Ministerial Screening: We Don’t Need To Depend On Only Oil, Ogah Tells Senate

Ministerial Nominee Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia state)

 

A ministerial nominee, Uchechukwu Ogah, says the nation does not need to depend on oil in creating job opportunities for the teeming population.

Ogah said this on Wednesday, while he was being screened by the Senate, a day after he and 42 others were announced as ministerial nominees.

“We don’t need to depend on only oil. Yes, oil is a cash-cow. But I believe that if we develop our agricultural sector, we can equally develop, create jobs for our teeming youths.

“For instance, if you build a farmland, when you can create over 150 youths by providing accommodation for them and you give them all the necessary amenities, I can tell you that these youths can turn over the entire piece of land to something that can create revenue for the entire country,” he said.

According to him, Nigeria has the potential of becoming a food-independent nation and even export food to other countries of the world.

“We have the capacity, we have the population, we have all the resources that is required – the human capital (which is the best that is required). So I believe that if we can do that, we can actually improve in this nation,” he said.

Speaking on industrialisation, the Abia State-ministerial nominee called for the citing of industries in rural areas rather than cities.

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Explainng how agriculture can be developed, he shared from the eastern region under the leadership of then-Premier Michael Okpara.

“By 1966, the eastern region was the fastest growing economy in the whole world. What did Doctor Okpara do? He went to the University of Nigeria and picked the best and created endless orchards in all the eastern region.

“And then we started exporting agricultural products. By 1966, the eastern region had the best balance in their account.

“I believe that if we develop our agricultural sector, we can also create jobs for our teeming youths,” he said.

When asked for his contribution to developing the Petroleum sector should he be assigned Petroleum Minister, Ogah explained that once the Petroleum Industry Bill is passed, it will attract investors that will, in turn, boost the nation’s fortunes.

Court Affirms Uche Ogah As Abia APC Candidate

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has affirmed Uche Ogah as the duly nominated candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 governorship election in Abia State.

In the ruling on Friday, Justice Anule Chikere, held that the primary conducted by the party’s national executive is valid and recognized by Section 87 of the Electoral Act and as such, the one that produced Mr Ogah was the only recognized one.

Justice Chikere also held that the primary conducted by the state executive of the APC was illegal, null and void.

In conclusion, she barred INEC from substituting the name of Mr Ogah with any other candidate.

Mr Uche Ogah had taken the APC and the candidate nominated by the party’s executive in the state, Mr Ikechi Emenike, to court asking it to decide which of them was the validly nominated candidate.

Supreme Court Affirms Ikpeazu As Abia Governor

Abia Govt. Promises Prudent Utilization Of Paris Club RefundThe Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Mr Okezie Ikpeazu as Abia State Governor.

Two out of the three-man panel of the Supreme Court struck out the appeal of Mr Uche Ogah, challenging the nomination and election of Ikpeazu, thereby affirming the judgment of the appeal court.

Mr Ogah’s appeal was dismissed for lacking merit.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria described the case as a storm in a teacup, which shouldn’t have been entertained in the first case.

He warned politicians against trying to influence the judiciary, saying there was a security breach which will be investigated by the court.

He wondered why some politicians would attempt to bribe court employees to know who is writing the judgment or what the judgment is.

Details later…

Appeal Court Reserves Judgment On Suit Challenging Ikpeazu’s Sack

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State, appeal court caseThe Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, has reserved judgment in an appeal filed by the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.

Mr Ikpeazu is challenging the judgment of the Federal High Court, which sacked him as governor of the state.

Mr Ikpeazu, had filed the appeal against the judgment of Justice Okon Abang delivered on June 27.

Justice Abang had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to issue Ikpeazu’s challenger in the 2015 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governorship primaries, Uche Ogah, a Certificate of Return after the court disqualified Mr Ikpeazu over alleged tax evasion.

The Appeal Court presided over by Justice Morenikeji Ogunwumiju last week dismissed the application of Alex Otti which sought to be joined in the matter as an interested party.

The five-man bench of the Court of Appeal also directed that parties to the case should not take further steps until judgment on the case is delivered.

CSO Calls For Arrest Of Uche Ogah Over Alleged Treasonable Felony

OgahA Civil Society Group under the aegis of Abia Interest Group is calling for the arrest of Dr Uche Ogah over alleged treasonable felony to upturn a democratically elected governor.

The group, led by its Director General, Mr Eze Chikamnayo, said the arrest of Dr Ogah, who is the main challenger in the party primaries which produced the gubernatorial candidate for April 2015 governorship elections in the state, will serve as deterrent to any group or persons who intend to jeopardize the peace of the state.

The groups said there is need to ensure that Abia State does not become another flashpoint in yet another geopolitical zone of the country resulting from unnecessary controversies.

A court in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, had asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the Certificate of Return issued to the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, to his opponent.

Giving his ruling, the Judge, Justice Okon Abang, said that Mr Ikpeazu never qualified to run for the party primaries in the People’s Democratic Party as a governorship candidate.

The judge also ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in, Uche Ogah, his opponent in the December 2014 governorship election in state as the substantive governor of Abia State.

