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2023: Support one of our sons to be governor of Enugu State -Nkanu East leaders plead with other areas

Chief Ken Nnamani members of NECF

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It is a well-placed aspiration, I am totally sold to the idea – Ken Nnamani

▪️By Onziike Orji, Enugu

Former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, has thrown his weight in support of the agitation of the people of Nkanu East local government area for a
chance to nominate the next governor of Enugu state.

Nnamani took the bold step while addressing leaders of Nkanu East Consultative Forum led by Prof. Bart Nnaji who paid him a visit in his Amechi Awkunanaw home recently.

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Professor Nnaji had sought the support of Senator Ken Nnamani in the quest of Nkanu East to have total support of other Enugu East Senatorial zone and beyond to produce candidates for governor as the power rotational operational in Enugu state anchors the office to Enugu East Senatorial District in 2023.

According to Nnaji, apart from the fact that some other councils in the zone have had their turns at the office except them, “Nkanu East is a very neglected area of Nkanu land without a single all-season road or government presence (federal or state)”.

Ken Nnamani (3rd from left) and members of Nkanu East Consultative Forum

He complained that the need for a good road network was so acute so much so that the greater majority of the LGA have to detour through five other local government areas before accessing their council headquarters at Amagunze.

Whereas the area is brimming with solid minerals and agricultural potentialities lying unexploited due road problems, all it would take to easily meet the problem is put a bridge across the Idodo River and connect the vast areas with good roads.

Said he: “We have sons who are well qualified to advance the interest of Enugu state. We are not asking to make any of them governor in order to help just our own localities, all we are hoping for is that if our son becomes governor, some of the winds of development that he initiates in the state will also blow in our area. This will end our marginalized condition and give us sense of belonging.

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(R-L) Ken Nnamani, Bart Nnaji and Igwe Abel Nwobodo

“This is why we are appealing to you as a major pillar in this state, nay in the whole country, to lend us your support and speak up for us in our cause”.

Agreeing with Prof Bart Nnaji, the former Senate President, Nnamani retorted: “You used the term marginalization to describe the situation in Nkanu East, I’d rather you use the word backwardness. It is part of it”.

“I am totally sold to the idea and if there is a way we can spread developments and other amenities in Nkanuland, I am all for it. I wholly support your move and urge you to remain resolute and steadfast in it.

“Your mission is a noble one. Follow it to the end. Leave no stone unturned and neglect none in your consultation efforts whether the person will support you or not.

“The roads in the area is horrible but you can’t blame any one government for the shortcomings. It has been a perennial problem.

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“You have made no mistake by agitating for full inclusiveness in Enugu East zone, in Enugu state and in Igboland to be treated fairly as everyone else”.

Nnamani told his visitors to bear in mind that there are two major political parties dominating the politics of the time. They are to first endeavor to help their sons make strong showings in their efforts to clinch the nomination tickets of the two parties as well as in other parties.

After that is done, they are to sit back to decide whom to urge to step back for the other and support and whom to urge the people to support.

The former senate president also asked the Nkanu East leaders to be sportsmanlike in their effort and to recognize that other parts of the state could also aspire to the same office, stating that the National Constitution guarantees their inalienable right to do so.

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However, he reasoned that in all fairness, other parts of the Enugu East Senatorial zone have even enjoyed governorship positions and have received more government patronages whereas the Nkanu East was yet to receive even a serious government appointment.

He called for a concerted efforts of all sons and daughters of Enugu East Senatorial zone to queue up behind Nkanu East to make sure that the coveted office does not elude Enugu East. GMTNews

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Federal High Court Nullifies Reappointment of Sanusi as Emir of Kano

The controversy began when the Kano State government initiated steps to repeal the emirates law, which had been previously used to create new emirates and diminish the influence of the Kano Emirate. This move was widely seen as a political maneuver to weaken the power of Emir Sanusi, a vocal critic of the state government. In response to the repeal, Sanusi was reappointed as the Emir of Kano, a decision now rendered invalid by the court.

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In a landmark ruling, the Federal High Court in Kano has set aside all steps taken to repeal the emirates law, thereby nullifying the reappointment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. The decision, delivered by presiding Judge Abdulahi Liman, has significant implications for the traditional and political landscape of Kano State and has sparked a wave of reactions from various stakeholders.

