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2023: Ortom’s Chief Of Staff, Four Commissioners Resign

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Chief of Staff to the Benue State Governor, Pastor Terwase Orbunde, alongside four commissioners have tendered their resignation letters to enable them face their 2023 political ambitions.

The commissioners include; Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Addingi; Environment and Water Resources, Engr Dondo Ahire; Education, Professor Dennis Ityayva;r and that of Youth and Sports, Comrade Ojemba Ojotu.

While the former Chief of staff, Orbunde, former Environment Commissioner and the former Education commissioner are eyeing the seat of their principal in the coming election, Addingi who exited the information and her counterpart of Youth and Sports, Ojotu are warming up for House of Representatives in their various localities.

They former appointees confirmed their resignation separately to newsmen in Makurdi, stressing that they were hopeful to attain newer heights in their different political career.

The resignations are in compliance with Governor Samuel Ortom’s directive that his political appointees nursing ambition to contest elections in 2023 should leave his cabinet latest on September 30, 2021.

Meanwhile, Orbunde in a statement said, he tendered his resignation having completed his tour of duty and being led by God to be available for another assignment as Governor.

He noted that the journey that led to his present exit from office started in 1995 when Governor Ortom approached him to anchor his Governorship Campaign and that he commenced activities towards the realization of the ambition in 2012.

He added that although there were dramatic twists and turns, God, through the people of Benue, gave his principal electoral victories in 2015 and 2019 culminating in his appointment and reappointment during the two tenures.

Orbunde stated that his participation in the Ortom administration afforded him the opportunity to broaden his perspectives, get further extensive exposure, acquire cognate experience, and build capacities in the service of the people.

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Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani

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Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.

Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.

He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.

In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.

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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”

Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.

But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.

Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.

However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.

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Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker

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There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.

Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.

The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.

The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.

But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.

It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.

There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.

After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.

 

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Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles

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Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.

He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.

The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.

In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.

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