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Setback for Sep 7 APC convention, court restrains Buni-caretaker committee

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A high court in Asaba, Delta State, has restrained Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and other members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from parading themselves as members of the party’s national caretaker committee.

The presiding judge, Onome Marshal Umukoro, gave the order on Wednesday and put on hold the APC local government congress scheduled for September 4 in Delta state.

Delta APC deputy chairman, Elvis Ayomanor,  had led other officials of the Delta APC to court following the July 10, 2021 controverted ward congress, which many members of the party claimed was hijacked by certain elements within the party in the state.

In the motion ex parte, the claimants/applicants through their lawyer, Daubry Ebipade Richard, prayed the court to grant the seven-point reliefs sought on the grounds that going ahead with the local government congress in the state will cause more damage.

They sought “an order of interim injunction of this honourable court restraining the 2nd to 14th defendants/respondents from further acting or parading themselves as the members of the caretaker/ extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the 1st defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed and served in the suit.”

“Alternatively, an order of interim injunction of this honourable court restraining the 2nd-14th defendants/respondents from conducting the local government and state congresses slated for September 4, 2021 or any other date, and other congresses of the 1st defendant in Delta state, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed and served.

“An order of interim injunction of this honourable court restraining the 2nd to 14th defendants/respondents from further acting or parading themselves as the members of the caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the 1st defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed and served in the suit.”

In his ruling, the judge granted seven days order of interim injunction restraining Buni and the CECPC from conducting the local government and state congresses in Delta state and from parading themselves as members of the national caretaker committee of the party, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

Umukoro also ordered that Buni and others at the national leadership be served originating summons “by means, to wit, by serving same on any officer or staff of the All Progressives Congress, at the All Progressives Congress national secretariat at No. 40 Blantyre Street, Wuse, Abuja, and deeming such service in the circumstances of this case.”

He also granted leave to the claimants/applicants “to serve the originating summons and all other processes in this suit on the 15th defendants/respondents by substituted means to wit by serving same on any officer or staff of the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress at the All Progressives Congress Delta state secretariat, Asaba, Delta State and deeming such service proper in the circumstances of this case.”

The suit was adjourned till September 7 for hearing.

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Court strikes out suit seeking to nullify Adeleke’s nomination as PDP candidate

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday struck out a suit seeking the nullification of Ademola Adeleke as the Osun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 26 election.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu struck out the suit on the ground that the plaintiff lacked the legal right to file the suit.

The plaintiff in the suit, Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman, had dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP and Adeleke before the court seeking order to void and set aside the submission of Adeleke’s name to the electoral body on grounds of alleged unlawful action.

The plaintiff had complained that Adeleke’s name was hurriedly submitted by the PDP on March 11, 2022, as against March 14 to 18 specified in the INEC guidelines.

The plaintiff had therefore asked the court to declare the submission of Adeleke’s name as illegal, unlawful, null and void and be set aside.

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Muslim-Muslim ticket: No leader can Islamise Nigeria, says FFK

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  • Tinubu returned schools to missionaries, granted land to mega churches

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, says he has “prayed about” the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and is sure that the country cannot be Islamised.

Indeed, he expressed confidence that those given the ticket currently to fly the flag of the APC in the 2023 presidential election  would defend the rights of the Christans.

Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, picked Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno, who is also a Muslim, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.

This has generated heavy criticisms from key stakeholders, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Before joining the APC, Fani-Kayode, on several occasions, had accused the APC-led Federal Government of Islamisation and Fulanisation of the country.

Asked to comment on the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket in the light of his previous comments, the former minister said since he joined the ruling party, he had realised that the party had “completely changed”, adding that the claim of Fulanisation of the country had been thrown out of the window.

Fani-Kayode said it is not about the faith of the presidential candidates but their individual abilities.

He said, “We spoke about Fulanisation; that has been thrown out of the window now because power has been shifted to the South by the APC, the party we accused of that.

“Secondly, we spoke about Islamisation. Since I joined APC, I realised that, like I said earlier, things have completely changed; a situation whereby in this country today we have, no less than 20 Christian governors. The whole of the South-West has Christian governors, except for Osun State, which has now changed because we have a Christian governor who is coming in.

“A situation like that tells you clearly that the country cannot be Islamised and neither is our party APC interested in that. What is happening as far as I’m concerned is this: we have reformed and are moving forward.

“Same faith ticket was a challenge but we looked into it. I prayed about it, I consulted, I spoke to Kashim because all along my position has been – it all depends who the vice-president is.

“It is not about the faith. It is about the individual and if the individual is a Muslim that I can live with, I’m prepared to live with that. I spoke to this man and Tinubu.

“The candidate himself returned schools to the missionaries in Lagos something that had not been done before. The candidate gave land to so many of these mega churches in Lagos when he was governor and since that time they have been granted licences to build churches.

“Go to the North; the vice, that is Shettima himself, I met him for over three hours, we discussed. I looked into the man’s eyes and raised a number of pertinent questions which I needed to be satisfied with and I was satisfied with his answers.

“He has built more churches in Borno State than any other before him and since that time and he won the confidence of many Christians. So the issue of Islamisation no longer arises.”

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Bode George attacks Tinubu again, says everything him is bundle of lies

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, has attacked the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, saying everything about him is a “bundle of lies.”

He said Tinubu did nothing to alleviate the pains of residents of Lagos State while serving as a governor for two terms.

George spoke with Channels Television last night, saying, “I absolutely have no qualms, no quarrel with Tinubu; but all I know is that everything he has said he was or his name is this or his school is that, it’s a bundle of lies.

“I’m a bona fide Lagosian. We knew what Lagos was like, and Lagos remains the commercial nerve centre, not only in Nigeria but in the whole of West Africa. What has this fellow done to us?”

He challenged Tinubu to open up on the ownership of Alpa Beta company.

He said the APC presidential candidate should tell Nigerians how much the company had allegedly stolen from the Lagos State Government.

He said, “I have asked a very simple question and none of them has been able to answer it. Who owns the Alpha Beta company? How much has the Alpha Beta company stolen from the coffers of our treasury in Lagos State? What has he done to alleviate the pains of the people of the state?”

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