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Your Blackmail Against Akwa Ibom Tribunal Judges Won’t Work, Group Slams Akpabio

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Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio has been advised to
focus on his new assignment as a minister and stop blackmailing
members of the  National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Akwa
Ibom State, with false and childish bribery allegations “when he could
have actually been the one who tried to compromise the tribunal
members and failed.”

The Elections Transparency Group, ETG, in a release on Tuesday, said
it was worrisome that in his bid to arm-twist the Appeal Court
President, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, into disbanding the Tribunal or
move its sittings from Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital to Abuja,
Senator Akpabio has now commissioned media propaganda against the
Tribunal Chairman, Justice W. O. Akanbi.”

Recall that a week ago today, it was widely reported across the media
space and platforms that Senator Akpabio had concluded plans to
blackmail the Tribunal Chairman and other members with spurious
allegations of financial inducements. It is rather shocking that a
week after the media ran the story, Akpabio through his surrogate, Leo
Ekpeyong has indeed gone ahead to blackmail the Chairman. This is very
sad.

According to the statement issued by its Convener, Dr. Kazeem
Adekunle, the ETG said going by his antecedents, Senator Akpabio must
have resorted to blackmailing the Tribunal Chairman after it became
obvious that his petition will not succeed given the fumbling s by his
witnesses and the fact that the votes he had been bandying about were
not products of accreditation.

The statement read; We in ETG have followed proceedings at some of the
ongoing Election Tribunals in the country, particularly those of Akwa
Ibom State and we are worried that as usual, the All Progressives
Congress (APC) and its Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial candidate,
Godswill Akpabio are now resorting to lying against the Tribunal
members ostensibly to arm-twist them into perverting justice.

For instance, we read online yesterday, that a sum of $3 million had
already been given to the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Akanbi and that
the judge had ordered a brand new Toyota Highlander from the bribe
money.

Even though it is not in our character to defend anyone, including
judges, it is our belief that the report is bare- face blackmail
aimed at intimidating the Justices. Anyone with such grievous
allegation will rather petition the National Judicial Council (NJC)
instead of engaging in media campaign.

By not informing the NJC, it shows that the allegation was only made
to blackmail the judges and arm-twist them, which must not be allowed
to succeed.

To even show that the story was made up just to blackmail the judges,
the amount mentioned in the headline was $3 million while in the body
of the story,  the amount with which they claimed Justice Akanbi was
bribed was $1.5 million.

Also, Chairman of the tribunal was first referred to as Justice W.  O.
Akanbi, later Akanbi J.  and then Akanbi.

Most importantly, we are aware of the stories surrounding the Akwa
Ibom North West Senatorial election, especially the abduction of INEC
officials and attempt to force them to declare false results in favour
of Senator Akpabio.

We are not also unmindful of the fact that those who went to the
extent of abducting INEC officials can go to any length to influence
the tribunal and can also put the lives and career of the Tribunal
members at risk, but the judges must stand firm and dispense justice
without fear or favour.

We therefore call on well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on Senator
Akpabio to desist from his regime of blackmail and allow members of
the election tribunals in Akwa Ibom State do their jobs solely in the
interest of justice and fairness.

It is also important that Senator Akpabio is told to focus more on his
job as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, rather than
using the position as instrument of blackmail against judges who can
only adjudicate on election cases based on the law and evidences made
available to them.

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Ladoja, Obasa, Igbo Youths Back Governors

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A former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja;   Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa; Northern Minority caucus in the House of Representatives and the Southeast Igbo Youth Stakeholders are in support of the governors’ resolution.

 

They all spoke at different for and events.

 

Ex-governor Ladoja said he believes that if the ban on open grazing is implemented, the rising insecurity in the country would, to a large extent, be curbed.

 

Ladoja, at the Eid prayers at the University of Ibadan Prayer Ground, also told reporters that “religious intolerance is another problem Nigeria is facing.”

He argued that open grazing was no longer sustainable as a practice, adding that the government needed to do more in terms of implementing the ban by the governors.

 

Ladoja said: “I support the ban on open grazing. There is the existence of open grazing law even in Oyo State but unfortunately, we have not seen it implemented. Maybe now that all of the Southern governors have adopted it, the implementation will start in earnest.

 

“All over the world, many countries don’t have open grazing. We should also adopt that.

 

In Lagos, Speaker Obasa advised President Muhammadu Buhari to act on the requests made by the governors to end insecurity in the country.

 

According to him, implementation of the requests would help in moving the country forward.

 

“President Buhari should give a thought to the requests made by the governors, and also implement them for the country to move forward,” he said in a statement to mark the Eid-el-Fitr.

 

Obasa expressed belief that the country would survive the security and economic challenges facing it and come out stronger.

 

Minority lawmakers in the House of Representatives from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said addressing   open grazing, restructuring, and other issues raised by the Southern governors remained the only solution to the worsening insecurity in the country.

 

 

The lawmakers, therefore, called on President Buhari to immediately commence a process of national dialogue and restructuring as a way of addressing the general discontent among ethnic nationalities in the country.

