Supreme Court To Hear Ihedioha’s Review Suit, Tomorrow

The Supreme Court has fixed February 18 for hearing in the fresh application by ousted Imo governor, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He is challenging the January 14 judgement which ordered the swearing in of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor.

A former special adviser to Ihedioha confirmed the date.”Hearing begins on Tuesday, the date has been communicated to both parties”, he said.

Ihedioha, in the application, through his counsel and former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi (SAN) wants the court to set aside the judgement.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Uzodinma certificate of return (CoR).

The panel of justices held that Ihedioha did not win the majority of votes cast at the March 9, 2019 governorships election.

The judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun stated that the candidate of the APC won by polling majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.

The court held that the lower court erred in law when it rejected evidence tendered before them to the extent that votes from 388 Polling Units (PUs) were not credited to APC and Uzodinma.

Kekere-Ekun noted that with the result from the PUs, the APC governorship candidate polled majority lawful vote and ought to have been declared the winner of the election by INEC.

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‘2023: Why North Won’t Surrender Power’

Junaid Mohammed, a member of the Second Republic Parliament, has declared that the North has no intention to surrender power to any other region in 2023.

“What makes anybody think that those who are now holding power are going to voluntarily surrender power in 2023? I don’t know. So, zoning and rotation afford us the worst,” the elder statesman said in an interview with the Sun.

The South-South elders came up recently to state that it is their turn to run the affairs of the country when President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure expires in 2023.

They pointed out that the region should complete the remaining four years of Goodluck Jonathan presidency, but this Mohammed described as “arrant nonsense.”

The former lawmaker believes that no one would have given the South South a two term, adding that the region wouldn’t have produced a president at all if not for the death of Umaru Yar’Adua.

He added, “Some corrupt northern politicians in the PDP cut a deal with Jonathan, but the deal backfired; it didn’t work.Now they want to go the way the other two regions in the South, that is, by blackmail and agitation, let them go and join them.There is nothing wrong with it; after all the other people have been doing it, why should they be left behind.

“If Umaru Yar’Adua didn’t die and he did his eight years, it was absolutely certain that Goodluck Jonathan wouldn’t have been the president.He became the president by virtue of the fact that he was the Vice President by the time Yar’Adua died..To assume that it was favour done to him or to his region was neither here nor there; it is unhistorical.We can never wake the dead; we would have known whom he negotiated with other than the Nigerian Constitution, which provided him to be president in the event of the death or the incapacitation of the president.” he said.

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Amaechi Names Ada George, Odili As Godfathers

Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi said it is always important to remain truthful in everything that one does.

Amaechi who spoke at the seventh matriculation ceremony of Gregory University, Uturu, Abia state, on Saturday, named former Governors Peter Odili and Ada George of Rivers state as his godfathers whom God used to uplift him to the envious positions he has occupied.

Encouraging the new University students to be hardworking, he also urged them to always hold on to the truth, saying “I am innocently blunt, so be courageous as you work hard; as young people always hold on to the truth.”

Amaechi lamented that the emergence of private universities in Nigeria has created dichotomy between children of the rich and that of the poor.

Former Chairman of Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Julius Okojie advised Nigeria parents and government that the right place to get good foundation for students were at primary and secondary school levels.

“The primary and secondary levels remain the best starters. If your English is or mathematics is bad there, they remain bad even at the University. Countries that have practiced that are leaders all over the world,” Okolie said.

He advised that children should obtain their first degrees in Nigeria before going for further studies abroad, saying that in Nigeria learn culture in addition to academics. “The future of Nigeria Universities lie in the private universities,” Okojie said.

Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Augustine Uwakwe told the 390 matriculating students that the University was founded on a platform of discipline, moral upbringing, academic excellence and Godliness.

“Our class rooms, libraries and laboratories are equipped with the state of art facilities comparable with those in any standard University world-wide,” Uwakwe said.

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PDP Calls For Arrest Of Oshiomhole

The PDP has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately arrest the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, for questioning, and subsequent prosecution for incitement.

in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan,  the party said that the violence and arson perpetuated by APC agents in Yenagoa, was in furtherance of Oshiomhole’s inciting call that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa State, contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court.

According to PDP, “Oshiomhole’s statement is a direct call for sedition and violent subversion of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the statutory authority of the Supreme Court and the mandate of the people of Bayelsa State”.

PDP said that the former governor should therefore be arrested for prosecution for inciting violence and arson in the state.

“Nigerians can recall that our party had on Thursday cautioned Oshiomhole over his utterances and apparent plots to cause violence and a breakdown of law and order in the state.

“The world however watched with horror as APC agents, chanting APC slogans, assaulted the people of Bayelsa State, set the PDP secretariat in the state ablaze, attacked the premises of Radio Bayelsa, vandalised vehicles and equipment, took over major highways and attacked travellers, all in the bid to violently subvert the judgment of the Supreme court and forcefully take control of the state”, the  party said.

