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Unannounced ward meeting visits: I’m satisfied with your commitment, Mbah, PDP guber candidate to party supporters



The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah weekend, extolled the commitment and dedication of the party’s supporters in some of the local government areas in Enugu North Senatorial Zone when he paid unannounced visits to them during their monthly ward meetings.

Dr. Mbah who was accompanied by his running mate, Barr. Ifeanyi Ossai, the Director General (DG) of the PDP Campaign Organization, Chief Ikeje Asogwa and other party stakeholders said the unscheduled visits were randomly carried out to identify with the party members and also encourage them to remain steadfast in their support for the ruling party in the state.

Expressing his confidence that the forthcoming elections would be an easy walkover for the party in the state, Mbah said he was satisfied with the massive turnout of the party faithful adding that their visit was borne out of the need to bring civic and political education to the people.

While receiving the state governorship hopeful in Essodo Ward 1, Aji, in Igboeze North council area, the Executive Chairman of the local government, Hon. Ejike Itodo expressed his people’s delight for the impromptu visit, saying the large turnout was a sign that the party was intact in the ward.

Ejike who lauded the party stalwarts for coming out en masse even without pre-notice added that Mbah’s presence had shown that he was a man of the people.

The council boss further stated that the PDP took the best decision in its choice of DG of the party by appointing Asogwa to lead the campaign, stressing that Asogwa’s capacity will navigate the party to victory in next year’s elections.

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Acknowledging cheers from the elated party supporters, the DG said they had visited to identify with them and reassured that Mbah’s leadership style will be encompassing and all-inclusive. He urged the ward to continue to mobilize for the party and gear up for the task ahead.

On his part, Barr. Ossai charged the people to double their efforts in wooing more members as the policy was going to be “operation deliver your ward”.

According to him, all the wards in the council area must be delivered to the PDP, promising that the party would build on the existing infrastructure and introduce new development.

Responding to the jubilant mammoth party supporters, the governorship candidate of the party expressed his gratitude to the people for coming out, saying that the benefits of their loyalty would give them reasons to celebrate.

“I am grateful for your support, and we are satisfied with what we have seen here today. We gave no advance notice yet you came out in good numbers.

At Nkpunano Ward, Nsukka local government, the party faithful turned the meeting to a carnival when they saw the PDP gubernatorial flagbearer.

Speaking on behalf of his people, a member of the State House of Assembly representing the area, Hon. Agbo Amos Amadi said it was a great privilege for the ward to receive the unannounced presence of Mbah and his entourage.

Agbo maintained that the large turnout at the meeting showed the area is the home of the PDP, adding that they would deliver outstanding victory to the party during the general elections.

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Noting that the visit was a random tour, the campaign DG told the people they were passing and decided to identify with them, promising to come back once campaign commences.

Baring his feeling at the rousing welcome given to them by the party, Barr Ossai said their unannounced tour was deliberate to know the people’s level of preparedness, adding that “we are impressed with your turnout. It shows victory for us.”

He further assured that if given the leadership mandate, they would run a people-oriented government with special preference for people at the grassroots.

Explaining why they decided to pay the ward a visit, Mbah said it’s their duty to bring political education down to the people in order to avoid confusion, noting that they would come at the commencement of campaigns.

“It is important to bring civic education to you. It’s PDP all the way. Our party logo is Umbrella. We came for random visits because campaign has not started. As from next month (October), we shall be coming to tell you what we have for the people. We called to greet you and tell you we are together and we must move on the same the pace,” he added.

Meanwhile, on the way to Uzo-Uwani local government for the meeting, Mbah and his entourage were intercepted by youths who recounted their memorable experience at the party’s meeting.

The youths who came from Nkpologu Ward in Uzo-Uwani said they were over one thousand party faithful that were in attendance in their just concluded meeting, pledging to double the number in their next meeting. Led by a councilor from the ward, Hon. Philip Okoro, the youths displayed the video clips of their meeting, reiterating their commitment to the party’s victory in the forthcoming elections.

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Reacting to their success story, Mbah said the youth of the area had proved that they were willing to be part of the solution to the country’s political conundrum. He said he would partner with them to give the party its deserved victory.

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EFCC decries rise in fake dollars circulation, cyber crime in Benue



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has decried the sudden rise of fake dollars and cyber crimes in Benue axis.

Its Acting Chairman, Mr Abdulkarim Chukkol, who disclosed this on Thursday in Makurdi, said that the commission had taken measures to address the situation.

The EFCC chairman spoke during a workshop on “Effective Reporting of Economic and Financial Crimes,” organised for 30 journalists of major media organisations in the country.

Chukkol was represented by the Head of Makurdi Zonal Office of EFCC, Mr Friday Ebelo.

He said the primary aim of the commission was to reduce corruption in the country to barest level, and would continue to discharge its duties effectively and professionally.

“Through the commission’s enforcement activities, recoveries running into several billions of naira have been recorded and the country’s anti-money laundering framework strengthened.

“There is now a more robust regulation of the activities of these entities which are vulnerable to money laundering,” he added.

The EFCC chairman warned people against disclosing their bank details to anybody to avoid its being used for illegal financial deals.

“I will like the media to educate family members, friends, politicians and others that they run the risk of going to jail if they allow their companies or banks accounts to be used to launder proceeds of illegal activities.

“Under the Money Laundering Act, 2022 family members and close allies of politicians and public office holders, including top civil servants, are now classified as Politically Exposed Persons.

“The EFCC is determined to ensure that anyone who steals from public treasury and all those who assist them under whatever guise, are brought to justice, and ignorance of the law will not be an excuse,” he said.

