BREAKING: NLC protest against Ngige turns bloody.

The planned protest on Wednesday by the Nigeria Labour Congress against the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, for his failure to inaugurate the board of National Social Insurance Trust Fund with Frank Kokori as the chairman had a new twist as workers were attacked by suspected thugs at the minister’s house in Asokoro.

Those who were injured were taken to the National Hospital in Abuja for treatment. Labour accused the minister of hiring thugs to attack them.

President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, described the scene as barbaric.

He said, ‘The act today is barbaric; where maximum force has been used on workers. And live bullets have been used on them. Whereas workers went with bare hands but you have seen what has happened.

“They were carrying weapons and arms. And as I talk to you, we have four people in the hospital apart from those that were injured by bullets. You can see all of them are here and clearly we are going to invite our largest organ by tomorrow.

“We are also going on a larger scale of action. Instead of protecting us, he is against us. Therefore we have nothing to do with him and under the circumstance, except the president intervenes, workers are going to down tool.

“That is why we are inciting our central working committee. It has never been so bad where the ministry of Labour will bring thugs to attack workers. That has never been heard.

“It is on record and everybody has seen. Clearly, that is our position and now we are here to demonstrate in his office also that we are not happy and Mr president must act on this immediately. Workers voted and supported him. Ngige cannot in any circumstance assume the power of the president. That cannot be the case.”

BREAKING: Police Detain Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The detention of Adeleke, the senator representing Osun West at the National Assembly, has been condemned by his party, Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, calling it “total disregard for the extant order of the Federal High Court” in Abuja, which granted him permission to travel to the United States on Tuesday for medical check-up.

The Police have detained Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun State governorship election, after honouring an their invitation at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The detention of Adeleke, the senator representing Osun West at the National Assembly, has been condemned by his party, Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, calling it “total disregard for the extant order of the Federal High Court” in Abuja, which granted him permission to travel to the United States on Tuesday for medical check-up.

“This is highly provocative, an invitation to anarchy and recipe for a very serious crisis not only in Osun but also in the judiciary and our polity as a nation,” Ologbondiyan said.

“The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“This is part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress to coerce Senator Adeleke to relinquish the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun state, which was further established by the election petition tribunal.”

he described the detention as a plot to “drag Adeleke before an ostensibly compromised magistrate court” over the same issues of alleged forged school testimonial that was already before the Federal High Court.

Dr. Ifeanyi Okonkwo Blows Hot Over Umeh’s Desperation

The elections of February 23 have come and gone. In a sane environment, this period would be used for a fruitful interaction between the outgoing and incoming senators to exchange ideas and ventilate approaches that will ensure a smooth transition, thereby ensuring that Anambra Central continues to enjoy the fruits of effective representation. Unfortunately, Anambra central is once again witnessing the same rascality and madness that have characterized previous elections.

It has become prevalent for people to contest elections and before even the election is conducted, already start making arrangements to go to court to thwart the people’s choice. Some don’t even campaign but go to court after the election to frustrate the winner and the voters in a bid to reap where they did not sow. Some have turned it into a money making scheme to assist the more wealthy opponent of the winner create parallel court cases to strangulate the actual winner financially.

It will be recalled that Chief Victor Umeh, even before the elections was threatening to go to court to challenge the candidature of Senator Uche Ekwunife, notwithstanding that they belong to different parties. It will not be far-fetched to believe that the other parallel suit challenging the election of Senator Ekwunife by one Barr. Tony Chukwuelue on the grounds of omitting the SDP logo by INEC may be reminiscence of the proverbial hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob.  Anambra Central is now becoming notorious for instituting parallel law suits against Senator Uche Ekwunife, all in a bid to frustrate her and deprive the people of Anambra Central of their choice. It is therefore time for all Anambra Central stakeholders to rise and reject this recurring affront to their collective will. These law suits are not just against Senator Uche Ekwunife but a challenge to Anambra Central people. It will not be out of place to caption the suits as those between Victor Umeh/Tony Chukwuelue Vs Anambra Central.

B’Haram attacks, sends Adamawa community where run-off election is to hold into the bush

Members of the terrorist group Boko Haram in North East Nigeria on Monday night launched an attack on Michika, a town in Adamawa state.

