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Friday, July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

Senator Odey, 51 Others Votes Against Electronic Transfer Of Result, Gershom Bassey, Sandy Onor Absent At Plenary

Cross River Senators

The senator representing Cross River North in the National Assembly, Senator Stephen Odey was the only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator that voted against the electronic transmission of results by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senators Sandy Onor (Cross River Central) and Gershom Bassey were conspicuously missing at plenary on Friday when the matter came up for voting.

The Senate however ruled out the possibility of having results transmitted electronically when it voted that the Nigerian Communications Commission, with National Assembly approval, would determine whether the Independent National Electoral Commission could transmit results electronically or not.

A report by the Punch said those who voted against electronic transfer of results hinged their decision on the fact that the NCC had said only 43 per cent of Nigeria had internet network.

The Senate, however, on Thursday, finally passed the long-awaited Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 after division among its members on electronic transmission of results.

The approval came following an amendment to Clause 52(3) by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) during consideration of a report by the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The amendment was seconded by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South).

The Committee in its recommendation initially prescribed that, “The Commission (INEC) may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable.”

This, however, was amended by the Deputy Whip, Senator Sabi Abdullahi to read, “The Commission may consider electronic transmission of results, provided the national coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the National Communications Commission (NCC) and approved by the National Assembly.”

At the end of the physical voting, which lasted for about 40 minutes, a total of 80 Senators voted, out of which 52 voted for the amendment made by Abdullahi and 28 voted for original provision of the clause.

As announced by the Clerk, 28 Senators were absent during the division and voting session.

While all the 52 Senators who voted for the amendment belonged to the APC, 26 out of the 28 Senators who voted against the amendment belonged to the PDP, indicating party lines of voting.

Ironically , the Chairman of Senate Committee on INEC , Senator Kabiru Gaya who presented the report with original provision of clause 52(3), voted against it by saying no to Senator Albert Bassey’s call for its retention.

Those who voted against recommendation

At plenary, two Lagos Senators – Oluremi Tinubu and Solomon Adeola, – voted against the original recommendation of the committee, which called for adoption of electronic transfer of results. Senator Tokunbo Abiru was however absent.

Other APC Southern senators who voted against it included Senators Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia North); Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central), Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North), Francis Alimikhena (Edo North) and Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central); Degi Eremienyo (Bayelsa East); Robert Boroffice (Ondo North), Basiru Ajibola (Osun Central), Frank Ibezim (Imo North), and Adelere Oriolowo (Osun West).

Others APC senators are Adamu Abdullahi (Nasarawa West), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa North), Akwashiki Godiya (Nasarawa South), Mohammed Sani (Niger East), Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi (Niger North), Bima Enagi ( Niger South); Dimka Ayuba (Plateau Central), Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East) Yusuf Yusuf (Taraba Central), Isa Shuaibu Lau (Taraba North) Bomai Ibrahim Mohammed (Yobe South), Sahabi Ya’u (Zamfara North) and Lawali Hassan Anka (Zamfara West).

Ishaku Elisha (Adamawa North), Dahiru Aishatu Binani (Adamawa Central), Jika Daudu Haliru (Bauchi Central), Bukachuwa Adamu Muhammad (Bauchi North), Abubakar Kyari (Borno North), Shettima Kashim (Borno Central), Ali Ndume (Borno South) also voted against the recommendation of the committee.

Also in the above category are Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), Amos Bulus (Gombe South), Alkali Saidu (Gombe North), Hadeija Hassan Ibrahim (Jigawa North East), Abdul-Kwari Suleiman (Kaduna North), Uba Sani (Kaduna Central), Kabiru Gaya (Kano South), Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Mundiya Bello (Katsina South), Abdullahi Barkiya (Katsina Central); Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North), Abdullahi Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central), Oseni Yakubu (Kogi Central), Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West), Isah Jibrin (Kogi East), Lola Ashiru (Kwara South) and Yahaya Oloriegbe (Kwara Central).

Those who voted for electronic transfer of results were mostly PDP members. They are Adenugba Fadahunsi(Sun East), Clifford Ordia (Edo South) Matthew Urhoghide (Edo Central), Kola Balogun (Oyo South), Gyang Istifanus (Plateau North), George Sekibo (Rivers), Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti) South, Mpigi Barinada, Betty Apiafi, (Rivers) Abdullahi Danbaba (Sokoto) and Philip Aduda (FCT).

Others are Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu) Abdullahi Ibrahim Danbaba, Francis Onyewuchi , Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South) Patrick Akinyelure (Ondo Central) and Enyinnaya Abaribe

All the three Senators from Anambra and Ogun states , were absent from the start of the physical voting. Also, two out of the three senators from Oyo State were not in the chamber before the commencement of voting.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

BREAKING: Senate Rejects Buhari's Aide, Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner

Lauretta Onochie

By Henry Umoru

THE Senate on Tuesday bowed to pressure from Civil Society Organisations, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and other Nigerians and refused to confirm the Special Assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie from Delta as a Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The refusal was based on Federal Character Principle and to adhere strictly to the Act, just as the Senate said that she is from Delta and the state has May Agbamuche who is the Chairman, Legal Services, INEC.

