Police Arrest Suspected Bayelsa Kidnap Kingpin

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A file photo of suspected kidnapper, John Lyon.

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have arrested a suspected kidnapper identified as John Lyon who operates in Bayelsa State.

The spokesperson for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of the suspect on Sunday in Yenagoa, the state capital.

According to him, the suspect who was apprehended on September 15 is in the command’s custody, and more details about his arrest will be provided on Monday.

Lyon who is known to flaunt his wealth on social media is alleged to be involved in several abductions within the Bayelsa State capital.

In one of the videos of the suspect which went viral on social media, he was seen dressed in a pair of pyjamas and displaying some foreign currency notes, asking people to work hard.

Sources claimed the suspect worked as a banker from 2008 to 2014 and identified himself as the Chief Executive Officer of Lions Interior Hub.

He was reportedly trailed to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where he was apprehended by operatives of the Bayelsa State Police Command.

Following his arrest, another video went viral on social media over the weekend, showing the suspected kidnapper being handcuffed.

He confessed to kidnapping, although he claimed he joined the criminal group to carry out two operations.

Lyon was also seen in the less-than-two-minute clip begging for forgiveness for the crimes he was accused of, saying his wife had just delivered a baby.

Buhari Departs New York After Attending UN General Assembly

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed the United States after participating in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He left for Abuja on Sunday evening via the JFK International Airport in New York, days after he delivered the national statement to the world body.

The President, who is expected to arrive that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Monday, left for New York on Sunday last week.

 

While in the United States, the President participated in the 77th session of the UNGA tagged “A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.”

Just like other heads of government, he took his turn to deliver the national statement on the second day of the general debates on Wednesday last week.

Aside from this, President Buhari also participated in high-level meetings and side events, including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF) convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).

He held strategic bilateral meetings with some participating world leaders, renowned investors, and heads of multinational organisations while in New York.

On the entourage of the President were the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, some governors, ministers, and top government officials.

Nigeria’s Future Will Be Great, Osinbajo Prays At Independence Anniversary Service

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Despite its challenges, the future of Nigeria will be far more glorious and peaceful than its past, and the nation’s lights will shine bright, with opportunities, equity, justice, and righteousness, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Professor Osinbajo stated this on Sunday at the 62nd Independence Day anniversary service, which held at the National Christian Centre in Abuja.

The Vice President, who brought warm greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari to the congregation, declared that “every year will be happier for you, more glorious, more prosperous and more peaceful, in Jesus’ name.”

“We stand at the gates of a new nation. And we see its lights shining bright,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande. “The nation of God’s promises.

“A nation of opportunities, of equity and justice, a secure and prosperous nation, a nation of laws and righteousness. Even if what we see today seems bleak and dark, we are confident that God who owns the heavens and the earth will fulfil His promises concerning this nation.”

Read the full remarks of the Vice President at the anniversary service below:

I bring you all the warm felicitations of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, on this occasion of the interdenominational service to mark the 62nd Independence Anniversary of our Republic.

Let me also congratulate His Eminence, Dr Daniel C. Okoh, the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, and all the new members of the Executive of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). I pray that your tenure will bring blessings, light and encouragement to our nation in Jesus’ name.

In a few days, we will celebrate the 62nd birthday of Nigeria. But Nigeria is not a natural person, it is made up of people, of men, women and children who are Nigerians.

So, when we say that celebrate the birthday of Nigeria, we are in fact celebrating the birthday of the Nigerian people wherever they may be in this great and vast nation.

So, every prayer and every blessing that we pronounce today on Nigeria, we also pronounce on every Nigerian and all our friends.

So, this evening I will pray for Nigeria and the Nigerian people. My favourite prayer for people on their birthday is found in Deuteronomy 33.25(b): “as your days, so shall your strength be.”

What does this prayer mean: as your days so shall your strength be? It means the older you become, the stronger you will be in various ways.

The first is that you will become physically stronger and healthier as you grow older, in Jesus’ name.  The Bible says in Deuteronomy 34:7, it says that Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died. And his eyes were not dim, nor his natural vigour diminished.

For the average person, as you grow older you become slower and less fruitful and even barren. But the Word of God to Nigeria today is that it shall not be so with you.

Even as you grow in age, you will be more fruitful. You will not be weaker with age. And for every Nigerian, you will be more fruitful as you grow in age, and you will be stronger day by day in Jesus’ name.

The Word of God says in Psalms 92:13-14: it says: “those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.” That shall be so for you and all you hold dear in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus.

