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Akpabio resigns as Malami’s aide keeps mum

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The minister of Niger delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio has resigned from the cabinet of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd).

This was disclosed in a statement released by his aide, Jackson Udom, late Wednesday.

This is as the media aide to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Jibrilu Gwandu, kept mum on the resignation plans of his principal, Abubakar Malami, SAN who has picked up the governorship form for Kebbi state under the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The PUNCH had reported that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), directed that all members of his cabinet and appointees vying for electoral offices resign on or before May 16, 2022.

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The order which came on Wednesday was announced during the Federal Executive Council meeting and presided over by the President at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

“Our attention has been drawn to mischievously written news stories making the rounds by paid agents of some politicians, that the leading presidential aspirant, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has purportedly withdrawn from the presidential race. This is a joke carried too far.

“This is certainly the handiwork of those who are scared of contesting against Senator Godswill Akpabio.

“Senator Akpabio has resigned his appointment as Minister, Niger Delta Affairs Ministry and will soon submit his nomination form at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, in line with his party’s guidelines,” the statement by Udom said.

So far, other ministers who have resigned include the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, and the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

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Osogbo shut down for Atiku/Okowa as LP guber candidate joins PDP

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Some major roads in Osogbo, Osun State, were, yesterday, shut for hours during the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa.

All the roads that led to Nelson Mandella Freedom Park, venue of the programme, were closed from Gbodofon to Olaiya Flyover to Old Garage.

Addressing party members and loyalists, Atiku promised that he would start the war against insecurity and unemployment on the first day he assume office as president.

He commended the people of Osun for voting PDP into power, adding, “I believe by returning PDP to power at the federal level, you will strengthen this authority because a Federal Government controlled by PDP and state government controlled by PDP in Osun is to the greater good of you all.

“Our only objective is to make sure that current challenges of insecurity, disunity, economic deprivation, lack of jobs to our youths and the future of this country through restructuring can be achieved, these I promise you. I am going to start doing them from day one in the office.

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“It means empowering Osun State with more resources in authority to do what needs to be done. What need to be done is to provide the infrastructure needed for development, invest in education, and healthcare, and bring about industrialization for the economic benefit of the people of Osun.

“I appeal to you to come out in great numbers as you did in the last state election and vote PDP in the next year’s election. That is the only way you can secure your future and that of your children. We will not fail you. We are not like APC. We have done it before, we got the experience and capacity to bring the needed changes. We are not new as far as governance is concerned in Nigeria,” Atiku added.

He assured traditional rulers of a place in the scheme.

Atiku, who paid a visit on some traditional rulers including the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal, said his plan for the traditional institution was to ensure they have a constitutional role to play.

Governor Ademola Adeleke assured the people that Atiku would end kidnapping if elected, saying the experience he has garnered as vice president would help him to deliver good governance.

National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, welcomed the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, to the PDP.

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2023 Election: PDP admits Obi’s votes will affect its chances

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Chika Nwoba, the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State, on Wednesday predicted that Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 election, might “give the PDP and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a fiery polling challenge”.

Newsbreak.ng reports that Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, is considered one of the frontline candidates in respect of the forthcoming 2023 poll.

“If the kind of crowd accosting Peter Obi in the North Central are going to vote for him on the day of election, without a doubt, he’s going to give PDP and APC a fiery polling challenge.

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“Painful enough is that it’s the ancestral statutory votes of PDP that are being dragged like this,” Nwoba wrote on his known Facebook page.

A successful banker and trader, Obi was the vice-presidential candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the PDP (in the 2019 election).

He teamed up with the Labour Party in May and subsequently emerged the party’s presidential candidate.

The 61-year-old commands a large number of online army, majority of whom are people frustrated with the two major political parties, the APC and PDP.

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Court throws out suit challenging Tinubu’s candidacy

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the candidacy of Bola Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Fadima Aminu Muritala, who threw out the suit, described the plaintiff, Ngozika Ihuoma, as a “meddlesome interloper having no locus standi to institute the suit”.

Ihuoma dragged Tinubu and five others to court on June 9, 2022 after Tinubu had won the APC presidential primary election.

He sought for six reliefs, which included the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) barring Tinubu from contesting the next year’s presidential election.

Tinubu in June defeated 13 other contenders to emerge the presidential flag bearer of the APC. He won with a total vote of 1,271.

A statement on Wednesday by the Director, Media & Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, said, “In defence of the suit, the law office of Babatunde Ogala (SAN) & Co on behalf of All Progressives Congress filed a counter affidavit in opposition to the Originating Summons and a Notice of Preliminary Objection.

“The counter affidavit challenged Ihuoma’s locus standi and grounds for the action.

“It sought a court declaration that the case was speculative, pre-emptive and non-justiciable being the internal affairs of a political party.

“The counter affidavit also punctured Ihuoma’s case as academic, theoretical and an abuse of court process.

“The court on Monday upheld the defence counsel’s objections and struck out the case.”

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