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Shi’ite: Igbo group warns against live bullets on peaceful protesters

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Igbo group warns the Nigerian military against the usage of live bullets peaceful demonstrators.

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo Socio-cultural organization, Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, has warned against the use of live bullet by the Nigeria Army to quell peaceful demonstrations.

Ibegbu noted that such action was barbaric and no longer in vogue in any part of the world.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday, in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, he frowned at the onslaught against members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Shi’ite

The Ohanaeze spokesman said, “I appeal to the Nigerian army to stop such dastard acts which makes Nigeria a laughing stock.

“As at now, I’m still wondering why the presidency, Nigeria judiciary and the National Assembly keep quiet on that heinous act by soldiers who are paid to protect the people.

Meanwhile, Ohanaeze has expressed its sadness over the death of the Son of Late Biafra warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu.

The late Debe Ojukwu was a member of the Imeobi, the highest organ in Ohanaeze.

The group in a condolence message, described the Late Debe Ojukwu as a committed Igbo patriot and icon.

It said, “Ojukwu’s death has robbed Ndigbo of their immense role in Igbo and national affairs.

“Ohanaeze wishes the family of the great man and Ndigbo to bear the loss with fortitude.”

 

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo denounces approval of Atiku as presidential candidate

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Foremost Igbo group in the country, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has denounced the notion that they approved the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking on behalf of the group at a conference in Enugu state, Chuks Ibegbu, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary said the organisation as a body has not endorsed any particular candidate or party because, “our children are in all the political parties”.

Ibegbu continued: “It is erroneous to say that we endorsed Atiku. Ohanaeze Ndigbo did not endorse anybody. That meeting at Nike Lake Resort was organised by friends of Atiku.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been canvassing for our people to identify with candidates that will restructure Nigeria if voted into power.”

Meanwhile, on November 14, 2018, some Igbo leaders met, to endorse Atiku Abubakar. Then, an elder statesman Ben Nwabueze called on the Igbos to honour him by ensuring the emergence of the Atiku/Obi presidential ambition.

“We must ensure the survival of the Igbo race in Nigeria and it is only through the success of that ticket that we can get it,” he said at the meeting.

The Igbo leaders present at the meeting agreed to “identify with the Atiku/Peter Obi ticket on the restructuring agenda as has been reiterated by four zones of the country”.

However, the spokesperson to the organisation said the resolution at the meeting was their position

“We still stand on that and in the next few days, we shall meet to take a holistic position on the elections. However, due to our peculiar circumstance in the country, we will identify with candidates that will restructure Nigeria if voted into power.”

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Oil-producing states to get more cash

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There are plans to increase the  13 per cent derivation which oil-producing states enjoy in the coming months. A Committee has been set up to look into the agitation of the oil-producing states over alleged underpayment in the true value of their 13 per cent derivation fund has recommended that henceforth, “transfers into the Excess Crude Account (ECA) should be made net of the 13 per cent derivation, while the 13 per cent derivation component thereof is paid to the oil producing states.”

The Committee headed by the Commissioner of Finance for Delta State, David Edevbie, also recommended that “all future withdrawals from the ECA should be net of the 13per cent derivation share, which should be paid to the oil-producing states”.

The Committee also recommended that “the 13 per cent derivation share of previous withdrawals from the ECA should be calculated and credited to the oil-producing states in cases where it was not done”.

The Committee lamented that “while transfers were made a net of cost of collection to the relevant agencies, the 13 per cent derivation share accruable to oil-producing states as stipulated in the constitution were also jointly transferred into the ECA”.

Hence, “in addition to the normal share of Federation Account (FA) receipts, the oil-producing states were also forced to save the 13 per cent derivation component, thereby saving more than other beneficiaries of the FA, this was considered neither fair nor equitable”.

To arrive at its conclusion and recommendations, the Committee noted that “through the 13 per cent derivation principle is apparently taken into consideration when distributions are eventually made from the ECA, other past withdrawals have not necessarily taken into account, this derivation principle”.

In order to build the accruals into the ECA, which has been in the news lately because of the massive depletion it suffered, the David Edevbie Committee has presented a set of Criteria for transfers/withdrawals from ECA.

These criteria state that “if the monthly FA net distributable revenue is between N680 and N730 billion, up to N50 billion should be earmarked for transfer, provided that the distributable amount is not less than N680 billion;

“If the monthly FA net distributable revenue is between N730 and N830, up to N100 billion should be earmarked for transfer, provided that the distributable amount is not less than N730 billion;

“If the monthly FA net distributable revenue is above N830 billion, up to N150 billion should be earmarked for transfer, provided that the distributable amount is not less than N730 billion and;

“In the months when the FA net distributable revenues fall below N680billion, funds should be withdrawn from the ECA to augment the shortfall to at least N680 billion. These criteria should be reviewed periodically.”

