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Tribunal sacks another LP lawmaker in Enugu

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Tribunal sacks another LP lawmaker in Enugu

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu, Wednesday, nullified the election of Labour Party’s Hon Bright Ngene as the House of assembly member representing Enugu South Urban constituency.

It also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct another election in the constituency, in a ruling read by A. M. Abubakar.

Abubakar, who led the judgement, said the ruling of the Tribunal was on the grounds that the number of votes accredited during the elections was below the number of disenfranchised voters in the constituency.

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INEC was wrong to have declared Bright Ngene winner of the election, the judge ruled, adding that INEC ‘erred by not declaring a re-run election before declaring a candidate winner of the elections’.

The Tribunal further ordered that the re-run election be conducted within ninety days of the delivery of the judgement ‘given today the 13th September 2023’.

PDP’s Sam Ngene, one-term state Assembly member, had challenged the declaration of the lawmaker by INEC as the winner of the election on the grounds that the number of cancelled votes was more than the number of votes credited to the first respondent, Hon Bright Ngene.

Tribunal sacks another LP lawmaker in Enugu

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Ex-LG scribe leads PDP members into APC in Osun

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Ex-LG scribe leads PDP members into APC in Osun

…Aregbesola’s loyalists pledged allegiance to APC 

Defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by former Irewole Local Government Secretary Alimi Surajudeen, have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, members of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) on Sunday defected to the opposition party, APC alongside loyalists of former governor Rauf Aregbesola who pledged their allegiance to the party on Sunday in Ikire, Osun State.

Surajudeen hinged the decision to join APC alongside thousands of PDP members on segregation and nepotism by the leadership of the ruling party.

He said: “When you are in a party and you don’t feel belonging and isolated, and the party is doing things only within their friends and families, it is not a party for the masses, I don’t think I can go along with such a party who doesn’t prioritize dividend of democracy.”

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“I was a former Secretary of the local government during Oyinlola’s tenure. A political party is to help the masses and not a group of people. In a situation where out of 100, only two percent are enjoying, such a government is creating suffering and problems for the masses.”

While receiving defectors, the APC chairman, Tajudeen Lawal boasted that more defectors from the ruling party will join APC in the coming months, stressing that 2026 is a success for the party.

Similarly, the MD/CEO of National Inland Waterways, Bola Oyebamiji, who is ex-finance commissioner, said the defection shows that APC is reckoned with and the party is returning to Osun come 2026.

He noted: “Since we left the government, the leadership of Adegboyega Oyetola has been very steadfast. None of our members has ever decamped to any party, and today, we have 120 members of PDP, ADP, and TOP that are joining the APC.”

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INEC rejects Abure-led LP national convention

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The last may not have been heard about the crises in the Labour Party (LP) as the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distanced itself from the LP Convention that was held on 27th March 2024 in Nnewi, Anambra State.

During the convention, Julius Abure was reelected as the National Chairman of the party.

INEC rejected the outcome of the convention, citing contraventions to the Labour Party Constitution, the Electoral Act 2022, and INEC Guidelines and Regulations for Political Parties 2022.

In a response letter to the Abure-led NWC application for the certified copy of the document of the LP, signed by the Ag Secretary to the Commission, Haliru Aminu, and dated July 18, INEC confirmed receipt of the application.

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”The Commission has received your request for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the monitored report of the Labour Party Convention at Nnewi, Anambra State held on the 27th day of March 2024, and the Labour Party Constitution,” INEC wrote.

INEC said it did not monitor the Labour Party Convention of 27th March 2024 and cannot therefore report on the convention.

“The Certified True Copy of the Labour Party Constitution has been forwarded to your firm earlier.

“Regrettably the Commission did not monitor the Labour Party Convention of 27th March 2024 and cannot therefore report on the convention,” it said.

However, some members of the immediate past National Working Committee, NWC of the Labour Party, have called on Julius Abure to allow peace to reign supreme in the party and perish his inordinate desires.

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Court stops Rivers PDP From holding state congress

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Court stops Rivers PDP From holding state congress

A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has issued an injunction preventing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from conducting its state congress in Rivers State.

The court’s decision effectively bars the PDP from holding the congress, pending further proceedings.

The court issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of plaintiffs, including Hon. David Chiinedu Omereji, Hon. Prince Solomon Eke, Isodoye Tobin, Goddy Manfred Pepple, Okiah Precious Chigozirim, Hon. Orolosama Peter Amachree, Goodfriday Nweke, Alfred Letam, Hon. Wechie Ndubisi Raymond, Mrs. Erebie Michael, and Hon. Ogenma Idalunimulu, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its national officials, namely; National Chairman; National Financial Secretary, and National Organising Secretary.

The lawsuit, with the suit number PHC/2282/CS/2024, was filed at the Rivers State High Court.

Justice Sobere Biambo, the trial judge, heard the application for an interim injunction filed by the aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on July 15, 2024.

The applicants, represented by Eberechi Adiele (SAN) and S.O. Orlu, Esq., sought to restrain the defendants, including the PDP national officials, from conducting the party’s congress in Rivers State, scheduled for today.

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After considering the submissions of the learned counsel for the claimants/applicants, Justice Biambo is set to determine the application.

The hearing took place at High Court 13, Port Harcourt, with the judge carefully reviewing the arguments presented.

“IT IS ORDERED: That an order of interim injunction is hereby issued restraining the defendants and each of them, either by themselves servant, agents, assigns or otherwise however from holding or carrying out the People Democratic Party (PDP) Congress in Rivers or be rescheduled to be held on any other date or any other location.

“That an order interim is hereby issued stopping or suspending the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Congress in Rivers State scheduled to be held in Rivers State on the 27th of July, 2024 or to be held on any other date or any other location pending the determination of the motion on notice already filed.

“That an order interim is hereby issued restraining the defendants by themselves, servants, agents or otherwise howsoever, from taking any decision or giving any directive to further extend howsoever the already expired tenure of the last State, Local Government and Ward Executive Officers of the People Democratic Party(PDP) in Rivers State.

The Court adjourned till the 19th of July, for the motion on notice already filed.

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