The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, high scores, saying his first term in office is very impressive.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the party’s National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih, as having stated this when he led the Zonal Working Committee on a solidarity visit to Government House, Yenagoa.
He said the party was impressed that Governor Diri has been inaugurating projects while campaigning for re-election.
Orbih noted that while some first term governors campaign for a second term with promises of what they would do, the Bayelsa governor has rather been busy inaugurating and flagging off projects in his State.
According to him, the national and zonal leaderships of the PDP were not only proud of his achievements but are also comfortable with him as the party’s flag-bearer in the November 11 election.
“We, members of the PDP South South Working Committee, came to show our solidarity with the performing Governor of Bayelsa State.
“We have watched with great admiration your campaigns. Some governors campaign for their second tenure telling the people what they want to do. But your campaign is laced with commissioning of projects and flagging off new ones. It is very uncommon and we want to congratulate you.
“For us in the South South, we are very proud of you and your achievements. You are indeed a miracle Governor. God has again shown His hand that with His support, you can even go into the election without an opponent”, he said.
The PDP zonal leader stressed that with Diri’s performance in office and considering the fact that the South South is the stronghold of the party, victory was assured for the Governor.
Responding, Governor Diri said the PDP was sure of victory as there was no basis for comparison between his first term and that of one of his opponents, Chief Timipre Sylva, who had also governed the State for five years.
He noted that the differe all Bayelsans to see.
Diri also stated that his developmental imprints were visible in the community of the APC candidate where, in sharp contrast, his opponent had nothing to campaign with, even in his hometown.
He said even if the APC candidate was not contending with the constitutional issue of tenure, he was sure the election would still be won by the PDP.
”The commitment of our people and what they stand for as far as this election is concerned is very clear. So we are home and dry even if they go into the election with the law against them.
“We went to his hometown and inaugurated a road. So I do not know when he gets to his village, what he will inaugurate there.
“The paradox is such that there is no way to compare his five years to our just about four years even when we lost one year to COVID-19 during the lockdown in 2020”, he said.
The governor thanked the zonal working committee for the visit, urging them to close ranks in order to have a formidable house going into the election.
He averred that the PDP remained the only party on ground in terms of structure and governance that can give a viable opposition to the government at the centre and must therefore continue to be the bulwark of the opposition in the country.
By: Ariwera Ibibo- Howells, Yenagoa
Kogi Gov’ship: Tribunal Gives INEC 48hrs To Grant SDP Access To Election Materials
The governorship election petition tribunal in Kogi has given INEC 48 hours to issue certified copies of electoral materials on the November11 off-cycle election in the state to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
It also ordered INEC to allow SDP’s forensic experts to examine some electoral materials.
The materials include the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and result sheets for Adavi, Okene, Okehi, Ogori-Magongo, Ajaokuta, Lokoja, Kogi and Bassa Local Government Areas.
The tribunal ruled on Saturday in Lokoja that the SDP requested the materials to prove its case in the petition it filed against the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the election.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu, gave the order following two ex-parte motions filed on November 19 by the SDP and by its governorship candidate, Muritala Yakubu-Ajaka.
Justice Birnin-Kudu said the orders became imperative in view of the time constraints the tribunal has to discharge its mandate.
“The order is in compliance with Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (as amended) and with the Electoral Act (2022).
“INEC is hereby ordered to produce all the documents being sought by the plaintiffs within 48 hours to enable proceedings to go smoothly and without hitches,’’ he declared.
SDP and Mr Ajaka earlier filed seven ex-parte motions to support their demand but withdrew five and pursued two.
Lead counsel to the petitioners, John Adele (SAN), had earlier told the court that efforts made to obtain certified copies of materials used in the six local government areas from INEC had been fruitless.
“Time is of essence in this matter, and that is why we filed the motions to your lordship to help to salvage the situation.
“Each time we approached INEC since Nov. 13, its officials failed to avail us with even one of the electoral materials for which we requested.
“We believe that if your lordship grants our application, INEC will do the needful to enable us to prosecute this case within the time limit,’’ he prayed the tribunal.
Justice Birnin-Kudu adjourned the case to Wednesday, Nov. 29, for submission of the report of compliance by INEC and continuation of the hearing.
The SDP and Mr Ajaka are challenging the victory of APC and its candidate, Usman Ododo, at the election petition tribunal.
INEC declared Mr Ododo as the winner of the election with 446,237 votes, while his closest rival, Mr Ajaka, got 259,052 votes.
Provide Clarification On ‘Clerical Error’ In Kano Guber Judgment, Akpata Tells A’Court
Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Olumide Apkata, has called on Monica Dongban-Mensem, President of the Court of Appeal, to provide “cogent clarifications” on the “clerical error” in the Kano governorship election judgment.
The appellate court in Abuja had affirmed the verdict of the Kano state governorship election petition tribunal which sacked Abba Yusuf, candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), as the governor.
However, the certified true copy of the judgment contained contradictory resolutions, with the judge ruling in favour of, and against the governor, at the same time.
Addressing the situation on Wednesday, Umar Bangari, Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal, said the purported discrepancy was a clerical error that did not affect the court’s final decision.
“What happened in the part of the judgment is just a mere clerical error that ought not to draw any issue. The court is empowered to correct such clerical error and would be done as appropriate,” he had said.
However, in a statement on Saturday, Akpata said during his time as NBA president, he had openly queried the “sub-optimal manner” in which potential justices of the Court of Appeal were being screened and had warned of the potentially negative and detrimental consequences.
The former NBA president said since the end of his tenure, he had at different times, revisited the issue of the sub-optimal recruitment process.
Ondo Crisis: ‘Akeredolu Remains Gov’
As the months-long crisis between factions loyal to the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and his Deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, seems to have ended, the Presidency has declared that Akeredolu remains the Governor of the State.
This was according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, on Saturday.
The clarification came amidst reports that President Bola Tinubu may have ordered the state lawmakers to invoke the doctrine of necessity and declare Ayedatiwa the acting governor.
The Tide’s source reported that the deputy governor, lawmakers, and others involved embraced peace and vowed to maintain the status quo, after hours of deliberations between the President and state officials, including members of the All Progressives Congress, who converged on the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, until late last Friday night.
In the statement, the Presidency affirmed that Akeredolu remains the governor.
The statement reads, “In his bid to restore political stability in Ondo State, President Bola Tinubu, late on Friday, waded into the months-long crisis between factions loyal to the Executive Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
“This followed marathon negotiations between the President and the Deputy Governor, representatives of Governor Akeredolu, federal and state lawmakers of Ondo, officials of the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress, and other stakeholders in the state at the State House, Abuja.
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