Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, yesterday nullified the election of Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It declared Dr. Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the election, which was conducted last year.Ikpeazu

The court held that Otti scored the highest valid votes of 164,332 as against 114,444 scored by Ikpeazu.

Delivering the judgment, the best online casino presiding judge, Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, ruled that there were established cases of over-voting and allocation of votes in favour of the PDP candidate in three local government areas of Isi-Alangwa, Osisioma and Obingwa. Read More →



by OBIORA IFOH

… as governors insist on hand-picking candidates

•Obasanjo, Tinubu may clash over Soludo’s nomination

The heat of leadership is already being felt by the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari as pressure mounts over ministerial nominations from party leaders and state governors from across the 36 states of the federation.Buhari

Prior to his election, Buhari had vowed to prune the cabinet, insisting that 42 man cabinet as operated by the Goodluck Jonathan administration is not to the best interest of the nation.

Buhari also said his cabinet will not be for patronage, as only people of integrity and with professional backgrounds will be considered. Read More →



By Peter Okutu

Results of Ebonyi Governorship election as presented by collation officers to INEC in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

1. OHOAZARA LGA

APC. – 364
APGA. – 92
LP. – 2307
PDP. – 32,402

2. EZZA SOUTH

APC. – 2135
APGA. – 186
LP. – 8,457
PDP. – 18,095

3. IVO LGA

APC. – 346
APGA – 229
LP. – 6497
PDP. – 11,729

5. EBONYI LGA

APC. – 1249
APGA – 621
LP. – 12431
PDP. – 14,229

6. AFIKPO NORTH

APC. – 446
APGA – 289
LP. – 9406
PDP. – 15,519

7. AFiKPO SOUTH

APC. – 307
APGA – 267
LP. – 3456
PDP. – 28,380

8. ABAKALIKI

APC. – 1255
APGA – 804
LP. – 16,670
PDP. – 18,779



By NAN

Chief Victor Umeh, the National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has called for the cancellation of the Abia governorship and the state House of Assembly elections over alleged irregularities.UMEH-VICTOR

Speaking with newsmen at Aguluzigbo in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra after casting his vote on Saturday, Umeh described the entire exercise in Abia as a “sham”.

“From the reports so far gathered, there were no materials on ground and collation officers with result sheets could not be found.

“There are also reports of fake security personnel moving about in the state intimidating people.” Read More →



by CHRIS NJOKU

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for Imo State and Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, yesterday in Owerri, Imo State capital, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo offered him N150 million to support his third term ambition, which he rejected.

Speaking to All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, supporters yesterday in Owerri at a reception organised by the party’s candidate for Owerri Federal Constituency, Honourable Dan Ikpeazu, Ihedioha said because of his forthrightness he rejected the offer to back the former president to return to power for third term. Read More →



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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has queried the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike over his conduct in suit no E/270/2012 between Ichie Jude Okuli and the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chief Victor Umeh.

Umezulike was given one month to respond to the query, dated October 4, 2012 and personally signed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of NJC, Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar (GCON).

It reads: “I forward herewith a petition dated 21st September 2012 by one Chief Victor Umeh JP, APGA National Chairman, on the above subject matter. The petition is self explanatory. I shall be glad to have your comments within one month from the date of receipt of this letter, please.”

The query issued to the Chief Judge by the NJC was prompted by a petition lodged to the council by Umeh, the only defendant in the suit, complaining about the gross abuse of due process of the law by the Chief Judge.

The APGA boss alleged that Justice Umezulike erred in his handling of the case, especially by refusing to rule on the preliminary objection which he brought before the court, and was duly argued by both counsels.

Umeh informed the NJC that the Chief Judge extended the life span of the ex-parte order he made against him on July 25, 2012 by extra 48 days against the High Court Rule of Enugu State which satipulates that an exparte order cannot last beyond 14 days. He explained that by the action of the Chief Judge, the ex-parte order which ought not to last more than 14 days was extended to 55 days without any request by any of the parties in the matter.

Part of his petition reads: ”By 31st July, 2012, the CJ took full arguments on notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case. The CJ adjourned the matter to 17th September, 2012, for a rendition of the considered ruling of the court on the notice of preliminary objection

“In adjourning the matter, the CJ stated that ‘if this court accedes to the contentions of the defendants/ applicants on any of the above issues, this suit shall legitimately come to an end …In the event, I shall adjourn the case for a considered ruling on the merits. In the circumstances, the interim order of this court shall endure against the parties and against the convention of any APGA Executive Committee Meetings as stated under the order until the court’s rendition of a ruling which I now fixed for the 20th day of September, 2012,” Umeh said.

He, however, regretted that on the day when the ruling ought to have been delivered by the Chief Judge, to the amazement of the people who gathered in court, the Chief Judge declared that he has remanded his ruling and would instead hear the main suit and deliver judgment on the preliminary objection and the main suit together.

The direction taken by the court, Umeh said, has exposed the Chief Judge as being desperate to get into the main matter and deliver judgement against him, knowing that the notice of preliminary objection was strong enough to have legitimately terminated the suit, being grossly incompetent as APGA was not made a party.

The APGA Chairman noted that in his letter of 19th September 2012 to the Chief Judge, he requested for the Transfer/Re-assignment of the case to another judge”, and informed the Chief Judge that he no longer has confidence in obtaining justice in his court, being reasonably satisfied that he is biased, compromised and was intent on causing mischief for their dear party, APGA.

He regretted that since July 25, 2012 till date, activities in the party had been halted because of the exparte order, which had paralyzed the entire party apparatus and therefore urged the NJC Chairman to urgently intervene by calling Justice Umezulike to order, and ensure that the due process is followed.

“In this era of Rule of Law, as an ardent believer in the ideals of democracy, I have no doubt that judicial impartiality is an important hallmark of due administration of justice . I will be grateful if the Chief Judge of Enugu State is made to understand that every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to justice and fair hearing” the APGA boss stated.

Meanwhile Umeh has appealed against the interlocutory injunction granted last Monday by Justice Umezulike restraining him from acting as the National Chairman of APGA, pending the determination of the substantive suit before the Court. Umeh also filed a motion before the Court of Appeal, asking for a stay of execution of the injunction granted by the Enugu State High Court.