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President Buhari Names 7 Ministerial Nominees

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Buhari meets govs, mum on preferred candidate

Forty days after six ministers left the federal cabinet to contest the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari has named their replacement to fill the vacant posts.

Buhari, in the letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan, read on the floor on Tuesday sought the confirmation of the nominees. The president nominated seven persons.  The seventh nominee is to replace the former Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, who was sacked in September last year.

The president, in the letter, explained that the confirmation request was in accordance with the provisions of Section 147 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

The nominees are: Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh (Abia State); Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom State); Ekumankama Joseph Nkama (Ebonyi State); and Goodluck Nana Opiah (Imo State).

Others are Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (Kano State); Ademola Adewole Adegoroye (Ondo State); and Odum Odi (Rivers State).

A ranking senator disclosed that the confirmation hearing of the nominees is slated for next Wednesday.

“All of them will be screened next week Wednesday,” the lawmaker said.

Umahi’s loyalist replaces Onu

The nomination of Joseph Ekumankama was received with mix-feelings in Ebonyi State.

Ekumankama, a former Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs, is considered as one of Governor David Umahi’s loyalists.

Earlier, there were insinuations in some quarters that Onu’s replacement would come from the old bloc of APC in the state. There are two blocs in the state’s chapter of the APC; the new, which belong to the governor and the old, the Onu’s camp.

Our reporter learnt from some of Onu’s aides and political loyalists that APC stalwarts in Ebonyi and Umahi prevailed on president Buhari to appoint someone else other than Onu.

Ikoh: PDP rebel who mobilised support for APC 

The son of a late military captain, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, Ozurumba 1 hails from Ahuwa Oboro in Oboro clan in Ikwuano LGA of Abia State.

He had served as commissioner under the administration of a PDP-led government in Abia State from 2015 to 2020, before he joined the APC after resigning from PDP over what he called irregularities in the party congress.

After joining the APC, he served as zonal Vice Chairman of APC, South East Zone, mobilising support for his new party.

In the recently held primaries, he lost his bid to fly the flag of the party as a candidate for Abia Central Senatorial District to Chief Sam Onuigbo from the same Oboro clan.

Chief Ikoh declined to comment when our correspondent sought his opinion on his nomination as minister designate. In his words; “No comment, no comment I will speak with the press later”.

Odum: Amaechi’s loyalist get compensated

Reactions have continued to trail the nomination of the former Chairman of Abua Odua Local Government Council, Udih Odum as a minister designate. Sources from his Abua Odua LGA described the minister designate as a philanthropist and a strong ally of Amaechi.

Another resident of Odua who simply gave his name as Akari said the new minister designate impacted on many youths of the local government area.

Umana: Stopped by Akpabio from becoming Akwa Ibom gov

Umana Okon Umana, a ministerial nominee from Akwa Ibom State is currently the Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA).

Umana started his career as a lecturer in the School of Basic Studies, Akamkpa, Cross River State, from where he transferred his services to the Akwa Ibom State Civil Service.

He rose from being the Director of Budget in the State Budget Office to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and later Commissioner of Finance during the administration of Obong Victor Attah as Governor.

Umana became Secretary to the State Government during the administration of Senator Godswill Akpabio as Governor, where he served for six years.

When he could not get the nod of Akpabio to pick the governorship ticket of the PDP in 2015, he defected to the APC, where he was defeated by Gov. Udom Emmanuel.

Opia: Uzodinma’s man to replace Nwajiuba

Proposed to represent Imo State in the federal cabinet is Nnanna Opia who will take the spot of Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba who resigned to contest for the APC presidential ticket.

Until the nomination of Opia, supporters of Nwajiuba were still optimistic that he would be reinstated given his close relationship with the president.

Opia, who is from Ohaji Egbema, is the Special Adviser on Petroleum Matters to Governor Hope Uzodinma.

He had earlier served as the chairman of Imo Oil Producing Areas Development Commission.

Opia is an ex-Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, and former representative of Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Oru West in the House of Representatives.

Adegoroye: From royal contestant to ministerial nominee

He is an Akure Prince who had contested for the Deji of Akure stool at a time. He was also a member of the state House of Assembly during the reign of late Chief Adebayo Adefarati as the governor of the Sunshine state. Adegoroye had contested for a seat in the House of Representatives but lost.

The 55-year-old legal practitioner was an active member of the Alliance for Democracy and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), before the merger to form the APC. He is from Akure, the same area as Hon Tayo Alasoadura, the immediate past minister from the state.

He was the governorship candidate of AC in 2007. The former director, Odua Investment Holdings Ltd is the Acting Chairman, Governing board, Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, Zamfara State. He is married with two children

Meanwhile, the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba (Dr.) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi has hailed the nomination of Adegoroye by President Buhari.