The resolution of the Senate was sequel to the consideration of the Senator Kabiru Gaya, APC, Kano South led Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

Anambra: INEC Insist APGA Will Not Take Part In Guber Election


For violating the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, the rulling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has been ruled out of the November 6, 2021 governorship poll in Anambra State.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which dropped the hint, yesterday, in Abuja, APGA’s disqualification followed the party’s failure to comply with Section 85 of the Electoral Act.

The commission disclosed that APGA did not notify it when it purportedly held its ad hoc congress to elect delegates for the party’s governorship primary.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, in a statement, insisted that parties must act within the confines of the law in the conduct of their congresses and primaries if they are to avoid issues and challenges that may complicate the conduct of elections.

INEC’s clarification came on the heels of the declaration of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, as the winner of the factional primary organised by the Chief Victor Oye-led faction of the party.

As of the time of filing the report, exit polls indicated the former CBN governor and frontline aspirant was cruising home to victory, even as reports indicated that a rival faction of the party announced the suspension of the economist-turned politician.

The Chief Jude Okeke-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party said Soludo was suspended from APGA for anti-party activities, saying that the NWC arrived at the decision after its meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

The acting National Publicity Secretary of the faction, Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, said the party leadership applauded the peaceful and successful “Special Delegate Ward Congresses, where three-member Ward Delegates were elected for the July 1, governorship primaries of the party.”

Journalists were barred at the venue of the accreditation and voting. The state secretary of the party, Tony Ifeanya, however denied knowledge of any order by the leadership of the party to bar reporters from witnessing the event, which was beamed live by dedicated television stations and the SoludoTV Facebook app

Ifeanya said journalists in the state were not accredited because they did not apply to the party for permission to cover the primary election.

“Maybe you people can wait around. When the process is over, the leadership of the party would speak to you about the outcome of the exercise,” he said.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

18 LG Chairmen In C'River Threatens To Leave PDP With Ayade, Demands Fresh PDP Congress, Submits Petition To NWC

18 LG Chairmen from CRS during a visit to PDP's NWC


Local government chairmen and councillors in Cross River have threatened to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) alongside Governor Ben Ayade if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fails to do the needful.

This threat was handed to the PDP on Tuesday when the Chairmen met with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP in Abuja, GRASSROOT REPORTERS has learnt.

The leader of the delegation and Chairman of Akpabuyo Local Government Area, Hon. Emmanuel Bassey who handed over the petition to the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, called for immediate conduct of transparent congresses at all levels in the state.

Speaking shortly after the meeting, the Chairman of Calabar Municipal Council, Hon. Effiong Nta Eke demanded a fresh state congress to guarantee the return of party structures to the governor.

Hon. Eke said: “The governor is the leader of the party in the state. He should be given control of the party structures and this can only be done with a fresh congress.

“We are demanding a fresh congress. If not, where the Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, goes, we will go with him. He is the leader of the party in the state.”

Commenting also, the leader of the delegation, Hon. Emmanuel Bassey said: “We are chairmen of the 18 local government councils in Cross River State. We came to meet the national chairman and we have met him, and he was ably represented by the Deputy National Secretary in the person of Dr. Emmanuel Agbo.

“We came for the purpose of our state; the state of affair of the party in our state; we met him and we presented to him what we came with and he has honourably taken care of it and has assured us that he is going to make sure that what we presented to the party and what we came with, will be given immediate and urgent attention.”

When he was asked to reveal the content of the petition presented, he said: “You guys must have known that the state congress has not been held, and we did ask that it be done urgently. And he has assured us that that will be considered urgently.

“For God’s sake, Prof. Ben Ayade is the party leader in Cross River State; he is the one that leads, just like every other governor in any PDP state. So, let us give him his due respect. Let it be given to him.

"Whatever equation he must have taken, I think is to a great extent it is for the goodness and betterment of the party.

“Let me state here categorically that we are the pillars of the party in Cross River State and these pillars were erected by Prof. Ben Ayade; so, if he goes, we go with him.”

The governor had lost the party's structure to the National Assembly Members from the state. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

April 10, 2021

Governor Ayade's Absence At PDP Meeting Fuels Defection Plan


By Obio Monday

Barring any last minute change, the Cross River State Governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade appears set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

GRASSROOT REPORTERS gathered that efforts to reconcile the governor and some National Assembly members from the state and the Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has hit a brickwall, as all warring parties has refused to shift ground.