Another implication of the blessing: ‘as your days so shall your strength be,’ is that every day, God’s promises will be renewed in your life. God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you; And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. And I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Let me repeat these blessings for Nigeria, and for you who are here, and every Nigerian because God added in that promise that in Abraham, all the nations of the earth will be blessed.

So, you will be a great nation, and God will bless you, and anyone who blesses you will be blessed, those who curse you will be cursed; and through you, this nation and the world will be blessed, in the mighty name of Jesus.

Yet another implication of this blessing: as your days so shall your strength be, is that every day, every month, every year, you will be greater, better, happier, more prosperous, and more joyful than the previous one.

And concerning this nation, the Word of God says in Haggai 2:9: “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place, I will give peace’ (in this nation, I will give peace), says the Lord of hosts.”

The future of Nigeria will be far more glorious, more peaceful than her past, and so it shall be for you too. Every year will be happier for you, more glorious, more prosperous and more peaceful, in Jesus’ name,

“As your days so shall your strength be.”

Another implication of this blessing is that your strength physically, mentally and spiritually and even financially will be sufficient and adequate for every new season, every new situation and every new challenge. You will have more than you need for every new season in your life in Jesus’ name.

Brethren, we stand at the gates of a new nation, and we see its lights shining bright. The nation of God’s promises; a nation of opportunities, of equity and justice, a secure and prosperous nation, a nation of laws and righteousness.

Even if what we see today seems bleak, and dark, we are confident that God who owns the heavens and the earth will fulfil His promises concerning this nation.  Indeed, He says in Joshua 21:45: “not a word failed, of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”

And we pronounce concerning this nation, that not a word will fail regarding any good thing which the Lord had spoken to Nigeria. All will come to pass in Jesus’ name.

Finally, to every citizen of this nation, and every family that is represented here, we declare that in the name of Jesus, your best days are yet to come. Every promise that God has made to you will come to pass in Jesus’ mighty name.

Happy 62nd anniversary!

Police Arrest Four Robbery Suspects Terrorising Plateau Communities

The robbery suspects were accused of terrorising communities in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team at the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB/IRT) of the Nigeria Police have arrested four persons suspected to be armed robbery kingpins terrorising Shendam area and other neighbouring communities in Plateau State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The suspects were arrested by the security operatives following several complaints from residents about the activities of the gang in the locality.

They include Mij Yawa Buba ‘m’ 36, Saidu Manu Saleh ‘m’ 30, Saleh Musa ‘m’ 20, and Ibrahim Deri ‘m’ 27 – all natives of Shendam in Plateau State.

Saleh Musa was the key suspect nabbed by the police operatives in a raid through actionable intelligence information that he intended to buy an AK47 rifle in the town.

When interrogated by the police on why he intended to buy the rifle, he named Ibrahim (alias Alhaji) as one of the gang members in their syndicate which was responsible for major robbery and kidnapping operations.

The investigation by the police team also led to the arrest of Miji Yawa Buba – a resident of Angwar Yargam in the same community where the rifle was found and recovered by the security operatives.

Manu Saidu, in his confessional statement, said he conspired with some of his cousins namely Bareli Bello, Hussaini Bello, Abdo Baleri, Isa Baleri and Ibrahim Baleri, as well as his two younger brothers Yuguda Saidu and Yahaya Saidu (now late), to buy an AK47 rifle to protect their cattle.

He added that they bought the rifle from one Baba Mallam at Yelwa for N300,000 while the weapon was usually kept at the house of Alhaji Baleri.

On his part, Saleh Saidu confessed that it was Ibrahim Deri who asked him to get 60-round ammunition for the rifle at Shendam, saying they had a good relationship.

He said he had participated in the armed robbery at a provision store owned by one Alhaji Muntari in Shendam and robbed him of N200,000, but denied involvement in any kidnapping.

From intelligence gathered, the gang was also alleged to have robbed many people and pharmacy outlets in the town, during which a pharmacist identified as Ibrahim Babawuro in Shendam community sustained gunshot wounds.

One of the suspects claimed he only pulled the trigger to test the gun. He, however, denied knowledge of the gang leader Saleh.

However, in his statement, he told the police team that he was a herder and owned a herd of 30 cows.

Among the items recovered from the crime scene included one AK47 assault rifle and some assorted ammunition.

