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Abuja federal high court today nullified the Osun direct primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which produced Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola as gubernitorial candidate of the party.

It could be recalled that Kunle Rasheed Adegoke, a governorship aspirant, has asked the Abuja federal high court to nullify the Osun primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Isiaka Oyetola, ex chief of staff to Rauf Aregbesola, incumbent governor, emerged winner of the election which held on July 20. Oyetola polled 127,017 votes while Adegoke got 252 votes.

But Adegoke has asked the court to declare that the election was not held according to the rules and regulations made by the APC’s national working committee (NWC) and duly approved by its national executive committee (NEC).

The APC is the first defendant in the suit while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the second defendant.

Although “A declaration that the Osun state governorship primary election of the 1st Defendant purportedly held on the 20th day of July, 2018 in Osun state in flagrant violation of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered), the electoral act, 2010 (as amended) and the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the 1st defendant (APC) and the regulation for the conduct of political party primaries of the Independent National Electoral Commission is unconstitutional, unlawful, null and void,” it read.

“A declaration that, by the provisions of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress 2014 (as amended), article 20(v) thereof, it is ultra vires the 1st defendant to organize, hold and conduct the governorship primary election held on the 20th day of July, 2018 in Osun state without rules and regulations made by its national working committee and duly approved by its national executive committee for the purpose of nomination of candidates through primary elections.

“A declaration that, by article 25B(ii) of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress, 2014 (as amended), it is unconstitutional for the 1st defendant (APC) to organize and conduct the governorship primary election held in Osun state on the 20th day of July, 2018 without a meeting of the national executive committee approving rules and regulations which ought to be made but was never made by the national working committee for the purpose of nomination of candidates through direct primary elections.

“A declaration that it is ultra vires the 1st defendant to hold and organize the Osun state governorship primary election held in Osun state on the 20th day of July, 2018 without having given a prior 21-day notice of its primaries to the Independent National Electoral Commission (the 2nd defendant) indicating that a direct method of primary election shall be used.

“An order of this honourable court nullifying the Osun state governorship primary election of the 1st defendant held on the 20th day of July, 2018 in Osun state same having been conducted in flagrant violation of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered), the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and the relevant provisions of the constitution of All Progressives Congress, 2014 (as amended) and the regulation for the conduct of political party primaries of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“An order restraining the 2nd defendant from according any recognition to the outcome of the said Osun state governorship primary election of the 1st defendant held on the 20th day of July, 2018 in Osun state same having been conducted in violation of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered), the electoral act, 2010 (as amended), the relevant provisions of the constitution of All Progressives Congress, 2014 (as amended) and the regulation for the conduct of political party primaries of the Independent National Electoral Commission.”

While delivering the judgement the presiding judge granted the prayers of Barrister Kunle Rasheed Adegoke also knownas KRAD.

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CPPM CONDEMNS MILITARY TAKEOVER & DEMANDS IMMEDIATE RESTORATION OF DEMOCRATIC STRUCTURES IN GABON

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A civil society organization in Nigeria, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has condemned in the strongest terms, the reported military takeover of government and dissolution of democratic structures in Gabon today 7th January, 2019 by a group of ill advised and misadventurous soldiers.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Nigeria, by its National Coordinator Nelson Ekujumi, the group described the toppling of elected democratic structures in Gabon by the coupists as misguided, reckless, provocative irresponsible, barbaric, violation of the democratic rights of the people of Gabon and treasonable felony which must not be allowed to stand.
According to CPPM, “We call on African Union (AU) and demand not only a restoration of the democratic structures in Gabon, but also that the law must be allowed to take its course in dealing with the errant coupists, to serve as a lesson that forceful takeover of government is an abberation and illegality”
CPPM called on the African Union to immediately rise to the ocassion against this brazen assault on democracy in the continent by sending a clear message to the misguided coupists to immediately return to the barracks and allow the democratic institutions put in place by the people of Gabon to function effectively as established by law and be made to face the consequences of this treasonable act.
The organization also called on the military in Gabon to immediately distance itself from this act of treason by some of its personnel who have violated the law of Gabon by this military takeover and brought the image of Gabon to international opprobrium.
CPPM, admonished the peace loving people of Gabon to remain calm and peaceful in the face of this unprovoked assault of their democratic rights by the coupists as we expect them to see reason, return to the barracks and submit themselves to legally constituted authority immediately.
Long live Africa
Long live Democracy
Thanks.
Yours Sincerely,
Nelson Ekujumi,
National Coordinator.
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Pray For Peaceful, Successful 2019 Elections….Obasa

