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Supporters of Bello, Wada, Faleke move to Abuja

By John Akubo

There is anxiety in Kogi State ahead of tomorrow’s judgment of the Supreme Court on two separate appeals on the governorship election.
The two appeals were filed by former governor, Idris Wada and James Faleke, the running mate to the late candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Audu in the November 21, 2015 election.
Wada and Faleke appealed the decision of the Appeal Court which upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as governor.
The supporters of the three major parties in the litigations, Wada, Faleke and Governor Bello have moved to Abuja and are expecting the judgment to be in their favour.
Some members of Bello’s cabinet have also moved to Abuja in solidarity with their boss and in the hope that he will carry the day. The movement to Abuja has paralysed some government activities.

But despite the confidence being exuded in the three camps, there is palpable fear as none can be sure of what the outcome will be.

Governor Bello’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Abdulmalik Abdulkareem, said they were not shaken by the impending judgment.

“We are not shaken, we know that the rule of law will take its course, God willing, we are set to make a legal record that will become a precedent. The Nigerian legal system is developing and we are happy that our case is adding impetus to the Nigerian judiciary,” he said.

According to him, since there are no new issues raised, the governor’s camp is not in any way jittery over the judgment. “It is not true that the entire government machinery moved to Abuja, it is usual that when the governor is out of town, a few officials are with him, he is working, he has been attending meetings, so it is not true that he is in Abuja because of the judgment.”

Wada is also expecting to carry the day. Speaking through his Special Adviser, Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi, the former governor restated his belief in the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court.

“We expect to win the case, we have always had confidence in the judiciary and we have kept advancing to the last stage, that is why we are at the Supreme Court. The judiciary is the ultimate for the common man.

“The framers of the constitution are aware that at every stage of the case newer interpretations will come up. We believe that the Supreme Court will look deeper into the case, particularly with the minority judgment. Whatever decision taken will deepen democracy as the case is novel, it will be a landmark judgment. We have confidence in the independence of the Supreme Court”.

The apex court may hear and decide both appeals the same day and fix a different date for the underlying reasons for the judgments as has been the pattern since hearing the disputes on the 2015 general elections.

In a unanimous judgment by a five-member panel of justices read by Justice Jummai Sankey on August 4, 2016, the Appeal Court hadupheld the verdict of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, which dismissed Faleke’s petition.

But in Wada’s appeal, Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya gave a dissenting judgment cancelling the election of Bello on the grounds that he was not validly nominated for the election following Audu’s death and he failed to nominate a running mate before the election. He ordered the withdrawal of the governor’s certificate of return and the conduct of a fresh election in the state.

Meanwhile, the state command of the Nigeria Police has warned politicians and miscreants against violence.
The command said intelligence reports had shown that the two major political parties were planning to either celebrate or cause problems after the delivery of the judgment. The security agents threatened to “deal ruthlessly” with anybody found causing trouble in any part of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Abdulahi Chafe, who gave the warning while addressing reporters in Lokoja, the state capital, said the command was prepared to protect the lives and property of law- abiding residents of the state.

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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The Federal Government  of Nigeria is partnering with private firms in its bit to actualise its policy of mass Housing.

Making the disclosure to journalists in Abuja Friday, the Treasurer of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria ( REDAN) , FCT Chapter, Dr Gbadewole Amos, said required counterpart funding  is being provided by the Federal Government for the actualisation of the policy.

Dr Amos who is also the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) of the Crown Allied Global Realty and Homes,  said Nigerians will begin to see results of such partnership across the federation from 2022. Accordimg to him, REDAN is working with many other agencies in Nigeria to ensure that the Real Estate industry is well regulated in the country to enable Nigerians get quality and affordable housing units in all parts of the country.
In his words: “All our activities in the Association is tailored towards ensuring that our clients are put in the center of attraction and that they have value for their money.

“We provide affordable housing in various parts of Nigeria and the unique part of our business is that we have various facilities that are designed to meet your needs and requirements. 
” Our payment process is not a back breaking one as we have options where you can pay as low as 50% in the first installment and you are allowed to spread the remaining over the space of 6months to 1 year 

“We also have some estates that are cheaper whereby you can acquire a plot for the rate of five hundred thousand naira, two bedroom bungalow in Lagos which you can get for 8 million naira, there bedroom for 10 million naira.

“All our houses, no matter how little the price is had been tailored to be technological conscious as they are constructed with state of the art technological tools and gadgets to give their occupants a great living experience.

“ The houses we sell for 45million in Abuja are sold for 60million by other firms , we have reasonably cut out prices and we are also opened to negotiation”.

Discussing his recent election as the treasurer of the Real Estate Developer Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Abuja Chapter  and how he has been able to manage this with his business firm.

 He explained that the new office is an added feather for him and has in no way hindered his business enterprise

 “ No developer in Nigeria can secure loan from any Federal Mortgage bank in Nigeria without being a member of the Association.

“The Association over the years has proven effective in dealing with illegal developers who are out there to create insanity in the industry.

“REDAN  is working with many other agencies in Nigeria to ensure that the Real Estate industry is well regulated in Nigeria. 
“All our activities in the Association is tailored towards ensuring that our clients are put in the center of attraction and that they have value for their money”, he said .

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