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Gov poll: Rivers APC youth leaders dump Tonye Cole, endorse Fubara



The All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leaders in Rivers State have endorsed the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sir Siminialayi Fubara for the March 18 2023 election.

The youth leaders, who hold various positions in the party’s Campaign Council and in their various local government areas, also accused a former Transport Minister and state’s Leader of the party, Rotimi Amaechi, of anti-party activities.

The Assistant Director, Media and Strategic Communication, Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, Ikenda Elechi spoke on behalf of the youths in Port Harcourt.

Elechi explained that the choice of Sir Funara answered both the call for a riverine governor and the rotation of governorship to the Rivers Southeast Senatorial district, which he said had suffered marginalization.

He confessed that Amaechi committed anti-party when he directed them to vote for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abunakar in the February 25, 2023 election.

He said: “As you are aware, during the Presidential and National Assembly contests, the former Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon, Chibuike Amaechi adopted, endorsed and directed party members in the State to vote for the candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar against that of our Party, the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

“Although those of us seated here and other of our supporters did not heed the directive, we were nonetheless aware of it.”

Elechi said Amaechi’s directive threw the party supporters in the State into confusion, “so much so that it cost the party her National Assembly seats.”

He said: “Since then,that directive has remained active and till this very moment, not been rescinded.

“It is therefore on the strength of that directive that we are gathered here to make the following declarations;

“We salute Rivers people on their support towards our Presidential Candidate Bola Tinubu during the last elections

“We commend the Governor of Rivers State, Barr Nyesom Wike for his stance on power returning to the South after eigjt years of Northern rule which is in line with the dreams of our (Rivers) founding Fathers

“We acknowledge the support of the Governor, his supporters and the good people of the State without whom the party would have, once again, lost the presidential elections in the State as was the case in previous elections.

“In the spirit of reciprocity and good fate, we align ourselves with call by the leader of the Party in the State, Chief Tony Okocha that the party returns the favour done her by the Governor and people of Rivers State

“In view of the above therefore, we, the youths of the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State, hereby, without any form of hesitation, endorse and adopt Sir Siminialayi Fubara as the preferred choice of the Party for the Governorship of Rivers State in the March 18 election.”

“The APC, being a Party of Justice and fairness, Sir Siminialayi Fubara answers both the question of Riverine Governorship as well as in keeping with the principle of power rotation wherein Power should rotate to the Rivers South-East Senatorial Zone, the only Zone yet to produce the Governor of our dear State.”

“We call on other candidates to step down for Sir Fubara in the spirit of good faith and enjoin Rivers people to vote him accordingly.”

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Appeal Court Reinstates Adeleke As Winner Of Osun Governorship Poll



The Court of Appeal in Abuja has ruled that Governor Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the winner of the Osun state governorship election.

At its sitting on Thursday, the appellate court nullified the judgement of the election tribunal declaring Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election.

Oyetola was declared the winner by the election tribunal after he went to court to challenge the victory of Adeleke, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Delivering judgment on January 27, two out of the three-member panel held that the former governor was able to prove that there was over-voting in some of the polling units.

Adeleke had rejected the judgment, describing it as “a miscarriage of justice” and “an unfair interpretation against the will of majority of voters”.

In the 31 grounds of appeal, Adeleke begged the court for “an order setting aside the whole decision of the tribunal”.

He also sought “an order striking out the petition for want of competence and jurisdiction or in the alternative, an order dismissing the petition on the merit”.

Adeleke submitted that the tribunal exhibited bias when it said: “The second respondent cannot ‘go lo lo lo lo’ and ‘buga won’ as the duly elected governor of Osun state.”

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices on Friday, held that the appeal the governor lodged to challenge his sacking by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500,000 cost against APC and its candidate, Oyetola.


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Travel Agent, Abioye Abolaji arraigned for visa fraud linked to 77 applicants



The Police Special Fraud Unit in Lagos State has arraigned a travel agent, Abioye Abolaji, for alleged visa racketeering, including the forging of the United Nations invitation letters for no fewer than 77 visa applicants in the state.

The spokesperson for the PSFU, SP Eyitayo Johnson, in a statement on Thursday, said Abolaji was arraigned on 11 counts bordering on alleged forgery, obtaining money by false pretence, false representation and stealing.

He said, “The arrest of the suspect was in furtherance to a petition from the Diplomatic Security Services Regional Security office at the United States Consulate General, Lagos, which requested a discrete investigation into forged documents submitted by certain C-2 visa applicants to the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit of the USCG. The C-2 visa is an NIV category reserved for participants at United Nations conferences/events.

“An investigation by the USCG and the PSFU into 77 C-2 applications from 24 organisations in Nigeria to attend two separate conferences, including the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the UN 2023 Water Conference scheduled to take place in New York between March 22 and 24, 2023, revealed that most of the applicants are not qualified for the visa classification they applied for because the applicants provided forged UN invitation letters.

“The applicants, who claimed to be employees of Osun and Sons Agricultural Venture, Ray D. Exclusive Electrical Contractor, or ACE Technoresources Integrated Services, planned to attend the UN Water Conference as representatives or nominees of these organisations but investigation revealed that none of the organisations is in consultative status with the UN and that the employment of most of the applicants had no bearing to either of the referenced UN conferences.”

Johnson said further information elicited during police interviews of the visa applicants led to the arrest of Abolaji, who was described as the arrowhead of a notorious syndicate that specialised in visa fraud.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, PSFU, Adepoju Ilori, advised prospective visa applicants to desist from patronising document vendors/visa racketeers for the processing of category B-1 and B-2 visas or any other travel documents.

The CP further encouraged applicants to research the procedure/requirements of visa for their intended country of destination or to approach the diplomatic section of the PSFU for guidance in order not to fall victim to visa racketeers. The unit is currently on the trail of other members of the syndicate,” the statement said.

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I Never Told Anyone That I Will Die Soon – Odumeje



Controversial Anambra-based fiery pastor, Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, popularly known as Odumeje has dismissed the rumour saying that he declared he would die soon.

Report had emerged that Odumeje, during Sunday service at Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention and Deliverance Ministry, Onitsha, said he had completed his assignments on earth and was time to go.

The reports also alleged that the death announcement might not be unconnected with the demolition of part of his church recently by the State Government.

According to the reports, while the news came to some members of the congregation as surprise, others wept, saying they don’t want him to leave them soon.

But speaking on phone, Okoye described such news as untrue, saying the prophet never instructed his son, David to take care of his house after his death.

She said, is not true (that prophet Odumeje said during Church service last Sunday that he will die soon).

You know that some people when they want to destroy someone’s image, they will write something with your name and put it in a YouTube and say that you said it.

The prophet never instructed his son, David to take care of his house and that he will die soon.

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