Rivers Police Command Disperse APC, PDP Supporters With Tear Gas

The Rivers State police command, on Friday, dispersed supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP), with tear gas.

The police had stormed the Polo Club axis of Port Harcourt, where both supporters had surprisingly gathered.

It was gathered that the PDP supporters were angry that their counterparts in the APC disregarded the no-protest directive of the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and planned to move to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

One of the protesters, who identified himself as Oruwari, said there would have been a clash between the PDP supporters and their counterparts in the APC if the police had not dispersed the crowd.

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APYF Backs Party’s Decision On National Assembly Leadership, Warns Against A Repeat Of 2015

The leadership of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) has given its full backing to the decision of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) to present candidates for the positions of Senate President and Speaker respectively.

The Forum in a release signed by its National Field Director, Mr. Alwan Hassan notes that the preparedness of the party to get involved in the process of producing the leadership of the National Assembly is a clear indication that the APC has learnt its lessons from the 2015 experience.

“The success of the next level campaign is an opportunity to consolidate on the progressive reforms of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is therefore important that the APC as a party does not make the mistake of allowing a repeat of 2015 where individuals who do not share in the vision of the party wriggled their ways into leadership positions in both Chambers of the National Assembly

” It is in a bid to avoid a situation where internal competition between members of our party would again provide a window for the opposition to sneak back to the leadership positions in the National Assembly that the ongoing mediation of the NWC and Mr. President is not only necessary but quite significant.

“We acknowledge the freedom of every individual to aspire for any positions provided he is qualified under the law. But this is a time to respect the wisdom of the party in deciding to increase the chances of the APC to produce the National Assembly leadership without risking the surprise that the opposition party may spring as a result of internal divisions that a free for all fight for the positions may create within the party”, a part of the statement read.

While urging all the other members of the party who are also interested in contesting the positions to subordinate their ambitions to the supremacy of party decision; the Forum calls on all patriotic Senators and Honorable members, particularly those of the APC, to eschew selfish agenda and back the persons favored by the party in both Chambers in the interest of the country.

Signed:

Alwan Hassan
For: APYF

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Ninth Assembly: APC Young Stakeholders Drum Support For Senator Lawan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Young Stakeholders has congratulated Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan, following his adoption by the national leadership of the APC as the Senate President of the ninth National Assembly.

The group also pledged its support to the Senate Presidential aspiration of the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, representing Yobe North Constituency due to his belief in youths.

In a press statement by the Secretary-General, Barr Oscar Obi, KSM, he said Senator Lawan’s personal attributes of selflessness, maturity and friendliness have eased the race to contest the Senate Presidency seat.

According to the group, Senator Lawan’s simplicity and discipline has provided exceptional leadership for the upper chamber of the National Assembly for over two years by diligently bridging the gaps between the executive and legislature, and creating a harmonious atmosphere for debates and exchange of ideas for national development.

The group, while pledging its support for Senator Lawan, noted that the lawmaker shares the same vision with the agenda of the party and a firm believer in young people.

“Having studied critically, we observed that Senator Lawan have similar vision with the party in his ambition to become the Senate President.

“In realizing this dream, this youth group makes it a task to mobilize and rally other lawmakers across party lines to make this dream a reality”, Oscar said.

Barr Oscar further expressed the commitment of the youth group to work with Senator Lawan in realization of the Next Level programs and policies of President Buhari’s administration.

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Ndume Kicks Against APC’s Adoption of Lawan as Senate President

Ahead of the activities to form a new leadership for the ninth Senate, a member of the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno South), has  described as unconstitutional the adoption of the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Senate President of the ninth National Assembly.

Ndume told newsmen on Tuesday morning that the APC leadership had on Monday night at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock informed senators-elect that Lawan is the next Senate President.

