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Afflictions pushed me into 41-day dry fasting, says SS1 student

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Afflictions pushed me into 41-day dry fasting, says SS1 student

Recuperating SS1 student of Ishieke Secondary School, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has revealed why he embarked on a 41-day dry fasting which landed him in the hospital after concluding it.

 

 

Oke, who hails from Ohataekwe in Umuezeokaoha community, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state had collapsed after the marathon praying and fasting on a mountain in Azugwu, Abakaliki metropolis.

 

 

Oke, who commenced the fasting on July 23, sneaked to the mountain without informing his widowed mother, Elizabeth and his elder brother, Obinna Oke who lives with him in Ishieke.

 

 

Some of his prayer colleagues hurriedly carried him to the elder brother who consulted a patent medicine dealer who administered drip and some drugs on him to revive him following his sudden collapse.

 

 

A former House of Rep member in the state, Peter Edeh, who is an old boy of Ishieke Secondary School and who was not satisfied with the local treatment, instructed Nteoma Chimaobi to take him to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA) for proper medical examination and immediate treatment.

 

 

Edeh also donated N40,000 for Oke’s treatment.

 

 

The 19-year-old boy stayed in the hospital for more than a week. He reportedly died on September 9 while in hospital. He had gone into coma and was placed on oxygen life support before he reportedly passed away.

His mother, who was taking care of him at the hospital, started making arrangements on how his body will be taking out of the hospital for burial.

 

 

But Ikechukwu reportedly came back to life after about an hour.

Few days later, he opted to be discharged from the hospital.

 

 

The boy had severally complained of hardship in his family and sort assistance from government and private individuals but to no avail.

 

 

He hawks sachet water otherwise known as pure water and gala in Onitsha Anambra after every academic term in the school calendar, to raise his school fees and decided to embark on 41-days praying and fasting to seek God’s intervention.

Ikechukwu spoke to Sunday Telegraph from his Ohataekwe village. His two legs are very swollen and he still looked malnourished.

 

 

He said: “I am fine, I have no health issues. I embarked on 41-days dry fasting for the welfare of Ebonyi my dear state, the country Nigeria, all over the world and above all my family that has been passing through difficulties.

 

 

“There are afflictions everywhere and it is only God that can deliver us. Life has not been easy for us and I believed it was high time to seek God’s intervention.

“I also embarked on the dry fasting to serve him, I want to be a

 

Catholic priest and need God’s help to achieve this goal. I have burning desire to serve God; he has called me to serve him. This dry fasting has revealed to me that God is the ultimate God and it has also shown me that I will later serve him.

 

“Since I finished the dry fasting, I have not been eating solid foods. I only eat fruits, drink tea. I am having pains inside my stomach but I know it is just for a while, it cannot last. Another problem I have is these my swollen legs.”

 

 

His aged widowed mother, Elizabeth Oke told our Correspondent that the boy has passed through very tough times in life as things continue to be very difficult for the family since the demise of her husband in 1996.

 

She disclosed that four of her daughters have dropped out of school as a result of lack of money to carter for them in their studies which according to her was one of the reasons Ikechukwu embarked on the fasting.

 

She said: “When we were in the hospital, some persons visited us to know how Ikechukwu was doing. Ikechukwu himself was the one that compelled us to return home and leave the hospital. He said he was not feeling comfortable in the hospital and opted to be discharged. While in the hospital, he was always complaining of attack and insisted we must leave.

 

 

“On September 9, he went into coma and he was on oxygen, sadly he later died. Doctors and nurses did all they could to revive him. I had to contact his elder brother and other siblings including my first daughter and we started making arrangements to bring his corpse home for burial.

 

 

“I was gathered his clothes I washed and spread on ropes, preparing for his body to be taken home when his elder brother, Obinna, who rushed to the hospital after receiving my call that Ikechukwu is dead, came to me and told me Ikechukwu had started moving his body and I told him to stop deceiving me that the oxygen they put on his nose is just for formality sake, that he is dead and we have to take the corpse out of the hospital before they deposit it in the morgue and it becomes another expense for us which we will not be able to carry.

