APC Wins All 57 Chairmanship Seats In Ogun LG Election

APC, ImpeachmentThe Ogun state All Progressives Congress, APC has won all the 57 chairmanship seats in the election into 20 local government areas held on Saturday  and 37 local council development areas. 

As announced by the Ogun State Independent National Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), the party also won 346 of the 349 councilor seats while the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) won two councilor seats and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) settled for one seat.

Meanwhile the results of the election have been met with mixed reactions, as the Peoples Democratic Party has called for the total cancellation of the election

The PDP said that the results are not a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the electorates who came out to cast their vote for the representatives of their choice.

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has, however, said that this was far from what happened at the polls.

Polling Units: Unity Party Of Nigeria Ask Court To Stop INEC

Polling UnitsA Federal High Court has fixed October 22, 2014, to rule on an ex-parte motion brought by the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) seeking to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from further creating additional 30,000 polling units pending the determination of the substantive suit.

In an ex-parte application moved before Justice Abdul Kafarati, the plaintiff’s counsel, Mrs. Nella Andem-Rabana, further prayed the court for an interim injunction restraining the defendant and its privies from further creating, delineating, allocating any additional polling units to any part of the country pending the final determination of the motion on notice.

The party argued that it is speculative and premature for INEC to purportedly create additional polling units across the country based on projected registered voters when the field data collection from the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) distribution and Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) are yet to be concluded.

The plaintiff in its substantive suit is seeking an order of court declaring that the purported creation of additional 30,000 polling units in Nigeria by the defendant is ultra vires, unconstitutional, mala fide, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

UPN Challenges INEC Over Polling Units

INECThe Unity Party of Nigeria has approached an Abuja Federal High Court seeking for an order quashing or cancelling the creation of, delineation of or allocation of any additional polling units in any part of Nigeria by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

In three separate motions filed before the court, the party is asking the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the electoral body from creating additional 30,000 polling units in any part of the country without proper recourse to demographics, geographical population, statistics and record of voters within the wards.

The party is also praying the court for an order restraining the commission from putting into use any additional 30,000 polling units in Nigeria before the 2015 general elections.

The party further prays the court for a declaration that the purported creation of additional 30,000 polling units in Nigeria by INEC is ultra vires, unconstitutional, mala fide, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

APC – nPDP Alliance: The Death Of Ideology In Our Politics – Odumakin

The Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin has referred to the union between members of the new PDP and the APC as proof that politics of ideology is dead in Nigeria.

Odumakin made this assertion on Thursday morning when he was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, to discuss the issues rising from the G7 Governors’ move.

With reference to the governorship tussle between Former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the APC Chairman, Bisi Akande in Osun state in 2003, he highlighted the contrast between the past political battles between the politicians and their new found friendship.

“Oyinlola was the man Obasanjo allegedly used to rig Akande out of office in Osun State. By 2007, Chief Akande’s party through its governorship candidate, Rauf Aregbesola took Oyinlola to the tribunal… Oyinlola went to say that the ACN induced Justice Salami… and it produced all kinds of illicit calls between the two parties but now we see them embracing and holding microphone for each other.

“It only shows one thing, that we have seen the end of politics of ideology in this country, and that everybody is now about grabbing power, and that the end justifies the means is the politics we are practising now.”

Mr Odumakin went down memory lane, recounting how Nigeria lost the ideological politics it once practised, “up until the 2nd Republic, we had parties that were clearly defined in terms of ideology. It would have been an anathema in the 2nd Republic, to see Awolowo holding a rally to receive MPM members into UPN, it would not have happened.”

“It was under Ibrahim Babangida that you found all kinds of characters released into our politics. Illicit funds, people who could not account for their wealth, people whose sources of livelihood were questionable.”

He asked that the politicians should stop all deception since they have shown that they are the same. The seamless way they have continued to unite and breakup shows that their activities are not about the people but about themselves.

He asked, “Are you saying that these fellows who are more or less founding members of the PDP, just because they crossed over to APC now they have gone progressive? It means that words have lost their meanings in our clime.”

He continued, “Those people who are leaving PDP, what’s the basis of their disagreement? Have they told you anything that they disagree with that has to do with the welfare of the people? or the way the PDP was being run, other than the fact that somebody signed an agreement with us that ‘it is the turn of the North to produce president’?”

Odumakin, who claimed to have lost faith in the current politics in Nigeria, stated that the politics Nigeria has played since 1999 has reached its end, suggesting that the time has come to sit down and discuss Nigeria for Nigerians to take back their country.

“After we restructure this country, I think we can go back to politics and that will be politics that has content, principle and defining line that empowers the people; not the trading that is going on now being called politics.”

He added that the year 2014 provides the opportunity for Nigeria to do this ahead of the 2015 general elections. “If we don’t have 2014, we cannot have 2015.”

“If we are able to hold a proper National Conference and we are able to do all that is needful, about bringing out a proper country, then the various constituent units of the country can now go back to the real politics of values, that empowers the people; politics about issues and not about just grabbing power.”

He concluded, “People are just deceiving themselves talking about 2015, given what’s on the ground today, there cannot be 2015 and if there is any 2015, it will lead to a major catastrophe. Anambra has shown you what to expect in 2015”.

Mind Your Business, Ekiti ACN Tells Faseun

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ekiti state chapter has asked the national chairman, of the newly floated Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr Fredrick Faseun not to interfere in the affairs of the party over his criticism of the removal of Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele as chairman of the Ekiti caucus in the House of Representatives, by his colleagues.

Dr Faseun who is also the founder of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) had in a statement, faulted Opeyemi’s removal and asked the leadership of the ACN to guarantee the safety of  the House of Representatives member.

In a statement by the director of publicity of the party, Mr Segun Dipe, who described Faseun as an agent of the presidency,asked the Oodua leader to stay clear of the internal matters of the party.

He said that ACN has its own process for nominating candidates for election; tand wondered why Faseun who is not a member of the party would fault a process for which he is ignorant.

The statement stressed that Faseun cannot lay claim to be a stakeholder in ACN, hence cannot talk about abuse of internal democracy in the party, adding that neither him nor Opeyemi- his co-traveller in the “presidency plot”, can undo the endorsement of governor Fayemi for a second term by the state and national leaders of the party.

“We know the antecedence of both Faseun and Opeyemi as opportunistic politicians and crumb-eaters from the Abuja table and they should stop fooling members of the public with their fake progressive claims”, the statement added.

“We find it curious that Fasehun who has degenerated to the level of a crumb eater at the Abuja table would want to dictate the dimension of the internal workings of the ACN, just because one of his co-travellers in the “presidency plot” to undermine the party was removed as chairman of the Ekiti caucus in the house of representatives by his colleagues.

“We are not surprised that Dr Fasehun is crying more than the bereaved, as both himself and Opeyemi are tools in the hands of the presidency in a plot that has failed before it was hatched.

 

UPN Not Revived To Destabilise Yoruba Land – Fasehun

The President and founder of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Frederick Fasehun has said that that the intention of revitalising the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) was not to create disunity in the South West but to restore true democracy in the country.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s weekend programme, Politics Today, Mr Fasehun said he found it ridiculous when he read in the papers of the accusation that his move to revive the UPN was sponsored by some officials from the government.

The OPC leader speaks further on how the proposed revived party will be funded; the prospects of the UPN and the purported N2 billion pipeline protection contract from the Federal Government.