The Late 5: Governor Udom storms House of Assembly to stop his impeachment; Nwosu remains my choice even if he dumps APC – Okorocha | Other top stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

Leadership crisis at the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly on Tuesday heightened as a five-man faction of the House led by Nse Ntuen arrived at the chamber early in the day to commence impeachment proceedings against the state governor, Udom Emmanuel.

As reported by Channels Television, Police personnel were later deployed to restore normalcy at the complex in Uyo, firing several gunshots into the air to disperse some suspected thugs who had earlier gained entrance into the premises of the complex, afterwhich the Speaker of the Assembly, Onofiok Luke led the other 21 members into the Chambers where they sat for about two hours deliberating on various issues.

The governor is also reported to have arrived the venue at about 1o:ooam with members of his cabinet and security details, about 10am which helped the youths to pursue the 5 lawmakers out of the assembly premises.

Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has raised an alarm that the state was under siege, calling for the redeployment of the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, who assumed duties last week.

Addressing a world press conference at his official residence in Uyo, Emmanuel said the government had received intelligence report of the plan of the sacked lawmakers to take over the house of assembly and that the plans were executed under the supervision of the police, adding that several petitions to President Muhammadu Buhari and the IGP about the activities of the Police and the sacked lawmakers have been ignored.

Speaking on the development, PDP’s spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday said “the whole idea behind the recent onslaught by the Senator Godswill Akpabio’s sponsored sacked members of the state assembly is to cause mayhem, generate tension with a view to make the state ungovernable.” 

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo on Tuesday said that he wouldn’t stop aspirants in the Imo chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) aggrieved over the outcome of the recent primary election, from quitting the party to another party to realise their ambitions.

Speaking at a media parley in Owerri, Okorocha who is running in the 2019 Senate race, insisted that his former Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, irrespective of  political platform remains his preferred governorship candidate, adding that whatever party the aggrieved aspirants defect to “will have no presidential candidate, but will adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate.” 

 “I have been trying to manage the situation but I have no moral justification to stop the aggrieved candidates who felt short-changed from realizing their ambitions in any other party but I have not left APC and do not intend to leave APC. But you must realize that in Imo we don’t play party politics but politics of individuals. People did not join APC because of anybody but because of me,” he added.

Newly-inaugurated governor of Osun, Gboyega Oyetola has promised to work on improving the standard of living for citizens of the state and create 30, 000 jobs.

Speaking during his inaugural address on Tuesday in Osogbo after he was sworn-in, Oyetola who pledged to run a people friendly administration by prioritizing workers welfare and pensioners, promised to ensure workers’ salaries are paid promptly based on the financial inflow of the state.

“It is time to create jobs for our youths; we will upgrade our vocational technical institutions to make them more vibrant with the demands of the technology-driven world. We in partnership with private sectors will establish large manufacturing industries in the major sectors of the economy to create at least 30,000 jobs,” Oyetola stated.

A Federal High Court in Osogbo on Tuesday refused bail to a former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) lecturer, Professor Richard Akindele, charged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) on four counts of alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student.

Justice Maureen Onyetenu in her ruling ordered Akindele to be remanded in Ilesa Prison until Dec. 17 and the prosecution counsel from the ICPC to produce video evidence of the lecturer and his student having fun.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecturer was first arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu on Nov. 19 by the ICPC on four counts of alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student.

And stories from around the world:

Prime Minister Theresa May began a tour of the United Kingdom to drum up support for her Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, while her deputy said on Tuesday parliament might reject it if asked to vote on it now. (Reuters)

US President Donald Trump intensified his attacks Tuesday on the special counsel probing possible collusion between Russia and his 2016 electoral campaign, after prosecutors said his former campaign chairman lied to investigators. (AFP)

Statements by three captured Ukrainians have been released by Russia’s security service after Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian boats off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea.

One of the men, Volodymyr Lisovyi, said he was aware of the “provocative nature” of the Ukrainian action. (BBC)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Ukraine is to blame for the confrontation in Crimea, as Moscow warned that the conflict could escalate because of Kiev’s decision to declare martial law. (Al Jazeera)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to allow inspectors into the reclusive country’s main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a senior diplomatic source. (Reuters)


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