Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday berated a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe, over an alleged controversial audio tape containing recorded speeches.
This is coming ahead of the September 3, 2019 governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
In the said tape, it was claimed that Governor Dickson was heard boasting that he won’t support Alaibe despite the pleas of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and ex-National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau, for him to back the former NDDC boss.
In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media Relations to the governor, Fidelis Soriwei, Dickson accused Alaibe of trying to blackmail him for assumed political benefits.’
The statement read, “It has come to the attention of the government that the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, has been spreading manipulated audio recordings of Governor Dickson’s public utterance during meetings.
“It is curious that Alaibe would rather dissipate energy to the propagation of mischief rather than focusing attention on his gubernatorial campaign.
“We wish to reiterate for the umpteenth time that the governor as a major stakeholder in the issue of the governorship primaries, is entitled to his own political views and decisions.
“That does not preclude any politician with genuine interest from testing his popularity with the delegates.
“It is important to stress also that the governor’s decision not to reward disloyalty with the candidacy of the party is an informed decision of conviction.
“Alaibe would do well to focus on his campaign to actualise his aspiration rather than embarking on a campaign of calumny against a man whose name is not on the ballot.”
Reacting to the development, the Timi Alaibe Campaign Organisation in a statement titled, ‘We are too focused to be distracted’ and signed by its Administrative Secretary, Prof Seiyefa Birisibe, said that the allegation against Alaibe was a clear attempt to incite the public against him.
The statement read, “For the records, let it be stated that we, as a campaign organisation, take serious exception to the wrong use of tar-brush loaded words and gutter language to describe the person of our principal with the intent to incite the public against him; particularly over an issue he knows absolutely nothing about. This is unacceptable.
“Neither Alaibe nor any member of his campaign organisation was at the meetings referred to in the public statement issued on Wednesday.
“Our focus is to conduct our campaign on issues that will lead to the development of Bayelsa State through economic prosperity and not waste energy and time on commonplace matters.”
Court strikes out Natasha Akpoti’s suit against Bello
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit filed by Natasha Akpoti, Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s candidate in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi, against the Governor, Yahaya Bello, for lacking in locus standi.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who delivered the judgement, held that the alleged offence was criminal and not a civil case which could be instituted by an individual.
The judge, therefore, declared that the plaintiff had no legal right to institute the case.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Ekwo had, on Dec. 6, 2019, fixed Jan. 20 to deliver a judgment in the suit seeking Gov. Bello’s disqualification over alleged double registration as a voter.
BREAKING: Ihedioha’s Supreme Court sacking: PDP’s ‘mother of all protests’ ends abruptly as members escape death in Abuja
The protest embarked upon, on Monday, in Abuja by the leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party against the judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2019 Imo State governorship election has ended abruptly at the Eagle Square.
The protesters, who had taken off from the PDP complex in Maitama, Abuja popularly called the Legacy House, were en route to the Supreme Court, but on getting to the Eagles Square, they noticed that suspected members of the All Progressives Congress had gathered at the Supreme Court junction. The leaders of the protest, to avoid clash or confrontation with the suspected APC members, decided to stop the PDP members from continuing with the protest to the Supreme Court, which initially was supposed to be the terminal point of the protest.
The protest did not also end without an accident. Some of the PDP protesters escaped death by the whiskers. The affected PDP protesters were in some vehicles, but suddenly at the Transcorp Hilton junction, one of the vehicles rammed into a truck also conveying some other PDP protesters. However, there were no injuries and no death recorded.
The Supreme Court had on January 14 nullified the victory of Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who is the PDP Imo State 2019 governorship candidate.
Supreme Court Verdict: Ganduje Calls Opposition To Come For Better Kano
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
Few minutes after the verdict of the Supreme Court that reaffirms the victory of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, the governor after praising Allah for the victory, called on all the opposition to come and join hands with him for the continued development of the state.
“We thank Allah for the victory that made it possible for the Supreme Court to reaffirm our victory after Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal judgements. We also thank Kano people for peaceful conduct of their affairs,” says governor.
He also thanked all people who actively participated in praying for the victory that came his way, emphasising that, “Whoever believes and depends on Allah, will always see light at the beginning, mid and end of the tunnel, no matter the circumstances.”
“We also commend all the Judges who partook in this exercise of deepening democracy. This shows the commitment of our judiciary in strengthening our democracy. This is highly commendable,” he said.
“I insist that our opposition should come and join us to move the state forward. We have a lot of developmental projects on ground. And more are coming. Our free and compulsory education policy needs all hands on deck. Our security system also needs all and sundry. Among others,” he said.
Immediately after the announcement of the Supreme Court Verdict Government House, was filled to capacity with people celebrating the victory. The same look takes over the streets of Kano.
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