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Friday, July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

BREAKING: Appeal Court Declare Jarigbe Duly Elected Senator For C/River North, Orders Withdrawal Of Certificate Of Return From Odey



The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has declared Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe the duly elected Senator for Cross River North.

The court declared Hon. Jarigbe the lawful candidate of the People's Democratic Party(PDP) in the December 5, 2020 By-election for the seat.

The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Steven Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and directed it should be withdrawn.


See court judgment




Sunday, July 25, 2021

July 25, 2021

BREAKING: Universities May Be Shutdown Soon As ASUU Threatens Fresh Nationwide Strike


 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended since December 2020 over the Federal Government’s alleged failure to honour many of the agreements it signed with the Union.


The Chairperson, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa, stated this while speaking with select journalists at the Union’s Secretariat.


He said the protracted strike, which was to press home their demands for the continuous survival of public university system in Nigeria, was suspended in December after the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the various issues providing timelines for the implementation of each of the eight items.


Inuwa, who said that over seven months after the MoU was signed, only two out of the eight issues have been addressed, listed some of the issues to include Earned Academic Allowance, Funding for revitalisation of public universities, Salary shortfall, Proliferation of state universities and Visitation Panel.


Others, he added, are Renegotiation, Replacement of the Integrated payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and withheld salaries and non-remittance of Check-off Dues but “only salary shortfall and visitation panels to federal universities have been addressed.”


He said, “Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement which would have been completed within eight weeks from the date of inauguration of the committee has up till now not been concluded, even though the Committee was inaugurated since December 2020.


“The Federal Government of Nigeria willingly agreed that the UTAS will replace the IPPIS as a payment platform in Federal Universities after it passed an integrity test. However, soon after the agreement, agents of the FGN are doing everything possible to frustrate the coming of UTAS onboard.



“Meanwhile the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation through the IPPIS office have continued to omit our members from payment of salaries while others experience serious salary amputation. We are convinced this is done in connivance with the University Administration through the distortion of our members’ personal details.


“In the meantime, IPPIS appears to be the corruption headquarters of the Federal Civil service, as exemplified by double payment of salaries to employees, payment of salaries to non-employees, over taxation, dubious amputation of salaries, etc.”


Inuwa stated that the body language of the federal government on the proliferation of State Universities shows that they are not willing to put a stop to it stressing that instead, the federal government itself has joined in the Proliferation of Universities ignoring the obvious challenges of funding.


He further stated that it is obvious to the Union that the OAGF is deliberately omitting its members from payment of Salaries and withholding check off dues as a ploy for victimization and coercion to enroll ASUU members into IPPIs.


“This plague,” he said, “has been evident across all Federal Universities in Nigeria since February, 2020. This to us is an outright act of ingratitude on the part of the Government for the sacrifices members of ASUU are making in order to establish a progressive nation. A clear case of punishing citizens for being patriotic.”


Inuwa declared that “Enough is enough. ASUU is fed up with deceptive antics of the federal government of Nigeria.


“The University Campuses are becoming restive across the length and breadth as Academics are threatening to shut down activities once again. This is coming as a result of the failure of the FGN to implement many aspects of the memorandum of Action it willingly signed with ASUU that ended the last strike in December, 2020.


“Given the glaring and deliberate failure of Government to honour the agreement it willingly signed with the Union, it is becoming obvious that industrial harmony is gradually being destroyed in the University Campuses.


“We, therefore, call on well-meaning Nigerians to wake up the FGN from its slumber to avoid another disruption of academic activities on Universities Campuses across the nation” adding that “the atmosphere is tensed and charged.”


Source: PUNCH



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Arrested By Interpol, To Be Deported To Nigeria To Face Trial


 


By Ikechukwu Nnochiri (Vanguard)

The Federal Government has arrested the leader of the proscribed Indegeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.




The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday, revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.

He said the arrest followed a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.



















Thursday, May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Cross River Governor Finally Dumps PDP For APC


 

Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade Thursday dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).


The Governor and the National Assembly members from the state had been at daggers drawn over the soul of the PDP in the state.


Governor Ayade formally declared for the ruling party at the Cross River State Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office in Calabar after a two-hour meeting with seven APC governors led by the party’s interim chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking on why he was joining the APC, Ayade highlighted the character attributes of President Muhammadu Buhari and the realisation that Cross River, which has been emasculated economically following the ceding of its oil wells, needed to be in sync with the party at the center, as the main reasons for moving.


