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Vanguard Newspaper 24 June 2019

12—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

PFN lauds court’s judgment on

Kaduna religious bill

By Gabriel

Enogholase

B ENIN—THE

leadership of

Pentecostal Fellowship of

Nigeria, PFN, has

described the recent

judgment of a Kaduna State

High Court over the

Religious Bill by Governor

Nasir el-Rufai as victory for

the rule of law and

democracy.

It will be recalled that the

trial judge, Justice

Hajaratu, Gwadah, in its

judgment declared that the

Kaduna State government

has no right to screen and

issue licences to religious

preachers in the state.

A statement in Benin City,

Edo State, weekend, by its

National President, Rev

Felix Omobude, PFN said:

“Our contention at the time

Governor el-Rufai sent the

executive bill for a law to

substitute the Kaduna State

Religious Preaching Law

1984 to the House of

Assembly of Kaduna State

was that the provisions of

the bill were discriminatory.

“The court is in alignment

with our position, affirming

that Sections 6 and 9 of the

bill, which seeks to screen

and licence preachers,

violates the constitutional

rights of members of the

fellowship.

“We congratulate

members of PFN in

Kaduna State. We urge all

Pentecostals in the state

and beyond to continue to

live peacefully with

everyone, remain lawabiding

in all their activities

while continuing to

accommodate the views of

others.

“PFN will continue to

work with the government

and non-governmental

actors at all levels to ensure

the peace, progress and

prosperity of Nigeria.”

Bayelsa youths, elders stage procession, urge

Buhari to confirm Brambaifa as NDDC MD

By Onozure

Dania

NO fewer than 2,000

youths and elders

have staged a public

procession in Yenagoa,

Bayelsa State to call on

President Muhammadu

Buhari to confirm the acting

Managing Director of

Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC,

Professor Nelson

Brambaifa, as substantive

Managing Director of the

commission.

The Bayelsa youths,

women and elders, who

took part in the procession

to the Yenagoa office of the

NDDC, said despite the

campaign of calumny

against NDDC

management, the

commission under

Branbaifa has remained

focussed on his mission to

actualise the vision of

President Buhari in Niger

Delta.

They were armed with

placards with inscriptions,

such as ‘President Buhari

please confirm Professor

Nelson Brambaifa as the

MD of NDDC board’, ‘Let

Professor Brambaifa

continue as MD of NDDC,”

“Bayelsans are solidly

behind you as MD of

NDDC”, “The only person

we want is Brambaifa as

MD NDDC”, “NDDC

board is secured with

Professor Brambaifa,”

among others.

Addressing the Bayelsa

Coordinator of NDDC,

Francis Kolokolo,

representative of the

Bayelsa Elders and former

Security Adviser to Bayelsa

State Government, Chief

Perekeme Kpodoh, said

NDDC has come of age, as

it was established to

develop Niger Delta, “but

we have seen that since its

inception, we have not had

development and today we

have a son from Bayelsa

who is Professor Brambaifa

and in four months only, he

has changed the tide.

“There are roads

everywhere. We have over

one hundred and

something roads in

Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers

states. The fact is that

Brambaifa from Bayelsa

has come to ensure that

these roads are put in good

and in motorable

conditions.

"There is nobody from

anywhere that can stop the

planned development of

the region. All those

gimmicks they are doing

outside Bayelsa are being

done for selfish interest not

for the interest of Bayelsans

or the Niger Delta."

Delta community protests

govt, oil coy’s neglect

By Festus Ahon

& Ochuko

Akuopha

THE people of Obodo-

Ugwa community,

Ndokwa West Local

Government Area, Delta

State, have decried alleged

neglect and deprivation by

Delta State government,

Energia Nigeria Limited

and Oando, the oil

companies operating in the

area.

Addressing newsmen at

the community’s town hall

where the indigenes

converged to protest against

their

alleged

marginalisation, Mr Oju

Linus said the community

had been shut out of elective

and appointive political

positions by successive

governments.

