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10 Days To Campaigns: APC members lobby Tinubu for role



Barely 10 days to the commencement of campaigns by political parties fielding presidential and National Assembly candidates in next year’s general elections, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to unveil the full complement of its Presidential Campaign Council.

There had been speculations that the party was playing a waiting game with the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but the latter had, last week, announced its Campaign Council.

Checks revealed that high-level internal contestations and horse-trading might have delayed the APC and its standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, from concluding on the issue.

It was gathered that some stakeholders, including serving and ex-ministers as well as some members of the National Working Committee (NWC), have floated individual support groups for Tinubu.

“In the NWC alone, the Woman Leader is coordinating several women groups, same for the Youth Leader. You have the Minister of State, FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, who also coordinates a group. Then you have a former minister, Adebayo Shittu, with his own group. When you go across the states, you have some governors and other stakeholders setting up groups,”a party source told Sunday Vanguard at the weekend..

“At the end of the day, all these groups would be subsumed under the Campaign Council but you will need to create roles for their leaders. You need to give them such recognition”.

Another source said the party and Tinubu were being very careful about geographical and religious balancing, hence the slight delay in coming up with a full list of members of the Council.

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Meanwhile, sources said some of the former APC presidential aspirants, who come from states where governorship primary elections have not been conducted, were negotiating to be given free hands to pick the governorship candidates of the party in their respective states while others allegedly wanted assurances that they would have a hand in recommending people for critical appointments should Tinubu become President.

There are, however, concerns about a possible battle of wits among some stakeholders.

In Kogi, for instance, there is a subtle battle for supremacy between supporters of Governor, Yahaya Bello and leader of the Tinubu Support Group and federal lawmaker, Hon. James Faleke.

Both men fought to become governor of the state in 2015 after the sudden death of the APC governorship candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, who was already coasting home to victory in that year’s state election. While Faleke was Audu’s running mate, Bello was a distant first runner-up in the primary election that produced Audu as an APC candidate.

In Enugu, one of those who contested for the APC presidential ticket with Tinubu, former Senate President Ken Nnamani, who leads critical leases of the party in the zone, is not having it rosy with the state Chairman of the party and also the governorship candidate.

Although party spokesman, Felix Morka, did not return calls or reply to messages seeking clarifications on the delay in unveiling a full complement of the council, the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said there was no cause for alarm.

Keyamo, who is the Director, Media and Public Affairs and Official Spokesperson of the Council, told Sunday Vanguard that the party still has time to finalize work on the composition of the Council.

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“There are no issues as I understand it. The party’s leadership and the candidate are just making wide consultations and we still have a good number of days to go”, he stated.

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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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