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BREAKING: 11 parties, candidates challenge Anambra governor-elect, Soludo’s victory at tribunal

 

A total of 11 political parties and their candidates have filed petitions at the Anambra governorship election petition tribunal.

 

The parties and their candidates are challenging the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.

 

It was gathered that the petitioners were able to beat the deadline for the expiration of the 21 days stipulated by the Electoral Act for the filing of petitions against the outcome of the Anambra state gubernatorial elections.

 

The political parties, between Monday and Tuesday, made the last-minute filing of their petitions as against expectations in some quarters that it would be a walkover for the Governor-elect.

 

Secretary of the tribunal, Barr Surajo Gusau disclosed to our correspondent the candidates and political parties who have filed petitions.

 

Among the parties are; Sen Andy Uba of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who is calling for a declaration that he won a majority of the valid votes cast in the said election.

 

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its candidate, Prince Adam Ume-Ezeoke, in their petition prayed the tribunal for the nullification of the election on the grounds that the Bi-Modal Accreditation Verification System (BVAS) is not in the Electoral Act and the malfunctioning ultimately disenfranchised over 90 percent of the registered voters.

 

Also, the candidate of the Accord (A), Dr. Godwin Maduka, and his party called for the nullification of the election on the ground of irregularities.

 

Other parties include the United Patriots, which petitioned the tribunal on the grounds of wrongful exclusion of the party name from the ballot calling for the nullification of the election as well as the Green Party and the Action People’s Party (APP) among others.

 

It was gathered that the three-man panel of Tribunal Judges is expected to arrive in Anambra State soon.

 

Special Adviser to Gov Wille Obiano on Political Matters, Barr Ifeatu Obiokoye told journalists that APGA is not losing sleep over the petitions.

 

He said: “We shall take it as it comes and we are not losing sleep over those petitions and do not lose sight of the game plan of a particular party and petitioner by sponsoring some lesser political parties to go to tribunal and later withdraw from the suits and collapse into their benefactors at the end of the day.

 

“Our party the All Progressives Grand Alliance won the election and we are prepared to defend our mandate at the tribunal.”

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Don’t fall for the drama; NDC has cut a deal with NPP to pass 2022 budget – Ernesto Yeboah alleges

The Economic Fighters League (EFL) has accused the Minority in Parliament of conniving with the Majority to impose the controversial 2022 budget on Ghanaians.

Parliament on Tuesday reversed an earlier rejection of the budget and approved it after the National Democratic Congress’ MPs staged a walkout.

Although the Minority has openly described the act as unconstitutional, the group says it is a ploy to save face while allowing Ghanaians to be further burdened by the budget.

Addressing the press on Wednesday in Accra, Fighter General of the EFL, Ernesto Yeboah, described the situation in Parliament over the policy document as a mere strategy by both sides of the House.

“Can you imagine that this NDC opposition have passed the Agyapa deal? Agyapa of all arrangement, they’ve passed it so let nobody be deceived.”

“I listened to the Member of Parliament [for North Tongu], Okudzeto Ablakwa this morning and when he was asked why they decided to stay away from the Chamber, he said it was a strategic decision. Yes, It was a strategic decision to scratch their back because they [Majority] scratched your [Minority] back; a strategic decision against the people of Ghana,” he said.

Ernesto Yeboah highlighted that “that whole explanation is just a ruse to blindfold the people of Ghana into accepting the NDC’s compromised position. They have failed us, they stabbed us in the back and that’s precisely what they did.”

The group further revealed that it would soon launch a political ambition to participate in the 2024 general elections to provide better alternatives for the citizenry.

According to Mr Yeboah, they are poised to utilising any legitimate means to address the country’s economic challenges.

“The Economic Fighters League will offer a platform for those Ghanaians who are of integrity and substance to contest the elections in 2024.”

“We aim to fight the battle to rescue the country on two fronts; from the inside and from the outside, presenting principled, honest, competent, progressive men and women with high integrity to replace the bunch of corrupt, incompetent, self-seeking individuals we have in Parliament and have since remained in Parliament since 1992.”

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Court dismisses suit seeking Soludo’s disqualification as Anambra governor-elect

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.

 

Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo, in a judgment, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.

 

The judge awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Ibezim.

 

Details shortly…

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Osun 2022: APC leaders bar party members from contesting against Oyetola

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ede South/Ede North/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State have thrown their weight behind the second term bid of the State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

This is as the leaders have also warned that no aspirant from the federal Constituency should contest in the Osun APC primary against the Governor.

This decision was made known by Chairman of the elders, Gbadebo Ajao at a press conference on Tuesday at Ido-Osun.

The party leaders at the press conference disclosed that any party member from the federal Constituency who contests with the governor would be rejected by the party and they would not have their support in any form whatsoever.

The elders stated that their decision to endorse the Governor as the sole candidate for the 2022 gubernatorial election was arrived at after wide consultations across the the federal constituency.

Recall that the APC had slated March, Saturday 5, 2022, for its gubernatorial primary election in Osun State and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has also fixed July 16, 2022 for the Osun Gubernatorial election.

