Rivers State is on knife’s edge as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) resumes the collation of suspended governorship and State House of Assembly elections results on tomorrow, Tuesday, amid fears that the exercise, which will conclude the most protracted elections, will be disrupted. The abrupt suspension of the collation of governorship election result in particular on March 10 due to military and political thugs’ interference with the process and uncertainty caused by INEC, which claimed it already had results for 17 out of the 23 local government areas in the state and the need to expeditiously conclude the exercise and declare [...]
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One of the APC governorship aspirants in Zamfara state, Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, has hailed the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified the participation of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 elections in Zamfara State. The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto led by Justice Tom Yakubu, had on Monday set aside the judgment of a Zamfara High Court on the APC primaries that produced the party’s candidates for the governorship, National and State Assembly elections. Reacting to the Appeal Court’s decision on Monday, Marafa said the judgment has vindicated him and his colleagues. He said: “I have always believed [...]
Forty-two political parties on the platform of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) Kano State chapter are set to challenge the re-election of the state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in court. Kano State CUPP chairman Muhammad Abdullahi Raji stated this while addressing journalists on the outcome of the rerun election won by Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Raji said the coalition, comprising 42 political parties, had concluded arrangements to take legal action regarding the election he claimed was marred with rigging, vote-buying and violence by thugs. “Thuggery and vote-buying were reported in almost all the polling units where [...]
However, reacting to the allegation of inducement on the part of the governor, Okah said: “The allegation that Governor Wike gave AAC’s deputy governorship candidate (Yeeh) N200million is not correct; it is untrue and it is absolute nonsense. Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has denied the allegation that he induced the defection of Akpo Bomba Yeeh, the deputy governorship candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Speaking through Emma Okah, his Commissioner for Information and Communications, on Monday, he denied giving Yeeh N200million to Yeeh to defect to his party. Yeeh, who was the running [...]
All candidates of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State who emerged winners in the just concluded general elections, including the state governor and senator-elect, Abdul Aziz Yari, may lose their victory to their rivals. This is sequel to yesterday’s ruling of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which set aside the judgement delivered by the Zamfara High Court allowing the party to field candidates in the 2019 general elections. The appeal was filed by Sen Kabiru Marafa, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and 129 others through his counsel, Mr Mike Ozheokome , SAN. Respondents are [...]
Buhari has frowned at some actions and decisions of the 8th National Assembly, saying such activities remain regrettable. The president, who made his feeling known when he hosted state governors and senators-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday night. President Buhari particularly cited the deliberate and persistent delay in passing the nation’s annual budget by the national assembly. He, therefore, challenged the in-coming 9th national assembly to do things differently from the outgoing 8th senate so as to enable his administration achieve its target of transforming the nation. “This is my [...]
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has reacted to the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate, Sen. Bala Mohammed as the winner of the governorship election in the State. Mohammed defeated incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar of the All Progressive Congress, (APC). The pending result of Tafawa Balewa was regenerated, collated and announced at the INEC headquarters on Monday night. Announcing the result, the new collation officer of Tafawa Balewa Local government area, Dr Musa Dahiru of the Federal University Kashere, said that PDP polled 39,225 votes, as against 30, 055 votes scored by the All Progressive [...]
Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 governorship election in Ebonyi State, says he will contest the outcome of the poll in the tribunal. Ogbuoji made the disclosure on Wednesday in Enugu while addressing newsmen on the position of the party following the contest which returned the incumbent, Gov. Dave Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), NAN reports. The APC candidate described the exercise as a sham which would not stand in the face of the law. “We have assessed the conduct of the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in our [...]
Oyo State Governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, has raised the alarm over movement of funds from the treasury of the state. Makinde alleged that millions of naira had been moved from state coffers in the last 72 hours. This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by his spokesman, Dotun Oyelade. Makinde who relied on a source within the government added that some civil servants were conniving with the state government to perpetrate this act. He, however, promised not to spare anyone culpable upon his resumption of office. The statement read, “The governor-elect may be forced to open the books if the [...]
Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has appealed Monday’s decision by the Code of Conduct Tribunal to delay ruling in his applications challenging its jurisdiction and its impartiality in the criminal case against him CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, in a ruling on March 11, ordered a day-to-day trial in the charge of non-declaration of assets against Onnoghen and said ruling in the two applications by the defendants would be delivered at the time of judgment. Onnoghen, in a three-ground notice of appeal filed on Tuesday, argued that the CCT erred in law in its interpretation of Section 369(2) [...]