*TEXT OF A PRESS STATEMENT DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT GENERAL OF OKPE UNION HEADQUARTERS, MR PATRICK AKPOTOR IN OKPE HOUSE, OBALENDE LAGOS DURING THE OKPE UNION NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 14TH NOVEMBER, 2020.*

 

The Okpe Union having just held its 2020 National Conference (also known as General Assembly) comprising delegates from its branches all 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja have taken some decisions which are hereby communicated to all members of the Okpe Union and the general public.

The Okpe Union 2020 National conference considered the state of the Okpe Union and recent developments regarding the purported dissolution of the elected national leadership of the Union including imposition of an interim committee of the Okpe Union. The conference noted that the Okpe Union, being a registered organization under the Lands Perpetual Succession Ordinance of 1924 and thus under the Corporate Affairs Commission, is an autonomous organization with its constitution and under Nigerian federal laws that govern incorporated non-governmental organizations.

Delegates at the conference noted the recent purported imposition of some individuals as interim leaders of the Okpe Union, who were given unauthorized powers to preside over the affairs of the Union for two years and delegates unanimously rejected the infliction of the interim leaders.

Without prejudice to anyone whom the authority to usurp the powers of the duly elected National Executive Committee was derived, the 2020 National Conference (also described as the General Assembly), the *highest decision making organ of the Okpe Union* mandated the national leadership of the Okpe Union to communicate the following resolutions reached at the 2020 National Conference which held on the 14th of November, 2020 at the Okpe House, No. 65, Moshalashi Street, Obalende, Lagos.

  1. That the Okpe Union rejects the purported dissolution of the National Executive Council of the Okpe Union and imposition of a Nine-member Interim National Executive Council for two years and holds it to be unconstitutional, illegal, and void.

  1. That delegates at the 2020 National Conference unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the current National Executive Council of the Okpe Union led by Mr. Patrick Akpotor and extended the tenure of the current leadership for five months to enable it conduct a credible free and fair election in compliance with the Okpe Union constitution and the wishes of the majority of Okpe people.

  1. Delegates nominated and adopted 15 Okpe personalities to be recommended to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration as members of the Board of Trustees.

  1. Okpe Union members applauded the peaceful nature of all Okpe people, urging them to remain law abiding and support the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Delta State government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.

  1. Delegates appeal to the Federal Government to reward the Okpe people, being one of the highest oil and gas producing ethnic nationalities in the Niger-Delta.

  1. Delegates also appeal to the Federal Government to transform the Sapele Technical College, one of the oldest in Nigeria to a Federal University or Polytechnic to create capacity in the teeming youths of the area and generate employability.

  1. Delegates call on the Delta State government to complete the Delta State Polytechnic, Elume, Sapele which construction commenced during the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

  1. That Prof. Emurobome Idolor and Prof. Kenneth Eni who are the only Okpe Union members amongst the imposed Interim National Executive Council are hereby suspended indefinitely from the Okpe Union.

  1. The Conference nominated and adopted a five-man Electoral Committee to organize elections into the National Executive Council of the Okpe Union within five months from 14th November, 2020.

*SIGNED:*

Mr. Patrick O. Akpotor

President General

Barr. Kingsley E. Akpederin

General Secretary

Mrs. Roseline Atarhe Abuh

National Publicity Secretary

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

SAN: SANWO-OLU CONGRATULATES BABATUNDE OGALA

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Babatunde Ogala, on his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LLPC).

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, to fecilitate with Ogala, said the elevation of the lawyer to the esteemed club of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is well deserved.

The Governor said Ogala, the immediate past National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC) deserves the SAN award, having contributed immensely to the growth and development of the legal profession in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu also congratulated other legal practitioners who were also conferred with the SAN title.

He said: “On behalf of the Lagos State Government and millions of Lagosians, I felicitate with a worthy citizen of our dear State, Mr. Babatunde Ogala, on his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.

“The elevation of Ogala to the rank of SAN is a good news to us in Lagos. He really deserves the elevation to the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, having distinguished himself in the legal profession with high level of professionalism and integrity.

“We are proud of him and we believe strongly that he will use his new status as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria to further contribute to the growth and development of the legal profession in Nigeria.”

 

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

NOVEMBER 15, 2020

Electronic voting, best option for credible polls – Hon. Segelu

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YSEG Hotels and Suites in Ibadan, Oyo State, Hon. Olayinka Oladimeji Segelu, has joined his voice to the call for the adoption of electronic voting system in Nigeria’s electoral process.

Segelu, a stakeholder in Oyo politics, who aspired for House of Reps in 2015, said the plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence electronic voting with Anambra State governorship election next year was a good move.

“Honestly, the only way we can ensure transparency and reliability in the conduct of elections in Nigeria is to embrace electronic voting as it is done in some other countries of the world. We must understand that establishing an independent body to manage and supervise elections is not enough to guarantee free and fair elections devoid of an efficient and reliable system. To start with, the cost of adopting the electronic balloting may be high, but in the long term, the electoral body (INEC) will experience some cost savings because the same electronic machines can be utilized for future elections. We won’t have to be printing millions of ballot papers in every election period for each voter any more.

“I can tell you that the application of the electronic voting method for elections in Nigeria would certainly go a long way in giving credibility and sanity to our electoral process, as manipulation of votes and rigging would be difficult. There will be quick transmission of results. The results cannot be tampered with as accuracy of voting figures is guaranteed. Dubious and unscrupulous politicians will no longer be able to have a field day by deviously writing election results in their favour in connivance with some election officials. All these will pave the way for the right persons to be elected into elective positions in the country. And our elections would begin to reflect the true will of the people. Therefore, it is important that the enabling law is created and sufficient funds provided for INEC to actualize its plan of commencing electronic voting with the Anambra guber polls in 2021,” he declared.

Segelu, a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commended Prof Mahmood Yakubu for stepping down as INEC Chairman pending the parliamentary approval of his re-appointment by the Senate.

According to him, “The Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu deserves to be commended for stepping aside and handing over to an acting chairman in anticipation of his confirmation by the Senate. Professor Yakubu has indeed by that singular act proved to be a man of honour who has total respect for the laws of the land. It is difficult to see a government appointee act in such honourable manner – stepping down on his own volition from an office he has been reappointed, to await legislative endorsement as required by law. We have seen cases where appointees whose appointment by law requires Senate confirmation will stubbornly remain in office even when such approval was yet to be granted by the Red Chamber. For instance, you will recall how the embattled immediate past Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, obstinately remained in office for over four years despite several rejections of his appointment by the Senate.”

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