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  •  Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has said that only an independent judiciary would guarantee effective rule of law in Nigeria Okowa stated this on Monday in his keynote address at the Nigeria Bar Association NBA Section on Legal Practice SLP 2022 Annual Conference in Asaba The hellip
    Judicial independence, guarantee for rule of law – Okowa
     Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has said that only an independent judiciary would guarantee effective rule of law in Nigeria Okowa stated this on Monday in his keynote address at the Nigeria Bar Association NBA Section on Legal Practice SLP 2022 Annual Conference in Asaba The hellip
    Judicial independence, guarantee for rule of law – Okowa
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    Judicial independence, guarantee for rule of law – Okowa

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that only an independent judiciary would guarantee effective rule of law in Nigeria.Okowa stated this on Monday in his keynote address at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) – Section on Legal Practice (SLP) 2022 Annual Conference in Asaba.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference has as its theme, “Legal Practice in Nigeria: Our Reality, Our Future.”The governor said that the NBA leadership deserved commendations for its continued fight for the rule of law and for holding the executive arm of government accountable to the principles of fairness, equity and justice.He lauded the NBA for holding the conference in Asaba, being one of Nigeria’s fastest growing cities while  assuring that his administration would continue to support financial autonomy for the judiciary and the legislative arm in the state.“The courts and the legal profession must continue to adapt to cope with rapid changes like cross-jurisdictional legal issues and resolve disputes over business activities in the virtual world.“Of equal importance is the need for the Nigerian Bar Association to continue championing the welfare and well-being of legal practitioners and members of the Judiciary.“The Delta State Government is working to provide a framework under which the Judiciary and the legal profession can respond positively to these challenges, hence in 2021, I signed into law the Delta State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy),” he said.While he agreed that much work remained to attain genuine financial autonomy, he said that the law marked a critical first step for the independent control of the Judiciary’s internal fiscal management and appropriations.“My administration has and will continue to support the notion that judicial finance should be exercised free of interference by the executive branch of government in the same manner that the executive and legislative branches administer the funds appropriated for their internal operations.“This is because there can be no rule of law without a guarantee of independence for the judiciary.“Protecting the independence of judges and courts in the interest of the administration of justice includes giving them the substantial resources they need to fully perform their judicial duties properly and efficiently,” he said.Okowa said that guaranteeing them financial autonomy would enable them  consider cases fairly and within a reasonable time as required by Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).“In addition, the courts must have the assurance from the other two state powers that they will have sufficient operating resources and financial autonomy in managing these resources.“We will continue to work to achieve this end ultimately,” he said.The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, represented by Justice Abdul Aboki, in his remarks, said that the NBA had a burden to ensure that legal practitioners kept to the ethics of the profession.He said that the challenges of the legal profession were self-inflicted and lauded the choice of the conference theme which according to him was meant to address the challenges facing the profession.Ariwoola urged legal practitioners to brace up to improve the administration of justice in the country.On her part, Chief Judge of Delta, Justice Theresa Diai, expressed delight with the partnership between the state government, the state judiciary and the NBA, saying that it was necessary for the development of the justice sector in the country.She commended the Section on Legal Practice for championing the course of improving knowledge of legal practice in the country.Earlier, President of NBA, Mr Olumide Akpata, thanked the government and people of Delta for hosting and sponsoring the conference.He also congratulated Okowa for clinching the Vice-Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and wished him great success.He said that the three sections of the NBA – Section on Business Law, Section on Legal Practice and the Section on Public Interest and Development Law had continued to grow in leaps and bounds. “The NBA-SLP occupies a very credible place in the Association as members are engaged in dispute resolution practice as litigation practitioners and alternative dispute resolution practitioners.In his address of welcome, Chairman, NBA-SLP, Chief Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), said the objective of the conference was to valiantly confront the contemporary challenges facing the legal profession and design a road map for the future.He said that lack of consistency in judicial pronouncement was becoming an albatross for the legal profession especially as regards electoral jurisprudence and called on members to find lasting solution to the challenge.

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  •  Mr Ifedayo Adedipe Ondo Central Senatorial Candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP said the crisis rocking the party would not stop it from winning the 2023 general elections The senatorial candidate is optimistic that the crisis trailing the opposition party after its presidential primary election would soon be resolved Adedipe a hellip
    2023 election: PDP will win despite internal crisis, says Adedipe
     Mr Ifedayo Adedipe Ondo Central Senatorial Candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP said the crisis rocking the party would not stop it from winning the 2023 general elections The senatorial candidate is optimistic that the crisis trailing the opposition party after its presidential primary election would soon be resolved Adedipe a hellip
    2023 election: PDP will win despite internal crisis, says Adedipe
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    2023 election: PDP will win despite internal crisis, says Adedipe

    Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, Ondo Central Senatorial Candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the crisis rocking the party would not stop it from winning the 2023 general elections.

    The senatorial candidate is optimistic that the crisis trailing the opposition party after its presidential primary election would soon be resolved.

    Adedipe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Akure.

    According to him, PDP will win resoundingly in Ondo Central Senatorial district due to poor performance of the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

    “I have never believed and still not believe in incumbency factor because the so called ruling party has no good record that can secure them victory.

    “So, it’s left for the electorate to decide if their lives are better off; better secured or united under the ruling party.

    “I count on good sense of our people and I think I am optimistic of winning the forthcoming election for Ondo Central Senatorial district,” he said.

    Speaking on the picking of Vice Presidential Candidate of the party, Adedipe, who described Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers as one of the strong pillars of PDP, called on the party leadership to manage post primary election crisis properly and ensure he is well treated.

