The gesture was contained in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Thursday.
Okorocha described his victory at the Appeal Court on Thursday as a reaffirmation of the people’s mandate.
He said that he was ready to work with the entire Imo West people to move the area forward.
He therefore called on his opponents at the poll, Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Jones Onyereri of the People’s Democratic Party, to eschew rancour and join him to work for their people.
He thanked the people of Imo West for reposing confidence in him by electing him during the Feb. 23 poll and assured them that he would not let them down.
The lawmaker further thanked the judiciary for what he described as “detachment of blackmail from home truth”.
He said: “My victory today is for my two brothers, Onyereri and Izunaso, and indeed all sons and daughters of Imo West.
“I urge them to work hands in glove with me for the overall good of our people,” the former governor said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Izunaso and Onyereri had approached an Appeal Court seeking to upturn the judgment of the lower tribunal, which affirmed Okorocha’s victory at the poll.
(Edited by Sam Oditah)
Senate mandates committees to investigate NEMA on disaster response activities
Abuja, Nov. 19, 2019 The Senate has mandated its Committees on Special Duties, Ecology and Climate Change and Environment to investigate the effectiveness of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in its disaster response activities in 2019.
The motion was entitled “The need for immediate disaster response by NEMA to communities in Demsa, Numan, Guyuk and Lamurde Local Government Areas of Adamawa, severely affected by flooding in October.”
The upper chamber also directed NEMA to immediately implement a response programme for the flood disaster that affected various communities of Demsa, Numan, Lamurde and Guyuk Local Government Areas of Adamawa, as per the detailed submission of the disaster made to NEMA.
While raising orders 42 and 52, Binos said that NEMA was established via Act No.12 as amended by Act No. 50 of 1999.
“It was established for managing disasters in Nigeria through formulation of policies on all activities relating to disaster management and coordination of plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disasters in Nigeria.”
He said that the major disaster in form of “destructive flooding“ in parts of Adamawa occurred in Oct. 2019 as a result of the release of excess water by the authorities of Lagdo dam in Cameroon.
“NEMA performed a disaster response action by distributing relief materials to communities in Furfure, Yola South and North Local Government Areas affected by the flood.
He further said that although the attention of director-general of the agency was drawn to the need to provide relief materials to communities of the four local governments mentioned, nothing had been done by NEMA till date.
Supporting the motion, Sen. Shuaibu Lau (PDP– Taraba North) said that there was need to call NEMA to order because each time there was flood along the Benue valley, it usually start from Adamawa, Taraba and Benue.
“There is no way each time there is flood, the NEMA will select some few areas and give relief materials and leave the others.”
“When there is disaster, NEMA needs to go along the river Benue and ascertain which areas were affected with a view to bringing relief materials to the areas affected,” Lau said.
All the resolutions were adopted by the Senators after a voice vote by the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan.
Edited by Dada Ahmed
Lawan swears in Sen. Danbaba
Lawan swears in Sen Danbaba
Abuja, Nov. 19. 2019The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has swore in Sen. Ibrahim Danbaba as Senator representing Sokoto South in the National Assembly.
Danbaba left the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 8th Senate alongside Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, to join Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he contested for the Senatorial seat but lost to Shehu Tambuwal of APC.
He challenged the verdict in court and the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, returned him as the winner of the March 19 election.
Edited by Tayo Ikujuni/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Centre decries widespread violence in Kogi elections
The Socio Economic Research and Development Centre (SERDEC) has decried what it called, the widespread violence and intimidation that characterised the Nov.16 governorship and national assembly elections in Kogi.
A statement by the Executive Director of SERDEC, Mr Tijani Abdulkareem on Tuesday in Lokoja, said in spite of the process being truncated and disrupted by violence, the people still came out en masse to cast their vote.
According to Abdulkarim, “the just concluded election from available reports from our observers, was marred with serious reported issues that would undermine the integrity of democracy if not critically looked into and resolved”.
He, however, commended the Kogi electorate for their determination and resilience by coming out in their numbers to exercise their franchise during the elections.
He alleged that the elections across polling units in the state witnessed voters’ inducement and vote buying and non use of smart card readers for accreditation in some polling units.
The executive director also said that there were intimidation and harassment of voters, observers and journalists; disruption of voting process and late arrival of election materials in some polling units.
The centre, therefore, called on the police and other security agencies deployed for election duty to explain to the public, the cases of electoral violence that occurred at their duty posts.
He stressed that security men were reported to be helpless as a result of the astronomic height of violence, thuggery, and vote buying which had marred the integrity of the election.
”In an election where the electoral process was interrupted, it is expected that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) would follow its guiding principles by cancelling and ordering a rerun for the places where ballot boxes were snatched, so as to avail voters the right to vote,” he said.
Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
Aviation: Buhari seeks passage of 6 bills by Senate
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, transmitted a letter to the Senate, seeking consideration and passage of six Aviation Bills.
The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan read the letter during plenary.
The President, in the letter said: “Dear Distinguished Senate President; Transmission of Six Aviation Sector Bills to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
“Pursuant to Section 58 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I formally request that the following six bills be considered for passage by the Senate.”
The bills include: Civil Aviation Bill 2019, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Bill 2019, Nigerian College of Air space Management Agency Establishment Bill 2019.
“While I trust that these bills will be expeditiously and favourably considered by the Senate, please, accept Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration.”
In his remark, Lawan urged the Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewo to ensure that the bills were gazetted and distributed to all the Senators for consideration.
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Dada Ahmed
Organised labour felicitates with Bello on election victory
The state NLC Chairman, Mr Onuh Edoka and his TUC counterpart, Mr Ranti Ojo, urged Bello and Onoja in the state urged Bello and Onoja to see the renewal of their mandate as an opportunity to work more for the people.
They also called on the governor to prioritise the welfare of civil servants in his second term, assuring him of the continued support and loyalty of the entire workforce.
They, however, urged aggrieved candidates in the election to seek legal redress and refrain from acts capable of breaching the fragile peace in the state.
“The organised labour commiserates with the families that lost their loved ones in the course of this election.
“We urge all relevant agencies connected to elections in Nigeria to do their jobs diligently to put a stop to unwarranted deaths,” the labour said.
Edited by Dada Ahmed
Taraba Speaker hails Gov. Darius Ishaku’s victory at Appeal Court
The Speaker of Taraba House of Assembly Mr Abel Diah, has congratulated Gov. Darius Ishaku on his victory at the Appeal court in Abuja.
Diah said that the judgment did not come as a surprise, adding that the appellate court only affirmed the decision of Taraba masses who turned out en masse for the re-election of Ishaku.
He assured the people of the state that the governor would reciprocate their gesture by consolidating on the achievement he has recorded in his first tenure.
NAN reports that the Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Monday, upheld the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which earlier dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the victory of Ishaku during the March 9, gubernatorial election.
The five-member panel of the court led by Justice Chidi Nwanna dismissed the appeal.
Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/
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