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That Silence Of Geoffrey Onyeama

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The biblical saying “Seest thou a man diligent in his business he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” is a popular one.

However, it appears unknown to a lot of people including Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

In the past, there have been posers as to the minister’s interest in helping Nigerians in trouble abroad.

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Many hold the opinion that he is always reluctant to play his diplomatic card when Nigerians in the Diaspora need a hand.

The death of Kudirat Adesola Afolabi, a supposedly innocent Nigerian executed in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking has once again raised questions about the person of Onyeama.

His silence since the killing has also not helped matters, as there are those who think Onyeama is indifferent.

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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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Ogboru Closes Case In Delta Governorship Tribunal

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Chief Great Ogboru, the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the March 9, election in Delta State has closed his case at the election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba.

His petition is challenging the return of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), as the winner of the 2019 election.

In a bid to prove his case, Ogboru and the APC called 20 witnesses to prove allegations of electoral fraud contained in the petition marked EPT/DT/GOV/01/2019.

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The petitioners tendered volumes of documentary evidence, including voters’ registers and results from polling units (forms EC8A to EC8E) before Justice Suleiman Belgore-led three-man panel.

The petitioners alleged that the conduct of the March 9, governorship election did not comply with the provisions of the law, insisting that Ogboru scored the highest number of valid votes cast.

They prayed the tribunal to declare the first petitioner (Ogboru) winner, as well as an order directing the third respondent (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the first respondent (Okowa), and issue him (first petitioner) a fresh Certificate of Return.

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Meanwhile, the tribunal has adjourned to July 23 for the first respondent (Governor Okowa) to open his defense.

This followed an application by the first respondent’s counsel for extension of time to enable him study the case of the petitioners.

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Olusegun Fafore Joins Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Team

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Olusegun Fafore, Executive Assistant New Media and Public Relations to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Olusegun Fafore has been appointed Executive Assistant New Media and Public Relations to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Fafore before now was the Consultant-in-Chief of Reputation Plus Limited, the company he floated after he left NestOil Limited after a career full of achievements with tireless dedication.

A versatile communications professional with expertise in public affairs, issues and crisis communications, public relations and stakeholder engagement, Fafore is a wordsmith defined by the penchant for creating narratives for brands and institutions. Over the years, he had assisted leading brands and institutions in Nigeria tell their stories, and created alluring personae for notable Nigerians.

He also specialises in Corporate PR, Financial PR, Media Relations, Stakeholders Management, Communication and Campaign Planning, Crisis communications and Content Development. As a highly resourceful PR practitioner, he has contributed immensely to the growth of many of these organisations he had worked for.

Some of the organisations he worked for include Nestoil Limited where he served as Corporate Communications Manager from April 2016 to March 2018, covering a total of two years.

At Nestoil, Fafore led the company’s external communications and stakeholders engagement initiatives. He developed strategic plans for the Corporate Communications Department to facilitate the achievement of organizational goals. He also guided corporate communication team members towards successful execution of integrated communications and corporate social responsibility agenda. Apart, Fafore supervised the research, development and implementation of a communication strategy, standards and practices organisational-wide that elicited as well as promoted the ethos of the organisation.

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He also analyzed stakeholder research findings as part of developing a compelling vision for the Corporate Communications Department. He established a knowledge management system to facilitate continuity at each level of the Corporate Communications Department.

Before joining Nestoil, Fafore was the Communications Strategist of Access Bank Plc from November 2015 to March 2016 for the period of five months.

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Fafore also worked with University of Leeds (Graduate Student) in the United Kingdom from August 2014 to September 2015 for two years and one month.

Fafore is an alumnus of Rutgers Business School (2015 – 2015) ‘Mini MBA’ in the Field of Social Media Marketing. He was also at University of Leeds (2014 to 2015) where he bagged Master of Arts (M.A) in the field of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. He also had Diploma in Public Relations and graduated with distinction from 2010 to 2011 (Chartered Institute of Public Relation.)

Other institutions he attended are, London School of Public Relations Croatia with Diploma in Corporate Communications and Public Relations in 2010.

Obafemi Awolowo University, B.A (Hons) English with Second Class Upper Division from 1994 – 1999.

Culled: Access Weekly

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