Multiple sources told GRASSROOT REPORTERS that the rally organized on Thursday for the governor by the 18 local government chairmen and their councillors as well as all the governor's appointees was to assure the governor that they were ready to defect with him should he decide to jump ship, and to send a message to the PDP that the governor is in control in the 18 LGAs.

The governor had lost control of the party structure to the National Assembly members. This did not go down well with the governor and his loyalists. The governor's camp had inaugurated a parallel Ward and Chapter executive, which the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP immediately discredited, recognizing the National Assembly members backed Exco.

While receiving the Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Mohammed in Government House, Calabar, last month, Governor Ayade threatened to leave the PDP if the injustice meted to him is not corrected. 

He said:

“I cannot blind myself to the challenges of PDP and decide not to know what to do at the right time for the Cross River people sake.

“I know you (Bala) are somebody that doesn’t take injustice. One single injustice they will see a new Cross River state.”

The governor threatened that one single injustice against him and his followers, he'll take a big decision “... and I say it as a warning because it does appears that your party seems to celebrate people who threaten and stress them.”

“All councillors in the state are PDP, council chairmen are PDP, all House of Assembly members are PDP, all commissioners are PDP, and all the National Assembly members except one are PDP: all of them are under my leadership”.

“So today I am seated and dancing on the fence. Indeed that’s true.

“And so I speak with righteous anger for the continuous annoyance and nuisance orchestrated on our innocent by external factors. But I just hope this ends today

“While I believe in ecclesiastics of peace, I believe in the catechism of good faith but I also believe in respect for the supremacy of an office.

“So if you take a catalytic combination of all I have said, it tells you that there is the need for a guided caution and at some persons going forward as a people, as a party.

“I think the time has come when all of us will gather and say enough is enough.”

Ayade, Deputy Absent At PDP Governors' Meeting

The governor's absence yesterday at the meeting of the PDP governors in Makurdi, Benue State, has further fuelled his defection moves.

The PDP governors rose from the meeting to demand the devolution of power and restructuring of the country.

The meeting had in attendance, the PDP Governors of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Bello Mattawalle (Zamfara).

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State was represented by his deputy, Baba Tela.

The Cross River State governor was the only PDP governor missing at the meeting. He was neither represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu.

When GRASSROOT REPORTERS contacted the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr. Christian Ita for comment, he said:

"Was he the only governor that was absent? Go and ask Wike (Rivers State governor) why he was absent. It is only when it is Ayade that you put a spin to it. I asked a simple question, was he the only governor that was absent? No!

"So what's the big deal about it. The one they did the last time, didn't he attend in Abuja? He did. So if exigencies of office did not allow him to attend this time around, I don't think we should give any spin to it".

On moves by the governor to defect to the APC, Mr. Ita said:

" Are you hearing about that one today? They've been saying he'll defect since 2015, has he defected? We've responded to this overtime and we are tired of responding".

Saturday, April 3, 2021

April 03, 2021

Zamfara Governor Set To Dump PDP


Barring last minute change, the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has concluded arrangements to defect from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to DAILY NIGERIAN, arrangements have been concluded for the formal defection of the governor, who will be introduced to President Muhammadu Buhari by the chairman of the ruling party’s convention committee, Mai Mala Buni.

The deal, according to sources, may be sealed on Tuesday when the federal government delegation visits Zamfara to sympathize with the governor over the recent market fire incident in the state.

Sources said the governor has been in talks with at least two governors of the APC for several months.

Aside from the serving governors, a former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Sani Yerima, is among the top politicians courting Mr Matawalle into APC in order to whittle down the influence of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari in the party.

Mr Yari, a former political godson of Mr Yarima, has taken over the control of the party in the state, deciding who gets what in the APC political equation.

In a February interview, Mr Yarima first broke the news of Mr Matawalle’s planned defection, saying “I think we have gone very far” in the arrangements.

But sources told said that Mr Yari had vowed not to remain in the APC as soon as the party transfers control of the structure to the governor. “Abdulaziz Yari vowed to leave the APC the day Matawalle defects to the party,” said a source.

The reasons for Mr Matawalle’s defection are not far-fetched as the governor himself once lamented that the PDP did not show solidarity to its governors.

In November last year, the governor lamented about the manner with which the PDP governors showed lack of solidarity for him when he needed them most.

“I am having a very bad experience of recent from some of my PDP Governor colleagues which I still find very puzzling. For instance, the South-South Governors accusing me in the media are PDP Governors and they are the same people who brewed controversy over the so-called Zamfara Gold, premised on deliberate misinformation and outright lies.

“Surprisingly, it is the APC Federal Government which has all the correct records on the gold mining issue that came out to defend me in this saga. As PDP colleagues, I expected the Governors to contact me first and find out my own side of the story before unleashing their venom in the media.

