APC Invites Abdulmumin Jibrin Over Allegations Of Padded Budget

Abdulmumin Jibrin,The All Progressives Congress (APC) has invited the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin over allegations of the padded budget.

Mr Jibrin, who said he will honour the invitation despite his “tight schedules”, however noted that the invitation “did not in anyway indicate it is a disciplinary committee”.

The Party had stated that it has made several attempt to reach Mr Jibrin through calls and text messages, but he maintained that “it would have been very difficult for me to attend because of an attempt by the quartet of Speaker Dogara and others, who were determined to kidnap me until few days when my lawyers requested and got maximum protection for me from the DSS and police”.

Mr Jubrin expressed optimism that the “APC will do will do the rightful thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corruption in the House and direct Speaker Dogara, Dep Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, to reconvene the House immediately and Step down and face their imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country from further embarrassment”, he said via his twitter account.

Imo North Rerun Election: APC’s Ben Uwajimogu Declared Winner

PDP, APC, Imo, Election, Imo NorthThe All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Imo North Senatorial District election, Mr Ben Uwajimogu, has been declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Uwajimogu, having scored 56,076 votes, beat his closest rival the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Athan Achonu who polled 43,815 votes.

While announcing the results at the Central Collation Centre in Okigwe Local Government headquarters, the returning officer, Professor Arinze Agbaogu said the APC candidate having scored the majority and lawful votes in the election is hereby declared winner of the election.

Similarly, the APC candidate in Oru East, Nkenna Nzeruo and his counterpart in Isiala Mbano, Chiji Collins, were also declared winners of the State House of Assembly rerun elections in their area.

Impeachment: APC Reacted to Mere Rumours, Says Senate

senateThe Senate has expressed surprise that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made comments on mere speculation and fabrication by an online publication on a purported plan to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by the Senate spokesman, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, he stated that the APC had the opportunity to cross-check what actually happened at the executive session, which held on Tuesday from its members in attendance.

He said the comments credited to the National Secretary of the Party, Mai Bala Buni, on the falsehood being spread by an online news report will merely give credibility to a news item which members of the public had disregarded, knowing the reputation of the source.

Senator Abdullahi further stated that the Senate expected the party to at least explore all the options open to it to verify “that piece of fabrication” saying that it should be clear to the APC leadership that if there is any truth to that story, it should have been credited to a particular Senator who was at the executive session.

He assured the APC that the Senate as an institution values the present democracy in Nigeria and will not do anything to undermine or weaken the system

The National Secretariat of the APC had dismissed the purported plan describing it as “a huge joke”.

In a press statement by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, the party advised the senators in question to “stop the ‘huge joke’ and concentrate on their primary constitutional responsibilities of lawmaking and discharging legislative mandates to their constituents at the National Assembly”, urging them not to “allow political shenanigans becloud overall national interest.

“The Party will not to join issues on the Senate forgery suit and other court cases concerning some members of the 8th Senate because it will be subjudice.

“We advice the Senators in question to tow the same line and allow judicial processes run it normal and legitimate course.

“Repeated allegations that the court cases are politically-motivated by the President and the APC are baseless”, the APC said.

Ekiti: APC Members Stage Protest In Support Of Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Crusade

APC, Kaduna APC, APC AkidaMembers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State have staged a peaceful protest in Ado Ekiti, the state capital in support of the president’s anti-corruption crusade.

Speaking to newsmen during the rally, the Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr Taiwo Olatubosun, alleged that Governor Ayo Fayose is holding on to Ekiti workers’ salaries in his private accounts.

“We will continue with the rally; we will continue with this mobilisation until we put a stop to the corruption happening in Ekiti”, he said.

Reacting to the protest, the Special Assistant to the Governor, Lere Olayinka said he is fully in support of the fight against corruption only if the fight proves to be free and fair.

Edo Election: We Are Focused Despite Party Crisis – PDP

Dan Orbih, Edo PDP
Edo State PDP Chairman, Dan Orbih,

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State says the leadership crises rocking the party at the national level would not have any negative impact on the party’s bid to take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Edo State PDP Chairman, Dan Orbih, stated this while speaking to Channels Television in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He said the party had always remained one in the state until some individuals started sponsoring some suspended members of the party with the aim of tearing the party apart.

