Oil Firm Sues Akanimo Udofia’s Company Over N200m Debt

Oil and gas servicing company, Hydrodive Nigeria Limited, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to wind up a company, Saidel Limited, belonging to All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Akanimo Udofia, over an alleged multi-million naira debt.

The petitioner, in the winding up petition filed by its counsel Nnamdi Oragwu of Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors, told the court that the respondent has failed to pay the debts of N200million and $243,606.50, weeks after the delivery of a statutory demand notice.

Hydrodive Nigeria is, therefore, praying for an order that Saidel Limited be wound up by the court under the relevant provisions of the Companies and Allied Act for its inability to pay the debt.

The petitioner also prayed for an order appointing Mr Tochukwu Onyiuke, an Insolvency Practitioner or any duly licensed member of the Business Rescue and Insolvency Practitioner Association of Nigeria, as the substantive liquidator as the court may deem fit, to immediately liquidate Udofia’s company in accordance with the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

The petitioner said Saidel Limited approached it for offshore diving works for the Southern Swamp Sales Gas Evacuation Pipeline Project sometimes in 2018, following which an agreement was reached and executed on July 17, 2018.

The petitioner said it completed the execution of the project in February, 2019 and was issued a project completion certificate by Udofia’s company.

 The petitioner said it sent several reminders, follow-ups and demands for the payment and also informed the respondent about the huge interest already accruing on the facilities borrowed to execute the contract. It subsequently filed the winding-up petition, praying the court to liquidate Saidel Limited.

The respondent, on the other hand, said it had challenges repaying the money.

On April 1, 2021, Saidel Limited told the petitioner in response to one of the demand letters that it was “optimistic on closing the facility deal with the bank”.

It added: “Unfortunately, the final Credit Risk Committee of the Bank rejected the Respondent’s requested amount and increased the collateral to 140%.”

On December 6, 2021, Saidel Limited stated in another mail: “We are aware of our obligations, and we are making all efforts to close them down. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned but alternative measures are being planned to close out our obligations to your organisation. We might have taken some time, but we would be the last one to shy away from our contractual obligations.”

INEC Declares NNPP Candidate Yusuf Winner of Kano Guber Election

The candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) Abbas Kabiru Yusuf has been declared the winner of the gubernatorial election in Kano.

Yusuf was declared the winner after defeating his closest rival and candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

Declaring Yusuf winner, the returning officer of the governorship poll Professor Ahmed Doko Ibrahim said Yusuf of the NNPP won with 1,019,602 to beat Gawuna of APC who polled 890,705.

Before the declaration of gubernatorial election results in Kano, the state government imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew across the state.

A statement by the state commissioner for information and internal affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba, early hour Monday, the decision become pertinent to avoid a breakdown of law and order following tensions generated from the collation of results of the governorship and state Assembly elections.

Garba alleged that some hoodlums are already mounting tension to cause chaos in the already tense situation.

The commissioner called on people in the state to remain indoors as security agents would not spare anyone or group bent on causing trouble.

INEC Declares Sanwo-Olu Winner Of Lagos Governorship Poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the Lagos governorship election.

Sanwo-Olu was announced the winner of the election at a few minutes past 1am on Monday.

The Labour Party (LP), which had Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour as its governorship candidate, rejected the result.

Announcing the result at the Lagos headquarters of INEC, Oladiji Adenike, the returning officer for the election, said Sanwo-Olu polled 762,134 votes to win the election.

The LP came second with 312,329 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) trailed in third place with 62,449 votes.

A total of 1,182,620 voters were accredited, while 1,155,678 votes were valid.

With the INEC declaration, Sanwo-Olu has secured a second term as governor of Lagos.

Kwara: AbdulRazaq wins Governorship Reelection Bid

Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman has won re-election as the governor of Kwara State for a second term in office.

AbdulRazaq, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, was declared winner on Sunday.

He polled 273,424 votes to beat his closest rival, Yaman Abdullahi of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 155,490 votes in the election.

Announcing the results at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Ilorin on Sunday, the Returning Officer for the state governorship election, Professor Isaac Itodo, who is the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, declared AbdulRazaq as the winner of the election having scored majority votes in the election.

AbdulRazaq won in all 16 local government councils in the state.

