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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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Rivers APC: Court of Appeal Ousts Decision of Justice Omereji’s Court, Orders Stay of Execution

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A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress APC in Rivers State has optimism over the Court of Appeal ordered stay of execution of the Judgment of Justice Omereji which installed Hon. Igo Aguma as Chairman of the Rivers APC Caretaker Committee.

Nwuke in a statement circulated to journalists said, ‘it has come to our notice that the Court of Appeal has ordered a stay of execution of the Judgment of Justice Omereji which installed Hon. Igo Aguma as Chairman of the Rivers APC Caretaker Committee.”

According to him, “that pronouncement made by the Court upstairs simply means that under the gaze of the law, Hon. Aguma cannot act or parade as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee within the pendency of the matter before it.”

Continuing he said, “Statutory members of the Rivers APC are happy with the decision of the Court of Appeal. We believe that their Lordships who are presiding over the matter weighed the issue on a judicial scale before issuing the order to stay the execution of the lower Court”.  

The statement further reads, “It gives us hope as true Democrats that there are still people within the judiciary who are impartial, incorruptible, courageous and upright. While salute their Lordships for standing on the side of justice, we commend members of our great party for their patience, prayers and support.

“Accordingly, we urge all right thinking members of society to ignore whatever may emanate from the desk of Hon. Igo Aguma which he may purport as representing the views or aspirations of the APC in Rivers State. 

“We hope that as a man of honour, Hon Igo Aguma would restrain himself from acting outside the dictates of the law. We recall that Aguma has held the APC in contempt and demonstrated gross disrespect for party directives emanating from NEC.

“Finally, we appeal to Rivers people who have faith in the vision and mission of the APC as well as our teeming party supporters spread across the State to remain calm. We want to assure  you of our collective resolve to ensure that justice is done.” 

 

Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke

For: Statutory members,

APC , Rivers State.

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Edo APC criticizes PDP’s sponsored protest in Agbede

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The Edo State Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as unfortunate the protest allegedly sponsored by the PDP in Agbede, a community in Etsako, Edo North, against its Deputy Governorship candidate, Hon. Mallam Gani Audu.
Mr. John Mayaki, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Media Campaign Council for the September 19 Edo Governorship election, condemned what he termed as a staged protest allegedly orchestrated by the PDP to misrepresent the people of Agbede who he claims are solidly behind Hon. Gani Audu.
He said: “The sponsored protest, attached to a frivolous claim that the people of Agbede are somewhat dissatisfied with Hon. Gani Audu’s emergence as the running mate to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu because he was elected to serve as a state legislator, is a violation of all democratic ethics and the disregard of INEC’s regulations prohibiting the staging of such events capable of fomenting trouble and sparking a spread of the COVID-19 disease.”
“The protest is nothing but a continuation of the desperate propaganda of the PDP. For days now, in responsible groups and safe engagement meetings, Hon. Gani Audu has been meeting with his people who remain proud of him and have declared their complete support.
“This has clearly rattled the embattled PDP and they are now responding with the only thing they know how to do: sponsoring confusion and sowing seeds of discord.”
“Their actions further reveal the already known fact that they are not interested in campaigning based on issues because Obaseki has no plan or manifesto.”
“All they want to do is incite Edo people against each other and their own.”
“Hon. Gani Audu is with his people and they are with him. Godwin Obaseki and his agents are targeting him with sponsored protests and all kinds of mischievous attacks because they know his emergence has dealt a fatal blow to their permutations.”
“The Governor is also still hurting from Hon. Gani Audu’s refusal to join his illegal mid-night Assembly condemned by both arms of the National Assembly. He was displeased that the Hon. Gani Audu and other majority members-elect refused to cave to his pressure to reduce the independent legislature to a mere extension of his office as Governor.”
“The illegal Assembly he wants Hon. Gani Audu to join is now in total darkness because they cannot afford electricity bills after the emperor Governor refused to release funds in the bizarre funding arrangement which leaves what ought to be an independent arm of government at his mercy.”
“The people of Edo North are happy that Hon. Gani Audu now has a chance to represent them in a sane and responsible government as the Deputy Governor.”
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Edo 2020: Uromi declares support for Pastor Ize-Iyamu, says his campaign manifesto will move Edo forward

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The people of Uromi have assured Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo Governorship election, of their support and votes in the election slated for the 19th of September.
They gave this assurance on Monday following a succession of meetings with Pastor Ize-Iyamu at the Assemblies of God Church, Uromi, and the APC Secretariat, Esan North East LGA, where he explained his manifesto, the SIMPLE agenda, and policy plans to engender growth and development in Edo State.
Explaining the importance of politics to governance and why it is wrong to abandon it as the clichéd ‘dirty game’, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said he is running for Governor to reposition Edo State through a transparent, accessible, and an all-inclusive government that will prioritize the growth of all, including the Esan people.
He criticized Governor Godwin Obaseki over what he described as a grand display of hypocrisy and insincere lip-service to the Esan people whom he had abandoned for years now that he needs their votes.
Rev. Felix Ilelbodiaye, the District Pastor of the Assemblies of God Church, Uromi Branch, commended Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and assured him of the people’s support at the polls.
A special prayer was held for Ize-Iyamu for his victory at the polls before he proceeded to the APC secretariat in Uromi where thousands of party members were at hand to receive him.
The endorsement of the Uromi people, given their population in Esan, is expected to further tilt the scale in favor of Ize-Iyamu who experts in the state already consider the favorite to win the governorship election.
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