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2019: Delta South votes are for APC – Uduaghan

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Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the immediate-past governor of Delta State and APC 2019 Delta South Senatorial candidate has tasked both aggrieved and victors of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) primaries in Delta State to work for the victory of the party in the forthcoming general elections while assuring that President Muhammadu Buhari‘s cult following both at the national and state levels is a good omen for victory provided members have the singular ambition of winning election in the state.

The Delta APC leader and 2019 candidate spoke at an enlarged meeting of Delta South Senatorial District party executive members and candidates, which had in attendance other eminent leaders of the party including the state chairman of the party -Prophet Jones Ode-Erue, state organizing secretary -Sir A.S Mene, Delta South party chairman Mr. Tosan Awani, Dr. Alex Ideh and other LGA leaders of the party in Warri on Sunday.

Dr. Uduaghan, while admitting that members had genuine reasons to be aggrieved, posited that what transpired at the primaries was political and was not new to politics but warned that post-primary crisis should not drag into the polls.

He recounted his personal experience in 2007 when he was not cleared.

“I recall that as SSG, my name was not on the list of registered members in my ward. It took me quite a while to rectify that before submitting my gubernatorial form in Abuja. Even after submitting my forms, other aspirants and I were not cleared. I did not rock the boat of my former party. I travelled to Abuja that very night to press for my clearance. I faced the appeal panel and did everything within the party to get cleared. It was not a rosy experience but I finally made the cut at the eleventh hour.”

 

The former governor also alleged that one of the reasons some persons were organizing themselves into the “Aggrieved Association” and threatening to institute legal actions against the party was due to “disrespect for hierarchy and party structure”.

He said, “The strength of any party lies in its structure. Our chairman here said he too has reasons to be aggrieved. Of course, we all do. It is a common knowledge that there is no love lost between Chief Ogboru and I. Today, we are in the same party and he is our gubernatorial candidate. If the two of us can come together, I wonder who can’t make sacrifices in our party’s interest.”

He continued, “Patience to wait for one’s turn, tenacity, humility and ability to be focused are what will guarantee us victory in 2019. Followers have as much responsibilities as leaders of our party in ensuring that we put grievances behind us and work for victory. We must cultivate an election-winning mentality in Delta APC. President Buhari has a cult-like following which we can leverage on to win our state for APC. Forget the grammar the opposition is speaking everywhere in the media, President Buhari has followers amongst the common men and women in the society who are in the majority. Even those in opposition states like ours feel his impact. Please, let us all work for all APC candidates from the presidency down to state assembly positions. Our national chairman and the NWC have tasked us with taking over Delta and that is why we are pleading with everyone to sheath their swords and work with one mind.

On his part, the state chairman of the APC, Prophet Jones Ode-Erue said elections are not won at the state and national levels but at the unit and ward levels. He announced that he was moving to his home in Isoko as part of the party’s resolve to win election. He charged other members to do the same, as well as advising candidates who have the party tickets not to rest on their oars but to see their tickets as an invitation to hard work and contribution to winning election.

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2019: APC loses out in Zamfara as Appeal Court dismisses appeal

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The Appeal court sitting in Sokoto has dismissed the appeal challenging the judgment of the lower court which upheld the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state.

A three-member panel of judges unanimously dismissed the appeal following its withdrawal by the appellant, Aminu Jaji.

Recall on Monday that the three judges of the Appeal Court in Sokoto withdrew from the case over bribery allegation to the tune of $3million (dollars).

One of the respondents, Kabiru Marafa, alleged that there was bribery allegation against the judges which made them lose confidence in them.

Counsel to Senator Marafa, Barrister Muhammad Nuhu, alleged that there was a posting on social media platform, alleging that the judges had received three million Dollars from one Kabiru Kamba to compromise.

“Because of that my client is not comfortable with them and urge the president of the Court of Appeal to constitute a new panel to entertain the case,” he said.

Responding to the allegation, the presiding Judge, Justice Ahmed Belgori said they have decided to disqualify themselves from the case over the grievous allegation in view of the present situation in the judiciary and the country.

Recalled that a High Court in Gusau presided over by Justice Muhammad Bello Shinkafi on Jauary 25 affirmed that the APC in Zamfara state had conducted primaries elections on 3rd and 7th October 2018.

The court also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept the primaries for the APC’s governorship, senatorial, house of representatives and state Assembly seats.