“As the brouhaha lasted, I commend the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari for being supportive of our efforts to organize the economic sector in the state to avoid using the mineral deposits to promote insecurity in our dear state,” the governor said.

Inside sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that the governor’s defection was not for personal interest but the general interest of the people of Zamfara State.

“Matawalle is a person who can sacrifice his life to get peace in Zamfara. So if he can sacrifice his life to this cause, then he can sacrifice his political interest for people to live in peace.

“Zamfara State will have a good synergy with federal government and get more support towards fight against banditry if the governor is in APC. Although President Muhammadu Buhari respects and gives Governor Matawalle audience anytime he requested, a lot can be easily achieved, just as support and cooperation of the Presidency can be easily secured through the Progressive Governors’ Forum.

“Let me give you another example, Governor Matawalle last year ordered security vehicles to donate to security forces fighting insurgency in Zamfara State, but the Customs rejected to give duty waivers to Zamfara State. But at almost the same time, Lagos being an APC state, gets waiver for the importation of commercial vehicles.

“Look at the recent fire incident in Zamfara market. None of the PDP governors came to sympathize with us, but APC ministers have come. The federal government delegation is also on its way next week,” said a source close to the governor.

With Mr Matawalle’s imminent defection, Zamfara APC crisis may yet be over as other political actors like Senator Kabiru Marafa, Dauda Lawan, among others may remain in the party to fight for supremacy.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

March 27, 2021

Prof. Ogban Rigged The Election For PDP, Not Me - Akpabio Reacts To Judgement

From L-R: Prof. Peter Ogban, Senator Godswill Akpabio


By Obio Monday

Minster of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, has denied claims that the jailed University of Calabar lecturer, Professor Peter Ogban, rigged the 2019 Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial election in his favour.

The former Senator said, rather, the elections was manipulated in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Recall that a High Court in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, on Thursday, sentenced Prof. Ogban to three years imprisonment for altering and announcing false election results in favour of Akpabio and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

Prof. Ogban, a professor of soil science, who was the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer for the election, was found guilty on Thursday by the trial court. He however vowed to appeal the judgment.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Aniete Ekong, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State maintained that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, twisted the judgment by claiming that Ogban rigged the poll in his favour.

“In their desperation in a continuing campaign of calumny against Senator Akpabio, the INEC in Akwa Ibom State twisted the context of the judgment and maliciously claimed that the election was rigged in favour of Senator Akpabio.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. The facts of the case put a lie to this assertion.

“Contrarily, Senator Akpabio was a victim of the fraudulent manipulation of the election of Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District held on February 23 2019.

“Professor Ogban was the Returning Officer who in a bizarre twist to manipulate the election and rig Senator Akpabio out, hijacked the electoral results of Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District from Ikot Ekpene, the Senatorial District headquarters to Uyo where it was announced after cancellations of lawfully collated votes and against the dictates of the Electoral Act.

“The question is: who was the beneficiary of the electoral fraud and manipulation in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District?

“Certainly, not Senator Akpabio, which was why he challenged the outcome of the election up to the Court of Appeal which upheld his appeal and ordered a rerun election with very strong condemnation of the activities of the Returning Officer and INEC. How then could the same man whose actions Senator Akpabio was dissatisfied with and challenged in Court be said to have rigged the election for Senator Akpabio?

He added that:

“For the avoidance of doubt Prof Ogban never announced Senator Akpabio as the winner of any election.”

The Minister stressed that Ogban “cancelled lawful votes” and announced his opponent as the “winner of the manipulated election.”

Saturday, March 13, 2021

March 13, 2021

C'River PDP Chairmanship Tussle: Appeal Court Upholds Disqualification Of Ikem, Upturn High Court Judgement

Barr. Venatius Ikem

By Edem  Edem (Daily Post)

The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, on Friday, upturned a Port Harcourt High Court judgement on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Cross River State chapter chairmanship tussle.

The Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal Calabar, Justice M S Owoade, who delivered the judgement in suit CA/C/386/2020, between Venatius Ikem and others versus PDP and Alphonsus Eba, held that the PDP rules and guidelines on election of its officials override whatever interferes with the election process.“Section 147 of the PDP Constitution has explicitly spelt out the qualification for anyone to contest for any position in the party and any one seeking office should abide by the terms contained in the Constitution,” Justice Owoade held.

He said the Appeal Court finds the appeal by the Cross River PDP competent as the lower court which earlier delivered judgement failed to take into cognisance salient issues raised by the appellant during initial hearing of the matter before delivering its judgement.

He held that a political party has vested authority to insist on imposing the rules contained in its constitution without restrictions and such rules are sacrosanct.

The judgement brings to an end the contention over the disqualification of Mr Venatius Ikem former National Publicity Secretary of the Party for not meeting the terms to participate in the chairmanship election and clearance of Barrister Alphonsus Eba as the sole candidate for the electionReacting to the judgement, Mr Alphonsus Eba, the appellant said the litigation which has held the conduct of State Congress of the PDP has ended and called on all party members to come together so that a State Congress can be conducted for the party to forge ahead.

