Gambia congratulates Abia governor Ikpeazu on electoral victory

Governor of Abia State Nigeria, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu with the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow, during Governor Ikpeazu courtesy call on the President at the State House, Banjul, The Gambia.

Government of The Gambia has sent a congratulatory message to the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, on his reelection at the recently conducted governorship election in Abia State.

In a letter signed by that country’s Minister of Interior, Hon. Mballow, Dr Ikpeazu’s victory was described as both “a personal triumph and great achievement towards the development of your State and your interest in working with us in The Gambia”.

The Gambian Minister further extolled the virtues of the Abia State Governor saying “This is a time of tremendous opportunity for the region. Your unrivalled experience of government will be a unique asset for Abia State and the Gambia will enable you to continue to give strong leadership, which the State needs”.

In the letter, the Gambian government further states that it looks forward to working with Dr Ikpeazu “in meeting with the challenges of making our continent the pride of the world…”

Recall that the Abia State Governor had visited The Gambia in November last year where he delivered a paper as the Guest Award Lecturer at the 15th Africa Security Watch Awards, which held in Banjul, The Gambia, on the topic: Tackling National Security Challenges Through Economic Empowerment, the Made-in-Aba Example.

He also used that opportunity to meet with The Gambian government officials including the president, Mr Adama Barrow, selling the great potentials of Abia State to the neighbouring West African country which immediately became enthralled by Governor Ikpeazu’s vision and works in Abia State.

BREAKING: INNOSON TAKES OVER GTB OVER N8.7 Billion JUDGEMENT DEBT; AS SUPREME COURT DISMISS GTB’s APPEAL

The Chairman of Innoson Group, Chief Dr Innocent Chukwuma, OFR has through a Writ of FiFa taken over Guaranty Trust Bank PLC for and on behalf of Innoson Nigeria Ltd as a result of the Bank’s indebtedness to Innoson Nigeria Ltd.

In a landmark decision on February 27th 2019, the Supreme Court of Nigeria dismissed GTB’s appeal – SC. 694/2014- against the judgment of Court of Appeal, Ibadan Division.

The Court of Appeal, Ibadan division had in its decision of 6th February 2014 dismissed GTB’s appeal against the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division. Thus, the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division which ordered GTB by way of Garnishee order absolute – to pay N2.4 Billion to Innoson with a 22% interest, per annum, on the judgment sum until the final liquidation of the judgment debt.

Rather than obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal, GTB approached the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision.

However in an ruling delivered by Honourable Olabode Rhodes-Vivour JSC on Wednesday, February 27th2019, the Lord Justices of the Supreme Court (JSC) dismissed GTB’s appeal and thus affirmed the concurrent judgment of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division which ordered GTB by way of Garnishee order absolute – to pay N2.4 Billion to Innoson with a 22% interest, per annum, on the judgment until the final liquidation of the judgment. The Judgment debt of N2.4B has an accrued interest as at today of about N6,717,909,849.96 which results to about N8.8 Billion.

Based on the Supreme Court’s decision of 27th February 2019 the counsel to Innoson, Prof McCarthy Mbadugha ESQ, had approached the Federal High Court, Awka Division for leave to enforce the judgment having obtained Certificates of Judgment from the Ibadan Division of the Federal High Court.

Having obtained the requisite leave, the Federal High Court issued the necessary process for levying execution – the Writ of Fifa.

Cornel Osigwe
Head of Corporate Communications
Innoson Group

Let’s Build Abia Together, Ikpeazu Tells Otti, Ogah

‘There must be post-election healing’-INEC

The incumbent Governor of Abia State and the Governor-Elect, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has urged Dr Uche Ogah of All Progressive Candidate (APC) and Dr Alex Otti of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), whom he defeated at the recent governorship election to join him in building Abia.

Ikpeazu, who made the call when he collected his Certificate of Return as Governor-Elect of Abia State from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Commission’s headquarters in Umuahia, also called on his opponents to bring their ideas to the table and participate in the development of Abia State.

According to a statement by Ikpeazu’s chief press secretary, Enyinnaya Apollos, the governor said, “I call on my brothers and those who lost in the election to join us to build the Abia of our dreams. This is the only way to go because in every election or contest, there must be a winner and losers.
“For us, this is a victory for Abia and since all of us that participated in the election are all Abians, it then means there is no loser in the actual sense. We must collaborate for the good of our state and our people,” Ikpeazu added.