“I gathered all his clothes and came back to the ward and saw

 

 

Ikechukwu already seated on the bed and he told me we should go home immediately. We told him to remain in the hospital for proper medical treatment but he refused. His siblings had no option than to push for his discharge after some medical tests were conducted on him by the hospital management.

“We finally left the hospital last Friday, September 13 and returned home. There is tremendous improvement; he speaks what one can hear, baths, and eats by himself although he has not started eating heavy foods like fufu and others. He only drinks tea, palp, vegetables and fruits. He sleeps well at home and he studies his Bible, prays very well. He was not doing all these things when we were in the hospital and that is why is said there is great improvement.

 

 

“Ikechukwu is an ardent Catholic; he is very committed in the church. He started very early that he wants to be a Reverend Father but that his father who would have helped him actualize the dream is no more alive. I put him in primary school in the village and he graduated successfully. After concluding the primary school, he said he wants to go to seminary school so as to become Catholic Priest but Obinna, his brother, told him no that he must attend secondary school and then enter Seminary school and that it is the procedure.

 

 

“Since their father died in 1996, I have been suffering to train them. I mix concrete in construction sites and I do other menial hard jobs to carter for them. Life has continued to be very difficult for me and my children.”

 

 

On his part, Obinna Oke his elder brother said Ikechukwu will return to school when he recovers fully.

He corroborated his mother that the boy was the one that insisted that he should be discharged from hospital to enable him relax, pray and study his Bible.

 

 

“I will bring Ikechukwu out of the village back to my base in Ishieke after recovering very well to enable him continue his education. He cannot drop out school because of this problem. I decided to relocate to the village and go to work on daily basis from the village because of Ikechukwu’s condition.

 

 

“I want to monitor him and he is doing well in the village than when he was in the hospital. While in the hospital, he said we should go home that his problem is not something that can be handled medically, that it is a spiritual matters. He said he should be discharged so that he will have enough time to pray and study his Bible,” said Obinna.

 

 

Nteoma Chimaobi, who was the one that assisted in taking Ikechukwu to hospital, described Ikechukwu as a strong Christian who preaches the word of God with zeal.

 

 

He revealed that N15,000 medical test was conducted on the boy to ascertain his health condition after the fasting and that only N200 drugs were prescribed for him by doctors.

 

 

Speaking further Chimaobi said: “The government has not done anything so far. The Local Government Area Chairman, Mrs Nora Allu is yet to do anything, for the family.”

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$140,000: Babalele’s lawyer exposes contradictions in EFCC witness’ evidence

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Some contradictions in the evidence of one, Bashir Mohammed, who was the first prosecution witness to testify in the on-going trial of Abdullahi Babalele, the son-in-law to a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over alleged laundering of $140,000 at a Federal High Court in Lagos were exposed Wednesday.
The witness had on Tuesday told the trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, that he delivered the $140,000 to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Babalele’s behalf.
He disclosed that he got a phone call from Babalele sometime in February, requesting him to deliver a message to “an elder statesman”, following which the sum of N50.4 million was transferred to his accounts by the defendant.
He added that upon Babalele’s request, he supplied two bank accounts, which were credited. Mohammed said he subsequently took the money to Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“When I got to the gate, somebody came and took me inside where I met former President Olusegun Obasanjo and delivered the message.
“I called the defendant (Babalele) in the presence of former President Obasanjo and informed him that I had delivered the message. He said that was good and thanked me,” the witness said.
However, an entirely different story emerged Wednesday while the witness was being cross-examined by Babalele’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
The silk alleged that the evidence given by the witness in court was different from what was contained in the statement he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 11, 2019.
Responding to a question about the statement from Ozekhome, the witness said: “I wrote it in my own handwriting and signed it. I believed in everything I wrote there because I was not forced to write it.”
A portion of the statement read out by the witness on the directive of the silk went thus: “Babalele asked me to change the dollars and deliver the money in Ogun state to Obasanjo’s library. I sent him my account numbers at GTB and UBA. He credited my account with N53 million. I received N26.5 million in UBA account and N26 million in GTB.
“The money I changed to dollars was at the rate of N350 to a dollar totalling $140,000. I called Abdullahi and he asked me to take the money to Obasanjo’s library. I went to Ogun State and I met a man by the gate and I delivered the money to him. I don’t know the name of the person that I delivered the money to but I can locate his office.”
Ozekhome later tendered the statement as an exhibit but the EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, was opposed to the tendering of the statement in isolation saying other statements written by the witness have been withheld by the silk.
The conflict was later resolved when Ozekhome agreed to tender other statements written by the witness.