Police Vow To Curb Oil Theft As Operatives Seize 123 Oil Tankers, Others

This photo released by the police shows the site of an illegal refinery busted by security operatives.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, says the police leadership is committed to sustaining the fight against oil theft and other crimes capable of sabotaging the country’s economy.

He explained that the police would continuously develop an improved capacity of officers through practical training and acquiring top-notch investigative and operational assets to ensure the menace was reduced to the barest minimum.

A statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the police chief made the remarks while briefing a probe panel comprising members of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Oil Lifting, Theft and the Impact on Petroleum Production and Oil Revenues, via a report on the activities of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering.

 

Baba, during the session held last Wednesday, recounted the achievements of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (STFPIB) – the police unit charged with the responsibility of tackling the specialized crimes in the period under review.

These include the seizure of 1,301,020 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), 135,000 litres of crude oil, 4,900 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 45,000 litres of engine oil, and 123 vessels comprising tankers, lorries, barges, buses, lorries, and other vehicles.

 

“The Unit currently has 52 cases under prosecution nationwide,” the statement said. “In one of the cases, operatives of the IGP-STFPIB successfully discovered and busted the operations of an illegal refinery on 21st September 2022 in Jijoro Community Riverside, Delta State, a creek of about an hour boat ride.

“Suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) stuffed in 138 sacks, 10 empty surface tanks (ovens) used as cooking pots, 20 empty drums for storage, one boat engine, and two pumping machines were recovered. Three suspects, Happy Gift Lawson ‘M’ aged 18, Ejime Precious Lande ‘M’ aged 22, and John Jugu Fom ‘M’ aged 25 were equally arrested.”

 

It added, “Similarly, on 9th September 2022, following intelligence received from the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Command and Control Centre Portal, operatives of the IGP-STFPIB proceeded to the Rumuekini Area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State where they discovered a warehouse within a residential building storing about 15,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be illegally refined AGO stuffed in sacks.

“The products were recovered as well as one white Mack tanker, one plastic storage tank, one barrel drum, and one pumping machine. One Franklin Osuagwu aged 29 was arrested at the scene in connection with the offence.”

According to Adejobi, samples of the products have been collected for laboratory analysis while the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations for effective prosecution in line with extant laws.

The IGP, on his part, restated that the police would not relent in enforcing all laws as statutorily empowered to charge all suspects arrested for oil theft and other related offences accordingly, without any prejudice.

He also called for increased support, particularly in expanding the scope of the courts and conferring jurisdictional competence to hear petroleum and illegal bunkering matters, as well as provision of storage capacity for exhibits recovered during special operations pending the determination of suits by the courts.

Keyamo Unveils Tinubu-Shettima Podcast Ahead Of Campaign Kick-Off

A file photo of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo.

 

The chief spokesperson for the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, has announced the launch of a podcast.

Former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT), is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections, and he has since picked a former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had set September 28 for the commencement of campaigns by various political parties fielding candidates in the coming polls.

Just a few days before the kick-off of the exercise, the minister shared a video of the first edition of the podcast tagged ‘BAT moment with Festus Keyamo’.

In the one-minute-eleven-seconds clip, he explained that the podcast would be a useful tool to debunk fallacies and set the tone in the build-up to the coming polls.

“Hello! My name is Festus Keyamo – Senior Advocate of Nigeria, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom), Minister of State (Labour and Employment) Federal Republic of Nigeria, presently Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson for the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council,” Keyamo introduced himself in the clip shared via his verified Twitter handle.

“Welcome to the first edition of a weekly podcast that I will bring to you as the chief image maker of this campaign, highlighting the issues, debunking the fallacies, and setting the tone for this campaign on weekly basis.

“Remember, our candidate is an easy candidate to sell; All you need to do is to look at his records and the records are there for everyone to see. Next week, we shall look at some of those records and the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Remember, it is not over until it is over. God bless you.”

A podcast is a recording of an audio discussion – usually a programme made available in digital format – on a specific topic such as politics, business, travel, or inspiration talks, that one can listen to on-or-offline.

Police Rescue Two Men, Kill Suspected Kidnapper In Edo

A file photo of a police van on patrol.

 

Operatives of the Edo State Police Command on Thursday rescued two kidnap victims in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.

The Deputy Public Relations Officer of the command, Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

She explained that the operatives were on patrol at about 8am on Thursday along Obadan community off Benin-Auchi Road when they received a distress call from residents of Ago-Orio community along the Benin-Lagos Road.

