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Forum decries campaign of calumny against APC Deputy National Chairman, Eneukwu



                            •  Chief Emma Eneukwu, APC Deputy National Chairman (South)

The Leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) Intellectuals Forum, Enugu State, has warned against acts and campaign of calumny on the APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Chief Emma Eneukwu.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu on Monday jointly signed by its Coordinator, Chief Ezeugwu Nicholas; the Secretary, Dr Udeh Chidubem and Publicity Secretary, Prof. Nnamani Ugochukwu.

“The attention of the leadership of APC Intellectual Forum has been drawn to a statement credited to the former Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly and a former Senatorial Candidate of APC in Enugu North Senatorial Zone, Hon. Eugene Odoh, recently.

“Odoh during his unguarded speech, called one of our own and APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Chief Emma Eneukwu, the major crisis catalyst in APC Enugu State.

“He accused him (Eneukwu) of imposing candidates on the party in some Local Government Areas such as Udenu, Igboeze North, Igboetiti and Ụzọ Uwani.

“These are all unfounded allegations and untrue about our exemplary leader and a man, who upholds the APC principle to the latter,” it said.

The statement said that instead of Odoh focusing on how to clean up the mess he created in the party, decided to vilify Eneukwu to score cheap political goal.

According to the statement, “we are still trying to uncover what he intends to achieve by doing so in a meeting that our leader (Eneukwu) was not invited and also in a discussion that, has no business with him.

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“In 2021, Eneukwu in his political clairvoyant nature, saw what was going to happen to the zone, began the journey of making sure that, APC produces her next state chairman from Enugu North Senatorial Zone.

“He (Eneukwu) individually contacted most of the party leaders in the zone including, him, Odoh.

“While doing this, Eneukwu made his friend, Dr Ben Nwoye, then state Chairman of the party and leaders from Enugu East Senatorial Zone his political enemies, because, he wanted the party to move forward.

“However, Odoh and some stalwarts instead of aligning with Eneukwu, decided to circumvent and joined hands with others to fight him, all because Odoh wanted to become a National Officer,” he said.

The statement called on Odoh to desist from using Eneukwu’s name to score cheap political goals.

It said that Eneukwu had stood out for the progress of the party and had sacrificed a lot in the course of the years for the APC even as a foundation member.

“It is very clear that he is still in limbo over Eneukwu’s landmark victory and successes in his office.

“We will not tolerate any act of calumny or vituperation against any of our own again especially our highly and national respected leaders,” it said.

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BREAKING: Tribunal dismisses Edeoga, LP’s petition, affirms Mbah’s election as Enugu Governor



Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah

…Edeoga’s petition lacks merit

The Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu has upheld the election of Dr. Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the March 18 election in the state.

Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party (LP) had approached the tribunal to challenge the declaration on the grounds that Mbah wasn’t qualified to stand for the election.

He alleged that he forged his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC certificate and cases of over-voting in Udenu, Nkanu East and Enugu East local government areas.

The Tribunal chaired by Justice Kudirat Murayo Akano dismissed all grounds of petition saying his petition lacked merit.

The panel held that NYSC isn’t a requirement for contesting for the office of the Governor and there’s no where that the NYSC Certificate was attached to the documents Mbah submitted to INEC by the respondent.

On the issue of forging NYSC Certificate, the panel discountenanced all the evidences by the DSS, NYSC official and others because they weren’t in compliance with paragraph 4, sub-section 5D of the evidence act.

Only the witness of the pw26 which was described as a hearsay by the panel and those not help the petitioners and therefore resolved the issue of Certificate Forgery in favour of Mbah.

On the issue of wrong computation of results of the Labour Party in Udenu local government, the panel said they petitioners failed to prove his case and the witnesses they called gave the same report from different polling units and wards and wondered why their testimonies are the same even from different locations.

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The panel also said that the witnesses presented by the Labour Party weren’t duly accredited agents by INEC and makes their testimony invalid.

The panel based on the witnesses from the right agents in 3 polling units, deducted 51 votes from PDP and added same to Labour Party.

The tribunal held that the deduction isn’t enough to Overturn the election of Mbah.

In Amagu polling unit in Nkanu East the panel cancelled the votes for all parties because the witness pw10 proved he was there and the right person.

In the remaining 11 polling units, the tribunal held that the witnesses didn’t sign the result sheet and their witnesses is discountenanced because they can’t prove they were party agents

After resolving all the matter, the tribunal dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.

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Tribunal sacks Kano Gov, Yusuf, declares APC’s Gawuna winner



The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, declaring the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 18 election.

Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While Nasir Gawuna, his APC rival congratulated him, the party proceeded to court.

On Wednesday, the three-man panel ordered withdrawal of certificate of return which INEC presented to Governor Yusuf and directed a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna.

The court deducted 165,663 votes from Gov Yusuf total as invalid votes, stating that the ballot papers (165,663) were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.

Details later…

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Peter Obi files 50 grounds of appeal against Tinubu’s victory



•LP Presidential Candidate Peter Obi
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has appealed against the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu.

Obi in a 50 grounds notice of appeal by his lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, filed in the Supreme Court, challenged the decision of the presidential election tribunal.

Obi, in his appeal, maintained that the PEPC erred in law and thereby reached a wrong conclusion when it dismissed the petition he lodged to challenge the outcome of the presidential poll that was held on February 25.

Among other things, he contended that Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel of the Court of Appeal, wrongly occassioned a grave miscarriage of justice against him, when it held that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred during the election.

He further faulted the PEPC for dismissing his case on the premise that he did not specify the figures of votes or scores that were allegedly suppressed of inflated in favour of President Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Obi equally accused the Justice Tsammani-led panel of erring in law when it relied on paragraph 4(1) (d) (2) and 54 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out paragraphs of his petition.

While accusing the lower court of breaching his right to fair hearing, Obi, insisted that evidence of his witnesses were wrongly dismissed as incompetent.

He told the apex court that the panel unjustly dismissed his allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, uploaded 18, 088 blurred results on its IReV portal.

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More so, he alleged that the lower court ignored his allegation that certified true copies of documents that INEC issued to his legal team, comprised of 8, 123 blurred results that contained blank A4 papers, pictures and images of unknown persons, purporting same to be the CTC of polling units results of the presidential election.

“The learned justices of the court below erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when they held and concluded that he failed to establish the allegation of corrupt practices and over-voting,” Obi added. (NAN)

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