According to the governor,  “having seen and known the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his commitment to this country, his nationalistic disposition and all the efforts he has made to bring Nigeria to where we are today, it is obvious that at this point we needed to join hands with him to build a Nigeria that we can be proud of . 


“We need all governors to recognize that it is not party that matters.  It is character, it is honor,  it is commitment to the vision of this great nation. We all need to as a team work ahead of the president by working towards building a prosperous country that the succession worries of 2023 will come without the fears and the worries the international community has for us. 


“I believe that if everyone of us as governor joins hands with Mr President, I think we can sit on the same dining table and fashion out a way to govern this country.”


Speaking on the development, an elated Buni said he and his team were in the state to formally welcome Governor Ayade to the APC.


His words: “I am here on behalf of the APC family to welcome His Excellency the Executive Governor of Cross River State formally to the APC.  As from today he is the leader of the party in the state.”


Other APC governors who witnessed the event were Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his Jigawa state counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.


Also present was the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva.


Others at the meeting were the state deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, Speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Williams Jones and members of the state house of assembly, some National Assembly members, members of the Cross River State Executive Council members, local Government chairmen, councilors and some stakeholders, including Dame Princess Florence Ita-Giwa and High Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong amongst others.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha Arrested By EFCC For Money Laundering



The former governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,


Senator Okorocha was arrested on Tuesday over alleged money laundering.


Okorocha was arrested at his office in Abuja.


Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, told Vanguard that the news was true. “Okorocha has been arrested by our men”, he said in a telephone chat.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April 08, 2021

BREAKING: Buhari Appoints Rector, Registrar, Governing Board For Fed Poly Ugep, Other Polys


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Prof. Edward Ntui Okey as the Rector of the newly created Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State.


The president also approved the appointment of Mr. Arikpo Eno Otu as the Registrar of the institution.


The list of the appointees obtained by GRASSROOT REPORTERS also contained the approval of the appointment of other principal officers and Governing Council for the institution. The approval for the Federal Polytechnic, Ugep are: 


GOVERNING COUNCIL

PROF. ANDREW I. CHUKWUMERI

CHAIRMAN (ENUGU)

2.

HAJIYA RABI S IBRAHIM

MEMBER (KADUNA)

3.

DR AMINU MOH DUKKU

MEMBER (GOMBE)

4.

HON ELIZABETH ESHANUMI

MEMBER (KOGI)

5.

MRS BAMIDUPE OWOEYE

MEMBER (EKITI)


PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF. EDWARD NTUI OKEY (RECTOR)

2.

MR ARIKPO OTU ENO (REGISTRAR)

3.

EMMANUEL MONDAY UDUEHE (BURSAR)

4.

UMOH MBOUTIDEM ODUDU (LIBRARIAN)


The president also appointed principal officers and governing councils for other newly created federal polytechnics.


See full list:


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPOINTS PRINCIPAL OFFICERS, GOVERNING COUNCILS FOR NEW POLYTECHNICS, COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Principal Officers and Members of the Governing Councils for newly established Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

2. The affected Institutions, Principal Officers and Members of their Governing Councils are as follows:

FEDERAL POLYTECHNICS

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, AYEDE, OYO STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

PROF. DAKAS C. J. DAKAS

CHAIRMAN

PLATEAU

2.

DR. MUYI AROWOSAFE

MEMBER

KWARA

3.

CHINWE MABEL CHIGIBO

MEMBER

ENUGU

4.

HON ABDULMUMINU HASAN

MEMBER

BAUCHI

5.

MRS MUSLIMAT SALAU

MEMBER

OYO

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

DR TAOFEEK ADEKUNLE ABDULHAMID

RECTOR

2.

AKIN ADESOLA

REGISTRAR

3.

RASHEEDAT OLADEPO

BURSAR

4.

SAMUEL OKE OGUNNIYI

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, OHODO, ENUGU STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

CHIEF DR. SYLVESTER AMEH

CHAIRMAN

BENUE

2.

JOHNSON BOSCO BASSEY

MEMBER

AKWA IBOM

3.

BAR. IBRAHIM A UMAR

MEMBER

ZAMFARA

4.

BAR. MUSLIM MAIGARI

MEMBER

BAUCHI

5.

