Former Ogun Governor, Olusegun Osoba Returns To APC

Olusegun OsobaFormer Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, has returned to his former political fold where he left years ago from the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

Top leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday met to receive Osoba back into their fold at his residence in Lagos State.

The party leaders present were former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Ogun State, Bisi Akande, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Oluranti Adebule, who represented the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Mr Osoba left the defunct ACN after a party infighting which took him and his supporters to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2015 general elections.

He is seen as one of the SDP founders.

Mr Osoba was elected on two different occasions as Governor of Ogun State; first from January 1992 until November 1993 on the platform of the SDP.

He and others were removed from office by the administration of General Sani Abacha on 17 November 1993.

After the return to democracy in 1999, he was elected again as Governor of Ogun State on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), holding office between May 1999 and May 2003.

Accord Party Rally Disrupted In Oyo State

Accord-rally-in-IbadanA violent clash at the Accord party rally in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has left three dead and at least 12 others critically injured.

The incident took place at Odinjo, Ibadan South-east Local Government Area of Oyo State on Sunday.

While the really was on, some thugs descended on supporters of the Accord Party, a Channels Television’s correspondent reported.

The thugs were said to have stormed the rally and opened fire on the gathering while the supporters rushed away from the scene with varying degrees of injuries.

A team from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) led by a police Inspector, reportedly arrived at the scene and made an arrest of three suspected thugs with pump action rifles.

Speaking in an interview with journalists at the Police State Headquarters, Eleyele in Ibadan, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of zone 11, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, described the latest violence as unfortunate, noting that thorough investigation would be done to bring the culprits to book.

Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Musa Katsina, also confirmed the violent attack and casualty figures.

However, he sounded a serious warning to politicians that zero tolerance for violence was not just a memorandum on paper, stressing that it would be put into action in the state.

Leaders of various political parties also condemned the attack, calling for decisive action on the part of the police in the state.

PDP Grants Ribadu, Others Waiver

nuhu-ribadu1The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted waiver to a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu and two others to run as aspirants under the platform of the party in the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State.

Other persons granted waiver were a former military administrator of Lagos and Borno States, Buba Marwa and Markus Gundiri, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 election.

PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, made the disclosure to journalists on Friday at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

The three aspirants had earlier submitted their application for waiver to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The NWC had also forwarded the requests to a sub committee under the leadership of the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha.

The committee submitted its report to the NWC on Friday, recommending that the waiver should be granted.

With the development, the three aspirants will alongside eight others face a screening panel on Saturday.

The PDP is expected to name the panel members later on Friday.

 

APC’s National Convention Holds In Abuja

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 The National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has started at the Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Supporters of some of the aspirants have arrived the eagle square from various parts of the country.

Voting materials, especially ballot boxes, have already been set at the eagle square waiting for delegates to cast their votes to elect members of the party’s National Executive Committee.

Two major candidates are said to be major contenders for the chairmanship position which is said to be zoned to the South-South.

They are Mr Tom Ikimi and former Governor of Edo State Mr Odigie Oyegun.

The merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria, All Nigeria Peoples Party and Congress for Progressive Change made the APC Nigeria’s largest opposition party.

At the convention, the party will be looking to elect leaders who will run its affairs as the 2015 general elections draw near.

Some delegates believe that the convention will ratify the party’s amended constitution and put in place national officers that will pilot the party’s affairs in the 2015 general elections.

While some delegates have expressed the desire to accept whatever the outcome of the convention may be, others feel strongly that their preferred candidate must emerge as the party’s flag bearer come 2015

Posters of party members, including that of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, dotted the venue of the convention, with their loyalists canvassing for supports.

Meanwhile, analysts have argued that the convention would be the first major test for the unity of the All Progressives Congress.

Northerners Have Become Mentally Lazy- Usman Bugaje

vlcsnap-2014-03-11-13h15m20s48The former National Secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Dr. Usman Bugaje, on Tuesday blamed Nigerians of northern extraction of being “mentally lazy”. 

Dr. Bugaje, who presented a paper on the issues of development in the North during the Conference of Leaders Of Northern Nigeria, revealed that this situation was discovered from a forum earlier organised by the Arewa Research and Development Project, where participants “left the conference feeling stupid to be thinking of oil.”

