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PDP Group Threatens Party With Legal Action


PDP group threatens party with legal action over e-registration process

A group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the Concerned PDP League (CPL) has given the party a seven-day ultimatum to stop the ongoing national electronic membership registration, citing infractions on the constitution of the party.

The notice of ultimatum served on the Acting National Chairman of the party, Yemi Akinwonmi, urged the leadership to effect changes in the membership card authentication process before it can resume the registration exercise.

In the petition signed by the group’s lawyer, J. L. Tenalo of Uwadiegwu Optus and Associates in Abuja, on Sunday, the group threatened to go to court if its demands were not met within the stipulated period the ultimatum will last.

While demanding that the party’s National Organising Secretary (NSO) retired Col. Autin Akobundu, be restrained from authenticating the registraion cards, the CPL also demanded the withdrawal of all cards bearing the NSO’s signature.

The petition titled ‘Letter of infraction and gross violation of PDP constitution 2017 as amended on membership’, reads:

“In the light of the foregoing and in the overall interest of the party, we recommend the following actions to be taken:

“The National Organizing Secretary should be restrained forthwith in the authentication of PDP membership card of any member of the PDP.

“That the action is a very obvious infraction and gross violation of the PDP constitution 2017 as amended regarding the membership into the PDP.

“The use of the designated names of the officers in authenticating the membership card should be restrained.

“The ongoing electronic registration and revalidation of membership exercise and the issuance of membership cards going on in the country should stop to enable the party to remedy this gross violation of the constitution.

“All already issued cards should be withdrawn and subsequent reissuance should effect the changes.

“We shall give an ultimatum of seven days from the date of this letter for the above actions to be taken, failure to which we shall be left without an option to seek redress in the court of competent jurisdiction.”

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TCN Restores National Grid

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced the restoration of the national grid after its partial collapse on Monday.

This was made known by Mrs Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs in a statement in Abuja.

Mbah said that the national grid experienced partial system disturbance at about 10.51 am, as a result of a sudden drop in system frequency, which created system instability.

She said that the restoration of the affected grid commenced immediately at 11.55 am with Osogbo/Ihovbor, followed by Jebba/Osogbo, Kainji/Jebba, Benin/Onitsha, Shiroro/Kaduna, Shiroro/Katampe and Alaoji/Ikot-Ekpene.

Others are Lokoja/Gwagwalada, Odukpani/Ikot Ekpene, Benin/Omotosho, Oke-Aro/Ikeja west, Egbin/Oke-Aro and Kaduna/Kano.

She said the grid restoration has almost been completed, adding that the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) regrets any inconveniences caused.

Mbah said NESI appreciated the understanding of electricity customers within and outside the country.

According to her, NESI is committed to leveraging the concerted interventions instituted so far to enhance power supply reliability so that the issue of system disturbance will soon become outdated.

She said the National Control Centre would launch a full-scale investigation “to establish and ascertain the cause of the partial disturbance as this unwholesome event has resulted in aggregated generation loss.



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Chukwudi Ajaegbu, 35, Arraigned For $11,000 Fraud

A 35-year-old importer, Chukwudi Ajaegbu, has been arraigned before the Ogba Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining $11,000 fraudulently from one Austine Ukaoha in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.

Ajaegbu appeared before Magistrate F.M. Onamusi on a three count charge.

The defendant, with others at large, were said to have conspired to commit felony, to wit stealing, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, Nigeria 2015.

According to the police, sometime in 2010 on Bread Fraint Street, in the Balogun area of Lagos, the defendant, with others at large, conspired among themselves to obtain the sum under false pretences.

The charges read in part, “That you, Chukwudi Ajaegbu, on the same date, time and place, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did fraudulently obtain the sum of $11,000 from one Austine Ukaoha, under the pretence of importing goods from China, the presentation known to be false, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 314 (3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, Nigeria 2015.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Onamusi adjourned the matter till December 7, 2022.

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2023: NBC Tasks Broadcasters On Professionalism

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has tasked broadcasters to handle political campaigns with professionalism.

The director-general of NBC, Balarabe Ilelah said this on Monday at a multi-stakeholders dialogue held in Abuja.

As campaigns for the 2023 elections are set to begin on September 28, Ilelah asked broadcasters to ensure not to allow hate speech or fake news on their platforms.

“This is in addition to ensuring equity in airtime allocation and coverage of political parties’ activities, particularly during prime times,” he said.

“It is also the time for you to make money from political adverts and campaigns, but ensure that this is done within the ambit of law.

“Broadcasters are also required to handle live political rallies with care and due professionalism. This is in addition to studio-based live political interviews/broadcasts. Because of the sensitivities of such programmes, broadcasters are advised to install delay mechanisms.

“Remember that broadcast stations are held responsible for any breach. The stations shall, therefore, assume and accept editorial responsibility”, he added.

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