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A’Court Rules On Motion To Suspend PDP Convention, Today …As BoT Blasts Secondus, Says Event To Hold

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The Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has reserved judgement on the application brought before it seeking the leave of the court to suspend the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention scheduled to begin in Abuja, tomorrow.
This is as the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) has insisted that its national convention would hold according to plan.
The three-man panel of Justices of the Appellate Court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani reserved the judgement for ruling, today at 12noon after taking all arguments from the counsel representing the parties in the matter.
Justice Tsammani while adjourning the sitting, yesterday, expressed happiness with the level of maturity shown by all the parties, especially the counsel who represented their clients in the matter, and appealed to the media to report accurately what transpired in the court and avoid heating up the system.
The embattled former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Prince Uche Secondus in Appeal Court suit number CA/339/2021 versus Ibeawuchi Alex & 11 Others is seeking, among other things, the leave of the court through a motion to suspend the holding of the National Convention of PDP scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Abuja pending the determination of the matter before it.
Secondus through his counsel, Tayo Oyetibo, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is asking the court to put the convention on hold and determine whether his removal as the national chairman of the party was valid, saying that the constitution of party empowered him to preside over the party’s convention.
He explained that his client had not asked the court to nullify the party’s national convention but that it was his constitutional right and not a privilege to preside over the convention, and urged the court to grant him the prayers sought in the application.
According to him, Article 35,Sub-Section 16 of the PDPConstitution used a mandatory word “Shall” preside over, adding that such word invested on Prince UcheSecondus the power to preside over the convention making it mandatory and not “privileged power.
“I draw the attention of my Lords to Paragraph 19 of my written address on point of law which captures the essence of my prayers. We urge you, my Lord to preserve the mace in this case, the jurisdiction of the court, and to give efficacious judgement in this appeal. The appellant has placed before you that he was unconstitutionally removed as the national chairman of the party and his image is permanently destroyed.
“I urge you to give him justice, his tenure as the national chairman of the party will come to an end by December 3, 2021”, he stated.
In their own presentations and arguments, the respondents’ counsel for Ibeawuchi and 11 others, Henry Bello (Esq), S.I.Ahmed,representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who are the 6th respondent; Godwin Obla, (SAN), 8th respondent; Donald Dee Wigwe (SAN) 9&10 respondent; and Sabastine Hon (SAN) for 11th respondent; vehemently opposed the application, and urged the court to dismiss it in its entirety as the application was lacking in merit.
They submitted that the application sought by the appellant applicant was alien, adding that the allusion infused in the motion was a radical departure from the appeal.
They, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the motion.
According to them, the applicant’s application was belaboured, in vain, and prayed the court to consider in balance the over 4,000 members of the party who have since travelled to Abuja for the convention.
They argued that the interest of an individual cannot override the interest of 4,000 persons, adding that all arrangements for the convention have been concluded.
The Tide reports that the appeal was in respect to the earlier judgement given by the Rivers State High Court which sacked Prince UcheSecondus as the national chairman of the party.
Around six Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) are taking part in the legal war at the Appeal Court.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that its planned national convention would hold.
PDP’s Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Walid Jibril, said the convention would hold despite the suit challenging the event by the party’s suspended national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
It would be recalled that the Rivers State High Court had restrained Secondus from parading himself as the party’s chairman.
But, Secondus vowed never to withdraw the suit challenging his removal from office.
He had challenged PDP to stop all forms of preparation for the convention pending the hearing of his case in the Court of Appeal.
However, Jubril urged Secondus not to make the former ruling party ungovernable.
Featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the BoT chairman insisted that the party’s national convention would take place as scheduled.
According to Jibrin: “It will be very wrong for Secondus, being a founding member of the PDP, to make the party ungovernable.
“Could it be now that he goes against what the party is doing, what the party intends to do? I say it will be very wrong if Secondus is taking another fight completely, yielding the course to solve his own problem.
“Everything will come to an end. He had been in this party since the formation of the party. Is he going to die, what is going to happen to him? Let’s look at the party as supreme and go on with the decision of this party.
“I would like to say that the convention planned for the 30th of this month is on and we’re going to be there and carry out our duties and improve our party.
“We have processes and we have the national deputy chairman from the south, where he comes from and he is on course and he is now leading our party. His presence in the convention is not necessary at all.”