    “This is an internal crisis and nobody can dispute the good performance of Gov. Wike, his resoluteness and charismatic. So, if he fell poorly treated I believe the leadership needs to address the issue wisely.

    “Wike is a rocket party leader because when others ran away, he was there. So, it is natural to feel that he has been badly treated and if you ask me, I fell he has not been well treated in the post primary election arrangements.

    “But we still have some months to the general elections and the matter will be resolved,” he said.



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  •  Mr Chijioke Edeoga on Saturday emerged the new gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party LP replacing the earlier candidate Mr Casmir Agbo The State Chairman of the party Agbo who was the former candidate confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview in Enugu I can tell you authoritatively that Edeoga is hellip
    Chijioke Edeoga emerges new governorship candidate of Labour Party in Enugu
     Mr Chijioke Edeoga on Saturday emerged the new gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party LP replacing the earlier candidate Mr Casmir Agbo The State Chairman of the party Agbo who was the former candidate confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview in Enugu I can tell you authoritatively that Edeoga is hellip
    Chijioke Edeoga emerges new governorship candidate of Labour Party in Enugu
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    Chijioke Edeoga emerges new governorship candidate of Labour Party in Enugu

    Mr Chijioke Edeoga on Saturday emerged the new gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party (LP) replacing the earlier candidate, Mr Casmir Agbo.The State Chairman of the party, Agbo, who was the former candidate, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview in Enugu.“I can tell you authoritatively that Edeoga is now our candidate. You can go to press with that,” he said.Edeoga, who lost the PDP governorship primary, was the immediate past commissioner for Environment in the present administration of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.He polled nine votes to come second behind the winner, Mr Peter Mba, who polled over 700 votes.Agbo said the decision to pick Edeoga as his replacement was taken at an enlarged State Executive meeting of the party on Saturday.It would be recalled that, Agbo, was earlier elected at a primary held in Enugu and then doubled as State chairman.

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  •  The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has congratulated Sen Philip Aduda PDP FCT on his emergence as the Minority Leader of the Senate The party congratulated Aduda in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Mr Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Friday The party said that Aduda s emergence as Minority Leader underscored the confidence PDP his hellip
    PDP congratulates Aduda on appointment as Senate Minority Leader
     The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has congratulated Sen Philip Aduda PDP FCT on his emergence as the Minority Leader of the Senate The party congratulated Aduda in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Mr Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Friday The party said that Aduda s emergence as Minority Leader underscored the confidence PDP his hellip
    PDP congratulates Aduda on appointment as Senate Minority Leader
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    PDP congratulates Aduda on appointment as Senate Minority Leader

    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Sen. Philip Aduda (PDP- FCT) on his emergence as the Minority Leader of the Senate.

    The party congratulated Aduda in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Friday.

    The party said that Aduda’s emergence as Minority Leader underscored the confidence PDP, his colleagues in the Senate and indeed Nigerians at large ,had in his long-standing legislative experience, competence and capacity as a lawmaker.

    it  said that Aduda’s selection could not have come at a better time when Nigerians were looking up to the PDP.

    “The PDP trust in Aduda’s capacity to lead our fold in the Senate.

    “We charge him to use the attributes that earned him this enviable position to strengthen his commitment as a strong voice for the independence of the legislature, the democratic tenets of the Rule of Law and the pursuit of the interest and wellbeing of the people.

    “The PDP urges Aduda to put in all his effort to ensure that our party’s caucus in the National Assembly remains united and focused for the task ahead.”,the party said.

    The PDP said that  it wished Aduda success as he leads PDP caucus in the Senate.

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  •  The Peoples Democratic Party PDP on Friday congratulated Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his 65th birth anniversary Mr Debo Ologunagba National Publicity Secretary of PDP in a statement in Abuja described Obaseki as a very courageous leader and visionary administrator According to him Obaseki is one of the contemporary leading lights of the nation hellip
    PDP celebrates Obaseki at 65
     The Peoples Democratic Party PDP on Friday congratulated Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his 65th birth anniversary Mr Debo Ologunagba National Publicity Secretary of PDP in a statement in Abuja described Obaseki as a very courageous leader and visionary administrator According to him Obaseki is one of the contemporary leading lights of the nation hellip
    PDP celebrates Obaseki at 65
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    PDP celebrates Obaseki at 65

    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday congratulated  Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo ,on his 65th birth anniversary.

    Mr Debo Ologunagba,National Publicity Secretary of PDP ,in a statement  in Abuja , described Obaseki as a very courageous leader and visionary administrator.

    According to him, Obaseki is one of the contemporary leading lights of the nation, who remains steadfast in his commitment toward national unity, stability and economic development.

    “Over the years, Governor Obaseki has distinguished himself as a practical, ingenious and prudent manager of resources.

    “These qualities he has employed to transform Edo State with unparalleled human capital and infrastructural development in critical sectors including healthcare, education, agriculture, oil and gas, housing, transportation among others.”he said

     

    Ologunagba said that the PDP noted with pride, Gov. Obaseki’s landmark development projects including the Modular Refinery Project, the Gelegele Seaport Project, the Benin Industrial Park, a viable health and education system.

    Others ,according to him, include job creation initiatives as well as the massive economic repositioning through the Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO).

    Ologunagba said that the PDP appreciated Obaseki’s untiring roles with other leaders towards the stability, growth and success of PDP, particularly in the mission to rescue, rebuild and redirect the nation.

    He said that the PDP congratulated Obaseki on the auspicious occasion and prayed God to bless and grant him many more years in good health in the service of Nigeia and humanity at large.

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