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Abia APGA suspends Alex Otti, alleges anti-party activities

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The Abia State Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has slammed an indefinite suspension on the Governorship Candidate of the party in 2015 and 2019, Dr. Alex Otti.

The suspension was announced in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the party, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere and Sunday Onukwubiri, and made available to newsmen in Umuahia on Monday.

The party accused Otti of engaging in anti-poverty activities, saying that he equipped his political machinery, known as Abia First, to harass party officials and create divisions in the party.

It also accused Otti of indulging in illegal and unconstitutional activities as well as acts of insubordination to the party leadership, which “undermined the principle of party supremacy”.

It stated that the governorship candidate proceeded to the election tribunal after the 2019 poll “in the name of APGA without the consent and approval of the party.”

The party further alleged that Otti sponsored attacks on the party’s state and national leaderships in both the social and traditional print and electronic media.

It stated: “Otti’s Abia First was set up and equipped for the sole purpose of using it to display political force, harass party officers and create divisions in the party.

“It is also for the promotion of his selfish and personal political objectives against the interest of the party.

“Otti is hereby suspended indefinitely from the party with immediate effect, pending the hearing and determination of his case by a disciplinary committee to be set up by the party in the state.”

The party urged the public and institutions to take note of the suspension “and desist forthwith from having any dealings with Otti in any capacity as APGA member or representive in any capacity in Abia or elsewhere.”

The party also announced the expulsion of Chief Nkem Okoro, the Chairman of a faction of the party loyal to Otti, for alleged anti-party activities and breach of the party’s constitution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the party copied the National Working Committee of the party, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies in the statement.

In a swift reaction, Mr Ebere Uzoukwa, the Publicity Secretary of Otti’s faction of the party, dismissed the suspension as a nullity.
Uzuokwa said that Ehiemere and Onukwubiri lacked the legal power to suspend or expel any member of the party, having been allegedly replaced by Okoro-led executive that emerged during the party’s state congress in June.

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Atiku vs Buhari: PDP tenders fresh request before Supreme Court

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Atiku vs Buhari: PDP tenders fresh request before Supreme Court

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has asked the Supreme Court to review its judgement on the presidential election that affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election.

The Witness reports the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbodinyan, who made this statement while addressing  journalists on Monday, also urged the Apex Court to review the judgment in respect of governorship elections in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Osun state, which the party lost to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP stated that the review was needed due to APC’s move seeking a review of the apex court’s judgment on governorship elections in Zamfara and Bayelsa states which the PDP won.

According to the opposition party: “Consequently, the National Working Committee of the PDP, after comprehensive consultations, states that our party has no choice left, given the manner with which the APC has conducted itself, than to ask for a review of the judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal, where the issue of certificate forgery and or presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and her presidential candidate.

“The same applies to the judgment on the Katsina governorship election petition, where lawyers also established a similar issue of certificate forgery.

“The PDP equally has no choice than to ask the Supreme Court to review the Kano, Kaduna and Katsina election judgments, because of manifest violence and substantial non-compliance to our electoral law.

“The PDP also asks the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the Osun Governorship election in view of manifest, complete and total disregard to our electoral rules in the conduct of the elections.”

The opposition party faulted the ruling APC was what it described as desperate attempts to subjugate and intimidate the Supreme Court, for the purpose of annexing the apex court over its judgments on Imo, Bayelsa and Zamfara governorship elections – all delivered in favour of the PDP.

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2023 Presidency: Why power should go to the south – El-rufai

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2023 Presidency: Why power should go to the south - El-rufai

The governor of Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that 2023 presidency should return to the south after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office,

The Witness reports that Governor El-Rufai’s statement is coming amidst rumours in some political quarters that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is positioning the Kaduna State governor to run for the presidency or as a presidential running mate during the 2023 elections.

However, Governor El-rufai has said in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity, the Presidency should go to other regions of the country.

The Kaduna State Governor was quoted by Vanguard as saying: “The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency should rotate between the North and the South. It is not written but everyone understands it.

“In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but it was breached in 2015. I think that every politician of honour should understand and abide by that consensus except there is an extenuating circumstance compelling it to be set aside. What could this be?

Why 2023 Presidency?

“President Yar’Adua died in office and it was compulsory for Jonathan to continue but when 2011 election came, there were many people who insisted that Jonathan should step aside for a northerner to complete the tenure of Yar’Adua but I opposed it because I didn’t think it was proper for an incumbent that got there not by his own design should be stopped from contesting when the constitution has not barred him from running.

“In the APC, we deliberately omitted rotational Presidency in our constitution and the emergence of a presidential candidate does not take into account zoning and that was why in 2015, Rochas Okorocha from the East contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah contested, Buhari, Kwankwaso and others contested.”

Though the Kaduna State Governor said candidates should be chosen based on merit and general acceptance, he noted that politicians should honour both written and unwritten agreements in the spirit of justice and fairness.

“I can say that as distinct from the PDP, APC has no rotational Presidency but candidates are selected strictly on the basis of political merit and the general acceptability of the candidate.

“I want to say that those of us from Northern Nigeria honour agreements. We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead in violating that agreement. I may have a personal view but that should be the basis. I don’t care where you come from but I look for merit.

“But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because, after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there is some extenuating circumstances. But all things being equal, we will honour our agreement and we keep our words,” he opined.

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PDP gets new deputy chairman

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PDP gets new deputy chairman

Tola Alabere, a former Senatorial Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has emerged the Ondo State deputy chairman of the party.

The Witness reports that Alabere who hails from Ugbo community under Constituency I of Ilaje council area in Ondo South emerged unopposed on Saturday, February 22.

It was learned that the election which brought in Alabere was held at the party’s Secretariat in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The Witness reports that Alabere became the PDP deputy chairman unanimously due to the zoning of the post to Ilaje council area.

Speaking after his emergence, Alabere promised not to fail party leaders and members, saying: “I thank you all the party leaders for the confidence you reposed in me to find me worthy of this position.

” I promise to abide by the party rules and will not disappoint you,” he said.

Meanwhile, PDP leaders at the congress included Olusola Ebiseni, a former governorship aspirant, John Mafo, a former Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Mr Banji Okunomo, a governorship aspirant.

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