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Cross River: Odey is the senator for Northern Senatorial Zone says Eba

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Cross River: Odey is the senator for Northern Senatorial Zone says Eba

**says Appeal Court Calabar affirmed him as the duly elected candidate of the PDP

The Director-General, Cross River State Due Process, and Price Intelligence Bureau, Alphonsus Ogar Eba has stated in unequivocally clear terms that Dr. Stephen Odey remains the serving Senator for Cross River North insisting no court order has asked him to vacate his seat in the Senate.

Speaking recently to journalists, Eba said, on the issue of two certificates of returns, one looks like a worthless Zimbabwean dollar in the hand of my dear friend and brother Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe. A duly issued certificate of return was given to Senator Stephen Adi Odey and it was on that basis, the senate president has sworn him in as the senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and he has been so sitting since on the 16th of December up to this moment and as we speak, he is even sitting in the senate today that is because the purported certificate of return which was issued by INEC, “I wouldn’t know what was their persuasion but I think to excuse them, it was total ignorance of the clear provision of section 75 subsection 1 to the provisor and other subsection 2 with the communique written of section 141 of the electoral act and section 285 subsection 13 of the constitution of Nigeria”.

Eba stressed further, “the crisis of the cross river north senatorial seat was an avoidable and unnecessary political tussle, the two actors are very good friends in fact the sitting senator today was the DG of Hon. Jarigbe joint campaign in 2019, the vacuum was created by the demise of late Senator Dr. Mrs. Rose Oko and so the party thought it wise that, this vacuum should be completed by somebody from the same local government where the woman died because this is Ogoja/Yala federal constituency, two local government. In 2019 the decision was taken that, the house of the representative seat should be in Ogoja and the senate seat should be in Yala local government because Yala is quite larger than Ogoja and so with the vacuum created, they needed somebody to fill and cover this remaining two years of the late senator and in doing so, no other person than the young man who has been chairman of SUBEEB, whose projects were littered across any political wards and whose acceptability cannot be questioned because it was even based on that acceptability that Hon. Jarigbe in the first place chose him to be DG of his campaign organization, wonderful friends, in fact the moment the candidacy or aspirations of Senator Stephen Odey expressed, Hon. Jarigbe came on his social media page to express his support and said the man works, everybody must rally around him. There is nothing we did not do, me in particular, I went on my knees to beg them because the persons involved are my friends because Hon. Jarigbe confided in me that, all he wanted was an opportunity to go a third term in 2023, and I said, since this is the case, come let us sit down with the leadership of the party and see how we can drive this but you see When a man no longer has control of his own decision and someone else is the one beating the drums for him, all he has to do is a dance to the tune. We wouldn’t know what exactly led to this crisis but our discovery today is that somebody somewhere else is stoking this fire, there is no need going into that now because all that has gone into no issue and his attempt to win at the primaries failed, the party nominated senator Dr Stephen Odey set his name to inec, he was the only one that filled the nomination paper of the party in inec, contested the general election on the 5th of December and he won with over one hundred and nineteen thousand votes against his closest rival of the APC who polled about nineteen thousand votes and every attempt made by Rt. Hon. Jarigbe to stop either the issuance of certificate of return failed even his attempt to stop the senate from swearing in failed and even the attempt at the supreme court also failed, At every point he keeps failing.

Eba clarified further that, what the supreme court did, you might look at it from the standpoint of whether there is a victor or vanquish and if there is anybody to be called a vanquish is still Hon. Jarigbe because as at today, the only thing the supreme court did was by the majority decisions of four justices declared jurisdiction and refused to hear the appeal for which leave has been granted to senator Stephen ode from the court of appeal to appeal against a judgement which he was not part of but which he applied to be joined as an interested party, it actually wont have bugged us be cause, on the authority of the supreme court as in the case Barrister Shofulu Chukwueze Onwuka vs PDP, the supreme court has finally put to rest, that if you are not a party to a suit, any order made in that case is not binding on you however we wanted the supreme court to be aware of the Nicodemus and criminally orchestrated arrangement where somebody goes, having a matter in calabar which he lost and uses one of his boys to come and sue him, we wanted to tell the world the diabolical, unpresidential dimension in which our politics was taken and so the supreme court by the decision of the four justices were not courageous enough to look at the substance of the matter in the case but we are console by the decision of the minority particularly one of the justice who came up boldly to decimate her colleagues to say, this kind of judgement is going to put the judiciary in bad light and today that has come to show.

Eba commended the state governor his excellency for the development in cross river state and he calls the state governor, the Lee kwa yun we found again after the one we found in Singapore, the man who collects less than what you could call a paltry sum from FAAC and even from our IGR but when you get to cross river state and you see the line of gigantic project taking on from the civil service dependent state to an industrialize state, today as i speak to you, almost twenty seven industries are almost up and set to rub with about nine already completed running starting from the rice mill, cocoa processing, garment factory, poultry and feed mill, pharmaceuticals company, block molding factory , roofing sheet factory etc and the question has always been, where do you get this money from and the governor has told everybody clearly that, our emphasis is to make sure we provide employment because the experience if #endsars further comes to tell us that the army of young men you found in the community if engage in the proper venture, they will do away with this and today in marking his fifty third birthday anniversary, the governor has open the fabrication academy if west Africa with over seven thousand youths today enrolling to start various trade as students at no cost at all with all the provision made by the government and just recently twenty thousand youths have been engaged across the local government as a way of taking unemployment off the street.

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APC’s advocates forum backs Akpabio as ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom

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APC’s advocates forum backs Akpabio as ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom

A progressive forum of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) known as APC Advocates Forum has declared that former governor of Akwa Ibom and the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, is the ‘natural leader’ of the party in the state being a serving cabinet member.

