AD Suspends Three National Officers For Alleged Anti-Party Activities

alliance-for-democracy-adThe leadership of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) has suspended its National Deputy Chairman, North, Mr Shehu Musa and two others for alleged anti-party activities.

The other suspended officers are the party’s National Legal Adviser, Mr Kehinde Aworele and the National Organising Secretary, Mr Abdallah Ibrahim.

AD National Chairman, Mr Joseph Avazi, made the announcement at the end of a National Working Committee meeting of the party in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that the principal officers were suspended for convening an illegal meeting in Ondo State, with the aim of undermining the chances of the party in the November 26 governorship election.

In a communique read after the meeting, the AD mandated its National Secretary, Zonal Chairman (Northeast) and the Deputy Chairman (South) to take stock of states due to hold their congress with the aim of notifying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party’s leadership has affirmed that Mr Olusola Oke remains its authentic flag bearer for the forthcoming election and INEC has since recognised Mr Oke as the candidate for the polls.

The electoral umpire also listed Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the APC flag bearer.

Ondo Election: AD Says Olusola Oke Remains Its Candidate

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo ElectionThe Alliance for Democracy (AD) has affirmed that Mr Olusola Oke remains the authentic candidate of the party for the November 26 Ondo governorship poll.

The National Vice Chairman, North-east, of the party, Magaji Kwairanga, stated this at a news conference in Akure, Ondo State capital.

This is contrary to a Friday communique in which leading party members had denounced Oke’s candidacy.

Kwairanga said: “It is a known fact that Dr. Akin Olowokere handed over the gubernatorial ticket of AD voluntarily to Oke. It is also a truism that the state chapter of AD, our great party, was involved and also consented to the candidature of Oke.

“Therefore, the national chairman and secretary of the party are constitutionally empowered to forward the name of Oke to INEC considering the constraint of time.

“Let us also state that the NEC has no issue and if there are issues relating to NEC meeting, which is internal affairs of the party, the issues will be handled internally. As we speak here, Oke’s name has been duly submitted to INEC as the candidate of our party.”

The news conference was also attended by the National Vice Chairman, North-west, Alhaji Sulaiman Aliyu; the Deputy National Treasurer, Sagir Ahmed Ali; the National Organising Secretary, Abdulahi Ibrahim; a National Ex Officio member, Saadatu Bello, seven states chairmen and other national officers.

Oke, who contested in the September 3 primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), dumped the party for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to actualise his ambition.

Mr Oke announced this decision to his political associates and supporters from across the 18 local government areas of the state at his residence in Akure the State capital.

Oke, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the state, lamented that some undemocratic forces had hijacked the APC at the federal level.

He commended all the leaders of APC who have condemned the primary election and said that he decided to step aside in order to actualize the aspiration of the people of Ondo State.

INEC had few days earlier announced the decision of AD to replace the name of its candidate, Akin Olowookere with that of Olusola Oke.

Ondo Election: Olusola Oke Dumps APC For AD

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo ElectionOne of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State who contested in the September 3 primary election of the party, Olusola Oke has dumped the party for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to actualise his ambition.

Mr Oke announced this decision to his political associates and supporters from across the 18 local government areas of the State at his residence in Akure the State capital.

Oke, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the state, lamented that some undemocratic forces have hijacked the APC at the federal level.

He commended all the leaders of APC who have condemned the primary election and said that he decided to step aside in order to actualize the aspiration of the people of Ondo State.

INEC had few days earlier announced the decision of AD to replace the name of its candidate, Akin Olowookere with that of Olusola Oke.

Mr Olusola Oke scored 576 votes to emerge third in the APC primary election which held amid tight security in Akure.

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu emerged as the governorship candidate of the party.

Mr Akeredolu polled 669 votes as against his closest rival, Olusegun Abraham who polled 635 votes.

A total of 24 aspirants contested the governorship ticket of the APC for the election scheduled to hold on November 26, 2016.

Ondo APC Primaries: Three Aspirants Condemn Oyegun’s Decision

Three Aspirants Condemn Oyegun's Decision on Ondo APC Primaries:Three aggrieved aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ondo State have condemned the decision of the party’s National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, on the primaries.

The aspirants decried the alleged rejection of the recommendation of the panel of enquiry set up to investigate the outcome of the election by the National Chairman of the APC.

The panel had recommended that the election result should be cancelled and a fresh primary election conducted.

The three applicants, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, Mr Olusola Oke and Dr. Olusegun Abraham, had petitioned the APC leadership on the result of the election which produced Olurotimi Akeredolu as the party’s flagbearer in the November 2016 governorship election.

They claimed that the election was characterised by fraud, as many non-delegates voted.

However, Mr Oyegun decided to uphold the result of the election.

