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

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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.

Court Reserves Judgement In Appeal Challenging Okowa’s Election

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

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), 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 judgement on Monday after the lawyers to the parties in the appeal adopted and argued their final briefs.

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Ogboru is asking the court to reverse the decision of the Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which returned Senator Okowa as the winner of the March 9 poll.

He had raised 37 points of appeal through his lawyer, Mr Nicholson Ichekor, upon which he asked the court of appeal to set aside the entire judgement of the Tribunal.

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

Delta Govt Fixes Benin-Sapele, Asaba-Onitsha Roads

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

 

 

The Delta State government has commenced work on the rehabilitation of some dilapidated Federal Government roads in the state.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this at an event, the government said on its Twitter handle on Sunday.

According to a series of tweets, Governor Okowa spoke at a thanksgiving service by the deputy governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, in Effurun.

The governor noted that the state government had gotten approval from the Federal Government on Thursday last week to fix the roads.

He added that the stated government has since drafted contractors to the affected roads to commence rehabilitation works.

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Governor Okowa stated specifically that work had already begun on the Benin-Sapele Road as well as the Asaba side of River Niger Bridge on the Asaba-Onitsha Highway.

He said measures were being put in place to also rehabilitate the Agbor-Abraka-Eku Road which noted was also in a deplorable state.

Read the tweets below:

I Will Win, Governor Okowa Says After Voting In Delta

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, casting his vote during the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections at Ward Unit 3, Owa-Oyibo in Ika North East LGA.

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State says he is confident of winning the governorship election in the state.

Okowa stated this on Saturday after casting his vote at Unit 3, Ward 2, Ika North-East Local Government Area.

He said, “By the grace of God, I will emerge victoriously; I have partnered with Deltans, I have worked with them, and by God’s grace, a lot of them will vote for me.

“The only thing we are doing is to ensure that those who planned to use thugs to disrupt the elections will be handled by the security agencies because, aside from plans to disrupt the elections, it would be a no contest situation,” he stated.

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While commenting on the election conducted in the state, the governor praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a job well done as everything appeared to be in place.

He believes the Commission did well to deploy members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at each polling unit.

“So far, the electoral process is peaceful, and we pray to God that it remains peaceful; people are coming out in their large numbers to cast their votes.

“A lot of votes have been cast already despite the fact that it is still very early in the day; we hope that the voting process remains peaceful across the state,” he added.

The governor is seeking re-election in office for another four years under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Okowa’s Aide Killed In Delta

 

A Special Assistant on Youth Development to the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has been reportedly killed in Ekpan in Uvwie local government area of the state.

The victim, identified as Ngozi Lawrence Ijei, was said to have been shot dead on Friday night after being ambushed by the attackers while returning from an outing.

It was gathered that after killing their target, the assailants made away with a huge sum of money found in his possession, although it was not clear if the attackers trailed him over the said money found on him.

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Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has condemned the killing, saying he was deeply saddened over the incident.

In a statement, the governor said, “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the death of Mr Lawrence Ngozi Ijei, who was my aide until his untimely demise.

“I condole with his wife and family and urge security agencies to investigate the unfortunate incident with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

The governor said the security agencies had been alerted over some disturbing security situation in parts of the state, wondering why they had failed to work on the information made available to them.

He also called on the security agencies to dig deep into the unfortunate incident and apprehend those behind the action.

Okowa Sacks Security Aide For Allegedly Assaulting Woman

Okowa Sacks Security Aide For Allegedly Assaulting Woman
A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

 

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has ordered the sack of his security aide, Mr Friday Eluro.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

According to him, Governor Okowa ordered that Eluro be sacked after he was caught allegedly assaulting a woman in a purported video.

“Governor Okowa, having watched the video of the assault on the woman, has directed that the appointment of Mr Friday Eluro as security aide be terminated forthwith to serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.

Aniagwu said the governor frowned at the said assault on the woman, especially from an appointee of government who ought to ensure that rule of law was observed in all situations.

Okowa Gives N2million To Woman Who Gave Birth At Rally

 

In a show of affection on Thursday, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State donated N2million naira to a woman who delivered of a baby at a campaign rally.

The event which took place at Isiokolo in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state drew several members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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During the programme, Mrs Odiri Benjamin of ward 10, Unit 7, and hails from Ekaka Village in Kokori area of the state gave birth to a baby girl at the campaign ground.

While congratulating the parents of the newborn child that was delivered at the rally venue, the governor publicly made the announcement of his donation.

Okowa also expressed joy that the projects executed by his administration had attracted members of the opposition political parties to join the PDP.

Okowa Faults Onnoghen’s Suspension, Says Due Process Was Not Followed

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has faulted the suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a recent interview on Roadmap 2019 which aired on Channels Television on Monday, the governor said due process was not followed.

“I am not a lawyer but I know that from recent judicial pronouncements, anything involved in officers of that caliber or officers within the judiciary is supposed to first be tried by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for processes, a further process for prosecution,” he said.

“This process was not followed through and there are court decisions on that. And that appears to be ignored. You will realise that for several years, no person from the South-South has got to that position of authority. It is important that we speak out for one of our own. We say follow the due process if the court pronouncement has said that this is the process that we ought to undertake.”

