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Imo: Court sacks Araraume as APC candidate, 24 hours to bye-election

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About 24 hours to the bye-election for Imo North, Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri, Imo State, has sacked Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as the All Progressives Congress candidate for the election.

The judgment was delivered by Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam as parties and candidates were gearing up for the bye-election holding on Saturday, December 5, in the 64 wards across the six local government areas.

The Judge declared Frank Ibezim as the authentic candidate of the APC for the election.

He faulted the November 6 judgment of the Federal High Court which sacked Ibezim and announced Araraume, who represented the district between 1999 and 2007 as the rightful winner of APC primary election.

The court also ordered INEC to immediately enlist Ibezim’s name as the candidate of the party for the bye-election.

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Buhari, British prime minister meet, discuss insecurity in Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday appraised the war against different forms of terrorism in Nigeria, and agreed that the judicial process be allowed to run its course.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement on Thursday evening.

Adesina said the two leaders held a bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London where they agreed that it was important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.

According to Buhari’s spokesman, the president briefed the Prime Minister on Nigeria’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security in Nigeria.

President Buhari also reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, as PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to help Nigeria curb the deteriorating security situations.

PM Johnson said, “We are available to help.”

The two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, leadership of the Commonwealth going forward and other matters of mutual interest.

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Appeal Court Declares Jerigbe Senator For Cross River North

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The Court of Appeal in Calabar has declared Hon. Jerigbe Agom Jerigbe the duly elected Senator for Cross River North.

 

It declared him the lawful candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in the December 5, 2020 By-election for the seat.

 

The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Steven Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and directed it should be withdrawn.

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PDP leadership: Wike, Atiku reconcile ahead of 2023 poll

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The crisis rocking the People Democratic Party, PDP may soon be over as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has received ex-Vice President and former Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday.
Both men had been at loggerheads over control of the party. It was rumoured that Wike was scheming to maintain control of the party’s structure in order to the pave way for his friend, Aminu Tambuwal, to win the party ticket in 2023.
Atiku was said to have been resisting such moves. The development even led to a rift between Wike and the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.

However, with Tuesday’s meeting in Port-Harcourt, all those differences seem to have been set aside.
According to a source privy to the meeting, Wike said, “If Atiku can manage and unite his Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba wives, he will surely unite Nigeria.”

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