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Achado Should be Grateful to ‘Yes Father Movement’ Instead of Playing Opposition – Alia

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From Attah Ede, Makurdi

Benue State Governor Hyacinth Alia on Sunday berated the member representing Gwer East/Gwer Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Asema Achado, saying Achado had forgotten so soon how he won his election through the “Yes Father Movement”.

The governor spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Kula Tersoo in a press statement he issued to newsmen in Makurdi.

Alia was reacting to an open letter written to him by Achado.

Achado in his letter had advised the governor to always carry all party leaders and stakeholders along in the running of his administration and urged the governor to consider the position of the Senate on local government caretaker committee.

Reacting to Achado’s open letter, Alia said the lawmaker should have sought a private audience with him instead of attacking him on the social media.

The governor stated that if not for his Yes Father Movement, Achado wouldn’t have won his national assembly election.

He added that the federal lawmaker was not out to give him any advice.

The statement read in part: “We have read with utter surprise what is purported to be ‘advice’ from Arc Asema to His Excellency, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia flying all over social media in which he has made a series of spurious claim.

“It is a trifle disturbing that Arc Achado who is a stakeholder in the party would decide to resort to social media gossip and pontificating instead of seeking an audience with His Excellency to offer whatever kind of honest ‘advice’ that he may truly have.

“But what is clear is that Hon. Achado is not out to offer any form of meaningful advice, rather he is out to play to the gallery or at best play the role of an opposition within the party by taking sides with the traducers of the government.

“By the way, why would Achado, who is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Yes Father Movement, decide to stay very far off and would not come close to having an audience with the government and place his suggestions on the table?

“The Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe recalls an Igbo proverb which says that a man who cannot remember where he dried his clothes may not remember where the rain began to beat him.

“It is clear that Arc Achado cannot remember how the Yes Father Movement helped to dry his clothes after he was serially heavily beaten by the rain of Gwer politics.

“If Dr Achado does not remember his immediate history then it means he must be suffering from selective memory or amnesia. Then someone should jog his misty memory.

“Arc Achado claims that His Excellency hardly creates time for stakeholders and does not make consultations before taking key decisions.

“But suffice it to ask: has Arc Achado attended any of the stakeholders meetings called since the inception of this government?

“Has he at any time visited to seek a private audience with the governor on key issues and was denied?

“Has he ever sought to put forward his beautiful pieces of advice to the governor before rushing to plaster them all over social media?”

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Edo Primaries: Court Orders PDP to Show Cause why 381 Delegates Should be Excluded

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to show cause why 381 delegates elected on Feb. 4 at its ward congress should not participate in the primary scheduled for Thursday.

Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order in a ruling on the ex-parte motion moved by the plaintiffs’ counsel, Adaze Emwanta.

Justice Ekwo thereafter ordered that the defendants be served with all the court processes within two days of the order.

Reports says that three aggrieved ad-hoc delegates, on behalf of the 378 others, had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP, its national secretary and the vice chairman, south south as 1st to 4th defendants respectively.

In the ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/165/2024 dated Feb. 7 but filed Feb 8, the plaintiffs sought for two orders

These include an order for the defendants or their agents not to act but to show cause why the reliefs of the plaintiffs in their originating summons should not be granted with regard to the plan of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants to exclude them and 378 other delegates, whose names and election results are contained in “Exhibits BID 8A to 8L,” from participating in the primaries.of Feb. 22 in Edo.

The plaintiffs, which include Hon Kelvin Mohammed, Mr Gabriel Okoduwa and Mr Ederaho Osagie, on behalf of others in 12 local government areas and 127 wards, averred that it would be in the interest of justice for their reliefs to be granted.

Upon resumed hearing on Wednesday, counsel for the plaintiffs, Emwanta, told the court that all efforts to effect the service on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants were unsuccessful.

He said though INEC was served on Monday, the other three defendants evaded service.

He, therefore, said that a motion for substituted service on the PDP and others had been filed.

He said a party seeking to be joined in the suit also served their application on him earlier in the day.

The lawyer said since there was no opposition to their motion for substituted service, he moved in terms of the application.

He said their sole prayer was to serve them by pasting the processes at the PDP headquarters.

Justice Ekwo, who granted the application, ordered that the service be effected within two days.

The judge then asked INEC’s lawyer, Hassan Aminu, if they had filed any application but he responded in the negative.

He said though they were served on Feb. 20, they did not file any process because “we have no issue with the order.”

The judge adjourned the matter until Feb. 28 for the PDP, its national secretary and vice chairman (south south) to show cause why the reliefs should not be granted.(NAN)

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Senate Pushes for Nigerian Medical Graduands from Ukraine, Sudan to Sit for July, Nov MDCN Exams

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By Eze Okechukwu, Abuja

The senate has called out the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to allow Nigerian medical graduates from Ukraine and Sudan to sit for the MDCN exams in July and Nov without any discrimination, particularly those that the wars in both countries did not affect their academic activities.

The upper chamber also urged MDCN to in no distant time, work toward the conduct of the MDCN exams in each geo-political zone of the country like the Law Schools, to reduce the cost on the students and their parents.

The senate resolutions followed the adoption of a motion at plenary yesterday which was sponsored by Senator Oyewumi Olaler from Osun state titled: “Discrimination Against Medical Graduands from Ukraine by the Nigeria Medical and Dental Council.

In his lead debate, senator Olalere said that the issue of medical graduates from Ukraine universities has drawn attention of National Assembly since 2022, pointing out that in 2023, the House of Representatives and the Ministry of Health concluded with the Medical and Dental Council to allow the students that graduated from medical schools in Ukraine to participate in the qualifying exams like other students, or at best, organise a makeup programme for them before the exam.

The senator noted that MDCN has slated a referral programme for the 2022 graduates alone at Federal Medical Centre Gwagwalada at the cost of N1.5 million per student to be paid in one and half weeks.

He said the concerned parents of the affected students had visited the National Assembly complex to lodge their complaint during the vacation of the Senate for extension of the deadline for payment to one month from one and half week.

Olalere, who is the Senate Deputy Minority leader, said the war in Ukraine affected the eastern part of Ukraine and Kyiv, the capital, adding that the entire western Ukraine was not affected.

According to him, the students were on campus doing their programme unhindered as confirmed by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria.

He explained that since the war in Ukraine did not affect all the universities, especially, students in Western parts of Ukraine, students who graduated from those universities in 2023 should be allowed to sit for MDCN exams henceforth without any hindrance.

Other senators who supported the motion included Senators; Adamu Aliero, from Kebbi state Abdul Ningi from Bauchi state among others.

In a related development, the senate also urged the Committee of Nigerian Vice Chancellors to allow Nigerian students arriving from war torn countries to be admitted into Nigerian universities to complete their studies.

President of Senate Godswill Akpiabio in his remarks thanked the sponsor of the motion, saying that it was a popular motion and elicited comments from the lawmakers.

He expressed belief that the resolutions of the senate would be adhered to by MDCN and the Vice Chancellors to ameliorate the sufferings of concerned Nigerian medical graduates from the war affected nations.

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Edo Election: PDP Approves Delegates List

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By Johnson Eyiangho, Abuja

National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the delegates list for the Edo State Governorship Election Primary to nominate a candidate for the Sept. 21 governorship election in the state.

It has also approved the conduct of the Edo State Governorship Election Primary for Thursday, Feb.

22 at the Lawn Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.

The NWC in a statement by the PDP’s Spokesman, Hon.

Debo Ologunagba yesterday charged all delegates, aspirants, leaders, critical stakeholders, members of the party and the public to note the official date and venue and be guided accordingly.

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