Expressing shock over the party’s decision without recourse to the senators-elect, Ndume, a ranking senator and former Senate Leader, said the party leadership’s move to impose Lawan is contrary to Section 50 (1) (A) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) which gave the senators-elect the right to elect their leaders on the day of inauguration.

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Appeal Court Sets Aside Zamfara APC Primaries That Produced All Candidates

Sokoto division of Court of Appeal has set aside the primaries of the All Progressives Congress that produced the state assembly, national Assembly and governorship candidates in Zamfara State.

Led by Justice Tom Yakubu, the three-man panel set aside the Zamfara State High Court judgement affirming the candidacy of all APC candidates.

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Guber Re-run: Buhari Building A Legacy Of Political Correctness – BMO

President Muhammadu Buhari’s non-partisan stance on the forthcoming supplementary elections in some States is a clear departure from what Nigerians had experienced between 1999 and 2014.

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that this is unprecedented and yet another reminder of the President’s vow to leave a legacy of a robust and credible electoral process.

“It is unthinkable that a sitting President would issue a public warning to members of his own political party that they should not expect him to arm-twist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to favour the ruling party in the March 23 supplementary election.

“Ironically, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been vocal in accusing President Buhari of interfering with the Commission’s independence with a view to conferring undue advantage on the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“This is because the political class is used to the PDP-era situation where one man sits in the comfort of the Presidential villa and determines the fate of politicians across the divide with the active support of the INEC leadership.

“Only recently, a former Vice President who flew the party’s flag in the 2019 President election boasted on national television how he used his privileged position to stop the re-election bid of former Anambra State governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju, regardless of the wishes of the electorate!”

The pro-Buhari group also noted that it was embarrassing that any APC leader or member would expect the President to manipulate the process to ensure victory for the ruling party in any of the States where gubernatorial re-run elections are slated to hold on Saturday.

It said: “There is no party member who could have forgotten so soon that President Buhari had in the course of the political campaigns, told Nigerians to vote according to their conscience.

“And his advice to APC leaders in States where supplementary elections are holding to work hard to earn the peoples votes, shows that the President is a statesman who would not trade his integrity for partisan consideration.

“It would be ideal for them to heed the advice and go the extra mile to earn their victory on March 23, rather than expect the President to force INEC to allocate imaginary votes for them”.

BMO also urged members of the opposition to desist from heating up the polity with unsubstantiated allegations against President Buhari in the run-up to the supplementary election.

This, it said, is because the President has no reason to now go back on his pledge that INEC would be completely independent and be free from any interference throughout the elections.

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El-Rufai, Fayemi, Others Meet President Buhari over Inconclusive Elections

Six All Progressives Congress (APC) governors – Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) Tuesday in Abuja held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over inconclusive governorship elections declared by INEC in six states.

The meeting was aimed at mapping out strategies to save four APC governors and two governorship candidates following the declarations of inconclusive elections in their respective states.

The affected governors are Bindowo Jubrilla (Adamawa), Ibrahim Ganduje (Kano), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

The two other states are Sokoto and Benue, whose Governors, Aminu Tambuwal and Samuel Ortom, had dumped the APC for opposition PDP last year.

The elections in these states were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) because the number of cancelled votes at the polls exceeded the margin between the winner and the runner-up.

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Sokoto APC: We’re Ready For Guber Rerun

Ahead of the March 23 gubernatorial supplementary elections in Sokoto State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, on Monday said he is ready for the exercise.

Alhaji Aliyu, in a chat with newsmen, said “I, and my party, have accepted the outcome in good faith. If you recall on the day of election, I made it clear after casting my vote that, I will accept any outcome in good faith.”

Similarly, Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum and Coodinator, Northwest APC Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, also noted that “The party, its leaders and supporters are law abiding citizens and, as such, we have accepted the decision by INEC, in good faith.

“The action of the Chief Reurning Officer, who declared the election as inconclusive was in line with the nation’s constitution, as well as the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.

