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2019 Elections: Why Ex Rep Member, Ned Nwoko Is Best For Delta North Senatorial District

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Nearly all the laudable policies of the Federal Government since 1999 to present day, emanated either from the bills sponsored by the extra-ordinary lawmaker (Hon. Ned Nwoko) or are motions moved by the Prince of Idumuje-Ugboko, Aniocha North LGA of Delta State during his tenure in the National Assembly.

It is on record that Hon. Ned Munir Nwoko who represented Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency between 1999-2003 sponsored twenty-two (22) bills that have direct bearing on the people and equally moved the all-important motion for the National Conference.

The bills sponsored by this erudite UK  trained lawyer include the following:

(1)  Bill for the establishment of National Information Network Centre

(2)  A bill for an act establishing a National Disability allowance

(3)  A bill for an act for prohibition of corporal punishment in schools

(4)  A bill for an act for compulsory vehicle road worthiness test

(5)  National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) reform bill (2000)

(6)  A bill for an Act to establish Public Funds recovery and reward commission (Whistle blowing)

(7)  A bill for the establishment of a National minimum wage council

(8)  National minimum wage bill (1999)

(9) A bill for an Act to standardize allowances and fringe benefits payable to public government officials- Monetization Bill

(10)  Bill for an Act for continuity of evidence in court proceedings

(11)  A bill for an Act for compulsory professional indemnity in Nigeria

(12)  A bill for an Act for the protection of Nigerians abroad

(13)  A bill for the amendment of fire arms Act

(14)  A bill for an Act for the consolidation of all Decrees

(15) A bill for the prohibition of expensive burial rites in Nigeria

(16) A bill for an Act for community legal service

(17) A bill for an Act for the convening of a National Conference

(18) Bill for an Act for establishing a National Sports University

(19) A bill for an Act for compulsory Fire & Insurance Regulations at Homes and Offices

(20) A bill for an Act to Regulate the Activities of Okada Riders in Nigeria

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(21) A bill for Federal Government Contract Awards performance Act.

 

It is significant that a brief background of this lawmaker per excellence is given to enable readers appreciate where he is coming from. Hon. Ned  Nwoko  is a blue blood from the revered  stool of Idumuje Ugboko in Aniocha North LGA of Delta State.

 

Before coming to serve his people at the National Assembly, he had already set up and maintained one of the leading black law firms in the UK, where he practices as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is a Senior Consultant with Ned Nwoko Solicitors, a city of London firm of lawyers engaged in management and verification of foreign  debts of third World countries, including their component States. Perhaps, no wonder he performed exceptionally well. He also served in Vision 2010- Committee set up by General Abacha  which was then christened as the Assembly  of some of the best minds within and outside the Country. Hon. Ned Nwoko was appointed Chairman of the External Committee of Vision 2010.

 

The well-known monetization policy of the Federal Government should be credited to Hon. Ned Nwoko, who sponsored the bill and followed it up with a detailed explanation for the implementation of the government under President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

It is also instructive to note the bill he sponsored on Public Funds Recovery and Reward Commission which today is known as the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government being coordinated by the EFCC. It is a known fact that it has become an effective tool in tackling corruption.

 

He initiated the exit from London and Paris Club loans and is the author of all the reports that led to first, the Federal government stopping monthly deductions from states’ allocations and then the commencement of refunds to the states.

 

He took Federal government to court on behalf of the 774 Local governments for the refund of illegal deductions and obtained a judgment of $3.2billion for the local governments. The Federal government of Nigeria has just started refunding these monies in line with the judgment of 2013.

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I also recall the motion he moved on the National question which later translated to the Constitution of the National Conference Committee that was set up under President Goodluck Jonathan. For a lawmaker with such a foresight over the years, it is only imperative that his works are clearly documented for history. Today as we reflect, we see many of his positions on National issues during his sojourn at the National Assembly gradually coming out to play in the present dispensation.

 

Hon. Ned Nwoko epitomizes diligence, assiduity, honor, integrity, compassion, benevolence and indeed finesses. He has a stubborn proclivity for distinction and he is a voracious reader that goes through any literature that comes his way. He is always of the view that a lawyer must know what is happening around him, hence he reads all major newspapers published in Nigeria on daily basis. Even his arch-rivals and adversaries always agree on one point that he pays attention to the minutest of details. His capacity for giving is unassailable, his penchant for philanthropic activities is awe- inspiring and his proclivity for humanitarianism is unmistakable. He is an exceptionally good man with an outstanding pedigree.

