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‘Suspension Of APC National Officers, Null, Void’

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The APC National Vice Chairman, South-South Zone, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, has described the purported suspension APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomle, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shuaibu, the State Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie, the state party chairman, Anslem Ojezua, and a host of others as null and void.
Eta made the remark while briefing journalists on the issue in Calabar, saying that the leadership of the party in the zone would not accept the suspension.
Eta’s position contradicts the position of the APC National Secretary as announced by is National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, who said the party has rectified the suspension, an indication that the leadership of the party was divided on the issue.
Eta, who barred his mind on the current crisis rocking the ruling party in the state, also said the alleged suspension of the National Chairman of the APC, and some members of his faction by a faction of the party in the state is also unlawful and illegal.
The APC Chair stated that actions of both factions violate the provisions of the constitution of the APC on the suspension or sanctioning of any member of the party.
Eta said, “South-south zone of the party will soon convene an emergency meeting to ensure that the crisis bedeviling the party in Edo State is resolved.
“I am quiet shy about commenting on the crisis in Edo state. I had wanted time to do what is needful in terms of reconciling the crisis in Edo state, address some gray areas in the crisis that has engulfed Edo state.
“You may want to know that apart from the National Executive Committee, it is the Zonal Executive Committee that sees to this kind of issue.
“We intend to convene an emergency Zonal Executive Committee meeting to look into the whole matter.
“Having said so, I am not in a position to take sides in the matter in Edo state. But let me say, I have read and seen in TV and newspapers, as well as in the social media the various sanctions and suspensions starting from the National Chairman, who was said to have been, suspended, to the Governor, his Deputy , the Secretary to government, the Chairman of the party, and even the state secretary of the party.
“My take on the issue is that none of those processes lived to the expectations of the Constitution of the party. So, as for me as an individual, they are all null and void.”
He further stated that there are constitutional provisions, and processes that must be followed for any member, let alone elected member of the party, to be suspended.
“The truth of the matter is that political parties are made up of human beings. There are constitutional processes, and step that you take before you can sanction people.
He said one of the greatest ingredients in the process is that every person accused must be given an opportunity to react, rather than going ahead to slam suspension order on the individual without listening to his side of the story.
Eta maintained that the whole process is undemocratic, dictatorial and tyrannical, hence the suspension is null and void.
He called on those behind the suspension order against the to have a glimpse at the constitution so as to know how to go about it.

 

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Shun Cultism, Naval College Urges Graduating Students

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The Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Akpabuyo, Cross River State, Commander Felicity Uchime, has charged graduating students of the school to shun cultism, examination malpractice and other vices.
Uchime, who gave the charge last Saturday during the graduation ceremony of 195 students of the 2021/2022 set, urged the students to see their graduation from the school as a ladder to climb to higher grounds.
She said the graduation signified the hard work, determination and resilience of the students.
“As you graduate today, I want to advise you all to stay away from cultism, examination malpractice and vices.
“The Nigerian Navy School has imbibed sound character and discipline in all of you, hence we expect you to be worthy ambassadors of this great school, “ she said.
She said the school was poised for academic excellence and quality education, adding that the school has imbibed sound character and discipline in the students.
“Your parents have dedicated financial resources to see you through school; you must not disappoint their trust in you,” she said.
I want to wish all of you the best in your future endeavours,” she said.
Speaking, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu, congratulated the students for the successful completion of their secondary school education.
Dewu, who was represented by Capt. Dauda Isa, said that their graduation reflected the training and quality of education the students had received in the last six years.
“With the quality of teaching we have in this school, I have no doubt that you all have the requisite credentials to excel in your future endeavours.
“We are going to do our best to upgrade the facilities in this school with a view to meeting the expectations ofstudents and parents,” he said.
The Tide’s source reports that Master Divine Akpan was awarded the best performing student of the school in the just released released by the West African Examinations Council.
The school also presented other certificates and awards to deserving graduating students.

 

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First Female Immigration Boss In A’Ibom Assumes Duty

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Mrs Francisca Dakat has assumed duty as the 21st Comptroller, Immigration Service (CIS) and the first female Comptroller in Akwa Ibom Command.
Dakat, whose last posting was Rivers Marine Command, is taking over from Comptroller George Didel, who has been redeployed to Migration Directorate, Service Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking with The Tide’s source during the exchange of baton in Uyo last Friday, Dakat said she would build on the achievements of her predecessor.
“The outgoing Comptroller has done so well and I intend to consolidate on those achievements, and if God helps us, we will do more.
“We always want to be better than our teachers. So, whatever we can do to make the command better, we will do it,” Dakat said.
Dakat, who was appointed into the Service in 1990, charged personnel of the Command to remain committed to duty and be disciplined, to move the service forward.
In his farewell message, the outgoing CIS, Didel, urged the personnel to remain loyal and committed to the service.
“I want to tell my staff that they must continue to be loyal to the country. They must be hard working and must be disciplined, especially in the performance of their duties.
“As public servants, we must continue to serve the public. So, I will leave them with that message, to be patriotic and be committed to their duties,” Didel said.

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IPMAN Threatens Depot Shutdown Over Police Harassment

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.
Cross River State Chairman, IPMAN, Mr Robert Obi, made the threat last Friday in Calabar while speaking with newsmen.
Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.
He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
He said that any arrest of its leaders in the zone would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.
Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation, in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction, who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN.
Obi frowned at the alleged moves by the police authorities and some, he described as “disgruntled elements”, to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.
“Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.
“IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association. We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.
The Tide learnt that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.
The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue State with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.
The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.
Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.
Earlier, the Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police had said it was not in position to react to the allegation.

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