“The declaration of the elections as inconclusive came at a time when the party was leading and we have won more than the two-thirds majority of the votes, as required by the law.

“Apt and accurate figures in our possession have shown that, I was already coasting to victory, yet, we directed our peaceful and lawful supporters to halt their celebrations.

“We have since directed them to embark on immediate and massive mobilisation of our supporters and the patriotic electorate, in readiness for the forthcoming rerun elections in 136 polling units across 22 local government areas to be conducted by INEC later”,  Sokoto  added.

“There is no cause for alarm, victory is ours, Insha Sha Allah,” he said.

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Ogun Election: Bode Edun Congratulates Governor Elect Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State APC House of Assembly candidate for Yewa North Constituency 1, Hon. Bababode Edun, has congratulated the Governor-Elect for Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on his victory in the Saturday gubernatorial election.

In a statement signed personally by him and released to the media in Abeokuta, today, Bode Edun described the win as a hard fought and won battle that has brought liberation to the people of the state.

According to him, Prince Abiodun’s victory is also an indication of the acceptance of the APC in the state despite the challenges and formidable opposition.

His words: “The good people of Ogun State stood behind the party and voted for our candidate last Saturday. This victory is an opportunity to re-enact the progressive platform of unprecedented development, through regional integration and socio-economic cooperation.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Prince Dapo Abiodun, his running mate, the progressive family in Ogun State, the leadership and all members of our party that worked hard for this victory.

“On behalf of my family, friends, supporters and the good people of Ogun State, I wish him a fruitful and successful tenure in the service of the people of Ogun.” Bababode Edun

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APC Wins Majority In Ondo Assembly

The All Progressives Congress APC has won twenty-three out of the twenty-six seats in the Ondo State House of Assembly in the State Assembly election conducted over the weekend.

A summary of the results released by the Ondo State office of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP won two seats while the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP secured one seat from Ondo West one State Constituency.

The results also showed that the Senatorial Candidate of the PDP, Chief Nicholas Towofomo also won the Ondo South Senatorial district after the supplementary election after the inconclusiveness of the election held on February 23rd.

The result has put an end into insinuations on the authentic winner of the senatorial election into the Ondo South Senatorial seat at the National Assembly.

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Delta Guber: Ibe Kachikwu Delivers Polling Unit For APC

The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu has delivered his polling unit to the candidates of the All Progressive Congress in the just concluded gubernatorial and state house of assembly election.

At his Gbonuza primary school polling unit, ward 9, Aniocha North LGA Delta state,APC polled a total of 364 votes as against 329 for PDP at the gubernatorial.

APC also polled a total number of 473 votes as against 226 for PDP which was considered a landslide for the state house of assembly.

Dr Ibe kachikwu expresses his delight for the success recorded at his polling unit and anticipates an overall success at the conclusion of the whole election.

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Court Affirms Dapo Abiodun As Ogun APC Governorship Candidate

An FCT high court has affirmed Adedapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ogun state in Saturday’s governorship election.

The court dismissed the suit brought by an APC member in the state, Abdulrafiu Baruwa, asking the court to disqualify Adedapo Abiodun on the ground that he supplied false information to INEC.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi held that section 177 of the 1999 constitution cannot be invoked to disqualify the APC candidate because participation in the NYSC scheme is not a condition for qualification for governorship election.

The judge also held that the failure to include university education in the form CF 001 submitted to INEC by Abiodun cannot be used to nullify his nomination because of the provision of the law that a minimum qualification of secondary school is required and there is no consequence for Abiodun with his refusal to give details of his university education.

Justice Olukayode, therefore, held that the case of the plaintiff was unmeritorious.

Earlier, the judge had dismissed various grounds of objections raised against the suit by lawyers for the APC, and the governorship candidate.

Justice Adeniyi assumed jurisdiction to entertain the suit and dismissed the objection to the locus standi of the plaintiff because he did not challenge the primary election conducted by APC which produced Abiodun.

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