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2023 Presidency: If Southeast Is Not Ready, N’Delta Will Back Jonathan For Second Term — Joseph Evah

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As the agitation for South-East presidency in 2023 continues to resonate across the nation, notable Niger Delta activist, Joseph Evah said former President should be considered for a second term if the South-East fails to display seriousness.

Evah, who is the National Coordinator, Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), lamented that despite support from within and outside the region, political leaders in the South-East have continued to display a lack of consensus to enhance the region’s chances.

He said that the same scenario played out when the region was expected to produce the Senate President in 2019, which was eventually lost to the north.

Asked if he believed that the South-East should produce the president in 2023, he said, “I think that should be the decision of all Nigerians, all lovers of unity, equity, etc.

“That has been our slogan and we hope that the Southeast themselves should encourage themselves because we don’t want to say if they don’t want it the leadership should go back to the North. We will not say so. But if the Southeast is not prepared any other Southern part of Nigeria will take over.

I have called the Southeast leaders over and over and I have been warning them, if they are not ready, if they continue to play gamble like the way they did when they were given the position of the Senate President, when they will produce not less than five Senate presidents as if they are out of their minds.

This is time they have to organise themselves well because we don’t want such insult again where they will be attacking their own without caution. They allow themselves to be used against their own, they should wake up to the reality of the moment.

“If they continue with such sell-out character they will shoot themselves in the foot.”

Evah, who spoke with Sunday Sun, added, “There is a saying that you can force the horse to the stream, but you cannot force the horse to drink water. We want to ensure that Ndigbo gets the presidency in 2023, so they should resist their children who are displaying this sell-out character.

“They should stop selling out their political destiny. This is the right time for Ndigbo to also become the president of Nigeria.

Nobody can say again or call us, the Niger Delta people second class citizens because of the honour that our son Jonathan has given to us. Nobody will call a Niger Delta citizen second class.

We have produced the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In those days they call us second class citizens, but not now anymore. Jonathan’s presidency has cancelled that insult, that abomination in the history of Nigeria. Ndigbo should put their house in order, so that their children’s children will be proud of what they did, to cancel their identity from that of a second class citizen as some perceive it today.

If the Igbo are not ready for the presidency we will scout for any other person from the South to warm up.

“We don’t even care to ask Jonathan to come back, to come and complete his second term. We are already telling Jonathan to prepare, he should not be afraid, he should be courageous.

“If the Igbo are not ready we will show up, after all, we were also part of the old Eastern region so Jonathan will continue with his second term and we are going to back him.”

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Court Dismisses Certificate Forgery Suit Against Lyon’s Running Mate, Biobarakuma Eremieyo

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Senator Biobarakuma Wangagha Degi Eremieyo, the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Bayelsa State, has won the certificate forgery suit filed against him by Godsgift Eriaye of the Bayelsa Integrity Group.

The lawmaker who represents Bayelsa East district in the National Assembly contested the November 2019 poll as a running mate to David Lyon who won the election.

Lyon was, however, sacked by the Supreme Court hours to his inauguration after the apex court affirmed the judgement of a lower court which disqualified Senator Eremieyo on the ground that he presented forged and falsified documents for the poll.

This paved the way for the inauguration of Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Bayelsa State, succeeding former governor Seriake Dickson.

Almost 10 months after the judgement of the apex court, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Bwari dismissed the certificate forgery suit against Senator Eremieyo.

Although Justice Abubakar Musa delivered the judgement on November 13, the certified true copy was made public on Friday.

The name Degi Biobaragha on the first school leaving certificate from Ministry of Education of Rivers State of Nigeria with number RS/EV1/76/013360 from State School Bassambiri (now State School 1 Nembe) is an error and misspelling of the first defendant’s name, Biobarakuma Degi,” part of the document read.

The court held that notwithstanding the error in the spelling of the name, the certificate was genuine, belonged to, and was issued to the senator.

It also declared that the name Adegi Biobakumo on the West African Examinations Council’s General Certificate of Education ordinary level of June 1984 with Certificate Number SG 851767 was an error and a misspelling of the first defendant’s name, Biobarakumadegi, and that the certificate was genuine and was issued to Senator Eremieyo.

The court stated that the Masters in Business Administration Statement of Result from Rivers State University of Technology dated February 14, 2002, bearing the name Degi Biobarakumawangagha was genuine, belonged to, and was issued to no other person than the first defendant.

It accordingly awarded the sum of ₦500,000 for the lawmaker against the claimant, Eriaye.

Justice Musa also declared that there was no evidence so far to establish a prima facie case of forgery or any other crime at all against the senator to warrant his prosecution by the IGP in the circumstances.

In the suit which had the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, as the second defendant, the claimant had sought a declaration “that the First School Leaving Certificate from Ministry of Education of Government of Rivers State of Nigeria with number RS/EV1/76/013360 from State School Bassambiri bearing the name Degi Biobaragha which the first defendant claims, and has presented before various authorities as belonging to him and has obtained various benefits on account of same including, in particular, his current membership of the Senate of the National Assembly of Nigeria, was not duly issued to and does not belong to the defendant, but to another person by the stated name, and the use of same by the defendant is unlawful and constitutes a forgery and falsification of same”.

He had consequently asked the court to mandate the Inspector General of Police to immediately commence criminal prosecution of Senator Eremieyo

In its judgement in a pre-election matter in respect of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election delivered on February 13, the Supreme Court had affirmed the verdict of a Federal High Court which decided that Senator Eremieyo was disqualified from participating in the election on grounds that he submitted forged and falsified documents and also made a false declaration to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the election.

The judgement led to the invalidation of the election of Mr David Lyon as the governor-elect and Senator Eremieyo as deputy governor-elect in Bayelsa State.

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Bayelsa Bye-election -election:Three Policemen drown in Boat Mishap

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Police Force begin massive reorganisation approved by President Buhari.

Three police officers have reportedly drowned as the boat they were traveling in capsized on their way to Southern Ijaw Local Government Area for Senatorial bye-election that took place today.

The sad incidence has been confirmed by the Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, Asim Butswat. The police image maker added that the boat capsized on its way to Oporoma, Headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

He, however, stated that they were yet to ascertain the total number of police officers involved in the incident.

Bye-elections are currently holding in 11 states across the country, covering six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

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