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Sowore: Reps to investigate invasion of court



Abuja, Dec. 10, 219 The House of Representatives has directed the relevant house committees to investigate the event surrounding the rearrest of the founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore in the Federal High Court.

The motion was moved by Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) under Matters of Urgent Public Importance at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday.

The committees are National Security and Intelligence, Judiciary, and Human Rights.

Elumelu the investigation was on the “invasion of the Federal High Court premises Abuja by yet to be identified persons”.

He described the invasion of the court by the unidentified persons as “disregard for the rule of law”.

“The videos emerging in public domain shows these unidentified person trying to bundle Omoyele Sowore and his co-accused Olawale Bakare away from the courtroom room, while Sowore’s supporters were resisting them, which is an abuse to the sanctity of the courtroom.

He expressed concern that “men of the civil society” claimed that the unidentified masked men were agents of the Department of the State Services (DSS).

“The DSS has denied through their spokesman Peter Afunanya that its personnel were never involved in the incident.

“Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution as amended guarantees the separation of powers and the independence of every arm of government. 

“A situation where one arm is seen to be overpowering another in the course of dispensing its duties will definitely spell doom for the separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution.”

The lawmaker also expressed worry that the “act of the persons disrupted judicial proceedings and made the presiding judge to abandon her duty post because of safety concerns.”

“This is a complete desecration of the temple of justice and such an action should be completely discouraged”.

He said that if the action was not properly checked, the National Assembly “may one day be invaded and the relevant security agencies will claim not knowing who the offenders are.”

He also said that the physical assault on Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare by the yet-to-be-identified persons inside the courtroom was the “highest act of sacrilege” in the  judiciary.

Edited by: Kayode Olaitan

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Obaseki’s re-election: Benin monarch calls for support



The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, on Tuesday solicited the support of all Edo sons and daughters as well as other residents for the re-elected Gov. Godwin Obaseki in order for him to succeed.

The monarch made the call in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Mr Frank Irabor.

Oba Ewuare II congratulated the re-elected governor, saying, “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

It would be recalled that Obaseki was on Sunday afternoon announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the Governorship election held in the state on Saturday.

Obaseki, of the PDP polled a total of 307,955 votes, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 223,619 votes.

According to the statement, the monarch commended President Mohammadu Buhari for ensuring free, fair and credible poll.

Oba Ewuare II particularly commended the National Peace Committee led by former military Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, for initiating the signing of the peace accord by the governorship candidates of the political parties.

According to the statement, “on behalf of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, the Benin Traditional Council wishes to congratulate Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office.

“As His Royal Majesty said on numerous occasions, the Benin Throne is non-partisan and that on election day let the people speak because the voice of the people is the voice of God.

“The Oba thanked President Mohammad Buhari for ensuring that the election was free, fair and violent-free.

“He also thanked all the candidates for adhering to the advice for a violent-free election given to them during the peace meeting in the Oba’s palace before the election which have been widely-acclaimed to have doused the tension that was building up before the election.”

He also thanked INEC for the peaceful and successful election as well as the security agencies for a job well done.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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PDP wants late Zazzau monarch immortalised



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to immortalise late Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of Kaduna State  Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Shehu Idris, by naming a national monument after him


The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Tuesday.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP had been grief-stricken over the death of the highly revered Emir, describing his death as an irreparable national loss.

He described the late emir as an extraordinary and exceptionally loved monarch, who served his people with utmost dedication.

Ologbondiyan added that the deceased spent his life in  pursuit of people’s happiness as well as the wellbeing and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.

“The late Emir of Zazzau was a selfless leader and outstanding nationalist, who made immeasurable sacrifices in his relentless roles toward the development and stability of our dear nation.

“He demonstrated that the essence of statesmanship is in employing its values to the advantage of others rather than  self.

“Our party calls on the federal government to take steps to further immortalise the late Emir, including naming a national monument after him,” he said.

Ologbondiyan commiserated with Gov. Nasir el-Rufai and the government of Kaduna State, family of the departed Emir as well as the good people of Zazzau Emirate.

