Since the judgement of Justice Ishak Bello of Abuja High Court on Monday, April 15, which sacked the executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State,led by Chief Godpower U Ake,the people have protested in many ways.
The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) was the first to condemn the judgement,followed by the members of House of Representatives from the state,traditional rulers,Niger Delta Youth Leaders Council (NDYLC) and majority of members of the party.
Those who protested and condemned the judgement alleged that it fell short of being an empty judgement borne out of sycophantic wisdom designed to lure and lull the unwary into a false complacency and unprincipled expectation.
While majority of party members in the state vowed not to recognise the new party executive led by the former Ogba/ Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Chairman,Mr Felix Obuah,Chief G.U Ake said he would appeal the judgement.
Political analysts say they see the voice of Jacob but the hand of Esau in the whole political saga unfolding in the state, insisting that there are greater forces fighting behind the scene.
Some of the protests came to the fore last Friday,five days after the judgement was delivered when Chief Godpower U.Ake spoke as the chairmen of the 23 local government areas of the state visited him to identify with him and pledge their support.
Chief Ake informed them that he was not the target but Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
Ake noted that the plot was to remove and destroy the political structures built by Governor Amaechi whom he believed had done well in office.
The embattled PDP chairman regretted that some people who helped build the house are joining enemies to destroy the house they built.
According to him,”it is disheartening for people to build a house and turn round to destroy it.
“I met “Go Round”, Felix Obuah sometime in the past and he told me that Wike invited him to destroy Amaechi’s political structures. Wike is however, not alone in the fight against Amaechi. There are others at the top conspiring to destroy Amaechi’s structures”, he said.
He faulted the action of the National Executive Committee of the party for swearing in the Obuah-led exco in Abuja.
“The swearing in of an exco in Abuja is wrong, it has always been the responsibility of the governor to maintain peace. I’m not a violent man and I urge PDP supporters in the state to remain calm”.
He however, said the party was actually not the target but the Rivers State governor whom the arsenal was targeting at.
The Mayor of Port Harcourt, Mr Chimbiko Akarolo, who led other council chairmen to register their solidarity as members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON),said they were with Chief G.U Ake as the chairman of the PDP in the State.
Akarolo disclosed that they were very much concerned about the issue at stake in Rivers State, adding that they were aware that there was a judgement in Ake’s favour which had not been set aside and were also aware that the Ake-led executive had appealed the matter.
“As concerned PDP members, we frown against the unbecoming activities of disgruntled elements within the party who are bent on derailing the party. We have always seen you as a role model in the party, and in the present circumstance, we will remain calm and allow the law to take its course”,he said.
The Ogu Bolo Local Government council Chairperson,Hon Maureen Tamuno expressed confidence in Chief G U Ake as the chairman of the party in the State and pledged that members of ALGON would continue to stand behind the truth and always defend the mandate given to Ake and the Governor the Rivers State.
Ex-Women Affairs Minister, Tallen Felicitates Tinubu’s Wife @ 63
Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, has felicitated First Lady, Sen. Remi Tinubu on the occasion of her 63rd birthday.
Tallen, who congratulated the President’s wife in a statement on Friday in Abuja, eulogised the First Lady, who she described as “a rare gem and rare gift to the nation.”
She prayed for more years of God’s exceeding grace on Mrs Tinubu, describing her as extremely humane, an epitome of humility and an indispensable strong pillar of support to her husband.
Tallen said, “Your Excellency, on this milestone and auspicious occasion of your 63rd birthday, I join millions of your well-wishers across the globe, especially the womenfolk, to celebrate with you, while thanking God for His exceeding grace upon you, while wishing you the best that life can offer in the many decades ahead.
“As a wife, mother, fervent preacher of the gospel, as well as an iconic political leader, who exemplifies the struggle for women in politics, you will remain a veritable source of inspiration and pride for women for generations yet unborn.
“Indeed, we could not have asked God for a better First Lady at this time, considering your rare track record of achievements, as your life has been a gift, not just to Nigerian women after your breaking of many barriers for women and setting a perfect example for young girls over the years.”
The former Deputy Governor of Plateau and one-time Minister of State, Science and Technology, said that the people of Plateau would remain eternally grateful to Mrs Tinubu, particularly for her recent visit to the state and donation of a whooping sum of N500 million to families of crisis victims in the state.
She said that through her Renewed Hope Initiative, as Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Tinubu has demonstrated her empathy, humanity and philanthropic gesture by pursuing the well-being of others with unquantifiable compassion and zeal to help the less privileged, the challenged and those in need.
Tallen, therefore, prayed for long life, good health, increased grace and wisdom for the First Lady and her entire family.
Tani Olorun Not Against Out-Of-Court Settlement, Says Lawyer
The legal team of embattled Isese advocate in Ilorin, Kwara State, Abdulazeez Adegbola, alias Tani Olorun, has said they are open to an out-of-court settlement of the case of criminal defamation brought against him by the police.
Tani Olorun’s lead counsel, Ademola Bank, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide source.
Tani Olorun is standing trial on five counts of alleged criminal conspiracy, inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, criminal defamation of character, and intentional insult before a Kwara Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin.
In a separate case, he is also standing trial before the Kwara Upper Area Court sitting in Ilorin, alongside the Oluwo Nla of Tede, Chief Ademola Olawoore.
The offence, according to the prosecution, was contrary to sections 97, 210, 392, and 114 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.
Speaking in an interview with our source in Ilorin on Saturday, Tani Olorun’s lead counsel, Bank, said, “If an agreement for an out-of-court settlement comes up, why are we not to agree? The court allows it, the law allows it, and wisdom allows it. The law does not frown on it, the court does not frown on it, and wisdom does not frown on it. Parties can agree to an out-of-court settlement at any time. If it comes, so be it, if the situation allows it.”
He was, however, silent on whether the agreement for an out-of-court settlement would come from the defendant, saying, “It is the situation that dictates it. If it comes from the parties, we will not stand against it. The lawyer will not stand against it. No lawyer will oppose any bid for settlement by parties; it is for peace to reign.”
I’m Not Afraid Of Appeal – Gawuna
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the March 18 governorship election in Kano State, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, has said he is unafraid of the appeal challenging his victory at the tribunal.
The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had, last Wednesday, declared the APC candidate winner of the election and sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.
The three-man panel ordered a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna and the withdrawal of a certificate of return presented to Yusuf.
The court noted that ballot papers of 165,663 votes were not stamped or signed and, therefore, were invalid and deducted the 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s total.
Speaking with BBC Hausa in an interview while commenting on the tribunal judgment, Gawuna said, “I am grateful to Allah for our victory in the Kano State election, which was affirmed by the court today (Wednesday). I thank Him for His will, which chose us to lead. I also thank our lawyers and the general public for their prayers and support.”
He noted that the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) was initially declared the winner of the election but believed that Allah had already decided the outcome, saying they had the right to challenge the results in court, and they did so.
Gawuna said that anyone who believes that nothing happens without Allah’s will will never worry or take governance as a do-or-die affair, stressing that whatever happens to them, they believe it is the will of Allah.
According to him, “We are not intimidated or afraid, because we know that whatever happens is for the best. Allah never makes mistakes.”
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