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Tension in Ondo as gunshots rock polling unit, boat capsized

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Sporadic shootings have been reported at a polling unit in the Oke Ijebu area of Akure at the ongoing governorship election in Ondo State.

Ondo police spokesman, Tee-Lee Ikoro, confirmed the incident, adding that mobile police personnel had been promptly drafted to the area.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Twitter that those shooting were thugs from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The opposition party said the plan was to scare away voters from the polling unit.

Also, a boat conveying electoral materials and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State capsized this morning.

The boat was said to have capsized on its way to deliver voting materials to polling units in the Ilaje area.

No death was recorded as all the passengers were reportedly put on life jackets while onboard.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident, however, said the development would not affect the election.

He added that the materials were not affected either.

The Deputy Inspector General leading the police team for the election, Leye Oyebade, said on Friday that adequate measures had been put in place to ensure maximum safety during the poll.

He said tactical squads had been deployed in strategic areas apart from police manning the polling booths.

Oyebade said, “We have been able to put a robust mechanism on ground that is going to work; a mechanism that it is going to give us the desired result, which is safety.

“We have deployed to the riverine areas at least three per unit. We have deployed men to all the collation centres and given adequate protection to INEC officials, and materials in all the necessary areas that are meant to be covered.

“Our preparation has been ongoing before now behind the scene. We have been able to crime map the state and noted the threat analysis.

“We will not be distracted. We have enough personnel to address the issues of banditry, kidnapping and all of that. We have our technical platform to track and do the needful.

“We have adequate number to address the supervision of this election; personnel are sound technically. We are good to go. We have been able to structure the terrain, the waterways, land and air, all entry and exit points. We have been able to get adequate personnel lectured, trained and tutored to be professional.

“So, with the personnel we have on ground, appropriate logistics and with the mindset to sacrifice, because this is a major event to celebrate our democracy, the police officers’ morale is very high. We know that the police and other security agencies are ready to protect lives and property.

“We have been able to support in terms of protection of INEC officials and transportation of INEC materials that has begun for some days now and has been going on without any issue.”

He also said, “We have a code of conduct guiding the personnel that have been deployed. They have been given a tag with their names and pictures on it to identify them in the places they are posted to. “Their names and mobile phone numbers are also with the officials at the various places they are posted. That is how we will curb fake or illegal policemen.

“We have also sent out dedicated mobile numbers- 07049960674 and 09152784339. These two numbers are for members of the public to have access to us through calls and text messages.

“If they think there is an urgent matter going on, they can send a message, pictures or videos to us through WhatsApp on this number: 07049936417.”

But the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of over 400 civil society organisations, on Friday condemned what it described as an invasion of the state by some governors.

The Chairman, Transition Monitoring Group, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said at a press briefing this constituted a threat to the peaceful and credible conduct of the election.

Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission has denied the allegation by the PDP that it appointed a townsman of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as its chief returning officer for the election.

National Commission and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, gave the clarification in a statement on Friday.

The PDP had on Thursday alleged that the electoral umpire had appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, as the chief returning officer for the governorship election.

The Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council and Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde said Ogunbodede is a known crony of Governor Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress and hails from Owo, the same hometown as the candidate.

Makinde said Ogunbodede could not be a fair party in the proceedings by virtue of his association with the governor and as such, would not guarantee a free and fair election.

But in dismissing the report, Okoye said the returning officer for the election was not from Ondo State and not from the OAU.

“The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to a press conference addressed by the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council and Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, October 8, 2020 to the effect that the Commission has appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, as the returning officer for the Ondo governorship election taking place on October 10, 2020.

“While the commission will not be drawn into speculations relating to the performance of its constitutional and statutory functions, it is imperative to set the records straight for the benefit of the people of Ondo State and the integrity of the electoral process.

“It is the sole responsibility of the commission to appoint a returning officer for the Ondo governorship election and does not share this responsibility with any individual, group, or political party.”