“With today’s judgement, I have been confirmed as the sole chairmanship candidate of the party and my hands are wide open to receive everyone including those who have opposed and even abused me in the past.”He said many members would have been won into the party in the last one year but for the litigation which has held the state congress from holding

With the judgement, reprieve may have come the way of Governor Ben Ayade as the pronouncement of the court in relying on the recent Supreme Court judgment of Aguma V APC clearly stated that the respondent has no locus to challenge the internal affairs of the party.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

March 09, 2021

South South PDP Defies Court Injunction, Elects New Excos (See List)

Despite a court injunction restraining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from conducting its South South Zonal Congress, the party on Tuesday, March 9 elected new executive members to pilot the affairs of the party in the zone.

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar had on Monday, March 8, granted an interim injunction restraining the party from going ahead with its South south zonal Congress which took place today in  Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The restraining order was consequent upon a suit instituted against the party by four aggrieved members- Kingsley Ntuisong, Raphael Stephen Ntui, Ogar Solomon Aloho and Odama Thomas Odama.

The four applicants said they were suing for themselves and also on behalf of some members who emerged PDP chapter chairmen in Ogoja, Calabar South, Akampa, Yakurr, Odukpani, Akpabuyo, Boki and Obubra local government areas of the state in the party's Congress held on 21st February, 2021.

Joined in the suit is the PDP national organizing secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu ( rtd).

Granting the interim injunction, the court forbade the "1st Defendant ( PDP), her agents, privies or servants or howsoever called from holding its South South zonal Congress on the 9th of March, 2021or any other date pending the determination of the Applicants' Motion on Notice for Interlocutary injunction"

The court further granted the Applicants leave to serve the suit on the respondents by substituted means.

The case was adjourned to March 21st, 2021 for motion on notice.

However, the party went ahead with the Congress today at Obiwali International Centre, Port Harcourt Rivers State.

The following persons were elected as Zonal Officers:

1) CHIEF DAN OSI ORBIH - National Vice Chairman (Edo State)

2) CHIEF MRS TESSY TORU - Woman Leader (Delta)

3) CHUKS NWABUNÍ - Ex. Officio (Delta)

4) AMADI SILVER NWANYANWU - Ex. Officio (Rivers)

5). EVELYN WEKE - Treasurer (Rivers)

6) FELIX OMENU - Secretary (Bayelsa)

7) BARR. GEORGE TURNAH - Legal Adviser (Bayelsa)

8. BARR, LLOYD OWONARU - Youth Leader (Bayelsa)

9) SAMSON ABU Ex-officio (Edo)

10) ANTHONY IKUENOBE - Financial Secretary (Edo)

11) OBONG PAUL A. EKPO - National Ex-officio (Akwa Ibom)

12) MR. MONDAY CHARLIE AKPAN - Ex- Officio (Akwa Ibom)

13) BISHOP ANTE ANTE - Publicity (Akwa Ibom)

14) HON. PATRICK EGBEDE - Auditor (Cross Rivers)

15) ARCH. EKOM AKON-JOM - Organizing Secretary

16) CHIEF OGBODUM OGBODUM - Ex Officio ( Cross Rivers)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

February 20, 2021

Before 2023, Everybody In Cross River Would Join APC - Owan Enoh

Senator Enoh

By Obio Monday

Factional governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 Governorship Election in Cross River State, Senator John Owan Enoh has expressed optimism that before the 2023 general elections in Cross River State, the whole of the population of the state would have joined the opposition party in the state.

Senator Enoh made the remark in his Ward, Agbokim Waterfalls during the revalidation of his All Progressives Congress membership.

He said from the ongoing APC registration/revalidation exercise, it is obvious that the APC has over 85% of the population at ward levels.

The former Nigerian senator added that before the end of the registration/revalidation exercise, the whole Cross River State population would now be members of the All Progressives Congress. 

"Since politics is a game of number, it's going to be a swift flip from a PDP State to an APC State". He said

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October 06, 2020

I'll Be The Best Nigerian President Ever If Youths Support Me The Way They Support BBNaija - Yul

Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie says if he gets the kind of support Nigerian youths give to reality TV show, Big Brother Naija (BBNAija), he will be the next Nigerian president and the best ever.

Mr. Edochie who was reacting to a comment by one of his Twitter followers with a username, @agbator65, urging him to contest for the office of the President, said he will unite the country & appoint credible men and women to work with irrespective of tribe or religion.

The Twitter user wrote:


"Pls we need you as the next Nigerian president. U have been so out spoken about the ills and shit that's happening in this country... The country needs people like u. Other parts of the world, old men don't rule as president.. only Africa I see 90yr old men still crave for power.

