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Kano guber poll: Tribunal grants PDP permission to

inspect electoral materials

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

K ANOTHE

Governorship

Election Tribunal sitting in

Kano has ordered

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, to allow Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

access to all electoral

materials used during the

governorship election in

the state.

The governorship

candidate of PDP, Abba

Yusuf, is challenging the

declaration of Governor

Abdullahi Ganduje of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, as winner of March

23 supplementary election

in Kano by INEC.

In an ex-parte motion

filed before the tribunal,

presided over by Justice

Halima Shamaki,

yesterday, counsel to PDP

candidate, Maliki Kuliya,

had sought the order of the

tribunal to direct the first

respondent, INEC, to allow

PDP access materials used

for the conduct of March 9

and 23, 2019 governorship

elections.

In her five-count prayers,

the PDP lawyer demanded

that the tribunal “direct the

1st respondent to forthwith

grant access to the

petitioners/applicants and

their solicitors, agents,

experts and other staff to

inspect, photocopy, scan,

pay for and obtain certified

copies of all the documents

used by the 1st respondent

for the conduct of the Kano

State governorship election

held on March 9 and 23,

2019 for the purpose of

instituting and maintaining

an election petition; the said

documents being the ones

contained in the schedule

attached to the supporting

affidavit to this application.”

In her ruling, Justice

Halima granted the PDP

prayers, directing INEC to

surrender photo copies, scan

and other certified materials

used during the conduct of

Kano elections.

The chairperson of the

three member governorship

tribunal however ordered for

two or three members of

APC to be present as

observers during the

inspection exercise.

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I'm leaving Kwara better than I met

it Gov Ahmed

By Demola

Akinyemi

I LORINGOVERNOR

Abdulfatah Ahmed of

Kwara State, yesterday, said

though the challenges in the

national economy affected

his eight years

administration, his

government was leaving the

state better than he met it.

Governor Ahmed of

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, who will end his eight

years administration of the

state on May 29, 2019, will

handover to Alhaji

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of

All Progressives Congress,

APC, who won the

governorship election in

the last general election.

The governor spoke during

the inauguration of a 24-

member transition

implementation committee

on hand-over of power to a

new government in the state.

According to him, “as you

are aware, most of the eight

years of our administration

were marked by challenges

in the national economy.

Nevertheless, we leveraged

our resourcefulness to

modestly fulfill our pledge to

uplift our people and our

state while laying a solid

foundation for its current and

future sustenance.

"Indeed, I make bold to

state that we are leaving

Kwara State better than we

met it as we are bequeathing

to it a legacy of service,

peace and good

governance.”

The governor, who said the

exercise was to aid the

incoming government to

settle down to governance

quickly, implored residents

of the state to extend similar

cooperation and support

given to his administration

•Inaugurates transition

implementation c'ttee

to the incoming

government, “so that Kwara

State can continue to toe the

path of continuous

development and progress.”

He listed Terms of

Reference, ToR, of the

Transition Implementation

Committee to include

"putting in place all

necessary machinery for the

smooth take-off of the incoming

Administration;

"Ensure full liaison with all

officially assigned

representatives of the

incoming administration for

the appropriate briefing on

the activities of government

towards providing a solid

footing for the new

government;

"Any other matter the

committee may find worthy

for the effective discharge of

its mandate."

He charged members of

the committee to bring to bear

qualities that recommended

their appointment in the

discharge of their

responsibilities.

A-Ibom tasks contractors on job completion

By Harris-Okon

Emmanuel

U YOLOCAL

contractors working

for Akwa Ibom State

government have been

charged to ensure timely

completion of their contracts

and according to

specifications.

Commissioner for Works,

Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen,

gave the order while

inspecting the multi billion

naira Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road,

warning that the

government would not

hesitate to revoke all nonperforming

contracts in the

state.

It will be recalled that

contract for the road project

was awarded during the

administration of former

governor, Godswill Akpabio,

but the road has remained

uncompleted several years

on.

Inyang-eyen, who

expressed delight at the

pace of work on the road,

however, threatened that the

state government would no

longer condone recalcitrant

contractors, who play pranks

or abandon projects for

which mobilisation fees had

been paid.

