Bayelsa Governorship Election: Court Dismisses Alaibe’s Suit Against Diri

File Photo: Timi Alaibe

 

The Federal High Court in Owerri, Imo State has dismissed a suit filed by the former Bayelsa governorship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Timi Alaibe challenging the emergence of the state governor, Duoye Diri as the legitimate winner of the PDP primaries held on September 3, 2019.

Mr Alaibe had dragged Douye Diri and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over what he described as a ‘flawed process’ of the PDP primary.

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But the court dismissed the suit for lacking in merit, adding that the PDP followed all the constitutional requirements to conduct the primary and subsequent emergence of Diri as the rightful candidate of the party.

The trial judge, Justice Tijani Rigim also ruled that Mr Alaibe shouldn’t have even approached the court in the first instance since PDP had met all the requirements.

Kogi APC Primaries: Court Orders Parties To Maintain Status Quo

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has asked parties in a suit filed by four aggrieved members of the Kogi State executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to maintain status quo.

The aggrieved members are seeking for an order of court to restrain the party from adopting the Indirect Voting mode in selecting its candidate for the forthcoming governorship election.

The court ruled that pending the hearing and determination of the suit on August 19th 2019, the parties should maintain status quo.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo sitting as the vacation judge in his ruling on Friday held that in view of the urgency of the matter it will be better to give accelerate hearing to the main suit rather than grant the interim injunction been sort.

He also says he will abridge the time for hearing to enable the court to hear it and deliver it to position.

He therefore ordered that nothing must be done until the hearing and dispensation of the main suit on August 19, 2019.

The four aggrieved had earlier filed an experte application asking the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to restrain the party from adopting the Indirect Voting mode in selecting its candidate for the forthcoming governorship election.

The plaintiffs, who are members of the State Executive Committee as well as delegates in the primary election slated for August 29, predicated their actions on the grounds that the indirect system of voting if allowed would not provide a fair and level playing ground for all participants.

The plaintiffs in the exparte motion with marked: CS/833/19, include Destiny Aromeh, Isa Abubakar, Noah Aku and Joy Onu, first to fourth plaintiffs respectively while the APC is the defendant in the case.

Imo Primaries: Court Restrains INEC, APC From Substituting Names Of Winners

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A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri the Imo State capital has issued an interim injunction restraining the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from substituting or publishing any names other than those of winners of the October 6 primaries.

Issuing the exparte order on Thursday, Justice Mohammad Salihu directed that all parties should maintain status quo except the publication of the applicant’s name until the final determination of the motion on notice before the court.

Justice Salihu then adjourned sitting till November 12, 2018.

Meanwhile, 20 members of the party in the state who were declared winners of the primaries at all levels, approached the court to receive the exparte order.

They had alleged that there were reports that the National Working Committee of the party had planned to substitute their names with other names of aspirants who did not win in the state’s primaries.

2019: APC Postpones Date For Presidential Primary

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its presidential primary earlier scheduled for September 25, to September 27, 2018.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.

Nabena said duly registered party members are expected to collect their permanent membership cards from their respective wards.

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The APC had adopted the direct primary method to select its candidate for the presidential election in 2019 and indirect primaries for members contesting for other elective positions.

2019: PDP Announces New Dates For Primaries

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has announced new dates for the sales of its nomination forms and primaries for state Houses of Assembly, the National Assembly and Governorship elections in 2019.

The party’s National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) disclosed this on Tuesday.

He said the governorship primary was shifted to September 26 with appeals slated for September 28, while the date for presidential primaries remained October 5 and 6.

The new timetable also indicated that primaries for the senatorial elections will hold on September 28, with its appeals scheduled for September 29.

Imo APC Factions Disagree Over Mode Of Primary Elections

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Two factions of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State have disagreed over the mode of primary elections to be conducted in the state.

The faction led by the state chairman, Daniel Nwafor, had earlier adopted the indirect mode of primaries for all elective positions in the party ahead of the 2019 elections.