The governor who stressed that the opportunity to serve Abians again for the next four years is a privilege, reaffirmed his commitment to ensure inclusive development of the state.

The Abia Chief Executive further reiterated his administration’s commitment to job creation for the teeming Abia youth in the next four years, adding that he is poised to leave Abia better than he met it.

Ikpeazu who also dedicated his victory to God for perfecting all his efforts and that of the campaign teams reaffirmed his commitment to focus on improving on his visions to give Abians nothing less than the best as well ensuring that he writes his name in Gold.

Meanwhile, INEC’s National Electoral Commissioner, Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, called for post-election healing.
According to him; “After every election, there should be post-election healing. Those who win must be magnanimous in victory. Those who lose must not give unnecessary excuses, instead accept the outcome of the process.”

Culled from Leadership

TRADE FAIR CRISIS: ‘Tinubu’s Daughter Not Iyaloja General’ (PRESS RELEASE)

Be it known to the Government of the Federation Nigeria and Lagos State and also the Marketers at the Lagos State International Trade Fair complex market and to whom it may concerned that Mrs. Folashade Tinubu Ojo, who claimed to have taken over Lagos International Trade Fair complex market is not the new Iyaloja General of Nigeria after her grandmother’s death “Late Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji.”

This document is positively reacting against the publication TITLED: “Tinubu daughter takes over Lagos International Trade Fair complex market.”

‘… All traders in Lagos must be under my control – Folashade Tinubu Ojo.’

The Iyaloja General of Nigeria was her grandmother, the position she held before her death. This position was not designed, formed and or as in the registered articles of the Association implied it to be a family business.

Besides, the Association has the Board of Trustees who were certified of such status at the CAC.

The article in the Constitution of the Association as registered, granted authorities to the elected position holders to perform their duties diligently. In the trueness of fact, the Vice to the Iyaloja General of Nigeria take over the duties of her superior at his/her death. The position is not a family business affair, I repeat.

Political parties should also not influence this association, but rather should assist this body to maintain its enviable status in the country.

The Law enforcement agencies should be relevant at this time. They should not be mislead by some of the interested politicians mostly at Lagos State (The APC). The Market Unions in the Lagos State should be mindful of not aiding the wrong person to authority.

Market unions in the Lagos State should take notice of this press release.

Market Leaders Association of Nigeria shall also act to this effect.

Signed,

Chief Mrs. Felicia Sanni; Chief Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ezenwa; Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji.”, for South East Market Leaders Association of Nigeria.

Bayelsa Has Massively Built Critical Infrastructure To Drive Investment, Says Gov Dickson

Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, executive governor of Bayelsa State has revealed how his government is focusing on critical infrastructural investment, for economic growth and to attract investors.

Governor Dickson made this known at the Africa CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, where business and political leaders from across Africa and other parts of the world gathered for a two-day conference.

Quoting the governor, his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said his Restoration Administration had made a lot of strides in various sectors so as to open up the state and enable people come to invest and do business.

His words: “We have made major strides. I keep saying that investment in education is the ultimate. We have built a lot of schools, schools and yet more schools, from primary to secondary. We have also built two universities – the University of Africa and the Bayelsa Medical University as well as a state polytechnic and college of education.

“We have done a lot also in the area of healthcare because you must keep the people healthy to enable them participate in what you are doing. We have provided wonderful health facilities and policies. For instance, our health insurance scheme is covering over 150,000 persons. We have a special programme for pregnant women to be able to address the issue of infant and maternal mortality. This is what it means to invest in the people. When you do that you are investing in stability and peace. 

“We have invested in agriculture, infrastructure and roads. In road construction, we have dualised many roads in our very difficult terrain. We are not just building for the present but also for the future. Now people are talking about the airport that we built.”

He noted that the investment in infrastructure is an investment in the economy of the state and not just for the purposes of building roads, bridges or airport for their sake. 

“It is because we want to provide the necessary infrastructure that will drive economic growth that can make people to come and invest and do business in Bayelsa. Now we are working on the deep seaport. All we are doing is to open up the state so we can bring the world to Bayelsa,” he said.

The Bayelsa helmsman, who had a joint session with his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, also spoke about the BRACED Commission, saying the South South regional bloc was not dead but that more work needed to be done.

“In the South South, we have the BRACED Commission comprising Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta. The reason for such a regional bloc is that if the states came together, those things we cannot do individually, we may be able to pool our resources. 

