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Edo Guber: Only state leadership authorised to sell delegate forms – Labour Party

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The Labour Party has said only the state leadership is authorised to sell delegate forms for the Edo State party governorship primaries.

A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiorah Ifoh, said the Labour Party has since released its guidelines for both the delegates and primary election for the state in line with the party constitution and electoral act.

He stated that forms for the Ward and Local Government delegates are to be sold exclusively by the state working committee of the party while the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms are to be sold at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja.

The party warned that it will not condone any disrespect to the laid down rules and will not fail to sanction any member who chooses to disregard this simple rule.

Section 3 of the guidelines for the conduct of Congresses to elect delegates for Edo governorship election, 2024 on the Sale of Form states clearly that, “An aspirant who desires to contest delegate election at the Ward or LGA level Congresses, shall first purchase Delegate Form at the State Secretariat of the Party which shall be monitored by the electoral committee of the state under the direct leadership of at least one National Officer assigned from the National Headquarters of the Labour Party.

“Delegate forms for the ward delegates shall be sold for the cost of Five Thousand Naira only (N5,000.00).

“Delegate forms for local government delegates shall be sold for Ten Thousand Naira only (N10,000,00).

“Forms shall be made available without restriction to every aspirant who desires to contest as delegate with proof of payment.”

Section 4 also states that “On completion of the form, the aspirant shall return the same to the State Secretariat of the Party”, the statement read.

Meanwhile, the party will today, Monday at 6pm conclude the sale of Ward and Local Government delegate forms as well as the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the Edo primary election.

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Aiyedatiwa, Ajayi clash over scrapping of 33 LCDAs

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Agboola Ajayi, has insisted that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa should be blamed for the scrapping of 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) by the court.

The late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu signed the bill creating the 33 LCDAs into law last September after he returned from medical vacation, but Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye, in a judgment, said the creation of the LCDAs were inchoate, null and void, unconstitutional and illegal.

Justice Adebusoye ruled that the late Akeredolu did not comply with sections seven and eight of the 1999 Constitution, saying it was illegal for the late former governor to sign a law outside the state.

Ajayi said Aiyedatiwa was in charge during the creation of the LCDAs, noting that the late former governor was on medical vacation.

Ajayi, who addressed reporters in Akure, said Governor Aiyedatiwa should have intervened, reconciled and addressed the injustice the people must have raised as regards the creation of the LCDAs.

He said: “I still maintain what I said by blaming Governor Aiyedatiwa for the judgment and the aftermath of that creation.

“I’m blaming Aiyedatiwa because before they went to court, they must have written several letters to him. Even when they were in court, what stopped him from calling to settle out of court? There is nothing bad in that, and that is leadership. Do you know how much money has gone into that? The hope of the people has been dashed.

“Government is a serious business. Once you inherit an asset from the government, you must also inherit the liability of whatever it is from that government.

“The blame Aiyedatiwa has as a leader was not setting up alternative dispute resolution on the matter.”

Speaking through the Lucky Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers Independent Council (LACO-FSIC), Governor Aiyedatiwa called on the judiciary to put Ajayi on trial to produce evidence of how he (Aiyedatiwa) influenced the judge.

He said the PDP governorship candidate lowered the bar for himself and his party, in the quest to become the next governor of Ondo State.

“While Agboola Ajayi has every right to express his opinion on a court verdict, he is not licensed to impugn on the integrity of the sitting judge and the judicial institution, by claiming Governor Aiyedatiwa had influenced the judge to pass his judgment.”

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Suspended Edo APC Lawmaker Drags Speaker Agbebaku to Court Over Voodoo Allegation, Demands N30 Billion Damages

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A suspended member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Emmankhu Isibor Addeh has dragged the speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Blessing Agbebaku and seven media houses to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Abuja for libel and the alleged broadcast of the said libel by Mr. Agbebaku.

In the suit, marked No. FCT/HC/CV/2856/2024, Mr. Blessing Agbebaku and the seven media houses are listed as the first to eight defendants respectively.

According to the writ of summons  by Mr. Nnaemeka Okeke and dated June 19, 2024, the lawmakers, a legal practitioner and a devout Christian accused the defendants, jointly and severally, in libel for the broadcast the first defendant made on May 6, 2024 during the plenary of the Edo State House of Assembly, and the re-broadcast and publication by the second to eight defendants on print, electronic, and online media on May 7, 2024 and other various dates.