The court’s decision came after a detailed examination of the legal framework surrounding the emirates law. Legal analysts have interpreted the ruling as a reaffirmation of the judiciary’s role in upholding the rule of law and ensuring that due process is followed in governmental decisions. “This ruling underscores the importance of adhering to established legal procedures when making or repealing laws,” stated Barrister Ahmed Suleiman, a prominent legal expert.

The controversy began when the Kano State government initiated steps to repeal the emirates law, which had been previously used to create new emirates and diminish the influence of the Kano Emirate. This move was widely seen as a political maneuver to weaken the power of Emir Sanusi, a vocal critic of the state government. In response to the repeal, Sanusi was reappointed as the Emir of Kano, a decision now rendered invalid by the court.

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Speaking on the ruling, Dr. Amina Mohammed, a political analyst, highlighted the broader implications for governance and traditional authority in Nigeria. “The nullification of Sanusi’s reappointment raises questions about the balance of power between state governments and traditional institutions. It also highlights the potential for legal recourse when procedural irregularities occur,” she said.

Emir Sanusi, known for his progressive views and outspoken nature, has yet to make an official statement regarding the court’s decision. However, sources close to the emir suggest that he remains committed to advocating for reforms and good governance, irrespective of his official status. “Sanusi’s influence extends beyond his title. He is a thought leader whose ideas resonate with many Nigerians,” commented Professor Ibrahim Musa of Bayero University.

The Kano State government, on the other hand, expressed its intention to comply with the court’s ruling while exploring possible avenues for appeal. “We respect the judiciary and will abide by the court’s decision. However, we believe that the actions taken were in the best interest of the people of Kano, and we are considering our legal options moving forward,” said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in a press release.

The ruling has prompted discussions about the future of the emirates law and the role of traditional rulers in contemporary Nigerian society. Legal scholars suggest that a comprehensive review of the emirates law could provide clarity and prevent future conflicts. “There is a need for clear guidelines and consistent application of the law to ensure stability and respect for traditional institutions,” noted Dr. Chinedu Nwankwo, a constitutional lawyer.

Community leaders and residents of Kano have also weighed in on the issue, with many calling for dialogue and reconciliation. “The people of Kano deserve leaders who are committed to unity and development. It’s time to put political differences aside and focus on what benefits the community,” urged Alhaji Usman Danbatta, a respected elder in the state.

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As the situation unfolds, the legal fraternity and political observers will be closely monitoring the responses from both the Kano State government and Emir Sanusi. The court’s decision, while resolving the immediate legal dispute, has opened up a broader conversation about the intersection of law, tradition, and politics in Nigeria.

In the wake of this ruling, it is crucial for all parties involved to engage constructively and work towards a resolution that upholds the rule of law while respecting the cultural heritage of Kano. The way forward, as suggested by many, lies in dialogue, legal clarity, and a shared commitment to the welfare of the people of Kano.

Judge Abdulahi Liman’s ruling marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing debate over the role of traditional authority in Nigerian governance, and its ramifications will likely be felt for some time to come. GMTNewsng

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Governor Fubara Swiftly Appoints Caretaker Committees Across All Rivers State’s 23 LGAs

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▪️Boughayefa Tonye-Graham (Port Harcourt)

In a move to maintain administrative momentum following the tenure expiration of elected council chairmen and councillors, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has appointed new Chairmen and members for Caretaker Committees across the state’s twenty-three (23) Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The newly appointed Caretaker Chairmen and their committee members were meticulously screened today by the Rivers State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Voctor Oko-Jumbo. The screening process, which was announced in an earlier public declaration by the Clerk of the House, G.M. Gillis-West, Ph.D., required nominees to present twelve (12) copies of their Curriculum Vitae (CV) along with the originals and photocopies of their credentials. The screening exercise was monitored on Channels TV.

