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CROSS RIVER STATE SENATORS-ELECT 2023

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Senator-Elect

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Senator-Elect

CROSS RIVER STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS- ELECT 2023 AND THEIR CONSTITUENCIES

CROSS RIVER STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS – ELECT 2023 AND THEIR CONSTITUENCIES

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DAVIES ETTA

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Member-Elect

Akamkpa I

Ntufam Okon Nyong Owuna

Ntufam Okon Nyong Owuna 
Member-Elect

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Hon. Linus Etim
Member-Elect

Akpabuyo

Hon. Bassey Effiong Bassey

Hon. Bassey Effiong Bassey
Member-Elect

Bakassi

Hon. Eyo Bassey

Hon. Eyo Bassey
Member-Elect

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Engr. Francis Ogban

Engr.Francis Ogban
Member-Elect

Boki I

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Chief Bette Philip Obi
Member-Elect

Boki II

Hon Hillary Bisong

Rt. Hon. Hillary Ekpang Bisong
Member-Elect

Calabar Municipality

Stanley Nsemo

Ikom I

Samuel Neji Abang

Mr. Samuel Neji Abang
Member-Elect

Odukpani

Hon. Francis Bassey Asuquo

Hon. Francis Bassey Asuquo
Member-Elect

Yakurr II

Dr. Mrs. Mercy Akpama

Dr. Mrs. Mercy Akpama
Member-Elect

APC wins 15 states, PDP six, NNPP takes Kano

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday released more results of Saturday’s governorship election with anointed candidates of some governors losing the poll.

All the results so far declared as of 10 pm on Monday indicated that the All Progressives Congress won the governorship polls in 15 states including Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, Gombe, Lagos, Kwara, Niger, Yobe, Nasarawa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Ogun, Benue, Kaduna and Borno.

The Peoples Democratic Party on the other hand won Plateau, Bauchi, Oyo, Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states while the New Nigeria Peoples Party emerged victorious in Kano.

The results of the election in Abia and Enugu States were delayed following the dispute between the Labour Party and the PDP over the results from some local government areas.

To resolve the issues, INEC suspended further collation of the governorship election results pending a review of the process of the contentious balloting in parts of the two states.

On Sunday, INEC declared Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo, PDP) Dapo Abiodun (Ogun, APC), Muhammadu Yahaya (Gombe, APC), Babatunde Sanwo-Olu (Lagos, APC), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe, APC) and Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara, APC) the winners of the governorship election.

Also, the PDP candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno and Dr Dikko Radda of the APC in Katsina also emerged as the governors-elect.

The APC candidate in Sokoto State, Ahmed Sokoto, and his counterpart in Jigawa State, Namadi Dammodi, were declared governors-elect.

However, the anointed candidates of the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje; his counterpart for Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) were defeated by the opposition parties.

Ganduje failed the NNPP in Kano as the opposition candidate, Abba Yusuf, was declared the governor-elect, defeating Yusuf Gawuna.

Gawuna, who is the deputy governor of the state, was Ganduje’s anointed candidate, while Yusuf was backed by the NNPP presidential candidate and ex-Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The INEC returning officer, Ahmad Ibrahim, announced that Yusuf won the election with 1,019,602 votes, while Gawuna got 890,705 votes.

Yusuf had contested against Ganduje in 2019 in what was regarded as a very controversial election, which went into supplementary polls in 28 out of the 44 local government areas in the state.

Ganduje-backed candidate

At the end of the first election, Yusuf was leading Ganduje with 26,655 votes. Yusuf, who was at the time the PDP candidate polled 1,014,474 votes while Ganduje got 987,819 votes.

Ganduje eventually won by scoring 45,876 votes while Yusuf amassed 10,239 in the supplementary polls.

Meanwhile, the opposition PDP has retaken the Plateau State governor’s office from the APC after eight years of Lalong in power.

Its candidate, Caleb Mutfwang, was declared the winner of the election by the Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lafia , Prof Idris Amali at exactly 3:33 pm on Monday after collating results from the 17 local government areas of the state.

Recall that the PDP had been in power in the state from 1999 to 2015 when Lalong dislodged the party.

Lalong also won re-election in 2019 to retain power until last Saturday’s polls.

Declaring Mutfwang as the duly elected governor at the INEC collation centre in Jos, the state capital, Amali said that the PDP candidate polled 525,299 votes to defeat the rival APC candidate, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda who had 481,370 votes.

