Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the Supreme Court victory of Gov. Francis Nwifuru as an affirmation of the mandate given to him by Ebonyi voters on the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
Okoro-Emegha stated this on Friday in Abakaliki while reacting to the victory of the party at the Supreme Court in a chat with newsmen.
The chairman commended the justices of the Supreme Court for upholding the election victory of Gov.Francis Nwifuru.
The chieftain who celebrated the victory described the judgement as a ‘landmark’ victory and called on the opposition parties to close ranks with the governor to move the state forward.
“We never lost any sleep on the outcome of the Supreme Court case because we had a good case and had earlier won at the tribunal and Appeal Court.
“The judgement has brought to a definite end the election litigation and the governor can settle down for the business of governance.
“The victory represents not only a victory for democracy but for the entire Ebonyi electorate that voted massively to elect Nwifuru.
“The judgement shows that the judiciary remains the last hope of the ‘common man’ and it just confirmed the decision of the Ebonyi voters in 2023
“The government of APC, led by President Bola Tinubu, will still get it right and I must tell you honestly that in Ebonyi we have never been distracted, the governor is focused and ready to deliver dividends of democracy to the people in line with ‘Ebonyi Charter of Needs’ mantra.
“The governor has been in the service, first as speaker and he knows the needs of the people and he will just continue what he has already started,” Okoro-Emegha said.
Also, reacting to the judgement, Mr Chidiebere Agwu, the chairman of Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi, congratulated the governor for his victory at the apex court.
“I’m very grateful for the Supreme Court judgement. The ruling has brought to an end the election dispute and the decision only affirmed the wishes of the masses of Ebonyi who voted in the election.
“We are already enjoying autonomy at the local government area (LGA) level and this is courtesy of the governor’s belief in the rule of law and what we needed has already been given to us; we are very grateful to the governor,” he said.
Also, speaking, Mr Philip Okorie, Commissioner for Inter Party Affairs said that the apex court’s judgement was a confirmation that God has sent the governor to serve his people and deliver them as the Messiah of the state.
“In Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), we are happy that we have gotten a governor who performs beyond party boundaries.
“We are happy that today, God has affirmed that he brought Gov. Francis Nwifuru to unify Ebonyi and I’m not talking about a one-party system because it’s not healthy.
“If you make Ebonyi a one-party state, my job will be gone; I’m happy that the governor strengthened the existing democratic institutions in the state to enhance democratic governance,” he said.
Meanwhile, a top chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the party had accepted the judgement because it believed. in the rule of law.
“The court has spoken and there must be an end to every litigation, and so, we have no choice but to accept the judgement and look forward to 2027,” the source said.
Nwifuru defeated the candidates of the PDP, Chief Ifeanyichukwuma Odi, and Prof. Bernard Odoh of All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA) in the March 2023 election, but, they rejected the outcome of the election and challenged the emergence of Nwifuru in court. (NAN)
Senate Pushes for Nigerian Medical Graduands from Ukraine, Sudan to Sit for July, Nov MDCN Exams
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.
Edo Election: PDP Approves Delegates List
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.
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.
Benue Diaspora Lambasts Benue National Assembly Caucus, Enumerate Alia’s Achievements
From Attah Ede, Makurdi
A political group, under the umbrella of Divine Mandate Benue Diaspora (DMBD), on Sunday said Governor Hyacinth Alia has recorded remarkable achievements within seven months of his administration more than other governors that had ruled the State in the past.
The group further said it is regrettable that a surge of political manoeuvring had unfolded over the recent months, marked by numerous politicians vying for recognition and relevance thereby portraying the administration of Alia in bad light and unjustified criticisms.
The DMBD is an arm of governor Alia’s campaign group, who pulled human and material resources together to galvanized support for his victory during the 2023 governorship elections in the State
Speaking at a press conference in Makurdi, the State capital, the group Chairman and Lagos State coordinator, Mr.
Mr Akpur, while reacting to remarks by the Benue National Assembly Caucus who claimed that governor Alia had embezzled security votes of about N3 billion and unlawfully dissolved the local government council chairmen, development they alleged were responsible for the insecurity in the state, said such accusations must be condemnable.
He explained that Alia’s administration had succeeded within seven months where past leaders who stayed longer years in office failed.
The group’s chairman stated that Alia has embarked on unprecedented projects including construction of 16 township roads and flyovers within Makurdi, purchased 300 metric tons of fertilizer and sold them to farmers at subsidized rate.
“Fr. Alia’s administration stands out as it is taking the bull by horns in exercising the hydra-headed demon of non-payment of salaries and uncanny reference to pensioners as dead people as it was the case in the previous administration.
“Our action governor has also wasted no time in domesticating the federal government approved new retirement age for primary and secondary school teachers, thereby retaining seasoned hands within the bedrock of our educational system.
“Knowing fully the financial challenges in the State, Governor Hyacinth Alia has taken the registration of WAEC and NECO examinations for SS3 students from government approved schools as responsibility of his administration. This is a step to enhance development in education.
“Contrary to the puerile remarks by the national assembly members concerning insecurity, Fr. Alia has continued to interface with various security agencies of the Federal Government to set the necessary security safeguards to guarantee the return of the IDPs to their ancestral homes and instituted a regime of fair and equitable distribution of both relief materials and palliatives to all.
“As they look to ingratiate their personal selfish agenda, we direct their attention to the fact that the Alia administration in collaboration with the Federal Government is currently constructing the dilapidated Otukpo-Enugu road.
“Alia cannot share money as it was done in the past. We urge this group of distractors to familiarize themselves with the nation’s constitution which clearly outlines the responsibilities of every office at each level of government.
“It is imperative that the national assembly members concentrate on their constitutionally mandated duty of representing their constituencies effectively at the national level.
“It is regrettable that, since 1999, the people of Benue have witnessed minimal impact from their representatives in the national assembly, whether in terms of employment opportunities or the execution of constituency projects contrary to what we observe in the States where we reside.
“We unequivocally implore our current representatives in the national assembly to refrain from becoming agents of mass distraction to the committed governor”, Akpur stated.
He however called on the people to emulate the governor’s focus and diligently work towards delivering the benefits of democracy to the constituents they are representing.
The group Chairman further enjoined every Benue indigene particularly those in leadership positions to come together and collaborate for the well-being of Benue populace.
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