The PDP therefore charged the people of Bayelsa, the security agencies and Nigerians at large, to hold Oshiomhole responsible and accountable for the violence in Bayelsa state and deal with him accordingly in line with the provisions of our laws.

The party insisted that Oshiomhole must be brought to book and stopped from the use of garrulity and clear misuse of language to cause crisis in the country.

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Journalists Flay Attack On Bayelsa Radio

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa State Council, has condemned the Friday attack on the state owned radio station, by angry youths suspected to be supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Bayelsa State.

The mob   attacked the premises of the Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation to protest the declaration of the candidate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri, as the Governor-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a statement, signed by state Chairman, Comrade Samuel Numonengi and Secretary Comrade Ogio Ipigansi, they decried the situation where a Radio Station becomes the target of political violence.

The council also condemned the act of vandalizing vehicles, carting away valuables and other items and injuries inflicted on staffers of the corporation, stressing that it is an aberration and a loss to the state.

The statement also called on Security Agencies in the state to fish out the perpetrators of the act and bring them to book in order to serve as deterrent to others in the future.

The statement further called on Bayelsans to shun violence and see one another as brothers irrespective of party affiliations.

The statement also urged the management of Radio Bayelsa not to victimize Union members of the station but allow the police do their findings.

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Jonathan Charges New Gov To Build Bridges Of Unity, Hope

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has told the new governor of  Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri to build bridges of unity by entrenching a culture of love, fairness and justice in the  polity.

He also congratulated   Diri on his swearing-in as the executive governor of Bayelsa state. 

Jonathan on his facebook account said, “I congratulate His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri who was sworn in today as the 5th Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, in compliance with the Supreme court verdict of yesterday, 13th February 2020. “As Governor, the responsibility of building hope and sustaining peace across the State now lies on your shoulders.  I urge you to always bear in mind that you are the Governor of all Bayelsans and to seize this moment of glory to build bridges of unity by entrenching a culture of love, fairness and justice in our polity.

 “Your journey to Creek Haven is a divine one, so I advise you to use the position to do good to humanity and pursue the development of the State in order to write your name in gold. You have worked with me before as a commissioner, so I am without doubt that you will live up to the expectations of our people.” He called on all Bayelsans to be law-abiding, peaceful and embrace the transition in all sincerity, and work together towards a united and prosperous State.

Gov Diri  had immediately after taking the Oath of Office visited former president Jonathan at his residence to present him with his certificate of return issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

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CSO Chairman Accuses Labour Of betraying Workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Rivers State have disappointed the workforce in the state. This was the view of the State Chairman of Civil Society Organization, Comrade Sotonye George while reacting to the recent face-off between Labour and the state Government over the minimum wage saga and the locking of NLC secretariat in Port Harcourt.

Comrade George during a telephone interview with our correspondent said since most Labour leaders were sponsored by politicians during their elections, they were like a toothless bull-dog who can bark but cannot bite.

According to him, it is unfortunate that most unionists are government candidates even at student union level, adding that when Labour stand up against government candidates is when they can command respect and carry out their duties effectively.

He said it is wrong for a government to build Labour House for the union because government will react whenever there is a face-off, and further called on workers to shun Political Labour Leaders.

The Comrade noted that since the master plan of the NLC building that was constructed by the state government is with them, the Labour had no statutory right over the building, pointing out that Labour supposed to be independent by either renting or having their own Labour House.

He alleged that some Labour Leaders are rich as some of them have built estates, and called on Labour Leaders to emulate the footsteps of a former front-line Labour activist, Tai Solari of blessed memory who was very rich in character and activism.

The State Civil Society Organization boss further advised that Labour should fight for the workers whom they swore to defend and protect rather than fighting for stomach infrastructure.

“He who pays the pipper dictates the tune”, George asserted and noted that if not there will be no reason for government to ‘dilly-dally’ over the payment of the minimum wage   because Rivers State is rich and government  can pay whatever is the difference.

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Commissioner Inaugurates Rebuilt NUJ Bush Bar

The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim has inaugurated the refurbished Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bar at the Ernest Ekoli Press Centre, Moscow Road Port Harcourt.

Pastor Nsirim who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Ibiwari Clapton-Ogolo while commissioning the edifice expressed delight with Eleno Investment Limited and the executive of the Union for their cordial relationship which had added value to their work.

Clapton-Ogolo noted that the Ministry is happy as they partner NUJ represent the for a good working relationship, and thanked all members of the Union for their support and co-operation with the union.

She reiterated that as an agent of government, they would support the union adding that the bar is first of its kind.

Also speaking, the South South Zonal Chairman of NUJ, Eddy Ogunde enjoined members of the Union to continue to support and co-operate with the Exco for more projects.

Ogunde enjoined members to abide by the ethics of the union, be committed and respect their integrity in their reportage, prayed God to bless Ezeno Investment Limited for rebuilding the bar for NUJ in the state.

In his speech, the representative of the Police Commissioner, ACP Bassey Ewah said the doors of the Police boss is wide open for everybody especially members of the pen profession and wished all journalists a blissful working relationship.