He stated, “I’m going to declare the results that I have here. There are 18 contestants. That Caleb Manesah Mutfwang of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements by the law, is hereby returned and declared the winner.’’

According to the results, the PDP candidate won in 10 LGAs while his APC counterpart won in seven LGAs.

Sokoto poll

In Sokoto, Tambuwal’s anointed candidate was defeated by his APC candida who was declared the winner of the governorship election in the state.

The state Collation Officer, Bichi Amaya’u, who announced the result late Sunday night, said Sokoto garnered 453,661 votes to defeat the PDP candidate, Saidu Ubandoma who polled 404,632.

The governor-elect, an ally of a former governor of Sokoto State and s senator, Aliyu Wamakko, was the deputy to Tambuwal during his first tenure between 2015 and 2019.

In 2019, he contested against Tambuwal, a member of the PDP, and lost with a close margin of 342 votes after a re-run.

Also, the APC candidate in Benue State, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, was declared the governor-elect on Monday by the Returning Officer, Prof Faruk Kuta.

The cleric routed Ortom’s candidate, Titus Uba of the PDP, to emerge the winner of the poll.

Announcing the election outcome at the INEC office in Makurdi, Kuta, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, disclosed that the priest scored 473,933 votes to defeat the PDP candidate, Uba who had 223,914 votes.

The LP candidate, Hemma Hembe secured 41,841 votes to come a distant third.

The APC governorship candidate won in 17 LGAs, the PDP candidate won in four and the LP was victorious in one council.

But the governorship election could not be held in Kwande Local Government Area due to print errors in the ballot papers meant for the council.

The returning officer said that the commission relied on section 24 (1) of the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines to declare the winner of the election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof Sam Egwu had earlier said that when the margin of lead was more than the registered voters in the affected local government, the commission would declare the winner of the election.

Kwande LGA with 15 Registration Areas has 172,294 registered voters.

Findings show that the margin of lead was 250,020 votes.

Zulum victorious

Also on Monday, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State won a second term in office by a landslide.

Out of the 649,855 votes cast, Zulum, on the platform of APC, scored 545,543, defeating Ali Jajari of the PDP, who polled 82,147 votes.

The state Returning Officer, Prof Jude Rabo, said Zulum was returned elected having scored the highest number of votes and secured a quarter of the votes cast in each of the 27 LGAs of the state.

The APC also won all 28 house of assembly seats in the election.

The APC equally strengthened its foothold in Nasarawa State as Governor Abdullahi Sule was declared the winner of the governorship election.

Sule had 347, 209 votes to win a second term in office, beating his closest challenger, David Ombugadu of the PDP who scored 283, 016 votes.

Abdullahi Maidoya of the NNPP had 11,726 votes.

The election results were collated and announced in Lafia on Monday by the INEC’s Returning Officer in Nasarawa State, Prof Ishaya Tanko.

Tanko, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Plateau state, added that the Social Democratic Party candidate, Mohammed Mustapha, amassed 9,003 votes.

The returning officer further explained that the total number of registered voters in the state was 1,899,244; accredited voters, 668,978 but the total votes cast were 660,805 while 6,934 ballots were invalid.

“Having satisfied the requirements and having received the total votes of 347,209, the APC with the candidate, Sule Audu Alhaji is hereby returned and declared the winner of the governorship election in Nasarawa State,” Tanko declared.

The APC’s winning streak equally spread to Niger State where its candidate, Umar Bago, won the governorship election in the state.

The state collation officer, Prof Clement Allawa, stated that the Bago won in 20 of the 25 LGAs and polled a total of 469, 896.

But the PDP candidate, Isah Kantigi won in five local government areas with 387, 476 votes.

Yahaya Mohammed of the NNPP came third with 3, 378 votes while the only female candidate in the election, Khadijat Abdulahi of the All Progressive Grand Alliance polled 1, 746 votes.

Announcing the result, Allawa stated, “I, Professor Clement Allawa, hereby certify that I am the Returning Officer for the 2023 governorship election that was contested on the 18th March 2023.

“I declare that Umar Mohammed Bago of the APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner of the 2023 governorship election in Niger state.’’

In Bauchi State, Governor Bala Mohammed resisted the APC onslaught as he won re-election on the platform of the PDP.

Announcing the result on Monday, Abdulkareem Mohammed, the returning officer, said the governor polled 525,280 votes to defeat Sadique Abubakar of the APC who had 432,272 votes.

Mohammed won 15 of the 20 LGAs in the state while Abubakar, the immediate past chief of air staff, clinched five.