However, after an appeal by Mr Ikpeazu, the High Court sitting in Osisioma Ngwa Judicial Division gave an order of injunction restraining the electoral umpire, or the Chief Judge of the state or any other judge from swearing-in Samson Ogah as Abia Governor.

 

Abia Governorship Tussle: Supporters Demand Ogah’s Swearing In

Uche Ogah, AbiaThe Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation and the acting Inspector General of Police have been asked to act swiftly and ensure that Mr Uche Ogah is sworn in as the Governor of Abia State.

Spokesman for the Uche Ogah Campaign Organisation, Mr Max Ozoaka, made the appeal while speaking to reporters on Sunday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He insisted that it was necessary to address the issue which had created an administrative and constitutional vacuum in Abia State.

Ozoaka’s appeal follows the declaration by Mr Okezie Ikpeazu that he remains the Governor of the state.

He maintained that the constitution gave him the right to appeal the issuance of a certificate of return to Mr Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Although the INEC admitted receiving a notice of appeal from Mr Okezie, it said that the documents it received did not contain a stay-of-execution order to stop the issuance of a Certificate of Return to Mr Uche Ogah, as the next Governor of Abia State.

The electoral body had on Thursday issued a Certificate of Return to Mr Ogah in line with the directives of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

Ogah’s Camp Demands That He Should Be Sworn-In

OgahThe Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Acting Inspector General of Police have been asked to act swiftly and ensure that the declared Governor of Abia State is sworn in.

The spokesman of Uche Ogah Campaign Organisation, Max Ozoaka made this appeal when speaking with journalists in Abuja.

He said this step is necessary to check the administrative and constitution vacuum created in Abia State.

Ikpeazu Berates Issuance Of C of O To Ogah, Calls It A Travesty

okezie ikpeazuThe Governor of Abia State has described the issuance of certificate to Uche Ogah as a travesty.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Legal Matters, Mr Valentine Offia, the Governor said that the action of the Independent National Electoral Commission is in contravention of the electoral act.

Mr Offia, who is a member of the Mr Chikezie Ikpeazu’s legal team explained that the Electoral Act provides a 21-day window for appeal by parties in any election matter.

INEC had issued a Certificate of Return to the runner up in the Peoples Democratic Party primary for Abia State governorship election, Mr Uche Ogah,  following a judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Court had asked Mr Ikpeazu to vacate his seat as the Governor of Abia State because he does not possess the requisite qualification to contest the election, in that he did not furnish credible evidence of payment of tax, to the Abia State Government.

Abia Governorship: INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Uche Ogah

Uche OgahThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued the Certificate of Return to Mr Uche Ogah as the Governor of Abia State.

INEC’s Director of Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, says this follows an order by the Abuja Federal High Court mandating  INEC to immediately issue Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah who came second at the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Abia State.

A court in Abuja, on Monday asked INEC to cede the Certificate of Return issued to Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, to his opponent.

Giving his ruling, Justice Okon Abang, said that on the account of fake tax returns during the primaries, Dr. Ikpeazu was never qualified to run in the PDP primaries as a governorship candidate.

The judge also ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Uche Ogah, his opponent in the December 2014 governorship primaries in state as the substantive Governor of Abia State.

Gov. Ikpeazu To Appeal His Removal By Court

okezie ikpeazuThe government of Abia State has said that it will appeal the judgement of the Abuja High Court asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the certificate of return issued to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, to his opponent.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Eyinnaya Appolos, told Channels Television on Monday afternoon in Umuahia, the state capital that the Governor has always been a government official and his tax has always been deducted from the source.

The CPS said that there is no need for Abians to panic and that Ikpeazu remains the Governor of the state.

The court had ruled that Mr Ikpeazu never qualified to run for the party primaries as a governorship candidate in the Peoples Democratic Party.

The judge ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Uche Ogah, his opponent in the December 2014 governorship election in state as the substantive governor of Abia State.

Justice Abang ruled that on the account of fake tax returns during the primaries, Dr. Ikpeazu was never qualified to run in the primaries.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had in April 2015 declared Mr Ikpeazu, the winner of the Abia State governorship election.

Court Removes Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia, Ikpeazu, FAulks RoadA court in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, on Monday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the certificate of return issued to the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, to his opponent.

Giving his ruling, the Judge, Justice Okon Abang, said that Mr Ikpeazu never qualified to run for the party primaries in the People’s Democratic Party as a governorship candidate.

The judge also ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in, Uche Ogah, his opponent in the December 2014 governorship election in state as the substantive governor of Abia State.

Justice Abang ruled that on the account of fake tax returns during the primaries, Dr. Ikpeazu was never qualified to run in the primaries.

Ikpeazu To Appeal

Meanwhile, the government of Abia State has said that it will appeal the judgement of the Abuja High Court.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Eyinnaya Appolos, told Channels Television on Monday afternoon in Umuahia, the state capital that the Governor has always been a government official and his tax has always been deducted from the source.

The CPS said that there is no need for Abians to panic and that Ikpeazu remains the Governor of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had in April 2015 declared Mr Ikpeazu, the winner of the Abia State governorship election.

Mr Ikpeazu polled 264,713 to defeat the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, who polled 180,882 votes.

The result was declared after a supplementary election.