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Court Restrains Zamfara Lawmakers From Impeaching Dep. Governor

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Judge Steps Aside From Zamfara Deputy Governor Impeachment Suit

A judicial reprieve on Monday came to the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Mahdi Gusau as the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, restrained the Zamfara State House of Assembly from impeaching him.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu gave the order while delivering a ruling in an ex-parte motion with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021 brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through its Lawyer, Ogwu Onoja, SAN.

Egwuatu, who ordered the defendants to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, also stopped the House from impeaching its other members who are still in the PDP.

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He directed the plaintiff to serve all the defendants in the suit before Friday and adjourned the matter until July 23 for hearing of the motion on notice.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives, Speaker of Zamfara House of Assembly, Governor Matawalle and Chief Judge of Zamfara are 1st to 7th defendants respectively.

Though Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State recently defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC), his deputy, Gusau, did not.

The lawmakers had threatened to impeach Gusau over activities they considered to be a threat to security in the state which they claimed he was involved in.

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The PDP, through its lawyer, had urged the court to grant its prayer in the interest of justice.

The party said the court had the inherent power to grant the order.

“This is the only place we can run to, especially in a situation of chaos the state has found itself.”

 

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Why Ogun Is Witnessing Peace, Development On My Watch – Abiodun

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Abiodun Assures Old, New APC Members Of Level Playing Ground

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has attributed development and peace being enjoyed in the state to the inclusive approach of his administration and equal treatment for all.

At the Ogun State Committee Stakeholders’ meeting on Ward Congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held in Abeokuta, the governor equally noted that the political temperature in the state has returned to normal since the inception of his administration.

He noted that APC as a party has been made stronger in Ogun, while inter-party affairs have been properly managed to enhance the delivery of good governance in the state.

Abiodun, who said intra-party disputes are being handled to achieve party cohesion, declared the ward congress would be peaceful, stressing “it is a family affair”.

“I run an inclusive government where we welcome everybody, irrespective of their political leaning. We treat everybody equally and this has engendered peace in our state. We have kept faith with the party’s manifesto, realising that our state is the industrial capital of this country”, the governor stated.

While noting the advantage of having consensus candidates, which he said was less stressful, Abiodun said where consensus approach can’t be adopted, election would be held to provide a level play for all.

He further noted that roles of the party would be followed during the ward congress.

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Earlier, the Committee Chairman, Chief Wale Ohu, noted that Ogun was blessed with statesmen and political bigwigs who have served the state and nation diligently, calling on the present politicians to emulate their virtues.

He explained that the committee was sent from the party’s national headquarters to conduct peaceful and credible ward congress in the state, soliciting the cooperation of all stakeholders to make the exercise a success.

While calling on the party members to maintain decorum, Ohu said screening and training would be done for those who would oversee the congress in the 236 Wards, urging the leaders to prevail on their members for consensus candidates.

Also, former deputy governor in the state, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, stressed the need for a rancour-free congress, urging winners and losers in the congress to be good winners and losers.

In their respective remarks, Senator Biyi Durojaiye and a former deputy governor, Salimot Badru, called on the committee members to be fair to all contestants, pledging their support for the success of the congress.

 

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APC Insists On Conducting Ward Congresses On Saturday

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APC Insists On Conducting Ward Congresses On Saturday

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that its date of July 31, 2021 for ward congresses to elect party executives remains valid.

In a statement by the National Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, on Thursday in Abuja, the party said preparation had been concluded for the exercise on Saturday.

The statement said: “This clarification is against the backdrop of personal opinions being expressed by some individuals on the status of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC ) and its capacity to conduct the congresses following Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment.”

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The statement added that the Supreme Court judgment on Wednesday affirming the election victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN had no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership.

The party urged party members and aspirants to come out en masse and peacefully participate in the ward congresses on Saturday.

 

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How Akeredolu Narrowly Escaped Losing Governorship Suit

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How Akeredolu Narrowly Escaped Losing Governorship Suit

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) narrowly escaped losing his governorship on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court upheld Akeredolu’s victory in the last governorship election in Ondo State.

But the judgment was delivered after one hour of anxiety and a split decision of four to three.

In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel, dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the grounds that it was incompetent.

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Justice Agim upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal that the petition filed by Jegede and his party at the election tribunal was incompetent because they failed to include the Yobe State Governor and Chairman of ther Caretaker Committee of the APC, Mai Mala Buni as a party.

In the minority judgment read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, the court upheld the appeal and dismissed the cross appeal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akeredolu and the APC.

Odili and two other members of the panel were of the view that since the APC, for which Buni acted, was a party in the case, there was no need to include him as a party.

 

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