However, the other faction, the Imo APC Coalition has insisted on direct primaries for all elective positions.

Addressing Journalists in Owerri the state capital on Monday, the coalition group explained that the adoption of direct primaries for all elective positions will be the most suitable, considering the litigations surrounding the ward, local and state congresses of the party in the state.

The spokesman of the group, Theodore Ekechi, added that the National Working Committee of the party had also approved the decision to adopt the direct mode of primaries.

2019 Elections: Nasarawa APC Adopts Indirect Primaries

Kaduna APC Adopts Indirect Primaries For 2019 Elections

The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday adopted the indirect primary for choosing candidates for the 2019 general elections.

Leaders and stakeholders of the party opted for the method during a meeting presided over by Governor Tanko Al-Makura at the conference hall of the Government House in Lafia.

The governor assured members of the party that a level playing field would be provided for all aspirants.

He said, “I would like to congratulate all of us for going for the indirect primaries and I say with every sense of responsibility that all the explanations and justifications for the indirect primaries are well placed.

“I would want you to be assured that when the exercise comes whatever is justice, whatever is fair, whatever is the right thing to do in accordance with the guidelines and constitution of our great party and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would be adhered to.”

2019: We’ll Manage Our Presidential Aspirants, Defeat Buhari – PDP

Kola Ologbondiyan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it would manage its presidential aspirants, emerge stronger and defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this on Tuesday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He said contrary to people’s fears of the party having another crisis following the emergence of several aspirants, the development was healthy for democracy.

“As far as the Peoples Democratic Party is concerned, the development in our party in respect of the number of presidential aspirants is a healthy development.

“It is a process that we will manage, come out stronger and defeat President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

Ologbondiyan’s reaction follows the wave of mass defection of APC members to the party.

No fewer than 13 APC federal lawmakers including Senator Dino Melaye, Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Senate President Bukola Saraki defected to the PDP.

Shortly after, Saraki, Tambuwal, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President David Mark and a few others threw in the hat for the presidential race.

The PDP’s spokesperson gave an assurance that the party would conduct free, fair and transparent primaries on October 6 that would produce its presidential candidate in next year’s polls.

He said, “What is important is the process that our party will put forward for the presidential primaries. And I can assure you and every Nigerian that the PDP is determined to provide a process that will be free, fair, clean and transparent.”

2019: Adamawa APC Adopts Indirect Primaries

Members of the Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State has adopted the Indirect Primaries for the election of its candidates for the 2019 General Elections.

APC says the decision was reached after the State Executive Committee (SEC) held a meeting in Yola, the state capital.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who is also a member of SEC, explains that the party’s constitution allows room for the adoption of indirect primaries.

“Let me assure you that our constitution has adequately provided for three methods for the selection or nomination of candidates – either direct, indirect or by consensus,” he said on Tuesday.

The SGF also appealed to party members not to create confusion within the party but to work together for its progress in line with the APC constitution.

“Even when you decide that a candidate will emerge by consensus, the constitution went further to state that you will take a yes or no vote.

“So we are covered, there is no room for any anxiety. It is for us as a State Executive Committee of our party in Adamawa to decide which of these three methods we want.”

Mustapha believes that despite its challenges, the ruling party is stronger in adversity ahead of the 2019 general elections.

On his part, State Governor Bindo Jibrilla urged party members to join hands and ensure free and fair primaries.

Speaking through his deputy, Martins Babale, the governor backed the resolution of party’s SEC to adopt the indirect primary in line with its constitution.

2019: APC Adopts Direct Primary For Presidency, Indirect For Others

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted direct primary election to select its candidate for the presidential election in 2019.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State disclosed this to reporters on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The APC adopted the process during its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which held the party’s national secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory.

BREAKING: APC Adopts Direct Primary For Presidency, Indirect For Others
L-R: Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari; and All Progressives Congress National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole

Governor Lalong also revealed that the party adopted indirect primaries for members contesting for other elective positions in the forthcoming elections.