Mohammed, a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory and senator, was first elected as governor of the state in 2019.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress rejected the results of the election as its agent, Abdulmumuni Kundak, refused to sign the results sheet claiming that it was marred by irregularities.

After the returning officer wrote the results in the Form EC 8, Kundak and other party agents were asked to sign but he refused, saying the results were questionable.

“I won’t sign the results because I am not satisfied, because I’m not sure that this is the genuine result. It is a cooked result. I have made several alerts before everyone here. I won’t sign except if they will hold my hand and force me to sign.

“There were many irregularities which I raised before the returning officer but they refused to hear what I was saying. How can you send your staff to conduct an election and bring the results to you without allowing the witnesses to also come along when the results are being presented?,’’ he queried.

The APC, in a petition, addressed to the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state alleged massive rigging, violence and electoral malpractices and called for the cancellation of the results of the election in five LGAs.

They also demanded that after the cancellation, the election should be declared as inconclusive so that a rerun can be held.

Legal adviser

The petition, which was signed by the APC Legal Adviser, Rabiu Garba, read: “We hereby complain about the massive rigging, violence and electoral malpractices committed which marred the Bauchi State governorship election conducted on 18th march, 2023 in Alkaleri, Kirfi, Toro, Warji and Zaki Local Government Areas.”

The party alleged that their supporters were chased away by suspected thugs in the Alkaleri LGA and their supporters were disenfranchised.

“The election in Alkaleri LGA was characterized by over-voting without cancellation, box snatching. A returning officer was beaten, tortured and threatened at gunpoint to sign the concocted result.

“Consequent upon the above, we categorically state that the governorship election of 18 March 2003 conducted in Bauchi State was rendered invalid by reason of non-compliance to the Electoral Act, 2022 and INEC guidelines for the 2023 general elections.

“We, therefore, call for: the cancellation of the governorship election held in Alkaleri, Toro, Warji and Zaki Local Government Areas and the declaration of the election in Bauchi State as inconclusive,’’ the petition read in part.

The PDP was equally triumphant in Delta State where its candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori, was declared the winner.

Oborevwori, the incumbent Speaker of the state assembly and favourite of the outgoing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, recorded 360,234 to beat Ovie Omo-Agege of the APC who chalked up 240,229 votes.

The Labour Party candidate, Ken Pela, bagged 48,047 votes; the PDP won in 21 LGAS and the APC in four.

However, the APC has kicked against the result, alleging bypass of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and illegal updating of false results in 20 councils.

According to the party, the alleged malpractice was perpetrated in Aniocha North; Aniocha South; Ika North East; Ika South; Oshimili North, Oshimili South; Ukwani; Ndokwa East and Ndokwa West, among others.

The APC stated this in a protest letter written by the Delta APC Campaign Organisation dated March 20, 2023, signed by Mr Godwin Anaughe, the party’s Director, Election and Strategy, and addressed to the INEC Returning Officer.

The copies of the petition were also forwarded to the INEC chairman, the commissioner of police in charge of elections and the media.

The party claimed the collation and announcement of results from the state governorship election were flagrantly in breach of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“The All Progressives Congress has disputed and is still disputing before this collation body the correctness of the collated results from all polling units in the affected local government areas of Delta State,” the petition noted.

In his reaction, the Young Progressives Party candidate, Sunny Ofehe stated that “the 2023 Delta governorship was sadly for the highest bidder.”

In a statement made available to journalists in Warri, Ofehe said, “We have witnessed yet again a mere selection called an ‘election’ on Saturday, March 18, 2023, for gubernatorial and state house of assembly members, where huge fraud was sadly perpetrated.

“The good people of Delta State were disenfranchised and denied right to free choice of their political leaders by widespread thuggery, vote buying, a concoction of figures at collation centres and the likes.’’

The APC carried the day in Cross River State as its candidate, Senator Bassey Otu, was declared the governor-elect on Monday.

He scored 258,619 votes to defeat Senator Sandy Onor of the PDP who garnered 179,636 votes in the keenly contested race.

Otu won in 15 of the 18 local government areas while the PDP won three LGAs.

Declaring Otu winner, the state Returning Officer for the governorship election, who is the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Teddy Adias, said “That Otu Bassey Edet, having got the maximum number of valid votes and having met the requirements of the law is hereby declared elected.”

In Adamawa, Governor Umaru Fintiri’s hope of savouring victory was dashed as the election was declared inconclusive by the electoral body.