He added, “we have far more than oil; we have the capacity to develop and feed the whole of Africa just from here Nigeria.” He insisted, “we had all that it takes just that we are mentally lazy.”

He further noted that ideas obtained during the conference borders mostly on how to move the northern part of Nigeria out of its present predicament.

Dr. Bugaje, who is also the Convener of the Arewa Research and Development Project, called on northerners to engage in knowledgeable and creative ventures to break from the shackles of poverty and underdevelopment.

“ln the 21st Century, knowledge is the greatest capital” he said, as he went down memory lane to remind the participants of the importance of oil in the past 30-40 years.

He went further to assert that the situation witnessed in the past years was no longer obtainable, as the “richest man in the world now, Bill Gates, has nothing to do with oil.”

“We don’t need this (oil), what we need is to use that God given talent; to develop it; that is what is more important” he said.

Dr. Bugaje, however, noted that “this is not to say that we (northerners) must not get what is ours but basically to say that the world has moved on and oil is no longer important.”

He maintained that “the future is not in oil but in knowledge and that is where our (northerners) minds should be.”

Faults Timing of National Conference

Dr. Bugaje faulted the timing of the National Conference, noting that it is coming at a time when the northern part of the country is “at its worst”.

“Besides its sordid origin, this conference is coming at a time when the North is at its worst. For the last 15 years, the North has been systematically impoverished, it has been systematically garrisoned, it has been systematically denied every right that it has, it has been targeted; its people in the civil service had been pruned and elbowed out” and “we are invited to come and participate in a conference that its result has been pre-determined.”

While faulting the nominee list released by the Presidency, Dr. Bugaje claimed that the constitution lacked the backing of the law and is therefore illegal, insisting that “it is not a conference; it is a presidential committee set to advice the President.”

He further faulted the funding of the conference, berating the fact that it was not included in the 2014 Budget.

There Is No Oil Producing State

Dr. Bugaje, in his presentation, also insisted that “there are no oil producing states” explaining that the only oil producing state is the Nigerian state itself.”

To buttress his argument, Dr. Bugaje said that “the investment came from the Nigerian state, the oil came from the Nigerian state.” He added; “Whatever mileage you get in the sea, according to the United Nations Law of the sea, is a measure of the land mass that you have; that is what gives you the mileage into the sea”, noting that “the land mass of this country, we know that gives that long 200 nautical miles or more into the ocean, is because of that 72 per cent of the land mass of this country, which is the North.”

He further maintained; “What they claim is the off shore oil is actually the oil of the North” insisting that “we should stop using the term” as “there are no oil producing states.”

Supreme Court Affirms Okorocha’s Election As Governor

The Supreme Court has again affirmed the election of Rochas Okorocha as the governor of Imo state.

Justice Clara Ogunbiyi while delivering judgment in the appeal filed by Governor Okorocha challenging the decision of the Appeal Court, Owerri, which joined his predecessor, Mr. Ikedi Ohakim in the appeal instituted by a candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, berated the former governor for embarking on an endless litigation.

The court held that the application for joinder granted by the Court of Appeal is an attempt by Mr Ohakim to re-litigate a matter that had long been settled by a properly constituted election tribunal.

The court further held that the lower court over-reached itself by assuming jurisdiction thereby giving Mr Ohakim a second opportunity to challenge the election of Mr Okorocha through the back door.

Governor Okorocha commended the Judiciary for staying on the path of justice and truth, saying that with the judgement, the judiciary has once again proved to be the last hope for the common man.

“The ruling should serve as a pointer to the opposition that my election as the Governor of Imo State is divine. It will also go a long way to show to the world that the masses and good people of Imo State are solidly behind my rescue mission for the state,” Governor Okorocha told Channels Television’s Imo State correspondent in Owerri, the Imo State capital, shortly after the ruling.

 

Defunct ACN Asks Court To Void Own Benue Guber Poll Judgment

The defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has again approached the Supreme Court to renew its legal battle against the 2011 governorship election of Mr. Gabriel Suswan as Benue State Governor.

