A Federal High Court in Akwa Ibom State has sentenced the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) Bassey Albert to 42 years in prison for fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in 2019 arraigned Albert on a six-count charge of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles worth N204 million when he was finance commissioner in the state.
He was said to have collected one of the vehicles from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, a former minister of petroleum. Omokore reportedly had dealings with the state when he offered Bassey the vehicle.
The Enugu governorship candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Bethel Edeh has said his party is positioned to end imposition of candidates, vote buying and godfatherism in the 2023 elections.
Edeh made the comment when he was received by party faithful at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.
According to Mr Edeh, the youths are ready to take back the state from parties that have rigged them out and turn them to political thugs.
If elected, Mr Edeh said his administration will build industries across the 17 local governments and create a minimum of 2,000 jobs in each area council.
“My plans for Enugu State is to change the whole structure because since 1999 we have not had true democracy,” Mr Edeh said. “We are always limited to a few selected choices of the God-fathers.
“Thank God for a party like YPP that has given me the platform to run, YPP is a combination of tired and angry youth who want to change the status quo. When you look at the existing system, they have made politics so expensive for young people to fund.
“Since 1999, Godfatherism has been in place but I’m here to change it. They keep reshuffling the old people and when you ask for empowerment, they give you handout instead of full empowerment. Their type of empowerment had birthed waste of resources and political sycophancy.
“I’m here to change it, I will bring industrialization to Enugu State, each local government will have an industry capable of employing at least 2000 youths. If you calculate it by 17 local government, that’s over 32,000 employed. And more indirect employment will be created.”
The lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Bassey Akpan on Wednesday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akpan was elected under the PDP platform in 2019. Three years after, he was a frontline PDP governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom but lost to Pastor Umo Eno, former commissioner for lands and water resources in the state on May 25.
Having failed to clinch the PDP governorship ticket, he defected to the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in his bid to succeed outgoing governor Udom Emmanuel in 2023.
His decision to defect to the YPP was contained in a letter addressed to the Senate and read by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan during legislative proceedings.
In the letter, Senator Akpan says It’s clear to him that the center can no longer hold in the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the PDP as the party could only support one candidate during the governorship primary even when called upon to present a level playing field for all contestants.
He further stated that events leading to the party’s governorship primary made it difficult for him to participate.
Senator Akpan also said the development in the PDP compelled him to dump the party for the YPP.
Senator Akpan is the Chairman Senate Committee on Petroleum Upstream.
“We have minds that are young,” Ado-Ibrahim said. “We have people in the North that are doing amazing things in agriculture. I would champion your cause. We will feed Nigeria from the North, we will power Nigeria with the sun from the North, and we will bring it down to the South, to give light to our brothers.
“I promise you, I can do that, I am doing it.
“We are going to show you everything that Nigeria is about. We will show you how to be progressive, how to use technology to make this country better.
“I assure you, we have the capacity, the vision for that.”
38-year-old Danagogo Wenike-Briggs has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in Rivers State.
Wenike-Briggs, who was the only aspirant in the party’s primary election, was elected on Saturday through a unanimous voice vote by the 130 delegates who participated in the exercise in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Speaking to Channels Television shortly after the election, Wenike-Briggs promised a hot contest in the 2023 governorship poll in the state, saying the YPP has all it takes to sack the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (YPP) from office.
The YPP candidate said despite his age, his party would challenge the so-called big political parties to secure victory at the polls.
This is even as he is leveraging on his family political profile, being the grandson of Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Trade and Commerce in the Yakubu Gowon’s administration to galvanise support from the elite.
Meanwhile, the party’s Chairman in the state, Omangima Harry, said their confidence is boosted by the provisions of the new Electoral Act and the desire of the youths to effect a change.
He stated this after the YPP candidate received his Certificate of Return in the state capital.
Adamu Garba has attacked the All Progressives Congress (APC), claiming the ruling party is filled with nepotism.
The presidential aspirant under the Young Progressives Congress (YPP) said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, accusing the party of financialising political participation.
“That is why I said since APC has taken us to that direction, we have to define a new path,” the former APC member, who recently defected to the YPP, said.
“A path that would remove Nigeria from poverty and transit it to one of the greatest countries in the world away from the crass nepotism and cronyism that is evidently happening in the APC.”
A former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has faulted the clampdown on some promoters of the recently-held #EndSARS protests, saying it is unacceptable.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) tweeted on Monday that such action is entirely wrong, calling on the government to retrace its step.
“The clampdown on #EndSARS protesters and supporters is completely WRONG and unacceptable!” Moghalu who contested the 2019 presidential election under the Young Progressive Party (YPP) noted.
“I urge the authorities to “reverse gear”. These actions raise questions about the good faith of the government and risk igniting even more resistance. Not wise!”
The clampdown on #EndSARS protesters and supporters is completely WRONG and unacceptable! I urge the authorities to “reverse gear”. These actions raise questions about the good faith of the government, and risk igniting even more resistance. Not wise!
