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Obasanjo’s wife sues ex-president over son’s wedding

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Mrs. Taiwo Obasanjo, one of the wives of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court seeking a court order to stop the wedding of their son, Olujonwo.

The suit, with number ID/262FPM/2017, is to be heard before Justice Lateefa Okunnu with April 10 fixed for hearing of the suit. Obasanjo and father of the bride, Sir Kessington Adebutu, a.k.a ‘Baba Ijebu’, the lottery business mogul, are the respondents to the suit.

Mrs. Obasanjo, who is the twin sister of Chief Kenny Martins, the former coordinator of the Police Equipment Fund, is seeking for a postponement of the wedding of her son, Olujonwo, to Tope Adebutu, which is slated for May 11 and 12. She wants a wedding date to be fixed after June 1, 2017.

She is also seeking a court declaration that as the mother of the groom, she has parental rights to take part in the deliberations, decisions and activities leading to the forthcoming ceremony. According to her, wedding invitations have been sent out and she has been excluded from the preparations for the upcoming nuptials.

As stated in the court documents, she declared that prior to the fixing of wedding date, she had a premonition regarding her son who would turn 34 on June 1, 2017. According to her, she also received prophesies and spiritual warnings to the effect that Olujonwo should not undergo any elaborate celebration before his birthday which is two weeks after the wedding to avoid any impending calamity.

Mrs. Obasanjo also stated that she commenced the suit to compel Adebutu and Obasanjo to shift the wedding to a date beyond June 1. She also claimed that she appealed to Adebutu, the father of the bride, Mrs. Rosemary Dacosta, the mother of the bride, Tope Adebutu, the bride-to-be, as well as her twin brother, Chief Kenny Martins. The ex-president’s wife said her pleas fell on deaf ears and she was instead, insulted by members of the family.

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Ex-IGP, Onovo, lauds Ugwuanyi’s visionary leadership

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Former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo has extolled leadership virtues of Enugu state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, describing him as a visionary and “wonderful” leader, whose style of politics was sincere, inclusive and resultoriented. Speaking at a flag off ceremony of the construction work on the all-important Ogonogoeji- Ndiagu-Akpugo rural road, from Atavu Bailey Bridge to Afor Onovo, which had attracted many leaders of “Nkanuland”, Onovo expressed delight that after years of neglect by past administrations, Ugwuanyi was able to remember the people of the area by commencing work on the road.

The former IGP, who applauded Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with his promise to construct the road shortly after he inspected it, regretted that the road had not witnessed any development in the past. Besides, he commended the governor for his commitment to good governance, transparency, accountability, peace, justice and fair play, noting that the governor was able to utilize the lean resources of the state to pay workers’ salaries and retirees’ pensions and still execute massive development projects across the three senatorial districts of the state, especially in the rural areas.

This, Onovo among others said had earned Enugu state the enviable status of “the safest state in the country”, saying “I am happy to be here to identify with you, Your Excellency.” Also speaking, Chairman of Nkanu West Local Government Area, Hon. Henry Okenwa also thanked Ugwuanyi for numerous development projects his administration was executing in the council especially the Agbani- Amurri road, which was witnessing development for the first time in the past 100 years.

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Group upbraids Imo lawmakers for rejecting LG autonomy

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A group, APGA Mass Mobilization Movement (APGA3M) has condemned rejection of the local government autonomy by the Imo state House of Assembly. Speaking with newsmen in Owerri, Coordinator of the group, Comrade Ikedi Nwanwa described the lawmakers’ decision as shocking and unbelievable, wondering why a group of people who claimed to represent the people would take a decision which was completely at variance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.

A visibly angry Nwanwa, who called for protest and shut down of the House, lampooned the House members for turning themselves into choristers who gather to sing Okorocha’s praises with Speaker Acho Ihim leading the pack as choir master. According to him, “the decision of the Imo Assembly is shameful treacherous.

This is the height of sycophancy. We are compiling the names of the House members who voted against the people which we will make public for their constituencies to understand the kind of people they sent to the House.”

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INEC ad-hoc staff to take oath in Cross River

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State yesterday said all ad-hoc staff to be used for the conduct of the 2019 general election will have to swear to an oath of neutrality. This was disclosed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai, during the monthly meeting of federal establishments in the state. He said it was necessary to remind them that they would be used by the commission as Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) during the elections and appealed to them to ensure neutrality during the election.

“All ad-hoc staff will swear to an oath of office and this is because we want to ensure that the coming elections are different in every respect. INEC uses staff of federal establishments because they are believed to be more neutral and have broader horizon, having come from other states of the federation,” he said. “I am appealing to all election officials, including the federal government staff not to compromise in carrying out their election duties.

They should respect all the ground rules so that there can be outcomes that represent the will of the people. This is INEC’s main objective for using unbiased officials like you to conduct elections,” the REC said. Briyai, who used the forum to give a rundown of activities of the commission in the state, said about 78,539 voters had so far been registered, while 16, 6944 PVCs had been distributed and 5,344 PVCs were yet to be collected since 2015. Earlier, Chairman of federal establishments in the state, Dr. Fred Chucks Okoli of the Federal Character Commission, said the purpose of the meeting was to unite members and to work for the progress of the country and the state in particular.

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