Tribunal Affirms Ikpeazu’s Election As Abia Governor

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia on Friday upheld the victory of Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the governor of Abia State.

The tribunal also dismissed the petition filed by Alex Otti of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Chairman of the panel, Justice Lekan Ogumonye while delivering a unanimous judgement held that the petitioner failed to prove his allegations of over-voting and non compliance with the electoral act in the conduct of the election.

 

Conflict In APGA As Victor Oye Emerges National Chairman For Another Tenure

 

National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, has been re-elected, alongside 29 other executive members of the party.

The election, which took place at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre in Awka, the Anambra State capital, had delegates from all the states of the federation.

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The re-election was done through a voice vote by over one thousand five hundred delegates who participated in the partys National Convention.

Shinkafi Asks Tribunal To Order Fresh Polls In Zamfara With The Exclusion Of APC

 

 

The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara State Alhaji Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi has asked the State’s Elections Petitions Tribunal to nullify the Governorship elections conducted in the state on March 9th.

Shinkafi also ordered for a fresh election without the participation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Mukhtar Shehu Idris.

Shinkafi had in his petition filed before the tribunal on March 29th filed through his Counsel, Ifeanyi Mbaeri stated that by virtue of Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended “a person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a state if inter alia: he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party to contest the said election”.

He further averred that “pursuant to section 87(1) of The Electoral Act 2010 as amended a political party seeking to sponsor or nominate candidates for elections under this section shall hold primaries for aspirants to all elective positions. In other words, by the combined provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Electoral Act 2010 as amended, Sponsorship of candidates for elective positions is only through the holding of primaries.

Citing Section 140(2) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended Shinkafi stated that”where an election tribunal or court nullifies an election on the ground that the person who obtained the highest votes at the election was not qualified to contest the election or marred by substantial irregularities or noncompliance with the provisions of this act, the election tribunal or court shall not declare the person with the second highest number of votes or any other person as elected, but shall order a fresh election.

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He contended that Mukhtar Shehu Idris cited in the suit as the 1st respondent was as at the time of the Zamfara State Governorship elections not qualified to contest the election on the grounds that he was not a sponsored candidate of a political party and was therefore not qualified for election to the office of the Governor of a State.

The petitioners further averted that by the combined provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) sponsorship of Governorship Candidate is only through the holding of primary elections otherwise known as Special Congress in State Capital with delegates voting for aspirants of their choice.

The petitioners maintained that the 2nd respondent, the APC did not hold any primary election in Zamfara State or Special congress wherein the 1st respondent was nominated/sponsored as the Governorship Candidate of the 2nd respondent for the Zamfara State Governorship Election that took place on March 9th,2019.

Shinkafi and APGA further contended that the 3rd respondent, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) as the watch-dog of political parties was fully aware that the APC did not sponsor candidates across all elective positions in Zamfara State: the Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections. Consequently INEC by a letter dated 9th October 2018 titled ” failure to conduct party primaries in Zamfara State within the stipulated time wrote APC a formal letter appraising the party of the consequences of the party’s failure to hold primaries and sponsor candidates in Zamfara State.

“The petitioners aver that the purported participation of the 1st respondent as the APC Governorship Candidate in Zamfara State held on March 9th, 2019 has been rendered a nullity by the judgment of the Court of Appeal Sokoto Division in appeal number CA/S/32/2019 Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa & others v Sanusi Lukman Dan Alhaji &others which was delivered on 25th March 2019.

Shinkafi and APGA are asking the tribunal for a declaration that the 1st respondent at the time of the Zamfara State Governorship Elections conducted by INEC (the 3rd respondent) on March 9th 2019 was not qualified to the contest the said election having not been sponsored by the APC (2nd respondent) as stipulated in Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

They are also asking for an order setting aside the purported return of the 1st and 2nd respondents as winners of Zamfara State Governorship Elections held on March 9th 2019.