Some members of the party, especially The Osun Progressives (TOP) have been agitating that the candidate of the party for the polls be selected from the Osun West senatorial zone as was clamoured in 2018 so as to ensure fairness since individuals from both the Osun Central and East had served two terms in office as governor.

When the APC ticket went to the incumbent who comes from the Osun Central senatorial zone, many political heavyweights within the Osun APC, like the former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti decamped from the party to another political party in order to realise their ambitions but only came back to the party after election victory went the other way.

This move has not gone down well with the pro-Oyetola/IleriOluwa faction of the party whose argument has been that the decision to select a candidate that will be the APC flagbearer should be based on competence and not zonal consideration.

Notwithstanding, many aspirants from the Osun West zone have started to indicate interest in presenting themselves for the Osun top job.

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2023: Only a president from the North Central can rescue Nigeria – Baraje

 

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has declared that only a President from the north-central zone can rescue Nigeria from it’s current state of comatose.

 

Baraje, who stated this when he led a team of PDP Advocates to consult on behalf of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki for the Presidency at the PDP secretariat in Minna, Niger State, said all that is required is for the zone to adopt a consensus candidate.

 

He argued that in order to actualize their ambition, the north-central zone need to come out in a united front and present one candidate who can give the zone the presidency come 2023.

 

The former National Chairman of the PDP stated, “for the past years we have worked for other zones, we have assumed positions as national Chairman of the PDP severally and produced Presidents but this time around whether the national Chairman is from our zone, the North Central will still produce the next President.”

 

Baraje explained that former Senate President has the character, capacity and competency required to bring the nation out of it’s present challenges.

 

He insisted, “Saraki has the capacity for the job. He will not be like those who are over 70 years old and travelling abroad for months not minding what happens to the people and the nation.

 

“Even if the north-central produces the next party chairman, the zone will still vie for the presidency in 2023.”

 

The former Governor of Kwara State, Sha’aba Lafiaji explained that if the zone must succeed in actualizing it’s desire, there is the need to adopt a consensus candidate.

 

According to him, “Enough of pushing the position of national chairman position to us. This time around we must be firm on a Presidential aspirants from the zone. We all need to adopt a consensus candidate from the zone and that candidate is Bukola Saraki.”

 

Responding, the state PDP Chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji assured of the support of the state towards the north central consensus candidate to ensure victory in the 2023 adding that it is time that the north-central has its place in the helm of affairs of Nigeria.

 

“We are willing to give their support to Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki or any other consensus candidate that would be agreed upon by the zone,” he stated.

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Mahama did his best, NDC will decide if he deserves another chance at presidency – Duffuor

Former Finance Minister, Kwabena Duffuor, has said he is unable to rate the performance of Ex-President John Dramani Mahama as President of Ghana.

Dr. Duffuor, speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Tuesday, said he is unable to make this assessment due to the father-son relationship he has with the 2020 NDC flagbearer.

He nonetheless indicated that history will be the best judge of the work done by Mr. John Mahama during his presidency.

Dr. Duffuor told hosts Kojo Yankson and Winston Amoah, that the former President gave his utmost best to ensure the growth of the economy irrespective of the challenges.

When asked if former President Mahama did a good job, he answered “Why not. Do you see anything wrong with that? I wouldn’t like to (assess him). He is my son. No, I don’t want to hurt my son. John did his best, let me tell you.

In politics, you go in there to do your best. Nobody has been declared the best President in the world. When it gets to your time, you do your best and go away. Another person comes to continue.”

Mahama did his best, NDC will decide if he deserves another chance at presidency - Duffuor
Former Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor

He further defended his position by stating that it is a taboo to speak ill of one’s predecessor in Ghanaian tradition, hence same should be applied in politics.

“I come from an area where when you inherit your brother or uncle, you don’t go in there to talk about the bad things he did. It is a taboo. You only go there to correct what he did quietly and build on that. It is a tradition.

Have you ever witnessed the swearing-in of a chief? What does he say? ‘What my brother or uncle came to do, is what I’m coming to continue. Not to come and erase what my brother or uncle did and then start all over.’ It has never happened in our tradition and should not happen in politics,” he stated.

According to the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), if given the opportunity to run for the presidency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), he would continue the works of the former President.

“I have been a governor. I continued from where my predecessor left. I didn’t go to the Finance Ministry to erase what Baah-Wiredu did. Wherever I go, I build on what I am given.

That is what you call development,” he added.

Meanwhile, when asked if Mr. Mahama should be given a second chance, Dr Duffuor noted that the rank and file as well as the leadership of the National Democratic Congress are best to decide if the former President is the best man to run for President on the ticket of the party in the 2024 general elections.

“The party will decide,” he stressed.

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I’m friends with Buhari’s Chief of Staff, others in Aso Rock – Ayu

The newly-elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has revealed that Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, and other politicians in Aso Rock are his friends.

Ayu made the revelation on Monday when he received a delegation of the Coalition of United Political Party, CUPP, led by Ikenga Ugochinyere at his Abuja residence.

According to him, his friends in the All Progressives Congress, APC, are in the wrong government, stressing that they have no reason to be part of the ruling party.