These decisions, the Committee noted, were “a sequel to complaints by commissioners of finance of some states concerning recent transfers into and from the Excess Crude, PPT and Royalty Account (ECA), especially as it relates to the 13 per cent derivation share due to oil-producing states”.

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We have threats from different quarters to stop us in 2023 – Igbos

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The Leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South East has raised the alarm over a plot by some high profile persons from a part of the country to frustrate the Igbos’ bid to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

The APC leadership in the region lamented that while the rest of Nigerians, who love fairness and justice were backing Igbo presidency, some persons, who, according to them, are opposed to equity, are working hard to thwart the aspiration for their selfish ends.

This claim was made by the National Vice Chairman (South East) of the APC, Emma Eneukwu, at its zonal stakeholders’ meeting held at the country home of the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, in Uburu, Ohaozara council of Ebonyi State, on Sunday.

The meeting was held to restrategise for next year’s general election. Eneukwu said, “And then, we have threats from different quarters to make sure that they stop us in 2023 at all costs.

“They lose sight of the fact that power comes from God. If God says that you will not achieve a particular target, you will not achieve it; no matter what you do.

“But, I know that the God we serve will not watch our own share pass us by.

“He will not allow other people to take away what belongs to us. We understand that power is not given but taken.

“So, while everybody says that it is the turn of Ndigbo in 2023, we have to work for it because every other person is entitled to contest. But, the sentiment that is there is that people would say that these people (Igbo) have not ruled before,” he added.

Eneukwu further appealed to members of the party to continue working for the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, Buhari would pave way for Ndigbo in 2023.

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Rivers: Court dismisses fraction APC party

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An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt on Wednesday dismissed the appeal by the Ojukaye Flag-Amachree-led All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.

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The special Appeal Court panel led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya also dismissed two appeals (joinder applications) filed by Flag-Amachree and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tonye Cole and other candidates belonging to the same faction.

Flag-Amachree-led APC in the state had challenged the October 10, 2018 judgement of the State High Court on the party congresses in the state.

The High Court ruling was in favour of Ibrahim Umar and 22 other aggrieved members of APC who had expressed misgiving over the process leading to the congresses.

However, Justice Yahaya, who delivered judgement on the appeal registered as No. CA/PH/198, maintained that the petition against the ruling of the High Court on the state party’s congress crisis lacked merit.

On the joinder application, the court stated that the applications failed to adhere to the 14-day rules of appeal.

Also delivering judgement on a substantive appeal bordering on State High Court’s ruling, Justice Yahaya added that the Rivers APC faction did not seek leave of court before appealing the judgement.

Describing the lower court’s ruling on the matter as a consent judgement, Justice Yahaya explained that the Flag-Amachree’s faction of the party should have done the needful legally before approaching the (Appeal) court.

“This matter is within one party; what is going to happen when it is between separate parties? It is politics, we are brothers, same house and we are throwing stones at each other. Please, let’s reconcile and settle this,” the lead Appeal Court judge advised.

Speaking shortly after the court session, counsel for the 23 aggrieved respondents, Patrick Luke, explained that the three cases in the Appeal Court were struck by the special Appeal Court panel.

According to Luke, “The first was an appeal against the judgement of October 10, 2018, delivered by the High Court of Rivers State.

“After listening to our arguments, the court dismissed that appeal because they filed their appeal outside the terms provided by the Constitution and they ought to file that appeal within 14 days upon delivery of judgement by the lower court.

“But they filed the appeal 25 days later through the status bar and it was accordingly dismissed by the Court of Appeal today. The other two matters were based on application for joinder. The two applications were also struck out for lack of merit.

“The implication is that the judgement delivered by the High Court of Rivers State on October 10, 2018 is valid, subsisting, sacred and inviolable.”

In his remarks, counsel for the applicant, Emenike Ebete, stated, “Today, the Court of Appeal special panel held three appeals against the High Court of Rivers State, 281 and 282 respectively, which were applications by the candidates against the lower court judgement of October 10, 2018.

“Arguments were taken, but the Court, in its infinite wisdom, held that in appeal 461; that is the substantive appeal, that the consent judgement of the High Court of Rivers State and by provision of the Constitution, we ought to have sort leave of court to appeal against that consent judgement.

“That is their own decision and they struck it out and they said we should come back and do the proper thing by seeking leave of the court. The one for the candidates and the party state excos, we are dismissed on the ground that it was a pre-election matter.

“The court said we did not bring the application within 14 days after decision was delivered on October 10. What that means is that, we will approach the Supreme Court to contest that.”

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