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IKORODU WEST COUNCIL BOSS PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF LEADER ADEMEHIN

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : February 10th, 2024

IKORODU WEST COUNCIL BOSS PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF LEADER ADEMEHIN

In a somber communique and at the funeral service & Internment held on Friday 9th February 2024 at the Four Square Gospel Church, Ipakodo, Ikorodu, Lagos State, The executive Chairman of Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area, Hon Otunba Sulaiman Kaseem Olanrewaju has expressed heartfelt condolences on the passing of a key political leader in Ikorodu Division, an influential figure in Lagos State politics, describing Engr. Oluwasegun Ademehin (a.k.a Superman), as a towering figure in the state’s socio-political landscape, the Mayor extended sympathies to the late Ademehin family, friends, and memebers of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Engr. Ademehin’s life, characterized by dedication to Lagos State and the advancement of shared values, was highlighted by the Council Mayor. Ademehin was lauded not only for his leadership but also for his visionary grassroot advocacy for justice, equality, and progress.

Acknowledging Supernan’s significant contributions to the socio-cultural and political space, the Hon Sulaiman emphasized his unwavering commitment to the betterment of the good people of Ikorodu West LCDA, state, and nation. Specific achievements and initiatives were mentioned, highlighting his enduring impact on improving lives and shaping the community’s future.

Engr. Ademehin’s integrity, compassion, and commitment to public service were underscored as traits that will be remembered. The Mayor portrayed him as a beacon of hope and inspiration, urging other political hopefuls to emulate his example and strive for a better tomorrow.

SKO in his closing remarks, called on residents and his political assocites and mentees to honor [Engr Ademehin’s memory by continuing his good work, the Council boss further encourage unity amongst party faithfuls in facing future challenges. The message conveyed was one of determination to uphold principles dear to late Ademehin who he continuously referred to as his leader.

The Chartered Accountant turned politician concluded with the Mayor extending deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved Engr Ademehin expressing hope that his legacy will endure as a testament to leadership, courage, and compassion.

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WHY I DUMPED PETER OBI – OKUPE, LABOUR PARTY DG

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: JANUARY 7TH, 2024

Doyin Okupe, a former director general of the Peter Obi 2023 Presidential Campaign Organisation, has resigned from the party, citing ideological differences.

Mr Okupe announced his resignation from the party in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure.

In the letter, dated 8 January, Mr Okupe said the party was only used as a “special purpose vehicle” to actualise the presidential ambition of Mr Obi during the last presidential election.

Mr Okupe, who claimed to be on the centre-right of the ideological spectrum, said the lefty leaning of the LP does not conform with his own ideological stance.

“I have been a rightist and a Liberal Democrat all my entire life. It is therefore this ideological conflict that makes me seek an exit so that I may continue my political activities with liberalism, sincerity and freedom,” he said.

Messrs Okupe and Obi left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the LP shortly before the presidential primaries.

Mr Obi was given the presidential ticket of the LP. Mr Okupe served as the campaign DG and temporary running mate until the selection of the eventual running mate, Ahmed Datti.

In December 2022, Mr Okupe, a former presidential spokesperson, resigned as the campaign DG following his conviction in a money laundering case.

In a sitting of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge, sentenced Mr Okupe to two years imprisonment after he was found guilty of 26 out of a 59-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

However, he was given the option to pay a N500,000 fine on each of the counts — totalling N13 million. He subsequently announced his resignation as the campaign DG.

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AMUWO COUNCIL BOSS FIRES SPECIAL ADVISER OVER NEGLIGENCE OF DUTIES

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : January 9th, 2024

AMUWO COUNCIL BOSS FIRES SPECIAL ADVISER OVER NEGLIGENCE OF DUTIES

In a bid to get rid of government officials who are not meeting up to their terms of references and job descriptions, the Amuwo Odofin Local Government boss, Engr. Valentine Buraimoh has swung the big-stick by suspending his Special Adviser on Tourism, Hon. Akinseye Adewale Ipinlaye.