“For instance, we had the regional body encouraging all our states to invest in the power sector when Nigeria introduced privatisation. Now we have the 4Power Consortium Limited, which is jointly owned by Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states. We used the company to acquire assets in the biggest power company in the region, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, which we jointly own. 

“The thinking was that we were going to proceed from that to invest in oil blocs. My state, and indeed my region, is where you have the oil assets in Nigeria and it has been so for over 60 years.”

Enugu East Senatorial Seat: Nnamani to Know Fate April 8

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, will on April 8, decide on the eligibility of the senator-elect representing Enugu East senatorial district, Chimaroke Nnamani, in the just-concluded National Assembly election in Enugu State.

Justice Ekwo fixed the date yesterday after counsel to both parties in the suit adopted their briefs of arguments in the suit seeking Nnamani’s disqualification on the grounds that he (Nnamani) did not physically appear before the Commissioner of Oaths to depose to Form CF001 known as Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Affidavit in support of person seeking election to the office/membership of senate.

In a pre- election suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1574/2018, the plaintiff, Lawrence Ezeh, a candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is seeking an order restraining Nnamani from further parading or holding himself as the People Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Enugu East.

The plaintiff in the suit filed by his counsel, Mr. Frank Ikpe, is further praying the court for an order compelling INEC (2nd Defendant) to stop further parading or holding Nnamani as the PDP senatorial candidate for Enugu East.

Meanwhile, both Nnamani and the INEC have filed their motions challenging the competence of the suit as well as the jurisdiction of the court to adjudicate on the matter.

While the former governor was represented in court by Obina Onya, Mr. Tobechukwu Nweke appeared in court for the electoral body.

The suit, which is predicted on section 117(4) of the Evidence Act, 2010, posed the following questions for determination by the court:

“Whether from a proper interpretation of the provisions of Section 117(4) of the Evidence Acts Laws of the Federation, the 1st Defendant does not have a duty to personally appear before the Commissioner of Oaths to depose to the sworn affidavit filed with the 2nd Defendant as part of the legal requirement for the contest of the senatorial seat for Enugu senatorial district of Enugu State.

“Whether the 1st Defendant having not physically and personally sworn the purported affidavit filed with the 2nd Defendant in the presence of the , Commissioner of Oaths in line with the provisions of Section 117(4) of the Evidence Act is eligible to contest an election for the position of a Senator of the Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State.

In the event the questions are in the affirmative, the plaintiff wants, “An order directing the 2nd defendant not to accord/ and or stop further according the 1st defendant recognition or in any way treating the 1st defendant as the PDP senatorial candidate for Enugu East senatorial zone.

Alex Enumah in Abuja (ThisDay)

ATIKU vs BUHARI: ‘Men of God Collecting Bribe To Make False Prophecies Will Be Humiliated’

Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi

Radical prophet of God who forsaw three presidents, including President Donald Trump of the US has frowned at prophets whom he said collect bribe just to lie about the final outcome of the presidential elections.

Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi of King of Kings Deliverance Ministry Worlwide, Gbonum Pale Ntezi in Ebonyi State Nigeria, earlier today accused some propets of taking money from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in order to make pronouncements that have not emanated from God.

Specifically, Chukwudi have alleged that these prophets have been trying to persuade Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to drop his lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that God told them that Atiku should forget pursuing his ambition. Threatening that they will be humiliated when Atiku emerges president, Chukwudi in a telephone interview said “On 18th November 2015, when Atiku was still fully in the APC, I spoke first that he will emerge president after Buhari.

“When it became clear that Buhari was running for 2nd term, and he left for PDP, I prophesied again that he will be president. Even when everyone said he cannot defeat the likes of Tambuwal and Saraki at primaries, God stood by him and he won. He very clearly won the presidential elections of which everyone saw, and it has been denied him because he is not the federal government.

“But God has made it clear that he will prove himself in Atiku’s case by removing all the obstacles in his way and making him president. Many fraudulent men have come up to say God told them he should give up because Buhari has become president. But they are liars because God cannot contradict himself. Just as he said back in 2015, God is still speaking to me right now that Atiku is the appointed one, the annointed one.

“His mission to lead Nigeria must be fulfilled. God spoke that Goodluck Jonathan will be president to me long before he won. I told the world and it came to pass. God spoke to me that Buhari would defeat Jonathan. It came to pass. Against all odds, God pronounced Donald Trump president of the United States. Didn’t it happen?

