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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:

@agbator65

"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.