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Abuja Hotel Owners congratulates Wike on appointment as FCT minister



The Hotel Owners Forum Abuja (HOFA) has congratulated Mr Nyesom Wike over his appointment by President Bola Tinubu as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

This is contained in a statement signed by the HOFA President, Mrs Funmi Kazeem on Friday in Abuja.

“it is with great joy and enthusiasm that I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Wike, for his recent appointment as the minister of FCT, Abuja.

“This remarkable achievement is a testament to his unwavering commitment to public service, his exceptional leadership qualities, and dedication to the betterment of our capital city.

“HOFA represents a community that greatly appreciates the efforts of individuals who contribute to the growth and development of hospitality and tourism industry.

“We recognise his strong track records as a visionary leader, and we firmly believe that his appointment as the minister of FCT will pave way for significant advancements and positive changes within the capital territory,” Kazeem said.

The HOFA president explained that Wike’s leadership qualities had been evident even as governor of Rivers.

She added that HOFA is confident that Wike’s tenure as the minister of FCT would be marked with progressive policies, sustainable development initiatives, and a focus on improving the lives of the residents and businesses in Abuja.

She stressed that hotels owners are excited and expecting to witness the positive impact of his strategic decisions and visionary outlook.

“As representatives of the hospitality sector in the FCT Abuja, we understand the integral role that tourism and hospitality development will play in growing our GDP.

“We have faith that under Wike’s leadership, Abuja will continue to flourish as a vibrant and world-class destination for both businesses and leisure.

“His appointment is not only a personal achievement but also an achievement for all of us who call Abuja home.

“We are eager to see his transformative plans unfold and contribute to the overall prosperity of our city.

“Once again, congratulations on this momentous appointment. HOFA stands by Wike and pledges her support as he embark on this new chapter of your public service journey.

“May his tenure as the minister of FCT be marked with success, innovation, and progress for Abuja and its residents,” Kazeem said.


Tribunal upholds Gov. Alia’s election



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi on Saturday upheld the victory of Gov. Hyacinth Alia of the APC in the March 18 Governorship Election.

Delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Karaye, held that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain pre election issues raised by the petitioners, Titus Uba and PDP.

Karaye, who read the unanimous judgment, stated that only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain issues bordering on pre-election matters.

He further said the petitioners’ case was also an abuse of court processes because the same case was filed by the petitioners before the Federal High Court Abuja Division and its judgment was not challenged by the petitioners.

He said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of the 2nd and 3rd respondents by the 4th respondent since they were not members of the 4th respondent.

Justice Karaye further said that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of forgery against the 3rd respondent before the tribunal.

He said the 2nd and 3rd respondents were qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election and therefore, dismissed the case.

The petitioners, Titus Uba and the PDP, had dragged the respondents, INEC, Hyacinth Alia, Dr Sam Ode, and the APC before the tribunal, challenging their declaration by the INEC.

The petitioners argued that the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Gov Alia and Dr Ode, were at the time of contesting the election, not qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election.

They averred that the 4th respondent – the APC – did not follow the provisions of the law in the nomination of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates.

They also alleged that the 3rd respondent had presented a forged certificate to the 1st respondent, INEC, therefore, should be disqualified.

They, therefore, prayed among other things, for the nullification of their election and declare the petitioners as winners of the election, having scored second highest lawful votes.

The also contended that having not qualified to contest the election, their votes should be declared invalid and certificates earlier issued to them by INEC be withdrawn.

NAN reports that the petitioners in the suit did not challenge the result of the March 18 Benue Governorship Election but qualifications of the candidates.

However, the respondents in their counter arguments, urged the tribunal to dismiss the suit in its entirety as it was an abuse of court processes.

The respondents stated that the Federal High Court Abuja Division, had before the election, delivered judgment on the same matter which was filed by the petitioners but they did not appeal the judgment till date.

They also said that the issues raised were all pre election matter and only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain same.

The 2nd and 3rd respondents clearly stated that since the prayers sought by the petitioners were all pre-election matters, the petitioners case was status bar and should be struck out.

They said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of candidates of other political parties as they were mere meddlesome interlopers.

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LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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