The apex Court agreed with the Court of Appeal in Abuja that the FHC had jurisdiction under section 285 of the 1999 constitution and section 84 [14) of the Electoral Act 2022 to hear the matter of Lawal on its merit.
The Supreme Court, therefore, ordered that the case be remitted to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for determination by another judge other than Justice Taiwo Taiwo who refused to entertain the suit.
Lawal who contested the May 25 governorship primary election of the PDP had challenged the emergence of Adebutu, alleging that an unlawful delegates list was used by the main opposition party to conduct its election.
Among others, Lawal had prayed that the purported primary election of May 25 be cancelled and another be conducted with the authentic Adhoc delegates.
However, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the FHC in his judgment delivered on July 29 declined to hear the suit of Jimi Lawal on merit on the grounds that the primary election was a domestic affair of any political party and dismissed the suit.
Not satisfied, Lawal approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja with a prayer that the decision of the FHC be voided and set aside on the ground of miscarriage of justice.
A three-man panel of justices of the Court of Appeal in their judgment delivered on September 30, agreed with Jimi Lawal, set aside the judgment of the FHC and ordered that the suit be heard on its merit.
The PDP, not satisfied with the Court of Appeal’s decision, approached the Supreme Court praying that the judgment of the Federal High Court be upheld to the effect that the conduct of the primary election is its domestic affair.
But Justice Saulawa disagreed with PDP, holding that by virtue of Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 84 of the electoral act 2022, the Federal High Court has the power to hear the case of Jimi Lawal.
The apex court proceeded with an order to the Chief Judge of the FHC to reassign the case to another judge for retrial on its merit.
This is a live update page for the All Progressives Congress (APC) special convention to elect the party’s presidential flagbearer for the 2023 general elections. Kindly refresh this page for the latest developments.
The event, which is holding at the Eagle Square in Abuja, will see 2,340 delegates queuing to choose their preferred presidential candidate.
In the lead-up to the exercise, 28 presidential hopefuls had picked the nomination and expression of interest forms, but five of them later pulled out.
Twenty-three aspirants later appeared before the APC presidential screening committee led by the party’s former chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun.
The run-up to the special convention, which is billed to run till Wednesday, had been marred by intrigues over the zoning of the presidential ticket and consensus candidacy.
While a consensus candidate was said to have emerged on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari on his part said the delegates should be allowed to decide the party’s presidential flagbearer.
The northern APC governors also canvassed for the party’s candidate to come from the southern part of the country.
Please check back for fresh updates.
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7:29 pm: At this time, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and APC chieftain, Bola Osinbajo, among others have arrived at the Eagles Square.
Organisers are awaiting the arrival of the President to properly commence the exercise.
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5:52 pm: Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno and Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe are seen at the Eagle Square where the APC primary is expected to hold in Abuja.
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5:48 pm: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State arrives at the venue in company with his deputy, Femi Hamzat, and others.
5:30 pm: Presidential aspirant and Kogi State Governor, arrives at the venue to a resounding welcome from delegates and supporters.
5:15 pm: Updated list of states whose delegates have arrived – Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Rivers, Oyo, Kogi, Plateau, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Delta, Jigawa, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Enugu, and Imo.
5:08 pm: Presidential hopeful, Pastor Tunde Bakare, is sighted at the venue of the APC special convention.
4:47 pm: More photos of delegates at the Eagle Square. Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.
4:28 pm: APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, arrives at the Eagle Square in company with others.
4:05 pm: Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State arrives at the venue with his entourage.
3:10 pm: Senator Florence Ita Giwa tells Channels Television that delegates will vote for what is best for Nigeria. She says the delegates will be looking at a candidate who will reposition the nation’s economy.
3:00 pm: The FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello arrives at the venue.
3:00 pm: Below is the list of states whose delegates have arrived at the venue:
Lagos Ogun Osun Rivers Oyo Plateau
2:43 pm: Delegates from Rivers and Plateau states have also arrived at Eagle Square.
2:00 pm: Governor Hope Uzodimma, who is at the Eagle Square, told Channels Television that there are no new delegates for the convention. He said, contrary to reports, delegates for the exercise were the ones elected according to the guidelines of the Electoral Act.
The Chairman of the party’s Electoral Committee also re-echoed that Buhari does not have a preferred candidate to fly the party’s flag. The accreditation, he said, has ended.
1:20 pm: As accreditations are underway, delegates from Lagos State and neighbouring Ogun State as well as Osun have arrived at the Eagle Square for the convention.
1:06 pm Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, one of the aspirants, meets with Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
1:05 pm: Channels Television’s Seun Okinbaloye, who is at the venue of the convention, gives an update about the exercise. The delegates are being accredited and registrations are ongoing.
