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 →

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By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, Gboyega Akinsanmi in Lagos and Atabor Julius in Lokoja

• Says he’ll not be Bello’s running mate

• Audu’s death a new chapter in our constitution, says Wada

As the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) meets today to take a final decision on who it shall field to replace the late Alhaji Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the Kogi State governorship election, his running mate, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, has rejected his nomination as the probable running mate to the party’s purported choice to replace Audu, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for the supplementary election slated for Saturday.

Faleke, in his second letter to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, dated November 27, 2015, restated that he should be considered the governor-elect following Audu’s death.

THISDAY learnt that though the APC leadership may have settled for Bello, who polled the second highest number of votes after Audu during the party’s primary before the governorship Read More →

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Beyond the ongoing war of words between Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and one of his predecessors, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, who just returned from Benin City, the state capital, writes that what is currently playing out is a spiteful and vicious contest for power by two political parties – the APC and PDPGabriel-Igbinedion

Those who work with Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State say he had every reason to be all-out against those he perceived to have punctured his good mood few hours to the commencement of the celebration of his seven years in office.

With two national network television stations booked to cover the events live, the media-savvy and full of life governor had invited many editors and other media executives to Benin City, the Edo State capital, to witness his usual explanatory speeches on “why Edo is working” and the reasons he had “failed to fully deliver on his promises to the people.” Read More →

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Posted By: RICHARD NDOMA

 


Bishop Emmah Isong is the General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International, CCCI and Assistant National Vice President ,South -South Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN. In this interview with RICHARD NDOMA, he speaks on issues of national importance.Bishop-Emmah-Isong

Election Petition Tribunals have cancelled the governorship election in Rivers State, ordered rerun in 18 local government areas of Akwa-Ibom State and sacked the governor of Taraba state. How will you react to these landmark judgements?

First of all, let me congratulate Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State for passing through his own polit­ical storm and is able to retain his integrity among the politi­cal class and of course my confidence that he is going to clear election result in the remaining eighteen local governments. I am also praying for Governor Wike of Rivers state.

At least for once, let people learn how to do the right thing during elections so that we won’t have too much cancelation after elections. If the right things are done by INEC, by can­didates, which begins from nomination but some of the can­didates were not nominated correctly in their intra- parties affairs or were not the right candidates but were just thrown up to the electorates to swallow and of course they had no choice other than to manipulate the electoral process. There are few cases of these nature in states like Akwa Ibom that you and I know, that there were controversial incidences. For instance, if you say in eighteen Local governments, each local government that has about ten wards but more than half had issues in the election and the tribunal decides to cancel it, I don’t think there is a problem with that. To me, the tribunals are doing a good job, the courts are doing well; I back the judiciary for a job welldone and believing that they should continue like this. Maybe if care is not taken, many more cancelation may still occur. Read More →

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By IHEANACHO NWOSU

THERE is a new buzz in town . The country is broke and cannot pay some ministers. In addition to that, not all the minister des­ignates will be given portfolios . These are tales swarming the political space. They appear not ready to fizzle out soon.

There is a good reason these issues are dominating the land­scape . They emanated from the table of President Muhammadu Buhari . And many, righty, can­not afford to trifle with the com­ments .Buhari-N-Metuh

In the last one week the Presi­dent has spoken twice on the is­sue. First was during his recent visit to India where he partici­pated at the India-Africa Sum­mit, which took place in New Delhi. He re-emphasized it last Tuesday when he played host to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who was at Aso vila to present the list of ministerial nominees who scaled Senate’s screening. Read More →

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By Wole Ayodele in Jalingo

 


No fewer than 12 people were on Sunday killed in Wukari, Taraba State, during a violent clash between supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Aisha-Alhassan

The clash, which started late in the night last Saturday, was a fall out of the judgment of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which declared Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan as the duly elected governor of the state.
Besides, several people sustained varying degrees of injuries during the clash while properties worth millions of naira, including houses and vehicles, were destroyed. Read More →

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By Tobi Soniyi, Onyebuchi Ezibo in Abuja and Olakiitan Victor in Ado-Ekiti

• Fayose raises alarm over declining allocations
The nation’s economy was on the front burner on Sunday as President Muhammadu Buhari declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government, under Dr Goodluck Jonathan, lied to Nigerians and the world about the buoyancy and vibrancy of the Nigerian economy during its tenure.Goodluck-Jonathan

President Buhari was reacting to a statement credited to the PDP in which the party’s spokesperson, Mr. Olisa Metuh, alleged that the President was making harmful and unabating statements that could portend danger for the economy, the general image of the country and scare away investors. Read More →

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