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INEC declares Kogi West senatorial election inconclusive

INEC declares Kogi West senatorial election inconclusive

Kogi West Senatorial election which was conducted on Saturday November 16, has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).      The election was declared inconclusive by the returning officer Professor Olayinde Lawal who disclosed that the margin between Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were canceled.     He disclosed that the margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Smart Adeyemi and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye is 20,570. Professor Olayinde Lawal announced that Mr Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Senator Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven Local Government Areas in the senatorial district.     Professor Lawal said INEC will announce a new date for the supplementary election in the 53 polling units before a winner can be returned. This came after Senator Dino Melaye rejected the results.

Photos: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and wife Patience hosts APC governors and members in Otuoke

Photos: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and wife Patience hosts APC governors and members in Otuoke

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, last night hosted APC governors and members in his home in Otueke, Bayelsa state.     He hosted members of the opposition party just before INEC declared APC governorship candidate in the state, David Lyon, winner of the election.

Ayade: invigorating C’River creative industry through competitions

Ayade: invigorating C’River creative industry through competitions

Sen. Prof. Benedict Ayade Brings New Life To Cross River State Creative Economy As Poets, Musicians, Film Makers, Photographers And Painters Are Inspired To Unleash Their Creativity In Ceative Economy Competitions; To Win Thousands of Pounds.

The Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Benedict Ayade has given new life to the Cross River State Creative Economy As hundreds of poets, musicians, film makers, photographers, and painters have been inspired to unleash their creativity in the Linda Ayade Literary Art, Afi Ekong Visual Art, Benedict Ayade Film and Nico Mbarga Music Competitions.

The Competitions are organized by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Creative and Knowledge Economy, Hon. Emmanuel Etim. The objectives of the Competitions is to give young Cross Riverians the platform to unleash their creativity and reward this creativity for growth and development.

The competitions which submission of entries opened on 5th of October, 2019 and closed on 14th of November, 2019, include the Linda Ayade Literary Art, Afi Ekong Visual Art, Benedict Ayade Film and Nico Mbarga Music Competitions. The next stage of the competition is the social media voting which will commence soon.

Scores of entries were received in the various categories including Poetry and Prose for the Linda Ayade Literary Art Competition, Photography and Painting for the Afi Ekong Visual Art Competition, Short film and Documentary for the Benedict Ayade Film Competition and Afro Soul/Reggae and Afro Hip Hop for the Nico Mbarga Music Competition.

Winners are expected to emerge at the end of the Competitions with each winner taking home a thousand pounds to be invested in further improving his area of focus and capacity. The prizes will be presented in a special ceremony to be held in the state.

The initiative is expected to have a multiplier effect in the creative economy in the state, create jobs as well as wealth. Many stakeholders in the Creative Economy in Cross River State are full of praises for His Excellency Sen. Prof. Benedict Ayade for developing the creative economy of the state.

According to a stakeholder in the sector, Gab Egbe-Yonwuren “I think other states should emulate Gov, Ayade of Cross Rivers State and launch similar Creative Economy in their States so as to help to promote, publish and boost the creative talents of thousands of Nigerians who do not have the money and means to get their creative works come into reality for the benefit of mankind..”

He added “After that the Federal Government should follow suit to launch its own National Creative Economy Awards in which prizes can be won in Poetry, Drama, Prose, Children Literature, Movie, Arts & Designs. Prizes could be in the region of at least Thirty Million Naira for the best entry in each of these genres.

He concluded: “There are several advantages in this initiative.

The winning amount would be used by the winner to establish his office and purchase some of his creative tools or equipment.

The creative artiste could employ a few people to help him carry out the producing of more of his creative works thereby helping to solve unemployment.

Other related businesses like the printers, artists, Bookstores and individual professionals like Makeup Artists, Caterers, Fashion Designers, Set Designers, Movie and Book editors will have jobs to do as well as creating new job opportunities for all those who have the skill and training to go into these professions. ”

Indeed, Creative Economy is the key to turning around Cross River State And Nigeria’s economy. We thank His Excellency Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for choosing to grow the Cross River State Creative Economy. We also thank Her Excellency, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade for her unwavering support for the initiatives.

Hon. Emmanuel Etim is Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Creative And Knowledge Economy.

Dignitaries storm Yala for Eba as wedding Turns Carnival.

Dignitaries storm Yala for Eba as wedding Turns Carnival.

The ancient city of Okuku in Yala Local government Area was thrown into a frenzy of excitement a few days ago as the nobility and royalty of high society descended on the domain of Hon.Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba, for his wedding.

The city had taken on a face-lift in anticipation of the mother of all weddings and Okuku became a sight to behold to a first-time visitor.

The hotels weren’t left out in the fun as they seized the opportunity to raise their prices but still did brisk business.

The wedding Between Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba and his lovely wife Ogar Cecilia brought together who is who in the state political scene.

Leading the list of who is who Governor Benedict Ayade was digitally represented by the Deputy Governor Professor Ivara.

