In apparent reversal of an earlier report, the PDP screening committee clears Chief Valentine Ozigbo, former Anambra State governorship flagbearer, to contest the Senate election.
Ozigbo aspires to represent Anambra South District in the Senate. Initial reports suggested that the Committee hammered him for late submission of nomination forms.
The Committee also cleared Dr. Obinna Uzor for the party’s upcoming primaries contest.
Besides Ozigbo and Uzor, others cleared by the 5-person Committee included serving Senators Uche Ekwunife and Stella Oduah.
The rest are Chief Chris Ubah, Ezebiakwa Peace, Chiefs Tony Nwoye and John Emeka.
However, Chief Chuma Nzeribe remains under the hammer for allegedly giving false information.
Nzeribe was disqualified by the Committee based on a legal issue he is sorting out in a law court.
Even though declared wanted by a court, the Committe said Nzeribe denied that he ever faced trial in any court of law.
Consequently the Committee accused him of attempting to mislead the party over his court case. They noted that he “jumped bail and was declared wanted.”
“We have in our possession, a Court Order in Charge No. CR/791/2020, between FRN v. Hon. Chuma Nzeribe, before Hon. Justice Y. Halilu.
“On December 17, 2020, Hon. Chuma Nzeribe was admitted to bail, after he pleaded not guilty to the charges on December 16, 2020.
“He subsequently breached the bail terms and jumped bail,” the Committee wrote in its report.
Chief Sunny Udeh Okoye, former National Youth leader, led the five-man screening committee. Others were Committee Secretary, Eddy Izondu, Dr Angela Mba, Dr Innocent Nwankwo, and Alhaji Rukayat Ibrahim.
Wills and handover notes in transition planning headline discussions as FEDSAS school mates gathered in reunion, 40 years after Aba.
“Do not allow yourself to die without a will”, Olatunbosun Olanipekun, SAN, urged his mates Saturday, 23 April 2022, as they gathered for their forty-year reunion, 700 kilometres away from Aba, where they met at the Federal School of Arts and Science.
Olanipekun added, “Make a will. It is not enough to write a paper giving some things to certain children. Spell it out in the presence and signature of two witnesses.”
Enugu-based barrister, Ekeneme Ike (Kellas) and Olanipekun cautioned their classmates to commence putting their homes in order.
“Prepare inter-vivos and wills”, they repeated. Inter Vivos is a Latin phrase which means “while alive” or “between the living”. It is primarily applicable in property law and refers to various legal actions a person takes while still alive such as giving gifts, creating trusts, or conveying property.
Things to do consider in inter vivo:
Establish ventures for your children.
Bring them into your ventures.
Make a will specifying the distribution of your assets.
Create a trust for the management and distribution of incomes arising from your estate.
The matter of wills and assets distribution affects the women particularly, the ladies stated. Women stand in double jeopardy: They cannot initiate the conversation, for one, and society places additional constraints on them as they could lose all in the name of tradition. The women asked critical questions.
Does a Marriage Under the Act (church or court) protect the woman if death occurs? Or what is the essence of a legal marriage if the woman cannot step into ownership of assets in the event of death?
The ladies subtly suggested that their classmates show good examples of care for their wives and families.
Stay away from hospital
Severe reflections on health, wellness and legacy interspersed the gathering of the former lads and lasses who met forty years ago in Aba. For most, the meeting at the Knightsbridge Hotel, Ikeja, was their first meeting since then.
The Reunion Committee put in three short talks and motivation sessions, each to last no more than 30 minutes, including Q&A. The session on “Wills, Handover Notes and Other Transition Legal Documents” excited triple its share of attention and time.
No surprise there. Participants are all over 55. Class President Johnson Onyekachi Owanta submitted that we are all in the early evening of our lives. The subjects reflected concerns appropriate for that phase of life.
Two sessions dealt with health, one on “managing your changing phases and faces” while we shared experiences on the night of arrival.
Damian Izuka, a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, asked his classmates to “stay away from the hospital” at this phase of life.
“Hospitals are pooling places for sick people. It is a high risk exercise visiting hospitals particularly for the immunosuppressed, elderly, infants, surgery patients and more.”
