Highlights:

WINNERS EMERGE IN TOPFLYERS MAGAZINE PAGEANT/ EXCELLENCE AWARDS FUGAR DAY CELEBRATION: MEMORIES AS ETSAKO RESONATES THEIR CULTURAL HERITAGE LILY WEDS EDO PIKIN (COMEDIAN) IN GRAND STYLE

Saturday, August 13, 2022

1:37:00 pm

Gov. Okowa, Ahmed Isah, Sen. Abuda, HRM Richard Oghenevwogaga, Regina Daniels Nwoko, others for Topflyers Award in Abuja
















The Management and Organizing Committee of the annual TopFlyers Magazine International Award have concluded plans to honour deserving Nigerians who have stood out in their chosen careers and impacted lives positively.


The award, which is held annually by TopFlyers Magazine International, is designed to honour TopFlyers and use their stories to motivate African youths to see the virtues of hard work and determination as norms.


Addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja, the Publisher of the Magazine and Organizer of the award ceremony, Mr Musa Yahaya, said TopFlyers Magazine tells stories of hardworking Africans and Nigerians who have excelled in their careers and have become topflyers in a society with so many hurdles for one to become successful.


He said the idea of the award was to recognize and honour those topFlyers, to spur them to do more for their society and encourage others. He said the selection Committee did a thorough job to come up with the list of awardees, who, he said, merited the award.


The awardees include Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State; Actress Regina Daniels; NSCDC Boss, Ahmed Abubakar Audi; Ordinary President Ahmed Isah, of Brekete Family; Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, RT. Hon Sheriff Francis Oborevwori; Dozy Mmobuosi, Senator Philip T. Aduda and Hon. Anthony Emeka Elekeokwuri.


Others are Dr. Gabriel Ogbechie, High Chief Michael Diji, Dr. Michael Nwoko, Rex Mafiana, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, Sabastine Enechi, HRM Richard Oghenevwogaga, Akponine Samuel Tega, Napoleon Saviour, Niyi Busari and Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Abuja.


The event is scheduled to hold on the 27th of August, 2022, at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, by 5pm.

Friday, August 12, 2022

10:23:00 am

2023 Election: Wike sues Atiku, Tambuwal, demands recognition as candidate

 


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has sued the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and the PDP over the conduct of the presidential primary of the party that was held was in Abuja on May 28 and May 29, 2022.


In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, Wike and a PDP chieftain, Newgent Ekamon, are listed as the plaintiffs. In the originating summons, the PDP is listed as the first respondent while the Independent National Electoral Commission is the 2nd respondent. Tambuwal and Atiku are listed as the 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.


During the PDP presidential primary, when aspirants  were asked to address delegates, Tambuwal had asked them to vote for him only to return moments  later to ask them to vote for Atiku.


At the primary, Atiku polled 371 votes while Wike and Bukola Saraki garnered 237 and 70 votes respectively. After the convention, the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, described Tambuwal as the “hero of the convention.”


In the originating summons, Wike and his co-applicant asked the court to determine eight issues including whether the purported transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku by the PDP was illegal and void.


The plaintiffs asked the court to determine if Tambuwal lost his claim to votes the moment he stepped down for Atiku.


He asked the court to determine whether Tambuwal “having stepped down during the primaries ought to lose his votes.”


Wike and Ekamon argued that should these issues be determined in their favour, the court should grant nine reliefs including a declaration that the purported transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku be declared null and void.


The plaintiffs are also seeking a declaration that the PDP acted negligently and in bad faith by assigning the Sokoto governor’s votes to Atiku at the primary.


They prayed the court to “cancel the transfer of votes and a corresponding order restraining the 3rd respondent (Tambuwal’s) withdrawal in the primary was done after voting had commenced.”


The applicants also prayed the court to declare that the PDP and Atiku took undue advantage of Tambuwal’s withdrawal when they allowed the Sokoto governor to persuade delegates to vote for the former Vice-President in the primary.


Wike and Ekamon asked the court to order INEC to reject or remove Atiku from “its list of candidates in the 2023 presidential election.”


They are also seeking an order commanding the PDP to recount the votes of the primary that was held on May 28 and May 29.


Lastly, the applicants are seeking an order of the court “directing the 1st respondent (PDP) to declare the 2nd applicant (Wike), a presidential aspirant in the May 28 and May 29 primary as the winner of the aforesaid primary with a corresponding order directing the 1st respondent (PDP) to forward his name as the candidate to contest the presidential election in 2023.”


