FRIENDLY FOE by OKOYE GODWIN

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In the silence of the night I sit
Wondering to my self what went wrong
“I thought we were friends ” I thought wondering what changed for so long
“We will be friends forever ” you said
Now much of this I feel no more ”

What changed dear friend?
The reply of your emotion left me with no answers
Like strangers we felt strange
Although I felt you from a range
“HI” We said
Waiting for replies that came no way
Deep in the close of my heart
I wish you come my way
We stayed together
Like birds that would stay forever
With the sound of boom
Flies away asunder
“DEAR friend what went wrong” I thought
With pain in my heart like hands in thorns.
I thought it would last
I guess its all in the past
I thought all this friendship would not go
Now nothing left but just friendly foes.

Gov. Emmanuel Akpabio sacks two commissioners

Ahead of the defection  of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress,  Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has sacked two commissioners  loyal to Akpabio.

The commissioners were sacked with immediate effect for what was called  “act of disloyalty”.

They are the Commissioners for Labour, Productivity and Manpower Development, Mr Ibanga Akpabio, and Culture and Tourism, Mr Victor Antai.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, said  the two commissioners had to be removed from the State Executive Council for disloyalty to the governor.

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Ibanga, who is a younger brother to Sen. Godswill Akpabio was sacked alongside Antai for receiving Akpabio, a former governor of the state and Emmanuel’s predecessor, at the Ibom International Airport on Tuesday.

Akpabio flew into the state preparatory to his  plan to defect from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress 9APC).

Udoh said the commissioners had to be removed from the state executive council following their “reluctance to comply with good governance processes.’’

“With the development, they have been mandated to handover to the Permanent Secretary in their respective ministries before close of work on Wednesday August 8,’’ he said.

The commissioner stressed that the duo showed complete disloyalty to Emmanuel and therefore could not continue to remain in the state executive.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akpabio on Tuesday tendered his resignation as the senate minority leader and will formally defect to All Progressives Congress today

“Why we can’t punish electoral crimes”- INEC

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Newsmen report that the workshop was organised and sponsored by European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES).

Newsmen also report that over 100 INEC legal personnel and Police officers drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country are attending the training.

Agbamuche -Mbu, who is also the Chairperson, Legal Services of the commission, lauded ECES for funding the training programme, saying the workshop would enhance the capacity of legal officers of INEC and Police officers in the prosecution of electoral offences.

“Our capacity in terms of resources and personnel is simply not large enough to prosecute offences in 120,000 polling units; 8,809 wards, 360 federal constituencies, 109 senatorial districts and 774 local government areas.

“Political interference is also a factor such as instances where Attorneys-General file Nolle Prosequi for such cases, rendering the Commission powerless.

“Now, more than ever, there is the need to prevent, curtail and manage various offences.

“Recent happenings in Ekiti State during the just concluded Governorship Election have thrown up the need for a closer look at our prosecutorial efforts in the area of electoral offences.

“Vote buying has become an issue as witnessed in the Ekiti State Governorship Election and INEC cannot stand aloof and allow its efforts in planning successful election be thrown into disrepute. We must protect the secrecy and sanity of the vote.

“Prosecution of offences is fraught with many difficulties. Traditionally, the police are charged with the duty of investigating these offences, yet we find that the officers who witnessed the offence and made the arrest are moved out of location after the election,” she noted.

The INEC official expressed optimism that participants at the training would brainstorm on issues of adequacy of the law in prosecution of electoral offences, capacity of the staff to handle such, capacity and willingness of police to investigate and stringency of penalties, among others.

Agbamuche-Mbu restated the commitment of the commission to conduct free, credible and acceptable election as well as prosecuting electoral offences.

Earlier, Mr Rudolf Elbling, the Project Coordinator, ECES Nigeria, said that that the training was to boost the confidence of the legal officers and positively reposition them in handling election petitions.

Elbling, who was represented by Maria Teresa Mauro, the Senior Election Expert (Legal), ECES Nigeria, restated the centre’s commitment to continue to support INEC and other organisations for democratic governance in Nigeria.

PSG bids new transfer…

Paris Saint-Germain are mooting a late transfer window bid for Barcelona forward and World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele, reports Sport.

The 21-year-old was previously linked with Arsenal, but ruled out a move to the Emirates Stadium earlier this week, stating his intention to remain at Camp Nou.

PSG however are hopeful of luring him to Ligue 1, where he would link up with France team-mate Kylian Mbappe and Brazil striker Neymar to form arguably the strongest attack in club football.

In other news, Paul Pogba could yet depart Manchester United for Barcelona before the end of August, reports Mundo.

The France international and World Cup winner’s relationship with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is considered to be lukewarm at best and the 25-year-old is still said to want to leave Old Trafford, despite being contracted through to 2021.

Barca saw a rumoured offer of £45m (€50m/$58m), plus the duo of Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes in part exchange, turned down, but believe they can still capture Pogba’s signature before the close of the continental transfer window.

Source:

https://www.tori.ng/news/103659/psg-chase-barcelonas-dembele.html

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