He is a recipient of several awards in recognition of his sterling qualities, exemplary character and contribution to human endeavors. He was a very serious minded legislator, interested in the creation of law to grow the economy, and alleviate grinding poverty across generations.

 

Despite his tight schedules as an international lawyer, he has never lost contact with the people at the grassroots.

I am very proud of him, and I have really learned so much under his mentorship.

 

 

Mohammmed  Yaba Bologi

Personal Assistant to Hon. Ned Nwoko

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Fresh Trouble For Alex Otti

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Political troubles eventually sink all politicians. This is something which Alex Otti has found out.

Once favoured to become the governor of Abia State, that dream is yet to become a reality.

Though still hoping, the man’s chances have continued to dwindle.

Otti, recently suffered a major setback in his political ambition when he got suspended indefinitely by his party, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), for anti-party activities.

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Though there have been questions concerning the legitimacy of the suspension, the possibility of his actualising the dream of becoming Abia state’s first citizen via APGA continues to look vague, especially with talks that he is more concerned about his interest than that of the party having being raised.

 

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Happy Times For Peter Obi

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A loss such as the office of the Vice President would make any man sober.

Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the last election is not an exception to this rule.

Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared President Muhammadu Buhari winner of the election, Obi has not had a reason to celebrate.

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However, he had no choice but to clear his head of issues such as lawyers and tribunal when he added a year to his age yesterday.

Devoid of a carnival-like celebration, the shindig to celebrate the former Anambra State governor at 58 still brought smiles to his face.

 

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Presidential Poll: PDP Closes Case With 62 Witnesses

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, July 19 closed his case at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The duo of Abubakar and the PDP closed their case after calling 62 witnesses out of the 400 earlier speculated would testify in the case.

Abubakar is challenging the outcome of the February 23, presidential election on the grounds that the result of the election was manipulated to favour President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Closing the case, Chris Uche SAN, informed the tribunal that they would not be calling any other witness after former Osita Chidoka, the 62nd witness had finished testifying for the petitioner.

Chidoka, a former Corp Marshal FRSC informed the tribunal that he was the National Collation Agent and Head of PDP Situation Room for the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

He admitted that he was not there when results were transmitted as well as not seening the INEC server. However, the witness told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu had consistently told them at various times during meetings that a server would be used for the purpose of electronic transmission of results.

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Chidoka said he was there when the results were collated by INEC, and that it was done manually.

Though he could not disclose the serial number of the server in which results were transmitted to by party agents, however he reminded the INEC counsel that card reader was not mentioned in their meeting with Mahmood Yakubu but it was used in the election.

Responding to questions from Yakubu Maikyau, counsel to the APC, Chidoka revealed that the INEC Chairman had told him and other stakeholders during meetings prior to the 2019 general elections that they should assume the election was being conducted under the new electoral act, (which was later not signed into law).

He wondered why the commission spent a whooping N27billion on Information Technology, only to come out and tell Nigerians that it did not deploy server for the purpose of electronic transmission of election results.

Chidoka also told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman had told him that it would be immoral for the electoral body not to use electronic transmission of results after N27bn had been spent on IT facilities and equipment.

Earlier, David Nyoga from Kenya, had testified at against the election of President Muhammad Buhari.
Nyoga, an expert in information technology, told the tribunal that from his expert analysis, four websites were discovered to belong to INEC.
Upon cross-examination by counsel to Buhari, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the witness said his analysis was based on data supplied by a whistle blower.
The witness further told the tribunal that the information contained in the report of his analysis were extracts made from three of the four websites.

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He confirmed that “Fact.Com was created on March 12, against the February 23 presidential election.

Under cross examination by counsel to All Progressives Congress (APC), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the witness maintained that INEC chairman can authorise access to the server.

On whether he was engaged and paid for the job, the witness answered that only the logistics for the job were paid for.
“I was not paid but logistics were paid for.”
However, he admitted that he was not granted access to the site by INEC chairman.

He also admitted that the same scientific method, without authorisation, can be used to alter the information contained on the website.

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