Indications emerged on Wednesday that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and the entire All Progressives Congress structure in the state may decamp from the party on Thursday (today).
Elders of the party at a meeting on Wednesday evening in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, resolved that the controversy on the gubernatorial ticket should be put behind them as they prepare for the 2019 elections.
The resolution was arrived at after Governor Amosun had reportedly briefed the elders on all attempts made to validate the election of Hon. Abiodun Akinlade in the gubernatorial primaries in the state penultimate week.
The primaries ran into troubled waters when the State Chairman of the party announced the election of Akinlade, while the Chairman of the National Working Committee on the gubernatorial primary announced Prince Dapo Abiodun as winner of the election.
The conflict remained unresolved and the Presidency directed primaries into state and federal legislative houses to establish the truth about conflicting claims of strength between the group led by Vice President Yemi Osibajo, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Dapo Abiodun on the one hand and Governor Amosun on the other.
The Amosun group claimed to have won all available seats, including three Senate, nine House of Representatives and 26 House of Assembly seats, leaving no seat for the Osinbajo/ Osoba group.
The son of Osoba, Olumide, who contested the House of Representatives ticket for Abeokuta Federal Constituency, was said to have been defeated by Hon. Muiz Kazeem by 23,000 votes to 4,050 votes.
However, the result, which was announced by the NWC committee in Abeokuta did not resolve the crisis.
The Osinbajo/Osoba group, which though accepted the result, consented to Akinlade as gubernatorial candidate but on the condition that they were given two out of the three senatorial tickets, four out of the nine House of Representatives tickets and 13 out of the 26 House of Assembly tickets.
The Amosun group rejected the request, insisting on the party respecting the outcome of the primary elections.
“It is clear that a candidate who lost all senatorial, representatives and Assembly seats could not have won the gubernatorial ticket. The party should do the right thing or else we leave,” a party official who pleaded anonymity said.
He explained that the party leaders had given up on the national leadership of the party but it was Governor Amosun who insisted on pursuing their aspirations on the platform of the APC because of his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The source added: “He told us that the President had instructed (the National Chairman of the APC, Adams) Oshiomole to announce the authentic result of the gubernatorial primaries, but he refused.
“If the President cannot enforce his orders, then he has lost control of his government and it is a waste of time defending him at the expense of our own future.
“If he refuses to accept our request, we will leave the governor alone with his friend.”
Breaking: Court delivers judgment on impeachment of former Kogi deputy governor
The impeachment of Simon Achuba, a former Kogi deputy governor by the State House of Assembly is illegal, null and void, a High Court sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital has declared
Delivering the judgment on Thursday, February 27, Justice John Olorunfemi said Achuba’s impeachment from office by the Kogi State Assembly is a violation of the constitution and the subsequent nomination of Edward Onoja as the deputy governor, did not follow due process
Justice Olorunfemi described the action of the Kogi State House of Assembly as a constitutional coup, hatched and executed in a democracy explaining further that the action is contrary to Section 188 subsection 8, a section that stopped the Assembly from further action having discovered that the former deputy governor was not found wanting by the panel.
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.
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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