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Bonny Peace Summit: APC hails Amanyanabo-in-Council

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a joint meeting of Amanyanabo-in-Council, Titled Citizens and Political Stakeholders in Bonny was held at King Perekule Palace. The meeting, which was intended to reconcile all differences arising from the botched Presidential and National Assembly elections in Bonny and to prevent a reoccurrence, was presided over by the Amanyanabo himself, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple III.

The All Progressives Congress, Bonny chapter expresses her profound gratitude to the King, Chiefs and Titled Citizens of Bonny Kingdom for their efforts towards a peaceful and cordial political environment in Bonny Kingdom.

However, it is regrettable that in less than 24 hours after a meeting of such magnitude convened and presided over by the Amanyanabo himself and subsequent signing of undertaking by representatives of the two dominant political parties, the APC and PDP, our brothers and sisters of the PDP have taken actions that negate the conciliatory spirit of the exercise by running to the media to give out uncomplimentary and negative reports against the APC, Bonny Chapter.

To us, that action was ostensibly taken by the PDP to discredit the APC, make a political capital and, possibly, please their paymaster somewhere, who had mandated them during their campaign in Bonny to win at all costs, or risk being rendered irrelevant, politically.

As a political party which comprises men and women of exceptional nobility and proven integrity, we will not fold our arms and watch our political opponents paint us in very dark colours, demonize and portray us in bad light before the innocent public.

Therefore, in order to put the records straight, below is the text of the undertaking signed by both parties and all critical stakeholders:

Joint Meeting of Amanyanabo-In-Council, Titled Citizens’ and Political Stake Holders, At the King Perekule Palace Hall, Bonny, Held On Wednesday 27th February, 2019

An Undertaking

 

Sequel to the breach of peace that occurred on Saturday the 23rd of February, 2019 that led to the cancellation of elections in Bonny and the attendant hardship and disenfranchisement of the Bonny people in the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, Amanyanabo-In-Council has called on the political parties and political stakeholders to undertake as follows:

 

  1. That no political party or its Representatives shall take actions that would be detrimental to the interest of Bonny Kingdom.

 

  1. That no political party or its Representatives shall engage in any act of thuggery or sponsorship of same in the bid to have an advantage in the elections in Bonny Kingdom.

 

  1. That all political matters must remain and political, and shall not extend to individual rights to brotherly relationship.

 

  1. That no political party or its Representative shall use State Security apparatus to intimidate, harass or destroy the peace in the bonny Kingdom in the bid to have an advantage to the detriment of the Kingdom.

 

  1. That all political stakeholders shall put the interest of Bonny first in all political decisions and actions.

 

  1. That in the event of the disregard or flouting of this peace undertaking recourse shall be made to His Majesty for sanctions against any individual or political stakeholder not withstanding his/her position.

 

  1. Any tittle citizen found to have flouted this undertaking shall after investigation be decisively sanctioned.

 

This peace undertaking is made this 27th Day of February, 2019 under the sign and seal of Amanyanabo-In-Council.

 

Signed and sealed by Bonny Political Parties and Stake Holders:

 

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bonny

 

  1. Hon. Amasenibo Rodaford LongJohn
  2. Hon. Amasenibo Simon Hart
  3. Hon. Amaopusenibo Randoph Brown
  4. Hon. Amasenibo Abinye B. Pepple
  5. Hon. David Rogers Irimagha
  6. Hon. Amaopuorubo Toru Ofili
  7. Hon. Amb. Charles Tonye Jumboo
  8. AMB. Vitoria Allison
  9. Madam Lali Green
  10. Hon. Isobonye Tobin

 

All Progressives Congress (APC) Bonny

 

  1. Amasenibo Israel Waribo Pepple
  2. Hon. George Tolofari
  3. Amasenibo Edward E. Pepple
  4. Hon. Omuso Abbey
  5. Amaopusenibo Fubara K. Hart
  6. Mrs. Dabota Jumbo
  7. Hon. Henry Halliday
  8. Amaopusenibo Nelson Ben-Irimagha
  9. Hon. Adiesigha Halliday
  10. Adolf Ransom Pepple

 

SE-Alabo, Amb. Dagogo Claud Wilcox, FSS, psc, JP, MON

Chairman, Bonny Chiefs’ Council.

Se-Alabo Arthur Wellie-Pepple, PhD, FCAI, Msonta, AAGDD

Secretary Bonny Chiefs’ Council.

Amaopusenibo Sir Fred S. Pepple

Gen. Secretary, Tittle Citizens’ Assembly.

In consideration of the above, the All Progressives Congress, Bonny Chapter, urges the general public to disregard any other information being released by the PDP, as it is intended to hoodwink them and turn them against the APC.

The All Progressives Congress, Bonny Chapter views the action of the PDP, Bonny as totally disrespectful to the Amanyanabo, the Chiefs and Titled Citizens who have made rigorous efforts to ensure a peaceful coexistence and mutual interplay between the APC and PDP in Bonny.

By the actions of the PDP, Bonny which is totally against the peace meeting and the undertaking signed thereafter by representatives of the APC and PDP in Bonny, as well as stakeholders, the APC respectfully calls on the traditional institution to take note of who actually were the perpetrators of the violence that led to the cancellation of the February 23 presidential and national assembly elections in Bonny.

