The chairmen of the 16 Local Government Areas in Kwara State have described their suspension by the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdurasak as unconstitutional and a complete waste of time.
Addressing journalists in the state on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, Joshua Adekanye noted that there is a pending court order which prohibits the government from taking such an action.
He also wondered why the governor would give such order when according to him, their tenure does not expire until November next year.
The Ondo State House of Assembly has impeached Hon. David Oleyeloogun as its speaker, as well as his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji.
They were impeached on Friday after 18 out of the 26-member House, signed the notice.
Shortly after, Honourable Olamide George was elected as the new Speaker while Abimbola Fajolu was elected as the deputy.
Addressing newsmen at the assembly complex the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Fatai Olotu, said the former leadership was removed as a result of financial impropriety, incompetence and high handedness.
The Speaker of the Edo State Assembly Mr Kabiru Adjoto and some other lawmakers have proceeded to court to challenge what they term as the unwarranted stealing of their mandates during the recently concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.
Mr Adjoto who represents Akoko Edo constituency (1) in the state assembly, filed his application at the Federal High Court Aduwawa, Benin City on Thursday.
He told journalists that they were in court to correct the injustice allegedly done to them by some ‘powers’ within their party.
The Speaker also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to swiftly intervene in the situation which he says can tear the party apart, not only in Edo State but across the country.
Mr Adjoto contested in the just concluded APC primary for Akoko Edo Federal constituency, but the incumbent lawmaker, Peter Akpatason, was declared the winner in the exercise.
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the alleged dumping of toxic waste in Koko town in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, with claims by the company that the allegation is malicious and untrue.
Ebenco Global Limited, through its Director of Operations, Mr Francis Akintunde, noted that the substance is not toxic, but a sludge which is being recycled to wealth.
Mr Akintunde told Channels Television that the allegation was a wicked and malicious campaign by some people to hoodwink the government with the aim of extorting money from the company.
He said the company is open to any form of investigation provided it is carried out by an authorised body, adding that they have been into oil waste management for 10 years and legally licenced by authorised parastatals.
“Our business is management of oil waste, making sure that the waste associated with crude oil are treated by us in such a way that they are no longer toxic, that they are compatible with the environment, and that they are biodegradable.
“Those who say it is toxic cannot shave our heads behind us and they are not the regulatory agencies that will give a confirmatory test or result.
“So I am surprised at the allegation because the relevant regulators have inspected this facility; the Ministry of Environment, Local Government Chairman and Delta State Ministry of Environment have all come and taken samples to test.
“Until the result of these analyses are made public confirming that the substance is toxic, the allegation is baseless,” the Director insisted.
The Delta State Government, through its Ministry of Environment, said it has swung into action to clear the uncertainty surrounding the issues.
The Commissioner of Environment, Mr John Nani, said samples of the substance have been collected for further laboratory analysis which he said the result would be made public for the interest of all.
“This has caused apprehension on the minds of all stakeholders and thus, there was urgent need to effectively manage the situation for the benefit of Delta residents.
“I am pleased that the Nigeria Customs Service, personally led by the Comptroller of the Edo/Delta Zone, Ona Eboma, is here with us for the on-the-spot assessments of the waste dumpsite and the facility.
“Samples of the substance have been collected for further laboratory analysis and the outcome of the analysis will be made public for the interest of all,” he said.
The lawmaker representing Warri North Local Government constituency at the State House of Assembly, Honourable Michael Diden, also corroborating the company’s statement.
“Everything is politics and hatred. That land in question is in dispute between two family heads and landlords and the man in question paid to some group of persons.
“The other group which claimed to be the rightful owners are the ones behind the toxic allegation. If there’s toxic waste, will it not affect me too?” Diden asked.
For now, it is business as usual at the premises of the company as all have been advised to keep calm until there are results from laboratory tests undertaken by the relevant authorities.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has signed into law the state’s 2017 Appropriation Bill, with a promise to consolidate on all his administration’s achievements in the last two years.
The bill was signed into law on Wednesday after it was passed by the lawmakers on Tuesday.
It was jacked up by the lawmakers from its earlier 93 billion Naira to 94.4 billion Naira, with the lawmakers saying the adjustment was made to accommodate other key sectors of the state.
The signing into law of the 2017 Ekiti State Appropriation Bill by Governor Ayodele Fayose is coming barely one week after it was presented to the State House of Assembly.
After signing the bill into law, the governor said: “I assure the people of the implementation and to offset some of the ongoing project in the state”.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole and other members of the House pledged their continued support for the Governor, saying they will defile all intimidation from the Federal Government.
Ekiti state is the first state in the country to sign into law the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
A bill seeking to reduce the qualification age for some key executive and legislative positions, as stipulated in the Nigerian Constitution, has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill, which seeks to alter sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 Constitution, was sponsored by Honourable Tony Nwulu.
“Young people have been at the forefront of promoting democratic development and nation building.
“Nigeria’s pre-independence struggle was championed by young nationalists… These nationalists were reported to be in their youthful age when they led the independence struggle for this country,” he stressed.
Mr Nwulu further cited South Africa’s law that gave every eligible voter the right to be voted for.
