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President Donald J Trump of the United States of America has been Impeached by the US House. Democratic 228 vote. Republican nil. Independent 1 vote. Total vote for Impeachement =230. For against Democrat 2 vote,  Republican 195 total=197, Total No Vote=3. First Impeachement charge article is on abuse of power. Second Impeachement charge article is on the obstruction of Congress.

By David Mzer

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Augustine Ityoyiman, Friday  refused to grant the application filed by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole for stay of proceedings in the N10 billion libel suit instituted against him by  Governor Samuel Ortom.

Oshiomole  approached the Court to stay proceedings pending the hearing and determination of his interlocutory appeal at the Court of Appeal,challenging the October 18,2019 ruling of the Court.

The Court had on October 18,2019  struck out a motion brought before it by APC National Chairman, urging the court to dismiss Governor Ortom's  suit over the non-joinder of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Vanguard Media Limited, publishers of Vanguard Newspaper and social media platforms that reported his press conference of July 27,2018.

However, in it's ruling today on the matter of stay of proceedings, Justice Ityonyiman held that the reasons given for the stay of proceedings were not cogent and lacking in merit.

Consequently, the Judge declined the application for stay of proceedings, but however granted Oshiomole leave to file his interlocutory appeal at the Court of Appeal and adjourned the case to December 13,2019.

Governor Ortom in the suit among other things, averred that Oshiomhole allegedly assassinated his character and damaged his reputation when in an APC sponsored press conference held on Friday July 27, 2018, Comrade Oshiomhole accused the Governor of having a hand in the death of two Catholic priests and other parishioners at Mbalom community on the ground that one of the priests had preached a ‘very critical sermon’ against the Governor.
By Terver Akase and Jimin Geoffrey

Governor Samuel Ortom today presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill of One Hundred and Eighty-Nine Billion, Four Hundred and Eighty-Three Million, Five Hundred and Eleven Thousand and Twenty-Five Naira (N189,483,511,025) to the Benue State House of Assembly.Named "Budget of Advancement, Growth and Development," the Governor stated that his administration would ensure adequate provision for programmes that would promote growth and development of the state.

The 2020 Benue State Budget has Recurrent Expenditure of N114.5 billion out of which N50.6 billion is allocated for personnel cost, while N63.9 billion represents the estimated expenditure on overhead cost.

According to the Appropriation Bill, N74.9 billion would go for capital projects.

Governor Ortom also presented a Supplementary Budget of Seven Billion, Seventy-Five Million, Nine Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty-Three Naira (N7,075,912,233) to the Assembly.

He congratulated the Speaker and members of the 9th Assembly on their victories at the 2019 polls and expressed hope that the State Executive Council and Legislature would continue to work in the interest of the state.

Governor Ortom reassured Benue people of his administration's commitment to selfless service.

"As we are all aware, 2019 is a very significant year in our democratic journey and for my administration, as it marks the end of my first term in office and the commencement of the second and final term. It is therefore a year full of re-kindled hope for our people and our State for a better tomorrow and for a future full of opportunities, a future where Benue people will work together for the prosperity and development of the State and where equal opportunity, fairness, justice and equity will thrive", he stated.

Responding, Speaker of the Benue State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Titus Uba urged heads of ministries, departments and agencies of government to appear before the various House Standing Committees to defend their budget proposals to allow for quick passage, describing the presentation as the earliest since 1999.


The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi would on Monday, October 7, deliver judgment in the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime.Jime is challenging the return of Governor Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the March 9, 2019 and March 23, 2019 governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the petition marked EPT/BN/GOV/01/2019, the petitioner is alleging that the election was marred with irregularities, over-voting and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

He prayed the court to declare him winner on the ground that he scored majority of lawful votes cast at the poll, with a margin of 2,224 votes.

The Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Henry Olusiyi adjourned the matter for judgment after counsels to the respective parties had adopted their final written address.

In their final written addresses, Counsel to Governor Ortom, who is the second respondent in the matter, Chief Sabastian Hon, SAN, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition and award substantial cost to the petitioners because according to him, it was riddled with fundamental errors, self contradictory and contradicted the evidence tendered.