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DSS: We’ll release Sowore to his sureties

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·Denies shooting at protesters

The Department of State Services (DSS), has assured of its readiness to release the convener of #Revolution Now, Mr. Omoyele Sowore from detention, once those that stood as sureties for him, come forward.

This was as the DSS denied reports that its operatives opened fire at a group of protesters, who started a protest for the release of Sowore, on Tuesday.

This was the first time the secret service was speaking on the development, which has continued to generate diverse opinions.

Afunanya reiterated the Services’ adherence to due process and the rule of law, in the conduct of its operations.

In a statement Wednesday by its Public Relations Officer, Dr. Peter Afunanya, the intelligence organisation called out a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, accusing him of not only playing to the gallery, but mobilizing miscreants to subvert the Service and other state authorities.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to state that its operatives did not open fire on alleged protesters who had stormed its facility on 12th November, 2019.

“As a normal global security practice, the operatives stood in defence of their facility when some group of persons made unruly attempts to forcefully break into the place and effect the release of Omoloye Sowore.

“Despite serial and unwarranted provocations, the Service, as a professional and responsible Organisation, did not shoot at the so called protesters.  It could not have done so.

“For emphasis, the Service reiterates its avowed readiness to release Sowore once the processes are concluded.  It maintains that the appropriate persons have still not turned up to take delivery of Sowore,” the DSS said.

According to the Service: “While all those that have so far shown up are not directly concerned with the matter and therefore unqualified, many others have either chosen to grandstand or politicise it to achieve hidden interests.”

It noted that: “In the last few days, the Service has continued to witness deliberate campaigns of calumny, threats and aspersions against it. It will not, for any reason, join issues with its mudslingers. The media is called upon to be neutral and remain champions of the truth”.

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Hate Speech ‘Prohibition’ Bill targeted at opponents of APC – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the Hate Speech ‘Prohibition’ Bill, which was introduced in the Senate was targeted at voice of dissent and opponents of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP in a statement Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed surprise that the bill, which was vehemently rejected last year by Nigerians could resurface again this year.

The party said although it does not support hate speech under any guise, the hate speech bill is “unconstitutional, undemocratic and a barbarous design targeted at official extermination of voice of dissent and perceived opponents of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.”

PDP noted that Nigeria already has enough constitutional provisions and extant laws to safeguard a sane and healthy public expression space, and said that Nigeria would not allow such cruel law devised to victimize and persecute the citizens, ostensibly as a regime protection measure.

“Such laws can only find space in Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Idi Amin’s Uganda and not in this era or in a democratic state such as Nigeria.

“The resurfacing of the cruel bill in the Senate, after Nigerians vehemently rejected it last year, only points to the incurable desperation of the APC Federal Government to suppress and crush the will of the citizens at all cost,” the party said.

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Don: Nigeria needs N420bn to eradicate malaria by 2030

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Don: Nigeria needs N420bn to eradicate malaria by 2030

Proposes tax to fight scourge

A Professor of Medical Parasitology, Abimbola Amoo, has said Nigeria will require the sum of N420billion to eradicate malaria through total fumigation of the country against mosquitoes on or before the year 2030.

To this end, Amoo, who is a senior lecturer at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, called for the introduction of Mosquito Responsibility Tax to raise the needed funds.

Speaking while delivering the 92nd inaugural lecture of the university in Ago-Iwoye, the don said the proposed tax of one dollar monthly should be imposed on every adult Nigerian.

The lecture was titled: ‘Parasites of animals and man: A dance in the forest of death.”

Amoo explained that the money will be used in surveillance, biological and chemical control of mosquitoes as well as for inter-agency cooperation and research on mosquitoes.

