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APC crisis deepens as sacked Oshiomhole-led NWC sues caretaker committee

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Crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress may have deepened as a former National Vice Chairman and ex-acting chairman of the party, Hilliard Eta, has gone to court, asking to be declared the acting national chairman of the party.

He is asking a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to nullify the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party.

The National Executive Committee of the APC had at its meeting at the Presidential Villa on June 25, 2020 dissolved the party’s National Working Committee led by the then national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The NEC, at the meeting presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari set up the caretaker committee and appointed the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, to head the committee.

Eta on November 26, 2020 filed a fresh suit challenging the dissolution of the Oshiomhole-led NWC.

He sought an order to restrain the Buni-led committee from taking any further steps on behalf of the party including holding the party’s convention.

The suit was instituted on his behalf by his lawyer, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), with the APC made the first plaintiff and Eta the second.

Those listed as defendants in the suit are Buni as chairman of the caretaker committee; John Akpan Udoedehe as the National Secretary; as well as Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Governor Sani Bello of Niger State, and Stella Okotete, as members of the committee.

The plaintiffs joined the Independent National Electoral Commission as the sixth defendant.

The plaintiffs argued among others that by virtue of Section 183 of the Nigerian Constitution and Article 17 (iv) of the constitution of the APC, it was an illegality and a void act for a person to hold an executive office in the government simultaneously with an office in any organ of the APC at any level, in whatever capacity.

They also argued that by virtue of same Section 183 of the Nigerian Constitution, Article 17 (i) and (iv) and 20 (i) (a) of the APC constitution, the purported removal of the duly elected officers of the party on June 25, 2020, was void and did not affect the rights of the duly elected officers of the APC to continue with the discharge of the duties for which they were elected.

In an affidavit deposed to by Etagbo Eta in support of the originating summons, the NWC had reacted to the proposed illegal meeting in a document captioned “Press Statement by the APC NWC,” clearly expressing that the proposed meeting violated the APC  Constitution.

He explained that the 1st to 5th defendants (members of the Buni-led committee) and those who projected them were duly alerted of the illegality of their act, yet they persisted in such illegality and willful disregard of the organic document of the 1st plaintiff.

He expressed the concern that INEC “no longer deals” with the duly elected executive of the APC but on the contrary recognised the 1st to 5th defendants in all matters concerning the 1st plaintiff, which contravenes the constitution of APC.

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BREAKING: APC NWC declares Edo Gov primary inconclusive

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BREAKING: APC NWC declares Edo Gov primary inconclusive

Following crisis that rocked last Saturday’s Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Primary Election, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has declared the shadow election inconclusive.

The party said it will conclude the exercise on Thursday, February 22.

A decision to this effect was reached on Tuesday night at an emergency meeting of the NWC to consider the report of the election submitted by Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s primary election committee at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.

The Nation learnt that the National Chairman  Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the National Secretary, Sen. Ajibola Basiru briefed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the Villa of the outcome of the election.

Though details of the meeting at the Villa were not made public, a source said the President expressed concerns at the turn of events during the shadow election and directed the NWC ensure that the exercise was concluded.

Addressing newsmen after the meeting, which lasted about three hours, National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said that based on the election report, NWC resolved that the primary election was not completed.

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According to Morka: “At its emergency meeting held today, Tuesday, February 20, 2024, to consider the report on the Edo State Governorship Primary Election, the National Working Committee (NWC) deliberated on the report and resolved that the Edo State Governorship Primary Election has not been completed, and has now fixed Thursday, February 22, 2024, for the completion of the Primary Election Process.”

Efforts to get details of the arrangement for the Thursday exercise failed as Morka declined further comments

Three of the 10 aspirants who contested the election are laying claim to victory. Two aspirants withdrew from the election a few hours before commencement.

Governor Hope Uzodinma’s Primary Election Committee on Saturday declared Hon. Dennis Idahosa winner having polled 40,453 votes, while Senator Okpebholo was returned winner by the Chief Returning Officer, Dr. Stanley Ugboaja and Hon. Anamero Sunday Dekeri was declared victorious by the spokesman of local government returning officers, Mr Ojo Babatunde.

As of the close of work on Tuesday, three of the aspirants have filed their petition to the Appeal Committee and the office of the national chairman of the party.

Two of the aspirants, Dekeri and Okpebholo asked the NWC to issue them certificates of return while Osunbor called for outright cancellation of the exercise, claiming there was no election in the 192 wards of the State last Saturday.

The three petitioners were billed to appear before the election appeal committee on Wednesday before the new development.

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Edo: Angry youths, women storm APC secretariat, demand sack of state exco

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Edo: Angry youths, women storm APC secretariat, demand sack of state exco

Angry youths and women have taken over the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Benin, Edo State, demanding the removal of the state executives led by acting Chairman Jarret Tenebe following Saturday’s governorship primary election.

The poll resulted in three winners.

Governor Hope Uzodimma, chairman of the primary’s electoral committee, named Dennis Idahosa the winner, but returning officer Stanley Ugboaja declared Monday Okpebholo the winner.

Also, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to represent the returning officials in all local governments, named Anamero Dekeri the winner of the election.

The throng, led by the party’s youth leader, Tony Adun, also known as Kabaka, forced their way into the offices, removing furniture, bags of rice, and other equipment.

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They promised to occupy the building for seven days.

Adun said they were protesting against the conduct of the officials at Saturday’s primary election of the party, which threw up three winners, noting that it was obvious the executives worked against the party.

He vowed that they would not leave the premises until the exco is dissolved. They also said that they would cook, eat and stay there for seven days.

Adun said, “It is clear that the party exco in the state are no longer working on the interest of the party so it is time for them to leave.

“We are here in solidarity with Dennis Idahosa who the party has nominated. We call on party members to back Idahosa’s candidacy in the governorship election in September.

“As you can see, we are here in large numbers, youths and women, to show our displeasure over the way the exco handled the election.”

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Edo guber : Third APC governorship candidate emerges from Oshiomhole’s zone

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Edo guber : Third APC governorship candidate emerges from Oshiomhole’s zone

The confusion trailing the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election in Edo State continued on Sunday as Anamero Dekeri became the third aspirant to claim victory.

Anamero currently represents Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

Former Governor of Edo State, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, who is backing another candidate, Dennis Idahosa, hails from Etsako West one of the three local governments that make up the federal constituency.

One Ojo Babatunde who said he was acting on behalf of all the local government returning officers, said Anamero polled 25,384 votes to beat Dennis Idahosa who polled 14,127 votes to second place.

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Babatunde said, “Hon. Dekeri having met the requirements of the law and scored the highest valid votes cast have been declared winner of the election and returned elected.”

A total of 12 aspirants were screened and cleared for the direct primary by the National leadership of the party, while three, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Lucky Imasuen and Ernest Umakhihe withdrew before the election.

Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State and Chairman of the primary election committee also declared Idahosa winner of the exercise while the returning officer for the primary, Stanley Ugboaja, declared Senator Monday Okpebholo as the APC candidate.

However, thugs had earlier attacked the Lushville Hotel in Benin City where the returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja was announcing the results on Saturday afternoon which left many scampering for safety.

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