The alteration proposes a qualification age of 30 years for the office of the President, state governors and senators while 25 years has been set for federal and state legislators.
The bill also seeks to introduce independent candidacy as part of Nigeria’s electoral process.
Presently, section 65 of the constitution puts the age limit for anyone vying for a Senate seat at 35 while that of House of Representative was put at 30.
Section 106 of the constitution also puts the age limit for anyone seeking a seat in the State House of Assembly at 30 while section 177 puts the age limit for the governorship position at 35.
The Constitution also puts the age limit for anyone seeking the position of the President of Nigeria at 40 years.
The House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in north central Nigeria, has nullified the election of Vincent Venman representing Langtang South Constituency and banned him from future elections.
Convicted Of Fraud
Delivering judgement in the petition filed by Jackson Danladi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party against the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Tribunal ruled that the respondent was not qualified to contest in the election having been convicted of fraud by a court.
The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Akeredolu, who delivered the judgement said: “The election and return of the PDP candidate, as a member of Plateau State House of Assembly, representing Langtang South is nullified”.
He, therefore ordered that a fresh election should be conducted within 90 days.
The Tribunal observed that the petitioner obtained and scored the second highest number of votes, but, however, held that the only order to be given was for a fresh election in the constituency.
In another judgement, the Tribunal upheld the election of the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Peter Azi of the APC and struck out the petition of Peter Choji of the PDP for lack of merit.
The National and State House of Assembly election petition sitting in Jos, Plateau State, has uphold the election of Jang as Senator representing Plateau North senatorial district.
Delivering judgement, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu stated that the petitioners, could not discharge the evidential burden of proof placed upon them by law; hence the failure of the petition in its entirety.
After four months of legal arguments by counsels of the petitioners and the respondents, the Plateau State Election Petition Tribunal delivered judgement in the case to determine the Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District.
Mrs Eunice Aisha Sambo of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had challenged the election of former governor, Jonah Jang, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the Senator representing Plateau North at the Election Petition Tribunal on various allegations ranging from over voting, non election in some polling units, multiple voting as well as irregularities and discrepancies in result sheets.
The petitioners presented 20 prosecution witnesses at the tribunal in arguing the case, while less than 10 witnesses appeared for the respondents during the trial.
Delivering judgement Justice Akeredolu declared that the onus is on the petitioners to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt and must not only assert but also prove that non compliance as alleged during the polls, affected the election results to justify its cancellation as prayed by the petitioners.
Counsel to the petitioners told Channels Television that they are studying the judgement before the next line of action would be taken and refused any comments while counsel the respondents, Sunday Oyawole, commended the tribunal for the efforts in arriving at the judgement.
The tribunal also awarded the sum of N200, 000 cost as damages to the respondents.
The Delta State Government has been issued a seven-day ultimatum to reverse or abolish the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission (DESOPADEC) Bill passed by the State House of Assembly and recently signed into law by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
At a press briefing organised by leaders and representatives of oil producing communities, drawn from the Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo and Isoko ethnic nationalities in Warri, Chief Mrs Rita-Lori Ogbebor, said the oil producing communities in Delta State have been denied their rights since the introduction of the derivation principle.
Chief Ogbebor explained that the principles of derivation remained clear that 13 percent of the revenue accruing to the federation account from any natural resources shall be allocated to the oil bearing communities.
She further noted that the Delta State Government has not done much for the oil producing communities, despite the nearly N5 Billion monthly derivation fund the state has received for over 16 years.
She warned that the oil producing communities would institute a criminal action against the Delta State Government in the Court of law, if the Bill and Law passed by the House of Assembly and signed by the state governor respectively is not urgently reversed.
The President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has met with state Governors elected on the platform of the PDP to strategise on how to win in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
The meeting, which was held on Monday behind closed doors, started at about 5:30pm local time at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, the chairman of the PDP Governors forum, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said it had become imperative for the party to let Nigerians know that so many sectors had been opened up under the President Jonathan’s administration far more than any previous administration.
He said the states under the PDP could not be compared to states under opposition, adding that his party must find a way to sell its achievements to the electorates.
Governor Akpabio then urged Nigerians to shun ethnic and tribalistic issues, stressing the need for them to focus on returning the President to power.
The meeting had in attendance most of the PDP Governors, led by Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State.
After about two hours into the meeting, they were also joined by the PDP governorship candidates in all the 36 states.
President Jonathan had earlier in the day met with all the candidates of the PDP from the state House of Assembly, governorship and national Assembly election.
The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has signed the 2015 appropriation bill of 210 billion Naira tagged budget of continuity dedicated to the completion of ongoing capital projects across the three senatorial districts of the state into law.
Governor Amosun signed the budget on Thursday before members of the State House of Assembly and members of the State Executive Council in his office.
The Governor thanked them and the people of the state for their continued support for his administration’s policies and programmes, promising that he would not undermine the confidence reposed in his administration by the people of the state.
He also pledged to ensure a successful implementation of the budget.
Governor Amosun further solicited for more support especially in the new year, as he is seeking a second term in office in the governorship election that will hold in less than 42 days.