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Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the judgment of the Supreme Court on the PDP crisis is a victory for democracy as the nation will now have a viable opposition. Speaking after the Supreme Court in Abuja on Wednesday, Governor Wike said: "This judgment shows that there will be opposition in Nigeria. "I am very happy. Rivers people are very happy because we have no other party aside the PDP". The governor said that the PDP will emerge from the crisis stronger because all stakeholders will work hard to rebuild the party. He urged Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his supporters to keep their word and work with other stakeholders in the interest of the party. The governor said that the former PDP Chairman called him last week to assure him that he will respect whatever decision reached by the Supreme Court . "I urge them to keep their word. All of us will work together to re-position the party. The party will go back to the drawing board to move …

Amaechi is my God – Andrew Uchendu

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Chief Andrew Uchendu, has described the leader of the party in the state, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as his God.
Uchendu was recently declared the winner of the Rivers East senatorial election by the state election tribunal.

The APC chieftain, who made this remark during the unity rally/thanksgiving organised by the Obio/Akpor LGA caucus leader, Mr. Chikordi Dike, on Sunday, said no Rivers son had contributed more to his (Uchendu) life than Amaechi, who is also the Minister of Transportation.
Uchendu said, “There is no Rivers son that has made the kind of contribution Rotimi Amaechi has made in my life. Wike said Amaechi behaves like a God, but the Bible said man is God to man.
“If Amaechi has been the instrument of elevation and empowerment of many young people who were at the grassroots and now in the highest level of political career, is he not their God? And if he has helped people who testify as we are testifying today, for me, A…

Saraki: FG to send CCT records to Appeal Court this week

The Federal Government is set to transmit to the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, over 3,000 pages of the records of the 21 months trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.
The transmission of records of the trial to the Court of Appeal is a legal requirement for the Federal Government to validate its notice of appeal filed against the CCT’s judgment, which recently discharged and acquitted Saraki of all the 18 charges of false assets declaration.

According to legal experts, the Court of Appeal only assigns an appeal number to a case after receiving the “records of appeal” transmitted to it from the lower court.
The records transmission will set the stage for exchange of briefs between the parties involved in the case before a date for hearing of the appeal can be fixed by the Court of Appeal.
Ahead of the records transmission, which our correspondent gathered would likely take place this week, it was learnt that the legal…

Plastic bomb kills four in NW Pakistan: officials

Four people were killed including a soldier and two paramilitary troops when a bomb concealed in a plastic bag went off in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area near the Afghan border, officials said Saturday.
The incident occurred in the Khyber district when security officials spotted a suspicious plastic bag near a security checkpoint.
Khyber is one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas where the army has for more than a decade been battling militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

“As the security officials were inspecting the plastic bag, the bomb concealed in it went off, killing a solider, two paramilitary troops and a civilian,” a local administration official told AFP, requesting anonymity.
The incident was confirmed by other local security officials.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Violence across Pakistan has declined in recent years following a series of military offensives against insurgents but the remnants of militant groups are still able to carr…

Congo declares end to Ebola outbreak

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its month Ebola outbreak over on Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the virus.
“I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,’’ Minister of Health in the country, Mr Oly Ilunga, said in a statement.
Health officials say Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but ultimately declined to deploy it due to the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges.

The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus’ deadliest episode in West Africa, which killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia causing alarm around the world.
Health officials also observed that northeastern Congo’s experience in fighting the disease allowed them to gain the upper hand quickly.
“The government of DRC has been very transparent in declaring the outbreak.

“To a large ext…