Below is the list of the approved nominees capturing the critical leadership roles for each LGA:

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Victor Oko-Jumbo, Speaker, RSHA

1. Abua/Odual Local Government Area

Chairman: Madigai Dickson
Members: Akpila Asuo, Obiavel Abigo, Mayiton Adokiye, Ngozi Chioma, Egbagiri Udume Ebenezer, Gilbert Onyiwayi

2. Ahoada East Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Happy Benneth
Members: Chime Ezebalike, Harold Edema, Kenneth Kpasa, Udomazubuike, Mrs. Rachael Odum, Edward Azubike

3. Ahoada West Local Government Area

Chairman: Mr. Daddy John Green
Members: Mr. Awuche Chukwuemeke Gideon, Nnamdi Osokolo Esq, Avor Green Egbo, Ordu Chisa, Ben C. Obobula, John Paro

4. Akuku Toru Local Government Area

Chairman: Barr. Otonye Briggs
Members: Nyenemi Briggs, Isimama Ikiriko, Christian Obene, Bitebobo Nelson Amieye, Ekarika Emmanuel, Okorite Bob-Manuel

5. Andoni Local Government Area

Chairman: Barr. Reginald Ekaan
Members: Okereke Uche Kalu, Inwon Fyneface Ayayi, Kpenunkpo-Agok-Awayi Amakiri Gogo, John I. Idante, Warisofini E. Nkere, Emem Timothy Ekanem

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A cross-section of Chairmen and members of the LGAs

6. Asari Toru Local Government Area

Chairman: Orolosoma Amachree
Members: Jengoa Cotterel, Mrs. Akuroma-A Kenneth Abbey, Umualapuye Sukubo, Dagogo Churchill Whyte, Lolo P. Clifford, Lawal Sabiu

7. Bonny Local Government Area

Chairman: Alabota Anengi Barasua
Members: Warisenibo Opubo-Wilcox, Alali Hart, Sodienye Amah Pepple, Tamunosisi David Jumbo, Doris Hart Francis, Lukumanu Sdanu

8. Degema Local Government Area

Chairman: Anthony Soberekon
Members: Johnny Braide, Valentine Moses, Opunabo Benebo, Obrasua Johnbull, Jemina Erekosima, Remi Suku

9. Eleme Local Government Area

Chairman: Brain Gokpa
Members: Okaka Obe, Godwin Ollor, Patience Dabor, Emmanuel Osarokio, Mimi Gospel, Dikko Mohammed

10. Emohua Local Government Area

Chairman: David Omereji
Members: Uche Minikwu, Light Olomi, Jaja Dimkra, Monday Chima, Ngozi Okenwe, Ifeanyi John

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A cross-section of Chairmen and members of the LGAs

11. Etche Local Government Area

Chairman: John Otamiri Nkugbo
Members: Promise Onygam, Kingdom Nwakwoala, Austine Amadi, Nwodu Chima, Florence Nwala, Charles Echelobia

12. Gokana Local Government Area

Chairman: Kenneth Kpeden
Members: Dumiye Monday, Kogbara Aator Mrs, Isreal Mgbuelo, Leesi Susan Naasi, Kpobari Zarakpeye, Akaraka Nwaeze

13. Ikwerre Local Government Area

Chairman: Dr. Darlington Orji
Members: Engr. Newton Amadi, Engr. Chiene Wodike, Mr Daniel Eluke, Dr. Aaron Chiliobu, Ichem Thankgod, Onuocha Harold Onyema

14. Khana Local Government Area

Chairman: Amb. Marvin Yobana
Members: Legborsi Yamaabana, Chief Charity Deemua, Mr Effort Ndeesor, Constance B. Nwifa, Jumbo Neenaenee, Joseph Akpasa

15. Obio/Akpor Local Government Area

Chairman: Amb. Chijioke Ihunwo
Members: Frederick Ihuigwe, Owhorngu Nyache, Michael Out, Chile Ogwutum, Abigail Chiorlu, Dr. Mrs Eucharia Ibeabuchi.

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16. Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area

Chairman: Princewill Ejekwe
Members: Major Anthony, Kenneth Ebiri, Dr. Lucky Nwaoburu, Eric Ogbamgba, Kingsley Ogwe, Akuwata Egbo

17. Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area

Chairman: Rt. Hon. Evans B. Bipi
Members: Mr. Aribibia Ngerebara, Mr Daddy Ogu, Kenneth Akari Wakama, Tarila Nyanabo Peaceman, Daniel M. Wisdom, Mutaga Muhammed

18. Okrika Local Government Area

Chairman: Princess I.B. Ogan
Members: Toku Obianime, Ameietamunopirp Loveday, Tamunosiki Longjohn, Christian Kendrick, Daniel Isaiah O., Andy Okereke

19. Omuma Local Government Area

Chairman: Promise Reginald
Members: Chinedu Nwodu, Hon. Chika Nweke, Tony Nwuji, Kingsley Ogbonna, Michael Onwuli, Okechukwu Mmakwe

20. Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Enyiada Cookey-Gam
Members: Goddy M. Pepple, Chariah Fiberesima, Godwin Jacob, Harvey Jim Jaja, Diri Dandison Tumini, Mr. Eno Peter.

