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David Mark wins 5th term to the senate

David Mark: casts his ballot on saturday

David Mark: casts his ballot on saturday

Senator David Mark has won his fifth term back to the Nigerian Senate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared this morning the former senate President winner of the Benue South rerun election held,on Saturday.

In the collated result announced, Mark, representing the Peoples Democratic Party won 84,192 votes while his younger challenger, Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got 71,621 Votes.

Mark won in five local governments, while Onjeh won in four.

Since 1999, Mark has been the Senator representing the district in central Nigeria.

Onjeh, a former student union activist and newspaper publisher challenged Mark’s victory in the 28 March election last year. AN appeal court ordered the fresh election.

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Imo Election Re-run: INEC Postpones Polls Till Further Notice

Anambra-Imo-INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the national and state assembly re-run elections slated for Saturday February 20, till further notice.

Briefing reporters on Friday at the INEC office in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, the Administrative Secretary of the electoral body in the state, Evurulobi Chinedu, said the decision to postpone the election was taken after a careful assessment of the security situation on ground.

Earlier on Friday, a massive protest erupted at the headquarters of the commission, as some irate youths called for the immediate cancellation and postponement of the rerun election.

The youths in their hundreds barricaded the main entrance of the office in the state, alleging that some INEC staff were bias.

The commission, however, debunked the allegations levelled against it, saying it remains committed to giving all political parties a level playing ground in the elections.

Source : Channels Television.

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APC and PDP Reps Clash In Abuja Over Amaechi

The All Progressives Congress members of the House of Representatives clashed with their PDP colleagues on Thursday over the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

The minister had appeared before the joint Committee on Marine/Land Transport to defend the 2016 budget proposals of the ministry, but the lawmakers tried to turn the session into a venue for political party supremacy battle.

The APC members, who control the majority of 213, out of the 360-member legislature, felt that Amaechi deserved some protection from the committee, as he came under a barrage of questions.

The APC lawmakers complained that too many questions were being thrown at the minister. But some PDP members suddenly flared up, arguing that the minister could be asked any question.

The PDP were led by Mr. Pat Asadu (Enugu State) and Mr. Nnana Igbokwe (Imo State).

The development came as the House Committee on Aviation rejected a proposal by the Civil Aviation Authority to spend N130m this year to conduct a security audit on the nation’s airports.

The Chairperson of the committee, Mrs. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, said: “I can see you people have brought this matter of security audit again, and I remember querying it last year.

“How can you spend this much on the airports even when 22 out of the 32 airports are shut down with no operation going on whatsoever?”

At the end of the day Amaechi got a soft landing and made his points.

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Ibori London Trial: Nigerian/British conspiracy revealed in court – aide

Below is a press statement from Ibori’s media office…
Chief James Onanaefe Ibori’s  defence lawyers shocked the Southwark Court, London on Wednesday 10th February 2016, when they adduced evidence before Judge Tomlinson of a conspiracy between Nigeria and Britain to railroad Ibori and his associates into jail.
Mr. Tony Eluemunor, Head of Ibori Media Office, said in a press statement that that evidence was the highlight of Wednesday’scourt proceedings which was delayed for hours because the London Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, suddenly turned lukewarm and refused to appear in court for the day’s hearing.   A thoroughly disappointed Judge Tomlinson refused to adjourn hearing to another day but issued an order by12.30 pm that the Prosecution should be in court by2pm as the matter at hand, professional misconduct, dishonesty, perverting the course of justice and criminal non-disclosures, lying to the trial court and Court of Appeal, were serious and urgent.  This time, the hunters have become the hunted and Ibori’s defence team were the accusers while Ibori’s erstwhile accusers and prosecutors were the accused.
Pointedly, two prosecutors; Sasha Wass and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann were not only at the end of finger-pointing, and have been dismissed from the Ibori case, their activities are now being challenged in court for grounds on which to upturn all the convictions – Ibori’s and his associates’. In fact, all the prosecution lawyers plus the entire police officers that have represented the British Police have been dismissed from the Iboir case and all other cases stemming from it – following allegations of corruption against them; lies and deliberate misleading of the court.
Yet, the worst charge so far against the British prosecution came when the court resumed by 2 pm as counsel to Ibori’s  former lawyer, Badresh Gohil, dropped the bombshell.  The Counsel, Mr. Kamish, stunned the court when he revealed a sinister conspiracy between Nigeria and Britain to railroad Ibori and associates into jail. He backed this up by pointing at a document signed by British and Nigerian governments agreeing that the Department for International Development will be paid 25 million Pounds Sterling from monies that will be confiscated from Ibori, before any penny is ever remitted to Nigeria. With that document in place, that Department became so aggressive as to start paying the salaries of some police investigators on the Ibori case, especially that of Dectective Constable, John McDonald.
Wednesday’s hearing was at the request of Ibori’s lawyers for the prosecution to explain their non-compliance with court orders made to ensure fair as opposed to unfair trial. Mr. Kenneth Talbot represented Ibori while Kamish stood for Gohil.
The case was adjourned to 8th March 2016, to enable the Prosecution appoint new counsels as the old ones that have handled the Ibori case since the beginning have now been tainted and dropped and may be facing investigations of corruption and legal perversity.
Signed:
Tony Eluemunor