Activities at the venue are slow and guests are expected to be seated at the Eagle Square. He said the presidential candidate of the party is expected to be announced by 10 pm while President Buhari will also grace the occasion.
Already, governors of the party had made a shortlist of aspirants from which a consensus candidate will emerge.
8:05 am: The venue of the convention appears set for the business of the day with security beefed up in and around the vicinity.
Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has dropped out of the race for the All Progressives Congress’ presidential ticket.
He made this known during a press conference in Abuja on Monday. Nnamani said his decision was motivated by the APC’s decision not to zone the presidency to the South, specifically the South-East. READ MORE HERE.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday cleared all doubts about where he stands on the choice of a presidential candidate for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC. He declared before the party’s governors of northern states that he has “no preferred candidate,” and has “anointed no one,”.
More drama unfolded on Friday as the All Progressives Congress (APC) ramps up preparations for a special convention for its presidential primary.
The ruling party will elect its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections at the primary scheduled to hold between Monday and Wednesday next week.
With about three days to the exercise, the atmosphere seems tense for some party faithful over the chances of their preferred aspirants to emerge as the APC presidential candidate.
Amid the increasing possibility for a consensus candidate to emerge, the ruling party says it has dropped 10 of the 23 aspirants who appeared before its Presidential Screening Committee led by former APC National Chairman and erstwhile governor of Edo State, John Oyegun.
Mr Oyegun presented the report of the committee to the national chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, on Friday in Abuja where he confirmed the disqualification of the aspirants, although he did not disclose their identities.
He also hinted that 99 percent of the presidential aspirants agreed to support a consensus candidate.
“We engaged every aspirant on the issue of consensus; it is a pleasant surprise that 99 per cent agreed that the party is supreme and that whatever the party decides – with proper consultation – they will likely accept. Only one exception, who said ‘I will accept consensus only if it is for me’.
“I think it is a point that needs to be made and emphasised. So, that gives you a lot of leeway in the hours ahead to trim down even more drastically but, finally, we think we should not be afraid of a contested primary if anybody insists on a contest,” Oyegun told Adamu as he handed over the committee’s report.
He also explained that contrary to rumours making the rounds, the committee did not screen former President Goodluck Jonathan as claimed.
A total of 28 aspirants picked the APC presidential nomination and expression of interest forms sold at N100 million. Some of them paid for the forms themselves in some cases while various interest groups purchased the nomination tickets for their preferred aspirants.
Former President Jonathan and the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, were among those whose forms were bought for them, but the duo have since condemned the move and rejected these forms.
Besides both men, the APC also dropped the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, from aspirants to be screened by its panel.
Thereafter, 23 aspirants appeared before the APC Presidential Screening Committee which cleared 13 for the exercise, with 10 others dropped.
Presidential hopefuls who appeared before the committee, in no particular order, include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, APC chieftain Bola Tinubu, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and oil magnate, Tein Jack Rich.
Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa; former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha; popular Pastor Tunde Bakare, former governor of Zamfara State, Sani Yerima; and former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, also appeared before the panel.
Also screened were former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; former presidential candidate, Nicholas Felix; a female aspirant, Uju Ken-Ohanenye; Ondo North Senator, Ajayi Boroffice; and a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
Others include Governor David Umahi Ebonyi; former Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and former Minister of Information under the late General Sani Abacha regime, Ikeobasi Mokelu.
At the end of the primary, the party is expected to produce its candidate who will contest for the office of the President alongside the flagbearers of other political parties in the 2023 general elections.
Former Secretary to the Katsina State Government and one of the nine Katsina All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants defeated during the recently concluded primary, Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has conceded defeat, pledging to support the winner, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda.
Radda was on Friday declared winner of the Katsina State All Progressives Congress governorship primary after he secured 506 votes to defeat Inuwa, his closest rival who got 442. Inuwa was followed closely by Abbas Umar Masanawa who scored 436 votes.
Senator Abubakar Yar Adua got 32 votes; Faruk Lawal Jobe, 71; Abdulkarim Dauda Daura, 7; Umar Abdullahi Tsauri Tata, scored 8; Mannir Yakubu, 65 votes; and Architect Ahmed Dangiwa, 220.
Addressing a press conference in Katsina on Friday, the former SSG thanked his teeming supporters, friends, well-wishers and political associates for their cooperation, understanding and encouragement during the primary, praying that God Almighty will reward them abundantly.
He also commended the support he enjoyed from the 442 delegates who sacrificed to vote for him, restating his commitment to support the winner of the primary, Dr. Dikko Radda in order for him to emerge winner of the 2023 general elections.
Inuwa also called on his supporters and well-wishers to support the Katsina APC governorship candidate.
A former governor of Imo State Ikedi Ohakim has pulled out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial primary election.
