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Polls: Our Leaders Should Accept This Election Results – CPU

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The Protean Secretary-General, Coalition for Peace and Unity (CPU), Dr Cairo Ojougboh, has called on politicians to accept the outcome of Saturday’s elections result in the country.
Ojougboh gave the advice while speaking with newsmen on Saturday after casting his votes during the Presidential and National Assembly elections at Ward 6, Polling Unit 13, Alihame, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
He noted that the CPU had preached the need for a peaceful, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria and for the various actors to accept elections results in good faith.
He said there was no doubt that the people had come out en-mass to vote their choice candidates in a free, fare and credible elections.
He lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a credible work that had ensured a peaceful elections in the country.
He noted that the people filed out in an orderly manner and patiently waited to cast their votes.
“To be honest, it took me less than 30 seconds to be accredited via the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS).
“By my personal assessment, the INEC has done very well and hope they keep it up like this.
“And, like we always said, at the National Coalition for Peace and Unity, our message to everybody is that the outcome of this election is very important to this nation.
“However, whether you win or you lose, it is a win win for everybody and that all leaders must educate their followers, so that whatever the result of the elections, we will remain the same family.
“People should not regard opinion poll result as a serious issue, it is the result that comes out of the elections that is sacrosanct.
“At the end of the elections and the results been released, our leaders should emulate President Goodluck Jonathan like he accepted defeat in 2015 and become glorious and counted as victory for Nigeria”.
He cautioned that the country did not need crises to arise out of the election, adding that every Nigerian should be peace loving and abide by the law.
On his part, the Spokesman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Mr Charles Aniagwu, also lauded the elections process at Ward 7, Umuocha Primary School, Akumazi, Ika North East where he voted.
According to him, the process was though slow but steady as the people turned out in their large numbers to cast their votes.
“You can see the peace that we have in this environment and we do hope that some politicians would not undermine the process to begin to unleash on our people wherever.
“This is the situation across the state and we do hope that this is for people to make a choice and not to kill or cast aspersion it is indeed the day for all Nigerians to make that choice.
“We have been able to make our submissions as members of different political parties and Nigerians have listened.
“Before we started voting today, we are brothers and sisters and after voting and the result is out, we will remain brothers and sisters”, he said.
According to Aniagwu, it is the Democratic rights of all voters to make their choice.
“Those who are at variance with us are not seeing what we are seeing but from what we see, Atiku and Okowa ticket represents the recovery of the country.
“We are quite convinced that from where we are, from the length and breadth of this country, Atiku and Okowa will carry the day”.

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Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

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Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

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Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

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A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

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