However, he said states willing to hold indirect primaries depending on their peculiarities were asked to inform the National Working Committee NWC of the APC.

According to him, this will be subject to meeting certain conditions, including a resolution signed by the majority in the state supporting direct primaries.

The decisions followed the disagreement among some members of the party over the process of selecting a candidate to fly the party’s flag in an election.

This was one of the factors that led to the disruption of the first party’s primary in the build-up to the governorship election in Ekiti State in July.

Some members who defected from the party in Osun had attributed their exit to the process by the APC selected its candidates for the September 22 governorship election in the state.

Ahead of the general elections, the APC leadership promised to continue with efforts aimed at reconciling members with genuine grievances.

Earlier at today’s NEC meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari asked the APC leaders in attendance to ensure that the decisions reached at the meeting were in the interest of the party.

He also urged the party’s leadership to comply with the Electoral Act and the APC’s Constitution while conducting primaries for the general elections.

The President stressed the need for free, fair and credible primaries, noting that the wave of defection in the party recently was not enough to upset the APC.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, as well as governors and other party chieftains, attended the meeting.

2019 Elections: Buhari Asks APC To Conduct Credible Primaries

2019 Elections: Buhari Asks APC To Conduct Credible Primaries

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct free, fair and credible primary elections.

He made the call during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

While holding primaries ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Buhari told the APC leadership to do so in compliance with the Electoral Act and the party’s constitution.

He also urged them to ensure that critical decisions to be reached at the NEC meeting were in the interest of the party.

On the defection of some APC members to other political parties, the President Buhari said their exit was not enough to upset the party.

He stressed that the defection merely made a dent in the party, particularly in the National Assembly as the APC remains in control.

On his part, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, believes those who defected left because of their ambition which they felt cannot be realised on the APC platform.

He, however, said the party would continue with efforts aimed at reconciling members with genuine grievances.

Other party leaders at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, as well as governors on the party’s platform among others.

The NEC meeting, thereafter, entered into a closed-door session.

There were expectations that the APC leadership would take a position whether or not to adopt direct primaries for the 2019 general elections.

The APC NEC meeting comes one day after President Buhari hosted British Prime Minister, Theresa May, at the Presidential Villa in the Federal Capital Territory.

The President had, at a meeting with May, said his administration was committed to conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

He had told the British PM that the recent polls held in Katsina, Bauchi, and Kogi states have boosted the government’s moral and commended the UK’s support at strengthening democratic institutions in the country.

May, on her part, welcomed the assurance by the Federal Government on credible elections in 2019.

Ekiti PDP Holds Governorship Primary Election

Ekiti PDP Holds Governorship Primary Election Today

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State is holding its governorship primaries across all the 26 local government areas of the state today.

More than 2,100 delegates will be participating in the exercise as the accreditation process is already underway.

The delegates are made up of 1,585 statutory members of the party, and 547 National Ad-Hoc Committee Members.

They will determine the fate of the three contenders of the party’s governorship ticket.

The aspirants are the present Deputy Governor, Kolapo Ishola, the lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, and the immediate past PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye.

Whoever emerges as the winner of the primaries among the three aspirants would be the PDP flagbearer at the July 14 governorship election in the state.

Ahead of Tuesday’s primaries, the national leadership of the PDP had appealed to the delegates to the exercise, as well as members and supporters of the party in the state to continue in their resolve to work together to ensure a smooth and hitch-free poll.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday, the party commended all stakeholders, particularly the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship being displayed in their commitment towards a peaceful and free credible process.

It also applauded the stakeholders in the state for keeping to their resolve to work together to ensure the victory of the party at the main election, irrespective of the outcome of the primary elections.

The PDP had also restated its resolve to be transparent and to ensure an all-inclusive playing ground for all aspirants in all the processes leading to the governorship primary.

It, however, asked the members in Ekiti to remain vigilant and give no space to external forces whose aims were to disrupt the peace of the state.