Hon averred that the petitioner admitted the errors in their final address, saying scores pleaded were different from those tabulated in their final address.

Counsel to the first respondent, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Offiong Offiong, SAN, held that the burden of proof was on the petitioner and that the standard of proof was on the balance of probabilities and not minimal proof, adding that the petitioners had failed to prove their case as required by law.

Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chris Uche, SAN, aligned himself with the counsel to Ortom and INEC, adding that the petition was lacking in merit, as it suffered acute evidential deficiency both in quality and quantity.

In his submission, Yusuf Ali, SAN, counsel to the petitioner argued that votes scored by Governor Ortom were unlawful, maintaining that with the front-loading of witness statements documents, tendered by APC could not be said to have been dumped on the tribunal.


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has queried the General Manager of the state’s Urban Development Board for renaming some streets in the state capital.
This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase in Makurdi on Thursday.

Ortom directed the board to immediately stop the renaming and dismantle nameplates mounted on the affected streets.

The governor particularly directed it to reverse the renaming of Ahmadu Bello Way which was renamed after him.

He further directed the General Manager to explain within 24 hours why the agency embarked on the renaming of streets without approval.

The streets renamed include- Ahmadu Bello Way to Samuel Ortom Road, Gboko Ring Road to Tony Ijohor Road, Gyado Hospital Road to James Ortese Ayatse Road.

Others are Mkar Road to Iyorchia Ayu Road, St John Road leading to Tor Tiv Palace to Makir Dzakpe Way among others.


The Benue State Executive Council today approved the suspension of the State Programme Manager, 'Saving One Milion Lives', Dr Stanley Ugah, over allegations of embezzlement of funds.
The decision was taken when Dr Ugah appeared before the State Executive Council but could not convince it on how his office spent funds released to the 'Saving One Milion Lives Programme' over a period of time.
Governor Samuel Ortom who presided over the Council meeting, said the suspension of the Programme Manager was to pave way for thorough investigation into the handling of over N900 million being part of the funds meant for the health scheme.
He said the investigation will also ascertain why Benue State took 35th position out of the 36 states in 2017 rating despite the huge sums available to the Programme.
Governor Ortom announced the setting up of a three-man Panel to investigate activities of the Programme under Dr Ugah.
The Panel has Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Michael Gusa as Chairman, Commissioner for Health, Director General, Planning Commission and Special Adviser Economic Matters as members.
The Panel is to submit its report within one week.
'Saving One Million Lives' is a scheme run in partnership between the Federal and State governments to expand access to essential primary health care services for women and children.
...EXTENDS HOS YEARS OF SERVICE
The Benue State Executive Council also today, approved the extension of the years of service of the State Head of Service, Mrs Veronica Onyeke by two years.
Council commended Mrs Onyeke and urged her to continue to offer selfless service to the state. She would have retired later this year.

Yesterday, 2nd Oct, 2019 the management of BENPOLY announced the reopening of the Polytechnic with immediate effect. It could be recalled that the Polytechnic had been on a mid second semester break.
The Rector, Dr. Usman David Kuti, and his Management team had undertaken broad consultations with the polytechnic stakeholders within and outside the polytechnic in order to continue academic activities on a reformative Pedestal.
The approved Modified Second Semester Academic Calendar for 2018/19 which is copied here indicate that resumption is in two batches.
Batch 1, which comprises of Hnd 1, ND 1, Diploma 1, ADPA and Certificate Students are to resume on the 2nd October 2019 for lectures.
Batch 1, exams commences on 14th Oct,2019 to 26th Oct,2019.
Batch 2, which comprises of HND 2, ND 2, and Diploma 2 Students are to resume on the 26th October and their exams will start on the 4th Nov to 9th Nov 2019.
Students industrial work experience ( SIWES) and Industrial Training ( IT) Commences on the 11th Nov 2019.
Students and staff are to strictly abide by this approved academic calendar please.
In addition, Management resolved that:
✓ Students will be checked by the security at the gate
✓The polytechnic exit gate is temporarily closed
✓ Students to observe the Acceptable dressing appearances
✓ That Okada motor cycle riders have been banned from plying the campus.
In another development, the general public is hereby informed that Admission forms for 2019/20 Academic session are still on sale at Designated Banks.

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