The people, according to Iwegbu, had reported that a four-man armed gang of suspected kidnappers had taken two persons – a 65-year-old man identified as Samson Osegbowa and 38-year-old Stanley Peters who had been working on their farmlands.

She said the team of policemen in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes raced to the scene and embarked on an intensive bush combing.

Both victims, the command spokesperson said, were rescued during the operation and have since been reunited with their family members.

She added that one of the suspects was killed while the security operatives recovered a wooden gun and three cutlasses, among other items from the scene.

Read the full statement below:

Edo Police Rescue Kidnapped Victims

As part of efforts by Edo State Police Command to sustain the ongoing fight against nefarious activities in the state, especially kidnapping, Police Operatives of the Command rescued two (2) kidnapped victims.

Operatives of the Command on 22/09/2022 at about 0800hr while on patrol along Obadan community off Benin-Auchi road in Uhunmwonde LGA of Edo state responded to a distress call from distraught indigenes of Ago-Orio community along Benin-Lagos Road that a four-man armed gang suspected to be kidnappers had taken two persons, One Samson Osegbowa ‘M’ 65yrs and Stanley Peters ‘M’ 38yrs, while working on their farmland.

On receipt of the information, the team of Operatives in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes immediately swung into action, moved to the scene, and embarked on intensive bush combing.

During the rescue operation, both victims were rescued unhurt and have since been reunited with their family members, however, one of the kidnappers was neutralized during the operation.

The following items were recovered at the scene of the crime, One Wooden gun, three cutlasses, One torchlight, and a pair of operational shoes.

Meanwhile, intensive bush combing of the area is still ongoing for possible arrest of the other fleeing gang members.

While reaffirming the Command’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe Edo state for the general populace, the Commissioner of Police ( CP )Abutu Yaro fdc also appeals for more collaboration from members of the Public, noting that with credible information there is no limit to what the Police Command can do in combating crimes, especially heinous ones.

E-SIGN​

ASP IWEGBU U. JENNIFER

DEPUTY POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,

FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,

EDO STATE COMMAND,

BENIN CITY.

PHOTOS: Another Building Collapses In Lagos

This photo shows the site of a building collapse in the Mushin area of Lagos State as reported by LASEMA on September 23, 2022.

 

Lagos has suffered another building collapse, this time in the Mushin area of the state.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed this via its Facebook page on Friday.

According to the agency, LASEMA officials are already at the scene of the incident and have begun an exercise in a bid to rescue any victim trapped under the rubble.

“A building has collapsed in Mushin a few minutes ago. The rescue operation is ongoing,” the agency said while sharing photos from the scene of the building collapse.

While reports suggest the building is located on Sonuga Street in the Palm Avenue area, it is unclear if anyone is trapped in the rubble.

‘Anything You See, You Take’: Wike Dares PDP To Suspend Him

 

The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new twist as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State dares the party’s leadership to suspend him.

Governor Wike, who was answering questions from select journalists during a chat on Friday in Rivers State, said the party’s leadership knows what he is capable of.

“I beg them today, they should not waste time to suspend me,” said the governor during the media chat held at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“They should call a National Executive Committee (NEC) – meeting – now and say ‘you are now suspended from the party’. Anything you see, you take. They know what I will do.”

The governor has been in the news recently, but this time, criticising his political party on whose platform he was elected governor for two terms.

Ahead of the general elections, he announced his bid to join the race for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor when the President completes his term.

But the governor lost the PDP presidential ticket after scoring 237 votes to come behind former Vice President Atiku who polled 371 votes to win the party’s primary conducted in May.

A file photo of Nyesom Wike and Iyorchia Ayu

 

Weeks after the presidential primary was held, Atiku named Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.

While Governor Wike said he had accepted the outcome of the primary in good faith, he insisted that Senator Iyorchia Ayu must resign as the party’s national chairman for the sake of equity since a northern presidential candidate has emerged.

His actions, however, are said to have been perceived by some as anti-party activities amid speculations that the PDP leadership might be planning to sanction him.

Asked how he would react if he was to be sanctioned, Governor Wike responded, “Who will suspend me, which party? No problem … what do you think is our job here?

“My job here is not only (to execute) projects; I am not saying I am bigger than the party, but those who ran away from the party cannot suspend me from the party.”

Other aspirants in the primary included former Senate President Bukola Saraki (70); Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel (38), Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed (38), Former Senate President Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (One), and Mr Sam Ohuabunwa (One).

