Music star David Adeleke aka Davido has added his voice to the thousands of reactions from Nigerians on the shocking Supreme Court judgment delivered yesterday concerning the Bayelsa State elections.
In the judgement, the apex court handed over the victory of the APC Governor and Deputy Governor -elect to the PDP Candidates stating that the Deputy Governor elect of the APC presented forged documents.
Reacting to the judgement, a surprised Davido said “…it’s not even about winning again..u can actually win get sworn in and all then vamoos! Chai.”
David Lyon of the APC was just rehearsing for his inauguration ceremony slated for Saturday when the Supreme Court delivered the verdict.
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, who were both elected on the platform of the APC.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, wife of former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili has ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the APC candidates as winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The court then ordered INEC to give the victory to the party with the next highest number of votes – the PDP.
The nullification of APC is on the basis of the Federal High Court’s judgment of November 12, 2019 which disqualified Degi-Eremienyo the running of the Governor for submitting forged certificates to INEC.
The court ruled Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification affects the joint ticket with the Governorship candidate Lyon, since both of them ran for the election.
Bayelsa State was preparing for inauguration of the new Government on Saturday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC have recorded another success in its war against fraudsters as the duo of mother and son they arrested and prosecuted, gets jail sentence.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, delivered the judgement.
Mr Damilola Ahmed Adeyeri and his mother, Alaba Kareem Adeyeri, were convicted on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of $82,570.00 (eighty two thousand, five hundred and seventy US dollars).
“I know my wife will never kill me. But if for any reason this happens, let her be allowed to live and take care of my children.” Those are the words of Dr Anenga Michael, a practicing medical doctor living in Benue State.
Those words may not be unconnected to the death sentence meted yesterday on Maryam Sandas, a housewife who stabbed her husband to death on suspicions of infidelity.
The judgement on Maryam is the first in Nigeria’s history of its kind where a wife is sentenced to death for killing her spouse. Reacting to the news, many Nigerians have poured out emotions and opinions on the fairness of the judgment. Some say its too harsh while others say it is suitable.
The reaction of Dr Anenga for instance, suggests that in his opinion, the woman should be pardoned so she can live to take care of the 1year old child of the couple. He asked that if it ever happens that his wife killed him, it is his wish that his wife should be allowed to live and his wish should be admissible in court.
The Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade has ordered all Commissioners and appointees of the State to desist from posting anything about Governance on social media nor grant interviews on radio/TV stations.
The Governor who released the statement this afternoon said that only the Commissioner for Information and Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor are allowed to speak about Governance on socal media or on air. Any other appointee who wishes to do do, must get his permission.
The statement below:
Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade has directed all Commissioners and other political appointees of the government to henceforth desist from making public and policy statements on social media.
Giving the directive through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Ayade also warned the commissioners as well as appointees of the government against granting or making both radio and television interviews/appearances without getting clearance from him.
According to the statement, “henceforth no commissioner or political appointee is allowed to showcase or make policy pronouncements on social media without seeking clearance from His Excellency. Every commissioner is from now henceforth expected to prove himself or herself on the field rather than on the social media.” Making further clarification, statement said: “On the dissemination of government information, I want to make it abundantly clear that there are just two persons designated for the discharge of this function. That is the Commissioner for Information and Orientation as well as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita.” The governor also warned that any contravention of the directive will be met with severe sanctions.
This same Governor is behind the incarceration of a Cross River State journalist Agba Jalingo who exposed his alleged N500million Micro Finance bank scam, and Joseph Odok PhD a former lecturer of the University of Calabar who has been very vocal in condemning the Governor’s horrible governance.
Many notable Nigerians including Prof Woke Soyinka and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have called on the Governor to stop his tyranny and release the journalist, for Nigeria is a democracy.