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My choice of Shettima not a threat to Christians – Tinubu

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Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with some Christian clerics under the aegis of the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria.

At the meeting, Tinubu, disclosed that his choice of a former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima was not a threat to the Christian community.

He added that his decision was based on competence and not religious considerations, adding that only competence can resolve the political and socio-economic challenges bedevilling the nation.

The APC presidential candidate said he has always been a friend of the Christian community and he should be considered based on his track records, plans and agenda for developing Nigeria.

“How will Nigeria develop? How do we banish hunger? How do we improve the insecurity and how do we eliminate killing one another, shedding of blood of innocent citizens, that is what we must take to the office and not our religion.

“My intention is clear, not religiosity. My intention is to develop this country, to bring prosperity to our country and I have better qualification, better track records, better exposure, better vision than any of my mates.

“When the shortlisted names came, I looked at the characters on the list, their background and everything and here is somebody (Kassim Shetimma) who is so brilliant, so committed, who, during the crisis in Borno protected Christians,” he said.

The bishops, however, said the meeting is not affirmation they’ll endorse APC’s candidate.

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Chairman of Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria, Archbishop John Praise, said, “We are not committed to endorsing anybody, but you should ask your conscience and from what you have heard and from the explanation, he (Tinubu) had given to us to make your own judgement of who will better rule and handle the country.”

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Kogi Election: Appeal Court reserves judgment in SDP, Ajaka’s appeal against Ododo

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The Court of Appeal sitting on Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP), in the November 11, 2023 Kogi State governorship election, Murtala Ajaka, challenging the judgement of the State Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed Ahmed Ododo of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the elected governor of the state.

A three-member of Justices of the appellate court reserved judgment on Thursday to a date that would be communicated to parties after the adoption of all their briefs they filed in the matter.

While adopting the processes filed on behalf of the appellants, Pius Akubo, SAN, urged the court to set aside the judgement of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and declare Ajaka as the governor of Kogi State.

According to Akubo, the judgement of the Tribunal which affirmed Ododo’s election was a serious miscarriage of justice.

He said the expunge of the evidence of the first petitioners’ witness (PW1) by the Tribunal was a miscarriage of justice.

According to him, the appellants have demonstrated that election in three local government areas of Kogi state was contaminated by over voting.

He argued that Ajaka would have won if the election was properly conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act.

“Having regards to Section 134(1)(3) of the Electoral Act, the 2nd respondent was not qualified to contest in the election, having submitted forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),” he stated.

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Akubo urged the court to hold that the the issue of qualification of the 2nd respondent is not a pre-election matter and pleaded with the court to set aside the decision of the Tribunal and declare Ajaka winner of the November 11, 2023 Kogi state governorship election.

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In his own submission, Kanu Agabi, SAN, while adopting the briefs filed on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), prayed the court to dismiss the appeal filed by Ajaka and his party for lacking in merit.

He said there were inconsistencies in the case of the appellants and further argued that the Appeal Court had decided that if the grounds of a petition are inconsistent with one another, and are not consistent with the reliefs, it should be struck out.

Agabi also argued that the evidence of the petitioners were grossly insufficient and submitted that, once the evidence called is grossly insufficient, there is no evidence.

He said the petitioners only called 25 witnesses out of the scores listed and further argued that, out of the 25 witnesses called by the petitioners, there was no single polling unit agent among them.

Agabi also argued that the PW1 did not file any witness deposition before hand as required by law and as such cannot give evidence in an election petition.

Joseph Daudu, SAN, in his own submission on Ododo’s behalf, said no single evidence of PW1 was admitted as evidence by the Tribunal on the ground that he failed to front load his witness statement before hand.

Daudu said the Tribunal was right to have expunged the evidence of PW1, having declared it inadmissible and added that the appellants failed to prove the allegation of over voting in their petition.

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He also urged the court to dismiss the allegations of forgery against his client, saying it bordered on pre-election matter, which the apex court had decided in Gbagi’s case against INEC.

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Daudu, who said the appellants failed to prove allegation of over-voting, also argued that Section 137 of the Electoral Act cited by the petitioners on allegations of over-voting did not apply in the petition.

He urged the court to dismiss the appeal and affirm the judgement of the Tribunal which upheld the election of Ododo.

Corroborating Daudu’s argument, Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, who appeared for APC, prayed the Appeal Court to dismiss the petition for being incompetent.

Ajaka and his party, in the appeal, hinged on 31 grounds, insist that they are the winners of the November 11, 2023 governorship election and should be declared the rightful winner.