BREAKING: Dapo Abiodun Re-elected In Ogun

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has been reelected for a second term of four years.

Abiodun is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress. He polled 276,298 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Ladi Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored 262,383 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Abiodun the winner of the governorship election on Sunday.

Happy Hour Is Here: INEC Declares Umo Eno As Winner of A/Ibom Guber Poll

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom, Umo Eno, has been declared the winner of the governorship election.

Mr Eno was declared the winner on Sunday in Uyo, the state capital, by Prof. Emmanuel Adigio, the Returning Officer for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Eno won in 29 of the 31 local government areas in the state with a total of 354,348 votes to defeat his top challenger, Bassey Albert of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), who won in two local governments areas, scoring 136,262 votes.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Akanimo Udofia, came third with 129,602 votes.

The candidates of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Labour Party scored 12,509 and 4,746 votes, respectively.

Mr Adigio gave the total number of registered voters in the state as 2,357,418 out of which 657,959 representing about a quarter were accredited for the exercise.

He also gave the total valid votes cast as 656,422 out of which 12,342 were rejected votes while 644,080 were valid vote.

Sanwo-Olu Wins Lagos Governorship Election

+ Sanwo-Olu scores 739,526 votes

Suspense is now over in Lagos, which people in far-flung places have put under their radar for the past three weeks. Reason: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has won the gubernatorial election. He defeated his challengers, Labour Party’s Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and Peoples Democratic Party’s Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandour, for style).

While Sanwo-Olu scored 739,526 votes; Rhodes-Vivour got 296,832 votes and Jandor polled 63,849 votes.

He won with over 442,690 votes which the Independent National Electoral Commission is yet to declare officially because the delay is to accommodate the votes from Lekki where the election was shifted from Saturday to Sunday. However, the 739,526 votes are collated results from the 20 local governments in the state.

More details to follow

BREAKING! INEC Declares Seyi Makinde Winner Of Oyo Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared incumbent Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde as the winner of the Oyo State Governorship Election.

The Returning Officer for the Oyo State Governorship Election, Professor Adebayo Bamire, declared Makinde winner of the election, having polled a total of 536,756 votes.

All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin came a distant second while Adebayo Adelabu of the Accord Party was third.

The Memory of The Just Is Blessed, By Bishop Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo’s Sermon on ‘THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED’ at the Funeral Service of Mrs Hilda Victoria Joanne Adefarasin || Guiding Light Assembly.

Shall we pray? 

Heavenly Father, we thank you for this glorious time in your presence on this great occasion of the celebration of life. Bless each one of us this morning for the few moments that we have and let your name be glorified. 

Let me at this time acknowledge all the dignitaries who are here in the service, for honouring the departure to glory of Mama Hilda Adefarasin. My prayer is that all of us who are here today will live longer, healthier, stronger and with more impact in Jesus name. Almost everything I want to say has been said in one way or another but I have this responsibility to share these thoughts with us. 

I have been around this family for about three decades so I have some insights to how I perceive Mama Adefarasin. So I will just run through this for a few moments and I believe it will bless us. I have titled this short exhortation THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED. The remembrance of the just is blessed, the reflections of the just is blessed. Some day, someone will need to talk about us, we won’t have to be there. We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. If you bear witness of yourself, your witness is not true. Somebody else has to say what he saw and how he sees you. 

Proverbs 10:7 – The memory of the just is blessed. Hebrews 12:1. Paul said, “you are witnesses and God also of how holily and justly and unblameable we have behaved ourselves” (1 Thessalonians 2:10). So people watch us from outside to see how we behave ourselves, our manner of life. Our principles and manner of life can only be bore witness to by others, not us. Paul said to Timothy “you know my manner of life and my doctrines’ ‘ you know it. So it is a thing we display before others. From all the testimonies we have heard today, Mama Adefarasin has displayed a lot of godly behaviours and character. Good works cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Good works cannot be hidden, the same way evil works cannot be hidden. 

I met this great woman 27 years ago and all I saw was the overflowing love for God in her life. She loved God, she exhumes the love of God like her natural breath. She was after the things of God with all her heart. She was overwhelmingly welcoming, joyful and always wearing a smile. I have never met her any day in my life where she looks troubled. Her smile welcomes you any day you step in there. May the joy of the Lord be our portion today as individuals all through life. 