In a supporting affidavit he deposed to, Ekamon noted that he was a member of the PDP and attested to the fact that Wike won the presidential election.


He maintained that Tambuwal withdrew from the contest after voting had commenced and directed that his votes be assigned to Atiku.


“The third respondent (Tambuwal) speaking twice before stepping down from the contest, persuaded all his delegates who were going to vote for him to vote for the 4th respondent (Atiku).


“The 1st (PDP) and 4th (Atiku) respondents who also wanted the votes desperately agreed with the 3rd (Tambuwal) and assigned 3rd (Tambuwal) respodnent’s votes to the 4th (Atiku) respondent and increased his votes to win the 2nd applicant (Wike).


“The 2nd applicant (Wike) won the primaries if the votes of the 3rd respondent (Tambuwal) had not been transferred or assigned to the 4th respondent (Atiku).


The PUNCH learnt that the court processes had been served on the PDP at its Wadata Plaza headquarters located at Wuse Zone 5 while a copy had also been delivered to Atiku’s Campaign office in Maitama and the Sokoto State Government’s Liaison Office by the court bailiff.


Wike has been at loggerheads with Atiku and Tambuwal since his defeat in the presidential primary.


He had lambasted the PDP for allowing Tambuwal to canvass votes for Atiku after he had already been allowed to speak earlier at the convention.


“If I wanted to scuttle the convention, I could have done that and I told them… I have never seen how people can violate procedures and guidelines. Somebody had spoken. It is only at that point he was speaking that he could say I have withdrawn. You don’t call him back,” Wike had said.


After the primary, Atiku had been advised to pick Wike as his running mate. However, the former Vice-President decided to nominate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate, a move that further deepened the crisis in the party.


Wike and his clique of governors have reportedly demanded the resignation of the PDP national chairman as a condition for them to campaign for Atiku. They argued that the all top positions in the party are being occupied by northerners and Ayu, who is from the North-Central must resign as a concession to the South.


However, Ayu has maintained that he would only resign after Atiku emerges the winner of the Presidential election next year.


When contacted on the telephone, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, said he was unaware of the case and thus could not comment on it.


“I’m just hearing about this case from you. I have not seen the process and thus cannot comment on it,” he said.


Also, Atiku’s Spokesman, Paul Ibe, said his principal had not yet been served and thus could not comment on the matter.


“We are not aware of the case and have not been served. When we are served, we will respond appropriately. However, the response will be done in the proper manner and not through the media,” Ibe said.


Effort to reach Wike on his mobile telephone proved abortive, as it indicated that the calls were being forwarded, even as he had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile as of the time of filing this report on Thursday night.


Similarly, Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, Special Assistant on Media to the Governor could not be reached as his mobile phone was not connecting, even as he had yet to reply to a text and WhatsApp message sent to him as of the time of filing this report

Sunday, August 07, 2022

12:56:00 am

Arise: Nigeria is dying and fast decaying By Prince Ekhato Zelinjo


 

 

Nigeria is a time bomb; a cocked pistol. Nigeria is on the verge of explosion; and it is expedient that leader-countries of the global village should act to save Nigerians.

 

As the society we live in continues to change, it is only reasonable that things change for the better; but the case of Nigeria is different. This is due to the pressing concern of obvious and perceived imbalances in the country.

 

These imbalances are the central problems of the federal republic of Nigeria and they ranges from bad road / no road and poorly constructed ROADS; These  have increased the suffering of the masses who depend on the road to transport agricultural, perishable and non-perishable produce to the final consumers in the urban centres. No good roads to move goods and services, no enabling environment for enterprises to flourish, hence businesses and the citizenry suffer untold hardship.

 

Our Nigerian leaders fly on planes [use aircrafts] therefore, they are insensitive to the plight of the masses [citizens] who ply the bad and damaged roads just to survive.

 

 One, therefore, begins to wonder what the duties and responsibilities of Federal Road Maintenance Agency [FERMA] to Nigerians are.

 

Nigerians living in the riverine areas are cut off as our water ways have been abandoned, especially with no genuine government commitment to the development of water transport system in the country.

 

Government is neither doing enough to create jobs nor employing the increasing army of unemployed graduates.