Head, Ibori Media Office

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Boko Haram not holding any Nigerian territory – Buhari

President Buhari says despite the recent attacks by Boko Haram members in some parts of Borno state, the group has now been decimated to the point where they do not have a hold on any Local government area in Nigeria. Buhari said this while speaking with the visiting President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, at the statehouse today Feb 11th

 

 “It is a pity Boko haram welcomed you by explosions in Maiduguri that took so many lives, but I have attempted to explain in so many fora that Boko haram is not what it used to be. While they were firmly holding 14 out of 774 local governments when we came in, they are not holding any local government now. What they have resorted to is using improvised explosive devices to cause maximum casualties on soft targets as they did yesterday,” he said.

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Falana is pained, frustrated over failed ambition to govern Ekiti – Fayose’s aide

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Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has said the persistent attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose by self-acclaimed human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) was out of pain and frustration occasioned by his failed
ambition to govern Ekiti State.
The governor’s spokesperson said it was strange that a lawyer of Falana’s standing would keep talking about someone committing crime for over 10 years without him being able to get the person convicted, adding that; “Oga Femi Falana is fast turning himself into a jester with his obsession to jump to the roof top to make noise over anything Ayo Fayose.”
Olayinka, who urged him to make another attempt at contesting the Ekiti State governorship instead of making noise from Lagos, said; “He (Falana) can come to Ekiti and stand for election again and let’s see if he can win even house of Assembly election in Ilawe-Ekiti, his hometown.”
While describing Falana’s stance on Ekiti State as hypocritical, the governor’s aide said throughout the four years of All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Dr Kayode Fayemi, Falana did not utter a word to condemn the murder of 10 indigenes of the State that were murdered by agents of the government.

“During the APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi, 10 indigenes of Ekiti State were murdered by agents of the government. In one of the murders, Foluso Ogundare’s killing in Emure Ekiti, the APC government tried so hard to frustrate the trial of the suspects and it was a public knowledge that Certificates of Occupancy were hurriedly signed to effect the suspects’ bail.

“When all these were happening in Ekiti, Falana was not in the moon, he simply opted to keep silent because it was not Fayose that was the governor.

“As at today, the APC Chairman in Ekiti State, Jide Awe who is standing trial over the murder of Ayo Jeje and Mrs Juliana Adewumi in Erijiyan Ekiti has remained a fugitive. Can Falana tell Nigerians whether or not he has not been relating with fugitive Jide Awe?

“The same Falana said in an interview in Punch newspaper on July 15, 2014 that Ekiti governorship election was not rigged and that Fayose won fair and square, only to come back close 18 months after to say that the election was fraudulent.

“Honestly, Oga Femi Falana must be told in clear terms that his hypocrisy on Ekiti State politics, especially concerning Governor Fayose is fast turning to sound from a broken record. If he is pained with Fayose as his governor, he should wait till 2018 to try his luck and let’s how far he will be able to go.”

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God has ordained Orji Kalu to speak for the Igbo –Prophet

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From Tony Osauzo, Benin

FORMER governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has been or­dained by God to represent the Igbo nation for any discussion with the Federal Government to succeed, a Benin-based cleric, Prophet Jor­dan Iwuala, has declared.

Prophet Iwuala said the agita­tion in the Southeast would fail, if any other person is picked. Iwua­la, who is the General Overseer of the Redemption Tabernacle Church of All Nations, disclosed this while releasing his 2016 prophecies for the country.