According to scriptures, love is the overriding spiritual virtue in the Kingdom of God. Everything in the kingdom works by love. No wonder we saw all things work together for her. No wonder we saw things in her life that many may not see or hear all their life. We saw victory, we saw triumph because all things work by faith and faith works by love. So faith without love is vain. Faith will never work beyond our love level for God. Church Gist. She loved God, she displayed it that she loved God truly. This is simply a witness and not a sermon. I am only bearing witness to what I saw in the life of this great woman and what we all need to make the most of our journey on the earth. She was a genuine lover. The Bible says “eyes have not seen nor ears heard what God has for them that love Him”. She happens to be one of them. We know that all things work together for them that love God (Romans 8:28), she experienced that. No wonder she lived this long. Psalm 91:14-16. Being in love with God guarantees a long life. I pray that each one of us here will enjoy a long life. 

As I mentioned earlier, love is the greatest spiritual virtue in the kingdom because all things work by faith and faith works by love. We live by faith, “the just shall live by his faith.” (Romans 1:17), we walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), we are healed by faith (Mark 5:34), we overcome by faith (1 John 5:4), we see God’s word come to pass in our lives by faith (Luke 1:45). These are all blessings of love that are so hidden. People believe in so many things but there is no love to drive it. Love is the catalyst of faith. It makes faith work. When we are in love with God, we will be in love with men. You can’t love God and not love mankind. Anyone that loves God, loves his fellow brother also. Love always improves the environment wherever it is found. She lived that kind of life. Remember again, our faith will never deliver beyond the level of our love for God. I want to pick that from here. Mama really loved God, she maintained that fellowship for about 20 years, sharing with ladies, bringing them up in the Word of the Lord. Twenty years, she loved the Lord. 

Moreover, love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8. Love never fails. It is the failure proof realm of life. Get into genuine love with God and failure will stay clear of your environment. Just be in love. I saw all these virtues operating in her life. There are seven characteristics of love exemplified or enumerated in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Love is patient, she was. Love is kind, she was almost to a fault. Love is not envious, she was ever content in her disposition. Love is meek, you can’t sense pride or arrogance in this great woman, so humble. Everybody seemed to deserve respect, how? Love is well behaved, that was her nature. Love rejoices in the truth and not in iniquity, you heard him say she is firm yet soft spoken, you can’t make her do what is not right. Love believes all things, hopes all things and bears all things, she exemplified that in every way. Again my prayer is that our Christianity will enjoy the aroma of love. The kind she carried and more than what she carried in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Without any iota of flattery, I witnessed these virtues in this great woman’s life who has now ascended to glory enjoying the splendour of heaven with a crown reserved for her. She has fought the good fight, she finished her course, she has gone to heaven but we shall meet again. I said in my little clip, “Good night” when you say good night you soon say good morning. She is not gone so we are not mourning, she has only transited and some day when the trumpet sounds by His grace we shall all meet again. 

Sanwo-Olu: Lagos Will Get It Right…Why He Deserves Re-election


The incumbent governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has proven cynics wrong with his monumental and unprecedented achievements as the head honcho of the State reputed as Nigeria’s commercial and business hub since his election on May 29, 2019.

Sanwo-Olu has been able to change the face of the state, albeit in a silent way, since he took over power as the governor of the highly metropolitan state.

As another governorship election holds on Saturday March 18, 2023, it is better to put things in the right perspectives so that the whole world can know why Sanwo-Olu should be voted into office for a second term.

With just about four years on the seat, Sanwo-Olu has been able to come up with people-oriented programmes that cut across all spheres of life.

Our governor has shown himself to be a peace-loving, focused, visionary, pragmatic and dependable leader.

In less than one year into his tenure, the world was faced with the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic and later in the same year, the EndSARS agitation took the entire nation like a storm with Lagos as the most hit.

In these two instances, Sanwo-Olu was on top of the game.

While COVID-19 lasted, Sanwo-Olu ensured that everything humanly possible was done to prevent its spread.

Isolation centers were built around the state, while affected citizens were adequately taken care of, and the medical personnel were also motivated to do what they were expected to do.

Lagos would later become a reference point in the prevention of the pandemic, and that has also helped in changing the face of healthcare in the center of excellence. Thanks to the ingenuity of the people’s governor.