Sei Ipinlaye’s as he is fondly called fate was sealed after the Council Chief through the Council Manager, Bakare O. O. made a release to the effect ref. AOLG/CM/EXE/Vol.1/01 and dated 5th December, 2023, a copy made available to Push News 24 International.

Valentine, in his letter, accused Engr. Sei for abandoning his duties despite still enjoying all the largesse accruable to his Office as a Special Adviser.

The offenses, according to the Executive Chairman, represents a delineation of public trust and service to the good people of Amuwo Odofin and are considered serious misconduct and liable to punishment.

The suspension letter also stated that pending when further action is decided, the SA’s benefits, and other pay-outs are suspended with immediate effect.

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“IT’S VICTIMIZATION, YOU DID NOT FOLLOW DUE PROCESS” – SEI FIRES BACK AT ENGR. VALENTINE

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : January 7th, 2024

“IT’S VICTIMIZATION, YOU DID NOT FOLLOW DUE PROCESS” – SEI FIRES BACK AT ENGR. VALENTINE

“It’s against best practices as well as labour standards to lay-off public officials without justifiable reasons, these were the underlining thoughts of the erstwhile suspended Special Adviser on Tourism in Amuwo Odofin Local Council, Hon Sei Ipinlaye’s response to Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Engr. Valentine Buraimoh.

The former, Secretary to Amuwo Odofin LGA, in his four-page long response, has declined accepting his purported suspension letter signed by the Council Manager, Bakare O.O. over what he called failure to follow due process as contained and provided in the Lagos State Guidelines on Administrative Procedures for Local Government.

Sei stressed that the CM has no authority to sign such a document, neither does the Executive Committee have powers to prescribe any punishment to such effect, he believed the Council Boss has been misled by those who should know better.

Hon Sei further stated that he is been victimized as in the case of others by Mr Chairman who also never deemed it fit to give him a fair hearing.

Armed with facts, Sei accused the Executive Chairman of working against the spirit of the Lagos State Guidelines on Administrative Procedures for Local Government since his asumption to office as Council Boss.

Not relaxing on his oars, Hon Sei has sent a SOS to the Lagos State Governmen and other stakeholders for necessary redress.

Push News 24 International reports that It’s without a doubt that an employer and employee relationship is governed by certain laws in Nigeria such as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999, with similar guidelines at the State and local government levels.

At the global level, termination of employment at will and without reason is no longer fashionable or acceptable.

We must bear in mind that no nation can be an island to herself and any nation that seeks to do so will be doing so at her own peril.

Therefore, the need to ensure that the Nigerian labour jurisprudence is in tandem with what is obtainable at the international scene found reflection in our grassroot politicking in Nigeria.

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ONDO : CRISES LOOMS AS ARAROMI-OBU INDIGENES REJECT LCDA NOMINEES

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November 30th, 2023

ONDO : CRISES LOOMS AS ARAROMI-OBU INDIGENES REJECT LCDA NOMINEES

Crises have continued to trail the alleged imposition of non-indigenous people as Chairman and Vice Chairman in the newly created Ifesowapo LCDA which is one of the created 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from the 18 local government areas in Ondo State.

Push News 24 International reports that this comes two days after the state government purportedly released a list of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen appointed to manage the affairs of the LCDAs.

But yesterday, some youths leaders and key stakeholders from Araromi-Obu Kingdom held a press conference and a peaceful procession to drive home their demands for the appointment of indigenous persons to head the newly created Ifesowapo LCDA.

Stakeholders from Araromi-Obu community have expressed dissatisfaction on how non-indigenes are imposed on an indigenous community like Araromi-Obu without any form of consultation or concensus agreement.

The leaders protested at what they described as an alleged systematic marginalisation by the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Ondo State government, which is unfair to the indigenous people of Araromi-Obu Kingdom.

Adenikiju Decendant Union, Gen. Secretary, Pastor Emmanuel Ojo in his own remarks said “While we appreciate our dear Governor His Excellency, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for creating LCDAs so that development can come to grassroot, this insidious moves is anti development, we will be glad if Mr Governor can listen to the yearnings of our people before things go sour”.

