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Imo guber: Abure triumphs as Supreme Court affirms Achonu

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In preparation for the gubernatorial election in Imo State scheduled for November 11, the Supreme Court has confirmed Senator Athan Achonu as the legitimate candidate of the Labor Party. If elected in the upcoming poll, Achonu, who lost one of his arms in 1970, may become Nigeria’s first physically challenged governor.

The background to this case involves Basil Maduka, one of the governorship aspirants, who contested Achonu’s candidacy after the party’s primary election. He pursued legal challenges at both the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal.

However, in the recent Supreme Court ruling on this matter, the case was dismissed on the grounds that it lacked legal standing. A panel of five justices, presided over by Justice Iyang Okoro, reprimanded the appellant for misusing the judicial process and causing unnecessary delays in the lower courts.

The other two respondents in the case were Joseph Ukaegbu, also known as Ikenga, the candidate from the Lamidi Apapa-led faction, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

After the judgment, the Labor Party’s legal representative, Barrister Okwudili Anozie, stated that the controversy surrounding Achonu’s candidacy has been conclusively resolved. He highlighted that the Supreme Court’s decision exposed the misleading claims and falsehoods propagated by Basil Maduka and Joseph Ukaegbu, thus ending their attempts to legitimize Ukaegbu’s non-existent primary elections.

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LG election: ADC threatens to drag South East governors to court

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Following the inability of the Southeast governors to conduct Local Government elections in their respective States, the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC) has threatened a legal action against them if the situation remains the same in the next 60 days.

National Vice Chairman of the party, Southeast zone,Chilos Godsent disclosed this in a communiqué he released to newsmen after the 2024 annual zonal retreat of the party held at Awka, Anambra State.

ADC also requested the governors to “reconstitute fund and mandate the respective State Independent Electoral Commission to publish the timetable for Local Government Council Election in their respective states.

Godsent argued that the non existence of Democratic Local Government system violates Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. (Daily Sun)

CREDIT: News Express

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APC clears Aiyedatiwa, 15 others for Ondo governorship primary

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has cleared the 16 aspirants seeking their ticket to contest the November 20 Ondo State Governorship election.

DAILY POST reports that the seven-man screening committee, led by Sen. Joshua Lidani, gave all the aspirants the nod to contest the April 20 primary election.

A report submitted to the party’s Directorate of Organisation in Abuja on Saturday said the committee considered eligibility, suitability, character, and support base, among other areas.

Among those cleared were the incumbent Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Isaac Kekemeke, former APC National Vice-Chairman (South West), Olusoji Ehinlanwo, a former member of the House of Assembly, Olugbenga Edema, and Sen. Jimoh Ibrahim.

Others are Mrs Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo, Akinfolarin Samuel, former Commissioner for Finance, Adewale Akinterinwa, Chief Olusola Oke, Ohunyeye Felix and Morayo Lebi.

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Also cleared were Garvey Iyanjan; Prof. Francis Faduyile, Mrs Judith Omogoroye, Ifeoluwa Oyedele and Okunjimi John.

“All aspirants demonstrated a willingness to support the aspirant that emerged as the party’s candidate for the November 2024 governorship election,” the report said.

It tasked the party’s leadership to ensure that the April 20 primary election is free, fair, credible and acceptable to all.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘Peter Obi hunted by ghost’ – Daniel Bwala on ex-presidential candidate’s threat to dump LP

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Daniel Bwala, a former spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign council, commented on Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, suggesting that Obi is facing consequences from decisions he made in the past. Bwala’s remarks came after Obi hinted at the possibility of leaving the Labour Party before the 2027 general elections due to unresolved issues within the party.

Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, expressed his unwillingness to remain with the party if ongoing internal conflicts persisted. The Labour Party has been embroiled in leadership disputes between Lamidi Apapa and Julius Abure, as well as ownership controversies involving claims by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

In response, Bwala highlighted Obi’s dilemma, pointing out that the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which Obi intends to join, does not offer automatic tickets. Bwala suggested that Obi may face challenges winning delegate elections due to his perceived lack of grassroots political support, leaving him in a difficult situation.

Moreover, Bwala noted that influential figures, including a former president, are hesitant to endorse Obi’s move, preferring to support another candidate, possibly Atiku Abubakar, and give him time to reform Nigeria.

Bwala further mentioned that Obi is advised to launch a campaign targeting northern Nigeria and Muslim communities to dispel perceptions of identity politics. Despite Obi’s efforts, concerns exist that international media may find it challenging to rebrand him based on his electoral prospects.

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Additionally, Obi’s core supporters, dubbed the “Obedient” people, have expressed their opposition to any merger that could jeopardize his presidential aspirations, leaving Obi in a difficult situation with limited options.

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