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Edo PDP Primary: Court Hears Cases Challenging Ighodalo’s Victory March 14



Notwithstanding the outcome of the recent Edo State governorship primary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), all seems not to be well with the main opposition party following an ongoing legal tussle at a Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo.

At today’s sitting, Justice Ekwo fixed March 14 to hear the cases challenging the PDP governorship primary that produced Dr. Asue Ighodalo as the party’s flagbearer for the February 21 governorship election.

The suits marked FHC /ABJ /CS/ 195/2024 were filed by Adizetu Hadizat Audrey and Abosede Adunni Umoru.

Another suit marked FHC /ABJ /CS/ 196/2024 was filed by Moses Adomokha Alabi and Christopher Ebode Oboarere.

Joined as respondents are the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Setonji Koshoedo, PDP’s National Working Committee, (NWC), PDP, Acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum, and National Executive Committee(NEC).

The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Magaji Ibrahim, told Justice Ekwo in his two separate motions that the PDP primary ought to be nullified if it was held on February 22 based on an alleged “defective” delegates list.

He urged the court to restrain the party from holding the primaries, contending that PDP’s election victory could be set aside in view of its unconstitutional ward congress.

He also contended that the process which produced the party’s delegates list was defective because Senator Samuel Anyanwu who the court had declared as the substantive National Secretary of the PDP, was not engaged in the selection process.

Parties were then ordered by the court to show cause why the PDP primaries should not be stopped.

At the resumption of proceedings on Wednesday, Matthew Burkaa, announced appearance for the plaintiffs saying the parties had been served with his processes as ordered by the court.

However, the legal team representing some of the defendants said they have not filed replies to the substantive suit of the plaintiffs.

Subsequently, Justice Ekwo gave ten days to each defendant to file responses to the plaintiffs’ substantive suits.

“This matter is adjourned to March 14 for hearing and on the date of hearing, the preliminary objection shall be taken together with the substantive matter,” Ekwo ruled

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The daughter of Arise News Managing Editor, Christian Ogodo, was among graduands who bagged various degrees from the prestigious Havard University in the United States.

Oghenetega Steffi Eberechukwu Ogodo, was conferred with a masters degree in Urban Planning of the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University on 23rd May, 2024.

Tega was also a Bloemberg Leadership Fellow, who did her industrial training with the Rochester City Council in New York, while her field work had the theme: “People must feed,” postulating that there must be decent and nutritious food even for the downtrodden people in society.

Tega is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a Second Class Honours [Upper Division] from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, majoring in Urban and Regional Planning.

She is the daughter of Nigeria’s foremost News Anchor on Arise News on WEEKEND NEWSNIGHT, Christian Ogodo, who is the Managing Editor of Arise News Media Group.

She is currently working with an engineering consulting firm in Chicago that specialises in logistics.

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National Anthem: Nigeria switches from fatherland to motherland



By Francesca Hangeior

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, today, officially reverted to the National Anthem that heralded its independence as a sovereign Nation.

President Bola Tinubu, after he met a joint session of the National Assembly, signed into law, the adoption of the old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960.

The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence.

Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

However, the second national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978.

The lyrics of the now jettisoned anthem were a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict P. Odiase (1934–2013).

The Nigerian national anthem lyrics were created by five people: P. O. Aderibigbe, John A. Ilechukwu, Dr. Sota Omoigui, Eme tim Akpan and B.A. Ogunnaike.

With the return to the old anthem, Nigeria officially switched from a ‘Fatherland’ to a ‘Motherland’.

Hereunder are the Three Stanzas of the old but now new National Anthem:

1. Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

2. Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

3. O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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BREAKING! Tinubu extends Abuja free train ride for six months



President Bola Tinubu has approved the extension of free train rides on the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, also called the Metro Rail, for the next six months until the end of the year.

The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, had announced free train rides for two months, to ease the burden of commuting for residents of the FCT.

Tinubu gave the approval during his address at the inauguration of the commencement of operations of the Abuja metro rail in Abuja on Wednesday, May 29.

The president appealed for the extension to offer hope to the people of the FCT and give them reasons to celebrate.

“Our dear landlord and his team, I heard you saying two months free ride. I appeal to you to make it till the end of the year. Since today you’re not going to charge me, that will give the people hope and reasons to celebrate,” Tinubu said.

Details shortly…

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