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Okowa also revealed that himself and other governors were worried because the laid down processes were not adhered to.

President Buhari suspended Justice Onnoghen on Friday and appointment Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting CJN.

According to the President, the development was based on the request of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, pending the completion of Onnoghen’s trial.

Justice Tanko Mohammed who hails from Bauchi State is the most senior justice of the Supreme Court.

Okowa Promises To Sustain Peace, Development In Delta If Re-elected

 

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says if he is re-elected in the coming general elections he will ensure sustenance of peace, development and equity in the state.

The governor said this on Saturday during the flag off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) campaign in Koko (Warri north) and Sapele (Sapele), Local Government Areas of the state.

Okowa said he is confident that his administration has delivered on the promises made during the 2015 campaign.

He, therefore, stated that better days lie ahead for the people, if he is given the opportunity to run for another four years.

“I thank the people for the large turnout for the rally; the people of Warri north are always reliable, great followers, members of the PDP, I am here to tell you that I am going for second term.

“We have done a lot of projects; during the administration of our leader, Chief James Ibori, we worked for him for two terms, in the last administration, I was the Director-General of the campaign, as a government, we have executed a lot of projects, we enjoy peace in our state and if we take the line of equity, we will complete two terms.

“We promised to dualise the road, it has been done and will be commissioned soon. We promised to complete the market, it has been commissioned, the Sapele Technical College has been revamped and in the next four years, we will do more,” he said.

The governor also called on opposition politicians to engage in campaigns to sell their manifestos rather than making plans on how to disrupt the electoral process in February.

“Our opponents will not campaign, they will be at home planning bad things, but they will not succeed, we will get unprecedented number of votes in Sapele and all over the state; the opposition should come out and campaign, they should not be planning on how to disrupt the elections,” he said.

Buhari Holds Talks With Wike, Three PDP Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari with governors Nyesom Wike, Seriake Dickson, Udom Emmanuel, and Ifeanyi Okowa at the State House in Abuja on October 30, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with four governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-south region of the country.

The meeting held on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The governors who met with the President are Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Bayelsa’s Seriake Dickson, Udom Emmanuel from Akwa Ibom, and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

Governor Dickson told reporters after the meeting that issues discussed bordered on the interest of their respective states and the country at large.

President Buhari met with the governors upon his arrival from Kaduna where he paid a condolence visit following the recent violence that claimed several lives in the state.

See the photos of the meeting below;

PDP Will Be More United After This Convention – Okowa

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on Saturday said the outcome of the convention will leave the party more united.

The Delta State Governor in an interview with Channels Television at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium, Port Harcourt, venue of the convention said he is confident that the candidate that will emerge from the convention will be a strong candidate.

“We are a strong party and we are going to go through a credible process today. I believe that we going to become more united even after this convention because we are very sure that we are going to deliver a very credible process.

“Therefore, whosoever emerges in this process is going to be a very strong candidate that will be very competitive, and we are sure that we will work hard to ensure his victory,” he said.

Okowa also stressed that the total number of aspirants in the race remains 12. He said no candidate has stepped down.

“I am not aware of anybody who has stepped down. We made it very clear, anybody who is going to step down has to step down in writing and also publicly announce it at the convention ground here.”

He also blamed the delay in the commencement of the convention on the late arrival of delates who are travelling to Port Harcourt, venue of the convention, from long distance.

There Is A Future For Our Country, Says Ekweremadu

There Is A Future For Our Country, Says Ekweremadu
File photo: Senator Ike Ekweremadu

 

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, believes the future of Nigeria is bright if its leaders invest more in infrastructural development.

Senator Ekweremadu made the observation on Saturday while inaugurating a spree of projects by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration in Delta State.

Addressing a gathering at one of the sites of the projects which lasted for more than five hours, he urged the people to continue to support the state government for continuity of progress achieved in Delta.

The lawmaker also commended Governor Okowa on his the achievements recorded so far in the state, describing him as a man who represents hope for Nigeria’s democracy.

He said, “I feel very pleased that you are instilling in the people what purposeful leadership is about, with your performance in delta state.

“From what we are seeing, there is a future for our country; there is hope for Nigeria and you represent that hope.”

Senator Ekweremadu explained that he considers road infrastructure as the most important Nigerians because he had experienced the effects of bad roads for decades.

He noted that good roads attract development to a state and asked the governor to continue on the path of excellence.

Governor Okowa, on his part, said his administration was embarking on the projects in a bid to fulfill their campaign promises to the people.

He added, “I am happy that we have finished these roads and a lot more will be done. Because of the dense population of people in Oduke, we have acquired land for the construction of Oduke Secondary School.”

The governor stressed further that they have also stayed very strong on their youth empowerment programme by training them to become entrepreneurs.

He promised that they would continue to construct roads, build schools, and encourage agriculture, revealing that the state’s health insurance scheme now has more than 200, 000 registered people.

Okowa thanked the Deputy Senate President for visiting the state and called on the people to continue to support his administration with an assurance not to let them down.