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The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has called on Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano to start writing his

handover note, saying that nothing will stop the All Progressives Congress (APC) from taking over Anambra State in the November 18 poll.

Okorocha made the statement in Awka while inaugurating the Rochas Peoples Movement in Anambra state. The Governor, who was represented by the South-South/South-East coordinator of RPM, Dr. Simon Nwulu, said he owed the Igbo nation a duty of proper direction in Nigerian politics.

He explained that the main objective of the movement was to register grassroots presence in every nook and cranny of the state.

According to him, the Igbo people can no longer belong to regional political parties adding: “We must belong to the mainstream. APC is that place to belong.

“Anambra is critical in Igbo politics. So we shall all come down here to deliver the state to the ruling All Progressives Congress. We have the capacity, we have the capability.

“APC is the structure for the emancipation of the Igbo nation. No man born of a woman can stop us from taking over Anambra State, come November 18.

“At any polling unit during the election, no fewer than 63 members of Rochas Peoples Movement would be present to man the units and protect our votes. That’s the magic.

“We shall bring down the Imo formula down here and by the time we had finished Obiano and APGA would just pack and go.”

While calling on the members of the movement to have their voter’s cards handy, Okorocha maintained that possession of a voter’s card is the major criterion for confirmation of appointments.

He also urged ward coordinators of the movement to mobilize APC members to register in the ongoing voter registration exercise for the purpose of the November18 election. In his speech, the Anambra State coordinator of the movement, Chief Olisa Onyeka, thanked Okorocha for coming over to help.

“You have demonstrated the brother’s keeper spirit for which the Igbo are known.

“We are assuring you that we are ever ready to deliver Anambra State to APC in that election,” Onyeka said. Meanwhile, the APC has called on the state government to desist from destroying the posters of its governorship aspirants in the state.

Speaking through a press statement made available to Journalists in Awka, the Publicity Secretary of APC in the state, Mr. Okelo Madukaife said the Governor was inviting anarchy through such action.

It would be recalled that the Anambra State Signage and Adverting Agency had levied governorship aspirants in the state N9 million each before they could paste their posters in any part of the state.

The statement reads in part: “Our great chapter in our dynamic party warns Governor Willie Obiano to stay away from the posters of APC aspirants and those of other political parties, irrespective of the guise and guile applied.

“This statement has become necessary in the light of a despotic set of announcements, put out and running in the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) to the effect that ‘some indiscriminate posters are lying on the streets of Anambra State, thereby defacing the environment’ and signalling that government will ‘take action’.”

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Ogun: You are frivolous, A’Court tells Labour Party …as Gov Abiodun wins again

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan yesterday (Friday) dismissed the appeal by the Labour Party against the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of Ogun State.

The Court came described the Labour Party’s repeated challenge of the Ogun State Governor as lacking merit and outrightly frivolous.

Court upheld the submission of Abiodun and All Progressives Congress (APC) counsel, Barrister Wale Abeeb Ajayi that the Governor was duly elected and calling for the invalidation of the poll that returned him could not stand legal requirements for nullification of elections.

The LP went on appeal after losing at the Tribunal for the third time in its quest to use the Court to cancel the March 9 gubernatorial election in Ogun State.

On July 13 when the LP went to challenge the outcome of the polls, the Tribunal in Abeokuta led by Justice Ali Halilu dismissed the case on the ground that the tribunal had dismissed the Petition pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 46(3) of the Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.

The Appeal was filed by Mrs Modupe Sanyaolu and Labour Party against the Governor, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the leave of the Tribunal to reverse itself by re-listing the Petition.

Wale Habeeb Ajayi, counsel to Governor Dapo Abiodun, described the verdict yesterday as “victory for democracy. The Appeal like the petition was bound to fail. It was dead on arrival”.

The labour Party, Ajayi added, “did not submit the details of the Deputy Governorship candidate to INEC; failed to raise any complaint before the election and failed to sue INEC before election. How can they now bring up a pre-election matter for adjudication when the election had been won and lost? , he stated rhetorically.

He said further, “They also failed to appear at the tribunal on the date fixed for hearing of the frivolous petition on unfounded excuses. The tribunal has done the needful by dismissing the Petition in the first instance. Consequently, the application to relist lacks merits and tribunal rightly refused same.”

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Delta South senate: Tribunal set to determine Senator Manager’s fate

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The election Petition Tribunal Panel II, presided over by Justice C. O Onyeabo has reserved judgement in the Petition filed by the Delta south senatorial candidate under the auspices of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, in the 2019 National Assembly (NASS), election against Senator James Manager, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Dr Uduaghan, the APC candidate Petitioned through his counsel Tomson Okpoko, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had complained before the tribunal that the election was marred by irregularities and urged the tribunal to do justice to the Petition.

The contention of the Petitioner, are among other things, that the first Respondent PDP, the second Respondent, INEC and third Respondent James Manager connived with each other to allegedly perpetrate electoral malpractices and the tribunal should cancel the election.

Dr Uduaghan, called a number of witnesses to testify on his behalf to support his claims even as the set of respondents did say.

At the adoption of the written addresses, Febude Zimugehan counsel to PDP first Respondent submitted before the tribunal that the Petitioner has not been able to substantiate his claims and that it is unmeritorouse, adding that the Petitioners have not been able to discharge the burden of proof placed on them and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition.

The third respondent, Senator Manager, represented by Larry Selekeowei equally aligned himself with the position of the first and second Respondents and urged the tribunal to quash the Petition.

Dr Uduaghan’s counsel told the tribunal that the Petitioners have been able to prove their case and urged the tribunal to cancel the senatorial election which declared James Manager the winner.

Justice C. O Onyeabo stated that the parties would be communicated on the date of judgement.

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Lagos speaker, Obasa, sets up 16 man committee to screen Sanwo-Olu’s commissioner-nominees

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Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday constituted a 16-man ad-hoc committee to screen Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet nominees.

Obasa, who read the list of the ad-hoc committee members, said it would be headed by Hon Rotimi Abiru, a fourth-term lawmaker, representing Somolu Constituency II.

According to Obasa, members of the screening committee are: Hon. Jimi Mohammed (Ikeja I), Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege II), Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe I), Setonji David (Badagry II), Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo I) and Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara (Surulere II).

Others are: Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay (Amuwo-Odofin I), Hon. Rasheed Makinde (Ifako-Ijaiye II), Hon. Lanre Afinni (Lagos Island II), Hon. Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa II), and Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja II)

The rest are: Hon. Suraju Tijani (Ojo II), Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I), Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh (Apapa II) and Hon. Abdulsobur Olawale (Mushin II).

The speaker directed the ad hoc committee to report back to the House in a week.

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