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Nullify APC Primary – Party Members Demand As They Storm Court



BREAKING: Court Nullifies APC Primary

Nullify APC Primary – Party members have demanded as they storm court.

News ToGo learned that no fewer than 39 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, on Monday, asked a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi to nullify the gubernatorial primary election of the party in the State.

The APC members dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, APC and Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia to court over the alleged infringement on their rights to vote at the said direct primaries of the party, Daily Post reports.

This, they said, was as a result of the non-use of the membership register, which they said contravened INEC regulations and guidelines for nomination of candidates for the 2023 general elections and regulations 20, 22, and 26 of the APC guidelines for nomination of candidates.

The members alleged that there was no form of accreditation and the said primary was never held inline with the extant laws regulating the conduct of direct primary election, therefore the results declared is null and void.

Pine Benjamin and 38 other APC members are seeking a determination of the Court, whether by the combined interpretation of sections 77(2) and (3),82(1),(2)and (5); 84(1),(4)(a)-(c) and (13) of the Electoral Act, 2022 and sections 177(c)and 285(14) (c-the part that commences with “or” to the end thereof), of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, read together the relevant exhibits attached to the supporting affidavit hereto INEC is not under duty and can be compelled by the Court to refuse to publish and/or refuse to put the name of Rev. Alia or any of the guber aspirant as a candidate sponsored by the APC for the 2023 governorship election in Benue State.

They are also seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from accepting names of any aspirant as governorship candidate of the APC for the 2023 general elections in Benue State.

Also listed as co-defendants are: Dr. Terlumun Ikya, Mr Bernard Yisa, Dr. Mathias Byuan, Godwin Tyoachimin, Chief Michael Kaase Aondoakaa, SAN.

Others are: Senator Barnabbas Gemade, Rt. Hon Herman Hembe, Mr Anyom Mlanga, Hon. Terwase Orbunde, Chief Stephen Lawani, Dr. Sam Ode and Prof. Terhemba Shija.

During the hearing, counsel to the plaintiffs, Samuel Irabor, who filed a 38-paragraph affidavit in support of the originating summons along with accompanying documents, urged the court to grant the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.

He submitted that INEC, which is the first defendant in the suit, had elected not to defend the suit.

Irabor urged the court to deem the uncontroverted averment as admittance, inline with section 123 of the Evidence Act, 2011.

He submitted that the INEC report on the APC gubernatorial primaries in Benue State clearly states that membership registers were not used in the conduct of the direct gubernatorial primary election in the State.

On the opposition by counsels to Terlumun Ikya and Sam Ode, Jerry Aondo that the plaintiffs are meddlesome interlopers, Irabor submitted that that argument is based on section 87(9)which is not in the Electoral Act 2022, but the old Electoral Act.

He drew the attention of the court to 4th alteration to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, assented to by president Muhammadu Buhari in May 2018, which has given birth to section 285(14)(c) which empowers not only aspirants but political parties and any complaint to be on a primary election to be heard by the court.

On the objection by Alia’s counsel, Mamman Mike Osuman, SAN, that the plaintiffs didn’t file the suit within time, Irabor argued that the suit was filed on June 9th, 2022, and the APC was still conducting rerun in the purported governorship primary election on the same day.

Irabor pointed out that the membership form annexed by the plaintiffs is same with that of the Presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu and Rev. Alia, a fact Alia’s counsel has failed to respond to.

He urged the court to discountenance the objections of the defendants to the suit and grant the reliefs of the plaintiffs.

Counsel to the APC, Dikko Ishaku, SAN, counsel to Rev. Alia, Mamman MkketOsuman, SAN, and that of Dr. Terlumun Ikya and Sam Ode, Jerry Aondo all urged the court to dismiss the suit.

Osuman, SAN, submitted that the suit was incompetent and should be dismissed.

After listening to the arguments of the lawyers, the Presiding judge, Justice Abdul Dogo adjourned the matter for judgement on a date to be communicated to the parties in the suit.


BREAKING: Tinubu Appoints New CBN Governor



BREAKING: Tinubu Appoints New CBN Governor

Tinubu has appointed a new CBN Governor.

News ToGo reports that President Bola Tinubu has approved the nomination of Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso to serve as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for a term of five (5) years at the first instance, pending his confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.

This directive is in conformity with Section 8 (1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007, which vests in the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the authority to appoint the Governor and Four (4) Deputy Governors for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This is subject to confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Furthermore, President Bola Tinubu has approved the nomination of four new Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for a term of five (5) years at the first instance. Their appointments are are in acting capacity pending their confirmation by the Nigerian Senate. They include: (1) Mrs. Emem Nnana Usoro (2) Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo (3) Mr. Philip Ikeazor (4) Dr. Bala M. Bello.

In line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda, the President expects the above listed nominees to successfully implement critical reforms at the Central Bank of Nigeria, which will enhance the confidence of Nigerians and international partners in the restructuring of the Nigerian economy toward sustainable growth and prosperity for all. Chief Ajuri Ngelale Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) September 15, 2023

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We Will Agitate For Governor, 3 Senators If Supreme Court Agrees With PEPC- Abuja Senator



We Will Agitate For Governor, 3 Senators If Supreme Court Agrees With PEPC- Abuja Senator

Senator Ireti Kingibe has given a condition for them to demand for a Governor and three senators.

News ToGo reports that the Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), responded to the recent ruling by the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) regarding the mandatory requirement of a presidential candidate to secure 25 per cent of the votes in Abuja during an election.

The Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, had submitted a petition to the PEPC, including the 25 per cent vote claim, against President Bola Tinubu following the 2023 general election.

Surprisingly, the PEPC ruled that the FCT did not have a special status in this regard.

In a press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday, Senator Kingibe, who was elected on the LP platform, shared her perspective on the PEPC’s dismissal of the 25 per cent vote petition.

She noted that the matter is currently before the Supreme Court, and the final verdict will determine the course of action. If the Supreme Court upholds the PEPC’s decision, then the residents of Abuja may need to advocate for the election of a governor and three senators, aligning with the status of other states.

Senator Kingibe stated, “After the matter has been disposed of at the Supreme Court and if the same position is maintained, then we will agitate for a governor, three senators, and other status of a state, but for now, let the matter remain as it is.”

Her statement implies that the issue of Abuja’s special status and the 25 per cent vote requirement will be decided in accordance with the outcome of the Supreme Court’s judgment.

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BREAKING: LP’s Candidate Cruises To Victory As Appeal Court Nullifies PDP’s Win



BREAKING: LP's Candidate Cruises To Victory As Appeal Court Nullifies PDP's Win

LP’s candidate has cruised to victory as Appeal Court nullified PDP’s win.

News ToGo reports that the Court of Appeal in Abuja has overturned the verdict issued on July 24 by the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal in Asaba, which had declared Ndudi Elumelu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency election in Delta State.

In two judgments delivered on Thursday, the Appeal Court declared Ngozi Okolie of the Labour Party (LP) as the legitimate victor of the February 25th election.

The Court of Appeal criticized the election petitions tribunal for nullifying Okolie’s election and subsequently dismissed Elumelu’s petition, which had led to the annulled judgment.

The Court of Appeal concurred with the argument presented by the Labour Party’s attorney, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), asserting that, contrary to the tribunal’s findings, Okolie had been validly nominated and sponsored by his party. Furthermore, it was established that Okolie had resigned from his position as a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Delta State Government in accordance with the constitutional requirements.

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