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We’ll ensure true reconciliation before national convention – APC  

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The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress has said it will not rush into conducting a national convention.

The committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni said it would ensure genuine reconciliation that would engender enduring peace among aggrieved members of the party before going into a national convention.

It stated this in a statement lasting unity, peace and reconciliation across party ranks

The APC said this in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.

It was responding to a report accusing the caretaker committee of tactically seeking an extension of its six-month mandate.

The committee was inaugurated by the APC National Executive Committee NEC in June with a mandate to achieve peace-building, true reconciliation and give a sense of belonging to every member of the party.

The APC must not go into a national convention, and indeed a general election in crisis. We should take it one step at a time and ensure that the ongoing national reconciliation process being undertaken by the CECPC is sustained, successful and continue to yield results

It said, “It is important that the APC conducts its planned national convention to produce the party’s national leadership as a united house. Otherwise, the main aim of constituting the CECPC following the dissolution of the immediate-past National Working Committee (NWC) will be defeated.”

The statement said the Governor Buni-led CECPC had deployed a combination of true reconciliation, consultation and inclusiveness in achieving unity and cohesion in the party.

It stated, “To reposition the party to ensure good governance, Governor Buni proposed the recently-inaugurated tripartite Executive/Legislative/APC Consultative Committee which is ensuring synergy, good governance and accelerated implementation of the Next Level agenda.

“A peacemaker and stabilizing voice, Governor Buni is meeting all leaders, known party groups and interests in order to accommodate all interests. This has resulted in renewed commitment on the part of party members. “Ahead of the planned APC National Convention and indeed the 2023 General Elections, stakeholders should continue to support the CECPC efforts to unite the party in order to make it formidable enough to consolidate on the APCs national governing status and landmark achievements.”

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Election tribunal sacks Sokoto House of Reps member 

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Election tribunal sacks Sokoto House of Reps member 

The Election Petitions Tribunal for Sokoto/Zamfara States sitting in Sokoto has sacked a member of the House of Representatives representing Yabo/Shagari federal constituency of Sokote State, Umar Yusuf Yabo Danmaje.

The tribunal also ordered Danmaje to pay N500,000 as damages to the petitioner in a verdict given on Monday.

In a unanimous judgement read by its chairman, Justice Ashu A. Ewah, the tribunal declared the election of Danmaje as member representing Yabo/Shagari Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives as null and void.

Justice Ewah said the election, which was initially conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2023 and rerun election on February 3, 2024, was marred with malpractices in some polling units, hence the exercise was inconclusive.

The tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Danmaje and conduct a fresh election in the affected polling units of the constituency within 90 days.

The election is to be conducted in four affected polling units of the two local government areas of Yabo and Shagari in the federal constituency of the state.

The four polling units where INEC was asked to conduct election are three polling units in Shagari LGA and one polling unit in Yabo local government area.

The affected polling units are Dagawa Maji Kira, Dagawa Mai Zane, Shiyar Magaji, Kesoji Shiyar Hakimi, Jaredi Maji Kira and Mazoji, all in Shagari and Yabo local government areas of Sokoto State.

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Count us out of Rivers Appeal Court case – PDP

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PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba

Count us out of Rivers Appeal Court case – PDP

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says it did not authorise an appeal purportedly filed on its behalf at Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, bordering on the ruling of Rivers High Court.

A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Debo Ologunagba, on Sunday, said only the National Legal Adviser of the Party has the exclusive responsibility of conducting the litigation, prosecution and defencd of cases on its behalf.

Newstrends reports that a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had  barred the Chief Judge of Rivers State and the Clerk of the Rivers State House of Assembly from receiving or acting on any resolutions from the embattled lawmakers loyal to Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike.

The PDP statement reads : “The attention of the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a purported Appeal filed at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division with respect to Suit No: PHC/2177/CS/2024 wherein the PDP is reportedly listed as Appellant.

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For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Kamaldeen Ajibade SAN has ascertained that the Party did not file the said Appeal neither did it authorize any external solicitor to file same on its behalf. As such, the PDP cannot be listed as Appellant in the Appeal.

The PDP states categorically that it did not file the said Appeal at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division challenging the Order of the Rivers State High Court restraining the Chief Judge of Rivers State and the Clerk of the Rivers State House of Assembly from receiving or acting on any resolutions from certain individuals pending the determination of a case before it.

The PDP restates that only the National Legal Adviser of the Party has the exclusive responsibility of conducting the litigation, prosecution and defense of cases on behalf of the Party including its Organs, Chapters and Officials as expressly provided for in Section 42 of the PDP’s Constitution (as amended in 2017).

Our Party had in a Public Notice published on January 17, 2023 notified the public that nobody, Authority, Office or Organ other than the National Legal Adviser has the competence to file or engage external solicitors to file or handle cases on behalf of the Party, which engagement must also be in writing under the hand of the National Legal Adviser specifying amongst other things, the nature of the case and other terms and conditions of the engagement.

The PDP therefore dissociates itself from the purported Appeal filed at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division in connection with Suit No: PHC/2177/CS/2024.”

Count us out of Rivers Appeal Court case – PDP

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

A former Senator representing Kano South senatorial zone, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, on Friday, said he is dumping the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC because the party’s policies were anti-people oriented.

Doguwa in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano, said he resolved to dump the party alongside his supporters because the party’s policies do not align with their political ideology.

The former Senator said the party prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

The close ally of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, however, announced their return to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

According to him, “we have discovered, after careful appraisal of the activities of the APC governments, that many of their policies are anti peoples oriented, which do not align with our political ideology. They prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

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“Based on the foregoing therefore, we heed to the instruction of our elders and the advice of our political associates, to hereby announce that, we as a group have taken the bold decision to return to our political base, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to continue as full pledged members.

“We have taken this decision without any prejudice or malice to any individual or groups of persons.

“This decision is consequent upon a series of wide-range consultations with our people who believe that APC, at all levels, does not take advantage of our long-standing experience in politics and governance. As members of the APC, we feel we are being grossly underutilized, as we are rarely involved in any forum to discuss and share our experiences for the development of the Party, the State or the Nation.

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. We believe that, in politics, as in other fields of human endeavour, activity ranks paramount. If you make players in any given field redundant, they are bound to struggle to create activities for themselves, somewhere outside the party. Experienced politicians do not want to stay idle.

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