates for the interment of the matriarch.

The activities started with a church service, at the Anglican Church Ikenne, presided over by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh.

At the church service to pay their last respect to the late Mrs Awolowo were former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Ernest Sonekan, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and members of the Executive Council among others.

It was a funeral service of class, as farewell hymns and thanksgiving songs rent the air.

Delivering a sermon that centred on the need to lead a life of service, Most Reverend Okoh said Mrs Awolowo’s character while alive made the late husband described her as a “jewel of inestimable value”.

H.I.D. Awolowo was buried on a day she would have turned one hundred years old.

 

Akwa Ibom Governor Commissions Residential Quarters For Medical Staff

Akwa IbomAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Friday, commissioned a residential accommodation complex for medical staff of the new Ibom Specialist Hospital.

Located in Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo, the facility has 40 apartments, with a total of 146 rooms. The complex has a central water treatment plant, fire protection, supermarkets, recreation facilities, among others.

Governor Emmanuel said that the commissioning symbolised a major milestone in the march towards the realization of excellent healthcare for the people. He lauded the immediate past administration in the state for initiating the project.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, who described the good accommodation and security as key components that boost the performance of health workers, said that the commissioning of the residential quarters marked a turning point in healthcare delivery in Akwa Ibom State.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Yemi Johnson, announced that the hospital would commence operations in the next week.

The event was attended by medical professionals and members of the executive council.

Benue State Introduces e-Payment System For Teachers

e-paymentThe Benue State Government has introduced e-payment system for primary school teachers in the state to address the crisis of unpaid salaries in the sub-sector.

The decision was taken at the State Executive Council meeting held in Makurdi, during which issues affecting the civil service and the state of environmental hygiene were discussed.

The meeting, chaired by Governor Samuel Ortom, also mandates a commitment to clear all illegal waste dump sites and ensure the relocation of the Wurukum market to the new Ultra-modern market.

Following these decisions and its impacts on the people of the state, the Governor has scheduled an interactive meeting for Friday (October 16) to allow the people make imputes to his administration.