Another community leader, Prince George Adenikinju, remarked that ” We are pleading with the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, not to allow this one to end the way other cases affecting Araromi-Obu Kingdom ended. We are passionate about it. It is a fundamental desire that our children unborn have a sense of belonging, short-changing our people is unjust and unfair ”, he appealed.

Pa Oni stressed that “The proposed appointment of 33 LCDAs Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen across the state had sparked widespread concerns and protests from the indigenous people, cutting across the three senatorial districts.

Many individuals and groups have voiced their discontent, alleging that the alleged appointments into the LCDAs is politically motivated and do not reflect the socio-cultural inclinations of the people”.

Prince Francis Adenikinju laid the blame on the Representatives of Araromi-Obu, who according to him have not justified their essence in effectively representing the people.

Meanwhile, Araromi Obu Youth President under the leadership of Com. Dayo Akinro in a world press conference has Stated that it’s not unacceptable to appointed non indigene Hon Olanrewaju Makinde as Caretaker Chairman.

this situation is a slap, embarrassment and insulting to our sensibility as an indigenous community for indegene not to be appointed as the first caretaker chairman of the newly created LCDA

This act will pose a great danger of the future of the LCDA and the future of the generation yet unborn of Araromi Obu community and it will also deepen the conspiration of our adversaries against us in the future” . Com Akinro stressed.

On Saturday, the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, presented the bill to the governor for his assent.

Push News 24 International had reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has signed into law the bill establishing the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

Mr Akeredolu’s assent to the bill came after several protests which rocked the creation of the LCDAs.

The speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, presented the bill to the governor for his assent.

At the brief ceremony, Mr Akeredolu said the establishment of the LCDAs marked a substantial step towards fulfilling his campaign promises and addressing the people’s aspirations for enhanced grassroots development.

He said the initiative underscored his unwavering commitment to improving public service delivery, as it aims at bringing governance closer to the people, ultimately resulting in more responsive and efficient services.

The governor added that he remained dedicated to delivering impactful projects and innovative initiatives, stressing that he is poised to redouble his efforts in advancing the state’s development.

The 33 LCDAs were created from the statutory 18 local government areas of the state.

The number of local councils in the state will now be 51 by the creation of the new LCDAs.

In July, the government proposed the bill forwarded to the House of Assembly for enactment.

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HOUSE RECONSIDERS DIASPORA VOTING

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November 14th, 2023

The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora has promised to reintroduce the diaspora voting bill in a bid to accommodate Nigerians living abroad.

Chairman of the Committee and member representing Oluyole federal constituency, Tolulope Shadipe, stated this on Thursday when the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, appeared before the Committee.

Dabiri-Erewa was at the National Assembly to defend the Commission’s 2023 budget and 2022 budget performance in Abuja on Thursday.

According to Shadipe, the National Assembly will reintroduce the diaspora voting bill which was rejected during the constitution amendment exercise. She said the bill for the diaspora voting would pass this time because that is the direction the world is going and Nigeria must not be left behind.

“We would be back with the bill, they are Nigerians and they have the right to vote in Nigerian elections,” she stated.

“The modalities and the issues that were raised the last time would be resolved and we would come back to it.”

The lawmaker noted that the Committee was also looking at the issue of people of Nigerian descent who are currently not Nigerians but want to return home after DNA tests proved they had ties with the country.

In her response, Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians to stop migrating to other countries if they did not have jobs there.

According to her, 80 percent of prisoners in Dubai are Nigerians who went there without jobs and got into trouble. The NIDCOM chief said there was a need for stronger multi-sector collaboration to stop the trend.

During the Constitution Amendment by the House of Reps in March, the push for diaspora voting suffered a setback as the lawmakers rejected the bill.

In his own presentation, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, assured Nigerians in the diaspora that the 10th Senate would put in more effort to pass the bill this time.He said, “We will do our best to make sure that this time around, we achieve your desire in this regard.

