Deputy Minority Leader, Imo Assembly, Mr Frank Ugboma (Oguta constituency) has urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to fast track investigations into the alleged threat to his life.
The lawmaker of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a petition addressed to the IG on July 23, 2020, had alleged attempted assassination and incessant threats to his life.
In the petition signed by his Counsel , Emeka Ozoani (SAN), and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri on Wednesday, the counsel alleged that the life of his client was in danger and needed urgent attention.
Ozoani said that the lawmaker was allegedly being threatened for his stout opposition against alleged financial malfeasance by the leadership of the Imo Assembly.
According to him, my client has been inundated with strange calls from anonymous persons threatening to eliminate him.
The petition read in part : “In or around July, 2020 ,Our client granted series of interviews on both the radio and print media in the state where he highlighted disturbing issues pertaining to the running of the state assembly.”
He also talked about alleged massive financial malfeasance being perpetuated by the leadership of the house.
“Few days after the aforesaid series of interviews, whilst returning from oversight functions to his constituency, he observed a Toyota Camry trailing him and alerted his orderly and increased the speed of his vehicle.
*Surprisingly, when he was close to the gate of his residence, the occupants of the Toyota Camry started shooting sporadically and when his orderly released warning shots, they drove off ,” the petition read in part.
Ozoani further stated in the petition that in the 2019 general elections, his client had survived kidnap attempt where the said kidnappers barricaded his vehicle and his client was shot several times and that some of the bullet pellets were still lodged in his body.
“Our client survived an attempted kidnap prior to the 2019 general election, but for the quick intervention of the Ogbaku Police Division, he would have been a dead man today.
“We, therefore, urge the IG to use his good offices to open an investigation to uncover the culprits behind these threats on my client,” Ozoani submitted.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)https://nnn.ng/imo-lawmaker-petitions-ig-over-alleged-threat-to-life-wants-urgent-investigation/
Ekiti PDP congratulates Obaseki
The Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his victory at the polls.
The party, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Sanya Adesua, in Ado-Ekiti, described Obaseki’s victory as well deserved.
According to the statement, the State Working Committee, under the leadership of Mr Kehinde Odebunmi, expresses the joy of Ekiti PDP and its members for the outstanding victory.
The party commended voters in Edo, PDP members in particular, for their doggedness and fighting spirit in ensuring the desired victory.
It encouraged its members to take a cue from the ruggedness, determination and sincerity of Obaseki, PDP members and Edo people across political divides, for not allowing politics of money bags to thrive in the state.
The party charged its members to maintain the tempo and fighting spirit in order to ensure the party’s victory in subsequent elections, especially those of Ondo and Ekiti states.
“This is a timely warning to those still acting God in our democracy to have a rethink and respect the power of the people.
“Obaseki neither compromised the victory of the party nor was he involved in underhand tricks against the party.
“They were transparent and sincere to the party; and here is the reward today.
“Ekiti State PDP also commends our courageous leaders led by Governor(s) Nyesom Wike of River; Seyi Makinde of Oyo state; Okowa of Delta and other leaders for ensuring the desired victory.
“As we continue to celebrate the victory of Godwin Obaseki, we must be on guard that it is not yet Uhuru until PDP removes all the anti-people rickety structures from the North to the South.
“That is the only hope of restoration for the Nigerian people; the next victory being Ondo state governorship election of Eyitayo Jegede, on Oct. 10, 2020,” the statement added.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Donald Ugwu
NHRC inaugurates COVID-19-compliant primary school building in Imo
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom block has six modern toilets, a borehole and a power generating set.
NAN also reports that the inauguration was performed by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu at Central School, Ezi- East (Old St. Dominic’s Primary School) in Umueleagwa, Onicha Ezinihitte Local Government area of the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ojukwu described the three-classroom block as part of efforts by the commission to give the children in rural areas access to education in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Ojukwu, himself an alumnus of the primary school, said that with the provision of six modern toilet facilities, running water, with hand washing basins and hand sanitiser, the school was ready for reopening.
“This inauguration ceremony is part of the yearly festivities to mark the feast of St. Dominic’s, which was the first primary school in the locality, by the old boys and girls.
“With the provision of these amenities, the old St Patrick’s Primary School has become one of the first rural schools in the state that will meet the COVID-19 protocols for reopening anytime government decides to reopen primary schools in Imo,” Ojukwu said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government council, Mr Francis Onyeberechi, thanked NHRC for executing and inaugurating the project, calling on other sons and daughters of the state to emulate the gesture.
Onyeberechi, who was represented by Mr Chukwuma Emeghali, added that well-aerated classrooms as well as amenities to meet up with COVID-19 protocols, as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was an indication that normal academic life would soon be restored in the state.
Also, the Head teacher of the school, Mrs Jacintha Chukwu, thanked the alumni of the school for synergising with the state government to create an enabling environment for the execution of the project.
She urged parents in the community to bring their children to the school upon resumption, stressing that the school was equal to the task of containing the pandemic.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq
Re-election: PDP South Africa chapter congratulates Obaseki
The executive committee and entire members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South Africa Chapter, have joined other Nigerians in congratulating the re-elected Governor of Edo, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.
“The PDP South Africa sends you our hearty congratulations on your resounding success in the just-concluded gubernatorial elections in your state,’’ it said on Monday in Lagos in a congratulatory message jointly signed by the Chairman Mr Ekos Akpokabayen and Secretary, Dr Emeka Ugwu.
“Your dogged fight, amid several odds, before and during the election is well appreciated and equally worth emulating.
“You have demonstrated in unequivocal terms the unflinching spirit of many good leaders,’’ the party said in the message emailed to the News Agency of Nigeria .
It said that the party’s chapter had no doubt that you would continue to deliver the much needed dividends of democracy to the people of Edo, adding the he should be rest assured of their continued support to his leadership.
It added that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deepened Nigeria’s democracy by providing a level playing ground for the contestants.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Group lauds Buhari on Edo Governorship poll
The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate (SNPM), a political pressure group, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring hitch-free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo.
Mr Augustine Chukwudum, President of the group, made the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday.
“We commend our amiable President for allowing the election to be free, fair and credible. This shows that the President is a democrat that every Nigerian must be proud of.
“This was not the case when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of affairs of the Federal Government between 2003 to 2009.
“We are asking PDP at national level to thank the President for providing level playing ground for all candidates at the election, ” Chukwudum said.
He, however, congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office, adding that it was a victory well deserved after a keenly contested election.
“It is widely evident that the governor performed very well for the people of Edo in the past three years.
“SNPM call on Obaseki to see his victory as divine mandate to improve on infrastructure in all communities in the state.
“Once more, we congratulate him and pray that the will of God would continue to shine in Edo,’’ he added.