The aggrieved APC members said the decision prompted them to address a press conference at the press centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Akure, Ondo State’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

Senator Boroffice, who spoke on behalf of the aspirants, criticised the APC National Chairman for ratifying the election result, as against the opinion of other members of the National Executive Committee.


He said that as good citizens of Ondo State, they were ready and willing to abide by the decision of the people of the state, adding that they would make public their next line of actions at the right time.

On his part, Mr Oke dispelled the rumour that he had dumped the APC to contest for the election on the platform of another party.

He equally emphasised that his next move would be as a result of consultations from the people of the state.

However, Dr. Abraham was absent at the conference but his colleagues stated that he sent his apology.

Rotimi Akeredolu Emerges APC Governorship Candidate In Ondo

Rotimi Akeredolu, APC Governorship Candidate,OndoA former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state.

The Chairman, Primary Election Committee of the party and governor of Jigawa state, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, announced Mr Akeredolu as the winner of the poll, which held amid tight security in Akure, the state capital.

Mr Akeredolu polled 669 votes as against his closest rival, Olusegun Abraham who polled 635 votes. While Former PDP candidate in the 2012 governorship election in the state, Mr Olusola Oke scored 576 votes to emerge third.

A total of 24 aspirants contested the governorship ticket of the APC for the election scheduled to hold on November 26, 2016.

INEC Receives 19 Governorship Candidates for Edo Election

INEC, Edo ElectionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that as at Tuesday night, 19 political parties have submitted the names of their candidates for the Edo governorship election.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 had been fixed as the final day for political parties to submit names of candidates that will represent them at the September 10, 2016 governorship election.

The commission has, however, not declared which of the two candidates submitted to it by the two different factions of the PDP would be recognized by it for the election.

The factions of Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and embattled Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff have held parallel primaries where Mr Osagie Ize Iyamu and Mr Mathew Iduokiymhen emerged.

The electoral umpire says it is seeking wider legal consultations based on different legal cases hanging over the issue to be able to determine which of the candidates to recognize.

The embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, ignored a Federal High Court judgement that sacked his faction of the party by issuing a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

PDP Caretaker Committee Calls For Modu Sheriff’s Arrest

Ahmed-Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi has called for the arrest of factional leader, Ali Modu Sheriff for contempt of court.

Spokesperson for the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the issuance of a certificate of return to a parallel candidate by the Sheriff group was illegal.

He noted that the judgements of the court must be obeyed as both groups work to resolve the impasse in the party.

In a swift reaction, the factional Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Mr Kairo Ojugbo, faulted the Makarfi faction’s claim, saying that their leader has not committed contempt of court.

Mr Ojugbo insisted that Senator Sheriff remains the National Chairman of the PDP.

The leadership crisis in the party took a new dimension when the Ali Modu Sheriff faction issued a certificate of return to a parallel PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

The issuance of the certificate was sequel to the ruling by Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court that the PDP national convention held on May 21 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

However, Mr Sheriff went ahead to present a certificate of return to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the PDP flag bearer in the Edo State governorship election.

There are two elections in Edo and Ondo states where the PDP is expected to participate in the next few months.

Sheriff Dares Court, Presents Parallel PDP Candidate For Edo Election

PDP, SheriffThe embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has issued a Certificate of Return to a parallel governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.

This is despite a Federal High Court judgement in Port Harcourt on Monday that sacked his faction of the party.

Mr Ali Modu Sheriff presented the certificate to Mr Matthew Aighuhuenze as the party’s flag bearer, after the chairman of his delegates congress committee, Ahmed Gulak, presented the reports of his primaries to the group in Abuja.

The event is a new twist to the leadership tussle the party is grappling with, as the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the PDP also flagged off the campaign of their own candidate for the same election on Monday in Benin City.

Mr Sheriff says his faction will, in the coming days, flag off a campaign for their own candidate in the same state.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, had granted reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the controversies trailing the changes effected in the party’s leadership.

According to Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court 1, the national convention held on May 21, 2016 in the state capital which removed Sheriff as chairman, was legal and did not go contrary to any law.

The trial judge also held that the dissolution of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee and the constitution of a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party by that convention was valid.

Meanwhile, the embattled chairman has headed to the Appeal Court.

Mr Sheriff told journalists in Abuja shortly after the court ruling that he remained the chairman of the party until the Court of Appeal sets aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which was in his favour.

PDP Wins Ife Central State Constituency Election

Ife PDPINEC has declared the PDP candidate, Dipo Eluwole, as the winner of the bye-election into Ife Central State Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly.

The Returning Officer, Dr. Francis Oladimeji, made the declaration while announcing the results of the election in Ile-Ife, Osun State in Nigeria’s southwest region.

