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RVHA Okays 15 CTC Chairmen

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The screening and confirmation of 15 Caretaker Committee Chairmen by the State House of Assembly dominated proceedings at the House last week.
Ahead of the screening, the House had a break of one week following the passage of three prominent bills. The bills are the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Bill of 2018, the Secret Cult Prohibition Amendment Bill 2018 and the State Anti-Kidnap (Prohibition) Amendment Bill 2018.
The Secret Cult Bill and the Anti-kidnap Bills now carry death penalty as the House proposed that any offender found guilty by the court will face death penalty, while sponsors will face imprisonment and impoundment of property.
The new State Neigbourhood Safety Corps Bill is to provide support to security agencies, in the protection and security of the state through a civilian body.
During the screening of the chairman and members of 15 local government areas caretaker committees, the House specifically took special interest in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt City Local Government Areas.
Members representing Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni II Constituency, Hon. Nathaniel Owaji frowned at the traffic, congestion around the Rumuokoro Junction, while blaming the situation on street trading. He said the Obio/Akpor chairman has to ensure the menace is checked.
On his part, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani harped on the need for the CTC chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area to concentrate on the area of sanitation and environmental cleanliness.
In the words of the speaker, “you must ensure that residents conform to law and ensure that the environment is clean. Port Harcourt and Obi/Akpor must always show leadership, to other areas, because these councils are in the heart of the city”.
Shortly after the screening, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Judiciary and Training, Hon. Sam Ogeh spoke to journalists. Hon. Ogeh noted that the two Caretaker Committees member nominees turned down by the Assembly was based on improper dressing, and would be screened administratively by the Speaker. Against this development, the legislator from Emohua affirmed that nobody was disqualified in the exercise.
Hon. Ogeh also said the petition placed before the House by the Chief Whip, Hon. Evans Bipi would be addressed by the House Committee on Public Petition.
Within the week, the Speaker through the House member representing Emohua State Constituency, Sam Ogeh, spoke at a one day special workshop organized by International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) to mainstream law against domestic violence. Ogeh assured the women lawyers of the House’s continued support through enactment of laws to check the menace.
Leader of the House, Hon. Martins Amaewhule last Friday took a facility tour of project in his constituency. He visited the Rumuodunawere Civic Centre at Elelenwo, Rumurolu Modern Market, and Oroigwe Civic Centre, the projects were his 2017 constituency projects.
Last Saturday, member representing Emohua, Sam Ogeh, interred his mother-in-law at Opobo Town. He poured encomiums on Mrs. Roselyn Wariso, who he said led a virtuous life.

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Ekiti 2022: Oni’s Campaign Slams Fayemi

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The Segun Oni Campaign Organisation(SOCO) has described the alleged boast by the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, that he has the judiciary in his pocket to legitimise the election of governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji, as a product of hallucination.
The organisation said that it is very disgusting and debasing for a failed governor who during his tenure destroyed the legacies that used to make the state one of the enviable entities to now weave the nest to cage the judiciary in order to sustain his hold on Ekiti State resources.
In a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Monday by the Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the action of the governor was described as primitive, barbaric and callous.
The statement further read that the impunity with which the All Progressives Congress (APC) rules Nigeria and carries out the activities of their party is too glaring to be ignored by Nigerians hence, the national calamity bedevilling the country today.
Adebayo stressed that Governor Fayemi should explain to the whole world why his party presented candidates with forged results for election and how his party’s governorship primary was manipulated to bring out Biodun Oyebanji who was nominated by an illegal authority elected through front loading of election results.
The group maintained that Fayemi and his party deliberately perpetrated all these political heresies, basking on their culture of manipulating the judiciary as the boasting and antecedents suggest.
According to SOCO, the emergence of Governor Fayemi both in 2010 and 2018 also took the same route, hence, his belief in shortcut to the Ekiti Government House, forgetting that some people in the judiciary can still protect their integrity.
“Fayemi who said that those challenging the election of Oyebanji in court and tribunal are mere entertainers, that they don’t know that he has the judiciary in his pocket, should avail Nigerians how many Judges he has bought for the intended coded outcome of the court and the tribunal.
“We want to remind the governor that the ground which is before the tribunal goes beyond an ordinary technicality and legal masquerading. There are constitutional issues which had been decided at all levels of court in Nigeria, so any clandestine movement becomes suspicion”, the statement read.
The organisation added that leaders, sons and daughters of Ekiti and the leadership of the Nigerian judiciary should beam their searchlight on Ekiti State matters so as to save the last hope of the masses who voted but were cornered by the APC government.’’

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PDP Forum Gives Ayu, Anyanwu, Others 48Hrs To Resign

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The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over recent corruption-related accusations has escalated as National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, National Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu and Deputy National Chairman (North), Umar Damagum have been given a 48-hour ultimatum to resign at the risk of legal action.
The threat followed a resolution by the Forum of PDP Candidates and Aspirants, which passed a vote of no confidence on the three officers.
They have also petitioned the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party on the unanimous demand of candidates for the resignation of the above-mentioned officers.
The candidates who gathered and held their brainstorming session in Abuja, also alleged that the leadership of the party extorted several aspirants during the congresses, primaries and national convention of the party and swapped the names of candidates with the names of persons who did not win.
They pointed out that these “underhand actions of the leadership of the party are largely responsible for the nullification by the courts of the governorship primary in Zamfara State and all primaries held in Ogun State”, while noting that many more are still pending in court.
Chris Ogbu, who presided over the session as the Forum Coordinator and House of Assembly Candidate, also read the communiqué. He was flanked by Dauda Yusuf, the Forum’s Secretary and former governorship aspirant as well as several other members.
They demanded that Ayu, Anyanwu and Damagum step down immediately or be sacked by the party within 48 hours, at the expiration of which a legal action would be instituted to force them out of office, beginning from today.
The candidates/aspirants said that the alleged sharing of money paid for nomination forms by Ayu instead of utilising it for the prosecution of the historic 2023 election was very provocative and impacting negatively on the image of the party.
“Voters now see them as a come and chop or share the money party and that removing Ayu and his gang of party treasury looters will go a long way in showing that PDP is now a party that is intolerant of corruption,” the resolution reads.

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FG Disowns National Honours List

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The Federal Government has disowned the list of National Honours nominees that has been in circulation in the last four days.
The list contained the names of many public servants, retirees and even some who have died.
A statement signed by the Director of Press in the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and InterGovernmental Affairs, Julie Jacobs, the Federal Government said that the list did not emanate from its officials and that it would publish the authentic list at the appropriate time.
It said, “The attention of the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs has been drawn to a purported list of nominees for National Honours being circulated by some online media organisations.
“While it is true that President Muhammadu Buhari, will be conferring National Honours on deserving Nigerians and friends of Nigeria on 11th October, 2022, the authentic list of nominees is yet to be released to the public. The Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs will publish the list at the appropriate time and medium.
“Members of the public are hereby enjoined to discountenance the list in circulation as it is an attempt by overzealous reporters whose aim is to break news even when such news is fake.”

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