By: Akujobi Amadi

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We’ll Support IMAM Services To Improve Malnourished Children’s Health -Fubara 

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritize healthcare services in the state, especially primary healthcare.

This, he noted, is geared towards ensuring that Rivers people get the best of healthcare services they deserve to improve their quality of life, particularly in addressing the impact of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) programme on moderately and severely malnourished children in the State.

Fubara, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary,  Nelson Chukwudi, disclosed this when he paid an unscheduled inspection visit to the Degema Zonal Hospital in Degema Local Government Area of the State.

The governor accompanied by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh; the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Anthony Soberekon; and the Chief Medical Director, Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Bright Ogbonda; also visited the Model Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC), Degema.

He interfaced with the Matron in-charge of the Primary Healthcare Centre, Matron Florence Kalio, staff who were on duty, members of the Ward Development Committee (WDC), and patients.

Fubara sought to know the challenges faced by the staff of the centre while noting the impact of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) programme on moderately and severely malnourished children in the area.

The centre is one of the six IMAM sites established by the Rivers State Government across the state in January, 2024, to address the healthcare needs of the people in the rural communities.

The governor said, “I have listened to you with rapt attention and have ascertained the challenges you face in the discharge of your duties.

“I want to assure you of the commitment of our administration to give Rivers people the best of healthcare services they need.

“In fact, I want to inform you that health is of utmost priority in our administration. We are prioritizing healthcare, especially primary healthcare, and we will do everything within our powers to ensure that you have what you need to provide the services needed by the people.”

In her remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh, lauded Fubara for his commitment towards ensuring the provision of universal healthcare services to Rivers people, emphasising that the administration’s huge investment in the sector was a testament to its desire to put the wellbeing of the people first, and also catalyse the overall development of the State.

Dr Oreh explained that the IMAM programme was established by the Rivers State Government, in collaboration with key national and  international partners, to address core healthcare needs of malnourished children across the state, among others.

She noted that the governor’s efforts in supporting the centre will no doubt strengthen the health sector, and the State’s economy with the aim of achieving the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on healthcare.

Earlier, Matron in-charge of the Primary Healthcare Centre, Matron Florence Kalio, had explained that the services provided have helped address the challenges faced by the most vulnerable people in the target areas of the healthcare centre.

She specifically noted the intervention the centre has made in antenatal, delivery, newborn care, immunisation, deworming, infant and child growth monitoring, nutrition supplementation, family planning, and reproductive health services.

Kalio emphasised that the centre has also provided excellent services in the areas of cervical cancer screening, HIV testing, birth registration, health promotion, and diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and commended the Governor for the support given to the centre to enable it deliver on its mandate to the people of the area.

The MPHC, Degema, caters for the healthcare needs of the diverse riverine population in the Kalabari axis of Rivers State, providing wide range of healthcare services, including  antenatal, delivery, newborn care, immunisation, deworming, infant and child growth monitoring, nutrition supplementation, family planning and reproductive health services.

It further provides services covering cervical cancer screening, HIV testing, birth registration, health promotion, and diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

These services are intended to address the majority of healthcare needs required at the rural level in order to significantly improve population health outcomes such as maternal, newborn, infant, and child mortality rates in the State.

The MPHC services also strive to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

Highlight of the visit was the signing of the Register of the centre by the Governor.

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We’ll Do More With Your Support, Fubara Assures Rivers People 

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…Vows To Deliver Standard Healthcare Facility In Degema

RIvers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has assured that his administration would not be distracted in its bid to give Rivers people the best that will improve the quality of lives in the State.

