While the Senator representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly, Lilian Uche will assist the governors as a member, her colleague in the House of Representatives, Solomon Bulus will serve as secretary.
The main opposition party had slated Thursday, June 25 for the conduct of its primaries in which the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki is seeking re-election for a second term in office having dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) two weeks ago.
The Federal High Court in Benin has adjourned till July 6 the case to determine the appropriate mode of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress to choose its flag bearer for the governorship election in Edo State.
At the commencement of proceedings on Monday, the counsel to the plaintiffs informed the court that the Court of Appeal had ordered on June 18 that the Federal High Court hear the applications on the main suit.
The counsel to the 2nd defendant, however, informed the court that he had appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal which had struck out his appeal on the jurisdiction of the court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”