The Oba in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Adeyeye Michael yesterday, said the kingdom received the news of the nominee with utmost joy and appreciation considering the fact that Adegoroye is a tested and trusted patriotic and detribalised Nigerian with humility, diligence, committed, intelligent, industrious and innovative which is the hallmark of an Ondo State citizen.

El-Yakub, from N/Assembly liaison officer to a ministerial seat

Several top sources in the APC as well as the Kano State Government House disclosed that the appointment of El-Yakub was because of his closeness to President Buhari.

This, according to the sources, followed the similar pattern adopted by the president in nominating Kano indigenes for federal appointments where the state government played little or no role.

One of the sources said “You can hardly see El-Yakub in any Kano political event, at least not ones with Governor Ganduje in attendance but that does not mean he is not grounded locally. Don’t forget he had represented Kano Municipal at the House of Representatives in the past”.

But commenting on the nomination, Zakari Sarina, the Secretary of Kano APC said El-Yakub is a part of the Kano APC family.

“He is a loyalist and we are proud of him and grateful to the president for nominating him”, he added.

 

Credit: Daily Trust

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BREAKING: Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Application

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application for bail by the detained leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice Binta Nyako, in her ruling on Tuesday, said the suit was a gross abuse of the court process and an attempt to continue to litigate on issues that have already been ruled on.

She, however, advised the applicant to approach the Court of Appeal on the issue of bail, should he feel aggrieved by the decision of the court.

The trial judge stated that since the ruling in July 2017 when Kanu was granted bail till date, the suit has suffered 15 adjournments and the matter has yet to enter a substantive hearing.

She added that she was not satisfied with the reason the IPOB leader gave for his failure to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.

Justice Nyako stated that from the records of the court, Kanu was represented by his lawyer on the day his bail was revoked, likewise his sureties and he has never been denied a fair hearing.

She held that a court could vacate a previous order when confronted with a cogent and verifiable reason.

In the trial judge’s words, “In the instant case, I have not been given any, neither have I been given any reason to set aside the order.”

She insisted that the IPOB leader must explain the reason why he breached the previous bail that was given to him before he could enjoy another favourable discretion from it.

Thereafter, the case was adjourned until November 14 for mention and to await the outcome of Kanu’s appeal at the appellate court.

Tuesday’s ruling comes a month after the court declined to release the embattled IPOB leader on bail on May 18.

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Ekweremadu Takes NIMC, NIS to Court

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Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and others over controversy surrounding David Ukpo’s real age.

Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively.

Recall that Ekweremadu and his wife were, on Thursday, remanded in the UK police custody, after they were tried before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of Ukpo, alleged to be a minor, for organ harvesting.

The couple, however, denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing.

But in an originating summon marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022, dated and filed June 27 by their counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, the Ekweremadus asked the court for an order directing the NIMC to supply them with the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the biodata information of David Nwamini Ukpo.

The applicants said Ukpo’s National Identification Number (NIN):19438077110, which is in the possession of the agency, should be produced for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo’s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court.

They also sought an order directing the NIS C-G to supply the applicants with the documents and application form of David Nwamini Ukpo in the possession of the 2nd respondent presented for the issuance of International passport No. BO0569974 for the purpose of assisting criminal investigation and issuing same before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, UK until July 7 in the alleged criminal charge brought against the applicants.

The lawyer noted that documents being sought to be handed over to the applicants will support the applicants in their defence and establish their innocence of the charges in the interest of justice.

Also, Bright Ekweremadu, the elder brother of the lawmaker, in the affidavit deposed to, said Ukpo informed the couple that he was 21 years old, having been born in the year 2000 and was ready to help Sonia.

Justice Ekwo fixed July 1 for hearing of the matter.

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‘23 died of hunger, unhealthy conditions in Katsina IDPs camp’

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Twenty-three have died of hunger, high blood pressure and depression at the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The chairman of the IDP camp, Sa’ad Salisu, disclosed this while speaking to some journalists in Jibia yesterday.

A record made available by the Jibia Development Association showed that at least 22,365 IDPs from Shimfida, Garin Maiwuya, Garin Zango, Garin Kwari (Farfaru) and Tsambaye villages live in Jibia town.

The IDPs are taking refuge at Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jibia

Salisu, who is also the chairman of the Shimfida Youth Development Association, said that at least 35 women had also given birth in the camp within the last four months, saying that the number could be even higher.

Another disturbing development as Salisu explained, was that the vast majority of the children both in the town and in the camp could not have access to education.

“We have over 3,000 children in this camp that left their communities with school uniforms but now cannot go to school because the government hasn’t provided a school for them in the camp,” he said.

Salisu then called on the state government to expedite action towards restoring security in their communities to enable them to return and continue with their farming activities.

In his reaction, the Jibia Local Government Chairman, Bishir Sabi’u, said the government had provided adequate relief materials to the IDPs.

“Fifteen bags of rice are being cooked for them in the camp daily. I do give them N200,000 weekly to support their daily activities in the camp,” he said.

 

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