The appellants who are dissatisfied with the decision of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Ado Yusuf Birnin Kudu, are praying the court for an order setting aside the judgement of the Tribunal, an order restoring the testimony of their first witness (PW1) as well as all the documents they tendered that were expunged from the records of the Tribunal.

The appellants also want that Appeal Court to hold that Ododo was not even qualified to have contested the election into the office of Governor of Kogi State and that all votes ascribed and or allocated to him and the APC are wasted votes.

It would be recalled that the tribunal had, on May 27, affirmed the victory of Ododo of the APC in the November 11, 2023 Kogi governorship poll.

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The three-member panel of justices, held that the petition was bereft of substance and accordingly dismissed it.

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The tribunal held that SDP and Ajaka failed to prove the allegations of over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022 in the petition.

The panel, in a unanimous, decision held that all the witness evidence filed before it were incompetent and full of inconsistencies.

It also agreed with the submissions of the respondents that the allegations of forgery raised in the petition were pre-election matter, which ought to have been raised 14 days after the documents were submitted to INEC.

Kogi had, on November 11, 2023, held its off-cycle election in which Ododo of the APC was declared winner by INEC.

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Anambra 2025: Moghalu confirms guber interest

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By Chuks Collins, Awka

The guess work concerning the immediate past Director General of the National Inland Waterway Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu’s next political move is now over.

Speaking to journalists in his Nnewi country home yesterday afternoon, Dr Moghalu used the opportunity to put to rest the speculation about whether he would run for the 2025 governorship election of Anambra State.

In answer to a question from one of the journalists who besieged him on the issue and also the pervading insinuation that he has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the former NIWA boss confirmed his interest to run for the governorship seat. But on the issue of the party platform, he said he was still consulting .

“Yes, am interested in vying for the governorship of Anambra state. But I must stress that am not desperate.

“Power belongs to God and He gives to whomsoever that pleases Him at any time. If it pleases Him, using the people of Anambra State to make me their Governor, well, to Him be the glory.

“I am willing and ready to serve,” he added.

When reminded of the experience of the last governorship primary of APC in the state which has remained unresolved and had dragged on till the Supreme Court; and if he’s confident that the party will get it right this time, Moghalu  said he was still consulting widely.

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Moghalu pointed out that two issues are germane and usually critical in every election; that is the candidate and the platform.

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Consequently, he was taking his time to choose the platform to use this time around.

According to him, “…am still consulting widely, across party lines.”

Taken up to assess the APC-led Federal Government, in view of the festering economic difficulties being faced by the citizens, Moghalu pointed out that despite not having the mandate to speak on behalf of the FG, he would appeal to all to remain a little more patient.

“I sincerely acknowledge that things are quite rough presently; and even the government acknowledged it. But there is a plan/program being put in place to see they alleviate the difficulties and address the challenges. That’s why there are governmental interventions!”

The politicians said he was just speaking as an ordinary Nigerian citizen, because he’s part of the system. “After all I live here in Nigeria. I have family here, relations, dependants and therefore I have my own personal experience.”

On the mounting insecurity in the country, especially the South East geopolitical zone, the guber hopeful described it as “a major concern, especially when viewed from the angle of the colossal damage it has done to the people, the zone and nation.

” It’s difficult to expect outside investors to come to invest in an area that is not secure. Security is the primary responsibility of any government in concert with the citizenry. Both have roles and duties.”

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He declined to share his blueprint at this level.

The Advocate reports that in all his political career, Dr George Moghalu has remained a very consistent party man and he commands respect among his people in Anambra and political associates across the country.

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Steve Oruruo-led 15-man Ebonyi PDP Caretaker Committee inaugurated amid protest by stakeholders

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Barrister Steve Oruruo has been sworn-in as the chairman of the 15-man caretaker committee that will pilot affairs of the crisis -ridden Ebonyi Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Oruruo from Enugu state was appointed to lead the Ebonyi caretaker committee as a strategic move by the party leaders to restore probity and reposition the party  in the state.

But  some  PDP stakeholders in the state  have rejected the constituted Caretaker Committee approved by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The aggrieved stakeholders and their supporters have threatened to resign en-masse from the party if the caretaker committee is not replaced by the agreed list emanating from the stakeholders in the state.

Their protest was, however, ignored by the NWC as Oruruo and other executives were sworn in by the zonal Chairman of the party, Chief Ali Odefa at the PDP’s zonal office in Enugu.

Odefa described the committee as unique because, according to him,  the national working committee has demonstrated uncommon determination to solving the political imbroglio in Ebonyi.

Chief Odefa while congratulating the committee members, reminded them that they emerged “through a struggle which I believe is needless considering the huge risks we took defending the party against a tyrannical government in Ebonyi State.”