Push News 24 Internatioonal repirts that there are millions of Nigerians living abroad. These are the top ten countries with Nigerian population. At the top is the USA (380,785), followed by the UK (190,000), Germany (56,000), Italy (71,000), Canada (51,800), France (30,000), South Africa (30,000), Ireland (17,542), China (10,000) and the Netherlands (9,453)

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I WILL “KICK” YOU OUT IF YOU FAIL TO PERFORM, TINUBU CHARGE MINISTERS AT RETREAT

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: November 1st, 2023

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU AT THE 2023 CABINET RETREAT FOR MINISTERS, PRESIDENTIAL AIDES, PERMANENT SECRETARIES AND TOP GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONARIES AT THE STATE HOUSE CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2023

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It is a great morning in Nigeria and I am humbled and happy to stand before you on this retreat, with forward-looking determination to embark on a very strong, bold endeavour to rebuild our country’s economy and our people’s hope renewed.

  1. Thank you very much for your attendance. With strong determination, we are brought together the best brains, the best hands to navigate the future of this country.
  2. We are not looking backwards; we can’t compare and give excuses. This is our country we have to build it; we have to renew the foundation. We have to give hope to the populace, to Nigerians in doubt whether democracy and economic growth will be the pathway to their prosperity.
  3. I’m here to assure you and walk with you the best brains we can put together in civil service, the brain that we can put together in our democratic parliament and have been chosen for us by the public.
  4. It is a good thing that the chairman of our party is here but the President is the president of all, whether affiliated with some political parties, regardless of religious, ethnic or otherwise, we are one.
  5. A great Nigeria is possible, and a greater Nigeria will come under your commitment, guidance, and resolute determination to give the country a direction.
  6. I’m with you. And please be assured that this great country is one family in one house, geographically located, partitioned, and living in different rooms. But we are all one family.
  7. And we are here to make allegiance and give direction to that one family, making sure that relationships can only be stronger if we give hope to our people. We can only achieve our mission with boldness and strong determination with collaboration.
  8. As I’ve stated before, no one succeeds alone. You the civil service, you must not see a minister as he or she will come and go and you will be there. You must make a positive team for the good of this country.
  9. Yes! I admit and accept the asset and liability of my predecessor. It’s part of the definition in my professional background.
  10. But you are in this ship. You will make good of it but not wreck it. You are a member of a great family; don’t see that minister as opportunistic. See, he or she as a partner that we must take the ship forward. Navigate it through turbulence and clear weather.
  11. We are lucky we have a nation; the challenges are all over the world. You can see the chaos all around you. But be focused, like a man driving in the tunnel, don’t see the sky, don’t look up, face your direction. Be committed to the value and principle of results that will affect you, your neighbour, and the entire nation.
  12. We’ve spent the last six months reviewing and evaluating ourselves, we’ve come a long way, but we set the agenda. Healthcare is a priority. Education of our people is a must. There is no other weapon against poverty than education. You have the opportunity to change things.
  13. Recently, three days ago, we received the Chancellor of the Republic of Germany and his delegation of investors. One of their key complaints and the question is whether they can bring their capital, repatriate their dividend, or, if not satisfied, take their capital away. The Minister of Trade and Investment was called upon by me to explain further, that those obstacles are gone, never to come back again. We are open for business.
  14. That is why we established the Result Delivery Unit. At the end of this retreat, you’re going to sign a bond of understanding between you, the ministers, the permanent secretaries, and myself.
  15. If you are performing, nothing to fear; if you miss the objective, we’ll review; if there is no performance, you leave us. No one is an island, and the buck stops on my desk.
  16. I assure you, you have a free hand. You must be intellectually inquisitive to ask how, why, when, and why it must be immediate. You have the responsibility to serve the people.
  17. I’ve taken a young lady very dynamic, Hadiza Balla Usman, to head that delivery unit. If you have any complaints about her, see me. If you’re ready to work with her, stay there. Delivery, yes! we must achieve it for the sake of millions of people.
  18. Yes, we are talking about the population of this country. What do you do with it? Make it an asset or a liability? Focus on its progress and come up with bold endeavours. We are great talents around the world, the biggest intellectually sound country in Horn of Africa.
  19. Yes, we have challenges in the Sahel, we have challenges of climate change, south and north of Nigeria is battered, with ocean surge, we have desert encroachment in the north, but we are still blessed with arable lands. We can do it; we can build our country.
  20. It’s not about theorizing. It’s about practical determination and focused evaluation. Yes, it is our country. We have no other one. Let’s be proud that we are Nigerians. We can do it, we can show leadership, we can fight to make democracy a lasting reference for the rest of Africa.
  21. Don’t be afraid to make decisions, but don’t be antagonistic of your supervisor. If they are wrong, debate it. I stand before you and I’ve claimed on several occasions and I’m saying today again as the president, I can make mistakes, point it to me I would resolve that conflict, that error, perfection is only that of God Almighty. But you are there to help me succeed. Success I must achieve by all means necessary.
  22. We have great minds, great intellectuals, great intellects, and all that we need.
  23. When we were discussing this retreat, I said other than members of diplomatic corps to give us goodwill and inspiration, don’t invite any foreigner to give me a lecture about governance. I’ve been through it, and I believe in Nigeria.
  24. It started from the day I was sworn in, and that bold endeavour is only achieved through courage, determination, and focused leadership.
  25. We are going through the reform, painfully, and we still have other challenges. Don’t be a clog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress.
  26. Let us look forward. Let us be determined that corruption will go, progress will be achieved, better wages for our workers, and living wages.
  27. We will transform the economy to work for millions of our citizens. We must take 50 million people out of poverty. We must build healthcare that works for all. Look around. Don’t be wicked. Look at the standard of education, look at the classrooms, and look at the roads. We can only spend the money, we will find it, we can not spend the people.
  28. No crime in borrowing. Thank you, World Bank, for being a lending friend. But let your achievement be homegrown. The determination that Nigeria can do it is here.
  29. If it had not started six months ago, we are here to switch off the light, make you included, and make all Nigerians included. Our path for tomorrow is charted for our children and grandchildren. Don’t be selfish about it.
  30. Property is not a shameful thing. It’s only unacceptable. And we have to banish it because it’s unacceptable. Let’s work on other identifiable areas.
  31. Because a memo is submitted to you doesn’t mean that is the end of that matter. Think through it. Be inquisitive. Ask how, when, why.
  32. I’m ready to enjoy the retreat going forward. We are not retreating from progress. We are just to talk to one another and chart a path for progress and prosperity of this nation. I’m honoured to declare this brainstorming session open. Thank you.
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WIKE REGAINS CONTROL OF RIVERS, AMIDST FUBARA’S IMPEACHMENT SAGA

