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Appeal Court Upholds Umahi’s Senatorial Candidacy
The Court of Appeal sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Friday upheld the senatorial candidacy of the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.
The Appeal Court dismissed an appeal by Ann Nwanyibuife Agom-Eze and also set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court and all its orders.
According to the Court of Appeal, the Federal High Court was wrong for upholding Ann’s Counter-affidavit and failing to uphold the primary election of 9th June 2022 where Umahi was nominated as the APC Senatorial candidate
The Appeal Court ruled that nobody challenged Umahi’s nomination as APC senatorial candidate within 14 days as prescribed by section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution.
The appellate court proceeded to grant all the reliefs sought by Governor Umahi and the APC in the trial court.
Court Repeals Adebutu’s Nomination As PDP Gov Candidate
The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, on Friday ruled against Oladipupo Adebutu’s nomination as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.
The Appeal Court in its ruling set aside an earlier judgement of the Federal High Court.
A three-member panel of the Appeal Court on Friday faulted Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja (now retired) for declining jurisdiction to entertain a suit filed by Jimi Adebisi Lawal.
Lawal had challenged PDP’s utilisation of a delegates’ list against the list of delegates who were elected at the ward congresses for the conduct of the May 25, 2022, governorship primary election.
Justice Biobele Georgewill, delivering the lead judgement on Friday,l ruled that the Federal High Court has jurisdiction over the case as it is pre-election related.
The court also ordered remitting the case to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for the hearing of the case on merit.
Machina vs Lawan: Yobe APC Reject Court Order On Senatorial Candidate
The Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the court order recognizing Bashir Machina as the authentic party candidate for the Yobe North senatorial district.
The state chairman of the APC, Mohammed Gadaka in a statement on Friday vowed to appeal the judgment of the federal high court.
He submitted that they are aware of the decision by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan to accept the ruling of the court but in the interest of the state and good governance, an appeal will be pursued on his behalf.
Ihedioha Begs Igbos Supporting Peter Obi Over ‘Saboteurs Statement’
Former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioa, has tendered an unreserved apology to the supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, (LP) Peter Obi for calling them ‘saboteurs’ if they vote against the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 election.
Naija News reports that Ihedioha tendered his apology during an interview on Channels Tv on Friday following the backlash faced from his supporters who also threatened to withdraw their support.
The former governor who won the governorship of Imo State under the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) but was ousted from office after a Supreme Court verdict that went in favour of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) in 2020 was seen saying in a video during an event in Ghana saying that anyone who votes any other place, is a saboteur.
However, in a recent interview, Ihedioha said his comment was taken out of context, as he was referring to people within the PDP who would want to sabotage the efforts in claiming power in 2023.
He maintained his remark was taken out of context, adding that Nigerians and Igbo have the right to choose a president of their choice.
Edo PDP: Supreme Court Decides On Dan Orbih’s Faction Suit
The Supreme Court has ruled against a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction in Edo State loyal to Dan Osi Orbih.
Naija News reports that Orbih and Governor Godwin Obaseki have been at loggerheads following activities before and during the party’s primary elections in May 2022.
The duo have been at war over who controls the affairs of the party in the State. In the power tussle, Orbih instituted an appeal at the apex court.
However, the Supreme court during a sitting on Friday, declared Orbih’s faction suit as unworthy, stating that the issue of leadership by political parties is an internal affair and as such, the courts have no jurisdiction.
The court judge, Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, held that the appeal marked SC/CV/979/2022, filed by Hon Monday Iyere Osagie, lacked merit because it is not justiciable.
In a unanimous judgment, the judge asked political parties to always adhere strictly to their guidelines, rules and regulations in order to promote genuine democracy.
2023 Presidency: Tinubu To Return From London On October 3
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is expected to return to Nigeria from London, the United Kingdom on Monday, October 3.
Naija News reported that Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, had left the country on Saturday, September 24 ahead of the start of the electioneering campaigns.
The spokesperson for Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, confirmed that the duo went to London for vacation.
According to Onanuga, the APC presidential candidate and his running mate will be out of the country for a week to prepare for campaigns and will return to the country in the first week of October.
He said: “He only took a week break for vacation.”
Onanuga also disclosed that Tinubu’s campaign would begin on October 8 and his policy document will be ready and unveiled before October 2.
However, Shettima, who has returned to the country, represented his principal at the signing of the peace accord by presidential candidates in the 2023 elections.