DR AYODELE D. AMOO

MEMBER

OYO

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF EDWIN ONYENEJE

RECTOR

2.

BAR. MRS GRACE EZE

REGISTRAR

3.

MRS REGINA EZE

BURSAR

4.

MR EJIKE UDENSI IGWEUIKE

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, UGEP, CROSS RIVER STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

PROF. ANDREW I. CHUKWUMERI

CHAIRMAN

ENUGU

2.

HAJIYA RABI S IBRAHIM

MEMBER

KADUNA

3.

DR AMINU MOH DUKKU

MEMBER

GOMBE

4.

HON ELIZABETH ESHANUMI

MEMBER

KOGI

5.

MRS BAMIDUPE OWOEYE

MEMBER

EKITI

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF. EDWARD NTUI OKEY

RECTOR

2.

MR ARIKPO OTU ENO

REGISTRAR

3.

EMMANUEL MONDAY UDUEHE

BURSAR

4.

UMOH MBOUTIDEM ODUDU

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, SHENDAM, PLATEAU STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

SIXTUS UKELINA ABETIANBE

CHAIRMAN

CROSS RIVER

2.

MARY E ENWONGULU

MEMBER

NASSARAWA

3.

HON DAYYABU CHIROMA

MEMBER

BAUCHI

4.

HON VINCENT C OGBUAGU

MEMBER

RIVERS

5.

DIKE ONYEKWELU HERBERT

MEMBER

ANAMBRA

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

DR ZAKARI MIKAILU YA’U

RECTOR

2.

DR CELINA SHITNAN GANA

REGISTRAR

3.

DR NAZIRU SULEMAN

BURSAR

4.

JAMES K TUNLONG

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, MONGUNO, BORNO STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

DR UMAR TAMBARI

CHAIRMAN

SOKOTO

2.

ALH. BUKAR U MUNGONO

MEMBER

BORNO

3.

HAJIYA MARYAM M GALLE

MEMBER




Monday, April 5, 2021

April 05, 2021

C'River Governor Suspends Calabar Carnival Commission Chair, To Investigate Land's Ministry, CRGIA

Mr. Gabe Onah

 By Obio Monday

The governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has suspended the Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah.


Mr.  Onah who was appointed in 2007 by former Liyel Imoke was relieved of his appointment today, April 5, in a statement signed by the Governor's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita.



Though no reason was given for Onah's suspension, government sources told GRASSROOT REPORTERS that his suspension may not be unconnected with the nonpayment of contractors since after the 2019 edition of the carnival.  Another source who preferred anonymity said he may have been suspended for awarding some of the governor's fierce critics at the just concluded 2021 Carnival Commission Media awards.


In a related development, the governor has set up a committee to investigate the activities of the State Ministry of Lands and Urban Development as well as the Cross River Geographical Information Agency (CRGIA).


In a statement signed by Mr. Ita and available to GRASSROOT REPORTERS, the committee has Mrs. Franca Inok, the Auditor General for Local Government as Chairman while Mr. Efa Eja and Mrs Agede Ibe  will serve as Members.



The committee to investigate CRGIA has Mr. Henry Ojodu as Chairman while Mr. Michael Mbang and Prince Ekanem Ekpo Nya are to serve as Members.










Thursday, February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

UPDATED: Cross River North: Supreme Court Sack Senator Odey

 



The Supreme Court on Thursday, February 25, 2021 sacked the senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Stephen Odey.


In a split decision of four to three, the Court struck out the appeal filed by Senator Stephen Odey and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the dispute over who, between Senator Stephen Adi Odey and Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, is the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the December 5, 2020 by-election in Cross River North Senatorial District.

Justice Centus Chima Nweze, who read the lead majority judgment, held that the notice of appeal filed in the appeal by Ody, marked: SC/CV/9/2021 was defective because it did not reflect the personal addresses of the first and second respondents in the appeal – Jarigbe and John Alaga.


Justice Nweze held that although the notice of appeal bore the addresses of their lawyers and it was served on them, the appellant’s failure to serve the notice personally on the parties, as against their lawyers, robbed the court the necessary jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

He added that the order of substituted service later obtained by the appellant, and which was executed could not have cured the defect occasioned by the improper service, because the Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to have granted the ex-parte order for substituted service.

Justice Nweze said the improper service of the notice of appeal amounted to a non-service which touches on the respondents’ right to fair hearing.