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Ex-Senate President Pius Ayim dumps PDP for APC 

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Ex-Senate President Pius Ayim dumps PDP for APC 

 

Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, on Saturday formally joined the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC), dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He announced this at the Pa Oruta Ngele Township Abakaliki during the Grand Finale of the APC local government election Campaign.

Ayim led a host of other notable personalities across other political parties including former state and National Assembly members, former governorship candidate of Labour Party, Edwin Nkwegu, Senator Obinna Ọgba, former national and state assembly candidates, with hundreds of their supporters to join the party.

The new members were received by APC National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State and Minister of Works, David Umahi, state chairman of the party, Stanley Meghan, and other leaders of the party.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Works, David Umahi, praised Anyim for all the support he gave to the APC during the 2023 elections.

He also thanked President Bola Tinubu for all the support given to him when he faced legal battles after joining the party.

He said, “President Tinubu called me to come and see him and when I came he carried me in his car personally to meet a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who handled our case.”

Minister Umahi noted that he faced serious attacks and conditions for deciding to join the APC but was grateful that today the party had become the beautiful bride of all in the state and southeast.

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SEC okays RT Briscoe’s N10bn fund raising plans

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SEC okays RT Briscoe’s N10bn fund raising plans

 

RT Briscoe Nigeria Plc has secured approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise N10bn through a newly introduced savings and investments scheme.

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of RT Briscoe Nigeria, Mr Seyi Onajide, disclosed this in Lagos during an interactive session with journalists.

He also spoke on the company’s commencing the conversion of petrol/diesel vehicles to run on compressed natural gas.

Onajide in a statement said the savings and investment scheme would allow the rich, semi-rich, and the poor to participate in the N10bn fund raising.

The scheme is open to both existing RT Briscoe’s 43,000 share holders and non-share holders.

Onajide said the investment would go to a trustee, already set up by SEC, who would keep the invested sum with interest until the trustee calls a meeting of all subscribers to decide if their money should be converted to Briscoe shares or not.

“The savings and investment initiative gives opportunities to all interested parties to grow funds either to buy Briscoe shares or not. There will be additional benefits for those who end up choosing to buy Briscoe shares,” he said.

He said RT Briscoe remained committed to meeting its debt repayment obligations to banks coming with interest and charges, but promised that the debt would be resolved before converting the savings into shares.

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Rear Admiral Madueke wants court to stop ex-wife Diezani from using his name

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Rear Admiral Madueke wants court to stop ex-wife Diezani from using his name

Rear Admiral Alison Amaechina Madueke has petitioned a Lagos High Court to issue an injunction preventing his ex-wife, Diezani Alison-Madueke, from using his first name (Alison) and surname (Madueke) following their divorce.

He has requested that the court order Diezani to revert to her maiden name, Diezani Kogbeni Agama, and to publicly announce this change in newspapers in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

The petition, filed under suit number LD/15144HD/2024, claims that Diezani’s continued use of his name poses significant legal and financial risks to him due to her ongoing criminal trials in Nigeria and the UK. Alison Madueke cited that they ceased cohabiting in May 2015 following her ministerial appointment.

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Diezani later filed for divorce in November 2021, which was finalized on April 13, 2022, by Hon. Justice A.A. Ozegya at the High Court of Nassarawa State, Mararaba Gurku Judicial Division.

The retired naval officer expressed that the ongoing association of Diezani with his name is causing embarrassment and damage to his reputation and public image.

Despite the legal dissolution of their marriage, Diezani continues to use his name without justification or consent, creating a false impression of an ongoing relationship.

Alison Madueke has also stated that he had instructed his solicitors, Messrs Foundation Chambers, to send a formal letter to Diezani on December 14, 2023, requesting her to cease using his name and revert to her maiden name.

The petition seeks to enforce this change formally and to ensure public notification of her name reversion.

Rear Admiral Madueke wants court to stop ex-wife Diezani from using his name

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