Mr Orbih also maintained that the Ahmed Makarfi-led national leadership of the party is the only one recognized by the PDP in Edo State.

National Assembly Tribunal Judgment: Onjeh Heads To Appeal Court

Appeal CourtAll Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Benue South Senatorial District, Mr Daniel Onjeh has appealed the National Assembly Tribunal judgment, which dismissed his petition against the election of former Senate President, Senator David Mark.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, Mr Onjeh said that his lawyers have already filed the appeal at the Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division.

The tribunal had ruled that Mr Onjeh filed his petition out of time.

But Mr Onjeh insisted that he filed within the time allotted by the Electoral Act.

The tribunal, on Thursday, struck out the petition filed by Mr  Onjeh.

The former Senate President had asked the tribunal to dismiss Mr. Onjeh’s petition for filing outside the 21 days required by law.

Bayelsa Governorship Election: Tribunal Set To Deliver Judgment

dicksonThe Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal is set to deliver judgement in the petition filed by former governor of Bayelsa State and flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Bayelsa governorship election, Mr Timipre Sylva on a date yet to be decided by the tribunal.

The Chairman of the Tribunal said the date will be communicated 48 hours to the day it will be delivered.

Mr Sylva is challenging the election of Mr Seriake Dickson as Governor of Bayelsa State.

The tribunal, however, allowed the petitioner witness to play a DVD it had earlier turned down.

Even though Governor Dickson had informed the tribunal, through his lawyers, that he had filed an appeal at the Supreme Court, the tribunal allowed the DVD to be played after parties agreed that playing it will not prejudice the said appeal.

Done with that, all the parties in the suit adopted their final briefs of argument.

While the petitioner, Mr Timipre Sylva, asked the tribunal to grant the reliefs sought in his petition and declare him duly elected, the respondents; Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Dickson and his party the Peoples Democratic Party asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lack of substance and merit.

Channels Television’s Amaka Okafor reports that parties will now await judgment to know which side the pendulum will swing.

Ali Modu Sheriff Annuls Plateau State PDP Congress

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has nullified the party’s congress in Plateau State.

The embattled PDP Chairman made the annulment when aggrieved members of the party visited him to ask for a fresh congress to elect a chairman in Plateau State.

The delegation led by a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Mr Bitrus Kaze, alleged that the congress which was conducted in April was not credible.

In his response, Senator Sheriff told the gathering that a new committee would be inaugurated to conduct a fresh congress that would elect principal officers for the PDP in Plateau State.

In a related development, he had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

Cripple The PDP
In a swift reaction to this, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee condemned the move by Senator Sheriff, after Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu had emerged winner of the party’s primaries held on Monday.

MakarfiThey accused him of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the INEC.

The emergence of the two factions of the PDP is a fall out of the party’s Governors Forum meeting where some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff and set up a caretaker committee.

However, the embattled Chairman told reporters when he was refused entrance into the PDP National Secretariat that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018.

Edo PDP Governorship Poll: Makarfi Committee Condemns Sheriff Committee

PDP,Ahmed Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, EdoThe Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the move by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to set up a primary election committee for the Edo State governorship election.

The newly constituted committee, chaired by Senator Hope Uzodinma, was inaugurated after the Monday exercise which produced Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the PDP candidate in the coming election.

In a swift reaction, the Makarfi committee said Senator Sheriff was working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“No Trace Of Any Court Order”
The Makarfi committee made their stand known on Thursday evening in a statement by its publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, titled “Senator Sheriff & Co: Too Desperate To Destroy The PDP”.

They said Senator Sheriff had connived with some former and serving governors of the APC to deceive unsuspecting members of the PDP, security agencies and the general public to support his ambition to remain as Chairman of the party by claiming he has a court order.

“We have concluded our investigations and discovered that there is no trace of any court order obtained by Senator Sheriff or any of his cohorts either at FCT High Court or the Federal High Court in Abuja or any court in Nigeria,” the statement read.

The Makarfi committee then sent a stern warning to members serving in any committee set up by Senator Sheriff, saying such members would be engaging in anti-party activities and would face disciplinary action.