He noted that despite

being the host to Energia/

Oando joint venture, the

people still live in abject

poverty, lamenting that the

people lack basic social

amenities such as potable

pipe borne water,

educational facilities,

electricity, good roads,

among others.

Reiterating that the people

were facing untold hardship

due to three decades of oil

exploration in the area, he

said the multinational oil

Rivers govt'll continue to

partner the church —Wike

GOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State

has stated that his

administration will

continue to partner the

church for the development

of the state.

Speaking, yesterday,

during the Lord’s Chosen

Crusade with the theme:

“God has the power to do

this or that” at the Yakubu

Gowon Stadium in Port

Harcourt, Wike attributed

his political survival to the

support and prayers of the

Christian community.

He said the forces of

darkness invaded the state

and attempted to rob the

mandate of the people, but

God stood firm.

A-Ibom bans roadside

trading in Uyo

By Harris-Okon

Emmanuel

UYO—IN a bid to keep

Uyo metropolis and its

environs clean, Akwa Ibom

State government has

clamped down on roadside

trading.

But the move has drawn

criticisms from petty traders

who accused the

government of being

insensitive to their plights as

bread winners in their

families.

A task force comprising

personnel of a local vigilante

group some days back went

round the streets, upturning

the petty traders’ wares and

companies had completely

abandoned their corporate

social responsibilities to the

community.

On her part, Women

Leader of the community,

Ojugbeli Caroline,

lamented gross neglect of

the community despite the

huge oil resource generated

from the area.

He said: “We saw forces,

but the greater force, God

Almighty, came. With this

crusade, Rivers State will be

abundantly blessed. I

repeat once again without

apologies, Rivers State is a

Christian state. That is why

nobody can touch us. When

it mattered most, the

Christian community

prayed and God heard

your prayers.

“I will continue to support

the activities of all churches.

This government will

always partner the

churches in whatever

programme they are

engaged in. I urge the

church to continue to pray.

Each time you pray, put us

in your prayers.”

chasing them away from the

sidewalks of the major

streets in the metropolis.

Chairman, State

Environmental Protection

and Waste Management

Board, Prince Akpan Ikim,

had in a radio programme,

"Sanitation Watch,” gave

credence to the ban, stating

that government obtained a

court order to evacuate all

roadside traders and those

trading on unauthorised

locations in the state capital.

“Overtime, we had

pleaded with roadside

traders in Uyo to relocate to

government approved

markets and desist from

displaying their wares on

walkways and major streets

within the state capital and

beyond but all our efforts to

evacuate them peacefully

had been unsuccessful. Now

that we have received court

order, we have no option

than to do what the law has

directed,” he said.

But the traders have come

down hard on the

government, saying that they

need money to feed their

families, urging Governor

Udom Emmanuel to make

good his pledge during his

first term to build roadside

stores in the city.

Ogba vs Okiemute: Tribunal

admits petitioner’s evidence,

adjourns to July 11

By Babatunde

Jimoh

NATIONAL and State

Assembly Election

Tribunal sitting in Asaba,

Delta State, has adjourned

till July 11, 2019 hearing in

the case by Mr Benjamin

Okiemute of All Progressives

Congress, APC, in which he

is challenging the electoral

victory of Mr Kenneth Ogba

of Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, in the 2019 general

election.

In the petition, Okiemute

and APC are challenging the

declaration of Ogba as the

duly elected member

representing Isoko South in

the Delta State House of

Assembly by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC.

Other defendants in the

petition are PDP and INEC.

Chairman of the tribunal,

Justice C. Onyeador, said on

the adjourned date, parties

are for the adoption or

presentation of their

respective written address.

Before the matter was

adjourned till July 11, a

senior INEC official in

charge of the March 9, 2019

election, Shuaibu Razak

testified for the commission.

In a short ruling, the

tribunal chairman, Justice

Onyeado, ordered that the

documents, namely INEC

Form EC81, including

Voters Register for 10 polling

units in Irri and units 7 and

8 in Oleh Ward 2, be

admitted ‘’from the Bar’’ and

collectively as Exhibit A.

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