He upheld the preliminary objections raised by Alaga and Jarigbe and proceeded to strike out the appeal.

Justices Abdu Aboki, Tijani Abubakar and Sameul Oseji agreed with Justice Nweze’s position.

Justices Musa Datijo Mohammad (who led the seven-man panel), Helen Ogunwumiju and Emmanuel Agim held otherwise in the dissenting minority judgement.

Justice Mohammed, in the lead dissenting judgment, upheld the appeal and dismissed the objections by Alaga and Jarigbe on the grounds that the service of the notice of appeal was proper.

He held that it was not the law that service of notice of appeal on a counsel to a respondent amounted to improper service.

Justice Mohammed said the decision of the appellant to serve the notice of appeal on the addresses provided at the lower by lawyers to Alaga and Jarigbe, without them providing their personal addresses, cannot by any stretch of imagination, termed improper service.

Justice Ogunwumiju said the fact that the notice of appeal was served on the respondents’ lawyers as against their personal addresses, was not enough to be termed improper service.

Justice Agim held that not only was the service proper, the ex-parte order for substituted service, which the appellant executed by publishing the notice in a newspaper was additional efforts to ensure that the respondents were aware of the case.

He said the essence of service was for the respondents to be aware of a case pending against them, adding that since the respondents did not deny being aware of the case, but participated fully by filing their briefs, they issue of whether service was proper or not did not arise.

The court applied the judgment in the appeal by Odey to a similar one, marked: SC/CV/1055/2020 filed by the PDP.

Odey had, in the appeal, prayed the Supreme Court to, among others, set aside a portion of the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on December 17, 2020 directing INEC to recognise Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP for the by-election.

Odey added that the Court of Appeal, in its December 17, 2020 judgment “refused to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court, despite finding that the case filed before the FCT High Court by Alaga was an abuse of judicial process and that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain.








Friday, February 5, 2021

February 05, 2021

BREAKING: CBN Bans Nigerians From Buying, Selling Bitcon, Cryptocurrencies


 


The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Friday, instructed Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), other Financial Institutions (OFIs), Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) and local financial institutions against having any transactions in crypto or facilitating payments for crypto exchanges.

The apex bank gave the directive in a letter to all DMBs, OFIs and NBFIs dated February 5th.

The circular signed by Director of Banking Supervision, Bello Hassan stated:” The CBN circular of January 12, 2017 ref FPRIDIRGENT R/06/010 which DMBs, NBFIs and OFIs and members of the public on the risks associated with transactions in crypto currency refers.

“Further to other regulatory directives on the subject, the bank hereby wishes to remind regulated institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies or facilitating payment from cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited.”

CBN warned that a breach of this directive will attract severe regulatory sanctions.

The Apex bank ordered DMBs, OFIs, NBFIs, to identify persons and entities transacting in or operating crypto currency exchanges within their system and ensure that such accounts are closed immediately.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February 03, 2021

BREAKING: FG Approves Immediate Take-off Of Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State, Releases N2B


 

By Soni Daniel



The Federal Government has approved the establishment of a Polytechnic for Cross River State and it is to be situated in Ugep in the Northern part of the state.


To enhance its early take-off, the Federal Government has also approved the release of N2 billion for the project.

The new school, the first of its kind in that part of the country, is to take off in October this year and the approval has already been communicated to the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba, who is the highest-ranking political leader in the Buhari administration from the state.


The approval letter with reference DHE/ Poly.49/C.1/11/354 dated January 29, 2021 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, reads in part: “I write to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the establishment of Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State.




“Mr. President also approved a take-off grant of N2 billion for thenew polytechnic from the funding resources of TETfund and for the provision of core facilities for the immediate take-off. This has been duly conveyed to TETfund for implementation.

“In view of the above, technical team from the Federal Ministry Education and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) will soon visit your state to identify the site in Ugep and assess its readiness for commencement of academic activities in October 2021,” the letter said.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: President Buhari Sacks Service Chiefs, Announces Replacements



By Johnbosco Akpakwuru



President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja Tuesday.

"The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.” 

Monday, December 21, 2020

December 21, 2020

INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Hon. Jarigbe As Senator Representing C'River North


 

By Omeiza Ajayi


The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has issued a Certificate of Return to Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe as the winner and duly elected candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the last Cross River North Senatorial bye-election.



