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PDP crisis: Okowa rallies South-South governors *Meet Diri, Obaseki, Udom in Bayelsa

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Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State Governor and vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seems to have activated his own machinery to stem the tide of discontent within the party, currently threatening his election into office next year.

The governor, who is angling to replace Yemi Osinbajo in the Akinola Aguda House, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, joined his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, as well as those of Duoye Diri of Bayelsa, and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday to avoid the calamity.

Though the meeting was called to  to discuss “issues of urgent national interest,” it is believed to be an euphemism for the serious crisis the joint ticket of the governor alongside the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has been leading a major opposition of five governors against the PDP presidential ticket on the ground that the entire Southern Nigeria had been undermined.

The camp, now known as Integrity Group, is particularly against a situation where Atiku, the presidential candidate, would come from the North with the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, and is demanding that the latter must give way, as the “irreducible minimum.”

All attempts at a rapprochment, including the adoption of Adulphus Wabara, former Senate President from Abia State, as the new Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), has failed to solve the problem.

But while Atiku, was said to have coopted former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida and former President, Goodluck Jonathan as mediators on the matter, with the intention of getting Wike and his group to drop their opposition, Okowa moved to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital to get his remaining colleagues to help in the matter.

The governor himsel, made the effort known in a post on his social media handles after the meeting, where he, said the governors would work towards reconciling all “key leaders” in the party ahead of the 2023 elections.

“Today, 4 of the 6 South South Governors met in Bayelsa State to discuss issues of urgent national interest. One of the key issues that came up was the fact that all the Governors in attendance are fully aligned with the PDP’s mission to #RecoverNigeria for all Nigerians,” the post reads.

“Make no mistake, the PDP is one family. This is is why I am optimistic that in the near future, we will reconcile and consolidate all our key leaders and stakeholders ahead of the 2023 General Election.”

The meeting of the four PDP governors comes amid crisis in the party, which has resulted in five other governors excluding themselves from the PDP presidential campaign.

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Lagos court orders prison remand of Olaleye, 57, over child defilement case

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For Olufemi Olaleye, the days and hours have started counting from prison, where he would have to reside for now on the orders of Justice Ramon Oshodi of the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, for alleged sexual offences on a minor.

Olaleye, 57, proprietor of Founder of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Lagos, was remanded after he took his plea in the two-count child defilement and sexual assault by penetration preferred against him by the Lagos State Government case involving of his wife’s 15-year-old niece.

The medical doctor, who pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him and was granted bail of N50m with two sureties in like sum, had remained in the news for the wrong reasons since his case broke with public outrage and over his alleged molestation of the girl for over two years.

The Lagos State Government promptly stepped into the case to ensure justice is served, following intensive pressure mounted by many Nigerians, including veteran actress Kate Henshaw, who not only called him out but championed the demand for his prosecution.

In his defence, the medical doctor, who claimed that the allegations against him were false, malicious and a set-up, had said specifically: “My name and organisation are in the news and on social media for all the wrong reasons. I think I may have underestimated the situation and thought it was a domestic issue which my wife and those encouraging her to destroy our home have weaponised. “I have now decided to fight against the false and malicious allegations and of course what now looks like set-up/blackmail.”

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Ikpeazu takes battle to criminals in Abia *You’re ‘police most friendly Governor’ – IG

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Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State, has promised hard times for criminals, who might decide to remain in the state, henceforth, as he has decided to take the battle to them  in his renewed resolve to make the state safe for citizens.

At the commissioning and handing over of the brand new Eastern Ngwa Divisional Police Headquarters Building Umuobiakwa,Obingwa LGA, constructed by his government, Ikpeazu made it clear that his administration placed the highest premium on security of lives and property as the bedrock of sustainable development.

Warning that criminals would no longer find any hiding place in the state, he Ikpeazu was full of praises for the hard work and cooperation of the Service Commanders of the various security services in the state, saying officers and men of the Nigerian police, had continuously shown selflessness in their operations.

Ikpeazu, who harged the Inspector General of Police to continue to encourage them for optimal performance, particularly recalled that his administration completed and handed over the brand new Zone 9 Police Headquarters Umuahia to the Nigerian Police as part of his contribution to the safety of the people and assured that it would continue to provide logistics to security agencies to enable them discharge their duties effectively.

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He disclosed that the cordial working relationship between government and security agencies has yielded positive results adding that the prevailing peace in the state is attributable to the robust working relationship with all security agencies in the state.

Inspector General of Police Alkali Baba Usman, who commissioned the new building, while describing it as being up of International standard, was particularly happy about the provision of 24 hours power which he said would aide the job of the police.

Eulogising the governor, whom he said, had through the facility brought motivation and encouragement to the Nigerian police, he promised that his men would justify the gesture with improved performance, thanking him also for bequeathing to the Zone 9 Police Headquarters Umuahia.

Acknowledging that the structure now represented a permanent and modern office accommodation of International standard and for launching an ICT-driven security architecture in line with international best practices, the IG said the Governor had through the gesture entered the “Guinness Record Book” as Police most friendly Governor,” charging his men to protect and defend the facility as their own.

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In their goodwill messages, the Chairman, Obingwa LGA Mrs Uloma Nwogu, the Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers,Eze Joseph Nwabeke and Chief Ike Onyenweaku congratulated the Governor on his developmental projects across the state including the security of lives and property of the citizenry and expressed optimism that he would do more in the Senate come 2023.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had earlier handed over the newly built DPO Quarters, Umuobiakwa to the IGP and was witnessed by the AIG Zone 9 Umuahia Isaac Akinmoyede ,State Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammad Bala while the IGP later commissioned the newly completed one storey edifice for the Ubakala Divisional Police Headquarters Umuahia and the Special Protection Unit Building at Zone 9 Headquarters Umuahia witnessed by other Service Commanders ,the Secretary to Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, Chief of Staff to the Governor Chief Okey Ahiwe  amongst others.

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Cultism: Security cordon on campuses by police after shooting of student in Calabar

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Operatives of the Cross River Police Command have thrown a security cordon within and around the University of  Cross River (UNICROSS, to prevent escalation, following the resurgence of cult activities, which the authorities fear could spread.

Spokesman of the command,  Irene Ugbo, a Superintendent of Police (SP) who confirmed that the incident happened on Monday, said it involved a final year student of the institution, who was attacked and by the cult group and was presently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Calabar.

Attributing the shooting to cult-related activities in the campus, she said the police were working to bring those involved in the fracas to book, adding that contrary to the rumours making the rounds, the student shot during the incident was not dead.

“We are monitoring him in an undisclosed facility, and he has also shared some useful information with us. The victim is also a cultist, and you know the position of the police on the issue of cultism. We detest mob action and won’t allow anyone to create fear or disrupt the peace within the metropolis and in the state at large,” she said.

Meanwhile, investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that the victim was shot on the leg, following the invasion of the school by a cult group.

NAN also gathered that he was targeted for elimination over his alleged refusal to relinquish a certain position in his confraternity (Black Axe).

He was, however, rescued by men of Anti-cultism and Kidnapping Squad of the police command who had responded promptly to a distress call, the reports said, adding that penultimate Tuesday, there was protest by students of the university over the level of insecurity, especially robbery, on the campus.

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