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Appeal Court Judgement emboldens IPAC as it dissolves interim committee.

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Appeal Court Judgement emboldens IPAC as it dissolves interim committee.

** fixes election for Sept 5th


The Inter Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) basking in the euphoria of its victory at the Court of Appeal, has announced the dissolution of the Interim National Committee of the party led by Leonard Ezenwa.
Court of Appeal had quashed the deregistration of 74 political parties which has opened the space for the parties to continue to exist.The President of IPAC Peter Ameh who gave the indication yesterday at a Press Conference in Abuja announced members of the newly constituted electoral committee that will conduct election to usher in new Executives.

Peter Ameh is the National Chairman of the Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) while Leonard Ezenwa is the National Chairman of the Action Alliance Congress (AAC).Announcing the dissolution of the Ezenwa led Executive, Ameh said the leadership of IPAC can only be attained through elections and his tenure will elapse on 5th of September when a new Exco will emerge.
His words “You can only be in the leadership of the inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Theo an election 

“After our meeting to day we resolved that the interim Management Committee is hereby dissolved.

“We have  set up a new committee to conduct election for the 5th of September 2020 handover date, to have an election that will bring a new set leaders that will work for the general interest of the Nigerian people.”He listed members of the IPAC 2020 electoral commission to include (A A) Salaam  (LP), Alhaji Musa Taka. (ACD), Bamigboye Abiodun (SPN), Don Harmattan. (PCP) and Dr. Emeka Okengwu (ASD)The IPAC president described the Appeal Court judgement as a land mark which has expanded political space for Nigerians as it has restated the rights of all Nigerians to associate with any political party of their choice and seek elections.”The Appeal Court judgement has brought hope to our democracy the common man as our respected jurists have by their unanimous judgement said that the boy in Agege, the boy in Mushin, the boy in Akpakpava, the boy in Nyanya has the same equal right as the boy in Maitama.”
The deregistration of the parties made Ameh to forfeit his membership and Presidency of IPAC until the declarative judgement of the Appeal Court granting all the parties the right to exist, thus reinstating Ameh as the President of the Association.It would be recalled that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had in February this year announced at a press conference, the disqualification of 74 political parties on the ground that they failed to meet constitutional requirements, espercially that of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitutional Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).No fewer than 32 political parties had approached the Federal High court seeking order to set aside the decision of INEC to deregister 74 political parties in the country that failed to make constitutional requirements to function as political party.However, the court refused the prayers of the plaintiffs and upheld the constitutional powers of INEC to deregister political parties.The court held that the powers of the INEC, to deregister political parties was sancrosant.Justice Anwuli Chikere in her judgment held that Section 225(a) of the Constitution gives INEC the powers to deregister parties that failed to comply with the provisions of the Constitution.Earlier, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the same court in Abuja had in two separate judgments also upheld the same powers of INEC.However, the Court of Appeal today condemned the lack of courage by trial courts to stand agaisnt tyranny and oppression.In a unanimous decision, the panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, declared as illegal, unconstitutional and void, the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in deregistrating political Parties while the matter was pending in Court.The Court of Appeal stressed the need for the Executive arm of government to follow laid down procedures in discharging its constitutional duties. 

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LG election: Dogara’s aides express confidence of victory

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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No PDP member defected in Ogbadibo -Media Group

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No PDP member defected in Ogbadibo -Media Group

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A foremost media support group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, has described as untrue, the propaganda on the social media that some members of the party defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

The group, Benue South PDP Social Media, in a statement on Friday by its Coordinator, Comrade Yemi Itodo, said those selling such propaganda were only doing so for personal gains, urging the public to disregard such “unfounded rumours”.

The John Ngbede led State Working Committee of the PDP had, on Tuesday, inaugurated the executive of the Ogbadibo chapter of the PDP.

Barely 48 hours after the inauguration, some APC members took to the social media, suggesting that some members of the PDP abandoned the party for the broom party.

But Comrade Itodo in the statement, said it was rather the APC members that indicated interests to join the ruling PDP which the chapter Chairman of the party, Hon. Vincent Amuche had hinted the state leadership of PDP and a new date shall be fixed to welcome over 3000 members of opposition parties who are itching to join PDP.

“I can authoritatively tell you that there shall be great tsunami in the camps of the opposition parties in the coming weeks. What has been delaying it was the inability to inaugurate the elected chapter executives, due to COVID-19.

“But now they are being inaugurated and you will be shocked at the caliber of persons that have already concluded arrangements to join PDP”, Itodo said.

He stressed that, “no member of PDP left the party for any other party”, challenging anyone with names and wards of those defectors to publish them.

“The truth is that, some aggrieved persons left their parties after the primaries did not favour them few years ago and joined forces with APGA, SDP, Labour, etc. So, if those persons decided to rejoin their parties, how would you ascribe such defections as from PDP?

“Do you know how many great members of PDP that had since returned to the party in their various wards without making noise”, Itodo posited.

While calling on the leadership of PDP in Ogbadibo and Benue South not to be distracted in the quest to have estranged members reunited into the fold and create enabling environment for those willing to defect to the party; Comrade Itodo warned the opposition parties against heating up the polity at the time all hands must be on deck in the business of governance of Benue State.

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