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Ibezim sworn in as Imo North senator

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Frank Ibezim has finally been sworn in by Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the senator representing Imo North zone.

Ibezim took his oath of office on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday after about three months of legal tussle with Ifeanyi Ararume, a contender for the seat. Both of them are members of the All Progressives Congress.

The seat became vacant in December 2019 after the demise of Benjamin Uwajumogu.

The by-election for the senatorial district was held in December 2020 but no one was named by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner owing to conflicting orders in courts of same jurisdiction.

After weeks of litigation, the Supreme Court earlier in April affirmed Ibezim as the authentic candidate of the APC in the by-election.

Before then, two lower courts had held that Ibezim “bears two different and irreconcilable names” and presented three falsified West African Examination Council (WAEC) results for the same election.

They found that while one of the certificates bears Chukwuemeka Frank Ibezim, the other has Francis Ibezim Chukwuemeka.

But the apex court affirmed his candidacy notwithstanding the findings.

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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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