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Alfa to Saraki: Obey court orders, inaugurate me as Kogi East senator

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Isaac Alfa, retired Air Marshal, has asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to obey the court order which affirmed him as the senator representing Kogi East.

In January, the apex court struck out the appeal of Atai Aidoko, incumbent Kogi East senator, who had appealed the decision of the appeal court.

The appeal court had upheld the decision of the trial court which declared Alfa as the candidate that won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary poll.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Alfa expressed dismay at the “selective obedience and disobedience” of court orders by Saraki.

He said the senate president has not been able to tell him why he has not been sworn in as the senator representing Kogi east since the verdict of the apex court.

“I want to be sworn in on the 19th of February when the senate resumes. By swearing me in that will be the beginning of the senate showing the world that yes we are ready to obey court orders,” Alfa said.

“Instead of criticising the executive for disobeying court orders, the senate will show example to people that we are ready to start doing the right thing.

“I have not been able to obtain from Dr Saraki the actual reason behind his determination to keep me out of the senate at all cost, although people have advanced several reasons; from his determination to install his stooge as the next governor of Kogi state with senator Aidoko as deputy, his hatred for Igala people of Kogi state for a perceived wrong they might have done to his father to his personal hatred for the ex-military, with me as a very high symbol, not minding the fact that I am in the same party with him.”

Alfa also said the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) had failed to discipline P. I. N Ikwueto and F. S Jimba – both lawyers of Aidoko – for alleged professional misconduct.

“The two lawyers have continued to file frivolous motions to delay justice and perpetuate senator Aidoko in the senate illegally, a reason Dr Saraki has always used to keep Aidoko in the senate,” he said.

“Without any ambiguity, the situation as it stands today is very clear supreme court ordered the federal high court to determine who is the senator representing Kogi east.

“High court declared Air Marshal Alfa as the winner in the case and the rightful occupant of the seat. Senator Aidoko appealed to the court of appeal against the judgment of the high court.

“Court of appeal struck out Aidoko’s appeal and upheld the judgment of the high court in favour of senator Isaac Alfa, maintaining that the judgement of the high court in favour of Air Marshal Alfa is subsisting and valid.

“Senator Aidoko and the PDP appealed to the supreme court against the judgment of the court of appeal and the supreme court struck out senator Aidoko and PDP’s appeals and affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal.”

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Tribunal sack: Dino Melaye reacts, says no cause for alarm

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The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has reacted to the nullification of his victory in the March 22 election and ordering of a fresh election by the Kogi West National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Lokoja on Friday.

Melaye, in a statememt, said the judgment is a miscarriage of justice and therefore, no cause of alarm.

The PDP chieftain further said that his legal team was already studying the judgement, adding that he would appeal it.

He said he was confident that the Appeal Court would upturn the judgement of the lower tribunal.

According to him, the judgement was full of importation of information that was alien to the case.

Melaye said, “I, however, commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice?”

“I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement.”

He added, “I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secure and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.

“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

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BREAKING: Tribunal sacks Dino Melaye as Kogi west senator

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The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has quashed the victory of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial district.

Melaye (PDP) was declared winner in the February election by INEC but Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC) approached the tribunal, challenging INEC declaration on three grounds of irregularities, over voting and non compliance with the electoral acts.

The three man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke in a unanimous judgment on Friday accepted Adeyemi’s ground and order for reelection into the senatorial axis.

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Sylva assumes duty as minister of state for petroleum …As NNPC, others welcome him

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The newly appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has assumed duties with a pledge to reposition and chart a way forward for the Nigerian petroleum sector.

A press release Wednesday by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said Chief Sylva pledged to work with the experts at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the other departments and agencies under the Ministry to move the sector forward.

In a welcome ceremony for Chief Sylva at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, the new Minister of State for Petroleum Resources who was accompanied by his wife, Alanyingi Sylva, stated that with the calibre of workforce in the Ministry, he was sure that the nation’s oil and gas sector would move to the next level.

Chief Sylva, who is a former Governor of Bayelsa State brings on the job several years of cognate experience in the petroleum sector.

The new Minister of State contributed profoundly to the institution of the Amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region which, over time, has led to restoration of peace in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, reassured Chief Sylva of the readiness of all members of staff in the Ministry to support him to succeed in the onerous task of transforming the Nigerian oil and gas sector for the good of all stakeholders.

On hand to welcome the Minister at the brief ceremony were the Group Managing director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari; Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau; and the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, amongst others.

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