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Drama as INEC declares APC winner of Imo North bye-election

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Despite not fielding any candidate for Saturday bye-election in Imo North, the Independent National Electoral Commissioner has declared the All Progressives Congress winner of the election.

INEC’s Returning Officer for the poll, Hakeem Adikum, on Sunday morning announced the APC as the winner of the election without returning any candidate.

Adikum said, “I hereby return the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the bye-election held in Imo North on Saturday, December 5.”

The returning officer announced that the APC scored 36,811 votes, while Emmanuel Okewulonu of the People Democratic Party came second with 31,903 votes.

This caused disquiet in the hall, as the supporters Ifeanyi Araraume and Frank Ibezim, the two candidates laying claims to the APC ticket, who were waiting to jubilate outside, felt disappointed.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo, Prof Francis Ezeonu, told journalists that the commission was unable to return a particular candidate from the APC as the winner of the election because of what he called several court orders for and against Araraume and Ibezim of the APC.

Recall that an Abuja Federal High court had on Friday barred Ibezim from contesting elections, having found him guilty of perjury based on the credentials he submitted to INEC and his party.

The same day, a Court of Appeal in Owerri sacked Araraume as the candidate of the APC and declared Ibezim as the authentic candidate of the party.

Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenem ordered INEC to immediately enlist Ibezim’s name as the candidate of the party for the bye-election.

Meanwhile, the details of the election results show the APC won in five out of the six local government areas in the senatorial district while PDP won in one LGA.

While PDP won in Obowo LGA where its candidate hails from; the returning officer said that APC won in Okigwe, Onuimo, Isiala Mbano, Ehime Mbano and Ihitte/Uboma LGAs.

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BREAKING: LP suspends national chairman Abure for anti-party activities

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National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure

BREAKING: LP suspends national chairman Abure for anti-party activities

The National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure, has been suspended.

A letter of suspension dated May 14, 2024 and another on May 15, 2024 were ratified at a meeting of the state executive committee on Friday night in Benin.

They stated that the suspension was with immediate effect.

It advised Abure to stop holding out or parading himself as a member of the party.

“While the suspension is with immediate effect, you are advised to refrain from holding out or parading yourself as a member of Labour Party, Ward 3, Arue, Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State,” the letter said in part.

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The State Executive Committee led by Kelly Ogbaloi endorsed the decisions of the ward and local government committee of the party on Friday.

Ogbaloi said that the state executive council had no choice but to endorse the suspension which was also ratified by the party’s executive council in Esan North East local government area of the state.

Also, the state deputy chairman of the party, Mr. Patrick Agbontaen, said the party was fed up with the series of allegations of misdemeanour against the embattled national chairman and was fully in agreement with the decision to suspend him until further notice.

The ratification letter reads: “Here forwarded to you and for your consideration is the ratification of the suspension of Julius Abure from the membership of Ward 3, Arue, Uromi, Ean North East LGA, Edo State.

“The LGA Executive met on 15th of May, 2024, about noon, to consider the matters presented on the suspension and accordingly found them weighty and the suspension ratified and upheld.”

BREAKING: LP suspends national chairman Abure for anti-party activities

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LP won 2023 elections, I won’t stop saying it – Datti Baba-Ahmed

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LP won 2023 elections, I won’t stop saying it – Datti Baba-Ahmed

Former Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, has doubled down on his claim that he and Peter Obi won the last 2023 presidential election.

Speaking when he featured on Arise Television’s Prime Time programme on Friday, Baba-Ahmed vowed not to change his position on the outcome of the election.

Baba-Ahmed alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Result Viewing portal (IRev) was switched off while results were returned manually.

He stated that the president Bola Tinubu administration has failed woefully after one year in office.

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He said: “Not at all. In fact we hold our heads high. When we look at, where are the campaign promises of the APC, or the ongoing government? What have they achieved?

“The iRev was switched off. They returned the results manually. And then the Constitution was twisted, and the meaning of the English language was changed.

“We won the 2023 election. I will never stop saying it. Now the Labour Party as at today is in a better state than the CPC was in 2013/2014 leading up to the 2015 election, far better than it was.

“Continue looking at the failures, the worsening insecurity, the declining economy and aggravated corruption that is now going on.

“Add that to when Nigerians will now wake up to the realization that beyond 2027, there’s probably a grand scheme to dismember Nigeria into six autonomous zones because there’s no way to explain the failure, and because the only way is to carry those failures and run away.”

LP won 2023 elections, I won’t stop saying it – Datti Baba-Ahmed

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Imo: Tribunal dismisses LP petition, upholds Uzodimma’s election

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Governor Hope Uzodinma

Imo: Tribunal dismisses LP petition, upholds Uzodimma’s election

The Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has upheld the election of Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Imo State.

Delivering its ruling in Abuja, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the Labour Party (LP) and its governorship candidate, Athan Achonu.

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Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, speaking on behalf of the three-man tribunal, stated that Uzodimma’s election complied substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The tribunal further emphasized that the Labour Party’s petition failed to provide sufficient evidence regarding allegations of over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Imo: Tribunal dismisses LP petition, upholds Uzodimma’s election

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