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Chukkol said that the commission had recorded 3,785 convictions in 2022, the highest since its establishment.

He said that the Makurdi Zonal Office, which was established in 2019, has so far recorded 107 convictions. (NAN)

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Akwa Ibom tribunal affirms Governor Eno’s victory, dismisses ADC, NNPP’s petitions



• Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo has discarded the petition brought before it by the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ezekiel Nyaetok, challenging the election of Pastor Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tribunal had earlier thrown out suit number EPW/AKS/GOV/03/23, brought by the governorship candidate of the NNPP, Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe, challenging the election of the governor.

Among other grounds, Nyaetok of ADC sought the disqualification of Pastor Umo Eno, alleging that he was convicted by a Magistrate Court in Abuja and that having been convicted, all votes accrued to him during the March 18 elections ought to be nullified.

He also challenged other candidates who scored more votes than him, alleging that they were handicapped by litigations and legal bars which hampered their eligibility to participate in the elections.

But delivering judgement on the matter, Justice Adekunle Adeleye chaired the panel and unanimously ruled that the same magistrate court presided by Emeka Iyama, delivered a judgment, nullifying its earlier conviction of Pastor Umo Eno and that once a judgement is nullified, it ceases to exist.

The tribunal also held that Nyaetok’s petition lacked merit as the petitioner was not able to establish one polling unit in which there was noncompliance with the electoral law in the March 18 Governorship elections.

After about one hour and thirty minutes of detailed and considered judgement, the governorship election panel, in a unanimous decision concluded that the petition by Senator John James Akpanudoedehe and his party against Gov Umo Bassey Eno, the PDP, and INEC deserves no less a verdict than a dismissal for lacking in merit.

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The governorship election petition by the former senator followed the defective trajectory of two previous cases dismissed by the tribunal two weeks ago, by virtue of the attempt to resurrect the subject matter of certificate forgery leveled against Governor Eno, which was previously buried by the Supreme Court.

Counsel to the PDP had told the tribunal that the petition was “most unambitious”, as the Petitioners neglected and or refused to declare what they really wanted.

Akpanudoedehe of the NNPP had in his arguments claimed that Gov. Umo Eno was a convict by the Wuse Magistrate Court, Abuja, thereby robbing him of the qualification to have contested the March 18, 2023 governorship election.

He prayed the Tribunal to order that the election be cancelled, and a fresh one conducted within 90 days.

He also alleged that the Governor was born in Enugu, even though he declined to show proof of this claim as he neither front-loaded nor relied upon any document to back it.

Surprisingly, of the over 5000 voting units in the state, the NNPP candidate called only 2 witnesses with himself as one of the two.

Under cross-examination, the NNPP gubernatorial candidate admitted, when shown the enrolled order of the Wuse Magistrate Court repudiating its judgement orders, that he lacked knowledge of the existence of the order before his petition.

Counsel to the PDP and Pastor Umo Eno had noted in their submission that the NNPP petition is most unambitious, as the petitioner has not only failed to prove the criminal allegation of forgery but also failed to state what he wants.

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The tribunal, presided over by Justice Adekunle Adeleye, ruled that lacking in merit, the petition had to be confined to the trashcan.

Reacting to the judgement, Counsel to the PDP, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem said the judgement was in strong agreement with the point of law.

Enoidem said the petitioners failed to prove that Pastor Umo Eno did not meet the constitutional entry requirements for office of the Governor, adding that most of their claims were pre-election matters which they could not also substantiate.

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NDDC Invites Applications for 2023/2024 Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship




The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has announced the commencement of the application process for its 2023/2024 Foreign Post Graduate (Masters) Scholarship Programme.

This marks a significant stride in the Commission’s unwavering commitment to fostering human resource development and empowerment of the youths in the Niger Delta region.

Aiming to cultivate empowerment and specialization, this initiative is designed to equip the vibrant minds of the region with indispensable skills and training. The goal is to facilitate their meaningful participation in the Federal Government’s local content programme and to enable them to excel in various professional disciplines, enhancing their global competitiveness.

Diverse Opportunities for Study:
The programme offers a broad spectrum of fields, including diverse engineering disciplines like Biomedical, Software, and Marine, and cutting-edge domains such as Artificial Intelligence and Math/Sciences. Opportunities also extend to Health and Social Sciences, with options in Medical Sciences and Law, as well as Environmental and Physical Sciences, including Architecture and Environmental Science.

Eligibility and Application:
Eligibility is reserved for individuals originating from the Niger Delta Region, possessing relevant Bachelor’s Degrees with commendable classifications from recognized institutions. Prospective candidates are invited to submit their applications online through our official website [](, with the application window closing five weeks from the date of this announcement.

Rigorous Selection Process:
Candidates will undergo a comprehensive selection process, including preliminary shortlisting, a computer-based test in Rivers State, and final verification through respective Local Government Areas and Community Development Committees. The scholarship amount will be determined based on the prevailing exchange rate of the Naira.

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For detailed information on application procedures, required documentation, and other relevant aspects, applicants are encouraged to visit []( Further enquiries can be directed to:

Director, Education, Health and Social Services, NDDC
Mobile: +234(0)9137806550, +234(0)9049409391

The NDDC remains steadfast in its mission to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative, and politically harmonious. We extend our sincere best wishes to all applicants and eagerly anticipate welcoming the scholars who will contribute to shaping a brighter future for the region.

Pius Ughakpoteni
Director, Corporate Affairs
September 28, 2023.

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