Replying, the veteran actor wrote:

"If Nigerian youths will realise the power they have & support me the way they support BBNaija housemates I'll surely become Nigeria's next President & best President ever.

I'll unite this country & appoint credible men & women to work with irrespective of tribe or religion."

Yul had previously contested for the office of governor in Anambra, scoring just 145 votes. In 2018, he released a video announcing his intention to run for the office of the President in 2019 Presidential election but later withdrew from the race.

The 2020 edition of the show saw Laycon emerging winner. The organisers of the show announced that 900 million votes were recorded during the show, its highest ever.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

September 09, 2020

PDP NWC Confirms Odey As Party's Candidate For Cross River North Senatorial By-election

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People's Democratic Party has confirmed Dr. Stephen Odey as the party's candidate in the October 31 Senatorial Bye-election in Cross River.

Rising from an emergency meeting which held at the party's National Secretariat, the apex organ of the party (NWC), upheld the Teleb Tebite led team's report which affirmed Odey as the winner of the September 5, 2020 primary election in ogoja, Cross River State.

Conveying the decision of the party, the national chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said that the NWC after duly considering the reports submitted by various teams, was convinced beyond doubts that Dr. Stephen Odey won the primary election.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Calabar which had monitored the  election, on monday, submitted it's report  to its national chairman, Prof Mahmoud Yakub in Abuja.

The INEC report which was signed by the Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Emmanuel Hart also recognised Stephen Odey as the winner of the contentious primaries.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020

C'River PDP Congress: Senator Gershom Bassey Declares Support For Governor Ayade

Johnbosco Agbakwuru (Vanguard)

There appears to be a crack among the National Assembly members from Cross River State, as the Senator representing Southern Senatorial District of the state, Senator Geshom Bassey has thrown his weight behind Governor Ben Ayade on harmonization of list for the ongoing congresses.

Some National Assembly members and the State Governor have been in dispute over who controls the party structure of the state.
Some of the federal lawmakers have accused Ayade of trying to hijack the ongoing congress by ensuring that only people loyal to him emerge against the wishes of other party stakeholders.
Recall that the member representing Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe had at the weekend expressed worries over the state of affairs of the PDP in the state, saying that the Party was heading for disintegration if nothing was done.

Jarigbe said that the state chapter of the party was in disarray and may completely disintegrate if nothing was done to curb the megalomaniac disposition exhibited so far by its leadership in the state.

He said, “They are trying to arm-twist us to talk about harmonization when they had already completed a process, endorsed and published the names and they now want to reprobate, this will lead to a complete collapse of PDP in Cross River State.
“If the list of Wards and Chapter Executives is distorted it will lead to a total collapse of PDP, their tenure has already started running and the officials have stated carrying out the duty entrusted to them.”

But Senator Bassey, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on FERMA (Federal Road Maintenance Agency) told Vanguard that the postponement of the last Saturday congresses in the state has nothing to do with the purported hijack of party structure, rather it was to allow a consensus arrangement to avoid unnecessary friction.
Senator Bassey also debunked the insinuations that the State Governor was planning to sideline the National Assembly members.

Explaining on why the congress was postponed, he said, “There were several contenders for several positions, so the leader of the party in the state who is the governor decided that we should go for consensus, he has started talking to all stakeholders to achieve consensus.”
He said consensus would resolve the issue of litigations being witnessed in the state chapter of the party.

Asked why consensus instead of allowing members to go for election, he said, “Sometimes consensus works because it means there is no Victor, no vanquish, everybody has to queue into it. It makes the party stronger.”
Fielding question on the alleged dispute between the governor and National Assembly members over who controls the state party structure, he said in every party, there must be people with different views.

According to him,” You know we are in a political party and not a church organization, there must always be different point of view, that is normal for any political party. PDP and PDP in Cross River can be no different.”
Asked if the 2023 governorship election was the reason for the disagreement among party members, he said, “The fact is that most of the stakeholders are very experienced politicians. To quote Winston Churchill, everyone knows that a week is a long time in politics so you can imagine what three years is, three years is an eternity in politics. You cannot start in 2020 to plan for what will happen in 2023, it cannot work out. ”

Senator Bassey also said that the insinuations that the Governor Ayade-led PDP government was not doing well.

He said, ” The truth is that the government has challenges in funding. You know that we are one of the poorest funded government in Nigeria in terms of what we receive from the Federation Account, it is quite low.

“I think we are number 34 or 35 in the chart coupled with the fact that many challenges have suddenly jumped into cross River, militancy, Cameroon border crisis, and of course issues of kidnapping and criminality as a result of that, so many challenges have suddenly crept in and our resources have continued to dwindle. Yes, there are some challenges with governance in Cross River.”