Prof Mohammed Mele, the state Collation and Returning Officer for the election said that Fintiri of the PDP polled 421, 524 of the votes cast to defeat the APC candidate, Senator Aishatu Binani who scored 390,275, the election was cancelled in 69 polling units which affected no fewer than 37,016 potential voters.

The APC state party agent, Usman Maulud, said the party was rejecting the outcome of the polls because their complaint against accepting the results for the Fufore LGA was not considered which was why he did not sign the result sheet.

The PDP agent, Dr Aliyu Idi-Hong, equally kicked against the declaration of the election as inconclusive.

According to him, those affected in the 69 polling units were not more than 7,000 registered voters.

He alleged collusion by the APC and INEC officials ‘’to steal the election in Adamawa at all cost.’’

“ Their notion of inconclusive is criminal. It is deliberate collusion and it also proved one thing that this election result has always been decreed to be stolen,” Hong said.

But the Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi-backed candidate, Francis Nwifuru, was declared the winner of the governorship poll in the state.

Nwifuru, the two-term speaker of Ebonyi State assembly and APC candidate, was announced as the governor-elect by the state Returning Officer, Prof Charles Igwe, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

While Nwifuru secured 199,131 votes, the PDP candidate, Dr Ifeanyi Odii, pulled 80,191 votes.

The APGA candidate, Prof. Benard Odoh, scored 52,189 votes.

Dissatisfied with the result, Odili said he would challenge it in court, describing the exercise as a ‘’broad day robbery of the people’s mandate.’’

In a statement on Monday, the PDP candidate stated,

“Though victory may be delayed, it cannot be denied. The people’s mandate remains our mission. We will not be deterred. The Promise of Possibility remains alive and strong. By the grace of God, the will of the people shall prevail.”

In Kaduna State, the APC governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani, was declared as the winner of the election despite the protest by the PDP.

The INEC Collation Officer, Prof Suleiman Bilbis, from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, who announced the result, said, the APC governorship candidate polled 730,002 votes while his closest rival, Isah Ashiru Kudan of the PDP scored 719,196 votes.

He added that the Labour Party governorship candidate, Jonathan Asake polled 58,283 to come third while the NNPP candidate, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, came to a distant fourth with 21,405 votes while rejected votes stood at 19,114.

The PDP candidate won in 13 LGAs of the state while Sani, the incumbent Senator representing the Kaduna Central Senatorial District of the state won 10 LGAs.

The LGAs won by Ashiru included Kaura, Sanga, Kajuru, Jaba, Makarfi, Jema’ah, Zango-Kataf, Soba, Chikun, Kagarko, Kachia,Lere and Kudan.

On the other, the APC candidate won in Giwa, Ikara, Kauru, Sabon-Gari, Zaria, Kubau, Kaduna South, Kaduna North, Igabi and Birnin-Gwari.

However, prior to the announcement, there were wild jubilations in some parts of the state that the PDP candidate won the election, a development that saw residents celebrating the victory at the various pubs in the state. Places, where that erupted with wild jubilations, included, Barnawa, Sabon Tasha, Narayi as well Gonin-Gora, all in the southern part of the state.

The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Rivers State, Siminaliayi Fubara, has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election.

The INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, said the PDP candidate polled 302,614 votes to defeat his closet rival Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress who scored 95,274 votes.

Sen. Prince Bassey Otu Emerges Winner of Cross River State Gubernatorial Election 2023

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State, Bassey Otu, has won 12 of the 15 local government areas results so far declared last night by the LGA collation officers.

He defeated his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sandy Onor, who won in three local government areas.

Results from the three remaining local government areas, Obanliku, Boki and Akamkpa, were expected as collation was suspended till Monday (today).

The 12 local government areas won by Bassey include Yala, Calabar Municipal, Calabar South, Obudu, Yakurr, Akpabuyo, Biase, Etung, Odukpani, Bakassi, Obubra and Abi.

The three local government areas won by the PDP candidate are Ikom, Ogoja and Bekwarra.

There are 18 local government areas in Cross River State.

The governorship election Returning Officer for Cross River State, Prof Teddy Adias, presided over affairs at the Independent National Electoral Commission state headquarters in Calabar.