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21. Oyigbo Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Gogo Phillip
Members: Mr. Ihuoma Samuel, Mr. Okedinachi Uchenna, Mr Eric Alozie, Ikechi Golden Ugwuoma, Christian Nwankwo, Ujalele Mathew

22. Port Harcourt Local Government Area

Chairman: Ichemati Ezebunwo
Members: Chief Ogbams Ojimah, Matthew Tekena Gbosi, Amadi Kinikanwo, Olumati Isaiah C., Chinwe Nmerukini, Lukeman Oladele

23. Tai Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Matthew Dike
Members: Hon. Leyii L. Cuninwa, Hon. Brownson Nkpen, Hon. Letura Sampson, Sunday Baribie Denebari, Ntar Big Jop E., Ikechukwu Adimonye

Governor Fubara’s initiative to instate these Caretaker Committees ensures the continuation of governance in the LGAs, thus maintaining stability and administrative efficacy in Rivers State. The swift screening and approval by the House of Assembly reflect the urgency and dedication to uphold the functionality of local governments as new elections are on the horizon. GMTNewsng

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Governor Fubara Pledges Unwavering Protection for Rivers State Citizens

Clarifying the tenure of local government chairmen, Governor Fubara said, “The law is the law. The law has said that there is no extension of tenure. The court said so, and whoever is assuring anybody otherwise, I advise them to desist from it because peace is what we need in this state.”

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has firmly committed to fearless leadership aimed at maintaining peace and protecting citizens who stand for truth within the state.

Addressing the press after a State Security Council meeting on Tuesday with security agency heads at Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Fubara assured, “I will lead the way to ensure peace continues to prevail in Rivers State and protect all patriotic supporters for their stand on the path of truth.”

Dismissing any attempts to unjustly arrest these supporters, Governor Fubara declared, “Let me also say this: I’m also aware that there is a grand plan to come and arrest some of our supporters. This time around, you have to pass through me to arrest them because I don’t think there is anything that any of those people following us has done. Rather, they are standing on the side of truth.”

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Rivers State governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara (middle); State Director, DSS, Clara Olika (3rd right); Commander, 6 Division Garrison & Commander, Sector 3, Joint Task Force (JTF), South-South Operation Delta Safe, Brig.-Gen. Eddie Effiong (2nd right); Commander, 115 Special Operations Group, NAF, Group Captain Ali H. Idris (right); State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu (2nd left); and State Commandant, NSCDC, Mr Basil Igwebueze (left); shortly after the State Security Council Meeting in Government House, Port Harcourt today.

He further reinforced his commitment, stating, “If it will cost us our lives to stand on the path of truth, we will do that. And I will be the one that will lead the course.”

Clarifying the tenure of local government chairmen, Governor Fubara said, “The law is the law. The law has said that there is no extension of tenure. The court said so, and whoever is assuring anybody otherwise, I advise them to desist from it because peace is what we need in this state.”

Expounding on the recent Security Council Meeting, the governor noted that it was convened due to threats posed by outgoing local government chairmen. “You are all aware that the tenure of the council chairmen ended yesterday, 17th June, 2024, and today, we have ordered the Heads of Local Government Administration to be in charge while they await further directives,” he elucidated.

Governor Fubara condemned the invasions of council secretariats in some local government areas as disturbing and unfortunate. He assured, “We have called the Security Council Meeting so that the needful will be done. We are also aware that our enemy is planning a lot of things. But we will not fall into that plot. We will not also allow them to destroy the peace that we are enjoying in the state.”

He expressed gratitude to the media and the peace-loving people of Rivers State for their support, urging everyone to remain law-abiding for the unity and progress of the state. GMTNewsng

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