On PDP being hijacked by the State governor, he said he was not aware of any such as congresses were yet to be held.
Giving insight on the alleged quarrel between the state governor and the National Assembly members, he said, “different stakeholders will have different point of view, that is normal in any political party and that is why we are trying to achieve consensus and we are making progress.

“My advice is that the leader of the party is leading the party in the right direction that is why we are talking about consensus, if we can achieve fairness to all stakeholders, you can be assured that this party is one strong party with minor differences, the difference is not really with the Governor, the difference is among the various stakeholders. I will assure you that in the next election PDP will sweep everything.”
He further said that there was no truth on the allegation that the state Governor was trying to woo the National Working Committee NWC, of the PDP so as to have his way in the ongoing congresses.

He said, “I think the National Working Committee led by Prince Uche Secondus has been fantastic, they have been very great in the way they conducted the last primaries and the way they have conducted these congresses in a free, fair and transparent manner. I absolutely don’t think they can be wooed.”

Friday, August 7, 2020

August 07, 2020

Governor Ayade Is The Leader Of PDP In C'River And Should Be Respected - Imoke Breaks Silence

Sen. Liyel Imoke
By Obio Monday

Former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke has finally broken the silence over the internal squabbles plaguing his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his home state.

The Cross River State chapter of the PDP has been enmeshed in internal crisis over who controls the party in the state, with a faction loyal to Governor Ben Ayade and another faction loyal to founding members and National Assembly members  (recognized by the NWC of PDP) at loggerheads over the soul of the party in the state.

In a press statement dated August 8 and signed by the former governor, he urged all party members to sheath their swords, close ranks and not create factions; working under the leadership of Governor Ben Ayade, who he acknowledged as the Leader of the party in the state.

Sen. Imoke said Governor Ben Ayade, as the Leader of the Party, should accommodate and protect interests of all party stakeholders and ensure balance and fairness.

The statement, titled "Statement On The Forth Coming State Congresses In Cross River State By Senator Liyel Imoke, CON" reads in part:
"Since the emergence of this democratic dispensation in 1999, Cross River State has always been a PDP stronghold. In 2019, our party had an overwhelming victory at the polls, winning elections at all levels. The glory for that victory goes to God and to the support of the good people of Cross River State who have shown commitment and strongly supported the PDP through time.

Over the past few months, we have all observed the seeming dispute and differences within our great Party which emerged after the elections, in the build to the Party Congresses. We have a tradition of managing and resolving disputes. I strongly believe that this one is no different from all the others.

"I hereby call on all stakeholders and party leaders to sheath their swords. This is a time to close ranks and not create factions. We need to work as a team under the leadership of the Governor. As Leader, it behoves the Governor to accommodate and protect the interests of all stakeholders and ensure balance and fairness. The is has always been our way and I am confident that His Excellency will provide the necessary leadership. He should be accorded his due as Governor and Leader of our Party."

He called on the leaders of the party to use the forthcoming State Congress to resolve all differences.
"I urge all our leaders at every level to use the opportunity of the State Congress to meet in caucus and resolve all differences, emerging as one united family. Every leader, from Senators, members of the House of Representatives, to the state assembly members and below should be accorded their due and not disrespected. They should reciprocate same to His Excellency." The statement read.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020

C'River Governorship 2023: Hon. Daniel Asuquo's Campaign Poster Surfaces

Three years before the next gubernatorial election in Cross River State, the campaign poster of one of the contenders, Hon. Daniel Asuquo is already out.

Hon. Asuquo, who is currently representing Akamkpa/Biase Federal Constituency in Nigeria's House of Representatives has not openly declared his intention to run for the number one seat in the state, but those close to him said he is nursing the ambition to take over from Governor Ben Ayade, whose tenure expires in 2023.

The poster, widely circulated on social media is said to be sponsored by a group known as Dansuki Diaspora Support Group. It is however not clear if those who printed the posters got the support of Hon. Asuquo, popularly known as Dansuki.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

Cross River APC Factions Makes Peace, Resolve To Work As One

The Cross River State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have agreed to close ranks, bury the hatchet and work for the victory of the party in the forthcoming Nothern Senatorial District by-election and that of Obudu State Constituency.

For some years now, the APC in Cross River State has been factionalized, producing two chairmen - John Ochala and Etim John - with separate secretariats.

The two factions had often disagreed on who should be the flagbearer of the party in elections. In 2019, it produced two gubernatorial candidates - Pastor Usani Usani and Sen. John Owan-Enoh.

In a joint statement on Tuesday in Abuja,  signed by Etim John and John Ochala, they both resolved to make peace.

The statement  said , “Our great party , the All Progressives Congress Cross River State chapter , has for a long while been embroiled in the factionalisation of the party.

“ We have in the interest of the party resolved that the two factions are now united as one indivisible body to foster the party ’ s interest in the state.

