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 Ayade Sacks Aide Over Unprovoked Attack On PDP Chieftain

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Following an unprovoked attack by the Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Forestry Security, Thomas Obi Tawo, popularity known as ‘General Iron, who was alleged to have brutally assaulted and inflicted severe injuries on a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Special Adviser to the Governor on Administration, Rt. Hon. Mark Obi, the Governor has sent him packing.
A press statement made available to The Tide in Calabar, and signed by the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Media/Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, did not however, disclose why Tawo was sacked.
The release reads in part, “The State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has approved the sack with immediate effect of Mr. Thomas Obi Tawo, aka General Iron, the Special Adviser on Forestry Security.
“Consequently, he is hereby directed to hand over government property in his care to the office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor.”
Recall that Rt. Hon. Obi escaped death by whiskers last week after his home in Oku Bushuyu, Boki was invaded by gunmen. ‘General Iron’ and his men were suspected to have attacked Obi.
Some residents of the area who spoke feared the attack may not be unconnected with the rivalry between Rt. Hon. Obi and Tawo over the Borum Oil Palm Estate, while some believed that Obi’s refusal to defect to the APC may have attracted the animosity.
Obi, a two-term member of the State House of Assembly under the PDP umbrella and had, early last month, resigned from Governor Ayade’s administration saying he would not leave his party to the APC like his colleagues in the cabinet were doing.
Unconfirmed reports said military men had taken over the area in search of ‘General Iron’ and his men who may have been on the run, considering the level of opposition to their action.
A source close to Obi’s family said Tawo would be paid back with his coins.
Incidentally, Rt . Hon Obi has two of his sons in the military while his elder brother, General Moses Obi  Rtd: also has two more officers serving.
General Obi was the Commander of the United Nations Peace Mission in Sudan, as well as General Officer Commanding First Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna. 
Reliable sources from the area told The Tide on the phone that angry military men in the community had already pulled down Tawo’s two-story building and we’re ransacking the community looking for the  ‘General Iron .’

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Group Urges FG To Ignore Campaign Of Calumny Against Sylva

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The Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND) has urged the Federal Government to ignore the ongoing campaigns of calumny against Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Prince Marley, and Mr Godwin Opiuyo, Chairman and Secretary of Eastern zone of MOSIEND in Yenogoa.
The group said it had noted  with dismay that some unpatriotic individuals, envious of the performance of some political office holders, had resorted to cheap blackmail to discredit them.
MOSIEND stated that as a leading advocacy group in the Niger Delta, it would not fold its arms and watch faceless groups haul malicious and baseless claims to leaders from the region.
“The latest is the unwarranted media mudslinging from one shadowy bunch of fugitive agent provocateurs parading themselves as Nigerians for Transformational Change (NTC).
“The group with no known address, calling for the sack of the Chief Sylva over summons by a US District Court in Pennsylvania over a defamation of character case, which he instituted against one Jackson Ude is frivolous,” MOSIEND stated.
The group, in dismissing the call noted that the case of libel was instituted by Sylva against  Ude in the US, adding that Sylva was the plaintiff while Ude was the Respondent/Defendant.
MOSIEND also noted that the matter has not been concluded thus the brains behind the blackmail was to whip up public sentiment against Sylva amounts to prejudice because the case was in court.
They urged the relevant agencies of the Federal Government to go after the masterminds of the smear campaign and bring them to face the extant laws as it concerns inciting the public based on falsehood.

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Parties’ Campaign Committees: Group Makes Case For PWDs Inclusion

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The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities has said that persons with disabilities should be included in campaign committees for elections.
The CCD Executive Director, David Anyaele, stated this on Friday during a press conference, at the Elomaz Hotel, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.
Anyaele stated that political parties had the responsibility of taking appropriate measures to create space for equal opportunity for persons living with disabilities.
He said, “Political parties need to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in the campaign committees and campaign podiums should be made accessible to all with the provision of sign language interpreters, access to information and disability inclusive manifesto.
“INEC should ensure that they take appropriate steps to review all the previous off circle elections reports submitted by organisations of and for persons with disabilities, for the identification of forms and patterns as well as extent of complaints on persons with disabilities struggle on election days.
“This is with the view of finding solutions with scenario building. Findings from previous election reports shows that a bulk of the problems faced by Persons with disabilities participate on Election Day.”
The Executive Director urged the media to continue its support to the disability community.
He said, “The media is our eyes, ears and legs. With the help of the media, issues of concern to persons with disabilities would be mainstreamed in the 2023 general election conversations.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State Inter Party Advisory Council, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Richard Echigbue, stated that there was a need for people with disabilities to belong to a party in order to have a voice.
He said, “We encourage people living with disabilities to come and join a party and we can start the conversation from there.
“Our party for example, is based on egalitarian principles where equity reigns, there’s no discrimination or inequality.
“As long as you’re human, and you have the capability to perform, you’ll be given a chance. Other parties should also try and incorporate people living with disabilities into their system.”

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Osun APC, PDP Trade Blame Over Killings

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The Osun State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday traded blame over reported killing of two members of the ruling party.
Three people were reportedly killed in Ede, the hometown of the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, last Friday and Saturday while members of PDP were allegedly sharing balance of governorship election fund.
The incident also led to razing of residence of Osun Assembly Minority leader of PDP, Babajide Kofoworola.
A statement by APC Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun through his media aide, Kola Olabisi, stated that the alleged killings of the two APC members by suspected PDP thugs in Ede during the fracas over disagreement on the sharing formula of the PDP left-over election fund was senseless, primitive and wicked.
Famodun noted that the shameful and wicked act of killings of fellow human beings over electoral loots by the suspected PDP thugs was an indication that the Osun PDP is fundamentally challenged.
He urged the Osun State Commissioner of Police to thoroughly investigate the incident, especially in the area that concerns an alleged compromised police chief who is said to be eyeing the position of the Chief Security Officer(CSO) to Senator Ademola Adeleke.
However, the PDP in a statement by the Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, alleged that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is planning to destabilise Osun State ahead of his exit from office in November.
He tasked the security agencies to swing into action and bring to book perpetrators of fatal attack and razing of the house of Osun State House of Assembly Minority Leader, Akogun Babajide Kofoworola in a reprisal attack.
The statement maintained that Adeleke strongly condemned the arson attacks on the lawmaker’s family and warned Governor Oyetola not to plunge Osun State into chaos as a consequence of his loss at the poll.

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