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Ex-Gov Yari, Senator Marafa dump APC for PDP

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Two prominent members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State have joined the Peoples Democratic Party. They are a former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, and an ex-senator, Kabiru Marafa.

Bala Mande, Zamfara PDP chairman, announced the defection of the two former APC chieftains on Sunday after a meeting in Gusau, the state capital.

Mande said Yari and Marafa had agreed to work for the development of the PDP in the state, adding that a date for the reception of the duo would be announced later.

The development put an end to the speculations surrounding the rumoured defection of Yari and Marafa from the APC to the PDP.

The duo had been at the centre of the leadership crisis in Zamfara APC — a situation that led to the disqualification of the party in the polls conducted in the state in 2015.

The crisis worsened when Bello Matawalle, governor of the state, joined the APC from the PDP.

Owing to Matawalle’s defection, Marafa and Yari lost their leadership of the Zamfara APC.

In June 2021, Marafa said he would resist any attempt by the Zamfara governor to violate the terms of his defection to the APC.

In November 2021, Marafa’s APC faction threatened to sue Mai Mala Buni, then APC caretaker chairman, for allegedly siding with the faction of Matawalle.

Yari recently lost out of the APC national chairmanship race after key leaders of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari, favoured Abdullahi Adamu.

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Kuti Family Kicks Against APC Using Fela’s Song For Political Campaign

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti

The family of legendary Afrobeat singer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has issued a disclaimer against the All Progressive Congress, APC, for using his song for their social media campaign.

Femi Kuti took to Instagram and revealed that the party did not seek the permission of Fela’s family before using his song, ‘Eko Ile’, in all their social media campaigns.

It was stressed that the family does not use Fela’s song for political campaigns, as they maintain a neutral ground in political matters.

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“We the Administrators of The ESTATE OF Fela Anikulapo-Kuti ISSUE THIS DISCLAIMER. We wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the Estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music ‘EKO ILE’, IN THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN CURRENTLY MAKING THE ROUNDS.

“We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign AT HOME OR ABROAD and choose to remain neutral. WHILE We wish all candidates the best, WE DEMAND THAT THE LAWS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ARE ABIDED BY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE DULY RESPECTED.

SIGNED

THE ESTATE OF FELA ANIKULAPO-KUTI”, the disclaimer read.

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Yobe North: Senate president, Lawan loses at Appeal Court

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Senator Ahmed Lawan

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe State, which declared Bashir Machina as the genuine candidate for the All Progressives Congress( APC), Yobe North senatorial district.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the appellate court  dismissed the appeal filed by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, for lacking in merit.

Justice Dongban-Mensem, who led Justices Haruna Tsammani and Peter Ige resolved all the issues formulated by the appellant against him.

In dismissing the appeal, the court awarded N1 million against the Senate president in favour of the 1st defendant.

It held that the primary election of the APC conducted on June 9 relied upon by the appellant,  contravened the provisions of the Electoral Act, as same was not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).

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“Section 84 (5) of the Electoral Act 2010, provides that the 3rd defendant(INEC) must be present at every primary election of a political party seeking to nominate candidate for political offices.

“This section is designed to checkmate political parties who involved in acts of impunity and also to check political parties holding parallel primaries.

“INEC must be in attendance to ensure internal democracy and to identify authentic candidates that emerged from these primaries,” Justice Dongban-Mensem held.

Justice Fadima Aminu of the Federal High Court had in her judgment held that Machina remained the APC authentic candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

Machina had emerged as the winner of the primary election supervised by INEC officials where the senate president, Ahmed Lawal did not participate because he was one of the presidential aspirants.

Lawan had contested and lost the APC presidential primaries to a former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Adeleke freezes government accounts, reverses state name

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Ademola Adeleke

The newly inaugurated Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has frozen all government accounts in the state.

Adeleke directed this in his first executive order upon inauguration on Sunday.

Adeleke, in his speech delivered at the inauguration, alleged that the erstwhile governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, carried out some actions “maliciously” after he (Adeleke) won the July 16 governorship election, including “hurried” employments without provisions to sustain them.

He claimed these actions were roadblocks channeled at making things difficult in his administration.

Adeleke also reversed the state name from ‘State of Osun’ to ‘Osun State’, saying the former was alien to the constitution.

“My good people of Osun, since you elected me as your governor on the July 16, 2022, which the Independent National Electoral Commission announced on July 17, 2022, the former Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, maliciously started putting road blocks to make things difficult and almost impossible for the new administration to serve you.

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“Mass employments were carried out without budgetary provisions for salary payments for the new employees; even when the state was struggling to pay salaries and deliver other services. Various hurried and criminally backdated contracts were awarded and again without budgetary provisions.

“Appointments of several Obas were hurriedly done without following due process, just to mention a few.

 “All efforts to get the governor set up a Transition Committee and submit hand-over notes in line with best practices proved abortive.

“It is therefore my desire to ask for your patience and understanding to give my administration a few weeks to review and sort out all the actions and malicious confusions which the immediate past administration has created since July 17, 2022. Those actions were indeed vindictive measures against the people of Osun State for voting them out of office,” Adeleke said.

Giving new orders, he said, “Consequently, I hereby issue the following directives which will be backed up with appropriate Executive orders:

“Immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions;

“Immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets.

“An immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after July 17, 2022.

“An immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, ‘Osun State’. All government insignia, correspondences and signages should henceforth reflect Osun State rather than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution.”

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