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North”ll Produce Consensus PDP Presidential Aspirant – Saraki

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North''ll Produce Consensus PDP Presidential Aspirant - Saraki

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has hinted of the possibility of the north producing a consensus presidential aspirant for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki stated this while briefing journalists at the end of a meeting held with the Bauchi State

Governor, Bala Mohammed and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Sunday, at the Ramat House, Bauchi.

He said that the over two and a half hours discussions centred on the 2023 general election and the likelihood of having a northern consensus aspirant.

The former Kwara State governor who spoke on behalf of the two governors said that the three of them that had shown interest in contesting the presidency in the 2023 general election under the PDP from the north, had resolved to pick a consensus aspirant among them to run.

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He said: “We came here and had a meeting for about two hours now, all the three of us that have shown interest in leading this country. Our concern is for the hardship our people are going through, the high cost of living and also looking ahead towards 2023.

“It is very clear that the PDP is the only viable solution to rescue this country today and to provide new hope. And as such, as key stakeholders of this party, it is important for us to sit down and meet and put heads together and see how best we can provide leadership and direction.

“In so doing, we met and discussed that with 2023 ahead of us and in trying to rescue this country, the unity, stability and growth of the country are more important than individual ambitions. We believe that if the three of us that are working together honestly, committed and with a lot of zeal for this country, there will be a great hope for this country going forward.

“We appreciate that the three of us have shown aspirations to lead this country and what we have come to realize is that we are all competent and capable to lead this country but at the end of the day, it is only one person that will lead this country in 2023. We have also resolved that we will work closely together to ensure that we will come out with a consensus candidate among the three of us.

“We believe our role is to make things easier for us to have stability because if there is stability in PDP, there will be stability in Nigeria. You’ve all seen that APC is no longer a party, it is having challenges of administering its party and anybody that cannot administer a party cannot lead the country.”

 

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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.

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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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