He made the announcement in a statement released on Saturday, citing “personal reasons” for his decision to back out of the Imo North APC senatorial poll.
“After due consultations with my family and close political associates, I wish to inform the good people of Okigwe zone, Imo state that I have withdrawn from the senatorial primary election scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2022,” he said in the statement. “The decision to withdraw is purely for personal reasons.”
The former governor, however, assured his people of his commitment to the good of the Okigwe zone.
Ohakim said, “I will continue to do everything within my reach to ensure that the zone takes its pride of place both at the state and national level.
“May I also express my profound gratitude to all those, within and outside the zone, who believed in the project and gave me both moral and material support, and plead and hope that they will take this decision in love and in faith.”
The former Imo leader also wrote to the National Chairman of the APC Senator Abdullahi Adamu informing him of the development.
“I wish to assure the leadership of our great party at all levels of my commitment to the success of the party both now and in the future,” Ohakim said in the letter dated May 27th, 2022.
“May I also seize this opportunity to thank you for your encouragement and moral support while I was in the race. Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Professor Osinbajo expressed satisfaction with the outcome of his discussion with the Kaduna APC Delegates.
The Vice President added that the delegates were impressed by his presentation in the areas of security, economy, and healthcare service delivery if he is elected as the next president of the country in 2023.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied adjusting the timetable for its primaries for the 2023 General Elections.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka, made the denial in a statement on Monday, urging the public to ignore reports making rounds on social media.
“Our attention has been drawn to a story of purported adjustment to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timetable/ Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Elections which is making the rounds on social media,” the statement read in part. “The story should be disregarded as fake news.”
Morka said the party’s activities for the 2023 elections would hold as earlier scheduled.
According to him, the governorship primaries will hold on Friday, May 20, 2022; state house of assembly – Sunday, May 22; House of Representative – Tuesday, May 24; Senate – Wednesday, May 25 and Presidential – Monday, May 30 to June 1, 2022.
Morka added that any change to the schedule would be communicated via the party’s official channels.
Based on the schedule released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2023 general elections, all political parties are to have held their primaries by June 3.
“In fact, we are in a democracy. All I urge you is to make sure that the way you have started, you should also conclude that way by being very fair, very credible, give every contestant the opportunity to face the election.”
In his remarks, the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, said the party would provide a level playing ground for all aspirants.
“All the delegates drawn across the 36 states of the federation, plus Abuja; we will ultimately gather in Abuja and select one of you,” he told Atiku who is seeking to fly the party’s flag again as its presidential candidate.
The former vice president declared his intention to run for president last month. He was the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.
Whether the main opposition party will give him the ticket for a second time or not is a fate that Atiku and other co-aspirants will know after the PDP primary scheduled for May 28.
Earlier in the day, the party’s National Publicity Secretary Felix Morka said the nomination and expression of interest forms for those vying for the presidential post have been pegged at N100m.
According to him, those interested in the governorship tickets of their states are to pay N50m for the forms.
Before Morka’s comment, President Muhammadu Buhari had presided over the extraordinary emergency meeting of the APC NEC.
Those who attended include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila; and Governor Fayemi of Ekiti, among other leaders of the party.
Already, several high-profile politicians in the country have indicated an interest in vying for the presidential ticket of the ruling party.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo last week formally declared his intention to contest for the post. Hours ago, the Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige also joined the race.
The Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi; former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu; Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and his Ebonyi counterpart Dave Umahi have also formally declared their intention for the presidential seat.
Though the seven other aspirants with their supporters had in the morning thronged the party secretariat to protest irregularities in the conduct of the party primary, the primary still held at most of the designated wards.
The aggrieved aspirants claimed the process was manipulated to favour Mr. Oyebanji who is tagged Governor Kayode Fayemi’s preferred choice by distributing voting materials earlier than scheduled among other grounds.
They warned that the controversial primary will not be acceptable and may spell doom for the party.
Earlier in the day, Oyebanji described the process of the primary as flawless, disagreeing with claims that he’s the closest and most favoured by the governor among all the aspirants.
The appellate court set aside the ruling of the lower court which had restrained the parties from taking any steps on the mode of the primary election to be adopted and asked the parties to return to the Federal High Court to deal with the matter.
Upon commencement of the day’s proceedings, the counsel to the claimants sought to adopt all its processes.
However, the counsel to the first defendant, the APC and second defendant, Adams Oshiomhole, asked the court to adjourn to enable the judge to study yesterday’s order of the court of appeal on Edo Primary Election.
They submitted that the judge would be properly guided by printed copies of the Court of Appeal’s judgement as opposed to depending on the remarks of counsel on what transpired at the upper court.
But the counsel to the claimants opposed this application maintaining that the Court of Appeal remitted the hearing of the applications and originating summons to the Federal High Court.