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2015: Group Faults Ogoni Governorship Agenda

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litical group in the campaign for the zoning of governorship of Rivers State in 2015 to the Rivers South East zone, the Rivers South-East Renaissance Movement (RISERM)  has faulted the call by the Ogoni Leadership Forum (OLF) that all political parties should pick their governorship candidates from Ogoni ethnic group.
RISERM in a statement issued yesterday and made available to The Tide, expressed dissatisfaction over persistent call  by OLF for only Ogoni governorship candidate  in 2015, describing the call as myopic, self-centered, parochial and unachievable.
The statement signed by  the  RISERM Project Coordinator, Barrister  Dornu Barida Nwinang, said that  in a bid to have political emancipation, all ethnic groups in the Rivers South-East Senatorial District must come together and give support to the 2015 governorship project.
Nwinang  noted that  some senatorial districts in other States that have not produced governors of their States are also  canvassing for governorship of their various States as it was in Akwa Ibom, Delta and Cross River States.
According to him, “no
‘’ Cross River State, just like Rivers State, is faced with similar scenario and the over 16 ethnic groups in Cross River North Senatorial District is equally canvassing for the governorship of Cross River State. No serious political party will zone its governorship candidate to an ethnic group found in only three local government areas except these few individuals under the aegis of Ogoni Leadership Forum are claiming deliberate ignorance of this political reality’’.
He said the historical practice of political parties in the current political dispensation in the State will not help the course of the Ogoni Leadership Forum.
Calling on all the political parties in the state and of the  people of Rivers South –East to disregard any singular agitation based on ethnic sentiment that cannot withstand serious political horse-trading, the group urged for the zoning governorship tickets to Rivers South-East Senatorial District which of Ogoni is part.
The group boasted that the Senatorial District is capable of producing credible, acceptable and well prepared Governorship candidates from the zone in 2015.

Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the October 11 governorship by-election in Adamawa State, Mr. Yakubu Tsalla (left), displaying his intent and nomination forms during his declaration at the APC Secretariat in Yola, recently. Photo: NAN

Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the October 11 governorship by-election in Adamawa State, Mr. Yakubu Tsalla (left), displaying his intent and nomination forms during his declaration at the APC Secretariat in Yola, recently. Photo: NAN

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Senate: Bill Against Small Arms’ Proliferation Passes Second Reading

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The Senate yesterday passed for second reading a bill for establishment of the Nigerian National Commission against proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi).
Adeyemi in his lead debate on the general principles of the bill noted that the bill was first read at plenary on Dec . 18 2019.
He said the bill essentially seeks to provide for establishment of National Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons to coordinate and implement activities to combat the problems of small arms in Nigeria.
This, he said was in line with ECOWAS states on small arms and light weapons.
Adeyemi listed the objectives of the bill to include identifying sources and main routes of small arms, light weapon and reasons why the illicit trade thrives in Nigeria.
He said the bill when passed would help recommend possible ways to monitor, control, halt, and mitigate illegal activities of people involved in arms proliferation.
He said the commission would also help to identify the promoters, users, patrons of the illegal activities.
He said the bill when passed would also make provision for the training and building the capacity of the corps and other security officials towards an effective enforcement of the mandate of the commission.
He said the proliferation of small arms and light weapons has been a stricken issue in the international agenda since 1998.
“It is eating into the survival of emerging nations in the international scene especially in Africa.
“It is a phenomenon that is destabilising the peace, development and threatening the national security of sovereign nations,” he said.
Adeyemi expressed believe that the bill, if passed would further help to curb the insecurity challenges in Nigeria.
Other bills that passed second reading at plenary are: A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Civil Defence Academy, Pondogari in Niger State, sponsored by Sen. Musa Sani (APC Niger).
A Bill for an Act to provide for establishment of the Federal University of Environment Technology, Saakpenwa, Ogoni Rivers State, sponsored by Sen. Mpigi Barinada (PDP Rivers).
Others are Bill for an Act to establish the Police Academy Wudil, Kano as a degree awarding institution, sponsored by Sen. Jika Halliru (APC Bauchi).

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Kwara By-Election: 43,695 Voters Collect PVCs In Patigi LG -REC

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, has said that 43,695 voters collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in Patigi ahead of the scheduled by-election into the vacant state assembly seat.
The REC disclosed this on Wednesday in Ilorin during a meeting with the eight political parties that would participate in the by-election and members of Inter-Agencies Committee on Election Security (IACES).
Our source reports that eight political parties have so far signified interest to take part in the March 14, by-election into Patigi state constituency.
The political parties are All Progressives Congress (APC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), People Democratic Party (PDP) and New Nigeria People Party (NNPP).
Others are the Action People Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), African Action Congress (AAC) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Attahiru-Madami promised to be open, transparent and give all the political parties participating in the by-election a level playing ground.
According to the REC, there are 52,233 registered voters in Patigi state constituency, while 51,476 PVCs were received from INEC headquarters.
He added that a total of 43,695 PVCs were collected, leaving 7,781 uncollected PVCs which he said were kept in the vault of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Ilorin.

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Amaechi Loses Security Aide To Electrocution

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Mr. Tony Iwelu, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has passed on.
The aide, who died on Monday, February 17, suffered an electric shock from a shower hose in a Kaduna hotel while on an official assignment.
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Eric Ojiekwe, said until his passage, Iwelu was in charge of all issues relating to the minister’s security, a job he was reputed to have executed with utmost professionalism.
“There is no gainsaying that the professionalism he brought to bear in the discharge of his job sustained him for the over two decades in the service of the minister,” the document read in part.

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