He said God revealed that Pres­ident Mohammadu Buhari could avoid being assassinated, if he allows certain elders to use three pieces of old N20 notes to pray for him.

Prophet Iwuala warned the Federal Government to prepare for the use of chemical weapons by the Boko Haram group, say­ing the insurgents would shift their operations to western part of the country especially Lagos State. He also prophesied the death of 106 APC members in an accident.

His words: “I saw 106 APC party members die in an acci­dent. Three upstairs buildings for students under commis­sioning by former Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio collapsed and killed people.”

“I saw Oshiomhole in charge of Petroleum industry. I saw mass slaughter of old politi­cians nationwide and the pub­lic applauded the action. I saw a structure carrying the World Olympic Games collapse to rubbles.”

“Former deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, should pray against death, humiliation and disgrace.”

Source : Tony Osauzo

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‘Nigerians Misunderstood APC’s Change Mantra’

By Gbenga Salau

 

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Lai Mohammed

THE Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday said that Nigerians largely misunderstood the Change mantra with which his party campaigned and won the 2015 presidential election.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting with the Executive Council of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), Mohammed stated that though the party campaigned using change mantra, it has been taken by Nigerians to mean that as soon as Buhari was sworn in, the next day, things would change completely in Nigeria.

The minster maintained that Nigerians must understand that things do not happen that way because the country cannot continue to be doing things the same way and expect a different result.

“Yes, we know what the ills are; corruption, indiscipline… but it’s not restricted to people at the top. Each one of us has a role to play,” he said.

According to him, it is the reason the Buhari-led government is coming up with the ‘Change Begins with You Campaign’.

“The malaise crippling the fabric of the society today, ‘everybody is guilty,” he noted.

The Minister observed that an average Nigerian, given the slightest opportunity, would cheat, noting that corruption cuts across professions, age and gender in the country.

“Nigeria cannot adequately account for the lives that had been lost simply because some pharmacists decided to adulterate drugs. We cannot quantify how many lives we have lost because of the danfo drivers that wake up in the morning to drink paraga before hitting the road. Most of the traffic bottleneck in Nigeria today is due to indiscipline,” he said.

In moving forward, he solicited for the partnership of members of ADVAN, especially in executing some of its campaign and election promises to Nigeria, to which the President of ADVAN, Mr. David Okeme, pledged its members unalloyed support.

In his response, Okeme assured that his members would support government efforts because businesses need a great country to thrive.

“It’s in the best interest of business to ensure things are working well for the indices to be looking up,” he said.

He however, advised the government to copy some of the models being deployed by corporate businesses especially in the area of behavioral change.

Source:The Guardian

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Lawan group requests Saraki to resign as Senate President

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Following Friday’s Supreme court ruling that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki must face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal,CCT, some anti-Saraki senators, under the umbrella of the Senate Unity Forum, SUF, have called for his resignation as the leader of the Upper Legislative Chamber.

The group known to be loyal to Senator Ahmed Lawan while affirming that a person answering criminal charges could not lead the Senate, called for his resignation from the Office of the Senate President so that he could concentrate on his trial at the CCT.

Speaking with The Punch in Abuja, the spokesperson for SUF, Senator Kabir Marafa said Saraki must step
Saraki’s appeal, challenging the propriety of his trial on charges of false assets declaration levelled against him at the CCT.

Delivering the ruling, JUstice Walter Onnoghen-jed six man panel of judges presided over by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, dismissed Saraki’s appeal against the jurisdiction of the CCT.

Justice Onnoghen, affirmed that the charges instituted against him were valid and that the tribunal was validly
constituted with requisite jurisdiction to try him.

SOURCE : Daily Post

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Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, dumps PDP

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Ken Nnamani

A former President of the Nigerian Senate, Ken Nnamani, has announced his departure from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, a political platform to which be belonged since 1999, and which, in 2005, made him the third most powerful man in Nigeria.

In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, Mr. Nnamani said he was quitting the party because  the platform had abandoned “the path of its noble vision and values”.

Mr. Nnamani was elected to the Senate President in 2003, and was senate president between 2005 and 2007.

In his statement Saturday, entitled, “PDP, the Burden and My  Conscience,” the politician said he was fed up with the current status and direction of the PDP, and was therefore quitting “without any iota of bitterness” in his heart.

