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Imo : Rights of   Deputy Governor’s Ex Aide  Not Violated-Group




By Olivia Ibuchi


A  group under the aegis of  Equal Justice Initiative has insisted that the fundamental human rights of  arrested former aide to the Deputy Governor of

Imo State  Aku Obidinma has not been violated . Mr. Obidinma worked as

Special Assistant  on Political Matters to Prince Eze Madumere , Imo Deputy

Governor  who is also his kinsman from 2013 to  June 2015. When he was relieved of his duties due to allegations that he diverted funds meant for the upkeep of some workers in the department he became a fiery critic of his former boss.


The group made this assertion in a Press Statement in Owerri signed by  Its President Mr  Daniel Ezekwe. According to the group Mr Obidinma was arraigned in court  in November 2016  for defamation at  the Magistrate court (Mbaitoli Magisterial District) Imo State . He was immediately   granted bail which is his constitutional right as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria . Bail is discretionary and the court exercised it in his  favour.

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Ezekwe said ‘’since November  Mr Obidinma  has not been able to  fulfill

his bail conditions and has been  in prison custody pending the fulfillment. Efforts are being made by concerned persons to get a variation of bail conditions for him.”


The group noted that  it is the duty of the   citizens to  promote transparency and accountability in the working of the government  but that  in recent times, rather than hitting the wrong in the system, many  persons who are aggrieved  turn  activists and runners of NGO’s   overnight without any functional office  and  start dishing out allegations against their former boss  to see if they can force them to make U-turns and give them back  their  jobs.


“An  activist has to highlight the wrongdoings in the society to bring

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improvement in the system but when an activists starts targeting his former

boss for vested interests, it  is wrong. The whole purpose of the Freedom of Information Act gets defeated if things are taken personally. Give me money or I write against you policy by activists should be avoided and as responsible citizens, we need to bring transparency and improvement in the system.

As  responsible citizens we have  the right to point out the wrong but blackmailing is certainly not acceptable. An activist has to work for a noble cause rather than act like a politician. We should keep on striking at the flaws in the system but not to make allegations we can’t prove. We must understand that if we ourselves become the part of a rotten system, how will we bring a change”  The group concluded.

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Peterside Commiserates With Amaechi Over Demise of Iwelu



***Describes the late CSO as an embodiment of Loyalty

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has commiserated with the Minister of Transport, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi over the demise of his Chief Security Officer (CSO), Tony Iwelu.

Expressing shock and sadness over the sudden death of Iwelu, Peterside described him as a “diligent, hard-working and humble” personality who performed his responsibilities with a sense of devotion.


“I have known the late Tony Iwelu for twenty solid years; his loyalty and devotion to duty are exemplary. I am sure his family, the family of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi, friends, the State Security Service will miss him dearly for all he represents. My own family is heartbroken.

“He is such an amiable fellow who went about his duties in a professional manner and respected people around his boss,” he stated.


The former Rivers Works Commissioner condoled with Amaechi and the staff of Federal Ministry of Transport over the loss of Iwelu at the height of his career.

“On behalf of the board, management and staff of NIMASA, my heartfelt condolence also goes to his family at this trying time and pray God to grant them the perseverance and fortitude to bear the loss,” he summed up.

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APC Names Sponsor Of Protest At Justice Odili’s House




The All Progressive Congress (APC), has denied being responsible for sponsoring the protest staged at the residence of Justice Mary Odili.

A protest held in front of Justice Odili’s house over the verdict on the Bayelsa governorship election.

According to APC’s Deputy Spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, the PDP and Governor Nysome Wike sponsored the protest to tarnish the image of the APC in Bayelsa.


Nabena also added that the leadership of the APC had called on the party’s supporters not to engage in violence. He revealed that all legal avenues to reclaim the mandate are already being considered.

Justice Odili gave the Supreme Court’s verdict which sacked APC’s David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state.

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Following the verdict, a protest linked to APC supporters was staged at the residence of the revered judge in Abuja.

The judgment paved the way for the emergence of People Democratic (PDP) candidate Douye Diri as the new Bayelsa governor.


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Oshiomole Must Go – APC Young Stakeholders




The APC Young Stakeholders who protested at the Party Secretariat today has called on the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress Mr. Adams Oshiomole to forsake his position, adding that “Enough is enough! We are tired of the lackadaisical and weak leadership this man has given, he must go!”

The Convener of APC Young Stakeholders, Ahmed Adamu in a statement today enumerated the sins of Oshiomole as follows:

– Micromanaging the Party and weakening the other organs of the party: Oshiomole has made the APC a one man show, that borders around himself and himself alone. Nothing else works in the party without his control. The other organs of the party have become weak. From the secretariat, to the youth wing, all are dead, because he has made the party revolve around him.


– Zero accountability: The party has raised Billions and Billions of Naira from the sale of forms during the 2019 elections. Up to date, Oshiomole has not been able to account for these moneys, neither has he been able to show anything of worth in which he has spent the money on.

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– Inability to manage internal crisis: Oshiomole has shown lack of leadership capacity to manage the internal issues of the party. While it is not new that there would be disagreements within the party, effective and determined leadership would ordinarily bring everyone together. These qualities, Adams Oshiomole lacks. Rather than be a unifier he has been a divider of the party. He has caused needless friction among members that has led to so much hate and anger in the party.


– Loss of States: Due to the incompetence of the Party Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, the Party has been on a loosing streak. He has created a lot of division in the states and through sharp practices encouraged by him, he has allowed fraud divide the party in states. This has led us to unfortunate losses in states. Under the incompetence of Oshiomole, we have lost Zamfara, Bacuhi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Benue and Oyo States. His recklessness and inability to manage the party is looking like we are up for more losses again.

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– The party has become more divided under Adams Oshiomole. Members have been set against each other to become enemies and he has failed to provide the unifying leadership needed.


– The party has become ideologically directionless under Adams Oshiomole. He has refused to entertain any scholarly seminars, intellectual conferences to boost the party’s policy-making and ideological growth.


– The party today is home to several unresolved disputes – due to his immaturity and inability to provide leadership.


– Issues of Payment for Ticket: Several members of the party were defrauded by proxies of Adams Oshiomole who had collected money from him with the promise that they would be secured tickets and victories at the primaries. His proxies collected these moneys and it turned out that they were defrauded with no tickets.


Signed: Ahmed Adamu 


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