INEC’s decision followed last week’s judgment of the Court of Appeal which declared Jarigbe as the substantive candidate of the Party which won the election.


The appellate court had affirmed the judgment of an FCT High Court which had earlier declared Hon. Jarigbe as duly elected PDP candidate for the December 5 Cross River North Senatorial seat.


The certificate of return was handed over to Jarigbe by an INEC National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye at a brief ceremony in Abuja.



Before the appellate court ruling, INEC had earlier issued a certificate of return to Dr Stephen Odey.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

December 17, 2020

BREAKING: Appeal Court Sack Dr. Odey, Declares Hon. Jarigbe Winner Of C'River North Senatorial Election

Hon. Jarigbe Agom

 



By Kunle Olasanmi and Michael Oche


The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday affirmed the declaration of Jarigbe Agom as the duly elected candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Cross River North senatorial bye election that held on December 5, 2020.

Justice Binta Mohammed of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had in her judgment declared Jarigbe as the valid candidate of the party for the senatorial bye election.



Dissatisfied, his challenger, John Alaga approached the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment of the trial court.

However, in a unanimous judgment, the appellate court dismissed the appeal as frivolous, vexatious and abuse of court process.

Justice Peter Ige, held that having not participated in the primary election of the party, the appellant lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.

“The appellant lacked the locus standi to institute the suit in the first place. I wonder why the trial court did not make pronouncement on this. Only a person who participated in the primary election or a political party that has the power to challenge the outcome of the election and not a third party who did not participate in the election.

“There is no evidence before the court that the appellant participated in the primary election. He only exhibited his party card and no other exhibit. The action of the appellant is a gross abuse of the court process.

Justice Ige further held that the facts stated by the respondents to the appeal in their affidavit evidence are well founded and have not been contradicted by the appellant.

“The materials put forward by the 1st and 2nd respondents have dislodged the evidence adduced by the appellant.

The court also held that the appellant did not prove allegations of forgery which is criminal in nature and needed to be proved beyond reasonable doubt.”

The court accordingly dismissed the appeal for lacking in.merit and award a cost of N250, 000 against the appellant in favour of the 1st respondent and N100,000 in favour of the 2nd defendant.

Justice Binta Mohammed had in her judgment, held that contrary to the claim of the claimant, John Alaga, the defendant (Jarigbe) did not supply any false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in his INEC Form CF001 by purporting to have sat for / and or obtained educational qualification making him eligible to contest for the Cross River North Senatorial Bye election.

The court also held that the Cross River North Senatorial primary election of the PDP wherein Jarigbe (1st defendant) was nominated as the Senatorial candidate was conducted with the authentic list of the Ward and Local Government Area Executives of the party.

Justice Mohammed further held that “the first defendant having won the highest number of valid votes at the said primary election is validly nominated as the candidate of the PDP for the Cross River North Senatorial Bye election scheduled to hold on October 31, 2020 or any other date.

That the primary election of the PDP for the Cross River North Senatorial held on September 5, 2020, was duly nominated by INEC (2nd defendant) and therefore valid and in accordance with the law.

The Court therefore directed INEC, sued as the second Defendant, to include and publish the name of Hon. Jarigbe on the list of candidates for the bye election scheduled for 5th December, 2020. The INEC was also further ordered to give Hon. Jarigbe every other rights and privileges pertaining to his lawful qualification and nomination as the PDP candidate.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November 03, 2020

BREAKING: Looting & Vandalism: WAEC Relocates Its Office From Calabar To Uyo


Following the looting, burning and vandalization of its branch office in Calabar, Cross River State, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has announced that it is temporarily relocating from Calabar to its Uyo Zonal Office.


In a press statement on Tuesday, the council assured that it will resume normal operations in Calabar once status quo ante is restored.


The statement signed by Demianus Ojijeogu, Acting Head of Public Affairs reads in part: 

"The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria wishes to inform the Cross River State Government, Cross River State Ministry of Education, School Principals, Candidates, other Stakeholders in Cross River State and indeed, the general public, that WAEC Branch Office, Calabar, Cross River State has been temporarily relocated to WAEC Zonal Office, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, till further notice.   


"This development is as a result of the vandalization, looting and burning down of WAEC Branch Office, Calabar by hoodlums on Saturday, October 24, 2020.   The relocation which is an interim measure is to enable the Council to continue to carry out its operations and render services to the Nigerian Child and other stakeholders.  


