Sylva Promises Communities In Bayelsa Development If Elected

timipre sylvaThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, has promised communities development if elected.

Mr Sylva made the promise on Thursday during the party’s campaign in four riverine communities in the state.

The former Governor said that the state required a government that could represent the people of the state at the centre.

He promised the four communities that he would continue with the developments he started during his first tenure, paying special attention to the development of roads to connect them to the rest of Bayelsa State.

The campaign team arrived at Aghoro community, where the leadership of the party in the state wooed voters.

Some of the leaders of the community, however, gave reasons for supporting the aspiration of Mr Sylva.

The next stop was at Ngodo Ekelega, where the governorship candidate was presented with a special wrapper and lantern as a symbol of a guiding light.

The campaign train made its next stop at Isampou where the former Governor promised that the community would not be neglected by his administration.

The campaign made its final stop at Aleibiri, where supporters received the APC candidate with songs and dance.

Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Filed By Rivers Governor, Wike

Nyesom WikeThe Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal filed by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesome Wike, challenging the constitution of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Panel.

The Court also upheld the decision of the two lower courts which dismissed Mr Wike’s appeal challenging the relocation of the Tribunal from Rivers State capital to Abuja.

According to the apex court the invocation of the Doctrine of Necessity by the President of the appellate court at the material time was in order, since there was no Chief Judge or President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the State.

It also held that it was common knowledge that at the material time, there were threats of insecurity, leading to the decision of the President of the appellate court to take a preventive measure of securing the life and property of the members of the Tribunal.

The Court said that in any case, consultation of the Chief Judge of a state and the President of the Customary Court of that state was not to affect the persons nominated to sit on any appeal that may result from elections from that particular state, but to ensure that such a state was represented in the selected panellist for tribunals emanating from the general elections at that time.

Tribunal’s Verdict

The Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on October 24  nullified the election of Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the Governor of Rivers State, on grounds that his election did not comply with electoral guidelines.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Suleiman Ambrosa, ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in the state within 90 days of the ruling.

The petition challenging Mr Wike’s victory was filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Mr Dakuku Peterside.

After the Judgement was delivered, the PDP and Mr Wike said they would appeal the judgment of the Rivers State Governorship Tribunal.

Addressing journalists after the judgment, counsel to the PDP, Chris Uche, said that “Governor Nyesom Wike remains governor until the appeal processes are exhausted”.

He added that the nature of the judgment delivered by the Justice Ambrosa-led tribunal made the appeal vital, as the new position adopted by the Tribunal must be tested in the interest of justice.

Dogara Proposes List Of Principal Officers To APC Chairman

Yakubu-Dogara-Speake-of-House-of-RepsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has proposed a list of principal officers of the House to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as a way of resolving the lingering leadership tussle.

In a letter sent to the chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, on Friday the Speaker said the list, which took proper zoning into consideration, would best reflect the principle of federal character.

The letter was written in response to Mr Oyegun’s letter to him, asking him to appoint the party’s nominees into key positions, a development that has shown that the rancour between the leadership of the House and the party’s leadership over the choice of principal officers of the House had not been resolved.

The Speaker in the letter pointed out that despite his obligation to the party under whose umbrella he was serving, it was equally difficult for him to ignore the need to respect the principle of federal character, bearing in mind how principal officers were traditionally elected in the House of Representative.

He maintained that not following the principle would lead to unjust results.

“We feel strongly, that the issue of federal character in the election or appointment of principal officers of the House is a cardinal legal, moral and constitutional principle that should be respected by our party,” the letter read.

Mr Dogara further claimed that the issue of the choice of principal officers being in court made it impossible to make widespread consultations on the chairman’s request.

In the list proposed, the Speaker zoned the House Leader to the north-west, Deputy House Leader to north-central, while Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip would come from the south-south and south-east respectively.

The proposed zoning is contrary to the party’s choice of candidate which had zoned the position of the House Leader to the south-west, with Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila chosen for that position.

Buhari Seeks FCT Igbo Leaders’ Support For Change

buhariThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has appealed to the Igbo community in the north and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to support his efforts to rescue Nigeria from economic collapse.

Addressing leaders of the Igbo community in Abuja on Friday, General Buhari said the rescue mission of the APC would be a success “if Nigeria experiences free, fair and credible elections at all levels”.

General Buhari criticised the dwindling purchasing power of many Nigerians saying the continuous impoverishment of many Nigerians does not augur well for the nation.

The presidential election may be just a few days away, but the presidential candidate of the APC has continued to seek the support of Nigerians to win the elections.

General Buhari also bemoaned Nigeria’s economic situation.

The leader of the Igbo group asked Nigerians, who desire change to support General Buhari’s aspiration.

The chairman of Eze Udo in diaspora, Dr Uche Egenti, stressed the need for politicians to advise their followers to shun violence, saying “the Igbos are not prepared for another war”.

With a tone of finality, the APC National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, said he was optimistic that his party would win the presidential election.

The APC meeting with leaders of the Igbos in the north and the FCT was aimed at cementing the relationship between them and the presidential candidate of APC in order to ensure peaceful elections.

Nigeria’s elections have been scheduled for march 28 and April 11.

APGA, Senator Igbeke Sue APC, Buhari For Constitution Breaches

igbekeThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and one-time Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial zone, Alphonsus Igbeke, have gone to court to stop the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), from contesting in the election.

In the suit filed at the Federal High in Awka the capital of Anambra State, the plaintiffs claim General Buhari had beached relevant provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2010.

The Plaintiffs through their lawyer, Mr Nsobundu, had filed a nine-paragraph originating summon and a 22-paragraph Affidavit in support before the court presided over by Justice M.I. Abubakar in a suit number FHC/AWKA/CS/117/2015 and dated March 12 2015.

In a press conference, Senator Igbeke said the suit filed by himself and APGA, sought an order declaring that General Buhari is not constitutionally qualified for the office of the president having failed to comply with the provisions of section 131, sub-section A, C, and D of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 31 of the Electoral Act 2010.

He said it was contained in suit that the candidate was seeking election on a non-existing platform, the All Progressives Congress Party (APCP), instead of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Igbeke also said that General Buhari failed to file his birth certificate, failed to provide evidence of meeting educational qualification for contesting for president and also made a false claim in his voter card of being a civil servant.

A school attended by General Buhari had in the heat of the certificate controversy released General Buhari’s statement of result.

General Buhari had also dismissed the claims that he had did not posses the required credentials to vie for the position of the President.