Cross River State Governorship Elections

APC–. 258,619

PDP –179,636

Difference — 78,983

APC won 15 LGAs
PDP won 3 LGAs
Out of the 18 LGAs of Cross River State

OBUDU LGA
registered voters – 149,065
accredited voters – 38031
APC – 21599
LP – 973
PDP – 12461
TOTAL VALID VOTES – 35,318
REJECTED VOTES -662
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 35980

YALA LGA
registered voters – 131,705
accredited voters – 42647
APC – 24793
LP – 964
PDP – 15793
TOTAL VALID VOTES – 41841
REJECTED VOTES -805
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 42646

Etung LGA
registered voters – 43,872
accredited voters – 10679
APC – 5205
LP – 26
PDP – 5139
TOTAL VALID VOTES – 10496
REJECTED VOTES -180
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 10676


YAKURR LGA

registered voters – 106,268
accredited voters – 31,974
APC – 17684
LP – 374
PDP – 9208
TOTAL VALID VOTES – 29814
REJECTED VOTES -790
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 30604

ODUKPANI LGA
registered voters – 68190
accredited voters – 19517
APC – 14662
LP – 248
PDP – 3971
TOTAL VALID VOTES – 19011
REJECTED VOTES -322
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 19333

IKOM LGA
registered voters – 118,442
accredited voters – 28372
APC – 12883
LP – 225
PDP – 14158
TOTAL VALID VOTES – 27569
REJECTED VOTES -803
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 28372

CALABAR MUNICIPALITY LGA
registered voters – 191,756
accredited voters – 38,591
APC – 20320
LP – 1086
PDP – 15882

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 37876
REJECTED VOTES -715
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 38591

AKPABUYO LGA
registered voters – 65,757
accredited voters – 17,225
APC – 10,410
LP – 280
PDP – 5938

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 16809
REJECTED VOTES -388
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 17197

CALABAR SOUTH LGA
registered voters – 161491
accredited voters – 38012
APC – 28340
LP – 585
PDP – 7980

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 37271
REJECTED VOTES -685
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 37956


OBUBRA LGA

registered voters – 112754
accredited voters – 26037
APC – 13371
LP – 101
PDP – 10945

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 25434
REJECTED VOTES -603
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 26037

BIASE LGA
registered voters – 80153
accredited voters – 19444
APC – 11628
LP – 239
PDP – 7079

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 19092
REJECTED VOTES -305
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 19397

BAKASSI LGA
registered voters – 16542
accredited voters – 2051
APC – 1632
LP – 27
PDP – 316

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 1994
REJECTED VOTES -44
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 2038

OGOJA LGA

Registered voters – 104390
Accredited voters – 34545

AA – 07
APC – 16162
LP – 81
PDP – 17483

TOTAL VALID VOTES – 33978
REJECTED VOTES -562
TOTAL VOTES CAST – 34540

Old N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes Remain Legal Tender – CBN.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday said old N200, N500, N1,000 banknotes remain legal tender till December 31, 2023.

The apex bank’s Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin disclosed this in a statement on Monday. This is coming 10 days after the Supreme Court ruled that old naira notes should co-exist with new ones till the end of the year.

“In compliance with the established tradition of obedience to court orders and sustenance of the Rule of Law Principle that characterized the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, and by extension, the operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as a regulator, Deposit Money Banks operating in Nigeria have been directed to comply with the Supreme Court ruling of March 3, 2023.

“Accordingly, the CBN met with the Bankers’ Committee and has directed that the old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes remain legal tender alongside the redesigned banknotes till December 31, 2023.

“Consequently, all concerned are directed to conform accordingly,” the statement read.

The highest court of the land had on March 3 ordered that old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain valid till December 31, 2023.

This was after 16 states of the Federation instituted a suit to challenge the legality or otherwise of the introduction of the policy.

The 16 states led by Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara had prayed the apex court to void and set aside the policy on the ground that it is inflicting hardships on innocent Nigerians.

The Supreme Court subsequently ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari’s disobedience of its February 8 order is a sign of dictatorship, adding that the President breached the Constitution of the Federation in the way he issued directives for the re-designing of the Naira by the CBN.

After the March 3 judgement by the Supreme Court, the Presidency, CBN and the AGF kept mum, throwing many bank customers and Nigerians into confusion as the ruling of the apex court contradicted the directive of the President on February 16 that old N500 and N1000 notes are banned and old N200 notes remain valid till April 10.

However, the Presidency broke its silence on Monday, saying the President never told the CBN and the AGF not to obey the order of the apex court.

“The CBN has no reason not to comply with court orders on the excuse of waiting for directives from the President,” the Presidency noted.

The Presidency also said the President is an absolute respecter of the rule of law and that the “negative campaign and personalised attacks against the President by the opposition and all manner of commentators is unfair and unjust”.

