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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.

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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