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Ex Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has warned former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, not to bow to the enemy, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Fani-Kayode reacting to the reports that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, may have made up his mind to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, which he joined while in the Senate more than 10 years ago advised Obanikoro against joining the APC saing “My brother, Musiliu Obanikoro’s your decision to join the APC irks and saddens me.

“I say this because I have always loved him and I care. You cannot fight evil by joining it. You cannot bring light by entering the darkness. You cannot find joy by partaking in the bread of sorrows.

“You cannot run away in the heat of battle. You must have the courage of your convictions. Where is your honour? Where is your strength? Where is your dignity? Where is your self-respect? Where is your sense of self-worth?

“You and I are royalty. We are princes and kings and children of the living God. We were taught and brought up to fight to the end and never to bow to the enemy.

“We were taught never to flinch before oppression. We were taught never to give in to our worst fears and to those who hate us and who despise our people. We were taught never to crawl on the floor and be slaves to our fellow men.”

“Always remember that rebellion against a tyrant is an act of obedience to God. They may have today but tomorrow belongs to us. Finally, take note of this: if you are not ready to die for something, then you are not worthy of living for anything.

“I would rather die a free man than live a slave. And as long as I live, the Yoruba, nay the South, shall offer some form of resistance to our collective oppressors and as surely as God lives, we shall never be slaves.”

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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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