Obong Of Calabar Urges Electorate To Maintain Current Zoning Formula

 

The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V has appealed to the electorates in Cross River State to maintain the current zoning formula that has encouraged political stabilization and peace across it’s three senatorial districts.

This, according to the tradition ruler will allow the Northern Senatorial District to retain the governorship position for another four-year term in order to be at par with other Senatorial districts.

Speaking when he played host to the State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, the Obong commended Ayade for his developmental strides and sort for his reelection.

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In the same vein, Professor Ben Ayoade’s support base received a boost with his endorsement by the leadership of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Labour Party, LP in the state.

The two parties said their adoption of the governor was predicated on his record in office in the last three and a half years.

The governor, accepting the adoptions thanked the leadership of the SDP and Labour Party, describing the action as a celebration of civilization and maintained that, upon the completion of his second term in office in 2023, power, in line with the rotational principle in the state, will shift to Cross River Southern Senatorial zone.

Obong Of Calabar Confers Chieftaincy Title On Osinbajo

The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, has conferred a chieftaincy title on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Acting President was conferred with one of the highest traditional titles of the Efik Kingdom, Ada Idaha Ke Efik Eburutu, on Thursday when he visited the traditional ruler at his palace in Calabar.

The Obong of Calabar called on the Federal Government to fulfil the campaign promises made to the people before the elections.

He also asked all political office holders to unite in building one Nigeria irrespective of political affiliations.

Professor Osinbajo, who was on an official visit to Cross River State, emphasised the need for Nigeria to remain one united country.

According to him, those seeking division in the country must understand that Nigeria is great today because of its population, size, and unity despite the odds.

“The reason why this country is as great as it is, is because of its diversity. It is because we have here people of every race, people of every tribe bringing in their different cultures, their different strengths (together).

“All of the different things that make each one of our ethnic groups great comes together in one country. We are greater when we are together than when we are apart. This country is greater together than apart. Every one of our ethnic groups needs the support of the other,” Osinbajo said at the Palace of the Obong of Calabar.

Earlier, the Acting President was received at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport by the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade.

Governor Ayade praised Professor Osinbajo for his visit to the state, which he described as memorable.

Air Force To Assist Navy In Monitoring Niger Delta Creeks

chibok girls-helicopterThe Nigerian Air Force says it will soon release a maritime patrol aircraft that will assist the Navy in tackling the growing insecurity in Niger delta creeks.

There have been recent reports of pipeline vandalism in the region, a situation the Federal Government said had affected electricity supply.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sedick Abubakar, told reporters in Calabar that the Air Force would also continue to work round the clock in collaboration with other security agencies in a bid to end insurgency in the North East region.

Air Marshal Abubakar was in Calabar on a maiden visit to 207 Special Mobility Group of the Nigerian Air Force.

According to him, military efforts to end the activities of Boko Haram sect were gaining ground, as security agencies were at the tail end of the operation.

He had told reporters in Benin few days ago that the military was in the last phase of ending the activities of the terrorists group.

Addressing reporters in Calabar on Friday he said that economic activities had resumed in the northeast, stating that the development clearly showed that stability had been substantially restored, even though isolated cases of suicide bombings are still ongoing.

The Air Force boss, who took out time to commission some buildings at the Calabar Command Base also took his team on a visit to the Obong of Calabar.

At the palace, the Obong sued for recognition of the traditional institution by the Federal Government in order to ensure that a better synergy existed between the people and security agencies for effective curbing of crime in their respective states and its environs.

Dethroned Obong Of Calabar To Re-Contest

The Obong of Calabar, Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu (V), who was sacked on Thursday by the Appeal Court, is set to re-contest for the traditional stool.

This is coming from the kingmakers of the palace, the Etubom traditional council, who insisted at a press conference in the Cross River state capital on Friday, that the plaintiff, Anthony Ani is not eligible to contest to be Obong of Calabar.

The Chairman, Etuboms’ Traditional Council, Etubom Bassey Okor Bassey Duke, told journalists at the Palace of the Obong of Calabar that “Chief Anthony Ani is not traditionally qualified and eligible to contest to be Obong of Calabar.”

The incumbent according to them, is a descent of an agnate origin of the founding fathers of the Efik Kingdom, and has also fulfilled the provisions of the constitution of Etuboms’ council 2002, to clinch the throne of Obong Stool.

The body maintained that capping is a fundamental, non-negotiable and mandatory requirement for a person to become eligible to contest for the throne of the Obong of Calabar which the natural rule of the land upholds a great deal stressing that, the challenger of the throne was never an issue.

They maintained that, the judgement is still been studied by the body and further pronouncements made to ensure conformity with the said judgement of the Court of Appeal will be disclosed in due course.

While awaiting the date and final proclamation of the Obong of Calabar, the traditional council urges the Efik kingdom to support the truth at all times.

The Appeal Court sitting in Calabar ruled for the removal of the monarch, stating that due process was not followed in the Obong’s selection.

Justice Garba then ordered the Etubom’s conclave of the Obong’s Palace to conduct another process of selecting a new Obong, in which all qualified candidates, including the sacked monarch can participate.

 

Appeal Court Sacks Obong of Calabar

The Appeal court sitting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Thursday ruled in favour of the removal of the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu (V) as the grand patriarch of the Efik kingdom.

The lead judgement was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba and confirmed by Justice Uzo Ndukwe-Anyawu and Onyekachi Otisi upholding the earlier judgement of the lower court that due process was not followed and the selection of the incumbent was null and void.

The Calabar High Court presided over by Justice Obgojor Ogar had in a judgement suit number HC/102/2008 on January, 2012, brought by one of the contestants of the Obong stool, Etubom Anthony Ani, declared the process that brought the Obong to the throne as null and void and restrained the appointed King from participating in any selection for that purpose.

Justice Ogar restrained the Obong from parading himself as the Obong of Calabar until proper election has been done and also restrained the Etubom traditional council, from excluding Etubom Anthony Ani and Nbiabo Ikoneto from any election or selection of an obong.

In an abridged 94 paged judgement that lasted for about an hour, Justice Garba said, “for the breach of principles and natural justice and the first respondent’s, Anthony Ani’s, right to fair hearing, the selection process conducted by the appellant which terminated in the selection and proclamation of the respondent, Otu, by the Etuboms Council is null and void.”


Accordingly, Justice Garba said, the Etubom conclave of the palace of the Obong of Calabar ordered the court to conduct another process of selecting a new Obong in which all qualified candidates including the sixth respondent will be given the opportunity to participate in accordance with the provisions of exhibit 1/20 and in strict compliance with the rules of natural justice.

Reacting to the judgement, council to the Obong, Rebecca Tanga as well as that of Etubom Ani , Bassey Offiong respondent, Etubom Anthony Ani  say all hope is not lost following Thursday’s judgement which nullifies the throne and leaves the Obong seat vacant.

Bakassi people were short-changed – Prof. Oyebode

A professor of International law, Akin Oyebode on Friday said the Bakassi people were short-changed by the judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Professor Oyebode disclosed this while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He said  in law a maxim which says ‘once a case has been decided, it has been decided’ also applies in this case.

The professor said although the case of Bakassi can be revisited with new claims  but what new claims does the country have to present to the ICJ?

Watch the interview in the video below: