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Early this morning, my attention was drawn to a news clip in which several very senior and influential members of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), addressed the press and, amongst other things, declared that they are withdrawing, forthwith, from the Presidential Campaign Council set up by our party to judiciously plan and prosecute the general elections set to hold in February and March 2023, on the one hand; and reiterated their earlier calls for the resignation or removal from office of the national chairman of our party, Senator Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, on the other hand.

The people that addressed the press must have their reasons for withdrawing from the Presidential Campaign Council, and I will not speculate as to what those reasons may be. Personally, I am quite surprised with this withdrawal because, as I have been informed by officials of our party, apart from the Rivers State chapter of the PDP, all the remaining states of the federation submitted names of people who they wanted included in the Presidential Campaign Council.

On the calls for the resignation or removal from office of our national chairman, however, I must reiterate what I have said severally in public and in private; the decision for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office is personal to Dr. Ayu and, neither I nor anyone else can make that decision for him. As to the calls for the removal of Dr. Ayu from office, however, I will state that, as a committed democrat and firm believer in the rule of law and democratic tenets, and our party being one set up, organized and regulated by law and our constitution, it is my absolute belief that every thing that we do in our party must be done in accordance with, and conformity to, the law and our constitution. If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the laws that set out the basis for such removal. In any event, you will all recall that the very body that is empowered by law to initiate this removal from office, has already passed a vote of confidence in him.

Now, our nation is currently in the throes of a multidimensional crisis encompassing insecurity, economic meltdown, disunity and mutual mistrust and educational dislocations, to mention a few. I have a plan to address these issues and I have, graciously, been given the ticket to lead our great party in next year’s presidential elections, with the singular mandate to come and lead the efforts to cure these ills. It is in this light that I have reached out to every single member of our great party to join me in the massive undertaking required to reset the ship of state, and help rebuild our country. Every single person who loves this country, as I do, is needed for the arduous tasks that face us ahead as a nation, and this includes every member of the PDP. And it is my fervent hope and prayer that every man and woman of goodwill will join hands with us to help rebuild and reposition our beloved country. In this light, therefore, I will urge those members of our party that have stated their resolve to withdraw from the Presidential Campaign Council to have a rethink, retrace their steps, and join us in these efforts.

The above notwithstanding, and for the sake of our country, our children, and those yet unborn, we must not, for one minute, shirk in our responsibilities to rebuild this beloved country of ours.

Accordingly, we must forge on with the task and the mandate that we have been bestowed with. It is time, therefore, to move on with the formidable tasks of nation building ahead of us.

May God guide us all, and may God soothe our great party, and our dear country.

Atiku Abubakar (GCON)
Waziri Adamawa
Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

…Accuses Ayu of compromising party’s presidential primary

 


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his team in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Ayu-must-go move have pulled out of the campaign Council of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar.


This was disclosed in a meeting held at the country home of Wike in Port Harcourt, late Tuesday night.

The leaders of the party, are in the move for Ayu’s resignation, however, vowed not to partake in Atiku’s campaign activities pending the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.


The party stalwarts, who share in Wike’s vision, maintained that there would be no support for Atiku until Ayu vacate the number one office of the party to allow an acting Chairman from the South part of the country.


The aggrieved stalwarts which comprise the founding members of the party, sitting governors, former ministers and other leaders of the party made their position known in a resolution read by a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George.


George, who read the resolution of the group, said they were deeply concerned about the division in the PDP despite the party’s age-long internal mechanism designed to guarantee inclusiveness.

George said: “We resolve that we are deeply concerned by the division in our party. We are aware that over the years our party has developed conflict resolution mechanisms that guarantee inclusiveness. The published presidential campaign council list translates to putting the cat before the horse. The pertinent issue remains the resolution of the leadership which is a departure of “Senator Iyorchia Ayu must resign as the National Chairman of the party for an acting Chairman of the Southern Nigerian extraction to emerge and lead the party on the national campaign.

“Consequently, we resolve not to participate in the campaign council in whatever capacity until the resignation of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu”.

Also, A former Plateau State Governor, Senator Jonah Jang, claimed that Ayu was a bad referee, who assisted one side to score a goal during a football match and later blew the whistle.

He accused Ayu of compromising the May 28 and 29 presidential primaries of the party through his conduct.

Jang said: “For a National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu to go and embrace Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tanbuwal, calling him the hero of the convention meant that there was a private arrangement that was done with Tambuwal to shortchange other contestants including Governor Wike.

“Here was a referee, who helped one of his sides to score a goal and then blew the whistle. This is not what we formed the PDP to do for Nigerians. Therefore, we unequivocally ask that Ayu must step down”.

Furthermore, A former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, said if the party intended to restructure Nigeria it should have the courage to restructure itself.

He their support for Wike was for the sake of equity and justice in the party, not neither because he lost the presidential primary nor because he was not chosen as the Vice-presidential running mate.

Gana said: “You cannot build on a faulty foundation. This call for the chairman to step down or resign is not because any of us is aggrieved but because we believe it is important to ensure a just, fair, principled and constitutional structure for the party. If we want to restructure Nigeria, we should have the courage to restructure our party”.

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde added: “We hope that the powers that be listen to the voice of reason and do the needful.”

The nomination of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria has been confirmed by the Senate (CJN).

The progression came as a result of his Wednesday Senate chambers Committee of the Whole screening.


Justice Ariwoola answered questions from Senators during the screening.

details soon…

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 14:58

Court orders ASUU to call off strike

The National Industrial Court ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to go back to work.

The Federal Government in a suit, prayed for the order for ASUU to call off its seven months strike.

The Minister of Labour and Employment on behalf of the Federal Government had filed the matter before the court by way of referral to resolve the issue of the ongoing strike by ASUU.

Mr J.U.K Igwe, SAN, counsel to FG in his submission had informed the court that the application for the injunction was dated Sept. 12 and filed same date.

 

He added that the application was brought in pursuant to the rules of the NICN 2017 proceeding.

 

Igwe further stated that it was predicated on 11 ground, supported by 21 paragraph affidavit deposed to Mr Okechukwu Wampa, a Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Labour and Employment , attached with three exhibits and an undertaking as to damages deposed to by Wampa.

He also urged the court to grant the prayer sought and proceeded to adopt in its entirety and totality the written address, adding that the claimants had met all the requirements to enable the court grant the injunction 

He cited that claimant’s action was not apprehensive and regarding damages, he said the lost time of seven months of the strike could not be regained.

He concluded by saying that going by the provision of section 18 (1) (e) of the Trade Disputes Act 2004, that a worker should not embark on strike when a matter is already before the court, urged the court to grant the injunction. 

Mr Femi Falana SAN, counsel to the defendant stated that he had before the court a nine paragraph counter-affidavit filed on Sept. 16 deposed to by the president of ASUU

He further submitted that attached to the affidavit was eight exhibits accompanied by a written address and proceeded to adopt same as their argument in opposition to the interlocutory injunction.

Falana in addition argued that the minister lacked the power to order the court in the referral to direct ASUU to call off its strike.

He averred further that once a referral was before a court, no party could go outside of it.

Falana in his argument also pointed out that the claimants did not follow due process in part 1 of TDA 2004 that stipulated that only an individual has the right to approach the court as a trade union will first need to go to Industrial Abitration Panel ( IAP), before coming to the court.

He said union can only approach the NICN to appeal the decision of IAP

Falana also said that the letter that accompanied the referral had the name of the Attorney-General as a party in the suit, but that however, the application filed before the court was without the name.

He also said that the referral asking for accelerated hearing was not necessary as there was not urgency in the matter as the strike had lasted for seven months

He also submitted that the balance of convenience was not on the side of the claimants and that the conducts of the claimants in the prayer for the court to interpret the 2009 Agreement should be discountenanced.

He finally urged the court to dismiss the application or direct parties to the IAP.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is preparing to conduct general elections in 2023.

While INEC has pledged to do everything humanly possible for registered voters not to be disenfranchised, the populace has the responsibility of doing their part to get ready for electoral participation.


This has called for the need of the registered voters to ensure their names and other personal details are intact on the INEC’s portal following rigorous processes of registration.

There are 3 ways any prospective voter can check their name on the INEC voter register which include: checking the list to be published by INEC, visiting to check on the INEC website or sending an SMS to the INEC phone number.

INEC published list

The electoral commission has the sole responsibility to publish the list of voters in its offices across the federation. As a prospective voter, you are expected to go to any nearest INEC office in your state when these names are published to check if your name is on the list. INEC will announce to the general public whenever it releases the list of prospective voters.

Visit the INEC website

The official website of INEC has all the needed information about the prospective voters and they can access such. On the website, there are two options which include checking with your name and date of birth or voter’s identification number (VIN). The INEC website is: https://voters.inecnigeria.org/

Sending SMS to INEC phone number

Prospective voters can check their names by sending a text message to the INEC number –08171646879. Here is the text procedure: Type your state (space), last name (space), and last five digits of your VIN. For instance: Lagos (space) Seriki (space) 97531.

A Chinese national, Mr Geng, has been arraigned by the Kano State Police Command at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Normansland in Kano.

He was arraigned over the alleged killing of his ex-lover Ummulkulsum Buhari.

The Police charged the culprit with only one-count charge of culpable homicide in the killing of the 23-year-old graduate of Kampala University in Uganda, according to the police spokesman.

It would be recalled that a Chinese national, simply identified as Mr Geng, was alleged to have slaughtered his ex-lover, Ummukulsum Buhari at Kuntau residence, Janbullo general area of Kano metropolis.

The tragic development happened at 7 pm on Friday when Geng reportedly found his way to the home of the late Ummukulsum.

Ummukulsum Buhari was said to be a graduate of Agriculture Science from Kampala University, Uganda, and after graduating, she was undergoing her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year at Sokoto.

A source told our correspondent that Mr Geng had a sizzling relationship with the young lady for two years before she settled for another man within the city.

However, Ummukulsum Buhari’s marriage never lasted and she was said to have returned to her family house to continue her normal life.