An order directing INEC to conduct fresh Governorship Elections in Zamfara State within 90 days without the participation of the 1st and 2nd respondents, the APC having failed to sponsor a Governorship Candidate within the time stipulated by law.

APGA Rejects Imo Governorship Election Result, Demands Fresh Poll

APGA Rejects Imo Governorship Election Result, Demands Fresh Poll
A file photo of voters at a polling unit in Imo State.

 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has rejected the result of last Saturday’s governorship election in Imo State.

Imo APGA Publicity Secretary, Alphonsus Eberendu, described the exercise as a “sham and mockery of democracy” while addressing reporters on Tuesday in Owerri, the state capital.

He alleged that the election was marred by monumental irregularities, adding that it was the worst in the history of the state since its creation.

Eberendu said his party had called for the cancellation of the entire election on the basis that it did not meet all the constitutional requirements.

He also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reverse the declaration of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Emeka Ihedioha, as the winner of the election.

According to the APGA spokesperson, the PDP candidate failed to meet the constitutional requirement of 25 per cent of total votes cast in two third of the state.

Otti, Ogar Reject Result Of Abia Governorship Election, Say It’s A ‘Sham’

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Dr. Alex Otti and that of the All Progressive Congress, Dr. Uche Ogar in Abia State, have rejected the result of the governorship election.

At a joint press conference in Umuahia, the state capital, shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the results on Sunday, both candidates described the election as a ‘sham’.

The Returning Officer, Professor Damian Ozurumba, had declared Ikpeazu winner of the poll after he secured 261,127 votes, more than double the 99, 574 votes polled by Ogar and 64,366 votes polled by Otti.

Otti alleged that INEC once again, breached its guidelines, adding that the results do not represent the true wishes of the people.

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He further stated that any result that does not agree with the card readers will not be accepted.

Both candidates, therefore, gave INEC the next 24 hours to cancel the election, adding that both parties are willing to present themselves when the Commission is ready to conduct a free and fair election in the state.

 

APGA Sweeps Idemili Federal Constituency In Anambra Supplementary Poll

 

 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), candidates for Idemili North and South Federal Constituency in Anambra State have won the rerun elections held on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who announced the results, declared Ifeanyi Ibezi winner after he polled 29,566 votes for Senate seat. The incumbent, Obinna Chidoka who polled 26,026 votes, came second in the rerun.

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The case was however similar at the House of Representatives rerun elections in Aguata federal constituency, with APGA’s candidate, Chuma Umeoji garnering 15,942 votes.

However, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party APC and YPP polled 12,440, 2,758, 4,606 respectively.

Elections in Idemili North and South Federal constituency was declared inconclusive after reported disruptions on February 23, and rescheduled to March 9, 2019.

PDP’s Ofumelu Defeats APGA, APC Candidates To Win Anambra Federal Constituency

 

Vincent Ofumelu of the People Democratic Party (PDP) has defeated the candidates of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and All Progressives Congress (APC) to win Oyi/Ayamelum Federal Constituency In Anambra state.

Mr. Ofumelu polled 26, 195 votes while Kene Enefe of APGA polled 17, 408.

The APC candidate polled 4, 238 votes.

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Aggrieved APGA Members Demand Resignation Of National Chairman, Victor Oye

Some aggrieved members and aspirants in the All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA) have called for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Victor Oye.

The aspirants are also demanding for a refund of money spent on buying Expression of Interest Form and Delegates Form.

The aspirants claimed that they were short-changed during the primary election in Anambra state. They added that the National Working Committee led by the National Chairman of the Party, Mr Oye, fraudulently collected huge sums of money to the tune of about N1billion from them for their participation in the failed primary election.

Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Political Matters and Secretary to the APGA Primary Election Reconciliation Committee, Ifeatu Obi-Okoye in reaction to the demands of the members and aspirants called for restraint.

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According to him, demanding anyone’s sack at this critical time may not augur well with the party. He added that most of the issues raised by the aggrieved members have been addressed.

