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Niger Guber: PDP Wants Tribunal To Issue Bench Warrant On Gov’s Father, NECO Registrar

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The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Minna, the Niger State capital will today June 20, rule on whether or not to issue bench warrant on Colonel Sani Bello, the father of the Niger state governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the former and the incumbent Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO) and two others for failure to appear before the tribunal.
The two others are the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as well as the education secretary of Mokwa Local Government Area. This followed an application by counsel to the petitioner, Mohammed Ndayako and the PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 election, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko, who said the request was as a result of the refusal of the afore-mentioned to honour a subpoena issued on them by the tribunal.
Alhaji Ndayako, in his submission before the tribunal regretted that government agencies, like NECO should ordinarily be worried that an examination body would sit back and watch it’s documents (result) being forged, and refuse to appear in court to protect the sanctity of their results or examination.
According to the counsel in his argument, such bodies should jump at the opportunity provided by the tribunal to catch the suspects.
While the governor’s father, Colonel Bello (retd) was expected to appear before the tribunal to clarify the age claim by the governor in his document submitted to the INEC, the former registrar of NECO, Professor Promise Okpala and the incumbent registrar, Mallam Abubakar Gana, are to appear before the tribunal to clarify the authenticity of NECO’s certificates tendered by Governor Bello and his Deputy Alhaji, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso to the INEC before the election.
However, in his response, J.S. Okutepa (SAN), counsel to the first respondent Alhaji Bello, objected to the application on the ground that the persons named were not served in person.
Okutepa also argued that the tribunal cannot issue bench warrant on those concerned since they were not listed as witnesses in the petitioners’ petition before the tribunal.

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Buhari Wants Senate To Pass Six Bills

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, transmitted a letter to the Senate, seeking consideration and passage of six Aviation Bills.
The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan read the letter during plenary.
The President, in the letter said: “Dear Distinguished Senate President; Transmission of Six Aviation Sector Bills to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
“Pursuant to Section 58 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I formally request that the following six bills be considered for passage by the Senate.”
The bills include: Civil Aviation Bill 2019, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Bill 2019, Nigerian College of Air space Management Agency Establishment Bill 2019.
Others are: Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Establishment Bill 2019, Nigerian Meteorological Agency Establishment Bill 2019 and Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau Establishment Bill 2019.
“While I trust that these bills will be expeditiously and favourably considered by the Senate, please, accept Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration,” the president said.
In his remark, Lawan urged the Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh to ensure that the bills were gazetted and distributed to all the Senators for consideration.

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Dickson Was Insensitive To Stakeholders’ Needs – Ex-Aide

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Former Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Niger Delta, Kennedy West, has said that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last Saturday’s governorship election did not come as a surprise following irregularities in the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The Tide reports that this is the first time the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be losing governorship election in Bayelsa State since the return of democracy in 1999.
Also, West said the election was lost to the APC, the main opposition in the state because the PDP under Governor Seriake Dickson was insensitive to the needs of stakeholders there, even as he alleged that incumbent Governor Dickson picked a governorship candidate against the wishes of the people.
West, who spoke when he appeared at a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt monitored by The Tide last Monday, also said the failure of the PDP under the leadership of Governor Dickson generated from the governor’s disconnect from the elites of Bayelsa State, noting that the governor is secretive.
“He (Dickson) has been shrouded with secrecy and sycophancy. As I was coming from Bayelsa State, droves of people came out to celebrate. This is the first time, can you recall any defector from APC to the PDP from when INEC blew the whistle?
“One thing that politicians should know when you make empty campaign promises, when you alienate yourself from the people that elected you, know that there is a day of reckoning. You can’t cheat a man and cheat him for too long. You can cheat some people sometime, but you cannot cheat all the people all the time, especially in a democratic dispensation.
“Bayelsans and the Ijaw people were able to tell the state of Nigeria that you do not mistake the gentle movement of the cat for weakness,” the ex-aide to Governor Dickson said.
On what he meant by insensitivity to the needs of the people, he said: “We don’t have PDP in Bayelsa State. In a state where you singlehandedly picked a governorship candidate against the wishes of the people.
“You singlehandedly brought your deputy governor who was your Personal Assistant when you were Special Adviser to the former President, who was your Personal Assistant when you were Attorney-General of the State.
“Who was your Personal Assistant when you were a member of the House of Representatives and who became your Commissioner of Works for eight years and then you brought him?”

 

By: Dennis Naku

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Rivers PDP Slams Kogi Electorate Over Bello’s Victory

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Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has faulted the result of last Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, describing the victory of Yahaya Bello as a disrespect to the people there.
The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Darlington Orji, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital said the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello is characterised by poor performance.
Orji said it is surprising that a governor who is allegedly owing salaries of civil servants for over 30 months would be reelected by the people, noting that in a normal democracy the reverse would have been the case.
“For us (Rivers PDP) what we saw in Kogi in particular is a rape of democracy. If democracy is actually working, people like Yahaya Bello can never return because they have nothing to offer to the people.
“A man that has been indebted to the people for about 38 months, what else did he tell the electorates before he was elected? For us it is a shocker.
“You saw what happened in the Senatorial election where about 70, 000 votes were cancelled from our own candidate (referring to Senator Dino Melaye),” the Rivers PDP spokesman said.
Orji said he expects the people of Kogi and the PDP to contest the election, pointing out that Governor Bello has failed abysmally and does not deserve a second term.
“For us at this point we cannot do otherwise, rather for the people of Kogi State and the PDP to take a decision to challenge the outcome or not,” he said, noting that the PDP is still a party to beat any day, anytime.

 

By: Dennis Naku

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