 

Our political leaders are responsible for the bastardized educational system in Nigeria. at the moment, tertiary institutions are on strike nationwide. The Academic Staff Union Of Universities [ASUU] has made demands of the federal government on how to improve their welfare and boost the educational system; but this government has remained adamant.  Students and their parents have continued to suffer as a result of this ASUU/FG face-off.

 

In the midst of the prevailing circumstances, our political leaders have continued to send their children abroad to study and acquire standard education while the majority children of the less-privileged, who the nation's Constitution promises education as a fundamental human right, are left unattended.

 

As issue stand, it is obvious that government and our  political leaders have bastardized the nation's educational system.

 

Ironically, those Nigerians, who enjoyed free education and readily got jobs upon graduation, in those good, old days of Chief Obafemi  Awolowo's, are the ones now making life critically difficult for present day Nigerian masses. 

 

In the heat of things, the Honourable Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. FEMI GBAJABIAMILA, representing Surulere 1 Federal Constituency posted pictures of himself receiving lectures at Harvard Business School in the United States of America on the same day nigerian workers, under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress, were engaging in a solidarity rally in surppot Of ASUU.

 

In the same vein, the nation's lawmakers have recently rejected the bill prohibiting government officials from sending their children to schools abroad.

 

This attitude of those in government  is the height of insensitivity to the myriad problems bisecting the nation.

 

As a matter of urgency, the current minister for education and minster for labour should be sacked. Some of our legislators [law makers] should be recalled.

 

POOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

 

Our hospitals and health centres are nothing to write about as they have become mere structure [buildings] without basic amenities.

 

Only recently, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife landed in trouble in the United Kingdom.  According to reports, he was seeking medical attention for his sick daughter who needed a kidney transplant.

 

Ekweremadu and his wife would not be in police net in London if only the Nigerian government improved our  health delivery system with the needed technologies, physical infrastructures and qualified medical personnel’s.

 

For instance, in the Niger Delta people are having cancer due to oil exploration in the area and yet there is paucity of cancer hospitals in Nigeria.

 

 Senator Ben Bruce lost his wife due to cancer; governor Seriake Dickson also lost his mother to cancer; and Timi Alaibe lost his wife, Mrs Alaere Alaibe, at age 45 to cancer.

 

Even President Mohammad Buhari regularly goes abroad  for medical reasons because we have a faulty health system in Nigeria. Who will turn things around and save of country.

 

HIGH RATE OF INSECURITY

 

Our government and security forces have failed the Nigerian citizenry as their services are majorly for the high and mighty neglecting the vulnerable masses.

 

Insecurity, ranging from kidnapping, banditry, suicide bombing here and there, maiming, acts of terrorism, militancy,  etc, have become commonplace, thriving without much resistance from the security agencies.

 

On the other hand, killer Fulani herdsmen invade and destroy farmers' crops.

 

Unknown and known gunmen engage in extra judicial killing.  It is rumoured, and there are available, clear reasons to believe it, that some Nigerian security forces have been colluding with these criminals.

 

Boko Haram is disturbing the peace and unity of Nigeria. Militants and secessionist groups are heating up the polity and undermining the sovereignty if the Nigeria state.

 

It is even more pathetic that our government, today,  negotiate and pay ransom to terrorists. Who will save Nigeria?

 

Corruption continues unabated in high places, despite the existence of the EFCC and ICPC.

 

Corruption has so eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation that  almost all Nigerian leaders are corrupt.  As a result, the image of country in the global perspective is laundered and the elected government is turning a deaf ear to the problems of the nation and ignoring the plight of the masses that voted them into power.

 

This is why jakpa escape system, in search greener pasture, is the new order in Nigeria.  The traffic and statistics in airports and embassies tell it all. People are running away with their lives, leaving the extremely poor, patriots and the greedy political class to thug it out.

 

The government, from local, through state, to federal government, is not proactive and seems to be self-serving.

 

Nigeria is dying under the watch of President Buhari, the 36 state governors are his accomplices.

 

The masses have prayed and are still praying for the world to hear our cry and save Nigeria. A majority of the citizens of Nigeria are only using the two last weapon available to them to liberate themselves and the country. The two weapons available are our voices and write ups, as ways of protesting, which is our universally accepted fundamental human right.

 

Therefore, we ask the world for help. Our Permanent Voters Card  [PVC] should help us vote our conscience in the 2023 general election.

