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Group Demands Sack Of INEC Commissioner, Okey Ibeanu

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Days ahead of the Anambra Governorship election, a group identified as Save Nigeria Movement(SNM) have called for the sack of INEC commissioner, Prof. Okey Ibeanu.

According to press statement cited by AllNews Nigeria, the group stated that Ibeanu and Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano are in cahoots to manipulate the electoral exercise in favour of the preferred candidate.

The statement read; “You will recall that a forthnite ago precisely on sunday October 17, 2021, the Save Nigeria Movement (SNM) addressed you and made one outstanding disclosure as well as two specific demands. We made reference to a media allegation that a South East governor bribed some INEC officials with $4m and that another senior INEC National Commissioner from the same region facilitated that illegitimate process.”

“Based on the media report, we quickly identified Gov Obiano and Prof Okey Ibeanu as those responsible. Weeks after we called for the sack or suspension of Ibeanu from INEC, it is disheartening to note that he is still in the Commission playing very unsavoury roles aimed at compromising the process.”

“Just this weekend, Prof Ibeanu travelled to Awka to mobilise support for his paymaster. We understand that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Nwachukwu Orji was his research assistant at UNN where he first  helped him secure  employment  and later appointed REC. This means that the REC is at the beck and call of the Prof.”

“The attention of the public and indeed all stakeholders is once again drawn to the unprofessional conduct of Ibeanu and his determination to not only skew the process in favour of Obiano but use his office to stampede the REC and the LG  electoral officers do his bidding. Information at our disposal also revealed that the Prof has collected more funds and was in Anambra State during the weekend to distribute same.”

“While security agencies and INEC are yet to commence the investigation of the Professor,  we demand that such enquiry is begun immediately.  We also demand that:

A. Prof Ibeanu be suspended from INEC;

B. Prof Ibeanu be sacked, investigated and prosecuted for falling short of standards expected of a public official of his class

C. No sensitive duty be assigned to Ibeanu in the entire period of the Anambra Governorship election considering his compromised dispositions

D. All NGOs and critical stakeholders should look into the allegations against Prof Ibeanu and advise him to recuse himself from the election in Anambra State.

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2023: I Will Not Impose My Successor On Rivers — Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said he would not impose any governorship aspirant of his choice on the people of Rivers come 2023.

Wike gave the assurance in a statement issued by Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, in Port Harcourt.

He assured that the leadership of the party would meet to decide who to support at the appropriate time.

Wike however said that he is obliged to ensure that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the 2023 governorship election in Rivers.

“One mistake I will not make is to impose somebody. From my experience as a student of history, reality has shown that it is difficult for you to say Joseph is the man I can trust.

”Until you give somebody power and money, that is only when you will know whether that person is trustworthy or not,” he said.

Wike stated that God would not allow someone who will destroy all the remarkable progress the state had made over the years to be the next governor.

”God will ensure that it is only someone who is courageous, firm and ready to protect the interest of Rivers that will succeed me.

“Rivers is a state that so many people have an interest in. It is a state that you have to put your feet on the ground. It is a state that you have to annoy a lot of Nigerians and a lot of Nigerians will hate you.

“But what is important is for you to know is what is good for your people and stand for your people. Do not allow personal interest to sway you against the interest of your people,” Wike stated.

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Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Is Dead

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Former Senate President in the Second Republic, Joseph Wayas is dead.

The death of Joseph Wayas, was announced by Governor Ben Ayade’s spokesman, Christian Ita on Thursday.

According to the governor, Joseph Wayas gave up the ghost in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.

Ayade said the late politician has left a lasting legacy that will be remembered for a long time, describing the death of the 80-year-old as a monumental loss to the state and Nigeria.

He, however, condoled with the family of Wayas and said his death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”.

The statement reads: “As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”

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Court Rules On Suit Seeking To Disqualify APGA’s Soludo

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A Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed suit to disqualify Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.

Crystal News reports that Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo of the Federal High Court on Tuesday dismissed a suit, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.

The Judge also awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.

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