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Ekiti PDP crisis: Olujimi’s faction heads for Supreme Court

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The Senator Biodun Olujimi faction of the People’s Democratic Party in Ekiti State says it is ready to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the Appeal Court that affirmed pro-Ayodele Fayose’s ward congresses.

The Appeal Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by the Olujimi-led faction of the PDP against the judgment of a Federal High Court over the party’s ward congresses.

Delivering judgment in the case with suit number: CA /EK / 57 / 2020, the Judge, Justice T. N Orji-Abadua, upheld the decision of the trial court and held that the appellant’s case was not justifiable on the ground that it was a matter that emanated from intra-party affairs.

Olujimi’s loyalists and those in the camp of Fayose had been locked in a legal battle over the conduct and outcome of the March 2020 , PDP congress held in the state.

But reacting to the Appeal Court verdict, the Olujimi-backed PDP urged members of the party to remain calm, adding that the ruling would be appealed at the apex court after considering the pros and cons of the judgment.

This was contained in a communique signed by a factional PDP State Public Secretary, Sanya Adesua, issued at the end of a party leaders’ meeting in Ado-Ekiti.

According to the communique, the party resolved that it would be challenging the ruling of the appellate court at the apex court, “where it is believed that justice will be manifestly done”.

It was also agreed that “the SWC under the leadership of Hon Kehinde Odebunmi should be sustained and encouraged to go ahead with the running of the party in Ekiti.

“That all governorship aspirants are encouraged to go ahead with their consultation and mobilisation of the generality of Ekiti people, who are anxiously waiting for a PDP governor in 2022. However, such sensitisation must be devoid of rancour.

“The meeting commended all our party members for their steadfastness and belief in the eventual triumph of justice over injustice, and truth over falsehood.

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2023: Wike denies Atiku use of Adokiye Ameisimaka Stadium for rally

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Nyesom Wike and Atiku Abubakar

Rivers State governor,  Nyesome Wike, has denied the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar the use of Adokiye Ameisimaka Stadium for the presidential rally slated for February 11.

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In a letter seen by Newsbreak Break, Wike, through the Commissioner, Ministry of Sports, Barrister Christopher Green, said the reason for the denial is that the PDP Presidential Campaign Council is working with some faction of the APC in the state.

According to the letter, APC in Rivers led by Tonye Patrick Cole has plans to stadium with PDP.

The letter also said that activities of the APC in Rivers State have always been smeared with violence.

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Just in: Supreme Court sacks APC governorship candidate for Taraba Bwacha

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday nullified the selection of Emmanuel Bwacha as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State.

A five-member panel led by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun in their judgement affirmed the verdict of the federal high court which held that the APC did not conduct any valid governorship primary in the state.

On September 20, a federal high court in Jalingo, Taraba State, sacked Bwacha as the APC’s governorship candidate.

The court of appeal reinstated him as the party’s candidate on November 24 and the matter went to the highest court in the land.

David Sabo Kente, one of the aspirants, had filed the suit against Bwacha’s candidature.

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Some elements in Aso Rock working against Tinubu – El-rufai

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...it makes no economic or political sense to change naira now

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says there are some “elements” in the seat of power, Aso Rock, working against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He said this on Wednesday when he appeared on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television breakfast programme.

According to him, these persons are aggrieved that Tinubu defeated their candidate in the APC presidential primaries.
This is coming a week after the ruling party’s presidential candidate said there were plans to stop him from winning the election.

Tinubu had said fuel scarcity and naira redesign were targeted at him.
El-rufai said those working against the APC candidate were more powerful than all the G5 put together and control critical government agencies.

He however refused to reveal their identities.
He said these elements were hiding behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to do what he thinks is right.
He said, ”I believe there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election because they didn’t get their way; they had their candidate. Their candidate did not win the primaries.
“They are trying to get us to lose the election, and they are hiding behind the President’s desire to do what he thinks is right. I will give two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of naira, was something that we all agreed would be removed.
“In fact, I had a discussion with the President and showed him why it had to go. Because how can you have a capital budget of N200bn for federal roads and then spend N2tn on petroleum subsidy? This was a conversation I had with the President in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.
“The second example I will give is this currency redesign. You have to understand the President. People are blaming the governor of the central bank for the currency redesign; but no. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as president. He did this; the Buhari, Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy with a view to catching those that are stashing away illicit funds. It is a very good intention. The President has his right. But doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.”

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