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Sylva’s men win key positions as APC conducts state congress in Bayelsa

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The Bayelsa State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has conducted a peaceful state congress to elect its 36 State Executive Committee (SEC), members, with Barr. Dennis Otiotio emerging state Chairman of the party.

Barr. Otiotio was elected alongside 35 others at the Congress on Saturday at the party Secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

DAILY POST gathered that other key positions such as the deputy Chairman, state Secretary, Youth Leader, Publicity among others were all filled by core loyalists of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.

But the faction of the party led by former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, boycotted the exercise, citing the subsisting injunction before a Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The congress was attended by party chieftains led by Senator Degi Eremienyo, two members of Federal House of Representative, Hon. Isreal Sunny-Goli and Hon. Preye Influence Oseke, State Assembly members, and other party faithful.

However, the Leader of the Party in the State and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva was absent for unexplained reasons.

Chairman of the Bayelsa State APC Congress Committee led six other members of the committee to conduct the congress which was observed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Addressing the delegates, the APC Congress Committee Chairman, DCP Yusuf Aurelius Adejo (rtd), described the conduct of the state congress as a family affair and was peaceful.

Also speaking, the member representing Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency, Hon. Preye Oseke, commended the conduct of the exercise, predicting that the emergence of Barr. Otiotio as the Chairman of the party will lead to the emergence of a new and rejuvenated APC.

According to him, “I want to thank everyone for their peaceful disposition, and all those aspiring to hold executive offices to manage our party. The peaceful nature of the exercise shows progress and we are a progressive party. We will continue to maintain that line in all our activities.

“Being a social democratic party, we believe that Bayelsans love APC, we are coming back strong in 2023 to take over the state”

On the legal war, he said, “We must understand that when an exparte order is given, it has a life span. The National secretariat know that there are no legal battle against us hence they won’t have allowed the congress to hold, we are in line that is why we have a new executive”.

In his brief, Hon. Isreal Sunny-Goli, noted that a peaceful congress of such will make the party stronger, adding that the party is battle ready to even PDP in the next elections in the state.

“And I believe that with the people behind us, the APC will win the 2023 elections. In Bayelsa, we worked hard in 2019 and we won. Now that it later became a PDP state, we will not stop at winning the Governorship election in 2023,” he said.

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected state Chairman of APC, Barr. Dennis Otiotio, thanked the people and accepted the mandate given him to serve, adding that today’s congress is peaceful.

Otiotio stated that what was witnessed today is a sign that APC has come to teach other parties and the PDP how to conduct credible elections. He thanked the delegates for reposing the confidence in him to be chairman, and he won’t disappoint them.

When DAILY POST visited the factional secretariat of the APC located at the Dimrose junction, it was bserved that there was no parallel congress being held as planned.

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Simba TVS launches next generation tricycle

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Simba TVS, Nigeria’s leading tricycle company has launched the brand new TVS King Deluxe+ tricycle, with revolutionary iTouch technology. Aimed at creating an easier, safer and more comfortable riding experience, the innovative new starting system of the vehicle is a product of extensive research and development by TVS Motor Company – one of the world’s largest two- and three-wheeler companies.

At a glittering event held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, the Simba Group launched the TVS King Deluxe+ with iTouch, which contains several upgraded features and enhancements over existing models, with the revolutionary new starting system forming the cornerstone of this next generation vehicle.

This iTouch feature assures a one-touch noiseless start and is made possible as a result of a new starting system that completely eliminates the starter motor. This not only reduces the frequency of wear on parts, but also reduces fuel consumption resulting in significantly reduced operating costs of the vehicle. The rider also enjoys a starting mechanism that is more convenient and comfortable, and an enhanced riding experience overall as a result.

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Speaking at the event, Mr Mahendra Pratap, Business Head at Simba TVS said, “We are extremely happy to launch the TVS King Deluxe+ iTouch in Nigeria today. As the first and only tricycle manufacturer worldwide to have this patented and revolutionary technology we are very excited about the benefits that will be experienced by our riders, our fleet owners and our mechanic community. Once again, Simba TVS has driven the agenda in terms of innovation in this market, and we remain committed to not only bringing the best technology and products to Nigeria, but continuing to invest in the spares network and after-sales service, which has become the hallmark of our success over the last twenty years in this industry.”

This is another feather in the cap for Simba TVS who earlier this year won the “Tricycle of the Year Award” in addition to various other awards for manufacturing excellence, service and also commendation for their contribution to socio-economic improvement of Nigeria.

