The All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Hon. Alasa Ado Doguwa has reclaim his mandate as the member representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada at the National Assembly following his re-election in the Saturday’s re-run with a landslide victory.
A statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba suggests that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Doguwa as winner having polled 66, 667 against his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rival who scored 6, 323.
Also, Hon. Munir Babba Dan’Agundi regained his seat to represent Kumbotso Federal Constituency at the Green Chamber after scoring 32, 114 against the PDP candidate, Hon. Umar Balla who got 31, 258.
However, the federal constituency election in Kiru/Bebeji was won by the PDP which scored 48, 641 against the APC candidate who got 13, 507.
On re-run elections into the Kano state House of Assembly in Madobi, APC scored 25, 403 to beat the PDP which got 23, 625, while in Minjibir the APC polled 18, 455 to defeat the PDP with 17, 607 votes.
Other results of the state legislature include Rogo where the APC scored 26, 730 to beat the PDP that got 26, 362; and in Bunkure, the APC clinched the seat with 20, 566 votes against the opposition PDP’s 19, 941.
The statement added that all the elections were conducted peacefully as voters exercised their franchise.
In a statement personally signed by him, he thanked the members of his party and his supporters for standing by him throughout the court processes.
“Do not despair over news of today’s verdict. Taunts, jeers and intimidation will come, but let’s not buckle under them and see those as part of the sacrifice we need to make for a better tomorrow,” the APC candidate said.
He added, “The verdict announced by the Supreme Court today signals an end to our inquest on the 2019 governorship elections in Benue.
“It does not mean we will take our eyes off governance issues as they affect people of Benue.”
Jime noted that sad as the judgment was to him, he and his supporters have accepted the verdict in good faith.
He, however, stressed that it was not out of a need to pursue power or take advantage of the judicial process when they filed a petition at the Election Petitions Tribunal in 2019.
The APC candidate explained that they took the route all the way to the Supreme Court as part of their commitment towards strengthening the integrity of the nation’s electoral process.
“It was and remains our firm belief that unless the sanctity of the ballot is guaranteed, self-serving politicians will continue to game the system to retain their clutch on power.
“Let me use this opportunity to thank our legal team. They put up a dogged fight and presented a good case with solid evidence,” he said.
Jime added, “The outcome might not have gone our way, but it shows we will never look the other way where we see cases of electoral malpractice. I remain eternally grateful for the efforts of our lawyers and witnesses.
“I also extend my appreciation to the Justices of the Supreme Court, who in spite of a back-breaking workload, gave our petition the thorough attention it deserved. The outcome notwithstanding, we remain highly respectful of their verdict.”
The Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Okey Onyekanma, has resigned his position.
Onyekanma announced his resignation in a letter read by the Speaker of the House, Chiji Collins, during plenary on Tuesday at the legislative chamber of the Assembly Complex in Owerri, the state capital.
He informed his colleagues that he has also resigned as the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business.
In the letter, Onyekanma explained that he took the decision to resign due to the zoning arrangement in the state.
According to him, the plan gives the seat of the deputy speaker to a lawmaker from the same zone with the governor and considering the new leadership in the state, he is not from the same zone with the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Meanwhile, nine members of the House have announced their defection from their respective political parties to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The lawmakers were formerly members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Alliance (AA), and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
They include Authur Egwim (from AA), Chyna Iwuanyanwu (from PDP), Chidiebere Ogbunikpa (from PDP), and Obinna Okwara (from AA).
Others are Paul Emeziem (from PDP), Ekene Nnodimele (from APGA), Johnson Duru (from AA), Ngozi Obiefule (from AA), and Heclus Okoro (from PDP).
One of the defected lawmakers, Nnodimele, had resigned his position as the Minority Leader in the House before joining the ruling APC.
A majority of the lawmakers who defected to the APC blamed their decision on the political crisis in their former parties.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Supreme Court judgement that upheld the election of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Monday.
The President felicitated with the APC National Executive Council, National Working Committee and all members for what he described as their loyalty and consistency that translated into many victories, “particularly the politically strategic states, Kano and Plateau, after tough legal challenges”.
“I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors,” he said, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu.
“APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.”
While congratulating all the APC governors whose elections were affirmed by the Supreme Court, the President urged electorates and politicians to strengthen the country’s judicial processes by always seeking redress in court.
“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates.
“Election is good when they win. The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire system.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has embarked on what it termed “mother of all protests” against last week’s Supreme Court judgement on Imo Governorship appeal.
The apex court on Tuesday last week nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State and unanimously declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election.
A huge crowd of protesters, led by the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, armed with placards, waving party flags, took off from the PDP headquarters annex in Abuja, to the Supreme Court to express their dissatisfaction with the judgement.
Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed is optimistic about the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement on the appeal filed by the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging his victory in the March 2019 election.
The apex court is expected to deliver judgement on Monday 20 January 2019 on three Governorship appeals from Bauchi, Sokoto and Kano.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the commissioner for information, Mr Ladan Salihu, said the Governor is not bothered about the judgement, having won the election overwhelmingly.
“Bala Mohammed is a democrat, a product of democracy, rule of law and he is a champion of good governance. He believes that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man and the common man in Bauchi state voted Bala Mohammed.
“We are very confident that justice will be served in our favour. I wouldn’t be the first to go near the red line of sub judice, but I can tell you confidently that we are not particularly worried, but concerned because it is a process that is not in our hands.
“The governor is very calm, we are hopeful and we are not by any stretch of the imagination, worried or afraid of the process,” he added.
He assured residents and supporters that a final affirmation of Governor Mohammed will only lead to better governance and an improved Bauchi state.
