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APC: Two State Party Chairmen emerge in Cross River



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The October 16, 2021 State Congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC has ended as two factional State Party Chairmen emerged in Cross River State.

THE PARADISE gathered that other positions also had two chieftains as a repeat of the 2019 Governorship election in the state (where Sen. John Owan-Enoh and Pst. Usani Usani emerged candidates) repeats itself in the just-concluded State Congress.

Sources said the State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade wanted his Director-General on Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau, Barr. Alphonsus Eba (who is from Yala Local Government Area of the State), while the other factor wanted someone from Ogoja Local Government Area (in the person EXY) as State Chairman.

However, two results obtained by THE PARADISE showed that 98% of the positions contested now have two winners.

Winners from the Governor Faction:

1). State Chairman – Barr. Alphonsus Eba
2). State Deputy Chairman – Eka Williams
3). State Secretary – Barr. Bassey Offiong Mensah
4). State Assist. Secretary – Hon. Joseph Ogar
5). State Legal Adviser – Barr Awah Pius
6). State Assist. Legal Adviser – Barr. Umoh Etim Effiong
7). State Treasurer – Godwin Inyang John
8). State Assist. Treasurer – Dr. Mathew Egong
9). State Organizing Secretary – Engr. Thomas Aruku
10). State Assist. Organizing Secretary – Dr Owoh Erim Agbor

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11). State Publicity Secretary – Erasmus Ekpang
12). State Assist Publicity Secretary – Hon. Emmanuel Edem Inyang
13). State Financial Secretary – Effiom Bassey Effiong
14). State Assist. Financial Secretary – Mr Erong Igwe
15). Stats Women Leader – Dr. Pauline Akor
16). State Assist Women Leader – Mrs Maria Asumpta Offiong
17). Zonal Vice Chairman North – Emmanuel Ateb
18). Zonal Vice Chairman Central – Hon. Abubakar Ibiang
19). Zonal Vice Chairman South – Mrs Tity Ndofon
20). State Youth Leader – Emmanuel O. Bassey

21). State Assist Youth Leader – Elemi Cyril Emmanuel
22). Senatorial Youth Leader North – Dr. Joseph Idagu Ogar
23). Senatorial Youth Leader Central – Hon. Samuel Ankwo
23). Senatorial Youth Leader South – Mr. Cyril Ene
25). Senatorial Women Leader North – Mrs Inakefe Janet
26). Senatorial Women Leader Central – Mrs Love Eroma Agbor
27). Senatorial Women Leader South – Dr. Helen Isamoh Egodo
28). State Auditor – Mr Charles Iru Iyam
29). State Assist Auditor – Offum Festus Agbor
30). State Welfare Secretary – Hon. Okora Ekawu

31). State Assist Welfare Secretary – Eld. Akiba Ayi Okpok
32). State Special Leader – Chief Edet Ita Asia
33). Ex Officio 1 – Mr Joseph Ibia
34). Ex Officio 2 – David Alui Along
35). Ex Officio 3 – Lukpata Benedict Ikade
36). Ex Officio 4 – Chief Enebong Umana

Winners from the Non-Governor Faction

1). State Chairman – Egbeji John Ogon
2). State Deputy (Vice) Chairman –
3). State Secretary – Chief Francis Ekenyong
4). State Assist. Secretary – Ukum Ebeni
5). State Legal Adviser – Barr. Okoi James
6). State Assist. Legal Adviser – Barr. Kaka Nyiam
7). State Treasurer – Oniro Ikpai Ikpai
8). State Assist. Treasurer – Adamu Ibrahim
9). State Organizing Secretary – Chief Olayinka Rickett
10). State Assist. Organizing Secretary –

11). State Publicity Secretary – Iso Bassey Edim
12). State Assist Publicity Secretary – Mfam Asu
13). State Financial Secretary – Egere Patricks Ebu
14). State Assist. Financial Secretary – Omin Omin Iso
15). State Women Leader – Barr. Confidence Ejuka
16). State Assist Women Leader – Chief (Mrs) Veronica Afufu
17). Zonal Vice Chairman North – Okuta Ushie
18). Senatorial (Zonal) Vice Chairman Central –
19). Senatorial (Zonal) Vice Chairman South –
20). State Youth Leader – Victor Anyanting