“I do not believe I should continue to be a member of the PDP as it is defined today,” Mr. Nnamani said, “This is certainly not the party I joined years ago to help change my country. I do not also believe that the PDP as it is managed today will provide an opportunity for me to continue to play the politics of principles and values which I set for myself as a young man on leaving graduate school and working for a large multinational in the United States in the 70s and 80s.

“Therefore, today I resign my membership of the PDP. In stepping out of partisan politics for the meantime, I will continue to be politically engaged. I will also continue to support the government and all the elected officers in Nigeria to repositioning the nation.

“I will also constructively criticize them when by commission or omission they take actions that could damage the prospects of transforming Nigeria into a productive, merit-based and honestly governed country.”

 

Mr. Nnamani later told PREMIUM TIMES on telephone that he was leaving because it had become crystal clear to him that nothing would change in the party in the foreseeable future.

He recalled that on November 10, 2015, he led a delegation of concerned party leaders to the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the party to push for change.

“We were simply dismissed,” Mr. Nnamani said. “They simply said they would get back to us. We haven’t heard from them since then.”

He said even after the party was defeated in the 2015 general election, he and other like-minded party members believed that that defeat could be transformed to victory.

“We were hopeful and continued to push for reform,” Mr. Nnamani said. “But as you can see, that hasn’t work. Those who led us to defeat have continued to hold the party down.

“In the circumstance, I have to move on and get on with my life.”

Read Mr. Nnamani’s full statement below.

PDP, the Burden and My  Conscience

Without any iota of bitterness in my heart, I have decided to disengage from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and consequently step aside from partisan politics in the interim. I wish to express my profound gratitude to the party that gave me the platform with which I attained the height I did in the politics of our country.

How I wish the efforts I mounted with some of my colleagues (many of whom have left the party) to keep the PDP on the path of its noble vision and values had been supported by those who were privileged to be at the helm of affairs of the party, it would have been a different day for the PDP. It would have been a day of victory and pride not of defeat and shame.

I recall that the virus of corruption of values and mission was what those my colleagues and I set out to cure through the formation of the PDP Reform Forum in 2010/11. We worked hard to draw up a new direction for the Party.

This was to help steer the party away from illegality and impropriety so that PDP can fulfill its promise of being a vanguard of Nigeria’s political and economic development. A direction defined by strict adherence to basic rules and morality in the management of party affairs. Chief of these values is respect for choice of party members in electing party candidates for elections.

With more than half a decade of championing such a fundamental but simple idea, I regret that the PDP leadership continues to rebuff internal democracy. The party allowed itself to be blinded by hubris to believe that it will remain in power and influence for 60 years in spite of several gross missteps and grievous misnomer. We foresaw this ditch and prescribed how to avert falling into it. But we were dismissed as idealistic. Today the idealists have become realists.

Recently, even after our avoidable abysmal electoral defeat, I continued to believe that we can still chart a new course and retrieve victory from the jaw of defeat. I continued to urge the leadership of the party to believe that the time of defeat could be the time of renewal, and that renewal requires strategic thinking and bold actions.

 

I urged that this is a time to reembrace internal democracy and principled leadership to reposition the party for new politics. We are living in different times and we need new tools, ethos and codes of conduct. We need to become a party of technocrats and professionals and not a party of mercenaries and rent seekers.

We need to become the party of young men and women with new ideas and not a party of political dinosaurs. It is clear now that these pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Every day the crisis of confidence and the contradictions in our party deepen. We continue to lose members and morale. The rebuilding some of us had urged on the leadership is not happening. Those who led us to defeat are determined to continue to lead the party as undertakers.

I do not believe I should continue to be a member of the PDP as it is defined today. This is certainly not the party I joined years ago to help change my country. I do not also believe that the PDP as it is managed today will provide an opportunity for me to continue to play the politics of principles and values which I set for myself as a young man on leaving graduate school and working for a large multinational in the United States in the 70s and 80s.

Therefore, today I resign my membership of the PDP. In stepping out of partisan politics for the meantime, I will continue to be politically engaged. I will also continue to support the government and all the elected officers in Nigeria to repositioning the nation. I will also constructively criticize them when by commission or omission they take actions that could damage the prospects of transforming Nigeria into a productive, merit-based and honestly governed country.
As I leave PDP, I wish the leaders a new awakening and ethical revival. I cherish all the friends I made while in PDP and hope the friendship will continue to flourish.

God bless Nigeria.

