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Endorsement of Tonye Cole by Kalabari Monarchs, Stakeholders, Sign of the Collapse of Wike’s Reign – Eze




The recent endorsement of the governorship flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Pastor Tonye Cole, by all Kalabari monarchs and stakeholders has been described as the final nail in the coffin of Chief Nyesom Wike’s reign in the State.

A chieftain of the APC in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who affirmed this in a statement circulated in Port Harcourt on Sunday, also commended the efforts of former two-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, for leading the Kalabari movement to support the governorship candidate of Pastor Tonye Cole in the next election.

It would be recalled that the chiefs and stakeholders of the Kalahari ethnic nationality recently at an extended meeting in Port Harcourt, resolved, despite their differences in party affiliations, to support their own candidate, calling on others to follow suit.

Leader of the movement, Alabo Graham-Douglas, had rationalised the need for the decision of Kalabari leadership, saying “Kalabari is in a state of confusion and scattered in their political affiliations. The chiefs thought that we should come together and end this confusion by bringing our people together. The chiefs know that there are two political parties and if one of the main political parties has given us opportunity, we cannot just fold our hands but tell the entire Kalabari nation that we have one of our sons in the major political party.

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“I must confess that since inception of democracy in this Republic I have not seen a more serious and concerted effort by the Kalabari people to take their rightful position in the politics of Rivers State.  They should go ahead to enlist the support of other ethnic groups in the state to make the Tonye Cole project a reality”, the former Minister had said.

However, expressing his delight over the new development, Chief Eze observed that with Chief Victor Giadom as the Deputy governorship candidate of the party holding the Ogoni axis with Ambassador Oji Ngofa and others, Dr Dakuku Peterside, the DG NIMASA and Dr Jaja holding forte at the Opopbo axis with the support of the Ikwerres through the South South leader of APC,  Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,  Governor Nyesom Wike can be described as the former Governor of Rivers State come May 2019.

“With the collapse of the fantasy of Senator Magnus Abe  and the success recorded so far on the ward-to-ward consultation/voter sensitisation tour by Tonye Cole coupled with the likelihood of disqualification of Governor Wike based on age discrepancy, Rivers State will soon regain her status as one of the leading state in Nigeria”, he said.

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Eze finally pleaded with all tribes and sections of the state to unite under the sole candidature of Tonye Cole, “so that we can jointly erase poverty from our State and rescue our dear State from the hands of misguided elements who are at a loss on what governance is all about. Pastor Tonye Cole is a divine tool to emancipate and develop the State to a new height as envisaged by the founding fathers”.

He also recalled Cole’s concerns about the State, when he said “I’m worried about the poverty level in Rivers communities. I know poverty is a huge challenge, especially among third world nations, but I think most of these adjudged high poverty indices we should have been able at least to achieve electricity.”

Eze however, expressed his pleasure over the success of Tonye Cole’s unique ward to ward sensitization visits across the 319 wards and pleaded with all and sundry to ensure that no efforts should be spared to ensure Tonye Cole’s victory in the March 2019 polls

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Edo Assembly: Court Upholds Obaseki’s Proclamation



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  …Says N’Assembly lacks jurisdiction to take over Edo State assembly


A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,Rivers State today, Thursday, September 12, 2019 upheld the proclamation of the seventh Edo State House of Assembly made by Governor Godwin Obaseki IN a SUIT NO. FHC/PH/CS/159/2019: Hon Yekini Idiaye & Anor V. Clerk of The NASS & 5 Ors:*

In the final judgement delivered by Justice J.K Omotosho, the court ruled that a Governor does not have the powers to issue a second proclamation after a first proclamation has been made.

According to Justice Omotosho, the Governor of a state does not take directive from National Assembly, adding that the proclamation issued by Governor Obaseki is valid; to do otherwise is null and void. The learned Justice Omotosho made following pronouncements to assert the decision of the court:

(e) That the word proclamation has been defined by Black’s law Dictionary. That from the definition, Proclamation must be in writing and published by printing out and duly signed under the hand of an identified person issuing same. That as far as law is concerned, the 6th Defendant has duly issued the required proclamation as provided for under the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

(f) That NASS cannot under the Constitition of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 issue directive to a Governor of a state in the performance of his constitutional duties.

(g) That the Supreme Court’s decision in Balonwu’s case with respect to Anambra State Gov’s proclamation under Ngige is to the effect that proclamation can only be issued once as done by the 6th Defendant in this Edo State case.

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(h) That d directive of NASS to the 6th Defendant has the effect of creating a constitutional crisis by elongating the life of Edo State House of Assembly beyond the constitutionally recognized 4 years, the house haven been duly inaugurated on 17/6/19.

(i) That the proclamation issued by the 6th Defendant on 14/6/19 for the inauguration of ESHA on 17/6/19 is valid and subsisting in law and the directive of National Assembly to the 6th Defendant to issue another proclamation is unconstitutional, null and void, just as the directive for the premises of the Edo State House of Assembly to be sealed off.

(ii) ( j) That State Governments under the Nigerian Constitution are autonomous and not appendage of the National Assembly.

He noted that the National Assembly lacks the jurisdiction to take over the Edo State House of Assembly, as doing so will amount to infringing on its right to function.

”Edo State House of Assembly is not an appendage of the National Assembly.” the learned Justice added.In addressing the prayers of the claimants,the court made a pronouncement as follows:

(a) That the National Assembly lacks the power/vires under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as (amended) to take over the Edo StateHouse of Assembly as the depositions of the claimants in their affidavit that the Edo State House of Assembly (ESHA)  is still meeting and transacting business was not  controverted by the defendants.

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(b) That the intention of the drafters of Section 11(4&5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 is not for the National Assembly to adjudge on it’s own when the condition precedent laid down by  the sections for the exercise of the power under Subsection 11(4) has happened and attempt to take over the legislative functions of the ESHA on every flimsy excuse.

(c) That NASS cannot unilaterally declare that a State House of Assembly is unable to perform its legislative functions, it is the duty of the court to make such determination upon the issue if and when properly submitted to it for determination. It is after such determination by the Court that the National Assembly can exercise its powers under Section 11(4). It is not the duty of NASS to interprete the Constitution, that is the exclusive preserve of the courts.

(d) That the NASS directive to seal off the ESHA is ultra vires the NASS as it is like the President Ordering the sealing off of a state Governor’s office.

It would be recalled that a political crisis engulfed the Edo State House of Assembly in June 2019 following the refusal of some members-elect to get inaugurated. The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC),Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been fingered as the mastermind of the crisis in his attempt to take over the control of the political machinery and organs of government of Edo State.
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Breaking: Tribunal Validates Buhari’s Election




The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), has validated the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

PEPC thus dismissed  the argument of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that President Buhari  was not academically qualified to contest the election.

Buhari was re-elected for a second term in office in February under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), however his eligibility was questioned in court by the PDP.

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In its rulling on Wednesday, the tribunal ruled that Buhari possesses the West African School Certificate Examination, (WASCE) to contest the 2019 presidential election.

It said Buhari was not only qualified but “eminently” qualified to contest the election, saying that the petitioners, PDP and its presidential candidate at the election, Atiku Abubakar, could not dispute the fact that Buhari obtained WASCE which qualified him for the election.

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The court said apart from being qualified, the president also obtained other certificates to validate claims that he is eminently qualified for the presidential poll.

Chairman of the tribunal, Garba Mohammed, therefore, struck out the claims by PDP and Atiku.

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APC Might Not Exist Beyond 2023-Senator Okorocha



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