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Five Political Parties File Petitions Seeking To Nullify Obaseki’s Victory

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A total of five political parties filed petitions at the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal at the close of submission of petitions on October 10, seeking to nullify the election of governor Godwin Obaseki.
Three political parties which earlier filed their petitions are Action Democratic Party (ADP), Action Peoples Party (APP) and Action Alliance (AA) with APP and AA contesting the outcome of the election on the grounds that they were unlawfully excluded from the election.
But at the weekend, two more political parties, Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), filed their petitions seeking to nullify the victory of Godwin Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) candidate in the election, bringing the number of petitions against Obaseki’s election to five.
In their separate petitions, the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), are asking the tribunal to nullify the declaration of Obaseki as the winner of the election on the grounds that the conduct of the September poll violated, substantially, the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian and the Extant Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended 2015).
The are similarities in the two petitions and the first three that were filed. The similarities bother on the issues of the eligibility or otherwise of Obaseki to contest the election on the claim that he submitted false and or forged certificates to INEC, allegation of Obaseki’s participation in two separate primary elections of two different political parties of the PDP and the APC for the same election and other sundry matters.
Besides, the latest two petitions also sought similar reliefs such as a declaration that Obaseki was not duly elected in the said September 19, 2020 election by virtue of his not being qualified to contest having allegedly submitted false and or forged certificate; a declaration that PDP and Obaseki are not qualified to contest the poll in the first instance because of the alleged false and or forged certificate; an order asking INEC to conduct a fresh election among only qualified candidates in the aforesaid election to the exclusion of PDP and Obaseki and an order to withdraw the certificate of return earlier issued to Obaseki by INEC.
The point of departure between the two petitions is NNPP’s new relief to the extent that since Obaseki did not indicate the primary school he attended, he is deemed not to have been educated up to Secondary School Level or its equivalent, and as such not qualified to contest the election.
Meanwhile, the APM, alternatively, is asking the tribunal to nullify the election on the grounds that the return of Obaseki as winner “are voided by acts bothering on rigging and manipulation of election results; unprecedented acts of violence, thuggery and coercion of voters and unlawful interference in the electoral process by the respondents”.

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Bye-election: Fresh crisis rocks Zamfara APC

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A fresh crisis has engulfed the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressive Congress barely two weeks to the bye -election into the vacant Bakura constituency seat in the state House of Assembly .
A faction of the APC loyal to the immediate past governor of the state , Abdulaziz Yari , named Bello Gamji as its candidate for the contest , a move which has since been opposed by party members loyal to Senator Kabiru Marafa .
Addressing journalists in Gusau on Sunday , the Publicity Secretary of the Marafa -led faction , Alhaji Bello Bakyasuwa , while faulting the decision by the Yari -led faction to field a candidate , said , “ Zamfara State APC is still in court; as such , it has no constitutional rights to present a candidate to contest the election .”
Bakyasuwa rejected claims by the Yari -led faction that the Court of Appeal in Sokoto had set aside an earlier judgment given by the Zamfara State High Court.
He said, “ The court has only set aside the Zamfara State High Court judgment ; but didn’ t give the mantle of leadership of the party to any faction . ”

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PDP sweeps all seats in Bauchi LG poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party has won all 20 chairmanship and 20 deputy chairmanship positions as well as the 323 councillorship seats, in the Bauchi State local government election held on Saturday .
The LGA election was last held in Bauchi State 12 years ago .
The 20 elected chairmen and their deputies were issued their Certificates of Return by the Chairman of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission , Dahiru Tata , at the commission ’ s headquarters on Sunday .
The council leaders were later sworn in at the Banquet Hall of the Government House , Bauchi on Sunday .
The oath of office and oath of allegiance were administered to them by Justice Hamidu Kunaza , who represented the Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Umar .
Speaking at the ceremony, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed , warned the council leaders against indolence and corrupt practices in the discharge of their duties .
He said, “ What the people of Bauchi want is work , service , infrastructure . I assure you , we are going to give you autonomy to give you the little resources that you need .
“ You must work with us to free resources in your local councils . Ghost workers that are taking our money at the primary level , especially the primary health care, primary education and even local workers , must be freed .
“ Don ’t go and create your own ghost workers because that is the circle of corruption that we inherited . Everybody that becomes a chairman or councilor will have his own number of ghost workers that will bring money to him at home . I know by your pedigree , you will not do that .

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I Have Not Defected To APC – Governor Umahi

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Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi has denied reports making the rounds he has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A House of Representatives from Ebonyi, Chinedu Ogah had claimed on Saturday the Governor had defected to the APC.
Ogah, who is the only APC federal lawmaker from Ebonyi, also commended the Governor for defecting to APC.
According to Ogah, Umahi defected to the APC after meeting several leaders of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
He described it as a bold step and move in the right direction and asked About, Enugu and Anambra Governors to join the APC for stability in the polity and South East.
“Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction.
“We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.
“I am calling on other Governor in the southeast to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center, we have to join mainstream politics for the overall development of our zone and the country in general.
President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him”, Ogah said.
But when contacted, Governor Umahi, in a terse reply simply told The Nation “it is not true.”
The Governor’s Media Aide, Maze Francis, also debunked the report.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC)”.
“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.
“It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.
“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers”.
“The general public is advised to jettison such unfounded rumour”.

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