The party, which has fused with others to form the All Progressives Congress (APC), asked the apex court to reverse its judgment, which early in the year gave the judicial nod to the election of Suswan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the elected governor.

The party, in the new motion filed by Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, is calling for the reversal of judgment on the ground that it was wrong.

Akeredolu claimed that the verdict sought to be reviewed deprived Professor Steve Tarkuma Ugba, the ACN candidate in the poll, justice.

He attempted to move a motion for leave of the court to change the name of ACN to APC to reflect the new status of the party.

However, the move was thwarted by the presiding Justice Mahmoud Mohammed who drew his attention to the fact that a panel of seven justices gave judgment in the case and that it would be abnormal for a five-man panel to set aside the decision of the higher panel.

Justice Mohammed said that under the practice of the court, there was no provision for a five-man panel to subject the decision of seven-man panel to any review.

He then asked Akeredolu to write formally to the Chief Justice of Nigeria to ask for a full panel to adjudicate over the matter.

Responding counsel to governor Suswan, Mr Damian Dodo, had informed the court of the failure of the applicant to do the right thing in the issue, especially on the refusal to display the judgment being sought to be reviewed.

The case was adjourned indefinitely till a full panel is constituted.

The apex court had on two occasions ruled against ACN and its candidate on the governorship election that their action was statue barred.

 

 

Supreme Court Adjourns Okorocha’s Suit To Jan. 2014

The Supreme Court in Nigeria has fixed January 24, 2014 for judgment on the suit filed by the governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas Okorocha challenging the decision of the Appeal Court in Owerri to allow Mr Ikedi Ohakim to join in the suit filed by Mr Ifeanyi Ararume.

Mr Ararume, who was the governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 governorship election, had challenged the constitutionality of the May 6 supplementary election that brought Okorocha to power.

Mr Ohakim was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

At the resumed hearing of the suit in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, counsel to governor Okorocha, Mr Niyi Akintola adopted his brief of argument and prayed the court to rule in his favour.

The lawyer to the PDP, Mr Wole Olanipekun however informed the court of a preliminary objection he filed, saying the appeal by Governor Okorocha is an incompetent one.

Mr. Awa Kalu representing Mr. Ifeanyi Ararume, who did not challenge the suit, stressed that every litigant had a right of appeal.

It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal in a ruling delivered by Justice Hussein Mukhtar has dismissed Okorocha’s objection to Ohakim’s application and consequently made Ohakim an appellant in the case.

Okorocha in his Supreme Court appeal argued that Ohakim’s party, the PDP, had earlier challenged the subject matter of the suit at the election petitions tribunal and lost arguing further that the PDP also challenged the decision of the election tribunal at the Supreme Court and lost.

According to him, allowing Ohakim to challenge the high court’s judgment on appeal was to afford him the opportunity to pursue two remedies against the same infraction in two courts at the same time.

 

 

Apex Court To Rule On Ondo Governorship Poll August 29th

The Supreme Court has deferred judgment in a suit challenging the election of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state, as the seven-man panel of the Apex court led by justice Walter Onoghene, fixed August 29th to decide on the election petitions filed by Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the former Action Congress of Nigeria and Olushola Oke of the Peoples’ Democratic Party who were candidates in the elections.

The two appellants asked the court to nullify the election of Governor Mimiko and order a fresh election as a result of irregularities and corruption in the compilation of the voters register.

Both candidates accused the Labour Party of conniving with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to inflate the voters register which was used for the election, an allegation INEC denied as its counsel, Mr Oyechi Ikpeazu told the court that INEC did not fraudulently inject names into the voters register but upgraded the register from data gathered after the 2011 election copies of which were made available to all the candidates in both soft and hard copies.

Counsel to Mr Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria asked the court to substitute the Action Congress of Nigeria with the All Progressive Congress (APC) following the merger of the ACN with two other parties to form the APC.

His application did not go down well with other parties in the suit who challenged the jurisdiction of the court to exchange the name of parties.

According to the lawyers, the substitution if allowed will have implications on the case should the court rule in favour of Mr Akeredolu.

The Apex court agreed with other parties in the case and struck out the Action Congress of Nigeria from the suit since it no longer existed as political party in Nigeria.