Fubara gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen shortly after being conducted round the entire premises and structures of the Zonal Hospital, Degema Town in Degema Local Government Area on Saturday.

According to him, nothing will ever distract the attention of his administration to take its eyes off the ball in ensuring that Rivers people get the best that will improve the quality of life that they lead.

The governor noted the concern over the absence of a befitting healthcare facility in the area, but stated that the right things and steps are being taken to address the situation.

He emphasised that his administration was giving greater attention to issues of healthcare, education and agriculture so that Rivers people can access quality services from those key sectors.

The governor said: “We are here this afternoon, just like what happened yesterday (Friday), and if you could remember, I said part of our areas of concern, going forward, will be healthcare services.

“And yesterday, I did mention that we were on inspection to check the Bori Zonal Hospital covering that particular senatorial district, and will also go and see those in Degema, Ahoada and Omoku.

“But, we are here in Degema today to assess the level of work ongoing. As you can see, we don’t have a befitting and standard healthcare facility here. And that is why we need to put this place in order to make it standard.”

Fubara explained further that, “Part of the areas that have just been explained to me on my visit this afternoon is the area earmarked for staff quarters: doctors and nurses; areas that will be used to develop a modern mortuary and a laundry, because a medical facility must have a standard laundry.

“So, they have also shown me what they are doing, and the foundation for the laundry that is also almost completed.”

He assured Rivers people that they would not only get critical road infrastructure delivered to them, but that they would also be given  other social amenities and services that will ensure wholesome protection for them including quality healthcare services.

He said, “Like I said, my target for 2025 is going to be healthcare, education and agriculture. This is just the start. We are here to assure our people that no matter what it is, we still have our eyes on the ball.

“I will urge the good people of Degema to continue to support us; that this government is purposeful and understands the needs of the people.”

The governor assured the people of Degema, Kalabari Kingdom, and indeed, the entire people of Rivers State that his administration would not compromise quality service delivery and good governance, just as it will not disappoint the people who painstakingly voted for him to govern the State.

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Fubara Acknowledges Role Of Church In Building Decent Society

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The Rivers State Government says it recognizes the crucial role faith-based organisations play in the social and moral fabric of the society.

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, stated this while speaking at the 36th Anniversary Celebration of Foundation Faith Church, Salem City of Faith, Rumuomasi in Port Harcourt, yesterday.

Represented by his deputy, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu, Governor Fubara said the work of the church complements government’s effort to build a stronger and more compassionate Rivers State, noting that this year’s theme “Rescue,” resonates deeply with both our spiritual and civic duties.This was contained in a statement by the Head of Press, Deputy Governor’s Office, Owupele Benebo, yesterday.

Fubara said in times of challenge, uncertainty and change, we are all called to be agents of rescue in our families, neighbourhoods and State, adding that Foundation Faith Church has continued to be a beacon of hope and a source of rescue for 36 years through outreach programmes, counselling services and spiritual guidance.

The State Chief Executive who commended the Church for lifting countless individuals from despair to hope and from darkness to light supported the Church with the sum of N20 million.

 

In his Sermon, the founder of Foundation Faith Church, Archbishop Sam Amaga, who spoke on the theme “Rescue,” drawn from Jude 1:23, said the Church was sent on a Rescue Mission to the Earth by Jesus Christ to save unbelievers from hell, noting that “we were first reconciled to God by Christ in order to rescue other people.”

According to him, Evangelism should be the burden of every believer and not a Church department reserved only for the Pastors.

He stressed that as followers of Christ, Christians must embrace the habit of soul-winning.

Also speaking, the National Coordinating Bishop of Nigeria, Foundation Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop Ogoliegbune Hillary, said although the journey has been tough, God has helped His handmaiden and Founder, Archbishop Sam Amaga, throughout these 36 years by equipping him with His grace and mercy.

He commended the Rivers State Government for supporting and identifying with the Church.

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