“Now the Lord who spoke to me in 2015 is speaking again loud and clear that no matter how much they try to shut down his will for Nigeria, they will fail. Workers of iniquity who want Nigeria to fail, you all will be humiliated when Atiku will emerge and the whole world will behold the glory of the Lord in his emergence.

“Through me God has spoken to leaders across the globe. I forsaw Saraki and Dino Melaye’s travails, and all happened the way I prophesied. I forsaw Nnamdi Kanu, from his release to Python Dance and all I saw came to pass.

“Atiku must fight on, to emerge president, just as the Lord has pronkuced him president. It’s not man’s doing, it’s the Lord”, he argued.

Prophet Chukwudi’s contact +234 703 750 3690

‘Like Sam Mbakwe, You Believe In The Igbo Nation’, Arthur Eze Tells Ikpeazu

Anambra State-born multi billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Prince Arthur Eze, has extolled the virtues of Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, saying he represents the future of Ndi Igbo.

Eze, who spoke when Governor Ikpeazu paid him a visit at his Enugu residence, at the weekend, said that Governor Ikpeazu has the character of a true Igbo leader like that of late Dr. Sam Mbakwe, Governor of Old Imo State.

“You’re a good man. Your humility makes people to love you. You also respect people. This is why Abia people love you. And they voted you again as their Governor. Please don’t change this good character.

“You have Igbo character like that of late Sam Mbakwe of old Imo State. Mbakwe took good care of Imo State when he was governor and you are doing the same thing in Abia today. That is why they love you. You are a good Igbo leader. You represent the future of Igbo nation. You in Abia, Governor Ugwuanyi in Enugu and Governor Dave Umahi in Ebonyi, you people must ensure that Ndi Igbo unite.

“I have seen that you people have the interest of Ndi Igbo at heart please unite our people,” he concluded.

Ikpeazu To Build 13 New Model Schools, 300 Classrooms In Abia

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu pays unscheduled visit to Abayi Secondary & Primary School and Osusu Amaukwa Secondary and Primary School.

* Promises to build 13 new model schools in addition to the existing 4.

* Directs ASUBEB to construct 300 new classroom blocks in addition to the 359 done in his first term.

* Vows to continue the school feeding program and explore possibility of extending it to junior secondary schools in the state.

* Directs private school proprietors to ensure that school buildings are constructed with sporting facilities and mirror existing public model schools in the state.

* Directs the State’s Ministry of Education to collaborate with Ministries of Science, Land/Planning to ensure that all school buildings in the state have strong foundations and are safe for school children.

* Directs security agencies to ensure the protection of all public schools in order to avoid miscreants using the facilities as hideouts and places for their nefarious activities.

* Assures on continuous training and improved welfare for teachers within the public school system.

* Sets to launch compulsory IT based learning system in all primary and secondary schools in the state.

* Expresses desire to ensure that Abia continues to lead in Nigeria, especially in STEM education.

Shutdown Order: Sex workers go into hiding in Umuahia

Commercial sex workers in Umuahia, the Abia capital, have gone into hiding to evade police arrest, following state government’s order shutting down brothels in the city.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who monitored the enforcement of the government’s directive, reports the sex workers now lived in palpable fear.

NAN reports that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Monday ordered the immediate shutdown of brothels located on Orlu, Kaduna, and Arochukwu streets, among others, in the capital city.

Mr Ikpeazu also directed the immediate prosecution of proprietors of such facilities, including joints where illicit drugs were sold.

The state government alleged that the brothels and joints had been turned into a hideout for hoodlums from where they rob and molest innocent citizens, especially in the night.

It, therefore, directed security agencies in the state to urgently rid the areas of suspected hoodlums.

Meanwhile, some of the major brothels that used to be a beehive of activities were empty and under lock and key when NAN visited on Wednesday.
The facilities included Classy Guest House, National Hotel, Daba-in, and Freedom Hotel, all located on Orlu Street.
Other brothels vacated by the girls are Amala Guest House, located on Lagos Street and Universal Social Centre, also on Cameroun Street.

However, at Connection Bar, located on Imo Lane, a number of the sex workers were seen attending to their male customers.

It was a comic moment when the girls took to their heels when they heard the sound of a siren, unknown to them that the sound came from a bank bullion van.
“Hey, na bank people o. I see those police, I think say they don come again to arrest us,” one of the girls told her colleagues in Pidgin.

They described their experience as horrifying, saying that security operatives had been ‘preying’ on them since the order was given by the state government.