PUSH NEW 24 INTERNATIONAL: October 30th, 2013

About 26 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have suspended the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaehwule.

Also, the House elected and inaugurated the leader of the House, Edison Ehie, as its new Speaker.

The number of pro-Fubara lawmakers increased to 26 after some realigned from the earlier 24 that wanted to impeach him.

This came following the crisis that rocked the assembly, on Monday, over the move by some of the lawmakers to impeach the governor.

The development had resulted in the burning down of the hallowed chambers of the legislative arm of the government on Sunday night.

Following the crisis, the state assembly premises had been cordoned off by fully armed security personnel.

Push News learnt it took the intervention of Minister Wike to save his godson from what may be termed a political failure of his path.

Wike was said to have summond all parties to return to statusquo and those who played key roles can go on punished.

Addressing newsmen after a brief plenary of the house at a chamber within the Government House, Port Harcourt, the new Speaker, Edison, promised to ensure justice and fairness in the process of legislation.

He said: “The House just rose from plenary and with all humility I must thank my colleagues, 26 Assembly members, who have just elected me as the new Speaker of the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly.

“My commitment to Rivers people is that I will be just and fair to all and sundry. And I will ensure that rule of law takes its course.

“I will not betray my colleagues and Rivers people and I will not betray my constituency.

“I will also ensure the independence of the Rivers State House of Assembly is adhered to, with mutual respect to the judiciary and executive arms.

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DALLAS : OBA AKILE PROMISES TO INVOLVE YORUBAS IN REVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICIES

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: October 29th, 2023

DALLAS : OBA AKILE PROMISES TO INVOLVE YORUBAS IN DIASPORA IN REVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICIES

I believe the new democratically elected government is a Diaspora friendly one which will provide an enabling platform for effective policies for the Diasporans.”