Also speaking, the chairman of Eleno Investment Limited, Chief Gomba Okanje said it is their gesture of love as they present the little token to support NUJ in the state and charged all Journalists to be proud in their noble profession though it is a thankless job but the light of the society.

Okanje reiterated that they are happy to associate with the union and expressed appreciation with the Exco as the project will be beneficial and enhanced members of to continued partnership with NUJ in the state.

Earlier, the state chairman of NUJ, Mr. Stanley Job Stanley expressed delight with the historic commissioning of the NUJ bush bar build by Eleno Investment Limited and recalled the deplorable condition of the former bar which Eleno had rebuild to specifications after the union approached them for assistance.

According to him, the singular act of Eleno of also furnishing the bar to its fullest is what regular companies could not do for the union, saying that the bar is one of the best in any NUJ Press Centre across Nigeria.

Stanley noted that with the commissioning, Journalists will now have a comfortable and befitting bush bar where they could wine and later act with their colleagues and friends of the media after the day’s work, and called on others to emulate Eleno as Journalists use their services to promote an egalitarian society.

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‘Why Police Must Enforce Ban On Siren’

The recent ban on the indiscriminate use of siren, revolving light and covered plate number by the Rivers State Police Command has been described as a welcome development and should be sustained.

Some stakeholders who barred their minds to The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt decried the rate at which motorist including security personnel’s indiscriminately use siren and revolving lights, to scare other road users in the society.

According to them, the trend in Rivers State had become a source of worry to as some motorists, veered off the road or are involved in road crash, thereby damaging their vehicles and sometimes sustaining injury.

They noted that some people used hilux vans with siren to perpetrate atrocities on the road, as some of them drive against traffic thereby causing  traffic gridlock stressing that the taskforce should, arrest and prosecute any person found violating the ban.

Speaking to The Vortex, The Chairman, Rivers State Drivers Transport Co-operative Union Limited Comrade Binoye Sunday said, siren s are meant for the President of the Country, Governors and other specific personalities, adding that it was being misused by uniform men and others who are not authorized by law, to use such vehicles.

He called on the Inspector General of Police to mandate the OC x-squad to enforce the ban as motorists and other road users were intimidated and assaulted daily by men with siren blarring Hilux Patrol Vans.

In his reaction, Jide Fashakun said the ban is a welcomed development stating however that many Nigerians a motorist, will fault the order especially the unitform men. Fashakun, popularly called “Bana” charged the head of the taskforce in the state, Grace Wornu to carry out her duty without fear or favour to ensure strict compliance, and enjoined those in the habit of using siren indiscriminately to desist or risk facing the full arm of the law.

Also reacting, Elder Thomas Abbey said the ban is aimed at public good because some motorists use it to commit all sorts of crime, and also called for enforcements of the law for effective compliance, law and order.

According to Abbey, the so-called “big men” that acquire vehicles with siren should be watched with keen interest as many criminals hide under such guise.

It would be recalled that the state police command last week banned the use of siren, revolving light and covered plate’s number with immediate effect and set up a taskforce headed by a senior police officer, Grace Wornu to monitor compliance and prosecute offenders.

A statement by the state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandura said the ban is in accordance with the directive of the inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu.

The statement advised the public and private institutions including Banks and, individuals to desist forthwith or be ready to face the law.

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Ogu/Bolo Chiefs Reposition, Get New Exco

The Ogu/Bolo Local Government Council of Chiefs has elected a new executive committee  to pilot their affairs with Alabo Rev. Francis Ada Ebenezer-Onye as Chairman.

Others are Chief H. I. Ominaokumakile as Vice Chairman, Chief Faith Amaso as Secretary, Chief James Victor Nangibo as Assistant Secretary, Chief Dandeson T. Dennis Irumaibike Treasurer and Chief Joseph Oloye Buloabere as Financial Secretary.

Also in the new cabinet were Chief Bapakaye S. Obaka-Dabipi as Public Relations Officer (PRO), Chief Igbiks Daerrick Anga Kalaiyo as Welfare Officer, Chief Marcus Wariboko Opueji as Legal Adviser while Chief Justice Kenka S. Kienka Ofiomani is Provost.

In his post election speech, the chairman, Alabo Rev. Francis Ada Ebenezer Onye thanked the members for the confidence reposed on them and pledged to serve the council deligently, and be accountable in all their dealings to the members and the entire Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area and do right all members without fear or favour.

Alabo Ebenezer-Onye promised to return the council to its original position so that members would command respect both in and outside the council.

He opined that as the council had come this far, members should live according to the tenants of their constitution, advised them to strive to maintain peace and unity in their domain.

The new chairman also assured that his administration would work hand in glove with the Traditional Rulers of the Local Government Area and other constituted authorities, take the local government area to a greater heights with God on their side, and further pledged to serve the council diligently.

The newly elected executive of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Council of Chiefs will run the affairs of the Council for the next two years.

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