Governor Mohammed of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was declared the winner, defeating incumbent governor, Muhammed Abubakar of the All progressives Congress.
Mohammed Polled a total of 515,113, while Abubakar got 500,625 votes.
Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that he owes his gubernatorial victory at the Supreme Court to a functional judiciary.
Speaking after he received the Certificate of Return from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as the governor-elect of Imo State, Sen Uzodinma stated that the Supreme Court’s judgment is justice for the Imo People.
“We owe this victory to the almighty God, we owe it to the functional judiciary, the Supreme Court used the eagle eyes of the law and gave us justice, and there is so much excitement down there in Imo state,” Uzodinma said.
Following disputation in the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congres, the APC has said that it will bring to the attention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) the suspicious handling of its court case by Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu and the apparent machinations of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This according to a statement by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mallam Issa-Onilu stated that after the Supreme Court decision to nullify the APC Congresses in Rivers State and effectively disqualify the Party from participating in the 2019 governorship elections in Rivers State, the APC decided to restrategise and reposition the party.
He further revealed that on the 6th of September 2019 the APC constituted a caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the party in Rivers State, adding that the party also scheduled the conduct of congresses to elect the executives of the party at various levels.
The APC spokesman stated that one Ibrahim Umah immediately instituted a court action at the Rivers State High Court challenging the proposed congresses of the APC and obtained an interim injunction restraining the APC from conducting the proposed congresses.
Mr Issa-Onilu noted that the APC objected to the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit and on 18th December 2019 the court struck out the suit for want of jurisdiction, thereby allowing the APC to proceed with its restrategising process and conduct of congresses.
According to him, before the court rendered its decision striking out the suit, one Igo Aguma filed a similar suit against the APC challenging the composition of the caretaker committee. The suit was filed on 16th December 2019 and assigned to Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu. The APC was entitled to 21 days within which to enter an appearance and file a defence to the suit. Curiously, it was brought to our attention that Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu had abridged the time to 48 hours.
He said the party’s curiosity was further heightened when they discovered that the husband of Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu is a PDP leader who had previously contested for the position of Chairman of Obio/Akpor local government area and currently serves as the legal adviser of the PDP in Rivers State.
The party spokesman opined that it is now obvious that the PDP being the ultimate beneficiary of the inability of the APC to elect its state executives for more than one year owing to judicial restrictions have deployed professional litigants and judicial staff to aid their unholy interference in the affair of the APC.
“They have put their plans to action by getting minions to institute frivolous suit and ensuring that the suit is assigned to Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu, wife of a top PDP leader in Rivers State,” Issa-Onilu argued.
Mallam Onilu was of the opinion that the APC had reasonable apprehension that Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu will not be able to discharge her duties as a judicial officer objectively without interference.
He added that the foregoing fears led the Rivers State APC to forward a petition to the Chief Judge of Rivers State requesting the reassignment of the suit to another judge of the Rivers State High Court for adjudication.
According to the APC chieftain, This petition was endorsed to Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu.
“On 20th December, 2019, the suit was listed before Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu for hearing of the pending application. Our counsel drew the attention of the court to the petition pending before the chief judge as well as the weighty allegations contained therein. The APC expected Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu to have followed the time-honoured tradition of judicial officers such as Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, President of the Court of Appeal and Justice Mary Peter Odili JSC who had recused themselves from adjudicating over cases that would likely impact on the political interest of their spouses.
“Disappointedly, Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu proceeded to entertain the suit and granted an injunction restraining the APC and the caretaker committee from taking any steps whatsoever.
“It is clear to us that the PDP in connivance with Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu has perfected plans to keep APC in Rivers State in perpetual paralysis through endless suits and injunctions,” Mallam Issa-Onilu stated.
He said the APC rejects the PDP’s attempt to make Rivers a one-party state, adding that the party will be taking some steps including:
I. Petition the National Judicial Council over Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu insistence to proceed with the determination of the suit despite the obvious grounds of bias and conflict of interest
II. Petition the Chief Judge of Rivers State requesting the reassignment of the suit to another judge of the Rivers State High Court for adjudication.
We call on the Chief Justice of Nigeria to caution judicial officers in Rivers State and indeed the entire country not to drag the Judiciary into the internal affairs of the APC by perpetually stopping our party from conducting simple congresses in Rivers State. As a party, we can no longer fold our arms and watch this abuse of judicial powers in Rivers State continue.
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume says he has accepted the outcome of the appeal at the Supreme Court in good faith.
The apex court on Tuesday nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 19 governorship election.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the party is ecstatic over the Supreme Court’s judgement declaring its candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma as the winner of the 2019 Imo state Governorship election.
The apex court on Tuesday, nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state, ordering that the certificate of return issued to him be withdrawn immediately.
The APC in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu said that the party has never lost faith in the judiciary, and the outcome of the judgement has restored their stolen mandate.
“We salute Senator Hope Uzodinma, our supporters and members for their temperance displayed in the aftermath of the blatant rigging of the Imo Governorship election.
“We chose to focus on the judicial route to reclaim the Party’s mandate. We are confident that our other stolen electoral mandates will be restored by the courts.”
The APC urged party stakeholders in Imo to come together and support Senator Uzodinma and ensure the success of the Party is actualised.
“The APC calls on all Imo State APC stakeholders to come together in support of Senator Uzodinma to ensure the success of the Party’s Next Level agenda and to democratically entrench the APC in the state and entire South East.”
The Supreme Court has set judgement for the Sokoto Governorship election appeal to Monday, January 20, 2020.
The apex court had suspended the hearing of the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ahmed Aliyu, over the inability of the security operatives to control the crowd and the noise level in the court.
Mr. Aliyu is challenging the victory of Aminu Tambuwal as governor of the state.