His words: “The Uyo-Ikot

Ekpene road is of paramount

interest to government

because it was the road that

brought all sort of

controversies and false

stories. But today, see where

we are. I want to use this

medium to announce that

there will be no contractor in

this state that would not be

performing."

UNICAL graduates 9,0174,

awards Abdulsalami, Ebri

honourary degrees

By Emma Una &

Ike Uche

C ALABAR

UNIVERSITY of

Calabar, UNICAL, will,

during its 32nd

dconvocation ceremony

scheduled for Saturday,

award degrees to 9,174

graduates and confer

honourary degrees on three

eminent Nigerians.

Professor Zana Akpagu,

Vice Chancellor of the

university, who disclosed

this, yesterday, said that 51

students bagged first class

degrees, 2356 got second

class upper degrees while

4532 graduated with second

class lower degrees and 672

got third class degrees.

Similarly, 318 students

would be awarded ordinary

diplomas, 251 to get P.hD

and 221 students will take

home post graduate degrees.

He said the former Head

of State, Gen. Abdulsalami

Abubakar (retd), would be

awarded Doctor of Public

Administration (Honoris

Kingmakers, others rally

support for new Osuvie of

Agbarho kingdom

THE kingmakers and

other subjects from the

crisis-ridden Agbarho

kingdom have paid homage

to HRM, William Onokpete,

the new Osuvie of Agbarho

kingdom.

It will be recalled that some

enraged youths chased away

the traditional ruler of

Agbarho Kingdom, Ughelli

North Local Government

Area, Delta State, HRM

Samson Ogugu I into exile,

last December over alleged

gross misconduct and abuse

of the throne and

subsequently, the

kingmakers installed the

most senior chief of the

kingdom; Chief William

Onokpete as their new

monarch.

Meanwhile, Ogugu, who

Causa) because of his

contribution to the

development of the country,

while Chief Clement Ebri

would be awarded Honoris

Causa in Political Science

and Chief Cletus

Ilomuanya, Chairman of

Igbo Traditional Rulers

Council, would be conferred

with Honoris Causa in

Business Administration.

He said: “University of

Calabar does not award first

class degrees without

ensuring that the person so

awarded is able to compete

with the best in any part of

the world.”

According to him,

adequate security measures

were being put in place to

combat cultism,

kidnappings and other

criminal acts in the university

through the establishment of

police post and a naval jetty.

“We have zero tolerance

for academic fraud, crime

and indiscipline because we

are here to mould people

both in learning and

character.”

Warri newspapers distributors

mourn colleague's death

By Jimitota

Onoyume

WARRI A major

newspaper distributor

in Warri, Delta State, Mr

Saturday Kagi, has died in

an accident that happened

after Udu bridge in Udu Local

Government Area of the state.

Chairman of the Warri

chapter of Newspaper

Distributors Council of

Nigeria, Mr Baron Lucky,

said the deceased was on his

motorcycle when he lost

control after the bridge, fell

off it and died.

He said: “We lost a

member, late Mr Saturday

Kagi. He had an accident

on his way from Aladja just

after Udu bridge. He fell

from his bike.

“Mr Saturday Kagi hailed

from Aladja. He was one of

our notable distributors. He

has been in the business for

more than 40 years. He

started as a vendor before

becomimg a distributor.

"He was a vice president

of the union and until his

death he was in the elders

council. No burial date has

been fixed. We are deeply

touched by the death.”

spoke from his hideout, has

declared that he remained

the king of the Agbarho

kingdom, adding that a

cabal cannot depose him.

Speaking at the palace

during the visit, Mr.

Monday Igho Odiphri,

President-General of

Agbarho Urhobo

Improvement Union; Chief

Sunday Anughe,

kisgmaker; Chief John

Miller Orido, Chief Asanore

Joseph and Osiobe Okotie

said their visit was in

solidarity with the newly

installed monarch.

According to them, the

new monarch, who is also

from the same royal family

with the allegedly deposed

king, will continue to

manage the affairs of

Agbarho kingdom.

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