A charismatic Yoruba African Kingdom traditional ruler in Texas, United States, the Oba of Dallas, HRH Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, Oshiloye joye 1, has advise that he believes the new government in Nigeria will involve Nigerians in Diaspora in the designing, implementation and review of public policies, plans and programmes.

Oba Akile disclosed this on Saturday 28th, October, 2023 while receiving some Yoruba stakeholders in Diaspora who paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Dallas.

The royal father said he believes the government is not unmindful of the contributions of the Nigerians in Diaspora to the economy of Nigeria, Push News 24 International reports.

Akile said: ” The National Diaspora Policy 2021 prescribes July 25th annually as a day to celebrate Nigerians in the Diaspora by recognizing their contributions to National Development and networking them to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, State Diaspora Focal Point Officers (SDFPOs) and Civil Society Organzations (CSOs) in Nigeria and if this policy is followed to the latter Diasporans have no reasons to worry”

Consolidating Diaspora Engagement for National Development is apt giving the fact that it births the new dawn in our socio-political journey with the aim of strengthening our development in policies and programmes with our Diaspora Community across the globe for national development”.

Let me reiterate that, as the custodian of the Yoruba Traditional stool in Dallas, Texas, I will lobby to ensure government continues to hold Diasporans in high esteem and will work hard in uplifting diasporans engagements with the government at all levels.”

The Ijebu-born royal father added that: ” It is worthy of note that I and my Oba-in-Council will collaborate with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to further celebrate the amazing contributions of our Diaspora Champions with the introduction of initiatives that will not only serve as a morale booster for the Diaspora community but will also encourage Diaspora engagement and participation for national development.

Let me also commend the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) for its dynamic engagements with the Diaspora community especially in coming up with laudable programmes for Nigerians in Diaspora to invest at home. I believe in the years to come, these programmes will impact tremendously on our economy by catalyzing our developmental efforts.

May I also let you know that this new democratically elected government is a Diaspora friendly one, which will provide an enabling platform for effective policies for the Diaspora with the view to galvanizing support for the new administration and concretizing our democracy, setting a good example for other African countries to emulate.

Push News 24 International also reports that Oba Akile advise Nigerians to key into the development agenda as only Nigerians can develop Nigeria. This includes both those at home and those in the Diaspora.”

Unofficial reports states that there are about 15 million Nigerians in the diaspora and majority in the US, With Texas having over 100 thousand Nigerians.

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UMUAHIA : TINUBU’S MINISTER WINS, AS LABOUR PARTY OGAH LOSE REPS SIT

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : September 5th, 2023

UMUAHIA : TINUBU MINISTER WINS AS LABOUR PARTY OGAH LOSE REPS SIT

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Wednesday, nullified the election of Amobi Ogah of the Labour Party representing Isiukwuato Umunneochi Federal Constituency on grounds of non-compliance to the Electoral Act.

Delivering Judgement in the Petition tagged EPT/AB/HR/8/2023 on Wednesday in Umuahia, the three-member Panel 1 of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal said the candidate of the Labour Party did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

“How a candidate is sponsored by a political party is both pre- and post-election, there is no evidence of giving 21 days’ notice to INEC by the respondent before conducting their primary election.

“No date of primaries was placed before us; no evidence of primaries and the 3rd respondent has always said it’s an internal affair of the party.

“We have tabulated and found out that the results computed by the petition are correct and the results computed by the 1st respondent are dis-countenanced,” the tribunal ruled.

Ogah had argued that the acceptance of the ministerial appointment of Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was a sign that she had abandoned her petition. But the tribunal in her ruling dismissed the submission of the lawmaker.

We are of the view that Section 66 is not applicable to this scenario because the petitioner is not a lawmaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The scenario prohibited by law is a person being a member of two arms of government,” the court ruled.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on February 28 declared the Labour Party candidate, Ogah, as the winner of the Isiukwuato Umunneochi Federal Constituency election with a total of 11,769 votes against the current Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who the commission said scored a total of 8,752 votes.

Not happy with the result, Onyejeocha filed a petition before the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, seeking the nullification of Ogah’s election in seven reliefs contained in her petition.