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You Can’t Withhold My Certificate of Return, Okorocha Tells INEC

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Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has said the Independent National Electoral Commission lacks the power to withhold his certificate of return.

Okorocha was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February 23 Imo West senatorial election.

In  his  petition to INEC on Tuesday,  Okorocha   said he was not happy that  the body decided to  withhold  his  certificate of return after he was announced as the winner of the election.

But INEC claimed  the declaration was made under duress.

The petition titled, ‘Need to Avert Abuse of Office and Political Corruption by my Political Opponents with the Active Collaboration of INEC’s Leadership in Clear Violation of the Law,’ was addressed to the  Chairman of the commission,  Prof Mahmood Yakubu.

The  governor said going by the laws governing elections in the country, INEC had no right not to issue him a certificate of return.

He added that if there were issues with an election after the announcement of a winner,  the  Election Petitions Tribunal would resolve them.

Okorocha said, “Section 285(1) of the 1999 Constitution states that ‘There shall be established for the Federation one or more election tribunals to be known as the National Assembly Elections Tribunal which shall, to the exclusion of any court or tribunal, have original jurisdiction to hear and determine petitions as to whether (a) any person has been validly elected as a member of the National Assembly.’

“Section 133 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides that ‘No election and return at an election under this Act shall be questioned in a manner other than by a petition complaining of an undue election or an undue return presented to the competent tribunal or court in accordance with the provisions of the constitution or of this Act, and in which the person elected or returned is joined as a party.’

“Where then did INEC derive the power to withhold a certificate of return after a winner in an election had been announced?”

INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education,  Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said since Okorocha had gone to court over the issue, he should allow it to make a pronouncement on his certificate of return.

He said, “The case is in court. He is the one that took us to court. He should, therefore, wait for the court to determine the case.”

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Hilda Dokubo Denies Suspension Allegation, Says I Was Never Suspended

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Chairperson of the Labour Party (LP) in Rivers State, Hilda Dokubo, has denied rumours of her suspension from the party.

On Thursday, reports emerged that Mrs Dokubo was suspended as a party member in her ward, Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.

The suspension supposedly followed an emergency meeting of the party’s ward executive committee on 15 July, which LGA executives then ratified on 18 July.

The alleged reasons for her suspension included financial misconduct, abuse of office and party regulations violations.

However, the actress-cum-politician refuted the claims in a video shared on her Instagram page Saturday, noting that she remains the party’s chairperson.
She said: “I was never suspended, and everybody in that publication is a non-Labour Party member because the party has a register, and we know all our members, especially in Asari Toru, a small community.

“So these are all PDP boys carrying out the instructions of their master. Ordinarily, I’d have let it go, but because the internet never forgets, I want to put my part of the story out there so that you know that at no time was I suspended; at no time did I have any delays whatsoever with money. We do not have money. I am chairman of the Labour Party, River State, not Financial Secretary or Treasurer. I am not even an executive of Ward 3. I am the Labour Party chairman, River State. So I think they missed the point out there.”

Mrs Dokubo, 54, was appointed as the state party’s chairperson in March 2023. She denied the allegations and added that her 30-year career in Nollywood and ten years with international organisations had been scandal-free.

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Food for Living: No Pain, No Gain

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friends,

Suffer the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret.

Nothing gladdens the heart more than success. With success, making an impact in the society and being a blessing to others become much easier. As a matter of fact, one gets a listening ear because every other person believes they have experience to share which can impact their lives.

The interesting thing about attaining success is that, in most cases, the work is done in secret. It’s just like a website designer who does most of the work at the back end via coding or use of templates, and when the work is completed, the website will go live. The impact of this analysis is that the website designer will experience pain fixing the website for people to have ease navigating it.

In the grand scheme of things, most people celebrate the glory, but they don’t take time to appreciate the associated pain that birthed the success. It’s instructive to note that every success has a painful story, and every painful positive undertaking, with value normally has a successful ending. Therefore, it’s important for one to accept the pain and get ready for success because there can never be success without a corresponding pain.

The sad reality of life however, is that many of us are not ready to undergo the pain of success.