The insurgents who reportedly stormed the town and shot indiscriminately left residents of the town in confusion, leaving them with no better option than to run into the bush for shelter.

Michika is not far from the hideout of Boko Haram, the Sambisa Forest. The town also has four polling units where supplementary governorship poll is to hold on March 23, 2019.

The polling units are in Bazza Margi, Jigalambu, Moda/ Diaka/ Ghenjuwa and Sina/Kamale/ Kwande.

Boko Haram had in September 2014 ahead of the 2015 general election taken over Michika, the headquarters of Michika Local Government Area (LGA). The LGA was however recaptured by the Nigerian military on 29 January 2015.

Winners and Losers of 2019 governorship election (Live Updates)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the official announcement of results of the 2019 gubernatorial election.

See below table for live updates:

STATES

APC PDP AA APM APGA WINNER
Lagos 739,445 206,141 APC
Kwara 331,546 114,754 APC
JIGAWA 810,933 288,356 APC
ABIA 99,574 261,127 64,366  PDP
KEBBI 673,717 106,633 APC
AKWA IBOM PDP
Ebonyi PDP
Enugu PDP
Ogun 241, 670 70, 290 222,153 APC
Bauchi inconclusive
Kebbi APC
Oyo 515,621 357,982 PDP
Niger 526,412 298,065 APC
Kastina 22,482 10,564 APC
Yobe 444,013 95,703 APC
Cross River 131,161 381,484 PDP

Awka Township Stadium Is Not For Sale, It Belongs to Ndi Awka And Lovers of Sports.

 

It is no longer  a news that Awka Township Stadium that was supposed to be a Mini Stadium in the heart of Awka which should be serving both Ndi Awka and everyone residing within for the development of sports and gymnastics.

It was gathered that the stadium is to be sold to a private firm to build a shopping mall. The question should be, what happens to the shoprite that Peter Obi started at former Ikenga hotel? Why did Gov. Obiano stopped that project and now settled for Awka Township Stadium to put up a shopping mall.

It was officially announced during Izu Awka at Ndi Ichie Hall, Umudioka, Awka on Sunday, 3rd March, 2019 that Anambra state government should keep off from the said stadium. The right thing to do is to build a befitting Mini Stadium that will serve sport lovers in the State and beyond.

It was also unanimously agreed that no APGA candidates should be voted in to the State Assembly in forthcoming election. The party has not fav our Awka as the state capital since Mr. Peter Obi left the government house.

From a reliable source, Late Chief Chuba Nweke’s family and eight others are the original owners of the property where the stadium is situated on. They voluntarily gave it out to the government to develop as a sports Arena in Awka and it’s environs.

Late Chief Chuba Nweke was the first Executive Chairman of Awka South LGA. And loved sports so much that he devoted his life for promotion of sports in Anambra state.

Anambra state government should immortalize High Chief Chuba Nweke by completing Awka Township Stadium and name it after him. A request to this effect was made to the government by the family of Chief Chuba Nweke, which up till now nothing has been done about it.

 

Below are the documents to prove this claim.

  

Tribunal orders INEC to allow Atiku, PDP access electoral materials March 6, 2019

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar may be making some headway in his suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This is as the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has granted Atiku’s request to be allowed to inspect the electoral materials used by for the conduct of the February 23 poll.

However, the three-man panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki unanimously rejected other prayers by the applicants seeking orders permitting them to, among others, photocopy and scan the electoral documents.

Atiku had rejected the result of the election claiming that the results had being manipulated in favour of the declared winner, President Muhammadu Buhari. Following the announcement of his disapproval of the results, the PDP candidate had filed a legal suit against INEC.

The tribunal has however denied Atiku’s request to be allowed to conduct a forensic examination and forensic analysis of the materials and have access to card reader data and information contained in the cloud and electronic storage used for the poll.

Delivering the lead ruling, Justice Aboki said by virtue of the provision of section 151 of the Electoral Act on which the applicants’ motion ex parte was anchored, they were only entitled to inspection of the electoral materials and the certified true copies of all the materials used for the poll.

PDP and Atiku had in their petition asked the tribunal to order INEC to surrender all the materials that were used for the February 23 presidential election for inspection.

The petitioners in an ex-parte motion dated March 4 and marked CA/A/P/EPT/1/2019, prayed for leave of the tribunal to allow them inspect the Voters Register, the Smart Card Reader Machines, Ballot Papers and other vital documents used in the conduct of the presidential election.