He expressed optimism that the committee will live up to the task considering the class of people therein, while thanking the NWC of the party for their interventions.

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“Today, I’m deeply impressed with the calibre of persons that have been nominated into this caretaker committee, especially the Chairman and Secretary that come from Enugu State. They’re people of impeccable character that are well known in the party, they’re not greenhorns.

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“I want to also thank the NWC that tried to mediate in the crisis without taking side. I’m very confident that going forward, there will be peace in Ebonyi Chapter. While inaugurating them, I charged them to be loyal to the party first, uphold its constitution and not to pander to me or any other stakeholder.”

While promising to supervise the activities of the new committee, Chief Odefa said they’ve learnt their lessons and they’re working so hard to ensure those mistakes aren’t repeated.

In his remark, the member representing Afikpo North/Afikpo South federal constituency in the House of reps, Rt. Hon. Iduma Igariwey thanked the NWC for taking a bold step in solving the problem of Ebonyi PDP.

“This is the first time that the NWC made frantic effort to understand the problem of our party which I believe led to our humiliating loss in the last election. I think that for the first time, a Daniel has come to judgement.

“If we handle this process very well, we can begin to restore the foundation of the PDP which has been lost.

Hon. Igariwey charged all the stakeholders of the party to join hands in building the party because “Ebonyi State since 1999 has been a PDP state. We’ve always won our elections under PDP.”

In his acceptance speech after the inauguration, Barr. Oruruo, a former secretary of the PDP in Enugu state while acknowledging the enormous task ahead, said he’s confident with the team that has been assembled and very certain they’ll rescue Ebonyi PDP.

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“I understand the enormity of the task but we’ve made up our mind to reorganise the party, get it rejuvenated, create a new order and a semblance of peace and galvanise the spirit of the members of the party and place us on the platter of conquest.”

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“This intellectuals brought together for one single purpose of getting the party resuscitated are willing and committed to the task ahead.

“Our mandate is very simple; to re-establish orderliness in the party, reinvent the spirit of unison among the stakeholders and also get us ready for the congresses of the party and the convention. We will reintroduce intergrity, fairness, rule of law and commitment to repositioning the party and respect for the constitution,” he added.

The committee has Barr. Pascal Ukwuani as the secretary while the following persons from Ebonyi state  will serve as members. They include Barr. Jude Omoha, Francis Ibiam,  Ude Akaji, Chief Godwin Nwode, Hon. Amechi Oken, Chief Christopher Elechi Ngwuta, Dave Odey, Hon Ezekiel Igede, Hon. Chika Nwoba, Hon. Emmauel Uka A., Engr. Edward Ifeanyi Odanwu,  Okoro Monday Ogbonnaya and Hon. Mark Onu.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by 71 members and stakeholders of the party in Ebonyi, which was made available to The Advocate last weekend, seriously kicked against the composition of the caretaker committee.

According to the statement, “The NWC mandated the PDP stakeholders and members present to nominate a candidate each from the 13 local government areas of the state to serve in a new Caretaker committee to be immediately inaugurated.

“The Ebonyi State PDP members subsequently made nominations, while the NWC announced that it reserves the right to appoint the Chairman and Secretary from any part of the Southeast.”

However, when the party released the new Caretaker Committee list last Friday it was discovered that the earlier submitted list had been replaced by the National Working Committee.

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The stakeholders declared that “From the above conduct of the PDP NWC, it is now crystal clear that they are either working as undertakers for the final burial of the PDP in Ebonyi State, or they are being misguided by arch-enemies of the PDP in Ebonyi State.

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“We hereby state categorically that if the NWC reneges on the collectively agreed-upon list of new caretaker committee as submitted by the various local government chapters of the PDP in Ebonyi State, we may not have any other option than to resign from the PDP.

“We have sacrificed personal and individual resources and comfort to stay true and loyal to the PDP in Ebonyi State in the face of organised intimidation, harassment and subterfuge plots. It is, therefore, curious that the National leadership of our great party looks reluctant to help the party stay strong in Ebonyi State.”

Among those who signed the letter were Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu, the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the party in the 2023 general elections, Sen. Michael Amah Nnachi, Barr. Onwe S. Onwe, former Acting National Secretary of the PDP, Lagos-based business mogul, Chief Julius Amah and Dr. Paul Okorie a former governorship aspirant.

Others include Hon. Chris Usulor, Hon. Franca Okpo, Hon Victor Aleke, Chief John Igboke, Chief Ekuma Igbota, Chief Amah Ugo Orji, Chief Abia Onyike, among many other stakeholders of the party in the state.

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