"We wish to assure all stakeholders and the general public that normal operations will resume in Calabar Branch Office once the status quo ante is restored."






Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

BREAKING: Okonjo-Iweala Emerges New WTO DG


Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has emerged Director General of World Trade Organization (WTO).

She polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat South Korea’s trade minister at the final stage of the race.

She becomes woman and the first African to occupy the office.

More details later





Sunday, October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

BREAKING: Governor Akeredolu Of The APC Wins Ondo Governornship Election


 



The incumbent governor of Ondo State,  Rotimi Akeredolu has won the Ondo governorship election held on Saturday.

Akeredolu who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), won in 15 of the state’s 18 local government areas, based on the results announced by the electoral commission, INEC, at its headquarters in Abuja.

His challenger, Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in the remaining three local governments.


October 11, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: After Massive Nationwide Protests, IGP Disbands SARS



After massive nationwide protests over the activities of a notorious police unit, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and calls for the unit to scrapped, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammadu Ibrahim has now disbanded the unit with immediate effect.

IGP Ibrahim made the announcement this afternoon in a broadcast.

He said the dissolution affects all SARS in all the 36 State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He added that all officers serving in unit will be redeployed to other Commands, Units and Formations, assuring that arrangement will be made to set up a new unit that would tackle armed robbery and sundry crimes.

Details later...

Monday, September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

BREAKING: Labour Suspends Nationwide Strike Scheduled To Begin Today


Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended its planned nationwide strike earlier scheduled to start today, Monday, September 28, in protest against the hike in pump price of fuel and electricity tariff.

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) tweeted that there was hope the industrial crisis might be avoided.

He stated on his verified Twitter handle(@fkeyamo): “Still negotiating with labour at exactly 12.34am. Some progress have been made. Concrete proposals on the table from both sides.

“Details being worked on by the temporary Secretariat. Gradually moving towards a point of convergence. Let’s hope….”
Furthermore, a source told Vanguard that it is possible the tariff will be suspended for two weeks, but said nothing specific about fuel pump price.

It is speculated that the issue of pump price hike had links with IMF, the World Bank and other international finance bodies Nigeria is indebted to.




Friday, August 7, 2020

August 07, 2020

BREAKING: C'River PDP State Congress: Vena Ikem Disqualified, Ayade's Candidate Goes Unopposed


Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Venatius Ikem has been disqualified from contesting for the position of State Chairman for the Cross River State Congress of the party scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020; PDP list of cleared candidates for the election shows.


In the list, which was signed by Col. Austin Akobundu, National Organizing Secretary of PDP, and dated 5th August, 2020, and obtained by Grassroot Reporters, Barr. Nkem's name was conspicuously missing, leaving Barr. Alphonsus Ogar-Eba (Governor Ayade backed candidate) as the sole candidate for the position of State Chairman.


Barr. Ikem, who was strongly backed by past leaders of the party and some National Assembly members, was tipped to emerge victorious at the election. 


His disqualification may not be unconnected with efforts by the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade to make peace with warring factions of the party in the state, and probably share some positions in the state EXCO of the party.


The governor and some National Assembly members had been at daggers drawn over who should control the party. The internal crisis led to Ayade's faction inaugurating its own Exco, after the National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP recognised the National Assembly members backed Exco.


The Ayade led faction had since challenged the NWC's decision in court.


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Monday, July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

BREAKING: Our Acting Managing Director Has Been Ill For Weeks Now - NDDC


Prof. Pondei
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has reacted to its Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei collapsing at the public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.

In a statement signed by Charles Odili, Director, Corporate Affairs of the commission, the commission said Prof. Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks.

Mr. Odili said Prof. Pondei's condition deteriorated this morning and his doctors advised him against attending the hearing.

He said: "However, he ignored his doctor's advice because of the realisation that his traducers will use his absence at the hearing to soil his name and reputation. He thought he could make through the hearing and take care of his health later. As it turned out, his doctors were right".

The statement added that he is in stable condition at a clinic in Abuja.

Reacting to some of the allegations against the acting managing director, Mr. Odili said: "It would however be unfair to hold him personally liable for acts which took place when he was not the head of the commission.

"When the two arms of the National Assembly called for the probe, it was over a missing N40 billion".

The commission said it is happy that the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Olubunmi Ojo has recused himself from the hearing.