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Nigeria: 2015 - Amaechi Tasks Jega On Smooth Elections
Friday, 07 November 2014

Rivers State governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors' Forum, Mr.

Chibuike Amaechi, yesterday, challenged the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to ensure the smooth conduct of elections next year.

Governor Amaechi spoke while addressing journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt, on the need for registered voters in the state to collect their permanent voter cards, PVCs, which would enable them, vote in the forthcoming elections.

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Nigeria: Gov Akpabio Submits Form for Senate
Friday, 07 November 2014

Ahead of November 22 Senatorial primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Godswill Akpabio, of Akwa Ibom State,

yesterday, stormed the party's national Secretariat with his loyalists to support his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the 2015 Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district election.

Speaking with Journalists yesterday at PDP Secretariat after submitting his forms, Akpabio who doubles as Chairman of PDP governors' forum, said the ambition of some state governors to seek election to the senate was not a threat to the re-election bid of serving senators.

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AMINU WAZIRI TAMBUWAL’S DEFECTION AND THE QUESTION OF MORALITY
Friday, 07 November 2014

In one of my earlier comments in relation to this whining news of Aminu Waziri Tambawal’s defection, this is how I summarised the development:

His defection is regrettable - because it places him at par with other none ideological and unprincipled politicians - but it also highlights the level of intolerance and anti democratic forces bedevilling PDP. I have always insisted that we do not have political parties in Nigeria which you can ascribe any kind of ideology to. What we have, at best, can be regarded as political groups”.

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PDP SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL WITH TAMBUWAL
Friday, 07 November 2014

Every one of us knows that Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is only relatively young in age but that is where it stops. He has charisma like none other of

the young cream of politicians you get in the lower house.

His defection is regrettable - because it places him at par with other none ideological and unprincipled politicians - but it also highlights the level of intolerance and anti democratic forces bedevilling PDP. I have always insisted that we do not have political parties in Nigeria which you can ascribe any kind of ideology. What we have, at best, can be regarded as political groups.

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NIGERIA’S FIRST FREE NEWSPAPER DEBUTS
Friday, 07 November 2014

A revolution is unfolding in the Nigeria media industry with a debut of the nation’s first ever free newspaper. The newspaper, Mailexpress made its debut on the newsstands on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Mailexpress is a weekly newspaper (magazine in tabloid form) that will be on the newsstands every Sunday morning. Its philosophy is anchored on the social responsibility theory and development media theory. In essence, Mailexpress shall promote the virtues of accountability and transparency in governance.


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APEX COURT REJECTS OMEHIA’S REQUEST PDF Print E-mail
Written by Onye Nkegi   
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
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Celestine Omehia
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the second time in the life of this present administration, the Supreme Court again came to the rescue of Governor Rotimi Amaechi as it kicked out an application brought by the ousted former governor; Chief Celestine Omehia. Omehia, in the ridiculous application, invited the apex court to review its judgment delivered in October 2007 upon which Rotimi Amaechi rode into office. The ousted former governor contended that the decision of the Supreme Court violated the principle of direct election which is a fundamental requirement of democracy and that it amounted to a special repeal of sections 177, 178 (iii) and 179 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. Omehia averred that the apex court erred in law when it made Amaechi the winner of an election he did not participate in. The former governor further maintained that judgment was unconstitutional and asked the court to review it.

The 7 man panel of the court led by Justice Adolphus Katsina – Alu, however refused to hear Omehia out. The apex court refused to sit on appeal over its own judgment. The court questioned the rationale behind the frivolous application which challenged the jurisdiction of the court in granting the reliefs not sought by Governor Amaechi when it declared him winner of the election won by the Peoples Democratic Party. The court maintained that if a court has jurisdiction to hear any matter, that it also has the jurisdiction to reach a decision in the matter.

The apex court rejected the submission of Omehia that it departed from the norm when it declared a non participant in an election as the winner of the election. The panel members, including Justice Olufumilola Adekeye who was a member of the Court of Appeal panel when the Rotimi Amaechi case was tried at the Court of Appeal, tried to coerce Omehia’s lawyer; Mr. John Ezike, into the possible withdrawal of the application but the very courageous lawyer refused to be intimidated by the court.

Justice Alu, in his observations, considered the posture of Omehia’s counsel as a very serious professional misconduct in that the application seeks to compel the court to review a 2 year old judgment. The presiding justice categorically stated that whether their decision in the matter was right or wrong, that the judgment stands and that nothing can be done about it unless otherwise Celestine Omehia goes on appeal before God’s court, that the judgment of the court making Amaechi the Rivers state governor stands.

Mr. Ezike, before taking his seat in submission to the supremacy of the apex court, made a passing shot at the panel when he reiterated that the final decision lies with the court but that the lesson of history is different and does not rest with the panel members.

A cost of One Hundred Thousand Naira was awarded against Omehia in favour of Rotimi Amaechi for the troubles he caused the court.
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