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Atiku loses support group

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The Diplomatic Youth Movement of Nigeria (DYMN), a support group of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), has dumped PDP’s Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar.

The group has formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Malam Yunusa Mohammed, DYMN National Coordinator, on Wednesday in Abuja, said the organisation decided to join forces with the CYMS in the interest of Nigerians and youths especially.

He spoke when he led some members of his organisation on a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the CYMS Board of Trustee, Mr Festus Uchenna.

Mohammed said the DYMN which was originally registered as a support group under the PDP in 2014, resolved to join forces with the APC to work for the re-election of President Buhari because of the trust they had in him.

“We support and strategise for any candidate we trust and want to work for, we have mobilisers across the federation who serve as our foot soldiers.

“Elections are actually worn at the grassroots, and that is our base, from where we are going to start working from,“ he said.

Mohammed, however, noted that information reaching those at the grassroots, especially on the achievements of the APC Buhari-led administration had not really been robust, adding that his organisation was ready to change the narrative.

He stressed that his organisation would be ready and willing to work and carry out any responsibility that may be assigned to it, so long as it was aimed at ensuring Buhari`s re-election come Feb. 16.

Mr Obinna Nwaka, CYMS Director-General who received the group, said President Buhari had done so well, and had given youths of the country a sense of belonging.

He added that Buhari had to a large extent, ensured security in the country and had stabilised the economy even though he inherited a near empty treasury.

He said the Buhari administration had also recovered lots of funds from those who looted the country`s treasury while they held public office.

Nwanka said Nigerians, especially youths would forever, leave to remember what President Buhari was currently doing for the country.

He maintained that it was God`s plan for Buhari to be the country`s president at this point in time, adding that he deserve a second term to consolidate on his achievements so far.

“It is now our responsibility to give him the required support by re-electing him on Feb. 16, so that he will continue the good work God has assigned him to do at this period.

“The re-election of Buhari should be a collective effort irrespective of our political affiliations, tribe and standings in the society so that he can continue to consolidate on his achievements,“ he said.

He commended the national coordinator of the DYMN for seeing reasons why his group should support Buhari`s re-election.

According to Nwanka, Buhari is the only one that believe in the interest of youths and future of the country who does not believe in material things or acquisition of wealth.

He maintained that Buhari was the only president in the country`s history that had given youths political empowerment by signing the not too young to run bill into law to bring them into mainstream politics.

He said the Nigerian Youth Forum and the Justice Group, both of which are support groups, had earlier, joined the DYMN to work towards the re-election of President Buhari.

Source: NAN

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WHY DAPO ABIODUN’S ELECTION WILL STAND….Oladipo

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Former Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo has said that the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM), governorship candidate in the just concluded election, Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, should have submitted to the will of the people of the state, who didn’t see him worthy of leading them and the accept defeat.

He said Akinlade should have “accepted defeat in good faith and submit to the will of the people as the election of Governor-elect Prince Dapo Abiodun by the people stand, and nobody will upturn the election by any means, whether legal or illegal.”

Oladipo explained that the election of Abiodun as Governor of the state was the freest and most rancour-free in the history of Ogun as adjudged by various national and international observers who witnessed the election and gave the appraisal to the electoral body who conducted the election.

In a statement signed by the former Commissioner in reaction to an interview granted a media outfit in Abeokuta, challenging the result of the election at the tribunal by the APM, Oladipo said Akinlade’s reactions by the election indicated that he was still suffering from defeat.

He added that the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) and its candidate were yet to advance any concrete argument to discredit the election rated as most peaceful, saying that; “their attempt to heat up the polity and create unnecessary tension through their unguarded utterances days before, during and after the election failed and were now blaming the APC for their failure.”

In his reaction to the petition of Labour Party (LP) Candidate, Mrs Modupeolu Sanyaolu, said it was a tip of iceberg as the party has two factions in the state, saying that both the two factional leaders have congratulated the governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun including their governorship candidate.

He added that he was flabbergasted to hear that LP now head to tribunal to challenge the omission of its party logo on the ballot paper, noting that the party led by Comrade Abayomi Arabambi who double as Chairman of Intra Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has congratulated the leader of the party in the state, Olusegun Osoba and the governor-elect.

He said that the state REC, Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, also expressed his curiosity and foe play in the petition of Labour Party at the tribunal, adding that it supposed to have pre-empted the process before going to polls, which would have addressed earlier before the proper election.

“You see, there is no moral standing for LP to now fill petition before the tribunal, as it is now, it is very cleared that LP has no locus standi in initiating any petition before the tribunal and all efforts to truncate the election that produced Prince Dapo Abiodun will not stand,” Oladipo quoted.

Oladipo said that the party was once congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun for their victoriously won the election, but it came to a surprise when the same party filed application at the tribunal, challenging the INEC for its logo’s omission at the polls.

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Osun Election: Appeal Court Reaffirms Adeleke As Osun State Governor

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A Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo state has reaffirmed the qualification and eligibility of Osun State PDP Governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke to hold office.

This apparently put to rest the controversy over his eligibility to contest the Osun governorship election last year.

The latest judgement has also knocked out the judgement of the Bwari High Court and rendered its conclusion ineffective, null and void with no effect on the candidacy of the PDP candidate for the September 2018 governorship election.

The Bwari judgement had contradicted the Osogbo high court verdict by rejecting testimonies of WAEC, an examination body which in a sworn affidavit confirmed that Ademola Adeleke sat for its examination with attached results.

But, the Akure Court of Appeal this Saturday dismissed an appeal against the judgement of Osogbo High court which had confirmed the eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke to contest for the governorship of Osun State.

The Osogbo High Court had earlier ruled that Senator Adeleke is qualified to contest for the governorship having been educated up to secondary school level.

The petitioners however proceeded to appeal against the ruling, insisting that the Senator is not qualified and therefore Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who is the second runner up at the governorship primary should be declared the winner of the primary.

The Akure Appeal court in its ruling dismissed the appeal on three grounds ,affirming the judgement of the lower court that confirmed the eligibility of Senator Adeleke.

The first ground was that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case .The second was that the sponsored petitioner; one Kingsley Awosiyan from Ife Central has no locus standi to file the case and third was that the matter was brought to court outside the stipulated 14 days after the conduct of the Governorship primaries election.

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BreakingNews: INEC declares Wike re-elected in Rivers

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared Nyesome Wike of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the March 9th governorship election in Rivers state.

The Returning Officer for River state, Professor Teddy Adias of the Niger Delta University Otuoke, Bayelsa state who declared Wike winner of the election said he polled a total of 886, 264 votes to defeat his closest opponent and candidate of the African Action congress(AAC), Biokpamabo Awara, who scored a total of 173, 859.

According to Prof. Adias, “That I, this day confirm that I am the returning officer for this election and that Nyesom Wike of the PDP having satisfied requirement of the law and scored the highest number of the votes is hereby declared winner and stand elected.”

Earlier, the returning officer had said that a total of 3, 048, 741 voters were registered across the state for the elections, and a total of 1, 130, 445 were accredited, while a total of 1, 123, 840 votes were validated as a total of 249, 324 votes were either cancelled or elections not held.

Also, a total of 1, 123, 840 votes were cast in the exercise.

Details shortly…

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