Every successful person travels a painful journey. Suffering, in more than a literary sense, is an integral and essential part of any real pursuit of success. Nothing about success comes easy, but every perseverance attached story has the potential to have a successful ending. You may as well accept suffering as a traveling companion, rather than resist it, and create more struggle.

Did you know that a single book, song, skill, or movie can make a difference in life if properly done? If you understand this principle, you will know that success in life comes with associated pain.

Did you know that success has a psychological pattern? It is working hard in silence and allowing the positive outcome to make the noise. To understand this philosophy, imagine an author who published a trailblazer book; the process of writing the book might be tedious; he might have experienced numerous sleepless nights, reading and researching, but when the work is finally released and appreciated, most people won’t understand the amount of work that was put in at the back end.

To understand how the pain of success works, imagine how tired you feel when you reading, but notice that you never get bore when on social media gallivanting and having fun. Again, imagine a pregnant lady in labour, her pain will be over when she delivers.

Note that in the journey of success, one must surely experience pain, and there will be the urge to give up; one might even lose relationships, doubt themselves, their decision, their knowledge, and experience untold fears of failure.

There will be situations that foretell discouragement and encouragement juxtaposed, but never get deterred especially, if you feel and heard right on the project and vision.

In summary, just like the rewards of success can be great, so will the corresponding opportunity cost be, but in the end, it will be worth the effort. So, accept the pain, understand that it is the path to success, and keep moving forward with unwavering determination.

As you navigate the inevitable challenges and hardships, remember that your success story is being written one page at a time, and it will be more glorious because of the pain you’ve overcome.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator.  He’s the founder of Gloemi. He’s a Transformative Human Capacity and Mindset coach. He is also a public speaker, youth advocate, creative writer and author of Design Your Destiny Design Your  and Unleash Your Destiny .  He can be reached via info@gloemi.com

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JAMB Pegs Cut-off Marks at 140 and 100 for Universities and Polytechnics Respectively

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the official cutoff marks for the 2024/2025 academic year. Following the stakeholder meeting on the 18th of July, 2024, these benchmarks were established to guide admissions into tertiary institutions across Nigeria. These include colleges of education, polytechnics, and universities.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Universities

Universities have a higher threshold, with the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 set at 140. This standard is uniform across federal, state, and private universities. The aim is to ensure that candidates possess the requisite academic readiness for the rigours of university education.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Polytechnics

Polytechnics will adhere to a JAMB cutoff mark 2024 of 100. This benchmark is intended to align with the practical and technical training focus of these institutions. Candidates seeking admission into polytechnic programmes must meet or exceed this score to be considered eligible for entry.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Colleges of Education

For colleges of education, the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 has been set at 100. This threshold applies to all colleges, ensuring a standard level for candidates aspiring to teacher training institutions. This measure aims to streamline admissions processes and maintain a consistent academic standard.

Addressing misconceptions about JAMB cutoff marks

Several misconceptions exist regarding JAMB cutoff marks. It is essential to clarify these misunderstandings to help candidates better understand the admission process.

Misconception 1: The cutoff mark guarantees admission

One common misconception is that meeting the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 guarantees admission. While achieving the cutoff mark is necessary, it does not automatically secure a spot in an institution. Admission is highly competitive and other criteria, such as post-UTME scores, O’Level results, and course quotas, also play significant roles in determining eligibility.

Misconception 2: The cutoff mark is uniform across all courses

Another misunderstanding is that the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 is the same for all courses within a particular institution. In reality, while the overall institutional cutoff may be set, specific courses, especially those in high demand like Medicine, Law, and Engineering, often require higher scores. Institutions may set additional benchmarks for such competitive courses to ensure only the most qualified candidates are admitted.

Misconception 3: Institutions cannot set higher cutoff marks

It is also wrongly believed that institutions cannot set their own higher cutoff marks above the JAMB benchmark. While JAMB sets the minimum threshold, individual institutions have the discretion to establish higher marks based on their specific admission policies and the competitiveness of their programmes. This practice ensures that institutions maintain high academic standards and admit students who are best suited for their engaging programmes.

Final thoughts on JAMB official cutoff marks for all institutions 2024/2025

The JAMB cutoff mark for 2024 signifies a unified approach to admissions, reflecting the input and agreement of key stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector.

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