He prayed the Almighty Allah to console them and grant the departed an eternal rest.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Edo Election: Benin Monarch thanks President Buhari, congratulates Obaseki 



The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that Edo election was free, fair, and violence-free.

Ewuare also congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his re-election for a second term in office.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Frank Irabor, the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Tuesday in Benin.

NAN recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday declared Gov. Obaseki as the winner of the Sept. 19, state election.

Obaseki of PDP polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the All Progressives Congress, who got 223,619 votes.

A total of 14 candidates contested the governorship position.

According to Ewuare, on numerous occasions, the Benin throne is non-partisan so that on election day let the people speak because the voice of the people is the voice of God.

The Benin Monarch urged the people of the state to support the governor on his developmental strides in order to take Edo to the next level.

The Oba also thanked all the candidates of the political parties for adhering to the advice for a violence-free election given to them during the peace meeting in the Oba’s palace on Sept. 2.

He noted that the peace meeting had been widely acclaimed to have doused the tension that was building up before the election.

He also appreciated the National Peace Commission headed by retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar for ensuring the signing of the peace accord among the then gubernatorial candidates.

He commended INEC, led by Prof.  Mahmood Yakubu for a successful and peaceful election in the state.

“The palace of the Oba of Benin is most grateful to all the security agencies for job well done.

“The Omo N’Oba is grateful to the Almighty God for keeping them out of harm’s way.

“Above all, the Oba of Benin is most grateful to the Almighty God and the royal ancestors for granting our prayers for a peaceful election in the state,” the statement added.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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ARP presidential candidate urges Buhari to sign electoral bill



Alhaji Yahaya Ndu of the defunct African Renaissance Party (ARP) presidential candidate in 2011 and 2013 General Elections, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to accent the electoral bill into law.

Ndu made the appeal while reacting to the conduct of Sept. 19 governorship election in Edo via a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.

He said that accenting into law would further strengthen the country’s electoral process.

He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for successful and peaceful conduct of the election.

Ndu also said that the electoral bill would guarantee more credible and transparent elections in the country.

NAN reports that ARP was de-registered by INEC in 2012 for not meeting the required constitutional requirements that determine the continuous existence of political parties in the country.

On the Edo governorship election, Ndu said that as far as the conduct goes, “I think it was well conducted in a transparent and credible manner’’.

Ndu, who is also the President, Peoples Movement for a New Nigeria, a pro-democracy group, emphasised the need to promote party ideologies with a view to ensuring good governance in the country.

NAN reports that in a keenly contested election, the winner Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) polled 307,955 votes to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 223,619 votes.

Obaseki had defected to the PDP from the APC when he was disqualified from participating in the APC governorship primaries over alleged irregularities in his academic qualifications.

“We should go beyond elections if we want the country to move forward.

“If you look at that election in Edo, the person that won on the platform of PDP served his first tenure on the platform of the APC,’’ Ndu told NAN.

He said that political parties were about creating fences and divisions, not about unifying the people and good governance.

“If we want our country to move forward, we must find a way to work together regardless of our political affiliations.

“I am happy on how the election was conducted in Edo state and I urged the president to sign the Electoral Bill to further strengthen the country’s electoral process to engender transparent and credible elections.’’

Ndu noted that before and after the 2019 presidential election, the bill has not been signed and “we don’t have any guarantee that it will be signed before the next elections’’.

“Democracy is about mass participation in governance, many Nigerians don’t have any direct contact with their representatives in the National Assembly and the masses have no input on how they are governed.

He further advocated for a reduction in the amount of money expended in conducting elections in the country, describing it as outrageous.

According to him, there is a need to prune the cost spent in conducting elections in Nigeria.

“If we calculate the money, time and lives lost and channel the funds towards productive endeavours, we find out that this country would not be borrowing money for anything,’’ Ndu said.

Edited By: Kabir Muhammad/Abdulfatah Babatunde
Source: NAN
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