Sanwo-Olu saved Lagos from COVID-19, the same way former governor Babatunde Raji Fashola fought and defeated Ebola Virus.

When the EndSARS came, Sanwo-Olu not only fraternized with the youths, he associated with the protest that followed before the whole event was overtaken by hoodlums that would later set the state on fire destroying lives and properties on a large scale.

Sanwo-Olu actually received the 5-of-5 demands of the youths and delivered the same to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was the first and arguably the only governor to identify with the youths and the masses during the protest, even at that, some people falsely believed that Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) sponsored the protest.

The alleged shootings in Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 pitched the state government against some residents of the state, especially the youths.

Lagos would later suffer losses through large-scale destruction of government infrastructure, looting and destruction of private businesses.

Tens of BRT busses were burnt, while a popular television station was set on fire by protesters. The monumental and historical Igbosere Court in Lagos Island was also looted and set on fire.

However, Governor Sanwo-Olu was able to go through the storm and rebuild the looted and burnt structures.

The incident is perhaps unprecedented in the state, especially as it came in a year that the world, and indeed the state, was coming out of COVID-19 pandemic with all the attendant costs.

Despite the monumental losses, Governor Sanwo-Olu was still able to set up a panel of inquiry.

With this, many victims were able to tell their stories, and they were adequately compensated by the state government.

It must be noted that the compensations were for offences committed by the federal police and hoodlums.

While Sanwo-Olu allowed free flow of ideas, he had no enemies, he accommodated his known critics and adversaries like Ebun Adegboruwa, Rinu and Co in the Endsars Panel, while Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour’s leader, Peter Oni ran to the court for an injunction to hinder the panel in Anambra.

What many people have probably forgotten is that it has always been in the plans of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Bode George to take over Lagos. They want to reap from where they did not sow.

It will be recalled that Nigeria’s president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, fought several battles with the then government of Obasanjo, while he was the president and Tinubu was Lagos State governor between 1999 and 2007.

Tinubu stood his ground, and he was able to stand toe to toe and man to man to OBJ when he fraudulently took over the other South West states.

Obasanjo was disgraced in Lagos, while Chief Bode George later went to jail over the way he mismanaged funds as the Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

There is no doubt that Sanwo-Olu deserves a second term. He is one man that believes so much in pragmatism, no wonder he has been able to complete all the uncompleted projects of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the state and the ones started by former governor Babatunde Raji Fashola.

These include the Pen Cinema Flyover, Oshodi Motor Terminus, and several housing projects across the state, amongst others.

The newly commissioned light rail project in the state, started by former governor Bola Tinubu and the Imota Rice Project in Ikorodu, which was newly commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari are landmark projects in the state.

Sanwo-Olu has also created more work through the agencies of the state than any other government in the past 20 years.

Some of the agencies are LAWMA, LASTMA, KAI, LASEMA, LASAA, civil service and several others.

He has improved security in the state, and his government has provided a good atmosphere for private organisations to operate without any form of hindrance.

It is obvious that the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olajide Adediran aka Jandor, is an opportunist, while that of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is a non starter and both of them can never be alternatives to an all conquering and never tired worker like Sanwo-Olu.

Sanwo-Olu is highly cerebral, intelligent, bold, hardworking and reliable. He has never been found wanting when occasion demands, and his leadership style is what a state like Lagos needs at this material time.

Sanwo-Olu in this election is up against all the people who see nothing wrong in driving against traffic in Lagos. These people not only defend them, they empathise with them when punished.

He is contesting against the people who opposed the Okada (motorcycle) ban on the highway, and they claim falsely that Sanwo-Olu is taking food from their table

Sanwo-Olu’s crime is that he is against people driving on BRT lane no matter their status, so they do not want him back as governor.

They are also perfecting their shenanigans by flying ethnic kite, claiming that the APC-led government does not love the South Easterners, but that LP, with a “Chinedu” on the ballot will serve their interest.

All the achievements of Sanwo-Olu are what people should consider as the Governorship and States Houses of Assembly Elections take place across the country on Saturday, March 18, 2023.

We shall overcome

Sanwo-Olu lekan si.

– Dayo Asaju is a journalist and member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Media And Publicity Directorate