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NNPP backs court rulings, says Abba Yusuf not registered member of party

…Accuses Kwankwaso, others of Causing Unrest In Kano

The New Nigeria Peoples Party(NNPP) General Assembly has finally dumped the Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, saying he is not a registered member of the party as the Election Tribunal and Appeal Court ruled.

Referring to letters addressed to the Inspector General of Police and Director General of the Directorate of the State Security Services, the NNPP at a media conference on Monday in Abuja, addressed by its National Chairman, Dr Agbo Major, expressed concern over the escalating issues in Kano State.

Major lamented that the unrest, characterised by media interviews, protests, incitements, attacks on the judiciary, malicious remarks, institutional disruptions, visits to embassies, and road blockades, have reached an alarming level.

“Red-capped individuals, both young and vibrant, wielding various weapons, have taken to the streets, disturbing the peace,” he said.

He said that upon thorough investigation, the party discovered that the riots were coordinated by Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and led by non-Kano indigenes, namely Dipo Johnson, Kawu Alli, and Onu, all of whom are expelled members of the party.

The Chairman said following a three-day retreat after submitting letters to relevant security agencies and embassies, they have reached the following resolutions:

“Our party upholds the sanctity of Nigeria and is committed to ensuring the safety of lives and property as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.

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“Our Great Party, founded by Boniface Anebolum, categorically asserts that Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is not its founder.

“We advocate for legal redress options and reject the notion of self-help in addressing matters.

“Our party denounces the deliberate mischief of expelled members presenting themselves as the leaders of the protests, specifically Dipo Johnson, Kawu Ali, and Onu. These individuals are not representatives of our party,” Major said.

He said NNPP strongly supports the rule of law and the judiciary, disapproving of any attacks against the judicial system.

“Our party has won cases at the National Assembly and House of Assembly tribunals and appeals without inciting violence or making disparaging remarks against the judiciary.

“We condemn the threats made by expelled members that forced Election Tribunal judges to leave Kano,” he said.

He pointed out that the Tribunal and Appeal Court rulings that Governor Abba Yusuf is not a registered member of the NNPP arose from non-compliance with the Party’s Constitution.

“The misfortune of the NNPP is attributed to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s high-handedness, preventing party members from registering according to the law.

“The Party has been taken over by the red-cap Kwankwasiya faction with no regard for party principles.

“Violence and killing are not part of the NNPP manifesto, and we urge the people of Kano to pursue peace and order,” he said.

He further explained that Dipo Johnson, the spokesperson of Kwankwaso, and presidential candidate, is not a registered member of NNPP and has been hired for his role in inciting protests.

“We invite security agencies to investigate the activities of Dipo Johnson and his cohorts, clarifying that they do not represent the NNPP.

“NNPP disassociates itself from the incitement of the masses and attacks on the judiciary, calling for a thorough investigation,” he said.

He concluded by saying the party attributes the misfortunes of NNPP to Kwankwaso’s high-handed approach, leading to non-compliance with the party’s Constitution and electoral laws, prompting the withdrawal from the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) and the resultant legal action.

NNPP backs court rulings, says Abba Yusuf not registered member of party

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Olumide Akpata wins LP ticket for Edo gov poll

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Olumide Akpata wins LP ticket for Edo gov poll

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has won the Labour Party (LP) ticket for the September 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

He scored 316 votes to win the primary election held in Benin City, Edo State capital, on Friday.

Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emeta, who was the returning officer of the election, declared Akpata as the winner of the primary.

Emeta said, “Mr Olumide Osaigbovo Akpata, having scored the highest number of votes and certified the provisions of the constitution of the party, is hereby declared the winner and the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party for the Edo State governorship election 2024.”

In his victory speech, Akpata thanked his supporters and members of the party for backing him and promised to work for the good of the state if eventually elected the governor of Edo State.

He also paid tribute to a former governor of Ondo State and NBA president, Rotimi Akeredolu, who was buried on the same day.

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BREAKING: Okpebholo emerges Edo APC Gov candidate

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BREAKING: Okpebholo emerges Edo APC Gov candidate

Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has been declared winner of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

Cross River Governor Bassey Otu, who was the Chairman of Edo APC shadow poll, made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas.
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The collation and declaration were at Lushville Hotel and Suites, Gapiona Avenue, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin.

Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat the representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, Dennis Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.

BREAKING: Okpebholo emerges Edo APC Gov candidate

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Tight security as APC collates Edo governorship fresh primary results

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Tight security as APC collates Edo governorship fresh primary results

The Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday held a fresh election after the one held last Saturday was canceled after three aspirants claimed victory after the exercise.

The national leadership of the APC declared the primary inconclusive and replaced the chairman of the electoral committee, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, with the Governor of Cross Rivers State, Bassey Otu.

The fresh poll held on Thursday and at the time of filling this report, party supporters, especially the youths, were at the Lushiville Hotel waiting for the announcement of the results.

Stern-looking policemen and soldiers were at the venue to forestall a reoccurrence of what happened on Saturday when thugs attacked party officials and destroyed equipment belonging to journalists.

At the time of filling the report, the committee said that the collation and announcements of results would begin early Friday morning.

However, a stakeholder, who pleaded anonymity, stated that the party was at a crossroads.

“I really don’t know what the party wants to do. How is it possible to have a fresh election under 10 hours as the agreement for a fresh election was reached just after midday on Thursday?

“I hope this will not plunge the party into fresh crisis as we risk not fielding a candidate for the September 21 governorship election in the state.”

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In the controversial Saturday poll, Uzodimma announced Dennis Idahosa as the winner, while returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja declared Monday Okpebholo as winner.

Also, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to be representing the returning officers in all the local government declared Anamero Dekeri as the winner of the election.

However, the post-primary election crisis degenerated on Monday as angry youths and women took over the party secretariat, demanding the sacking of the State Working Committee led by acting chairman, Jarret Tenebe.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Felix Morka, said the party did not sack Uzodimma as erroneously reported.

According to him, the governor was ‘unavoidably unavailable’ to complete the primary election, hence the need to replace him with his deputy.

He said, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress has been drawn to reports in sections of the media suggesting that the Governor of Imo State, and Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, His Excellency, Hope Uzodinma, was sacked or dropped as the Chairman of the Edo Gubernatorial Primary Election Committee, and replaced with the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Bassey Otu.

“We wish to clarify that Governor Uzodinma was neither ‘sacked’ nor ‘dropped’ as has been erroneously reported, but was unavoidably unavailable to lead the completion of the party’s Edo State Gubernatorial Primary Election Process due to his prior scheduled attendance of, and presentation of a report, to the National Economic Council meeting today February 22, 2024.”

The immediate-past governor of Ekiti State and ex-Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, hailed the decision to rerun the Edo governorship primary.

Fayemi also accused the former National Chairman of the APC and ex-Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole, of having a hand in the first primary which ended in a crisis.

Fayemi said, “Earlier, Oshiomhole had attempted to eliminate some aspirants from contesting in the primaries and failed. This is reminiscent of his high-handedness as National Chairman when he manipulatively schemed Governor Godwin Obaseki out of the electoral process. That action led to the unfortunate loss of Edo State by the APC.

“It would appear the ground was being prepared by Oshiomhole yet again for the APC to lose the coming election in Edo State because of his unconscionable behaviour. However, the party has demonstrated independence and impartiality in canceling and reordering the primaries.”

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