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Alia vs Uba: Tension in Benue as Tribunal gives verdict on guber election

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Benue State is on edge as the governorship elections tribunal is set to deliver its judgment on the 2023 governorship elections today. The three-member panel led by Justice Ibrahim Karaye had adjourned the matter for judgment after final addresses by counsels.

Supporters of the two main political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are tense. Members of both parties are worried about the outcome of the judgment.

The PDP candidate, Titus Uba, and the party filed a petition challenging the victory of Governor Hyacinth Alia of the APC in the March poll. They asked the tribunal to nullify the election, claiming that the candidates did not comply with the electoral law and submitted false documents to INEC.

The PDP camp is hopeful that the tribunal will rule in their favor, citing the strong evidence of wrongdoing they have presented against the APC candidates. Most supporters of Uba are upbeat and confident of winning the case, while many supporters of Gov Alia are optimistic that APC will have a favorable judgment.

Many members of the opposition PDP have arrived in the state capital hoping their party will win its case at the tribunal, while others are skeptical because of the power and influence of the ruling party. However, many APC stalwarts in the State believe their party will win the case as the evidence tendered by their opponent is weak.

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The security agencies in the state have restricted vehicular traffic around the court where the judgment will be delivered. A security source indicated that arrangements will be expanded to check any breakdown of law and order.

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2023 Deputy guber candidate, Jasper Uche dumps PDP in Abia

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Dr. Jasper Uche, who served as the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State during the 2023 elections, has tendered his resignation from the party.

In a letter addressed to the PDP Chairman of Umuaku Ward in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, Dr. Uche formally announced his decision to resign from the party. The letter, shared with DAILY POST on Tuesday morning, was also copied to the PDP Chairman of Umunneochi LGA and the State Chairman of the party.

The resignation letter stated: “I am writing to formally announce my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), effective immediately. This decision comes after careful consideration and extensive consultations.”

Dr. Uche expressed gratitude to the party for providing him with a platform, which led to his nomination as the Deputy Governorship Candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Similarly, Hon Ikechukwu Nwabekee, a former member of the Abia State House of Assembly representing Osisioma Ngwa North constituency, has also parted ways with the PDP.

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In a letter addressed to the party chairman of Amasaa Ward 5 in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of the state, Hon Nwabekee formally communicated his decision to leave the party. He emphasized that his decision was reached after thorough consultations and personal conviction.

Hon Nwabekee expressed appreciation to the party for the opportunity it provided him to serve, including his tenure as Chief Whip of the Abia State House of Assembly. He noted that his resignation was a step towards seeking new challenges.

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Ebonyi ex-Reps member, Ogbaga dumps PDP

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Former House of Representatives member, Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga, has officially stepped down from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ogbaga, who represented the Abakiliki/lsu federal constituency of Ebonyi State from 1999 to 2023, made this announcement through a resignation letter dated April 24, 2024. The letter was addressed to the Chairman of the PDP Anmegu Enyigba ward and was also sent to the local government area (LGA) and state chairmen of the party.

In his resignation letter, Ogbaga stated, “I am writing to officially inform you of my resignation from the PDP. After careful evaluation and consideration of the current political climate within the party, I have decided to take a step back. Since 1998, I have remained a steadfast member of the PDP, contributing significantly to its growth with unwavering dedication and support.”

He emphasized that his decision to resign was personal and expressed gratitude for the leadership and support he received within the party. Ogbaga concluded his letter by wishing the PDP well in its future endeavors.

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‘The coup failed’ – APC chairmen on plot to remove Ganduje

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The Forum of All Progressives Congress State Chairmen has expressed full support for the party’s national chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, by passing a vote of confidence in him.

A delegation comprising 37 state party chairmen asserted that there was an attempted coup to oust Ganduje from his position as APC National Chairman, but it was unsuccessful.

This declaration was made during a solidarity visit to the party’s secretariat in Abuja, where they reaffirmed their loyalty to Ganduje.

The acting chairman of the forum and Lagos APC chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi, stated that they stand firmly behind Ganduje and are prepared to defend him against any external threats.

“We want to assure you that you remain the leader of our party. The individuals who announced your removal were not recognized members of the party to begin with. We will not allow you to face the same embarrassment as former chairmen of the party.”

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“What they attempted was akin to a coup, but their efforts have been thwarted. Our presence here signifies our unwavering support for you at all times,” he emphasized.

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