Osagie Ize-Iyamu Wins Edo State PDP Governorship Primaries

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Edo State, PDP, Governorship electionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared Osagie Ize-Iyamu winner of its just concluded Edo State governorship primary election.

Mr Ize-Iyamu won a total of 584 votes to emerge winner, beating his closest rival, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, who scored 91 votes to take the second place.

Mr Solomon Edebiri scored 38 votes to emerge third.

The primary election to decide the PDP’s contender in September 10 poll was held on Monday at the Lawn Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

The PDP Primary Election Committee was chaired by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umehi.

Statutory delegates started the process after which others took their turns.

Governor Umehi had appealed to all the delegates to be orderly, stressing the need to end the process on time.

Meanwhile, Mr Godwin Obaseki on Sunday picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after beating other candidates at the primaries in Benin City, the Edo State’s capital.

Mr Obaseki polled 1,618 votes to defeat the incumbent Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu, who scored 471 votes, and a former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, who got 137 votes amongst others.

Edo-State-Governorship-Election

As Mr Ize-Iyamu and Mr Obaseki prepare to represent the two leading political parties, the people of Edo State are to decide who succeeds Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the Saturday, September 10 governorship election.

Obaseki Emerges Edo APC Governorship Candidate

ObasekiMr Godwin Obaseki has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket after beating 11 other candidates during the primaries in Benin City, Edo State.

The leader of the party’s national delegation that conducted the primary election and Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, announced the results in Benin, the state capital.

Mr. Masari said Mr. Obaseki scored 1,618 votes to defeat his 11 opponents.

Other aspirants are Deputy Governor Pius Odubu, who polled 471 votes; former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, 137 votes; Ken Imasuagbon, 247 votes; a former governor of the state, Osariemen Osunbor, eight votes and Ebegue Amadasu, who also polled eight votes.

Similarly, Charles Airhiabvere, a retired major general, garnered 11 votes; Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula, 10 votes; Austin Emuan, seven votes; Blessing Agbomhere, fives votes, and the only female aspirant, Tina Agbarha, three votes.

The APC held its primary election in Edo State, with 12 aspirants from 18 local governments jostling for the top job.

A total of 2,771 delegates made it to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, which is venue of the primary.

Kogi Tribunal Dismisses Faleke’s Petition Against Yahaya Bello’s Election

James Faleke, Yahaya Bello, APC, Kogi StateThe Kogi State governorship election tribunal has ruled that the failure of Mr James Faleke to join INEC in his petition against the election of Governor Yahaya Bello is a major defect to the petition.

Tribunal ruled that James Faleke lacks the locus standi to challenge the substitution of Late Audu Abubakar having not participated in the APC primaries that produced Audu Abubakar

The Tribunal further held that the constitution does not recognize independent candidates as political parties are the ones vested with the power to nominate and sponsor a candidate for any election.

The Tribunal added that the APC was legally right to substitute its candidate due to force majeur as the November 21 election was declared inconclusive.

It is parties that win and lose an election and APC was duly invited by INEC to present a new candidate following the death of Prince Audu Abubakar.

Records before the court showed that Yahaya Bello participated in the APC primaries that produced Audu and emerged as the runner up.

Tribunal holds that there is valid material before it confirming the sponsorship of Yahaya Bello and having contested the primaries against Prince Audu, he was the best person to step into the shoes of the late Audu.

Tribunal also dismissed Faleke’s claims that the 240,687 votes of November 21 was transferred to Bello because it held that the votes belong to the APC and not Prince Audu.

Mr James Faleke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had asked the Kogi State election petition tribunal to declare him as the authentic winner of the November 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi State on the ground that the current Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello never participated in the said election.

The petitioner, Mr Faleke was running as the deputy governorship candidate under the late Abubakar Audu up until INEC declared the poll inconclusive after Mr Audu died.

INEC went ahead to ask the APC to nominate a replacement for the deceased.

Mr Bello was nominated and he selected Mr Faleke as his deputy, but Mr Faleke declined.

Mr Faleke thereafter approached the tribunal asking it to declare him governor-elect.