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The CBN had extended the deadline for the swap of old N200, N500, and N1,000 from January 31 to February 10 following complaints by many Nigerians but the Supreme Court, after a suit filed by the states, held that the Federal Government, the CBN, commercial banks must not continue with the February 10 deadline pending the determination of a notice in respect of the issue.

However, the President, in a national broadcast on February 16, directed the apex bank to release old N200 notes into circulation to co-exist with new N200, N500 and N1,000 banknotes for 60 days — by April 10, 2023. He also said old N500 and N1,000 banknotes cease to be legal tender in Nigeria.

There has been a flurry of reactions and stark criticisms against the President’s directive including from governors of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governors Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Umar Ganduje (Kano); Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; and many stalwarts of the ruling APC have openly censured and faulted the President’s directive, arguing that it has no grounds because the case is before the apex court.

Leading Senior Advocates of Nigeria like Femi Falana and Mike Ozekhome have equally faulted the President’s move, saying he cannot overrule the apex court of the land.

A Communique Issued by the Leadership of CRS Ejagham Youth Welfare Assembly

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE AFOREMENTIONED YOUTH ASSEMBLY DURING AN EMERGENCY GENERAL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 9TH MARCH, 2023 IN CALABAR.

We, the leadership and members of the Ejagham Youth Welfare Assembly Cross
River State in an emergency meeting on Thursday 9th March, 2023 hereby
unanimously resolved and adopt a motion of POWER ROTATION TO THE
SOUTHERN SENATORIAL DISTRICT OF CROSS RIVER STATE.

This press conference serves as a clear repellant to the tribal and ethnic political
dichotomy by some servile tribal bigots, whose aim is to leverage on claims of
ethnic disintegration to take power by conquest.

The above conglomerate disassociate itself and debunk the purported
endorsement/instruction by Ejagham Nation on how to vote come Saturday 18th
March, 2023 Gubernatorial Elections in Cross River State.

As an ethnic group of repute, we are poised to sustain the long-standing
relationship and peaceful co-existence amongst the existing tribes. Though we
have the rights to air our views, but let us avoid a situation of being seen as partisan.

Following our analysis/observations in the fulfillment of the call for good
governance and excellent representation of leaders, especially elected public
office holders in Cross River State, there is need to maintain justice, fairness and equitable rotation of power across the three senatorial zones.

We state unequivocally that:

1. No single tribe amongst the numerous tribes in Cross River State has the
monopoly of capacity to decide where power goes to without a proper
synergy with other tribes.

2. No individual will trickily hide under the auspices of Ejagham to fulfil his desperate and selfish political interest.

3. Candidates and political parties should endeavor to endear the electorates through their political blueprint, antecedents/legacies and not instigating tribal sentiments which has the propensity to cause chaos/rancor amongst the good and loving ethnic groups in Cross River State.

We pray God Almighty, which knowest the hearts of all men guide and help us
cast our votes wisely.

Together we can raise a generation of young leaders.
Thank you.

Signed by:

 

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INEC Post-pones Governorship & State Assembly Elections To March 18th

Barring any further extensions, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reached a decision to postpone Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections to March 18, 2023, Cross River Hub can authoritatively report.

INEC’s decision is coming about three days before the March 11 date earlier scheduled for the state elections.

A source in INEC informed Cross River Hub that the postponement is due to the inability of the commission to promptly commence reconfiguration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines utilized during the February 25 presidential election to enable their use in the state elections.

INEC was earlier restrained from tampering with the information embedded in the BVAS machines until due inspection was conducted and Certified True Copies (CTC) issued to candidates who are challenging the outcome of the presidential election.

Efforts to get reaction of Festus Okoye, spokesperson for the commission, proved abortive as his phone was unreachable.

More details to follow…

Court Grants INEC Permission To Reconfigure BVAS

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday granted INEC permission to reconfigure its Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, for the Saturday Governorship and State Assemblies Elections.

A three-member panel of the appellate court, led by Justice Joseph Ikyegh, granted leave to the applicant for the purposes of configuring the BVAS for the election on Saturday.

The panel, however, asked INEC to upload data to back-end server and make true Certified copy to the respondents .

INEC in its motion filed on March 4, asked the appellate court to vary the ex parte order made in favour of Labour Party and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, with regards to inspection of materials used for the presidential election.

The appellate court had on March 3, granted leave to Atiku Abubakar of the PPD and Peter Obi of Labour Party to inspect election materials used by INEC to conduct the Feb. 25 presidential election.