Dr. Oladimeji said that Eluwole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 5,504 votes to defeat Segun Fanibe of the Accord Party who scored 4,790 votes and Adetilewa Sijuwade of the APC who got 4,587 votes.

Six political parties; Accord, APC, CPP, MPPP, NNPP and PDP participated in the election which took place in 168 polling units of all 11 wards in the Ife Central Local Government Area of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared the election inconclusive on Saturday following the cancellation of election in two units as a result of election violence.

Ife Central State Constituency seat in the State House of Assembly had been vacant since December 27, 2015 following the death of Mr Oladejo Makinde of the PDP.

With this victory, the PDP now has two members in the Osun State House of Assembly while the All Progressives Congress (APC) has 24.

Bayelsa Poll: Sylva Refutes Dickson’s Allegation Of Irregularities

SylvaThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Mr Timipre Sylva, has discredited the allegations of electoral irregularities made against him by Bayelsa State Governor.

The PDP candidate, Governor Seriake Dickson, had alleged the involvement of national institutions such as the Police, Department of State Service and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in partisan politics.

While addressing a world press conference at the Government House Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, he also alleged that known perpetrators of violence were not being called for questioning by the security agencies.

Mr Sylva refuted the claims that these institutions were working to ensure the electoral victory of his party the APC.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate added that every talk of the use of federal might was the figment of the imagination of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Also in his reaction, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who was also indicted in the press briefing by Governor Dickson, said that the only violence recorded in the December 5 and 6 elections in Ekeremor Local Government Area was the violence meted out against him.

The trade of words between the two politicians is coming after INEC fixed January 9, 2016 for the supplementary election in Bayelsa State.

Osinbajo, Aregbesola Appear In Court As APC Opens Defence At Osun Tribunal

OsinbajoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday began its defence against the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate before the election petition tribunal hearing matters arising from the August 9 governorship election in Osun State.

Counsel to the second respondent, the APC, who is also the vice presidential candidate of the APC, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), at the opening of the defence, led four witnesses who were APC party agents during the election in evidence before the Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime led Panel.

They testified that the election in their respective units was hitch free and without any form of malpractices.

The four witnesses, while being cross examined by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr Nathaniel Oke (SAN), all affirmed that the election in their units were neither manipulated, nor was there intimidation of any sort as claimed by some of the petitioner’s witnesses.

Counsel to the APC, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, ‎accompanied by the first respondent, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, told newsmen that the performances of the four witnesses called for cross examination on Friday showed that the election was indeed free and fair, just as Counsel to the petitioner, Williams Ojo, also admitted that so much progress had been recorded.

‎The PDP and its candidate, Iyiola Omisore, are challenging the result of the August 9, 2014 governorship election in 17 local governments in the state.

The tribunal was adjourned till Saturday, December 20.

Court Affirms Nwoye As PDP Flagbearer Ahead Of Anambra Poll

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt the rivers state capital has set aside the Federal High Court’s ruling, affirming Nicholas Ukachukwu as the Anambra state PDP candidate.

In its ruling today, the court ordered INEC to recognise Tony Nwoye as the duly elected candidate, of the PDP in next month’s governorship elections.

Counsel to INEC, Mr Toochukwu Nweke says the commission will abide by the ruling of the Court Of Appeal, adding that it confirmed Ukachukwu based on the ruling of the Federal High Court.

Ukachukwu was recognised as the candidate of the PDP based on the order of the court.

Ukachukwu who came second behind Tony Nwoye during the primaries, went to court challenging the emergence of Tony Nwoye, with a claim that he won the primaries.

The court ruled in favour of Nicholas Ukachukwu, hinting that Tony Nwoye actually does not qualify as a candidate in the primaries.

On grounds of the order as delivered by the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/296/2013 – Nicholas Chukwuejekwu Ukachukwu vs. Dr. Tony Nwoye & 3 Others, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) then listed Nicholas Ukachukwu as the flag bearer of the PDP with the names of 22 other governorship candidates for the Anambra polls in November 16.

The Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal decided to commence proceedings in the appeal filed by Mr. Tony Nwoye against the judgment of a Federal High Court which affirmed Ukachukwu as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 16 governorship election in Anambra state.

Ukachukwu had asked the Supreme Court to order the Court of Appeal to stay proceedings in the appeal brought by Nwoye.

But after hearing the plaintiff’s motion, a panel of justices of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Walter Onnoghen, dismissed the application and ordered the appellate court to go ahead with the proceedings.

The Court of Appeal had suspended proceedings in the appeal to await the Supreme Court’s decision on the motion in which Ukachukwu sought to stop the appeal on the grounds that the panel of justices of the appellate court was biased.