The group, however, called on APC’s National Caretaker Committee led by the Yobe state governor to call those sponsoring mischief against the Minister to order, adding that “the political sagacity of the former two-term governor can not be compared to any other person in the state.”

In a statement released to newsmen Monday in Abuja by the national coordinator of the APC Advocates Forum, Barrister Johnson Essien, threatened to expose those behind the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the party.

The group described as ‘unwise decision’ for some chieftains of the party to contest the natural leadership God has bestowed on the Minister (Akpabio).

“The recent development in Akwa Ibom APC by a segment of the party denying Chief Godswill Akpabio as the leader in the state is unwise despite the natural role nature has bestowed on him as a former governor and a serving cabinet member from the state.

“We, therefore call on Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker Committee to look inward and call to order the enemy within the system causing bad blood in Akwa Ibom APC.”

They described “APC as a body without engine in Akwa Ibom state until Godswill Akpabio joined the fold in 2018.

“During his eight years as Governor of Akwa Ibom, the Hon. Minister changed the face of the State and touched lives like never before – earning himself the sobriquet Uncommon Transformer. On assuming office as Minister, he has been a stickler for performance, committing himself to ensuring the speedy development of the Niger Delta region in tandem with his Ministry’s mandate.”

The statement added that for any leader of the party or aspirant in the state to go far politically in 2023, such a person needs Minister Akpabio.

“We are using this medium to warn the crisis merchants to desist because the Niger Delta Affairs minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio is a force that will decide the fate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.”

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No APC supporter defected in Zamfara-Zannan Bungudu

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No APC supporter defected in Zamfara-Zannan Bungudu

A chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara Sate, Abdulmalik Zubairu (Zannan Bungudu) has described as “politically deceptive” the recent announcement by the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Tukur Danfulani that he received over 1000 defectors from APC in Bungudu constituency.

Zanna who spoke to journalists in Gusau on Sunday said PDP leaders in Zamfara led by Tukur Danfulani are using the tactics of receiving defectors to collect money from Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

He affirmed that Comrade Danda Bungudu is a known card-carrying member of the PDP and ahead of what he described as “film making event of Saturday” the posters of Comrade Danda Bungudu have been in circulation in Bungudu town and environs bearing PDP logo and tags.

He further explained that people like Mainasara Rimi, Nura Umar (NU) Sani Maidala Bela, Alh Yahoo Lawali (Yabo Minister), Kabiru B. Super Kwatarkwashi and Eng. Tsoho Mamman who accompanied Danda Bungudu to government house on Saturday are all card carrying members of PDP and they are known to every citizen of Bungudu local government.

He challenged PDP leaders in Bungudu to deny this claim made by him if they have counter fact noting that Bungudu has always been a stronghold of APC adding that, that political tempo would be sustained.

“There is no APC supporter from Yari or Marafa factions that defect to the PDP. I am a party stakeholder in the area and if their claim is genuine let them publish the names of the 1000 supporters for the entire world to see”.

“The few of them you saw in the picture are already members of the PDP and if they have received 1000 supporters of the APC why can’t they at least published their names for people to see and make judgement”.

Zanna added that, the new PDP Chairman in Zamfara is only playing a game of deceit and this is not politics because you have to be practical as a politician. We challenged PDP to publish the names of these 1000 people if at all they are serious”.

He assured that APC is intact in Bungudu and affirmed that Danda Bungudu and his co-travellers were at the Governor’s residence on Saturday for a monetary mission and asked that they most not hide under the APC before they can get their monetary mission accomplished.

He added that, APC leader in Zamfara Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar is doing well for the supporters of the party and that none would move to the PDP with the state of uncertainty that characterized its political operation.

He advised Governor Bello Matawalle to trade with caution as the majority of those he received as defectors are already members of his party but riding on the political tactics of the PDP Chairman to be extorting money from him.

Zanna also advised the Governor to instead of wasting money in the name of receiving defectors execute some developmental projects that would torch the lives of Zamfara people noting that, in the two years of Matawalle administration people of Bungudu have not benefited from infrastructural projects worth N10 million naira

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Over 1000 supporters of Yari, Marafa defect to PDP in Zamfara

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Over 1000 supporters of Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa from Bungudu Local Government have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement by Yusuf Idris Gusau, Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication to the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle indicated that the decampees were received earlier by the PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani Maikatako and later presented to governor Matawalle at his residence.

Leader of the decampees, Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu said they were at the governor’s residence to register their support as they have already declared their defection earlier at the state PDP Secretariat and were received officially by the state Party Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani.

Comrade Danda further said, the reason why they defected from APC to PDP was as a result of the way and manner the governor handled the security situation in the state and the many laudable projects he is executing in less than two years of his being in office.

He observed that it is on record that before the coming of Matawalle’s administration, Zamfara was in a serious war which almost destroyed it to a failed one as all government machineries were not working .

Bungudu however averred that the vision and foresight of governor Matawalle and his style of leadership changed all that and convinced them to join the PDP from their former political party, APC .

Responding, governor Bello Matawalle said his administration is determined to bring development to the people of the state at all levels with a view of making the state more secured and economically viable.

He further said, as a leader, his primary responsibility is to protect the lives and properties of the citizens including their dignity for upcoming generations.

He assured them of equal treatment in the party and also commended their foresight and positive decision to join his party, the PDP for the purpose of developing Zamfara state.

Matawalle added that with people of their caliber in the party, he is sure that alot will be achieved.

Notable among those who defected were Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu, Alhaji Adamu Abu Samawa and Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi Bela who was the current Vice chairman of APC in Bungudu Local Government.

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