Emmanuel Uduaghan, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Delta south senatorial election, says the election tribunal should have declared him winner of the February 23 poll.
He said this in reaction to the tribunal’s removal of James Manager, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Manager winner of the election but Uduagahn challenged Manager’s victory.
On Saturday, the tribunal annulled the election and ordered INEC to conduct a fresh one within 90 days.
In a statement which Monoyo Edon, Uduaghan’s media aide, issued on his behalf, the former governor of Delta said the tribunal’s verdict was an affirmation of his position that the election was rigged.
“While we are happy with the tribunal’s judgement which affirmed my party’s position that the election was rigged and characterized with electoral over voting, we are not entirely satisfied with the judgement as the tribunal ought to have deducted the excess illegal votes and declared me and my party rightful winner of the election,” he said.
“In view of this, we shall be challenging the tribunal’s judgement at the Appeal Court to declare us as the outright winner of the February 23rd, 2019 National Assembly Election for Delta South Senatorial District.”
The former governor also thanked his supporters who had waited for the outcome of the poll.
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has disclosed that the Lagos and Ogun State Governments are planning to commercialise three federal roads: Ikorodu-Ogijo-Sagamu, Epe-Ijebu- Ode and the Lagos-Ota-Abeokua roads.
Abiodun said his government in collaboration with Lagos State government is planning to engage in Public-Private Partnership in the construction and rehabilitation of the three roads.
The governor said this while speaking with members of Abeokuta Club during his investiture as honorary patron by the club.
Abiodun said the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and himself had met and agreed to commercialise the roads by allowing the private investors fund and toll the roads so as to ease transportation of people from Lagos to Abeokuta.
Abiodun, however, said N26 billion debt is hanging on the state government’s neck over the construction of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway since the contract was signed in 2001.
He said, “I met with my counterpart, Sanwo-Olu and we decided that as a matter of urgency we need to take over some roads which include; Epe-Ijebu road, Ikorodu-Sagamu road and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road so as to reduce the population of the people passing the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“I and Sanwo-Olu met with the president to hand over those three roads to us, we sat down with the President and explained things to him.
“He told us to put it in writing, we wrote a joint letter which has our two logos on it, we both signed it and I personally handed it over to Mr President, and a few weeks ago, the president handed over the road to us.”
He added “What we intend to do is to commercialise these roads and turn it to a private-public-partnership and we have people that are waiting to enter a PPP with us so that they will fund the road, they will toll it and this would allow the people to move from Lagos to Abeokuta with ease.”
Akintola, who is a senior member in the rank of the silks, spoke on Saturday against the backdrop of the $9.6 billion judgment debt hanging over the country in a case instituted by P&ID against the Federal Government, while featuring on Fresh FM radio’s Political Circuit, a live interview programme monitored in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He revealed that a $237 million judgment was entered against Nigeria by an arbitration panel in the United Kingdom in 2003 in a case brought before it by an Ibadan-born entrepreneurial icon, Chief Bode Akindele, against the Federal Government over the cancellation of the contract for the purchase of the defunct Nigeria Telecommunication (NITEL).
Chief Akindele, according to Akintola, who described Nigeria as “a country where anything goes” successfully bought NITEL from the Federal Government for a sum of $237million and paid one third of the sum.
He explained that Akindele’s refusal to “play ball” and part with some shareholding for some interests in government at that time led to the contract being called off for no justifiable reason, prompting the legal battle before the arbitration panel.
Akintola said further that accumulation of interest since 2003 when the judgment was given would have shot the debt up to about $1 or $2 billion.
“We are shouting about judgment debt from P&ID, more judgment debts are coming. Our own Chief Bode Akindele bought NITEL in 2003 for $237million and he paid one third of the sum. But somewhere along the line, the contract was aborted because he was not ready ‘to play ball’ with the powers-that-be at that time.
“He was not ready to part with some of the shares and so the contract was taken away from him. He went to the arbitration tribunal. Late Justice Kayode Eso was one of the judges on the arbitration panel.
“As I speak with you, judgment has been obtained against Nigeria to the tune of $237 million since 2003 and interest has been mounting. If you do the calculation now, it would have been more than $1 or $2 billion. So, more debts are coming for Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a country where anything goes. 98 per cent of the contracts we sign in Nigeria have arbitration clauses and these clauses, our civil servants do not read them. When they are signing, they stay in a hotel and are only interested in the estacode they will get during such trips.