 

 

Their position is contained in a statement by Amos Gwamna, Solomon Maren, Rimande Shawulu, Mark Gbillah, Tajudeen Yusuf and Usman Sokodabo.

 

 

They also asked the President to address the nation on the contending issues raised by the governors and supported by their lawmakers in the National Assembly.

 

 

The lawmakers said:  “We, members of the minority from the north hereby call on President Buhari to heed the genuine advice of governors from the south and immediately address the nation to assuage frayed nerves.

 

 

“The President should also put machinery in place for the commencement of the process of restructuring the nation and initiate a legislation to end open grazing, which has been at the centre of the lingering insecurity across the nation.

 

“In order to regain the confidence of the majority of Nigerians, the President must begin to redress his skewed appointments, which have unfortunately divided the nation along ethnic and religious lines”.

The   South East Igbo Youth Stakeholders also supported the Southern governors but advised them to come up with an appropriate legal framework to implement their resolutions.

 

The group which called on the Federal Government to de-proscribe the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation, also urged Southeast governors to liaise with the relevant stakeholders especially the youth, to arrest security challenges in the zone.

 

The group comprises Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth wing, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (southeast), the Nigerian Youth Congress (Southeast) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS, Southeast).

 

In a statement by Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, the youth also called for full implementation of the recommendations of the EndSars panel report especially on youths.

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Atorise Gets Lexus 2020 SUV Gift On Birthday

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Good things begot good things and is another year for Olanrewaju Teriba also known as Atorise as he received gift of Lexus 2020 SUV today, being his Birthday.

 

Atorise

The SUV is courtesy a long time friend and Fan, Sunday Soyinka A K A Apoti Sunday.

 

 

Apoti Sunday has been a friend for over fifteen years when they both had nothing and helped each other in verious ways.

 

Atorise

in his words Atorise said he is short of words that his plan was to celebrate this year’s birthday in a very Low key due to the situation of the country with killings, kidnapping and Bandit invading towns and villages couple with covid-19 pandemic.

 

He added the his plans was to get a New Civilian Coaster Bus for his co-workers for easy movement adding that he is expecting the delivery of the van anytime soon, only to get a wonderful gift of a SUV this morning from Apoti Sunday

Atorise

Recall that Atorise gave his band bus to the Blinds when they came to minister on his mountain some months ago as a seed even as he is getting a harvest of that seed in form of of a SUV barely six months after.

 

Atorise

Atorise was full of praises to God Almighty for another Year among the living and pray for all his Fans, friends, Family and we’ll wishers home and Abroad that God will see ”us through all our difficulties in the name that is above all other names and it shall be well with Nigeria in Jesus Name” he concluded.

 

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EEDRIS ABDULKAREEM, 9ICE, KLEVER JAY, CHINKO EKUN, JAZZMAN TO THRILL GUESTS AT ADX ARTQUAKE NEW ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

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Adx Artquake one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop music in this part of the world has concluded plans for the anticipated star studded live in concert and the release party of his new album entitled- Rain.

 

The talk of the town forthcoming groove is being presented by Labo Entertainment, Cash Money Entertainment and Dendetainment to engage the target audience for a memorable event like no other.

 

Those who should know squealed that the live in concert and album release party is basically to give thanks to the almighty God for his life and the talents He has given him to add value to his generation through music.

 

The talented Afro Hip Hop singer with a unique powerful vocal delivery and extraordinary stage craft is doing everything possible to make a statement in the most competitive music playground in Nigeria.

 

Further findings revealed that Adx Artquake is an amazing and amiable artiste and video director, who has the pleasure of helping other young artistes in making their dreams a reality.
The awaited album release party would be attended by who-is-who in the entertainment industry and real hip-hop music lovers from different walks of life as it is positioned to be a Rain of fun and glamour.
Adx Artquake would be releasing his album compiled and delivered with his irresistible vocal power at the projected party billed to take place at the classy Casper & Gambini’s in Ikeja City-Mall, Lagos on Friday May 14, 2021 by 7pm.
Supporting artistes to make the event wow are Eedris Abdulkareem, 9ice, Klever Jay, Chinko Ekun, Jazzman, Flexy B, Famous Igboro, Seriki, Taiykes and King Jide Harmony. And top DJs like DJ Cboi, DJ Walex and DJ Jekanmo would be behind the wheel of steel to spice the night up.
We also gathered from the industry watchers that the new album by Adx Artquake featuring some notable artistes is proudly produced by K Solo, Shoker, Lahlah, P Minor, Soso and Bosst Mix. And, it is recorded to sendout warning signals to the self-acclaimed heavy weights in the music industry that he is ready to take over the scene with Rain that would soon be the power play for most Disc-Jockeys in Nigeria and abroad.

However, as part of the new guidance to keep safe during this pandemic period, all COVID-19 protocols will be enforced to make the album release party a huge success with a stern warning ‘No Face Mask, No Entry’ and maximum security guaranteed.

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