The National Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress was also barred from replacing the names of those who won the primary elections of the party on 7th October 2018.

In case with a suit number ZMS/GS/52/2018, Sanusi Liman Dan Alhaji and 37 others vs APC and 143, the plaintiffs had asked the court to compel the All Progressive Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission accept the results of the party’s primaries election in the state conducted on the 7th of October 2018 among others.

On the same day, the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday barred the  APC, from fielding candidates in Zamfara in the forthcoming general elections.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, affirmed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), foreclosing the party from participating in the election.

Justice Ojukwu held that the position adopted by INEC with regards to Zamfara APC was in tandem with the law and would help to instill discipline.

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Ogun rally: Tinubu didn’t fling APC flag away – Aide

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Tunde Rahman, spokesman of Bola Tinubu, says the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not leaving the ruling party.

In a statement on Tuesday, Rahman said Tinubu remains faithful and committed to the party despite the incident that happened at the campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Monday.

Tinubu was seen throwing away the flag of the party after the crowd had disrupted the rally.

Rahman, however, stated that the national leader did not throw away the flag but attempted to toss it to Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, to present it to Dapo Abiodun, the governorship candidate.

He accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of making an issue from the “exchange of a flag” out of mischief.

“With but a few precious days until the election and with its chance of victory running out even faster than the time, the Peoples Democratic Party now grasps at the most nonsensical and desperate tactics to salvage its falling enterprise,” the statement read.

“However, a drowning man cannot toss himself a lifeline. Nor can the PDP succeed in turning the innocuous attempted exchange of a flag between the National Leader and National Chairman into a rift in the APC’s successful campaign.

“An incident did actually occur at the Ogun State APC rally but it is not the one PDP has concocted. The true incident that should be reported and condemned is that people who furtively oppose the party and the president tried to infiltrate and disrupt this rally. The attack by these operatives was disrespectful of the office of the president and could have potentially harmed the person of the president.

“Such antics have no place in our political discourse. The author of these misdeeds should desist before real harm is done. Now to the crux of the opposition’s latest antics. If the issue of the flag has become the hotspot of the PDP campaign, then they are in serious trouble.

“During that portion of the Ogun rally, the National Chairman and others were looking for a party flag. Asiwaju Tinubu spotted one within his reach. He picked it up and attempted to toss it to Chairman Oshiomhole so that the Chairman could present it to the party’s gubernatorial candidate Prince Dapo Abiodun. If you want to fault Asiwaju for anything in this matter, your critique can only be limited to the accuracy of his toss. Any attempt to enlarge the episode beyond this is fiction and mischief writ large.

“As the National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu is thoroughly faithful and committed to the APC. It is unthinkable that he would leave the party. Moreover, there is no reason for him to do so. He has been hard at work for the victory of the APC and all of its candidates in the upcoming election.”

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Senate 2019: Don’t waste your votes on PDP’s Aidoko, Alfa tells Kogi East

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Isaac Alfa, a retired Air Marshal, has asked the people of Kogi East senatorial district to elect credible candidates ahead of the 2019 National Assembly elections which holds this Saturday.

Alfa, while speaking to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday advised the constituents not to waste their votes on the People Democratic Party candidate, Senator Attai Aidoko as he would soon be disqualified following a recent Supreme Court judgment.

Recall in January, the apex court struck out the appeal of Attai Aidoko, incumbent Kogi East senator, who had appealed the decision of the Appeal Court.

The Appeal Court had upheld the decision of the trial court which declared Alfa as the candidate who won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary poll.

 

Read the full statement below:

My good people of Kogi East, I want to thank you for your support for the last three and a half years over my case with Senator Attai Aidoko which finally ended with victory for me at the supreme court on 23rd January 2019. With this victory, Kogi East can now go ahead and elect credible people to represent them.

The High Court judgment which Aidoko challenged at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and lost, indicted Aidoko and the PDP for presenting a ROUGUE and FALSE document to INEC, an offence that disqualifies Aidoko for life. Therefore, with the latest judgement, Aidoko cannot contest the coming election and INEC will soon remove his name.

Anybody who votes for Aidoko is throwing away his or her vote. If Adioko continues to impersonate and takes part in the election, he is exposing himself to jail.

May God guide you to vote this time for our best candidate for Senate.

Thanks

 

Air Marshal Senator Isaac Alfa CFR

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