The court granted the duo permission following two separate ex parte applications filed by Atiku and Obi, who came second and third respectively in the presidential election won by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The commission is asking the court to vary the order to allow it to reconfigure its Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, for the March 11 governorship and state houses of assembly elections.

Counsel to INEC, Tanimu Inuwa, SAN said the application became necessary following an order restraining it from tampering with the information embedded in the BVAS machines until due inspection was conducted and Certified.

He added that the commission would require sufficient time to reconfigure the BVAS needed to conduct the election that would take place on Saturday.

He told the court that INEC would upload from back-end.

In his argument, counsel for Obi, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, prayed the court not to grant INEC’s application for granting it would mean losing the original information there.

”All we are seeking is for a physical inspection of the BVAS so that the evidence is obtained before it will be configured” he told the court.

He therefore, opposed INEC application and urged the court not to grant it.

The three man panel of the appellate court after listening to their submissions adjourned until Wednesday for ruling.

Old, New Notes Are Legal Tender – CBN Reveals

The Central Bank of Nigeria said that both old and new notes are now legal tender.

The Acting Director of Corporate Communications CBN, Dr Isa Abdulmumin disclosed this on Tuesday.

He affirmed that commercial banks have started issuing both the old and new notes to their customers.

But insisted that the apex bank is yet to issue an official statement.

He said, “Banks are paying old notes as well as new notes. They are all legal tender.

“Yes, the CBN has not issued an official statement on the issue. Anyone banks give to you, you can collect. We just want to make life easy for Nigerians.”

Last week, the Supreme Court gave its verdict on Naira redesign, directing the federal government to allow the validity of N200, N500 and N1000 notes till 31 December.

In response to the ruling, Cross River Hub gathered on Monday that some banks in Abuja and Lagos have started issuing the old notes to customers.

But, traders, business owners and motorists are not accepting the old notes

CRS guber 2023: Effiong Nyong is the right Candidate for Cross River state Governorship Election

The Coalision of ADC the party with the handshake logo, with Obidient movement/Labor party says …

Vote Effiong Nyong as the right Candidate for Cross River state Governorship election.
With the following point:

1. Continuous development in all areas of the state Economy.

2. What of No Gratuity ( bill is totaling #28Billion) though negleted but Mr Effiong Nyong will start Paying from his first year in office and pensioners will be paid each year from now on. We can beat our heart to this.

3. Effiong Nyong is bringing in 22 new Local government development council to help develop bigger villages that are inside bigger local government. This is how villages turns cities Centres overnight. It means Cross River will become 40 local government areas.

4. Effiong Nyong will build 3 new sports complex in the 3 Senatorial districts to bring back the sporting days in Cross River, while he will turn the abandoned UJ Esuene Stadium into a world class Stadium with hotel inside.

5. It is unjust to vote another party when Odukpani represents Southern Cross River in the Senate, and House of Representative. “Odukpani alone is not the only Local government in the South. What of the other 6 local governments? Will they all be left empty?

6. Other party men will cover up a lot of unjust DEBTS incurred by the govt that have marred development in Cross River state which will make developmental performance poor, but Mr Effiong Nyong in his capacity Is prepared in dealing with those issues outstandingly.

7. Cross River is poorly developed especially the Southern part despite strategic location of the State Capital which has before now referred to Tourism Destination, but because of the incapacitated ability of the previous governments, thing went bad. But, Effiong Nyong will dredge our water ways using local contractors and foreign Companies, so that big ships can come into our ports while he will use his contacts to speak things with the opening of the seaport. He has even started talking to the structures.

8. Effiong Nyong will use the Sand that the dredging company will throw out to create attificial beaches from The shore of Marina Resort to Esuk Nsidung. This will help grow the beauty of Tourism in Cross River and expand our investment platforms and create more revenues and jobs.

9. Effiong Nyong is joining funds with the National body of Free Trade Zone to fix power in EPZ so that the zone can give the complete 75,000 jobs that are available there for cross Riverians across the zones. This is what we call programmes.

10. There are other programs for Education, Health, Security, Civil service, Entertainment, Businesses, ICT, Art and Culture, Traditional stools, and Religion. Etc.

11. He will turn Bakassi to Dubai in 2years with the N500,000,000( Five hundred million naira) stabilisation funds the federal government has been giving to them the pass 8yrs.

