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His Royal Majesty,King Alfred Diete-Spiff and wife,Queen Josephine Diets-Spiff celebrates Bayelsa Governor’s Wife,Patience Ama Zuofa Diri as she becomes High Court Judge.

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The Swearing in ceremony of four newly-appointed High Court Judges in Bayelsa State in the presence of highly placed dignitaries within the society on Thursday and Oath administered by the Governor, Senator Douye Diri and witnessed by the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State,Justice Kate Abiri.

Also present to celebrate with the Governor’s wife is His Royal Majesty,King Alfred Diete-Spiff,The Amayanabo of Twon-Brass Kingdom and His Wife,Her Majesty Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff.

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Others honoured alongside Her Excellency, Patience Ama Zuofa Diri includes Lockie James Benimo, Simon Warikiyei Amaduobogha and Christine Irigha Kombo-Enegesi.

After taking their oath of office at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Diri urged them to be above board in the discharge of their sacred duties.

“I once again congratulate the newly sworn-in judges on your appointment. Indeed, as you assume your respective high and exalted offices as judges of the High Court, I urge you to serve the people of Bayelsa with unfailing zeal and commitment.

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“Let your actions and decisions be steered solely on unprejudiced and faithful application of the constitution and our written laws, our ethics and values as a people and the superseding interest of justice. May God continue to bless Bayelsa State, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

Speaking with journalist at the swearing in ceremony,Her Royal Majesty,Queen (Dame) Josephine Diete-Spiff says,”I congratulate and Celebrate with her Excellency, Justice Ama Zoufa Diri at her swearing in ceremony as Judge of the High Court in Bayelsa State.

Your Excellency, it’s a position well deserved and a hope for the common man, of which you have always shown interest before your accession as her Excellency.

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We know you will administer Justice and I pray the good Lord give you the auction to function in this new assignment.

Our duty is to stand with you in prayers. Congratulations and more heights await your Excellency. Keep up the good work and God’s blessings always.”

The swearing-in ceremony was also witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, judges, senior lawyers, including Mr. Kemeasuode Wodu (SAN), other top government functionaries, as well as families and friends of the new judges.

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Funds expended on political campaigns in Nigeria is now a critical component of Nigerian corruption…Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje,Chairman Afenifere Ogun state

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The Ogun state Chairman of Afenifere,a vibrant and active social Political group,Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje spoke extensively with our News medium on INEC’s demand for all candidates to declare their bank assets prior to the 2023 General elections and other concerned issues.

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In his words on INEC and Party Candidates Bank assets,he said “My first concern is what is INEC’s definition of “bank assets?” Is it just bank account balances or more than that? If its just bank account balances, I doubt what practical use such information will be to INEC.

Secondly, I wonder whether INEC has the legal authority to request candidates to declare their “bank assets”. Yes the agency is authorised to monitor campaign expenditure but does that ipso facto confer on them the power to request bank balances? I’m not so sure of that. Code of Conduct Bureau and perhaps EFCC or ICPC may have such authority but its not clear that INEC does.”

Responding to the commission’s move to establish a finance monitoring teams,Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje says, “It is desirable and proper for INEC to establish mechanisms to monitor campaign finance and expenditure. The funds expended on political campaigns in Nigeria have become unreasonably huge and is now a critical component of Nigerian corruption and political dysfunction. I support any lawful effort to constrain and control this issue within the ambit of the law.”

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The Ogun State Afenifere chairman emphasized that The EFCC and Deposit Money Banks have the responsibility to report suspicious financial transactions and he support leveraging this mechanism to monitor campaign finances…

“The Constitution guarantees freedom of association to all Nigerians so I can understand as many parties as possible seeking INEC registration. As a practical matter of course I recognise the operational, logistics and political difficulties inherent in having too many political parties. Nevertheless I believe every legitimate and conscientious political tendency should have the right to express themselves through a political party.”Otunba Agbaje maintained.

“I am excited at the news that youths and students top new voters registrations. I urge all youths, students, professionals, workers and indeed all Nigerians who are yet to register to do so. We can aim to register 12 million additional voters before the General Elections and take new registrations to over 20million!!! I know that’s an ambitious target but we need ambitious objectives and goals if we must reform and transform Nigeria.The Youths deserves encouragement to take up challenges and prepare for the future.

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Presently, Afenifere Social Political group is made up of very active, focused and visionary youths with their membership growing by the day,”he added

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