 

Let the world support Nigeria and Nigerians to monitor the election and ensure free and fair election. The world must help us pressurize the  Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC], to be truly independent and conduct a free and credible 2023 election.

 

It is time the world woke up to tackle Nigeria’s problems and save the country. This is because the world is now a global village.

 

When Nigeria, the giant of Africa and the most populous black nation on earth suffers, the world bleeds.

 

Nigeria needs the United Nations, UN, World Health Organizations, WHO, the world powers, especially the United States, China, France, Russia, Germany, Spain, Canada, Britain and their leaders, like Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, etc, to rescue the country.

 

 

Yours in the struggle

 

Prince Ekhato Emmanuel Zelinjo, Nigerian citizen.

Thursday, August 04, 2022

9:04:00 am

Atiku vs Wike: Negotiations deadlocked

 


The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed to resolve the rift between the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike.


Rather, members of the Board, during a meeting at the Abuja PDP national secretariat, resolved to set up a committee to take up the task.


Briefing journalists after the meeting, the BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin said all members of the BoT are members of the committee.


However, snippets at the meeting indicated that the BoT had dismissed the demand by Wike camp that the PDP National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu must step aside.


The Governor’s camp had premised its demand on an agreement said to have been reached earlier, that Ayu will step aside if a Northerner emerged the PDP presidential candidate.


Party stakeholders were said to have agreed that the Deputy National Chairman (South) will take the chairmanship seat to replace Ayu who is from the North Central zone.


Most PDP chieftains who identified with Wike’s presidential aspiration did not attend yesterday’s meeting.


A few of them who attended were said to have drawn the attention of the meeting to the fact that the presidential ticket and two key leadership positions are being held by the North.


“The presidential ticket holder, the national chairman and BoT chairman are all from the North. Atiku is from Northeast, Ayu is from North Central and the BoT chair is also from North Central,” one of them was quoted to have said.


Addressing journalists after the meeting, a former Senator, Abdul Ningi, admitted that the rift between Atiku and Wike remained unresolved.


“We discussed the crisis between our presidential candidate and Governor Nyesom Wike. In getting it resolved, we set up a committee of the whole to urgently interface with the two of them.


“We have set up in this meeting committee of the BoT to be able to interface between warring factions, particularly the acrimony that is taking place between the presidential candidate and governor Wike and any other conflict that is taking place in the nation within our party formation.


“The committee is the committee of the whole; that means every BoT member is a member of the committee. I cannot tell you the grievances and the time frame.


“On Ayu stepping down, we have not even discussed any issue of anybody stepping down. What we discussed is what I have told you,” Ningi said.


Ningi however, said there was no time frame for the committee to conclude its assignment and submit a report.


8:55:00 am

Ukraine Braces for Attack as Russian Troops advances in South

 


    The Russian Army appears to be massing forces for an attack along the same southern battlefront where Kyiv’s troops are planning one, the Ukrainian military warned on Wednesday. The warning, by the Operational Southern Command, raised the prospect of a more pitched, seesaw battle in southern Ukraine than had been expected in the Ukrainian counteroffensive, which has been pushing toward the Russian-occupied city of Kherson.

“The enemy continues to wage hostilities along the occupied defense line,” the command said in a statement. The Russians are assembling troops for an assault, it said.

Overall, the front in Russia’s war in Ukraine stretches for more than 1,500 miles in a continuous arc from the city of Kharkiv in the north to the city of Kherson in the south. But it is effectively two distinct theaters of war.

In the eastern Donbas region, Russia has been slowly advancing, while in the southern Kherson region, Ukraine has been recapturing territory with the help of long-range American-provided rockets striking ammunition depots, command posts and bridges deep behind Russian lines.

The strikes on bridges over the Dnipro River, which separates Kherson from Russian supply lines to the occupied peninsula of Crimea, had been seen as particularly hopeful for Kyiv. The Russian Army has begun using barges to cross the river.

But the massing of an assault force in the northern portion of Russia-occupied territory around Kherson would pose challenges to Ukraine’s plans. The Operational Southern Command said Russian troops staged probing attacks with tanks, but did not break through Ukrainian lines.

Russian forces also attacked with helicopters and rocket artillery around Kherson, in an area of flat farmland crisscrossed by small rivers and irrigation canals that form natural barriers, the Ukrainian military said. The Ukrainian Air Force and artillery units struck several Russian targets in the area, it said.