The account explained that Mr. Geng, who felt jilted by Ummukulsum Buhari’s allegedly scaled the perimeter fence, sneaked into her room and slaughtered her in cold blood.

A report said a family member and well-wishers who had tried to save her life took her to the nearby health facility, where she reportedly gave up the ghost.

The suspect was rescued from a mob by the police and taken to their station.

The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has stated that it was a mistake on the part of Nigerians to have elected Muhammadu Buhari as president twice.
 
Recall that Buhari was elected in 2015 and 2019.
 
NNPP lamented that the country is now on life support because of Buhari.
 
The spokesman of the party, Agbo Major, stated this on Tuesday during a workshop on social media training for party officials ahead of the 2023 general election.
 
Major stated that the mistakes made by Nigerians have led to the worsening insecurity in Nigeria and a total collapse of the economy, calling on eligible voters in the country to vote wisely.
 
He said the NNPP was ready to rescue the country and give a new lease of life to the impoverished, oppressed and subdued citizens.
 
Major said, “The mistake of voting into power the outgoing All Progressives Congress in 2015 and repeating the same mistake in 2019 is what put Nigeria on political life-support which our great Party, the NNPP, is strongly determined to rescue and give a new lease of life to our impoverished, oppressed and subdued people.
 
“The NNPP’s voice must be heard and resonate across the nation with its message of hope for a New Nigeria that has a future for all Nigerians. We see light at the end of the tunnel. We see a glorious future for our nation.
 
“We see a new Nigeria (which) citizens will be proud of as the great arsenal of democracy in Africa. We see hope for the hopeless, help for the helpless, unity in diversity, prosperity for the impoverished, freedom for the oppressed and captives, voice for the voiceless and goodwill to citizens of the world.”

Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing Sunday has revealed that she's now dating a younger man.
 
According to the actress, the reason is because she's very young at heart.
 
The controversial actress made this known during a recent interview with the women of ‘Your View’ TV program.
 
She added that the decision also came after the very bitter and public end of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Opeyemi Falegan.
 
“I am actually very young at heart, in my inside. He is a younger man. He’s 27, I’m 33. He makes me feel like a baby, hello. We are friends for now. We are not trying to define what we have now, we are just going with the flow because right now he makes me happy. Like my vibe matches his vibe and we are cool like that”.
 
When asked if the level of maturity won’t affect the relationship, she said, ”Right now, I just want to be happy. So I am actually going with the flow. Cuz a lot of people be like “ah ah, when did you break up that you are dating again” hello, I was raised with love.”
 
“February 14th, I’m Valentina. I have so much love in me. I can give out so much love. So why not? When I see something that I like, that matches my vibe. So I don’t know, I’m just going with the flow. I’m not even concerned about breakfast or no breakfast because if it happens, we move,” the actress said.

British singer, Stefflon Don, has stated that she would never be involved with a musician following her split from Nigerian music icon, Burna Boy.

Stefflon Don whose real name is Steph Victoria Allen dated Nigerian Grammy award-winner, Burna Boy for about two years and over before they parted ways following irreconcilable differences.

On the New York radio station Hot 97, the host TT Torrez questioned her about if she “would like to date an industry man again or someone different?”. Her response was in the affirmative.

''Certainly not musically. And that’s OK with me
,” Stefflon Don stated.


Aside from music, she was open to hearing about “anything else”

Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students have said they will not allow political campaigns billed to start later this month to hold.

The students said they will disrupt campaigns if Federal Government refuses to end the ongoing strike.


This is as students on Tuesday rolled out a new timetable for its nationwide protests.

In the timetable, signed by the ‘President-Elect’ of the student body, Usman Barambu, dated Monday, NANS scheduled the protests to hold zone by zone, from its Zone A to Zone F, with Abuja being the location for a final protest.

The protests, which have already begun in September, will run till October 11, 2022, after which Barambu will lead the “Abuja shutdown.”

NANS is protesting the prolonged strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

But addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the Chairman, NANS National Taskforce on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Olumide, reiterated the students’ commitment to sustained protest until the government resolves with ASUU.

According to him, NANS will continue to ground all the nation’s public assets from roads to airports if the federal government fails to resolve with the leadership of ASUU in no distant time.

He said, “For those misconstruing our struggle, we call on them to see reason with Nigerian Students and join us in the struggle to save public education in the country.

“The leadership of NANS demands a better deal for the education of the Nigerian masses because most of the children of the privileged few now study either overseas or in Private Universities established with our common wealth across the country by the same set of people we entrusted to govern us. This is more reason they will continue to turn deaf ears to the demand by ASUU for improved standards and conditions of learning in our public higher institutions.

“Our blocking of access to public roads and ports is just a warning. If the government fails to conclude all the negotiations and agreement with ASUU within the frame of two weeks, they will witness more protests and rallies all over the country, they will also witness the annoyance, anger, and frustration of Nigerians Students who have been at home for the past Seven months.

“As we promise them that we will not allow any political campaign to hold across the country until we are back to class. This government has pushed so many Nigerians Students into depression. We say enough is enough; we can no longer bear the brunt of this avoidable crisis in our nation’s public ivory towers again.”