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Ondo missing child: Blood of those behind my ordeal will decay – Prophet Alfa

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Following the Court of Appeal judgment, which overturned the life imprisonment conviction of the founder of Sobitobire Praising Chapel, Prophet Babatunde Alfa by an Ondo State High Court, the Prophet has finally left the Olokuta Correctional facility, Akure, the state capital.

While stepping out of the facility, Prophet Alfa, who rained curses on those behind his ordeal, stated that the blood and water in their body will decay.

The Akure division of the Appeal Court had on December 3, 2021 set free Prophet Alfa after faulting the circumstantial evidence upon which he was convicted over the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole in his Church in November 2019.

Prophet Alfa, who perfected all his exit papers from the prison on Tuesday evening, had been in prison since December 2019 when his trial started.

The Prophet, who looked more fresh and chubby, was received at the entrance of the correctional centre by his counsel, Akinyele Omoware, as well as members of his immediate family led by his wife, Bisola.

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The Prophet, who was elated, said “I’m free, I’m now a free man. God pulled me out with mercy. I’m delivered from the walls of prison. He delivered me from false accusations. God delivered from the tribulation of envy.

“I was picked from the Church straight to prison. This tribulation started on a Sunday service. I have cried to God to expose all those behind the matter. No matter how powerful they are, Jesus will expose them. The blood and water in their body will begin to decay.

“Any man or woman involved in how I was sent to prison without doing the proper investigation will soon be exposed. God I thank you, thank you Jesus.”

Meanwhile, members of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel have converged on the church in their numbers to give a rousing welcome to their prophet who has been in incarceration for almost two years.

Justice Olusegun Odusola of the Ondo State High Court had on October 6, 2020 sentenced Prophet Alfa to life imprisonment over what he described as his complicity in the mysterious disappearance of the 13-month-old boy in his church at Oshinle quarters, Akure.

Prophet Alfa, who was sentenced by the lower court alongside five workers of his church on a two-count charge of conspiracy as well as aiding and abetting kidnapping, had approached the Appeal Court to nullify the life imprisonment sentence.

Recall that trouble started for the Prophet following a petition to the Department of State Security, DSS, by parents of the missing boy who cried out that they could not find their son after dropping him at the church’s children department on November 10, 2019.

The situation reached its crescendo on December 18, 2019, when angry youths attacked and razed the church over rumours that the corpse of the missing baby had been exhumed from the church’s altar.

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NWFL bans Osogbo stadium from hosting matches over deplorable condition

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The Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) has declared that the Osogbo Township Stadium is no longer suitable to host any of its league matches in the state.

This was made known in a letter dated December 6, 2021, with reference number NWFL/COO/ADM/NWPC/Vol.1/189 and signed by Modupe Shabi, its Chief Operating Officer.

According to the letter, the decision to declare the stadium unfit for league matches was arrived at after an inspection of the structure.

The letter, which declared that the current state of the stadium is not good enough to host any of the NWFL matches until it is fixed, also stated that the body hoped that the necessary facelift will be carried out on the stadium facility.

As a result of the directive, all home matches of the Osun Babes Football Club in the 2021/2022 NWFL Premiership Season will be played at the Lanre Leke Stadium, Ile-Ogbo, Osun State.

Reacting, a former Osun United Football Club press officer and Secretary, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun Chapter, Tajudeen Ahmad, stated that there are certain standard requirements for approval of home venues for clubs.

Ahmad added that if this were not met, appropriate sanctions was expected from the league management as in the case of Osun Babes.

In his words, “I could remember the last time NFF President, Amaju Pinnick came to Osogbo. He wasn’t satisfied with the condition of the pitch and promised to inform the Governor about it but nothing has been done up till now.”

While lamenting that it is unfortunate that Osun cannot have a standard stadium in spite of the high level of the state’s involvement in sports and the number of budding talents it has produced, Ahmad stressed that good performance of players and clubs is a function of a good pitch.

Expressing optimism that that state government will find a solution to the current problem, the Osun SWAN scribe noted that it is a challenge on those at the helms of affairs to do something on the pitch, dressing room and other areas identified by the NWFL.

“I hope there won’t be a double standard by NWFL cos there are many stadiums not up to the standard of Osogbo Township Stadium in Nigeria and league matches are approved to be played there. They should maintain fairness and justice in their decision to all teams,” he said.

The impact of the change in match venue he highlighted will be that Osun Babes will miss the support of many Osogbo fans, unfamiliar pitch in Ile-Ogbo, business opportunities near the Osogbo stadium will be negatively impacted.

Others he stated include; the stress of travelling between Osogbo and Ile-Ogbo for the players and loss of revenue for the FA and Sports Council due to free entrance to the match arena.

 

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