According to him, the scourge of malaria caused by parasite from the female anopheles mosquito is a huge health burden in Nigeria.

He stated that malaria has often been responsible for the increasing hospital visits, hospital admission, anaemia during pregnancy, school absenteeism among children and even deaths.

The professor noted that the treatment of people with malaria and use of insecticide treated mosquito nets have proved inadequate and ineffective in eradicating malaria, hence the need to attack the vector (causative organism) by destruction of mosquitoes.

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Court refuses to terminate criminal charges against ex Kwara lawmaker

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A High Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital has refused an oral application brought by a former member of the state House of Assembly, Muhammed Adebayo, seeking to terminate the criminal charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It would be recalled that the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission had on August 1 arraigned Adebayo on a six-count charge bordering on land fraud and obtaining money under false pretence before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the state High Court.

The charge stated: “That you, Mohammed Adebayo, sometime in July 2013 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to  defraud and obtained the sum of N950,000 from one Mary Omowunmi Kolade on the false pretence that three plots of land (situate at Malete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State) which  you sold to her belonged to you, a representation you knew to be false punishable under section 1 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences.”

The accused person had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, counsel to the defendant, Barrister I. Abdul-Azeez, told the Presiding Judge that: “My Lord, the victim in this matter had written a letter to the prosecution to withdraw their complaints against the defendant, in the light of the absence of the prosecution counsel. I therefore urge this honourable court to terminate the charge.”

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APC crisis: Govs ask Oshiomhole to resign

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… Say he can’t bequeath any legacy to party

 

Given the crisis of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, the governors on the platform of the party have asked the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to resign his position.

According to the statement from the Secretariat of the Progressives Governors Forum, the APC National Chairman cannot bequeath any legacy to the party.

The statement, which was signed by the Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Moh’ Lukuman also chided the National Chairman for the disqualification of the APC Deputy Governorship candidate in Bayelsa State,

Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieny by an Abuja Federal High Court.

The governors opinionated that the inability of the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee to call a National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party since last year had led to the unresolved crisis in the party.

Calling for the resignation of Oshiomhole, the governors said, “In the current circumstance, nothing short of a NEC or National Caucus meeting of the party can resolve all our increasing organisational challenges as a party. It is either Comrade Oshiomhole respect the provision of party constitution and convene superior organ meeting to deliberate on all our challenges, or he should just accept his inability to manage the party and simply resign.”

The governors berated the APC National Chairman for the crisis in Edo State that has led to the suspension of the Oshiomhole by the state party.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the APC National Chairman have been at loggerheads since June this year.

Speaking on the suspension on the APC National Chairman, the governors said: “Information coming from Edo State indicates that members of the State Executive Council of APC have passed vote of no confidence on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of our party, APC. In so many respects, it could be argued, it is a natural outcome of unfolding power play between Comrade Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki since June 2019 with the contentious inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly. Possible retaliatory response from both Comrade Oshiomhole and groups such as Edo Peoples Movement who are loyal to Comrade Oshiomhole should be expected. In other words, there could be counter pronouncement suspending Governor Obaseki.

“Side by side with the news of the vote of no confidence was also the discomforting report of the Federal High Court judgement in Abuja disqualifying Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo as our Deputy Governorship candidate for the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa election. While expecting that every necessary step will be taken to vacate the judgement, it is very depressing for every committed party member to be subjected to such ignominious reality, which only remind us of our reckless conducts in states like Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa, which chiefly gave away electoral victories to PDP.

“Instead of focusing on working to win elections, we are busy undermining ourselves. All these are ominous signs that we are about to re-enact the Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa experiences in Bayelsa. It is Bayelsa today, Anambra, Edo and Ondo are being setup for similar experiences. Somehow, unfortunately, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, which is the organ vested with the statutory responsibility of responding to all these challenges appear to be suspended. The last time it met was August 2018. In its place, the National Working Committee (NWC), which is an administrative organ with the responsibility of implementing decisions of NEC and other higher organs seem to have usurped the powers of NEC.”