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By: Segun Lawal
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians to continue to pray for a peaceful and successful General Elections in the country.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker also saluted Nigerians for their resourcefulness, courage, prayers and support which have been vital to the successes so far recorded by the All Progressives Congress  (APC) administration at all levels of governance.
Rt. Hon. Obasa’s message was contained in his New Year message via a press released on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.
“Nigerians are very resourceful and courageous and it is obvious that all these, coupled with their prayers and support, have been very vital in the successes recorded so far by the APC administration at all levels. Indeed our people deserve special recognition and praise for this,” he said.
He urged Nigerians not to relent in praying for the government especially for a peaceful and successful General Elections in 2019. “We will not relent in seeking for more support and prayers from our people. This is especially needed for a peaceful and successful General Elections,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker assured Nigerians that the APC administration at all levels will continue to put in place programmes and projects that will enhance their welfare and improve their standard of living. “The APC administration is committed to improving the lives of our people and we will not relent in doing this,” he said.
Rt. Hon. Obasa concluded: “On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2019”.
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LAGOS BENEFITED NOTHING FROM PDP’S 16 YEARS PRESIDENCY – AMBODE

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday took a swipe at the sixteen years presidency of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between 1999 and 2015, saying the State benefited nothing from the party’s reign.  

Speaking at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, a coordinating body of all the groups campaigning for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2019, held at Nicon Luxury in Abuja, Governor Ambode said the country would not go back to Egypt by bringing PDP back to power having crossed the Red Sea.

He said just within three and half years from 2015 till date, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been able to lay a solid foundation for Nigeria’s economic growth and prosperity, adding that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket remains the best option to take the country to the next level from 2019.

“Sixteen years of PDP, I can say it clearly that Lagos State never enjoyed anything from them. Three and half years of APC, I can clearly attest here that whatever it is that we have achieved in Lagos in the last three and half years, the present Federal Government has largely contributed to the things that we have achieved be it in terms of right of way, be it in terms of approval for waivers for import duties and other things that have actually made Lagos to be on the progressive trajectory that it had been in the last twenty years.

“So, for me it is very easy and it is just common sense that we have to uphold the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket to allow that economic progress and the growth in the GDP that we want for Nigeria rather than allowing it to get dismantled and then make us to go back to Egypt after crossing the Red Sea and we are not going back to Egypt,” Governor Ambode said.

He said since assuming office in 2015, the Buhari administration had worked tirelessly to bring about fundamental paradigm shift and retracing the steps of the country for sustained progressive chart, adding that the onus is now on the entire country to give the APC a chance to consolidate on the massive development already embarked upon.

“I just want Nigerians to understand and also to encourage all our members here that what we have started as a support group coordinating everything that is happening is not necessarily for you but it is a selfless service to put Nigeria on that trajectory that grows prosperity and also conveniently in another four years, we would make all Nigerians proud and I am very proud to be part of this.

“We have made up our mind that we are going to work tirelessly; we would do everything that is possible in terms of supporting and campaigning to let Nigerians understand that there are two parallel lines between what we stand to offer which is growth and prosperity for this country and what PDP is trying to come and re-engineer to take us back to the debris of the past that we don’t want to ever go back to.

“So, I just want to congratulate Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari and also the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and assure them that when they look at their back, they have true Nigerians who believe that yes, we want to build a skyscraper but we need solid foundation to be able to enjoy that skyscraper and then the next level we are thinking on is to be able to put the proper aesthetics and lay the proper foundation to allow Nigeria to make progress and that is what the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket speaks about,” the Governor said.

Besides, Governor Ambode said it was also gratifying that all APC Governors were united in ensuring the victory of APC in the presidential election next year. 

“All APC Governors, I can speak on their behalf, are resolved that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket is what Nigeria needs and that is what we are going to pursue and I am happy that a handful of our gubernatorial candidates are here to align with us to make sure that what we would deliver is what Nigerians want and what Nigerians want is the APC President,” Governor Ambode said.

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