Primaries: Appeal Court affirms Sen. Na’Allah’s nomination



The Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, on Saturday upheld the decision of Federal High Court, Birnin Kebbi, which struck out suit challenging the validity of Sen. Bala Na’Allah’s nomination during the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries conducted in October 2018.

The suit filed by Mr Sadiq Sule-Iko was challenging the nomination of Na’Allah as candidate of the APC Kebbi South Senatorial District.

The appellant prayed the appeal court to quash the lower court’s decision.

The judgement read by Justice Justice Frederick Oho, dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Respondent and granted the appellant’s prayer for amendment of originating summon.

Oho said judges considered arguments and submissions of all parties in the suit and arrived at upholding the lower court’s judgement.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lower court struck out the case on the grounds that it was not filed within 14 days as required by the constitution.

It further held that in spite of the alleged irregularities, intimidation, police harassment at the primary election of Oct. 3, 2018 and Oct. 4, 2018, the plaintiff failed to file the suit within the required time thereby rendering the case “incompetent”.

The court also faulted Sule-Iko’s counsel for not signing the writ of summons and not supplying valid information to the court.

Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede



Party Primaries: Taraba suspends lockdown for seven days



Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Sunday lifted for one week, the lockdown imposed  on the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, his Chief Press Secretary, said in a statement that the measure was to enable free movement as political parties conduct their primary elections ahead of the June 30, local council polls.

He however said that the state would return to the imposed lockdown after the one week grace, with the exception of Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

” Gov Ishaku has approved with immediate effect, the addition of Monday to the number of days allowed for free human and vehicular movements within the state under the state governments current  COVID-19 lockdown policy.

“However, because of the period given by the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), for political parties in the State to conduct their party primaries for the forth-coming Local Government Council elections, movements will be allowed throughout this week.

“This is to enable people travelling long distances before and after the elections, to get to their destinations without hindrance.

“It is also important to reiterate once again that the ban on inter-state travels is still in force and security agencies are under strict instructions to arrest and prosecute violators.

“The only exemptions are workers on essential duties,” said Mijinyawa.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Taraba, which currently has no active case of COVID-19, has been under lockdown, with the exception of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin (NAN)

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Primaries: PDP in Edo to elect LG delegates June 16



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo says it will elect delegates from the 18 local government areas of the state for the governorship primaries on June 16.
Dr Tony Aziegbemi, the Chairman, PDP in Edo, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Thursday.
Aziegbemi said that once that election was done, the party would be ready for the primaries billed for June 19.
According to him, the party expects well over 2,000 delegates for the governorship primaries, which will be conducted according to the party’s constitution and without rancour.
Aziegbemi told NAN that the party had recently held a very peaceful and well organised congresses in the state to elect the three ad hoc delegates for the primaries.
On why the party adopted indirect primaries to elect candidate for the Sept. 19 governorship election, Aziegbemi said indirect primaries was more organised and credible.
He explained that the party’s constitution was very clear on how a governorship candidate in a state must emerge.
Besides, he said that party stood by the resolution reached and passed by the leadership of the party that there should be no zoning of the governorship ticket.
“By this, it means aspirants from any three of the zones can contest for the governorship ticket.
“I can tell you that we have three capable and talented members of the party from these zones who have picked their forms at N21 million each and have been screened.
“Any of them who eventually picks the ticket on June 19, can beat anyone the other parties pick as their candidate come September,” he said.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Edo APC Primaries: Obaseki visits Aso Villa, seeks Buhari’s blessing



The News Agency of Nigeria reports the meeting which was at the instance of the governor, came ahead of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scheduled for June, 2020.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Obaseki said he was in the Presidential Villa to formally intimate the president of his intention to seek re-election as governor of Edo on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The governor, who is believed to be at loggerhead with the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, over his second term ambition, presented his Expression of Interest form to the president for blessing.

“I came to see Mr President to formally inform him of my desire and intention to seek re-election as governor of Edo State on the platform of the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

“As a father of the country, as our president I should not just assume or take things for granted – I have to come to inform him and solicit his support in my gubernatorial bid, and the president was quiet warm and quiet welcoming.

“When I showed him my Expression of Interest form, he looked through it and teased me that he would not have to go through this again and wished me good luck and assured me of his support,’’ he said.

On the political tussle in Edo, the governor stated that the crisis was being instigated from outside the state.

Obaseki also described the political misunderstanding between him and Oshiohmole as very unfortunate, saying however that he was ready to reach a truce with all aggrieved members of the APC.

“It is unfortunate that he (Oshiohmole) is taking the position he has taken. I believe that he was not properly guided.

“I am his Governor and it is my responsibility to seek peace for my State and with all my citizens.

“I will continue to strive for peace, I will continue to pursue peace, seek the interest of our people and I am open, that we should talk about how to move things forward.

“The relationship is still frosty but I am doing all I can to try and make it warm just for the sake of Edo people. I am committed to whatever it will take to have peace and not to lose lives in Edo, within the law, whatever I can do that is constitutional, I will do,’’ he stated.

According to the governor, he has the full support of his counterparts, all the governors elected on the platform of the APC, in line with the principles of the party, which encourages continuity.

On the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor revealed that about 300,000 out of the targeted 500,000 indigenes of the state had so far been screened for Coronavirus disease.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Gubernatorial Primaries: Edo APC youths warn against imposition of candidate



A political pressure group, the Edo APC Youths for Justice and Development (AYOJD), has warned against imposition of any governorship candidate on the people.

The warning is contained in a statement jointly signed by the group’s Coordinator and Secretary, Alhaji Bagudu Momoh and Ephraim Erhunse, respectively in Benin on Wednesday.

The group said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo would win the coming governorship election if democratic norms and principles were allowed to prevail during the governorship primaries.

AYOJD said it had already written to the APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on the need to ensure a level playfield for all aspirants.

“As a father and respected leader of our party, we urge you to be fair, just and sincere by listening to the wishes of the people that stand for truth and justice,’’ it said.

It urged party leaders in the state to consider antecedent of integrity, compassion, party loyalty and work experience in choosing the party’s candidate.

AYOJD stated that APC in Edo does not need a candidate with a baggage of corruption and questionable character.

It urged the party to ensure that “only a candidate with sound leadership quality and strong support base within the party is selected to fly its flag during the poll’’.

Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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