Speaking with The Punch on Thursday, Onanuga said the former Governor of Lagos State would return to the country on Monday.
Omokri Reacts As PDP NWC Members Return Millions Paid Into Their Accounts
Former presidential aide and staunch supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Reno Omokri, has reacted to the ongoing saga and claims of alleged bribery involving the national working committee (NWC) of the party.
Recall that some letters allegedly written by some members of the PDP NWC indicating the return of the money paid into their accounts surfaced on the internet earlier.
It was revealed in the letter that four PDP NWC members returned the sum of N93.6 million paid into their account by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu.
Reports had it that Ayu paid over N100m into the account of the NWC members after the conduct of the party’s primaries months ago.
Reacting, however, to the ongoing saga, Omokri via his verified Twitter page said the millions of Naira returned by members of the PDP NWC were meant for housing allowances and not for bribery as claimed in the news.
He said there was nothing wrong with money sent to the party chieftains which was perceived differently by the people.
2023 Presidency: APC Chieftain Speaks On Mustapha Backing Atiku
A stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tahir Mamman, has said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, is not working for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to become the next President.
Naija News recalls that Governor Wike of Rivers State had claimed that someone in the Presidency is backing Atiku and the PDP for the 2023 presidential election.
However, the claim generated a series of reactions online with some APC members calling for an investigation into the claim made by the Rivers governor.
The claim followed a condolence visit by SGF Mustapha to the former Vice President, following the death of the Private Secretary to Atiku, Abdullahi Nyako.
In a statement, he personally signed on Thursday, Mamman denied claims that Mustapha is working with Atiku and the PDP to become President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.
Mamman also described the claims as puerile, mischievous and grossly inappropriate, advising Nigerians to ignore claims meant to cause disaffection between Mustapha and the party.
The APC chieftain, however, asserted that the SGF remains committed to supporting the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to win the 2023 election.
PDP Crisis: Ayu Asked To Resign, Surrender To EFCC For Probe
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has been advised to immediately resign from his position due to the crisis rocking the party.
The National Coordinator of the Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), Emmanuel Onwubiko, made this call while reacting to reports that four PDP National Working Committee (NWC) members returned money paid into their accounts from the party coffers.
Naija News earlier reported that the four PDP NWC members returned the sum of N93.6 million paid into their account by the embattled PDP national chairman.
Meanwhile, in a chat with Daily Post on Thursday, Onwubiko asked Ayu to step down and surrender himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation.
The HURIWA boss stated that the corruption allegations show that the major opposition party had not changed from its old ways, liking the PDP to a Leopard.
He added that both the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are the same because there is a total absence of accountability and transparency in their leadership.
2023: Adamu Out To Hijack APC Campaign Council – Tinubu Camp
An ally of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, of trying to take over the party’s Campaign Council.
Recall that a leaked letter that went viral had emerged online on Thursday purportedly written by Adamu to Tinubu over the composition of the campaign council.
In the leaked letter, the APC chairman accused Tinubu of breaching the agreement he had with the National Working Committee (NWC) with regard to the composition of the presidential campaign council.
Adamu said the presidential candidate is operating solo whereas winning elections is supposed to be a collaborative effort.
But in a swift statement, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Felix Morka denied any letter originated from the chairman to the presidential candidate on such an issue.
According to Morka, there is no disagreement between Adamu and Tinubu nor did the viral letter originate from the party chairman has been alleged.
But speaking to Vanguard, the APC chieftain accused Adamu and members of the NWC of trying to take control and hijack the council.
He claimed that the NWC members are angry that Tinubu made James Faleke the Secretary of the campaign council and not one of them, adding that the intention of Adamu was to fill the council with his loyalists.
Former Zamfara Governor, Sani Yerima Visits Atiku
A former Governor of Zamfara State, Sani Yarima of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday visited the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The development was disclosed by former National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan in a post on his Twitter account.
Yarima was accompanied to meet with the former vice president in the Federal Capital Territory alongside former deputy governor of Zamfara State, Muktar Anka.
Ambassador Abubakar Bunu was among the delegates that visited Atiku ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Yarima’s visit is coming a few days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) raised the embargo on the 2023 presidential campaign.
The former governor of Zamfara State is meeting with Atiku despite their party differences.
Ologbondiyan, however, did not disclose the details of their meeting on Thursday, but the meeting might be related to the 2023 presidential ambition of Atiku with campaign already in place.
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