21). State Assist Youth Leader – Paul Okon Effiong
22). Senatorial (Zonal) Youth Leader North – Ololo Fidelis
23). Senatorial (Zonal) Youth Leader Central – Ofem Lebonga Okoi
23). Senatorial (Zonal) Youth Leader South – Charles Asim
25). Senatorial (Zonal) Women Leader North –
26). Senatorial (Zonal) Women Leader Central – Gift Augustina Etaba
27). Senatorial (Zonal) Women Leader South – Mrs Esther Edet
28). State Auditor – Tasen Ndoma
29). State Assist Auditor – Ogoja Simon Ekung
30). State Welfare Secretary – James O. Achichie

31). State Assist Welfare Secretary –
32). State Special (Physically Challenged) Leader – Edet Asia
33). Ex Officio 1 – John Oko
34). Ex Officio 2 – Engr. Marvellous Ban
35). Ex Officio 3 –
36). Ex Officio 4 – Barr. Ogon Bonaventure


Dark horses trying to destroy APC, says Patriotic Association



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A group, Zamfara State Patriotic Association, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and elders of the All progressives Congress (APC) to save the party from the hands of some dark horses.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the group, Ibrahim Nabature, made the call while addressing a press conference in Gusau, Zamfara.

“There are some dark horses trying to destroy the party before the 2023 general elections if things do not go their way,” said Mr Nabature.

He further stated that the group had observed with dismay that some governors were bent on destroying APC, citing the crisis rocking the party in several states after their congresses as attempts to destroy the party.

The group’s chairman appealed to Mr Buhari and party elders to intervene and rescue the party.

“Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, a foundation member of the APC, had at no time ever discussed or thought of leaving the party without the knowledge of his true supporters across the country,” he said.

Mr Nabature explained that Mr Yari’s faction of the APC was in court challenging the dissolution of the Lawal M. Liman-led caretaker committee in Zamfara.

“Therefore, he cannot abandon the party he helped to build for newcomers. It is the handwork of some forces who were his friends now turned enemies,” he added. “Yari had done so much for Zamfara and the APC in the state and at the national level.”

He fingered some governors, who he described as agents of destruction working to strangulate the party before the 2023 elections due to their selfish reasons.

The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee had dissolved the party executives shortly after Governor Bello Matawalle defected to the APC on June 29. 


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BREAKING: Once again, Court shifts IPOB leader, Kanu’s, trial to Jan 18, 2022



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Against speculations that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu may be granted bail today, or removed from the custody of the DSS, his trial has again been shifted to January 18, 2022.

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Retire us in 2023 if you are tired of our faces — Lawan tells Nigerians



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He said scrapping the Senate would be a huge mistake.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has warned that there could be anarchy if the Senate is scrapped as being clamoured by some Nigerians.

Rather, he challenged those who are not comfortable with the senators in the current 9 th Senate to vote them out in 2023 if they don’ t like their faces.

Lawan stated this on Friday while declaring open, a retreat for top management staff of the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission in Abuja.

He described the Senate as a leveler which ensured that all parts of the country are equally represented unlike the House of Representatives where states with higher populations produce the highest number of lawmakers.

The Senate President also faulted the argument of those clamouring for the scrapping of the Senate because of the perceived jumbo pay being earned by the senators.

He said the annual budget of the National Assembly is less than one per cent of the nation’s 2021 budget.

Meanwhile, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said Nigeria’s house of assembly is full of rubbers who lack the courage to discharge its “constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government.”

Wike who made the statement during the occasion of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Friday, said for the past six years, the country’s democracy was being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of the constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

The governor said: “With democracy, Nigerians expected strong national institutions, the bureaucracy, the security institutions and the Independent National Electoral Commission to be loyal only to the constitution, the law and the people.

“But today, after 61 years of independence and 22 years of unbroken democracy, it only seems there’s not much to be excited about Nigeria except our national sense of independence and unity that had endured this long in the face of sustained fartricidal assaults to its existence.

“Let us make a candid assessment of the situation of our country, especially in the last six years, and tell ourselves some hard, undiluted truths. First of all, we cannot deny that most of the countries that started with us 61 years ago are far more advanced and developed with superlative standards of living for their people than Nigeria.

“Our democracy is being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of our constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

“The National Assembly has literarily abandoned its constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government and become a slavish appendage to the Federal Government as rubber stamp Assembly.

“Neither is the situation and postures of the nation’s judiciary any better, where only a few judicial officers can stand the test of judicial courage, integrity and commitment to substantial justice in the performance of their constitutional responsibilities, while the entire judiciary, especially at the national level, has been bullied to nervousness to the detriment of our democracy, the rule of law and social justice.”

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