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BreakingNews: Court of Appeal nullifies Adeleke’s tribunal victory

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The Court of Appeal on Thursday in Abuja nullified the victory of Ademola Adeleke in the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal.

This was after the appeal filed by the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, challenging the declaration of Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor by the state election petition tribunal.

The appellate court also set aside the judgement of the tribunal of March 22, which declared Mr Adeleke winner of the election.

A five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement.

A panel member, Justice Mbaba, is currently giving a dissenting judgement.

Mr Adeleke contested the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Mr Oyetola winner after a supplementary poll but the tribunal said Mr Oyetola won the election at the first ballot.

Specifically, he faulted the judgment as unknown to the law because Justice Peter Obiorah who prepared and read the lead judgement did not participate fully during the hearing of the petition.

Mr Oyetola whose appeal was first heard by the court of appeal drew the attention of the court to the February 6 proceedings in which Mr Obiorah was absent at the tribunal and did not sign the proceeding of that day.

The appellant contended that what Mr Obiorah did amounted to judicial hear-say because the proceedings of February 6 when he was not in court was copiously copied in his lead judgement.

Insisting that judicial hear-say has no place in law, Mr Oyetola asked the appeal court to quash the judgement, allow the appeal and uphold the governorship election.

On his part, the counsel to APC, Akin Olujinmi, also faulted the judgment of the tribunal led by Ibrahim Sirajo, on the ground that the petition was based on the rerun election of September 27.

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GROUP BACKS RELOCATION OF BAYELSA ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNAL TO ABUJA, DESCRIBES GOVERNOR DICKSON AS A VIOLENT MAN

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A group, Bayelsa Democratic Front (BDF), has expressed full support for the relocation of the Bayelsa State National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal from Yenagoa to Abuja.

In a statement issued on  Wednesday in Yenagoa, the President-General of BDF, Chief Promise Okpoebi, said the decision by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to order a relocation of the tribunal from its original office at the Bayelsa State High Court premises, Onopa Road, Yenagoa was “in the best interest of justice and democracy”. The group recalled that in early 2015, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson led a group of thugs to attack and sack a Federal High Court in Yenagoa. The court was about to deliver judgment in matter in which he had interest. BDF said the tribunal relocation would prevent a repeat of such ugly incident.

In a public statement, the Secretary of the tribunal, D. B. Akawu, urged counsels, litigants and the general public who had business with the tribunal to visit the Court of Appeal at the Three Arms Zone, Abuja.

The statement added, “This is to notify all counsels, litigants and general public that Bayelsa National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, has been relocated to Abuja.

“The registry of the tribunal will now be at the Court of Appeal headquarters, Three Arms Zone, Abuja”.

Although no reason was given for the relocation, it is widely believed that security was a key factor. The security situation in Yenagoa is currently alarming, and this bespeaks grave dangers for the smooth sitting and safety of tribunal members.

It was learnt that prior to the relocation order, the President of the Court of Appeal received several petitions about the state of insecurity in the state. The petitions even made reference to the attack and sack of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa in early 2015 by Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, and a gang of thugs.

The Bayelsa Democratic Front (BDF) recalls that an online newspaper, Premium Times obtained a video and did a report on the court invasion of Monday, March 30, 2015.

According to the Premium Times report:

“The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Monday led a gang of thugs to attack a Federal High court in Bayelsa, a video obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has shown.

The video shows the governor, dressed in traditional Ijaw blazers, walking into the court premises, accompanied by his police guards and hangers on, before hooligans, including rifle wielding police officers, invaded and attacked the court.

The thugs were chanting “we no go gree, for this state, e no possible” as they walked into a court hearing. Loud gunshots could be heard shortly before the hooligans began breaking glasses and destroying properties inside the court.

At least 15 lawyers, including a pregnant woman and two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, were in the court during the attack.

The governor walked out of the court premises at the peak of the attack.”   

 

The online newspaper report had it that the court was in session to deliver a judgment on Senator Heineken Lokpobiri’s case against Dickson’s anointed senatorial candidate, Foster Ogola, over the validity of the latter’s candidacy for Bayelsa West senatorial district in the 2015 National Assembly Election. Mr. Lopkobiri claimed his then party, the Peoples Democratic Party, illegally substituted his name with Mr. Ogola’s, and had filed a suit accusing Foster Ogola of submitting false information to INEC.

 

BDF insisted Governor Dickson has not changed. BDF’s President-General, Okpoebi, painted a picture of the Bayelsa Governor as a violent man. “He is a man of war and terror. He has no problems resorting to violence to get what he wants”, he said.

 

“We thank the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Bulkachuwa, for listening to the cries of Bayelsa people. Dickson is a desperate man. Now that he is in his last days as governor, he is living in a state of political anxiety. Bayelsans are determined to stop him from anointing a successor”

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BreakingNews: Appeal Court To Deliver Judgement On Osun Gov Election Tomorrow

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An Appeal Court sitting in Abuja will on Thursday, 9th May, 2019, deliver judgement on the Osun state governorship election matter.

This is contained in a hearing motion served on the respondents by the Senior Registrar of the court on Wednesday.

It could be recalled that the majority ruling of Osun Governorship Election Tribunal had sacked Governor Gboyega Oyetola and declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.

Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress has approached the Appeal Court to upturn the judgement of the election tribunal.

The court will sit at 9am.

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