The former Senate President underscored the need for all stakeholders in the party to work together and defeat the APC in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

Ayu described APC as the biggest cancer affecting the country, stressing that only an “unserious” political party would allow an incumbent Governor as its interim National Chairman, spending his tenure at the nation’s capital.

“Even their governors, if you look at their governors, they are the worst in this country. How can an incumbent governor leave his state for years and stay in Abuja just because he is the national chairman of the political party? Who is governing his state? That is how unserious they are in APC.

“They have no good intentions directed to the people who elected them. And you as a coalition of political parties of Nigeria, have to draw the attention of Nigeria. I think if we work together as a multi-party system not just attacking each other, attacking personalities.

“I have no personal issues with President Muhammadu Buhari or all the people working with him in the Villa. In fact, some of them are my friends, like the Chief of Staff, Professor Gambari, I respect him.

“He has been a friend of mine for years but he is in the wrong government. What should he be doing there? Why should a decent Nigerian like that be there?” he asked.

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BREAKING: APC splits as faction attacks Buhari, sacks Buni, names Audu as chairman

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has run into fresh murky waters as a faction of the party sacks Mai Mala Buni.

 

The faction has also attacked President Buhari over his supervision of the party.

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni is Chairman, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)

 

On Monday, a unit within the party, Progressive Youth Movement, announced Buni’s replacement.

 

They named Mustapha Audu as National Caretaker Committee Chairman with immediate effect.

 

Audu said a National Reconciliation Committee will be formed to reconcile aggrieved members before the February 26, 2021 convention.

 

He further announced a zoning formula for Positions in the new National Working Committee (NWC).

 

In a reaction, John Akpan Udoedehe, APC National Secretary dismissed the “felonious activities of the purported group”.

 

The scribe’s statement said they are unknown to the party, its structure or as a registered support group and therefore non-existent.

 

“However laughable, the criminal attempt of the purported group to usurp the leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC now bothers on treasonable felony.

 

“Relevant security bodies must now check and address their unscrupulous activities. The attention the purported group seeks will not be given to them by the party.

 

“We can only advise that the general public completely disregards them. They are not registered members of the APC and are being used by opposition elements and fifth columnists to cause confusion.

 

“As widely reported, the successful meeting between the APC leadership, Progressive Governors’ Forum and the President produced February 2022 as the timeframe for the National Convention”, Udoedehe noted.

 

The APC National Secretariat has been under heavy security in recent weeks after intelligence of a planned forceful takeover.

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Jailbreaks now a trend in Nigeria – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday condemned Sunday’s gunmen attack on the Jos Correctional Centre.

The party, in a statement, warned that jailbreaks had become a new trend which poses a great threat to the nation.

Sylvanus Namang, the Publicity Secretary in the State, commended security agencies for their gallantry.

State Chairman, Rufus Bature, said quick response and collaboration by operatives was key in the fight against insecurity.

The escaping inmates were arrested while one submitted himself to the police.

Bature demanded that the perpetrators of the latest incident must not be treated with kid gloves.

“They must be made to pay dearly for their action as a deterrent to other criminals in our midst,’’ he noted.

Bature called for re-strategising, remodelling and modernising of the correctional service system.

The politician further advised youths against allowing themselves to be used to destabilise Plateau.

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Minority sets 5 conditions for approving 2022 Budget

The Minority in Parliament has outlined 5 conditions under which it will approve the 2022 Budget presented to Parliament by the Finance Minister on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Minority stressed that until government includes, reviews and withdraws certain policies and initiatives in the 2022 Budget, it will not approve the financial estimates.

The Minority wants government to withdraw the Agyapa deal and suspend the proposed 1.75% e-levy. The Minority has also advocated for a proper reconstruction of paragraph 829 of the Aker Energy deal relating to GNPC’s acquisition of stake from Aker Energy and AGM Petroleum.

In addition to these, the Minority wants government to review the benchmark value for imports as well as provide for the Keta tidal waves disaster.

The Minority further noted that, “Parliament has duly rejected the 2022 Budget. Until and unless the Government removes the draconian taxes contained in the rejected budget, the NDC Members of Parliament remain unable to support such policies.”

On Friday, November 26, Parliament rejected the 2022 Budget following a series of heated exchanges between members of the Minority and Majority Caucuses.

The Majority, led by Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu staged a walk out after alleging ‘bias’ and ‘disrespect’ on the path of the Speaker, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin.

Proceedings however continued unabated, following which the Minority threw out the Budget, with 137 of its members, present and voting. The Majority subsequently reacted, describing the Minority’s decision as ‘unconstitutional’.

But in the statement by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddirisu on November 28, he refuted the claims of unconstitutionality, describing their colleagues in the Majority as “irresponsible”; urging them to accept the rejection of the 2022 Budget in good fate.

“The Minority wishes to strongly advise the Majority Leader and Government to accept defeat, acknowledge the rejection of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy by Parliament and focus on discussions on how to save the country from an imminent economic crisis”, the statement said.

“We hope the NPP government will do what is right and proper when considering a revised budget. The NPP Government should critically take on board the view of the Minority and sentiments of the Ghanaian populace and bring a Budget that is acceptable and address the issues of the general public”, the Minority concluded.