“One way or the other, we have addressed most of the issues. This question of removal of national chairman, we think that the timing is not in the best interest of all of us. Elections is coming up in February, we cannot afford to go into issues like that with all its distractions and litigations,” he said.

However, the leader of the aggrieved aspirants, Onyeka Mbaso, an aspirant for Nnewi North and Federal Constituency claimed that that even the Reconciliation Committee raised by the leader and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the party, Governor Willie Obiano, to address the anomalies was suppressed by some strangers that have invaded the party.

2019 Elections: APGA Will Bring Nigeria Back To God, Says Oye

National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye, and other leaders of the party, during the launch of its national campaign in Anambra, on Thursday.

 

The national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, says the party will bring Nigeria back to God after recording success in the 2019 elections.

Oye said this on Thursday during the launch of the party’s presidential and National Assembly campaign at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, Anambra State capital.

He added that the party is presenting competent candidates that can transform the nation.

“APGA is presenting a formidable duo. Two men that have the capacity, physically and mentally to transform this country. APGA is serving you a beautiful buffet. Buffet of integrity, a buffet of dexterity, buffet of performance.

“What we are going to do at the national level is a replica of what Governor Willie Obiano has done in Anambra State.

“We are going to focus on Agriculture, security, human empowerment and above all, we are going to bring back Nigeria to God. Without God, there is nothing we can do. God is the foundation of APGA,” he said.

Oye also noted that the presidential candidate Major General John Gbor is an experienced scholar with integrity.

Former national chairman of the party, Victor Umeh also at the campaign said APGA is ready to attain victory in the 2019 general elections.

He added that the party is a progressive party that is not in support of marginalisation.

“We promise the people of Nigeria what they need to be happy. Any party that fights marginalisation is a progressive party and that is the party everybody should look out for in this forthcoming 2019 general election.

“We are here to represent this great party in this battle. It is a battle and we are prepared to carry the armour to the field and do everything possible to return victories to our party across the country,” he said.

The campaign was attended by other top dignitaries of the party including Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano.

2019 Elections: APGA Launches National Campaign In Anambra

 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Thursday commenced its national campaign ahead of the 2019 elections

The campaign was held at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, Anambra State capital.

National Chairman of the party, Victor Oye, says the party will bring Nigeria back to God after recording success in the 2019 elections.

“APGA is presenting a formidable duo. Two men that have the capacity, physically and mentally to transform this country. APGA is serving you a beautiful buffet. Buffet of integrity, a buffet of dexterity, buffet of performance.

“What we are going to do at the national level is a replica of what Governor Willie Obiano has done in Anambra State.

“We are going to focus on Agriculture, security, human empowerment and above all, we are going to bring back Nigeria to God. Without God, there is nothing we can do. God is the foundation of APGA,” he said.

Others at the event include Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano; presidential candidate of the party, John Gbor and other party faithful from across the 36 states of the federation.

Supreme Court Affirms Victor Oye As APGA National Chairman

Victor Oye

 

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed Mr Victor Oye as the authentic National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), bringing a long legal dispute over the leadership of the party to an end.

In a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel of justices, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal that was filed by a faction of the party led by Martin Agbaso.

Justice Sidi Bage, who delivered the lead judgment, upheld the August 16, 2017, verdict of the court of Appeal in Enugu, which vacated the order of mandamus that directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to relate with and to recognise Agbaso as the authentic national chairman of APGA.

“In the final analysis, the two issues in the appeal is resolved in favour of the 1st respondent. The appeal lacks merit and it is accordingly dismissed. The judgment of the lower court is affirmed. I make no order as to cost,” Justice Bage held.

The court said its decision to affirm two appellate court judgments that were delivered on August 15 and 16, 2017, is based “on need to do substantial justice without delving into technicalities”.

Justice Bage said the court was duty bound to look beyond “some technical blunders” and determine the case on its merit.

The battle for control of the leadership structure in APGA was triggered after an Enugu State High Court, on May 22, 2017, gave an order of mandamus compelling INEC, police and other authorities, to recognise Agbaso as the national chairman of the party.