Already in eastern Ukraine, the fighting has settled into a stalemate of Russian advances in some areas and Ukrainian counterattacks in others, with neither side moving more than a few miles over weeks of combat.

The Russian military has turned to its air force to try to break the deadlock, said Serhiy Haidai, the head of the Ukrainian regional administration of Luhansk Province. On Tuesday, Russian planes attacked eight villages and small towns along a front near the administrative border between Luhansk and Donetsk Provinces, he said.

The attacks, Mr. Haidai said, were intended to pin down Ukrainian troops in the east, preventing them from being redeployed to other areas in Ukraine, like the south, where Ukrainian forces are preparing for a counteroffensive.

In the north of Ukraine, Russia attacked the city of Kharkiv early Wednesday morning, launching missiles from across the border near the Russian city of Belgorod, according to a Telegram post by Oleh Synyehubov, the military governor of Kharkiv. There were no immediate reports of casualties.


8:48:00 am

Outrage as Buhari gifts Niger Republic N1.1bn SUVs

 


 

The Federal Government has justified the approval of the sum of N1, 145,000,000.00 for the purchase of vehicles for the Niger Republic.

Following the outrage generated by the measure exposed by a popular social media influencer, David Hundeyin, on Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, argued that even though Nigerians have the right to question, President Muhammadu Buhari, who approved the purchase also has the right to make his own assessment on situations and act accordingly.

Responding to questions during the post-Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, she said Nigeria has a policy of assisting its neighbours to strengthen its capacity to deal with insecurity.

The document released by the media influencer showed that the president approved the release of the fund on the 22nd of February this year.

The contract to supply the 10 units of Toyota Land Cruisers was awarded to IFO Kaura Motors Nig. Limited.  

 


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

6:45:00 pm

BEYOUND MATHEMATICS: D’ gods Falls in Love, Ties the Knot

 


By Emeke Nwaoboli

“What love cannot do does not exist”. This is the best phrase to describe the fact that “the gods” is now in love with alluring damsel Favour Alagba whom must have taken him some mathematical calculations, spiritual algebraic statistics, standard deviation, sine and cosine rules as well as divine direction and a lot of speaking in tongues to confidently propose to.


Many did not see this union coming this soon as they thought that beyond the love for Mathematics, D’gods was not yet ready to leave the shrine of Mathematics in search of true love which is the ancestor of the love of Mathematics.

The  Pioneer of Champions Tutorials, Simeon Uchechukwu, popularly known as “D’gods” of mathematics due to his mastery of Mathematics attestable by hundreds of secondary and tertiary school graduates groomed by him especially those domiciled in Benin City, has tied the knot.


D’gods in a delightful fancy setting of creame de’ la creame in the academia as well as reputable clergy men and women from The Narrow Gate Christian Assembly (NGCA), Benin City and beyond was wedded by his treasure hunt, Favour Alagba, the first daughter of the Founder and General Overseer of The Narrow Gate Christian Assembly, Benin City, Rev. D.N.U Alagba.


D’gods who hails from Eziga Community, Onioha LGA, Ebonyi State, Nigeria, took his marriage vows with Favour who hails from Ihenkwu Isi-ala Oparanadim, Ahiazu-Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria,  at NGCA on Saturday June 25, 2022 while the reception held at Youth House, Plot 12D, Akpakpava Road, Benin City.


The reception ground was filled to the brim by men and women that matter just as the church also recorded an overflow of felicitators when the couple took their marriage vows. Just as love and faithfulness meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other (Psalm 85:10), so did D’gods feed his wife with cake and wine at the reception as he kissed her at every legal opportunity during the meal after his initial shyness when he was asked to kiss her in the church.

Indeed, marriage is honourable with the bed undefiled. If one had forgotten this biblical statement, the wedding ceremony of the D’gods and minister favour would have reminded one of it as Rev. Alagba danced heartily just like every true man of God who sets his children’s ways in the path of righteousness would dance.




The joy of celebration was undeniably present in the wedding ceremony especially among the couple. If 1st Corinthians 13:2 were to be re-written by D’gods, we bet he must have re-written it thus:  “If I have the gift of solving all mathematical puzzles and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, if I have faith that can move mountains, but make the mistake of allowing the love favour Alagba exhumes pass me by, then with all my knowledge, I am of all men, worth nothing”.