A federal High Court in Abuja had granted the CBN’s request to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the #EndSARS protests.
Some of the affected individuals include Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise and Mosopefoluwa Odeseye.
Others are Adegoke Pamilerin Yusif. Umoh Grace Ekanem, Babatunde Victor Segun, Mulu Louis Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob, Victor Solomon, Idunu A. Williams, and Gatefield Nigeria Limited.
An #EndSARS promoter, Modupe Odele recently narrated how officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) stopped her from leaving the country.
She said her passport was seized by the NIS, although it was later handed back to her (on Monday, November 9th, 2020).
Getting my passport back took an entire village. No way I can mention everyone one after the other but please know I’m very grateful ❤️
The Presidency had on Sunday insisted that the country’s laws must be enforced and those who hijacked the #EndSARS protests would be brought to book.
“We are a country governed by law. There is a constitution that states clearly, under section 33, that clearly defines the rights of citizens to freely protest in a peaceful way but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, violence and looting, there is a law and order duty to be performed,” Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“Everyone witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and some other states, even the FCT.
“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide, to rule on wrongdoing on the part of just anybody. I am not particular about any celebrity or promoter but this country has been harmed enormously and people should be prepared to account for what they did.”
Protests Against Police Brutality
Early last month, Nigerians took to the streets, protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killing.
The protesters sought the scrapping of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the police accused of human rights abuse.
However, the protests continued after the disbandment of the unit with the shooting of some of the protesters in Lagos State, sparking a looting spree and destruction of properties in some parts of the country.
The candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the recent governorship election in Edo state, Mr. Jones Osagiobare, has congratulated Mr. Godwin Obaseki on his victory, describing it as well-deserved.
Osagiobare made the submission when he led other members of his party on a courtesy visit to the government house in Benin city, the Edo state capital.
According to him, “We are here to congratulate you in the just concluded governorship election. It is a well-deserved victory. We give God all the glory.
“Your excellency, we at YPP believe that tangible and people-oriented development enquires the collective responsibility of all stakeholders. To this end, we will like to fully participate in your soon-to-be-inaugurated administration.”
“We see ourselves as partners in the development of our dear state. We believe that, together, we can lift our state to even more enviable heights,” he added.
Governor Obaseki, on his part, said that YPP and its members were key to strengthening democracy in the state and Nigeria at large.
“You had an option of sitting back and watching things go bad, but you decided to lend your voice to the democratic process. I want to formally thank you for the support you rendered to my party in the just-concluded governorship election.
“The election victory was a victory for all of us. It was a victory for democracy; it was a victory for Edo people and a victory for Nigeria.”
The governor assured that his administration would be very inclusive, saying that ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere, noting that he would screen out ideas to fast track development in the state.
Members of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) on Wednesday protested in front of the National Assembly demanding a restructuring of the nation’s security architecture.
Led by its national chairman, Bishop Amakiri the party members also called on the leadership of the National Assembly to ensure electoral reforms that will restore the confidence of the electorate in the nation’s electoral system.
Amakiri while speaking with journalists during the protest appealed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from overheating the polity.
“We are concerned about the level of insecurity in Nigeria. Also at the moment, Nigerians are calling for the rejig of the security apparatus. If the country is suffering from insecurity it also means that the economic growth of the country is stunted.
“We also believe that the electoral reform is necessary, there’s no any other time than now,” Amakiri said.
He noted that it is unfortunate for the courts to decide elections after the citizens have made their choice.
The YPP members later submitted their petition to representatives of NASS who received them in front of the National Assembly.
He, however, ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged Ubah’s victory in the February 23 poll, be recognised as the winner of the election.
The judge also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.
Among other claims, the PDP candidate alleged that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled him to contest the Anambra South senatorial election.
He also insisted that Ubah’s party should be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.
In his judgement, Justice Kawu sacked Ubah and declared that the second defendant in the suit – the YPP – did not have the locus standi, and should not have participated in the election.
Reacting to the judgment, the National Chairman of YPP, Mr Bishop Amakiri, said his party would appeal the decision of the court.
According to him, the court erred in law on the ground that the party was never served with the court processes.
Amakiri added that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain and enter judgment in favour of Mr Uzoh who he said never participated in the senatorial election.
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has taken a swipe at Nigerian youths for the role they played during the recently held general elections.
Moghalu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, regretted that the young populations did not make their presence felt during the polls.
“The biggest disappointment was with the youths. The youth vote was absent. They make a lot of noise, they rant and rail but you will not see them on the voting day. And when they vote, they don’t vote in line with their rhetoric,” he said.
When asked if the polls witnessed improvement when compared to 2015, Moghalu noted that chaos marred some polling centres coupled with an alleged organisational efficiency and effectiveness shortly before the commencement of voting.
“The organisational efficiency and effectiveness of the election was generally weak. We saw it. First, it was postponed at the last minute and in many parts of the country, there was chaos at the polling booths especially in rural areas.”