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Primaries: Lagos lawyer, Ajose Abejoye drags PDP, INEC, others to court

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A Lagos based lawyer, Mr. Ajose Abejoye has approached the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Are  Azeez Ajibola as the valid candidate of the PDP for the Apapa Constituency of the Federal House of Representatives.

According to reports, Are Azeez Ajibola  had on June 9th, 2022 won the majority votes at the primaries conducted by the PDP and monitored by officials

of the electoral umpire but on 24th June, 2022  the party unlawfully substituted Are’s name for another aspirant’s (Mr. Hakeem Salau) who scored  zero vote to INEC as its (PDP’s) candidate.

Apart from INEC, also joined in the pre-election suit with file number FHC/L/CS/1288/22 are Mr Hakeem Salau and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the first and second defendants respectively.

Abejoye who is suing on behalf of Hon. Are Azeez Ajibola an aspirant for the said seat is amongst others praying the court  to declare the Plaintiff as the lawful candidate of the party having validly won the majority votes at the primaries of the PDP conducted on the 9th of June, 2022.

In the writ of summons made available to newsmen on Friday, Mr. Abejoye is urging the federal high court for a perpetual injunction to restrain the first and third defendants from recognizing Salau as the PDP candidate having lost the primary election to Are.

Specifically, Abejoye stated that the leadership of the party was substituting Are for Salau while acting on the scheming and promptings of some powerful elements within the party.

He (Abejoye) is also seeking the court to determine “Whether in view of the facts of the suit and Sections 29 and 85 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the Claimant ought to be granted the reliefs being sought in this suit.”

When contacted, Abejoye stated that he was acting in the interest of justice, fair play as well as to safeguard the sanctity and integrity of our electoral process in taking up the case, expressing confidence of victory at the law court.

“I am going on with this case to prove a point to politicians and the whole world that there will be no more room for any form of electoral impunity and political iniquity in the country. “I am using this case to tell Nigerians that we must at all times obey and abide by outcomes of set rules even when such don’t favour us.

“The case is simple and straightforward, someone won an election convincingly but some powerful figures are denying him of enjoying the sweet fruits of his well deserved victory because of his financial and societal limitations. Who does that in a sane democratic society? This we hope to reverse because of our implicit belief in the judicial system and process.” Abejoye said.

 

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2023: APC unveils Lalong as presidential campaign DG, Keyamo as spokesperson

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu on Thursday unveiled Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum as the Director General of the party’s presidential campaign organisation.

The National Chairman, who led the presidential candidate of the party Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office in Abuja, made the announcement at a briefing. He equally unveiled the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo as the interim spokesperson of the Campaign Organisation. Barr Hanatu Musa Musa was named the deputy spokesperson.

According to him, the meeting was to brief the President and get his approval on the party’s plans regarding the campaign outfit and organogram. On the single faith ticket, the APC Chairman appealed to APC members to be patient and watch how the party develops. He noted that the party is sensitive to the concerns of Nigerians and assured that amicable solutions to the various sentiments would be worked out before the commencement of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Governor Lalong stated that he was surprised when he heard the announcement, promising to work along the established structure of the party.

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BreakingNews: Wike Agree To Support Atiku’s Presidential

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After a tug of war between the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in the build-up to the 2023 general election, Wike has finally agreed to support Atiku in the presidential election.
Wike’s resolution followed a closed-door emergency meeting held at the Rivers State governor’s lodge in Abuja on Sunday.
 it was earlier reported that Governor Wike met with PDP governors and other stakeholders of the party, who coordinated his campaign for the presidential ticket behind closed doors at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro in Abuja.
At the meeting, Wike and some chieftains of the party agreed to work for the success of the party’s presidential candidate after he and some of his colleagues who are in his camp agreed to remain in the party and work for Atiku’s victory in the forthcoming election.
Those at the meeting include Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke; former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam; former Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko and former Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson.
Others are the former governor of Kogi state, Ibrahim Idris; former Plateau state governor, Jonah Jang; former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, and Kano PDP governorship candidate, Mohammed Abacha.
Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda, was also at the meeting with some members of the PDP National Assembly caucus.
It could be recalled that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar polled 371 votes to emerge as the PDP’s flagbearer ahead of Wike who scored 237 votes to come second in the party’s presidential primary.
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Weeks after the primary was held, the PDP presidential candidate named Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.
This, however, led to a disagreement among party stakeholders as some commended the choice of Okowa while others rejected it, saying Atiku should have picked Wike who was the runner-up in the primary in the stead of his Delta counterpart.
In a bid to address the perceived grievances of the governor, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP set up a reconciliatory committee to meet with Wike over the fallout of the party’s presidential primary and the crisis trailing the nomination of a running mate.
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Wike Vs Atiku: Remember Your Vow to Support Whoever Emerges PDP Flag-Bearer – Eze tells Gov. Wike

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Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, member of APC Legacy Projects Media Team and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has reminded Governor Nyesom Wike of his vow during the presidential primary of the PDP in Abuja, that he would fully support whoever emerged as candidate of the party to show his love and commitment to the umbrella party and stop all these shenanigans and macabre dance that further portrays him as a very confused fellow.

 

Reacting to the Governor’s sudden derogatory comments, anti-party directives to his followers and romance with those whose political moorings are antithetical to that of the People’s Democratic Party and her presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar, Chief Eze hinted that the Rivers Governor is a desperate opportunist who has earned himself a reputation of a political chameleon with a wagging tongue of deceit.

 

On the laughable threat by the Governor and some of his misguided cohorts that they will speak to expose some recent happenings in PDP, after Atiku Abubakar’s Arise interview, Eze said such threat does not hold water and only presents the Governor and his cohorts as mere busybody, noting that nothing under the sun is apparently new about PDP and Atiku Abubakar.

 

“Is he going to tell us that he never wasted Rivers State funds in the wild goose chase of the PDP Presidential ticket in which he was thoroughly defeated? Or is he going to tell us that he never mobilised to be appointed as the Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP?”

 

Or is Wike going to tell us that he never vowed to support whoever emerged as the PDP Presidential Flag-Bearer. In case, he has forgotten he should listen to the video containing his speech where he thundered and vowed “Today anyone who emerges here I will support the person to the fullest because I am a committed party person, because I love this party, because since 1998 I have been in this party, I will work for this party, I will not go anywhere this is my party”.

 

“Is Wike going to tell us that Atiku has no right to appoint who should be his Vice President? I have counseled Wike to pipe down and accept his fate as his poor leadership, deceitful record, bad administration, past deeds and unwarranted and unguided utterances were the major factors that worked against him in not clinching the PDP Presidential ticket or becoming the Vice President to the PDP Presidential Flag-Bearer. “

 

Eze called on Wike not to allow his untutored followers to deceive him to work against his political party as “we can’t tolerate him in APC after all the damages he has done to the party in the State” Eze said.

 

 

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

APC Chieftain, member of APC Legacy Projects Media Team & former National Publicity Secretary, nPDP

 

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