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S’Arabia apologises for video labelling feminism as extremism

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Saudi Arabia’s state security agency says a social media post on one of its accounts that categorised feminism as extremism was a mistake.

The promotional video categorised feminism, homosexuality and atheism as dangerous ideas and warned Saudis to be vigilant against them.

The security agency says it is investigating the video.

Saudi Arabia is trying to shake off its image as one of the most repressive countries in the world for women, reports the BBC.

The animated clip was posted to the Twitter account of the State Security Presidency over the weekend. The agency reports directly to King Salman.

The agency said in a statement that the video contained multiple mistakes and the makers of the video did not do their job properly.

The Saudi Human Rights Commission also released a statement saying that feminism was not a crime. However it did not make reference to homosexuality or atheism.

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of Islamic law to sanction people suspected of extra-marital sexual relations, homosexual sex or other “immoral” acts, according to US-based Human Rights Watch.

The video has been criticised by human rights groups including Amnesty International.

Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, said: “This announcement is extremely dangerous and has serious implications for the rights to freedom of expression and life, liberty and security in the country.”

The video comes as Saudi Arabia continues a programme of reforms, many of which focus on women’s rights.

The government lifted a long-standing ban on women driving in 2018 and made changes to the male guardianship system this August, allowing women to apply for passports and travel independently without permission from a man.

They were also given the right to register births, marriage or divorce.

However, women continue to face numerous restrictions on their lives, and several women’s rights activists who campaigned for the changes have been detained and put on trial. Some of them alleged to have been tortured in prison.

Men who had supported the activists’ cause or defended them in court were also arrested.

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Senate approves N10.69bn refund to Kogi

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The Senate has approved N10.069 billion as refund for project executed on behalf of the Federal Government by Kogi state.

The approval was made amidst disquiet in the chamber by senators from opposition PDP who claimed that it was too much a coincidence to make the approval three days to the poll.

Senate Minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP, Abia South) said the approval should be delayed by one week so that the refunded money should not be misused during election.

“The witch cries in the night and the child dies in the morning. The approval comes when there is an election is on Saturday. The money should be delayed until next week so that it would not be misused,” he said.

Earlier, Senator Barau Jibril (APC, Kano), said commended the Kogi State government for deploying the state resources to ameliorate the suffering of its people plying the dilapidated roads.

He advised that the senate to immediately approved the Promissory note to the state so that other states should take a leaf from them.

The President of the senate overruled and approved the money saying the state applied for the refund along with other states that had gotten their own.

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Leave Bolivia, US orders families of govt employees

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The United States on Tuesday ordered family members of U.S. government employees to leave Bolivia because of civil unrest in the South American country, the State Department said in a statement.

The department also warned American citizens against traveling to Bolivia and said the U.S. government had limited ability to provide emergency services after a disputed election sparked protests that led Evo Morales to resign as president and flee the country.

Morales resigned Sunday after nearly 14 years in power,reports nbcnews.com.

On Tuesday, a women’s rights activist and former television presenter who became an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself Bolivia’s interim president, promising to guide the country out of a deep crisis.

Jeanine Añez, 52, was a second-tier opposition figure until Morales’ resignation.

But as the Senate’s second vice president, she moved Tuesday to take temporary control of the body even though she lacked a quorum to appoint her. The Senate leader is next in line to the presidency, and she then proclaimed herself interim president to guide the Andean nation before new elections.

Celebrations and clashes quickly broke out in Bolivia among supporters and foes of Morales, who flew to exile in Mexico earlier in the day.

Bolivia’s crisis erupted after the last elections, on October 20, were marred by allegations that Morales fixed the results in his favor. Violent protests swept the country, leading to police defections and finally a call from the chief of the military for Bolivia’s first indigenous president to resign.

In a dramatic scene Monday, Añez wept as she told journalists that she wanted to “give certainty” to Bolivians in the midst of a power vacuum.

“I just want to provide a solution to the horrible crisis that we’re living through,” Añez said.

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APC crisis: Convene NEC now or resign, PGF DG tells Oshiomhole

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APC crisis: Convene NEC now or resign, PGF DG tells Oshiomhole

Salihu Mohammed Lukman, the Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), has wadded into the crisis currently rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by calling on the party’s National Chairman of the , Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to convene the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party or resign immediately.