“In fact, one of the ministers that just left was dubbed estacode minister because that is what he was dong as minister. Also, they don’t read.
“We have a chapter of the arbitration chapter of the UK in Nigeria and even in Ibadan. If my calculation is correct, there are about 23 international arbitrators of Oyo State origin. I don’t know of any governor in Oyo that has called any of us to vet contracts. In fact, the president of the Nigerian chapter of the International Arbitration of the UK is from Ibadan, Mrs Doyin Rhodes. She sits at the apex of the world body and she is a daughter of the Ekerin Olubadan,” he said.
He advised the Federal Government to tread softly in its contractual and other engagements with China, explaining that African countries were not finding it easy repaying their indebtedness to the Asian country. (Nigerian Tribune)
The special envoy President Muhmmadu Buhari sent to South Africa following the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country has returned to Nigeria.
The special envoy who is also the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, returned to the country after he met with the South African President, Cyril Ramophosa, in Pretoria.
A competent Presidency source confirmed to newsmen on condition of anonymity on Saturday that the special envoy had returned to the country.
The source said the next step is for Abubakar to brief Buhari on the outcome of his visit to South Africa.
He said, “I can confirm to you that the special envoy has returned to the country after his visit to South Africa and his meeting with President Ramophosa.
“The next step is for him to meet with President Buhari and brief him on the outcome of his trip.
“That meeting will take place any time from now.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had told State House correspondents during the week that Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa would be recalled after the special envoy would have returned and briefed Buhari on the outcome of his trip.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had also said on Thursday that the high commissioner would only be recalled “for consultation” after the special envoy must have briefed the President.
Abubakar arrived the OR Tambo Airport on Thursday evening.
He was received by top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission led by the High Commissioner.
He met President Ramophosa in Pretoria on Friday and he did not speak with journalists after the meeting.
Abubakar was expected to have expressed Nigeria’s displeasure at the treatment meted out to Nigerians to the host President during the meeting.
SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv can wrap up a great weekend of football action with some more qualifying matches from the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament on Sunday 8 September 2019.
The action on Sunday is a continuation of Groups J, D and F – all of which were in action on Thursday 5 September.
The day’s schedule in the Euro 2020 qualifiers opens with Armenia at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina in an afternoon Group J clash in Yerevan. The other games from the pool take place at night, with Greece hosting Liechtenstein in Athens, and the crunch game is between Finland and Italy in Tampere.
The Azzurri beat the Eagle-Owls 2-0 when the teams met in Udine back in March and coach Roberto Mancini will be looking for another three-pointer to take his team ever closer to a guaranteed place at the 2020 finals.
In Group F, 2008 and 2012 European champions Spain will look to put on a strong show at Estadio El Molinon in Gijon for their home clash with Faroe Islands (a team they beat 4-1 in Torsvollur back in June), Romania play host to Malta and SuperSport viewers can also enjoy a Scandinavian derby between Sweden and Norway in Solna.
The teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in their first Group F meeting back in Oslo back in March, with Ola Kamara scoring an equaliser for the hosts in the seventh minute of injury time.
Finally, Group D features two Euro 2020 matches on Sunday, with Georgia hosting Denmark in Tbilisi and Switzerland looking to claim all three points with a game against Gibraltar in Sion. The Swiss’ only previous home game in the group was a 3-3 thriller at home to Denmark, but they should enjoy better fortune against Team 54.
Don’t miss the 2019/2020 football season on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers – Fixtures, Sunday 8 September
2:00pm: Armenia v Bosnia-Herzegovina – LIVE on SuperSport 3 & Select 4
5:00pm: Switzerland v Gibraltar – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 5
5:00pm: Georgia v Denmark – LIVE on SuperSport 3, & Select 4
7:45pm: Spain v Faroe Islands – LIVE on SuperSport 5
7:45pm: Sweden v Norway – LIVE on SuperSport 7 & Select 5
7:45pm: Greece v Liechtenstein – LIVE on SuperSport 10 & Select 2
7:45pm: Finland v Italy – LIVE on SuperSport 3 & Select 4