Thursday, July 19Penning issues that shape nations...

Author: Bigpenngr, Rotterdam

Journalist Alleged Threat To Life By Delta Govt Officials Over ‘Fraud’ Story

NEWS
  The publisher of Blank NEWS Online based in Delta state,  Mr. Albert Ograka has raised the alarm over threat to his life allegedly by some officials Of Delta State Government over a report on purported fraud in State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). The journalist in a statement on Thursday said that following a news report which bothered on fraud and corrupt practices published by BLANK NEWS Online, the publisher of the news website, Mr. Albert Ograka has been threatened by officials of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Nigeria. According to the statement, the publisher was told to pull down the story and apologize to Mrs. Pat Ejeteh, the former State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, who was reported to have allegedly been arrested for questio
Asaba Athletics Championship: We Are Set To Host The Continent –  Otuaro

Asaba Athletics Championship: We Are Set To Host The Continent –  Otuaro

NEWS
  The Delta State Acting Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro says the state government is ready to host the continent at the  21st African Senior Athletics Championship tagged “Asaba 2018”  scheduled for August 1st – 5th . Otuaro who disclosed this on Wednesday while declaring open the “African Tour/Trial”, and test run of facilities at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship, said all the necessary facilities needed for the championship were in place for a successful event. He said athletes from 45 African countries including Nigeria will be in Asaba for the championship, stressing that "Today marks the test running of the facilities in preparation of the African Senior Athletics Championship and as you can see we are very set for the country, we are set for Afr
I Remains Only Legal APC Chairman In Delta – Ogodo

I Remains Only Legal APC Chairman In Delta – Ogodo

NEWS, POLITICS
  Cyril Abeye Ogodo-led executives of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) in Delta state has insisted that it is the only legally recognized and authentic executive of the party in the state. State Publicity Secretary of the party, Moses Kamanya in a statement on Wednesday expressed disappointment that the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee of the party went ahead to swore in Erue, the factional Chairman that emerged from the parallel congresses conducted by the Ogboru/Agege group and earlier rejected by the immediate-past Chief John Oyegun led NWC of APC. The statement held that the defunct Oyegun led NWC, has earlier protested the inexplicable action of the new National Chairman in aiding the Ogboru/Agege group to procure the contentious consent judgement ...
APC Forwards Erue’s Name To INEC As Delta State Chairman Amid Protest

APC Forwards Erue’s Name To INEC As Delta State Chairman Amid Protest

NEWS, POLITICS
  The National Secretariat of All Progressive Congress APC has officially introduced Prophet Jones Ode Erue to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its state chairman, amidst protest by other faction of the party in Delta state. Erue was swore in few days ago by National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole amidst controversy in Delta state that one Chief Cyril Ogodo had already been inaugurated by the former National Working Committee of the party led by immediate past chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. However, introducing Erue to INEC in a letter dated 17th July, with reference number APC/NHDO/INEC/19/018/31 signed by Abdullahi Gashua, Director, Administration at the APC national headquarters, the party said the introduction was for the purpose o...
Tinubu Throws Weight Behind Direct Primary For Osun APC Governorship Election

Tinubu Throws Weight Behind Direct Primary For Osun APC Governorship Election

NEWS, POLITICS
All Progressives Congress stalwart, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approving direct primaries for electing the governorship candidate in Osun will deepen internal democracy in the party. Tinubu expressed the view in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday entitled ‘Internal Democracy: Improving the Nomination Process’, A copy of the statement was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Tinubu’s Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman. According to the APC chieftain, the party’s Constitution provides for both direct and indirect primaries, but the direct option is more democratic and more participatory. Tinubu said that the decision was a ground-breaking step, as it affirmed the party’s democratic inclinations. He said that the
Stop Bickering, Our Target Is To Send Okowa Packing, Oshiomhole Speaks On Delta APC Crisis

Stop Bickering, Our Target Is To Send Okowa Packing, Oshiomhole Speaks On Delta APC Crisis

NEWS, POLITICS
  National Chairman of Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressive (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has responded to the bickering over his recent swearing in of Prophet Jones Erie as Delta state chapter's chairman of the party. Chief Press Secretary of the APC national chairman, Simon Ebegbelum in a statement Tuesday night obtained by BigPen Online, said the uncomplimentary comments about the swearing in may be coming from the opposition PDP who are shivering over the resolve of the APC to capture Delta State in 2019. The statement read in full: "My attention has been drawn to some misleading and mischievous comments emanating from a section of our APC members following the swearing in of Prophet Jones Ode Erue, as the Delta State chairman of the All Progressives Congress by ...
Asaba Athletic Championship: Delta Announces Road, Traffic Diversions

Asaba Athletic Championship: Delta Announces Road, Traffic Diversions

NEWS
  The Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) and the Asaba 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC), as part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship has announced road and traffic diversions in the Asaba, the Delta state capital. The tournament will hold at the reconstructed Stephen Keshi Stadium along Nnebisi road in Asaba from Wednesday, August 1st to Sunday, August 5th 2018. A statement jointly signed on Tuesday by Rindom Kumven - Sector Comd FRSC, Stephen Dieseruvwe -DG, DESTMA, as well as Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (Rtd) - Head, LOC Security Committee, disclosed that the traffic diversions during the championship was as a result of road closures at two points along Nnebisi Road. The statement advised motorist...
No More Delegate Primary In APC, All Members Will Elect Governorship Candidate – Oshiomhole

No More Delegate Primary In APC, All Members Will Elect Governorship Candidate – Oshiomhole

NEWS, POLITICS
  Henceforth, Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC) will now adopt the direct primary, a system which allow all card carrying members of the party to elect the party’s governorship candidate, unlike the delegate system, which is often prone to corruption. National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who gave the hint, on Monday in Abuja after a closed door meeting with members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), said that the party has adopted the system for the September 22 Osun governorship election. Oshiomhole explained that the essence of the direct primary was to allow more party members to participate in the process of nominating candidates and to remove issues of corruption or monetising the processes. He added that the
MOSOP Accuses Shell, Army Of Repression Of Ogoni Farmers

MOSOP Accuses Shell, Army Of Repression Of Ogoni Farmers

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has accused Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) of using Nigerian soldiers for continual violation of the rights of the Ogoni people. MOSOP's Fegalo Nsuke who is the Publicity Secretary of the group in a statement on Monday, lamented that Shell has continues to inflict monumental pains on Ogoni people. The statement read: "We are deeply saddened that the repression of our people continue unabated as soldiers attached to SPDC continue to harass our women and farmers and prevent them from accessing their farmlands, destroying crops and forcefully lay pipelines through Ogoni farms. "It is disheartening that despite the precarious conditions of the Ogoni people consequent upon the massive pollution...
PDP To Buhari: Report Yourself To ICC For Crime Against Humanity

PDP To Buhari: Report Yourself To ICC For Crime Against Humanity

NEWS
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his attendance of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Rome Statute to report his administration to the court over documented human right abuses, crime against humanity and killings in Nigeria under his watch. This was contained in a statement by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday. The party said the fact that President Buhari is the only head of state invited to the event shows that the world is particularly alarmed by the spate of bloodletting, extra-judicial executions, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention, torture and reported disappearances, as captured in the reports by the United States Department of State, Amnesty I...