The PGF Director-General’s call came on the heel of the multiple internal crisis rocking the party in the states across the country, the most current of which is the worsening power tussle between Oshiomhole and his successor as governor of Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki, which Lukman described as “embarrassing” to the ruling party.

Lukman, in a statement he personally authored, titled ‘APC and our Inconceivable Organisational Challenges: Urgent Call to our Leaders’ and made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, said the National Working Committee (NWC), an administrative organ of the party, including just a select members of the NEC and is tasked with the responsibility of executing decisions of the NEC, had hijacked the responsibilities of the apex decision-making organ of the party, the NEC, which he said seemed to have been suspended.

According to him, most of the crisis facing the party in the state, many of which had cost the party some states hitherto considered as its stronghold states, are those that the NEC or National Caucus meeting of the party are designed to sort out.

He reminded Oshiomhole that his constituency, as National Chairman of the party goes beyond his home state of Edo, but the whole of the country, charging him to follow the party’s constitution by convening the NEC, face the party in the process of resolving the myriad of crises facing it or simply accept that he is not capable of leading the party any further and resign his office as National Chairman.

“Side by side with the news of the vote of no confidence was also the discomforting report of the Federal High Court judgement in Abuja disqualifying Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo as our Deputy Governorship candidate for the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa election. While expecting that every necessary step will be taken to vacate the judgement, it is very depressing for every committed party member to be subjected to such ignominious reality, which only remind us of our reckless conducts in states like Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa, which chiefly gave away electoral victories to PDP.

“Instead of focusing on working to win elections, we are busy undermining ourselves. All these are ominous signs that we are about to re-enact the Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa experiences in Bayelsa. It is Bayelsa today, Anambra, Edo and Ondo are being setup for similar experiences.

“Somehow, unfortunately, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, which is the organ vested with the statutory responsibility of responding to all these challenges appear to be suspended. The last time it met was August 2018. In its place, the National Working Committee (NWC), which is an administrative organ with the responsibility of implementing decisions of NEC and other higher organs seems to have usurped the powers of NEC.

“Sadly, even the NWC, as at today, is a shadow of itself, as it has lost many members either on accounts of appointment into government or controversial suspension.

“For instance, Otumba Niyi Adebayo, Deputy National Chairman (South) is today a Minister of the Federal Republic. Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Deputy National Chairman (North) is allegedly suspended. Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, National Vice Chairman (North West) is similarly suspended.

“We may recall that in June 2019, the NWC allegedly suspended Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN). During the 2019 general elections, on accounts of the roles of former Governors Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun against the candidates of the party, they were similarly suspended. Whether all these actions are permissible by provisions of the APC’s constitution is highly contestable.

“Why should all these be allowed to happen? Why is it impossible to convene a NEC or even National Caucus meetings, which are supposed to hold every quarter to resolve all these issues? Why should the NWC under Comrade Oshiomhole continue to imagine that it can conduct affairs of the party without mandatory meetings of party organs? What legacy is Comrade Oshiomhole hoping to achieve as a National Chairman by running the party in a way that suggests almost zero commitment to issues of party development?

“It is very painful for many of us who have had the privilege of being mentored by Comrade Oshiomhole to see him being devalued to a local factional leader from a very high pedestal of an illustrious national leader. As National Chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole hardly appreciate that he now has a national constituency and not just a state constituency, which may have been responsible for his apparent intemperance in the handling of matters affecting Edo State. I wish he paid similar attention to handling of issues affecting Rivers and Zamfara states during the 2019 elections.

“In the current circumstance, nothing short of a NEC or National Caucus meeting of the party can resolve all our increasing organisational challenges as a party. It is either Comrade Oshiomhole respect the provision of party constitution and convene superior organ meeting to deliberate on all our challenges, or he should just accept his inability to manage the party and simply resign.

“Our national leaders must rise to the challenge facing us as a party and take all necessary measures to convene superior organ meetings to begin to resolve all our challenges as a party. The current public disgrace must end,” he said.

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