Mr.Rotimi Akeredolu prayed the court to order a fresh election on the grounds that the election that brought Governor Mimiko to power was marred by irregularities and corrupt practices contrary to section 138 of the electoral act, while the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Olushola Oke, also accused INEC of failure to display the register before the election, a position that both the tribunal and the appellate courts agreed to and as such the Apex court should nullify the election of Governor Mimiko.

Responding counsels to both Governor Mimiko and the Labour Party through a cross application urged the court to discountenance the appeal filed by the two parties as it has become an academic exercise.

According to them, since the Action Congress of Nigeria has been struck out of the case on the basis that it is no longer an existing party, the appeal if allowed will suffer the challenge of participation, because it is only parties who participated in the first election that will be allowed to participate in a fresh election if allowed.

Governor Fashola’s Father Dies At 80

The father of the governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, Ibrahim Ademola Fashola on Monday died at the age of 80 years at an undisclosed hospital.

In a statement signed by the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Lanre Babalola said the remains of Elder Fashola will be buried on Tuesday, the 6th of August 2013 at Vaults and Gardens Ikoyi by 1pm.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan Monday has sent a condolence message to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State who is presently away on lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia

A statement by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said the president on behalf of himself, his family, the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, conveys sincere condolences to the governor.

“As they mourn Pa Fashola, President Jonathan urges Governor Fashola, his family and people of Lagos State to give thanks to God Almighty for the octogenarian’s very exemplary and accomplished life,”

The President urged  the family  to be comforted by the knowledge that Pa Fashola is returning to his Creator as a very blessed and fulfilled man who lived to see his son become a two-term Governor of one of Nigeria’s most populous and vibrant states.

President Jonathan joins the Governor Fashola, members of his family and the people of Lagos in praying that God Almighty will grant Pa Fashola peaceful and eternal rest from his labours on earth.”

The deceased is survived by children, grandchildren and great-grand children among whom is the Lagos State Governor, Mr.
Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Arinola Fuwa, Olayinka Fashola, Ademola Fashola, Omolara Fashola, Adewale Fashola, Ademola Fashola Jnr. and Ademola Keji Fashola.

Lai Muhammed Allays Fears Of INEC Not Registering APC

Interim National Publicity Secretary, of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Lai Mohammed, has dispelled reports on plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), not to register the merger party.

Mr Mohammed, made this assertion on Channels TV’s Politics Today, where he stated that the merger party has met all the requirements of law as regards its application, hence there is no need for it to be fretful while it awaits INEC’s affirmation of the merger party, he stated.

He dismissed as a ‘mere speculation’ reports that INEC was planning to write a letter to proponents of APC to find another name because of a court case instituted by a political party over the APC acronym.

“On the contrary, we’ve gotten very encouraging response from INEC so far” Mr Mohammed said, as he gave a breakdown of all the steps taking by various parties that make up the merger.

The former spokesperson of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) also denied claims that the party will be dominating the merger party.

PDP, ACN Express Readiness Ahead Of Kwara LG Election

In preparation for the local government election in Kwara State, political parties in the state have expressed their readiness to partake in the election with assurance to come out victorious at the outing.

While the ruling party of Peoples Democratic Party boasts of its determination to sweep the polls as usual, the opposition party calls on the umpire to provide a level playing ground for rule of law and credible election to take place.

The chairman of the newly inaugurated Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission; Dr. Uthman Ajidagba while addressing journalists noted that in accordance with the constitutional provision, the electioneering activities for the local government election in the state has commenced in earnest.

Although he could not provide a definite response on when the election will take place, he assured of the readiness of the commission to be fair and just, to all parties at the polls when conducted.

Reacting to the announcement, the state branch of the Action Congress of Nigeria convened an emergency stakeholders meeting to deliberate on the issue and challenged the commission to be transparent and promised of its readiness to partake in the grassroots election where they promised to offer better alternative government.

On its part, the state secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Yemi Afolayan boast that being the responsive and responsible government that has been meeting the yearnings of the people , the party will come out victorious despite the rantings of the opposition whom he claimed are non-existent in the state.

While the political parties are eagerly waiting for the actual date of the local government election in the state, it is hoped that the umpire will conduct a free and fair election that will be acceptable to all at the end of the day.