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PDP Reps Sue Malami , Mohammed , NBC Over New Broadcasting Code

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Members of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the National Broadcasting Commission over the 6th National Broadcast Code recently released by the National Broadcasting Commission.
Chairman of the PDP caucus, Mr Kingsley Chinda, told on Thursday that the lawmakers would also sue the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Sen Chris Ngige; Minister of State, Festus Keyamo, SAN; and the National Directorate of Employment over the recruitment of 774,000 for the Federal Government’s Public Works Scheme.
Chinda said, “We cautioned that we shall litigate on the amended code released by the Ministry of Information and the 774,000 jobs by Labour (ministry). We are going ahead to litigate on both the amended code and the 774 jobs, unless the amended code and the programme are stepped down or rejigged in line with the law and the right thing done. We have filed the suit against the Ministry of Information.”
Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, in a statement on July 7, condemned the new broadcasting code, saying it amounted to a declaration of war on arts producers by the Federal Government.
The PDP also on August 7, 2020, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, faulted the reviewed code especially where violators are liable to a fine of N5m as against the previous fine of N500,000.
A former Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority Tonnie Iredia, who is also a professor of Broadcast Management and Media Law, had in an interview condemned the new code as politicised and lacking the input of professional bodies and stakeholders.
Mohammed had, however, insisted that the sixth edition of code was part of ongoing reforms in the sector, which he said was in the best interest of the country.
At the NBC’s 28th anniversary and sixth annual lecture in Abuja, the minister said government’s expectation was that the ongoing reforms, including the amendment of the code, would revolutionise the nation’s broadcasting industry.
Mohammed noted that the Buhari-led Federal Executive Council supported the amendments after a review of the 2019 general elections.
But the PDP caucus dragged Malami, Mohammed and the NBC before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to void the code.
The originating summons, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent on Thursday, showed that the plaintiffs – Chinda; Deputy Caucus Leader, Chukwuma Onyema; Caucus Deputy Whip, Ajibola Muraina; and Messrs Mark Gbillah, Tyough Robert, Bulus Solomon, Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum, Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen and Onyema Chukwuka – filed the suit in their individual capacities and as representatives of the caucus.
The suit, with number FHC/ABJ/CS/1136/2020, was filed on September 9, 2020. One Francis U. Obalim deposed to a 15-paragraph affidavit and a written address on behalf of the lawmakers.
The lawmakers, through their lawyers, Segun M. Fiki and Barrister Johnmary Chukwuasi Jideobi of Johnmarry C. Jideobi and Co., in their written address, argued that the amended 6th National Broadcasting Code enacted/issued by the 1st defendant (Mohammed) is in “flagrant breach of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), particularly as it seeks to surreptitiously and unlawfully create the offences of ‘hate speech’ and ‘fake news’ and to prescribe penalties therefore, whereas the said offences are not prescribed by any written law in force, as well as sundry provisions of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act Cap N11. LFN 2004.”
They asked the court to determine whether, by the provisions of Section 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the amended 6th broadcasting code enacted/issued by the 1st defendant (Mohammed), which created the purported offences of “hate speech” and “fake news” and correspondingly purported to have imposed penalties, is not unconstitutional, null and void.
The lawmakers further asked the court to determine whether or not, having regard to the extant provisions of Sections 6 and 23 of the National Broadcasting Commission Act Cap. N11 LFN 2004, the 1st defendant has the statutory power to issue broadcasting code and whether the 6th Nigerian Broadcasting Code purportedly issued is not a nullity and therefore void.

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Ondo Election : Akeredolu’s Commissioner , Others Defect To ZLP «

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Mr Ilawole appreciated the governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the state in the capacity of a commissioner in the intervention agency.
Another top government official working with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has resigned his appointment to join the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), ahead of the October 10 Ondo governorship election.
The official is Bisi Ilawole., a Commissioner with the Ondo State Oil Producing Commission (OSOPADEC). He resigned his appointment with the State government on Tuesday.
In his resignation letter addressed to Mr Akeredolu, he appreciated the governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the state in the capacity of a Commissioner in the intervention agency.
“Sir, it is my profound gratitude for the rare privilege given to me under your administration to serve as a commissioner representing the good people of Ilaje Oil Producing Communities,” part of his letter reads.
After his resignation, he resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the ZLP, with his supporters.
Moreso, a two-time Chairman of Irele Local Government, Nicholas Akinbiola and Daisi Onetufo, a chieftain of APC, also defected to ZLP.
In addition, a former chairman of Ileoluji/Okeigbo and lawmaker representing the constituency, Folagbade Gbemibade dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for ZLP.
Speaking after he received them at the ZLP Secretariat, the state chairman, Joseph Akinlaja, said the interest of the folks would be considered.
Last week, a reported show that a senior aide of Mr Akeredolu, Andrew Ogunsakin. resigned his appointment from the government, and threw his weight behind deputy Agboola Ajayi, ahead of the state governorship election.

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“I Am Ready To Work With Obaseki” – Ize – Iyamu

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The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has declared that he is ready to work with his victorious opponent, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Ize-Iyamu disclosed this during a press briefing on Wednesday.
He also had a closed-door meeting with his party’s caretaker chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mallam Buni and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja.
Ize-Iyamu at the press conference said: “We are going to talk to everybody, we will bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki. I am appealing to him to return to the party. In every family, there must be a disagreement.”
Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out of the party. I made the mistake before and I have come to realise that it was a grievious error and I would not want him as a senior brother to make the same,” he added.
Furthermore, Ize-Iyamu asserted he is appealing to him to come back to the party where he truly belongs saying
“In APC, he’s recognised as a leader but the new party he is, it will be difficult for them to accept him(Obaseki) as a leader.
“So I am ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people. We believe that it is time we bring peace to our state, ” he concluded.

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Ondo Election : There Is Gang Up Against Us – State APC Spokesman

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State, says it has uncovered plans by some political parties to employ crude means to destroy the image of the party, ahead of the Oct.10, gubernatorial polls.
Mr Alex Kalejaiye, the state Publicity Secretary of APC, made the allegation in a statement on Wednesday in Akure.
“The unholy alliance is informed by the fact that the political parties perceive APC as a common enemy because they are jittery over the rising profile of the ruling APC, on account of its performance.
“To achieve this, it was further gathered, the parties are to lay at the doorstep of the ruling party all forms of violence and acts of thuggery that will be carried out by their sponsored agents.
“As a responsible and responsive political organisation, the APC appreciates and it is committed to peaceful campaigns and rancor-free gubernatorial election.The party abhors anything that can inflict pains on the good people of the state,” Kalejaiye stated.
He tasked all security agencies in the state to be vigilant and ensure that perpetrators of any form of destructive acts, and violations of positive conduct were handled with all seriousness.
According to him, APC encourages other political parties to tow the path of peace, and caution their members to discard an untoward attitude of hooliganism and recklessness in their operations.
“Political leaders will do well to avoid making inflammatory statements that are capable of spurring their followers in unjustifiable and uncivilised actions.
“The best way to win over the electorate is to sell programmes of various parties, convince them of ability to deliver on campaign promises, and appeal for their understanding and support,” he stated.
The APC spokesman, therefore, noted that the party would always crave for genuine development of the state, through massive infrastructure boosting and industrialis-ation.He added that the current uncommon interventions in the agriculture sector would be sustained.

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