Three things to help stay away from hospital are diet, rest (good sleep) and exercise, he said. Eat healthy now by avoiding saturated fats contained in butter, cheese, ice cream, fried foods, beef, cookies, refined vegetable oils. Then move your body regularly through exercise and ensure adequate sleep.
It was an exciting three days away from the regular. Members came in from the United States, UK, Abuja, Umuahia, Benin City and Lagos. Others joined online.
The Intervening Years
The bios of the FEDSAS Class of 80-82 were a delight to compile for the anniversary brochure. “Our class has fulfilled the promise of our youth”, I noted. They are achievers in various fields.
The theme of the gathering was fittingly 40 Years of Transformation and Transition. Technology through WhatsApp enabled the reconnection two years ago and the reunion in April 2022. The Class of 1982 transformed their lives in forty years and are now in transition mode.
Members left with a resolve to be even more strategic in this new phase of life. To do something that approximates the highest level of the Maslow Coefficient, ensuring legacy and contributing to societal wellbeing and upbuilding.
If you are 50 and above, have you done your will or Inter Vivo?
As FEDSAS school mates gathered in reunion, 40 years after Aba.
INEC, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, rejects 1.12m new voters who registratered between June and December 2021, citing irregularities.
If you registered to vote between this period, urgently need to check out the status of your registration.
Commission Chairman, Mahmood Yahaya, said that as of 14 January, the Agency recorded 2,523,458 new registrations but invalidated 1,126,359.
The rejected applications averaged 45 percent of voters registered nationwide within the period, he said.
In some states, the rejections were as high as 60 percent, he said. He however failed to provide a breakdown of the registrations, state by state.
Why INEC Struck
INEC voided the new registrations either because of multiple registration or for incomplete data provided by registrants,.
“It seems that many registrants, either out of ignorance that they do not need to re-register if they had done so before, or a belief that our systems will not detect this infraction, have gone out to register again.
“This is despite repeated warnings by the commission against this illegal action,” the INEC chairman said.
“In addition, there are also registrants whose data were incomplete and did not meet our business rules for inclusion in the register.
“Presently, nearly 45% of completed registrations nationwide are invalid, rising to as high as 60% or more in some states.
“This infraction happened in all states of the federation. No state is immune from it.
INEC will purge the invalid registrations from the register of voters, the Chairman said.
“This development is worrisome because of the time and resources expended in handling these cases,” Mahmood said.
The Commission hitherto announced that registrants should collect their unclaimed PVCs, including those who registered between June and December 2021.
Days to go for What?
INEC ends the fourth quarter registration on 30 June 2022. Therefore you have the listed number of days above to register and obtain a permanent voter card (PVC) before the current registration window closes.
Anyone that doesn’t obtain a PVC by this deadline may not vote in the 2023 general elections. Don’t have a PVC? Start the registration process today by filling a form in the INEC online registration portal. Are you on Facebook? Join us today to get the tools and information you need to spread this message. Don’t sit on the fence. Let’s play our parts to vote for the right candidates with capacity to make our country better.
Specifically, INEC invalidated 7,145 of 16,511 new voter registrations for this reason, State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Francis Ezeonu, said.
The INEC believes people rushed to re-register based on misinformation that their cards had expired.
He therefore pleaded with voters not to duplicate registration because permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) do not expire.
INEC lifts Imo suspension
Prof Ezeonu also told newsmen at a briefing that INEC has lifted the suspension of voter registration in 21 of the 24 Local Government Areas in Imo State.
Voter registrations remain suspended for Njaba, Orsu and Ihite Uboma LGAs due to security reasons, he announced Thursday, 28 April.
INEC therefore advised eligible voters from affected LGAs to register at other locations until the security situation abates.
The fourth quarter of the registration exercise began on April 11 and will end June 30. But Ezeonu however said INEC will shut down its online portal midway into the quarter to allow for pre-registered applicants to undergo biometric capture before June 30.
PVC collection and updates
The INEC boss said his agency has processed registration data for first and second quarters of the current registration exercise.
Consequently, PVCs of those that registered in the two quarters as well as those that registered between 2011 and 2018 are ready for collection.
Imo voters already registered in three affected LGAs to vote were asked to collect their PVCs at the state headquarters.
Voters from the State that lost their PVCs will get a replacement if they obtain a court affidavit. Ezeonu however reminded those that engage in multiple registrations that this is an electoral crime.