 “The forthcoming Senatorial district and state House of Assembly by- elections is uppermost in our minds and have resolved to work for credible and acceptable candidates that will give us the much - needed victory in the by - elections".

The party advised all chapters to work together particularly the Cross River State Northern Senatorial District chapters to bring about victory in the forthcoming by - elections.

It said the modalities for harmonising the state executives shall be made known to the party faithful after the forthcoming by- elections in Cross River North and called on “all party faithful and loyalists to exercise restraint and be patient as we trust God for peaceful co -existence amongst all members of the All Progressives Congress . ”

Thursday, July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020

Group Calls For Suspension Of Ayade From PDP, Says Governor Plans To Defect to APC

Prof. Ben Ayade
By Edem  Edem/Daily Post

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State has taken another dimension as a group, Movement for the Restoration of Cross River Peoples Democratic Party (MFTROCR) has called for the suspension of Governor Ben Ayade and five others for dragging the national PDP and its officers to court over congresses.
Speaking in Calabar on Thursday, the coordinator of the group mostly made up of founding members, former elected and appointed officers and National Assembly members (NASS), Comrade Raymond Takon, alleged that their investigations have revealed that the litigants are sponsored and bankrolled by the Ntufam Inok, the party chairman, through the office of the Governor as the claimants/applicants cannot muster enough financial resources and courage to take the party to court.

Takon said that the claimants and the aggrieved members had tactically withdrawn a similar case with suit No.HC/115/2020 and dated Thursday, April 30, 2020 as they didn’t put up appearance during substantive hearing of the case on June 30, 2020.

“We were aware that the party chairman, working for the governor, has been shopping for a court to obtain an injunction to restrain the authentic ward and local government executive committees from functioning at least to cause chaos and ensure that duly elected committees don’t take part in the pending state congress and primarily election for the northern senatorial district by-election.

“Besides, we are aware that some of his die-hard loyalists are said to have advised their boss to quit PDP if they refused to allow them have their way in terms of who takes over the party structures. We also have it on good authority that the Governor has been discreetly discussing with some top APC members in Abuja on how to defect.”
“Against this background, we call on the national party leadership to take drastic action against the state leadership led by Ntufam Inok by sanctioning all those who took the party to court and their sponsors,” adding that the processes that produced the ward and local government executive committees followed all the party constitutional guidelines.”

Following the directive by the National Working Committee, NWC, of PDP, the ward executive committee members in Cross River state were inaugurated in 196 wards on Thursday, April 30, 2020 and were sworn-in by a Notary Public, Okimasi Ojong, Esq, principal partner of Barr Okimasi Ojong and Co, in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of the PDP Constitution as amended in 2017.
Aggrieved by this action, Ayade faction, led by Ntufam Edim Inok, the caretaker chairman of PDP, in collaboration with some party members including Messers Pastor Otu Edet Marshall, Mr Terence Orok, Raphael Stephen Ntui and Henry Ekpwnyong Edem instituted a legal action challenging the inauguration of ward and local government executive committees.
The applicants including Messers Pastor Otu Edet Marshall, Mr Terence Orok, Raphael Stephen Ntui and Henry Ekpwnyong Edem, had claimed to have emerged in the ward congress conducted by Ntufam Edim Inok-led state executive committee but was not inaugurated.

Consequently, they sued the PDP, the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rted) and State Chairman of PDP, Ntufam Edim Inok in a Suit No HC/178/2020 and dated July 2, 2020.

The claimants prayed the court to restrain the national leadership of the party from acting on any list except one submitted by the Cross River PDP in relation to the recently conducted ward and local government congresses in the state.

After listening to the motion, Justice Elias O. Abua granted an order interim injunction restraining the party chairman, Ntufam Edim Inok (4th Defendant) or any other person (s) from inaugurating persons in National Organising Secretary of PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu’s, (rtd) letter dated April 26, 2020 as persons elected as executive committee members of the party at the March, 2020 ward and local government congress in Cross River State pending the hearing and determination of the motion

Reacting, the Press Secretary/Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita described the anti-party allegation as hogwash, and said: “Governor Ben Ayade is the leader of PDP in Cross River and under his inspiring leadership, the party is growing in leaps and bounds as shown by the outcome of the recently held local council election.

“The governor is too preoccupied with the issues of governance, especially in the areas of industrializing Cross River, to be distracted by jobless busy bodies that are clearly on the fringes of ignorance. Governor Ben Ayade, therefore, refuses to be drawn into joining issues with paid hirelings whose stuck in trade is nothing but political jobbing. Remember some people also went to court in Abuja on the same matter so, they should be also sanctioned.”

Governor Ben Ayade and some critical stakeholders including founding members, former elected officers and National Assembly members (NASS) have been embroiled in battle for the soul of the party, climaxing to the fictionalization and subsequent inauguration of parallel executives at ward and local government levels.

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