Other dignitaries in attendance include the Cross River State Chief Of staff,Chief Martins Orim,Hon.Jarigbe Agom,Hon.Regina Anyogo, Hon.Eteng Williams,Engineer Eraye,Hon.Cynthia Nkasi,Chief Mrs.Angela Ogeyi Odey,Hon Peter Odinga, Hon.Mathew Ojugbo,Dr.Asibong,Barrister DORNCKLAIMZ Enamhe,
Hon.Stella Odey,Dr.Stephen Odey ,Hon.Eddie Achi,Chief Paul Santus, Barrister.Patience Obim,Hon.Mike Usibe,Dr.Julius Okpotu, Engineer Casmos Ekawu,Hon.Rita Agbor Ayim.

Traditional leaders across the state were led by his HRH Ogamode Onah Ipuole, religious leaders and people’s democratic party faithfuls across the state were among the dignitaries that witnessed the wedding Eba held at St.Joseph Catholic Church, Okuku.

Indeed, well before the Saturday, November 9th wedding kicked off, the place had already been overtaken by dignitaries.

They zoomed in,-driven in expensive state-of-the-art models that would burn a hole in a billionaire’s pockets.

Proceedings commenced at St.Joseph Catholic Church,Okuku where the Catholic priest ,Rev.Father Mathias Ojorgu, solemnized the marriage while prayers were offered.

The bride and groom being descended from no mean status, the quality of dignitaries was particularly high, over five thousand people friends and relatives took over the reception venue all in celebration of an Icon and his beautiful wife.

A lot of present and past PDP leaders were also out in force to support one of their own Hon.barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba.

I’ll make Cross River a window to Africa – Ayade

I’ll make Cross River a window to Africa – Ayade

As part of his vision to make the state a window to Africa, Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, is ramping up activities through the establishment of additional tourism facilities in the state.

Ayade said his vision for the state is not only to make it Nigeria tourism capital but a window to the entire African continent.
The governor stated this, Monday, at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s office, Calabar, during the presentation of the Calas Vegas Master Plan by a South African company, Afri-Gon.
The Governor, who regretted that although the state was known globally for tourism, but with less activities and facilities for the sector to thrive, assured that his administration is building the Calas Vegas in Calabar as well as the Busafot Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area of the state to boost tourism.
According to him, “Today marks the full kickoff of the journey towards the actualization of the Calas Vegas city. Cross River State is the tourism capital of Nigeria but lacks the facilities to keep tourists busy.
“Today, we are rehabilitating and bringing Obudu Ranch Resort to life again. To also complement the Calas Vegas city we are building in Calabar, we are developing another resort in Obanliku. This project is also the reason why I’m building the Obudu Cargo Airport.”
Justifying the establishment of the airport, Ayade said: “When tourists visit Calas Vegas in Calabar, they will also know they can fly to Obudu to visit the Busofat resort and from there to the Ranch. With this, they will be activities to sustain tourism across the state and I have no doubt that when completed, the state will have enough traffic.”
While extolling Cross River as the most secure, most beautiful and one of the most civilized states in Nigeria, the governor added that “as a very civilized people who have dignity even in poverty, we must work to make the state a window to Africa.”
Earlier, while presenting the Calas Vegas master plan, the Chief Executive Officer of Afri-Gon, Eran Goven promised that the resort, when completed would be the best in Africa and one of the best in the world.
He said that “We have been in communication with the governor to create a city with a world class resorts that will ofder something that has never been seen before and will drive tourists back into Nigeria.
“We have designed the project to have a world class golf components where international golf championship can be hosted, the resort will have the biggest swimming pool in the world, standard hotels, bungalow and floating bungalows, billionaire boulevard among other attractive features.”
He assured that they would continue to learn from the governor who has the vision to ensure that “every detail of the project was completed.

Ayade rescues Unical student bed-ridden for 3 years

Ayade rescues Unical student bed-ridden for 3 years

Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has donated the sum of NGN1000000 for the treatment of Ayamba Mbeh, a University of Calabar student who has been bedridden for over three years.

Confidence Abang who confirmed this in a statement issued on behalf of the National Association of Nigeria Students’, NANs lauded the Governor for the gesture.

While praising Governor Ayade for the donation, Abang said that such gesture has never happened in the history of the state.

“With unalloyed and unreserved reverence to His Excellency, the Governor and the Supreme Political Leader Cum Pathfinder of Cross River State, a seasoned industrialist and a Humanitarian par Excellent, Sen. Ben Ayade, the National Association of Nigeria Students(NANS) received the sum of 1 million Naira for the health of our sick comrade Ayamba Mbeh, who has been bed ridden for over 3 years. This kind of intervention has never been in the history of the Association in the state. We thank him immensely for the ebullient support.

“Your Excellency, for an intervention of this magnitude, we don’t intend to be silent, we intend to make the echoes go round , let the comrade community in the state and beyond know your good deed in ensuring our friend and brother walks again.

Our profound gratitude goes to the solution architect of our time, the man whose ingenuity, tact and wisdom helped navigated this process to this feat and succes”, the statement reads.