The screening and confirmation of four Commissioner – nominees and caretaker members of Degema Local Government Area were the top proceedings that took place in the State House of Assembly last week.
During the screening exercise, the four Commissioner nominees were asked to give their profile, but the House members were sharply divided over whether to allow all of them take a bow and leave.
However, the Speaker, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, in line with House proceedings, called on two of the nominees – Hon. Chinyere Igwe, a former House of Representatives member and Hon. Michael West, a former law maker in the State Assembly to take a bow and leave.
Shortly after Igwe and West left, the Speaker urged the other two nominees, Dr Nancy Nwankwo and Dr Rison Onyia, to introduce themselves and also take a bow and leave. The Speaker’s decision stands from various submissions made by members such as Hon. Nathaniel Uwaji, Enemi George Alabo on the need to allow them go based on recognition and contributions in the past to the state.
The House called on the Caretaker member nominees for Degema local government area to introduce themselves by giving their profiles. After the nominees concluded with their profiles, members representing Degema State Constituency, Dr Farah Dagogo rose and spoke in their defence.
The lawmaker submitted that most of CTC member nominees were tested and experienced hands, which character he can vouch for. Dr Dagogo pleaded on the House to allow them take a bow and leave.
But before the nominees took their leave, Speaker of the House Rt. Hon. Ibani tasked them on the need to key into the vision of the Nyesom Wike-led administration. Ibani had earlier called on the commissioner nominees, especially those who had served as legislators to be exemplary and hardworking.
Within the week, the Speaker took a facility tour of his Constituency projects in Andoni State Constituency. The projects were those of 2017 and are near completion.
Among projects inspected is the Community Secondary School Agwutobolo which has classrooms and a laboratory block.
Last Thursday, the Speaker was among top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bigwigs in Andoni Local Government Area who received decampees from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area.
Other PDP bigwigs who were at the occasion were member representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency, Hon. Abiante Awajinombek, President General of the Grassroot Development Initiative (GDI), Bright Amaewhule and Secretary, Samuel Nwanosike.
In his remarks, the Speaker commended all the decampees for taking the step in joining the ruling party, saying it was a step in the right direction.
Sokoto Guber: PDP Loses At Tribunal
The Sokoto Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has affirmed the election of Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto as the duly elected governor of the state.
The three-man panel led by Justice Haruna Msheila in its ruling dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its candidate, Saidu Umar challenging the victory of the APC and its candidate, Ahmad Aliyu in the March governorship election.
In a unanimous judgment, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Haruna Mshelia, said the Petitioners were unable to prove the six grounds formulated in the petition.
He said the grounds bordered on alleged ineligibility for Aliyu and Gobir to contest, falsification of certificates, variation of names, election frauds and non-compliance with electoral guidelines.
Msheila said the petitioners were unable to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt as required by law, saying 70 per cent of exhibits were out of context because they relate to State Assembly elections conducted on the same dates.
According to him, to prove forgery two different documents of persons needed to be presented while the variation of names issues was a settled Supreme Court provision.
He said three subpoena witnesses were not tenable as they were not makers of the documents from the alleged primary school while the other 28 polling units agents testified could not identify themselves along with their roles.
The Tribunal Chairman said the alleged 138 polling units frauds were not adduced to indicate substantial non-compliance of the elections marred the election outcome.
Mshelia added that the tribunal dismissed all the preliminary objections on competency to institute the case by the respondents as the petitioners duly linked the grounds in the petition.
He dismissed the petition for lack of merit and failure to prove the allegations by the petitioner.
Tribunal Upholds Kefas’ Election As Taraba Governor
The Taraba State governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Jalingo, yesterday, upheld the election of Agbu Kefas of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) as the governor of the state.
The three-man panel headed by Justice G.A Sunmonu dismissed the petition jointly filed by the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, and its governorship candidate in the March 18, 2023 election, Professor Yahaya Sani, on the grounds of lack of sufficient evidence.
NNPP, and its gubernatorial candidate, had earlier filed a petition before the tribunal seeking the cancellation of the election which they alleged was characterised by irregularities.
Another relief sought by the NNPP and its guber candidate was for the tribunal to order a fresh election in the state.
The party also alleged non-compliance with the electoral Act 2022, as a major reason for its demand for the cancellation of the election.
The party, which also alleged that the incumbent governor of the state was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast, earlier urged the tribunal to nullify the certificate of return issued to the governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Delivering judgment, the panel unanimously ruled that the petition filed by both NNPP and its gubernatorial candidate lacked merit.
The three-man panel, collectively dismissed the petition, stating that the petitioners failed to justify the relief they sought.
Elated by the judgment, the Deputy Governor, Aminu Alkali, called on the NNPP and other opposition political parties in the state to join hands with the incumbent governor to move the state forward.
Also overwhelmed by the judgment, the counsels to the PDP, applauded the panel for the judgment.
Though the counsel of the NNPP could not be reached at the time of filing this report, a chieftain of the party who spoke with The Tide source, said he was hopeful that the party will appeal the judgment.
Nigeria@63: Lawmaker Urges Patience, Says Tinubu Won’t Disappoint Nigerians
The lawmaker representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Jimi Odimayo has called on Nigerians to exercise patience with the administration of President Bola Tinubu, assuring that salvation was near.
Odimayo who gave this assurance in a statement issued through his Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Kayode Fasua, noted the apparent hardship in the land, and drew a comparison in the allegory of labour-room pains and the subsequent joy in strapping a newborn baby.
Odimayo said “We all must reflect on how we got to this sorry pass as a nation, counting from the year of our independence in 1960 till date: how democracy was aborted for many years through military interventions and how we are again back on track trying to improve on our democratic skills.
“However, in spite of various hiccups ranging from maladministration to corruption and other unpatriotic practices, we should renew hope, especially now that a good leader with verifiable antecedent in the person of President Bola Tinubu is in the driver’s seat.
“Ours can be assessed in the allegory of labour room pains that must be experienced during childbearing, before the mother beams with smiles at successful delivery; and that is what obtains now in the attempt by President Tinubu to right many wrongs and put Nigeria on the path to political and socio-economic greatness,”
While urging Nigerians to exercise patience and team up with all arms of government to achieve desired results, the lawmaker also called on political officeholders to tighten their belts and bend to work as justification to the electorate’s mandate.
According to him, the ballot box is the nemesis for all political leaders who failed in their vow to deliver the dividends of democracy.
“The last general elections held up many lessons for the political class, that unlike in the past, the level of voters’ awareness has risen stunningly in geometric proportions, as the people are mostly no longer for vote-buying and rigging, but are determined to scrutinise the qualities of candidates seeking their votes,” he stressed.
Odimayo similarly assured the people of his Okitipupa/Irele constituency and the entire Ondo State citizenry that he had designed various empowerment programmes and had stepped up various social infrastructural development lobbies, all of which will start manifesting soon.
News2 days ago
Independence Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday
Rivers6 hours ago
Climate Change: TotalEnergies Plants 114 Trees
Featured4 hours ago
RSG Marks Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day In Low Key
Editorial2 days ago
Checking Nigeria’s Rising Debt Profile
Rivers2 days ago
Town Planning Expert Urges Effective Physical Planning in Rivers
Sports5 hours ago
NYG : Director Hails Team Rivers Performance In Asaba
Sports4 hours ago
Rugby Future Bright In Nigeria-NRFF Boss
News2 days ago
NYSC: Pay Attention To Security Of Corps Members, D-G Urges Employers