He said that the defendants broadcast the said false and libelous statement wherein they said that the claimant with two other persons brought a herbalist into the House of Assembly premises to plant some charms in the premises by 1 am in the morning.

He alleged that the libelous statement was published in the said House of Assembly of Edo State and equally published to the whole digital world, including the Federal Capital Territory, by the news media available in Nigeria, whose duty is to report parliamentary proceedings in the Edo State House of Assembly.

The lawmaker further claimed that the first defendant’s broadcast and the re-broadcast and publications by the second to eight defendants have damaged severally the reputation of the claimant in the eyes of his learned colleagues, his co-parishioners, church members, clientele, his constituents, etc.

Mr. Addeh, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who presently represents Esan North -East 1 Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly is among others demanding from the defendants:

“An Order mandating the 1st Defendant to immediately publish in five print media and five Online media of 1st Defendant’s retraction of the defamatory statement together with an unqualified apology.

“An Order mandating the second to eight defendants to immediately publish a retraction of the said defamatory publications and broadcasts in their respective media.

“Damages of N3, 000,000,000 (Three Billion Naira) against the defendants, jointly and severally.

“N50, 000,000 being the cost of this suit and 10% interest on the damages from the date of judgement until judgement debt is fully paid”.

No date has been fixed for hearing.

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Crisis: Call Ugochinyere to order, he’s now agent for a cause he knows nothing about-HoR Rivers Caucus

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…demand that House leadership should curb his excesses

The House of Representatives Rivers State Caucus has in strong words condmned unparliamentary moves of Hon Ugochinyere Ikenga describing his acts as a veritable tool and an agent provocateur for a cause he knows nothing about.

The caucus expressly stated that as a Caucus, we consider Hon. Ugochinyere an insignificant twerp in the social space and, particularly, in the grand scheme of Rivers politics.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Hon. Dumnamene Dekor, Leader, Rivers Caucus and Hon. Cyril Hart,
Secretary, Rivers Caucus noting that:

“The attention of the Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives has been drawn to yet another unfortunate and misleading press briefing by Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere on Tuesday 18th, on the ongoing disagreement between the governor of Rivers State and the House of Assembly, and latterly, Local Government Chairmen.

“Since the disagreement, Hon. Ugochinyere has thrown caution, decorum, and responsible conduct – expected of the high office he now occupies – to the wind. He has, instead, put himself forward as a veritable tool and an agent provocateur for a cause he knows nothing about and for no other reason except to feather his nest.

“His latest sponsored intervention is laden with all the ingredients that characterised all his previous outings: blackmail, half-truths, outright lies, misinformation and disinformation, and malicious propaganda.

“In every instance, his prejudicial media statements also constitute a thoughtless assault on due process and ongoing judicial processes aimed at resolving the disagreement in Rivers.

“As our colleague who sits in the House of Representatives today courtesy of the judgment of a court, that is beyond embarrassing.

“As a Caucus, we consider Hon. Ugochinyere an insignificant twerp in the social space and, particularly, in the grand scheme of Rivers politics. To begin with, he is not from Rivers State. So his political value is unquestionably non-existent, except to those who are naive enough to fall for his cheap gimmicks.

“Secondly, we had put Hon. Ugochinyere’s deplorable behaviour down to exuberant infatilism, which sometimes affects some new members, and had hoped that his apparent lack of understanding of his duties as a federal lawmaker would diminish as he grows into his new position.

“Obviously, we were wrong. One year into his term as a lawmaker, Hon. Ugochinyere has rather doubled down on infamy, dishonour, and disreputable behaviour details of which we have at our disposal.

“The current situation in Rivers State does not concern Hon. Ugochinyere in any way because he is from Imo State; a state that is grappling with myriad political and social issues of its own in respect of which Hon. Ugochinyere cannot find his voice. The disagreement in Rivers has never been brought to the floor of the House of Representatives to warrant other members’ intervention in a debate.

“Unarguably, Hon. Ugochinyere’s actions (in the guise of representation) outside of the House impinge on the privileges of members of this Caucus, the integrity of the House itself, and constitute a reckless violation of the constitution vide sections 49 and 72.

“Consequently, we hereby publicly call on the leadership of the House of Representatives to take urgent steps to discipline and rein in this errant member who is gradually bringing disrepute to the House and soliciting the support of some gullible members without disclosing fully to them his pecuniary interest.

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