Senator Ken Nnamani, GCON

SOURCE :Premium Times

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INEC releases time table for rerun elections in 15 states

INEC releases time table for rerun elections in 15 states

The Independent National Electoral Commission Tuesday released the time table for the rerun elections.

The elections which cut across 15 states of the federation, according to the electoral body will only involve political parties that participated in the last election with their respective candidates.

The elections are for the electoral issues that terminated at the Appeal Court.

According to the released time table, constituent election for Gombe will hold on the January 27th, Adamawa, February 13th; Kaduna, Plateau, Niger, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba and Imo February 20th.

That of Abia, Anambra and Bayelsa have been scheduled for March 5th; Akwa Ibom slated for March 12th while Cross River and Rivers scheduled for 19th March.

SOURCE :The Nation

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Anambra: Uba, Oduah approach Supreme Court for clarification of judgment

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  • Chris Uba storms INEC for certificate

From Ikenna Emewu, Godwin Tsa, Abuja and Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

INDICATIONS emerged at the weekend that the nine federal lawmakers repre­senting Anambra State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the National Assembly, in­cluding Senators Andy Uba and Stella Oduah may return to the Supreme Court this week for clarification regard­ing their status with respect to its judgment on the leader­ship crisis rocking the party in the state.

Interestingly, Chief Chris Ubah, John Emeka, Annie Okonkwo and others on the list of Ejike Oguebego-led national executive of the party, who got judgment of the Supreme Court, have approached the Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC) to issue them Certificates of Return as elected senators and House of Representatives members for Anambra State.

Already, Uba and Oduah have written to INEC insist­ing that the judgment did not affect their seats in the Na­tional Assembly.

Sources close to one of them told Daily Sun that the motion seeking clarification of the judgment became nec­essary in view of the insinua­tions that the lawmakers may have lost their seats by the judgment of the apex court.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of INEC by their lawyer, Chief Arthur Oka­for (SAN), the politicians insisted that the Supreme Court judgment delivered last Friday has not in any way rendered their seats va­cant in both chambers of the National Assembly.

The January 29 letter stated that the lawmakers urged the INEC chairman to “resist the machinations of those who are ill-motivated and bent on causing confu­sion in the system. If you find that the national ex­ecutive of PDP, which, in the case, nominated our cli­ents, then in the absence of a court order, there will be no compulsion or justifica­tion on your part to interfere with the mandate vested in our clients by the PDP and the electorate.”

They insisted that the primary election which pro­duced them as candidates for the 2015 general elec­tions was conducted by the national secretariat of the PDP as required by law and not the Anambra chapter of the PDP as being insinuated.

In a related develop­ment, House of Representa­tives member representing Anambra East and West Federal Constituency and former state chairman of the PDP, Tony Nwoye, has said he foresees further crisis in the party in the state follow­ing the Supreme Court judg­ment.

Nwoye reiterated that the judgment of the court was purely on who was the au­thentic state chairman and had nothing to do with their positions as lawmakers.

The lawmaker said this when he addressed mem­bers of his constituency whom he invited to his Nsugbe country home to say thank you for their support for him. Nwoye noted that the Supreme Court had ear­lier decided the issue of the PDP tickets when it held last year in a matter brought by Charles Odedo that Ogue­bego had no business in the PDP list.

Yesterday, in Abuja, Chief Chris Uba, Andy’s brother said he would, today, storm INEC to demand for his cer­tificate of return as winner of the election. Uba warned his brother and Oduah, as well as others to stop parad­ing themselves as senators.

He insisted that the judg­ment of the Supreme Court last Friday which affirmed an earlier High Court ver­dict recognising the Ogue­bego executive as the state’s authentic leadership, meant that he and the people in his camp have become mem­bers of the National Assem­bly.

He advised the affected ‘former’ senators and House Representatives members to accept their fate and honour­ably step down, adding that he will lead other members of the party who emerged as candidates under the Ogue­bego-monitored primaries to the office of INEC today to demand for their Certifi­cates of Return.

Andy Uba and Oduah had faulted the assumptions that the Supreme Court judg­ment effectively removed them from office, arguing that they were not party in the suit, which basically had to deal with issues of leader­ship crisis in Anambra PDP.

Chris, who described himself as “senator repre­senting Anambra South” told newsmen in Abuja yes­terday that he was “shocked that those who should be conversant with the laws of the land could be deceiving the public regarding their true status after the Supreme Court failed to recognise the dubious way through which they got to the Senate…”

SOURCE  The Sun

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