Policeman Who Killed Kolade Johnson Gets Life Imprisonment

Kolade Johnson pictured above was shot and killed by a policeman in March 2019

 

 

A Lagos state high court sitting in Ikeja has sentenced a dismissed police officer, Ogunyemi Olalekan, to life imprisonment for killing 35-year-old, Kolade Johnson.

Olalekan, who was said to be attached to the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) of the Nigeria Police, shot Mr Johnson in the lower abdomen with an AK-47 rifle at about 5.10 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at a viewing centre in the Mangoro area of Lagos.

The offence contravenes Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Johnson, a football fan, was watching a televised match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur when he was shot.

The police later fingered the dismissed police inspector, Olalekan, and a sergeant, Godwin Orji, as the officers involved in the shooting.

Following an orderly trial, Olalekan was dismissed from the force while Orji was acquitted. Olalekan was subsequently arraigned before the court for the extrajudicial killing of Johnson.

During the trial, the prosecution called seven witnesses, while the defence called two witnesses.

A pathologist, Oluwaseun Williams, who testified as the sixth prosecution witness, said Johnson suffered six gunshot injuries.

Williams, who is a consultant pathologist at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, said he had practised pathology for 10 years and interpreted an autopsy report during the cross-examination.

“There were four injuries on the thigh, two injuries on the hands, one on the right hem-iscrotum (either half of a scrotum), one on the left hemi-scrotum,” he said. “The injury on the left hemi-scrotum was an abrasion which could be from anything and the second-hand injury was not related to injuries caused by gunshots. Six of the injuries were related to the penetrative missiles.

“The injuries on the thigh were through and through. There are features that are suggestive that they were caused by firearm missiles. We counted six injuries identified as firearm injuries. The anterior defects in the right hemi-scrotum and thigh had dark burn edges caused by something hot and penetrative at the same time which is suggestive of a bullet.”

The pathologist said a wound on the deceased’s left hand was a gunshot injury while the injury on the right hand was a laceration.

“In this case, the cause of death was gunshot injuries,” Williams told the court.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Adenike Coker held that the convict did not demonstrate an intention to kill the victim.

The court, therefore, found him guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.

Justice Coker further held that the convict would be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Presidential Ticket: PDP Planted Seed Of Discord By Shunning Zoning, Says Wike

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has blamed the lingering crisis within the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the failure to zone the party’s presidential ticket to a particular region.

Fielding questions from select journalists during a chat on Friday in Rivers State, he stated that the main opposition party ignorantly planted a seed of discord by leaving the ticket open for all to contest.

“Those who thought they are too powerful, highly connected, and that they own the party said there should be no zoning of the presidential ticket – ‘leave it open and let the best candidate emerge’ – because they think they have the numbers.

“We jettisoned our constitution not knowing that we are laying the foundation, the seed of discord in the future,” he said.

Although there could be some underlying issues, a major crisis in the PDP began weeks before the party held its primary in May.

This disagreement was a result of the failure of the party’s leadership to yield to the demand that its presidential ticket is zoned to the southern region of the country.

The aggrieved persons, especially party leaders from the South, said it would be morally right to zone the ticket to the region since the PDP national chairman had emerged from the North.

Despite the outcry, the party went ahead with the primary which saw a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, emerged as the PDP presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Atiku polled 371 votes ahead of Wike who scored 237 votes to come second in the party’s presidential primary. Former Senate President Bukola Saraki (70); Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel (38), Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed (38), Former Senate President Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (One), and Mr Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the valid votes.

Weeks after the primary was held, the PDP presidential candidate named Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.

While Governor Wike said he had accepted the outcome of the primary in good faith, he insisted that Senator Iyorchia Ayu must resign as the party’s national chairman for the sake of equity since a northern presidential candidate has emerged.

Supreme Court Dismisses Suit To Compel PDP To Zone Presidency To South East

A file photo of the Supreme Court in Abuja.

 

The Supreme Court has struck out a suit instituted against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seeking to enforce the zoning and rotatory policy in the 2023 presidential election.

In a unanimous judgement delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro on Friday, the court struck out the suit on the ground of lack of jurisdiction to entertain it.

A presidential aspirant of PDP and former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe, had instituted the suit against his party, praying for an order of the court to compel it to uphold the zoning and rotatory policy of the party.

Specifically, the presidential aspirant sought an order of the court to compel PDP to zone the nomination of its presidential candidate to the south-east geo-political zone of the country.

However, Justice Jauro dismissed the suit on the ground that the nomination of candidates for election was an internal affair of political parties.