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Atiku Seeks Help Of Odili, Ibori, Mark To Strike Peace Deal With Wike

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Atiku Excluded Me From His Campaign - Wike

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked erstwhile Senate President David Mark, former governors James Ibori (Delta) and Peter Odili (Rivers) to secure the support of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for his presidential campaign.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party ( PDP) on Wednesday suspended its scheduled rallies in three states, barely three days after it launched its presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Wike and his allies in the Ayu-must-go campaign boycotted the campaign kick-off.

The Rivers’ helmsman and his allies, including governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) opted out of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, following the refusal of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to quit as the opposition party’s National Chairman.

It was learnt that the lingering rift between Atiku and the anti-Ayu elements triggered the temporary suspension of the presidential campaign.

The campaign rally was suspended at the instance of Atiku, who, party sources said, drafted the three prominent PDP stakeholders to intervene in the standoff.

The campaign was suspended to give the three new “arbitrators” a chance to undertake and conclude their assignment, a source told this reporter.

The rally, scheduled to hold in Kebbi yesterday was cancelled.

Also shelved are the rallies billed for today in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital and another scheduled for Kaduna, Kaduna State, have been rescheduled Consequently, the campaign rally was rescheduled.

One of the PDP presidential campaign spokespersons, Kola Ologbondiyan, confirmed the cancellation of the rally in the three Northwest states.

Ologbondiyan, in a telephone chat with our correspondent, said the rally scheduled to hold in Kaduna tomorrow, has been shifted to Monday.

He, however, could not give definite dates for the rally in Kebbi and Zamfara.

 READ ALSO: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me – Wike

The party had flagged off its presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, last Monday, October 10.

Before they shunned the campaign launch on Monday, five of the 13 PDP governors – Wike; Ortom; Makinde; Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu (Abia) – had boycotted the inuaguration PDPPCC at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on September 28.

The governors and their allies are insisting that Ayu must step aside to allow a Southerner take charge as chairman. They argued that the presidential candidate and the party chair cannot come from the same region.

Besides, they said the chairman promised to step aside if a northerner clinched the PDP presidential and therefore should honour his words.

Atiku had said that he lacked the power to remove Ayu from office.

 

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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani is the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, an Appeal Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State capital, has declared.

The court presided over by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan set aside the judgement of a Federal High Court which nullified the governorship primary and declared that APC has no candidate for the 2023 governorship election.

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who contested but lost the ticket of the party had challenged Binani’s victory in court.

READ  ALSO: Court Disqualifies Binani As Adamawa APC Governorship Candidate

He had filed a suit to seek nullification of the primary conducted on May 27. Ribadu, who hinged his suit on alleged votes buying, over-voting and delegate inducement, asked the court to disqualify Binani and declare him the candidate of the APC in the state.

He sought an order restraining APC from submitting Binani’s name to INEC as the governorship candidate of APC on the grounds that she had emerged from an invalid and unlawful exercise.

After the nullification of her candidacy, the senator challenged the ruling of the lower court at the appeal court.
APC and Binani through their counsel, Sule J. Abul and Sam Ologunorisa, filed a notice of preliminary objections and counter-affidavits.

While APC challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, Binani in her preliminary objection argued that Ribadu’s suit was not properly constituted.

She described the suit as incompetent, contentious, rancorous and contained allegations of fraud, commission of a crime, and that it cannot be heard or determined by way of the originating summons.

In its judgement on Thursday, the Appellate court ordered that Binani’s name be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) immediately.

 

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

The agitating five governors of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) led by their Rivers State counterpart Nyesome Wike and others met on Sunday in Lagos.

They identified themselves as the Integrity Group .

They also promised to take a position on the crisis rocking the party.

Addressing newsmen before going into a closed door meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said the Integrity Group was the face behind the struggle within the PDP.

READ ALSO: PDP Crisis To Get Messier – Fayose

Makinde said: “We are here this morning to hold a meeting of the Integrity Group within our party, the PDP. You’ve heard of the G5 that is the five PDP governors. The G5 is all about the Integrity Group.

“You can see us, five serving governors, as the face of this struggle but the leaders and elders of the party that you see here are the people behind those faces.”

 

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

The attempt by former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio to return to the upper legislative chamber has suffered a major setback.

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the judgment of Federal High Court Abuja which previously approved his status as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

A three-member panel of justices read by Justice Danlami Senchi on Monday held that Akpabio failed to file a proof of arguments within the time provided by the rules.

The panel further ruled that Akpabio, being a presidential aspirant of the APC, could not participate in the valid primary of the party held on May 27 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which produced Udom Ekpoudom as a candidate.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on September 22 asked INEC to reinstate Senator Akpabio as APC’s candidate, being the candidate nominated by the party in the second primary of June 9.

 READ ALSO: Court Orders INEC To Recognise Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidate

The lower court had directed that INEC accepts the former Minister of Niger Delta as the APC flagbearer.

The court also ordered that INEC publish Akpabio’s name as APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North/West senatorial district in 2023, stating that the Commission acted illegally by refusing to accept and publish the former governor’s name when it was submitted to it by the APC as its candidate.

Justice Emeka Nwite who delivered judgment held that Akpabio was validly nominated as the Akwa – Ibom North/West Senatorial District candidate of the APC from the primary conducted by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on June 9, 2022.

The trial Judge faulted INEC for electing to monitor the May 27 primary, conducted by an illegal faction of the party led by Augustine Ekanem as against the June 9 primary authorized conducted by the APC NWC.

 

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