A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Mr Peter Esele, said on Friday that the Independent National Electoral Commission should take all the blames for the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Imo election.
Esele, a former President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, made the declaration while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.
He argued that Nigerians should look beyond the controversy of the judgment and address the foundation of the judgment
The activist noted that the judgment underscored the inefficiency and ineptitude of INEC.
According to him, the result of the governorship election, held on March 9, 2019, in Imo should not have been announced in the first place because so many irregularities were reported during the election.
Esele said that in view of the reported irregularities, one would have expected INEC to have cancelled the election and have a proper election conducted.
“INEC did not do its job properly so that is why Supreme Court judges are intervening.”
The APC stalwart stressed that for the Supreme Court to have a unanimous decision over a matter or election, it means the election was badly conducted.
“So what happened in Imo State is enough for the INEC chairman to resign if Nigeria is a sane clime where things are done properly.
“Whoever is aggrieved has to accept it because the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land,” said Esele.
Ijaw Group Writes N’Delta Governors, Demands Regional Security Outfit
The Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM) has written a distress letter to the Governors of the six Niger Delta States, demanding urgent establishment of a regional security outfit to check-mate activities of Herdsmen in the region.
In the letter addressed to the chairman of the South-South Governors Forum and governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, the convener of NDSDM, Annkio Briggs, appealed for an urgent South-South Security Summit where the people of the region would agree on security network that would prevent headsmen.
Reacting to the recent attack on Uwheru Community in Ughelli North Local Council, Delta State, Annkio said whatever is true of Delta people is true of all the South-South people, and that there is absolutely no state in the South-South that is immuned from the rampaging and ravaging Killer-herdsmen.
Parts of the statement read: “we can no longer trust the established security agencies to protect our people as they have shown a high level of complicity and sometimes outright connivance with the killer-herdsmen to attack, kill, kidnap, rape, molest and terrorise our people.
“The NDSDM has watched with trepidation the deteriorating security situation across the country with special emphasis as to how that impacts the Niger Delta. Every day we hear of killer herdsmen attacking peaceful communities.
“We call on the South-South Governors Forum to urgently summon a South-South Security Summit (SSSS) with your brother governors along with the people of Niger Delta to agree on a regional security network that will aid the overstretched security agencies in combating the unacceptable level of insecurities across the Niger Delta.”
One Killed As Ebonyi PDP Councillorship Primary Turns Bloody
One person was been killed in Ebonyi as the primaries for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) turned bloody on Friday with pockets of violence recorded in various parts of the state.
The victim, Mr Enyinnaya Ibiam, who was a Staff of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Uwanna, Afikpo North Local government area, was shot to death by an unknown member of rival group of the party in the area.
Though reports were sketchy at the time of this report, it was however gathered that the bullet that killed him was intended for another person.
Commissioner of Police, Awosola Awotunde confirmed the killing.
He said the police are on the trail of the shooter and will soon arrest him to answer for his crime.
He, however did not disclose the name of the shooter.
However, an eye witness said the shooter was a Development Centre Coordinator for one of the Development Centres in the council.
The eyewitness, who spoke to on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation, said there was a serious clash between two groups at the venue of the councillorship election at Uwanna where armed thugs shot sporadically into the air to scare voters but it took the intervention of the Police who stormed the area and stopped them.
“There was a serious problem but the police came and teargassed them and the boys were disparsed. But later when the police left, the coordinator was said to have pulled out a gun and shot at his brother who is opposing his preferred candidate but fortunately he dodged the bullet and the bullet hit Ibiam who was standing at his back” she stated.
Meanwhile, a wife of a journalist one Mrs Ogochukwu Nweke was allegedly attacked and stripped naked by some armed thugs in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state.
The husband of the victim, Chukwudi Nweke a worker at the Ebonyi state Broadcasting Cooperation, EBBC who spoke to Reporters said a Youth leader in Ishielu local government led the attack on his wife.
Mrs Ogochukwu Nweke contested the Councillorship position in Ogboji ward in Ishielu.
“They beat her up, stripped her naked and collected all her belongings including the originals of her credentials, her PDP nomination form, my laptop and many other personal things including N110,000. This happened at Aristocrat Hotel where the Local govt party executives invited her for her clearance
“I need the assistance of all to help me recover my wife’s Original Academic Credentials.
“I most humbly call on the passionate father of the state, David Nweze Umahi and the wife to wade into this matter .
“My house is under siege and we have been in the bush since yesterday as they are still trailing us. My wife and my entire family are under threat and fear” he stated
BREAKING: Security Operatives Bar Youths From Harassing Oshiomhole
Security operatives on Saturday barred protesting youths from getting close to the convoy of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Oshiomhole was in Benin to attend burial ceremony of mother of Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma, late Cecilia Agbonyinma.
Heavily armed security personnel were mobilised to the Benin Airport following reports that youths were at the airport to boo Oshiomhole.
At the Airport entrance gate, there are soldiers and two police vehicles while others comprising officials of the Department of State Security, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were stationed at various points of the Airport.
The airport exit gate was also manned by soldiers and policemen.
An armoured personnel carrier was seen at the airport parking lot.
The youths chanted anti-Oshiomhole songs and used other unprintable words.
At the airport to receive Oshiomhole were Dr. Pius Odubu, General Charles Airhiavbere and other APC chieftains.
Some APC chieftains who refused to be names accused Governor Godwin Obaseki for activities of the youths.
The chieftains said it was wrong for Obaseki to always mobilise thugs to harras Oshiomhole
It was gathered that the heavy mobilisation of security personnel was to forestall any attempt to boo Oshiomhole or prevent him from leaving the airport.
A top Edo government official who pleaded anonymity denied involvement of Obaseki in the airport incident.
According to the official, “Oshiomhole should leave Obaseki out of his predicament. If Oshiomhole go to Portharcourt or Bayelsa, you know the reception he will receive.
“Didn’t you see protest against him in Abuja? Was that also Obaseki? Oshiomhole has general dislike across tje country. Oshiomhole’s travail is self inflicted.”