Equally, they asked that INEC be compelled by the Tribunal to allow their agents scan and make photocopies of vital documents used in the conduct of the election, for the purpose of establishing alleged irregularities.

According to their counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), the reliefs which the petitioners’ sought against INEC was for the purpose of filing an election petition they intend to level against the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.

The applicants’ legal team was led by Mr. Livy Ozoukwu (SAN), but Chief Chris Uche (SAN), made submissions on behalf of the team.

As expected in an ex parte hearing, the respondents – President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission – were absent and not represented by their lawyers.

During the proceedings, members of the panel expressed reservations‎ about whether the tribunal could grant some prayers contained in the application for orders allowing them to scan and photocopy electoral materials as well as allow them to conduct forensic examination and forensic audit of the materials.

Responding, Uche insisted that there were authorities of the Court of Appeal ‎which had interpreted section 155 of the Electoral Act to mean that petitioners could be granted all the prayers sought in the ex parte application.

Jubilation, Excitement as Ekwunife reclaims mandate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party for Senate Anambra Central, Senator Uche Ekwunife as the winner of the February 23, 2019 Anambra Central Senatorial election.

Announcing the result on Wenedsday at INEC office Amawbia, the returning officer, Prof Charles Amobi Nwankwo stated that the PDP Candidate, Senator Uche Ekwunife pulled a total of 118,484 votes to defeat her rivals, Senator Victor Umeh of APGA and Chief Sylvester Okonkwo of APC who scored 81,429 and 10,999 respectively.

Ekwunife’s victory has sparked a wave of jubilation and excitement in Awka.

Recall that in 2015, Senator Ekwunife won the Senate seat of Anambra Central and was subsequently sworn in, however her stay in the Senate was cut short by an infamous Appeal Court judgement that truncated a mandate that was adjudged by political analysts to be the people’s will.

Senator Ekwunife victory margin of 37,055 votes is a clear indication of her acceptance and popularity. She won the popular votes in the seven local governments in the Senatorial district to defeat her closest rival and incumbent Senator, Victor Umeh.

Former APGA Councillors endorse Senator Uche Ekwunife

Former Councillors of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), today adopted the Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party for Senate Anambra Central, Senator Uche Ekwunife as their candidate for the upcoming Anambra Central Senatorial election.

…the former Councillors described Senator Uche Ekwunife as a quintessential politician whose legislative experience and capacity is needed to place Anambra Central Senatorial zone in its pride of place.

They noted that her developmental strides in legislative governance is the best ever experienced in the zone. The former Councillors assured Senator Ekwunife of their unflinching support ahead of the February 16th polls, they expressed confidence that Ekwunife as the PDP flagbearer will live up to the expectations when elected, noting that her antecedents and track records have put her ahead of her opponents as the best candidate of the top job in the Senatorial zone.

Atiku warns NLC, lists dangers of re-electing Buhari

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday told the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) what will happen to them should President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) continue in power beyond 2019.

He said that reelecting Buhari will mean more job losses and urged them to support him in the February 16 presidential election to give room for more job creation and not losses.

Atiku stated this when he paid a personal visit to the NLC’s president and delegation at the International Convention Centre (ICC) at the start of NLC’s 12th National Convention.

His special assistant on public communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, made this known in a statement he made available to newsmen.

Atiku, who urged the worker’s union to vote out Buhari’s government, said “if Buhari is elected on February 16th for another four years, the NLC will not have many workers left to represent.”

The statement read in part, “As we know all too well, since 2015, our workforce has shrunken by over 14 million. And this is from a President who promised he would create 3 million jobs a year, but with over four years, he should have reduced unemployment by 12 million.

“So, 14 million jobs lost and 12 million net new jobs not created, comes to a deficit of 26 million versus what he promised us in 2015.

“If job losses continue to grow for the next four years at the same rate as the last four, the number of Nigerians without a job will rocket to 55 million.

“That is almost two out of three of our people without a job, without a pay packet and without the means to feed their family.”

He told union members that he was bringing a message of hope, assuring that “if by the Grace of God, the Nigerian people decide to elect him as President, he commits that he will create jobs, grow the economy and get Nigeria working again.”