12. Mr Effiong Nyong is Turning CRBC into an international TV station by creating 3 new platforms out of it; Movies stations, which will showcase our local movies, and Music videos, Sports station for all our local sports and int’l sports, news and commentary station. It will all be hosted on a DHF sat on DSTV, GOTV and Startime.

13. Tinapa, and Obudu Cattle Ranch will sit back in their original position with the original plan running.

13. Ogoja and entire Northern Cross River should support the Southern part to vote ADC( party with handshake) 🤝🏽. Central must as well take this opportunity serious So next, it will open opportunity they can have a chance from.

Vote Effiong your Bakassi boy !!
Vote the party with handshake logo

🤝🏽
#VoteADC
#AriseCrossRiver
#EffiongNyongForGovernor

Re: CRS Guber Election 2023: Between Onor and Otu who has Shown more Capacity?

My attention has been drawn to a write up with the above caption.

The writer is without doubt a supporter of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate.

He clearly belaboured himself in an unsuccessful effort to depict what he sees as a show of capacity and competence by Senator Sandy Onor over Senator Prince Bassey Otu.

Senator Prince Bassey Otu is the Governorship candidate of the APC in the 2023 elections, set to hold on March 11th. 2023, Just a few days away.

Senator Otu would not engage in self-praise for the numerous kindness and goodwill he has shown and shared with many. He is humble in his recognition that all glory goes to God for the grace and provisions upon his life.

Suffice it to say that it is his show of philanthropy and approach in the discharge of the constituency projects as a National Assembly member that earned him the name; “Sweet Prince”.

That name has become a household name on the lips of people across the length and breath of the State.

It is on record that Sweet Prince Bassey Otu as a serving Senator embarked on empowerment programs that still remain an unbroken record, many years after.

As a member of the House of Representatives for two tenures and a Senator for a single term, his record of Parliamentary contributions, legislative oversight functions as well as Parliamentary committee assignments remain a reference in Democratic gains.
You dare not challenge Senator Prince Otu to a contest of score card of philanthropy to members of his immediate constituency and beyond!

His campaign for Governorship in this 2023 election cycle has been anchored on his competence, capacity and the need for justice and fair play, captured under the Back-to-South agitation.

The agitation of Back-to-South is not an ethnic based endeavor. It is simply the right call with values that discerning minds across political lines have accepted.

The PDP instead breached the gentleman accord of rotation in governorship position, by the selfish ambition of Sandy Onor. His ambition is fast evaporating as it cannot overshadow the value of the Back-to-South agitation.

If anyone has brought ethnicity to bear in the Governorship campaigns, it is the PDP governorship candidate who has openly whipped up the ethnic argument of being of Ejagham ethnic bloc in the Central Senatorial district; and attempting to instigate the Ejagham people in the Southern district to pickup issues with other ethnic blocs in the south who over the years have co-existed peacefully with them.

If the PDP candidate loves the Ejagham people of the Southern district, why did he not give them chance to emerged when one of their sons presented himself during the PDP primary elections?

He can’t hide his face with one finger and be talking about Back-to-South agitation as an ethnic card when himself is dressed as one who is defending Ejagham people of the southern district.

We are growing our polity beyond these ethnic paradigm.

If there is a measure to assess capacity and competence in the political space, it is the election result in your immediate constituency and the general acceptance by your people.

The so called capacity PDP candidate lost election in his polling unit during the February 25th Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The so called capacity PDP candidate has been rejected by his people who are right thinking enough to accept the principles rotation in the state Governorship office as the best option for Peace, equity and fairness in the State.

In a recent campaign visit to the Palace of the Paramount Ruler of Etung local government area, where Senator Sandy Onor hails from, Senator Prince Bassey Otu, the APC candidate got the full blessings of the Etung traditional institution and the Paramount Ruler did not hesitate when he openly declared that they believe in the principles of rotation and that the competence of Senator Prince Bassey Otu is even an additional reason to cement their decision to support him.

Indeed there’s no need to dissipate energy in defence of the truth that Sweet-Prince Bassey Otu has the undoubted capacity and competence for the Office of the Governor which he seeks the mandate of the people for.

He has publicly documented and presented his manifesto, tagged, “People First”
He will remain focused on the ultimate goal of getting the legitimate mandate to offer service and expand the gains of democracy which our fore bearers in that office up to the present administration has put in place.

A Vote for prince Otu is a Vote a season of sweetness in Cross River,a Vote for Prince Otu is a Vote a peaceful and prosporous Cross River State…………….

Barr.Ekpenyong Akiba
Media aid to Senator Prince Bassey Otu

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