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Five Imo APC governorship aspirants align with Sen. Uzodinma

By News Desk,

Five All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in Imo State have declared support for Sen. Hope Uzodinma, the declared winner of the Imo State governorship primary election conducted on Oct. 1 by the Ahmed Gulak Election Committee.

The aspirants made this known in a communique read by one of them and current Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.

They affirmed that the primary election which was conducted in the 305 electoral wards of the 27 local government areas of the state, was authentic and should be upheld by the party.

They vowed not to participate in any fresh primary election in the state, saying they would stand by the election conducted by the Ahmed Gulak Committee, which produced Uzodinma as winner.

They expressed concern that the APC, which was a great party in the country and beyond, was being made to appear ridiculous over the governorship matter.

They said, “it would be in the best interest of the party to affirm the victory of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the party to, ensure overall victory during the 2019 general elections in Imo State.

“Our supporters and aspirants for the other elective positions will neither participate nor accept the result of a repeat governorship primary election in Imo State.

“Such will create chaos and violence in the peace loving state and deny APC the chances of inexpensive victory during the 2019 elections.”

The aspirants further expressed commitment to the electoral success of APC in 2019, while pleading that “the National leadership should call Gov. Rocha’s Okorocha to order.

“Any disposition to thuggery and brigandage is the greatest threat to the peace and security of the state and may jeopardise the chances of the party in the forthcoming election.

“We affirm that the electoral Committee led by Alhaji Ahmed Gulak was in Owerri for the exercise and actually collated results from the various wards and local governments, which culminated in the final state result signed, released and issued to our respective agents by the chairman accordingly.

“As the real stakeholders, we affirm that Sen. Hope Uzodinma won the governorship primary election and as loyal party members and democrats, we accept the result in good faith as the wish of the majority of our party members.”

The aspirants further disclosed that they, through Sen. Hope Uzodinma, had unanimously obtained an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the All Progressives Congress(APC) from conducting a fresh gubernatorial primaries in the State.

The order, according to them, also restrains the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from monitoring any fresh primaries in Imo.

The APC and INEC were asked to stay action on any repeat primaries pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

They disclosed that the order had been duly served on INEC and the APC.

The APC had cleared 10 aspirants to run for the Imo State Governorship primary election.

Meanwhile, the list of the aspirants that endorsed Sen. Hope Uzodinma as winner of the primary election are Prince Eze Madumere and Sir Jude Ejiogu, Air Commodore Peter Gbujie (rtd), Mr Eche George and Dr Chris Nlemoha.

The party had declared that the result submitted by Gulak electoral committee was fake, while Gulak insisted that the result submitted was authentic.

Exclusive: APC suspends Ikuforiji, Oris, Attorney General, 18 others over anti-party activities

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The All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos State Chapter, has suspended the former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and 20 others, including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communication Affairs, Hakeem Sulaiman-Oris, Attorney General, Adeniji Kazeem, among others, after they were suspected of alleged anti-party activities.

As gathered, the offense of the suspended members of Lagos APC was suspicion of forming an alliance with the Action Democratic Party (ADP) to bring the ruling party down, both in the state and at the federal level.

Others on the suspension list includes: Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, House of Representative Member, James Falake, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Matters, Babatunde Quadri, Lagos State House of Assembly Members, Segun Olulade and Tunde Braimoh.

Others are Shakiru Denge Anifowoshe, Iyabo Akerele, Ola Shehu, Hon. Yemi Ali, Hon.Hakeem Bangbala, Alhaji Bashiru Adekoya, Otunba Tayo Oyemade, Hon. Abiodun Mafe, Rev.Iyo Oyasodun, Mr.Sanya Osijo, Hon.Hakeem Masha, Mr Corlelius Ojelabi and Femi Apata.

They said that those on the list were not only accused of playing anti-party activities while still with the APC, but they are also working to disrupt the structures of the party in the State before they leave for ADP.

According to them those working to bring the party down are doing so in their selfish interest without considering the gravity or consequence on the party.

Some of these people have started meeting with the opposition on the ground of ambition while some of them have already secured nomination forms from the ADP.

Lately, trouble has continued to rock the ruling Party across the nation, including Lagos, where the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, is battling with his second term agenda which the APC Elders and Leaders in the State have refused to endorse.

One of the Governor’s nightmares, is his co-contender, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who has continued to receive endorsements from different groups including religious leaders in the State.

On the suspension, the source disclosed that the party would ensure that those working against it were sanctioned, and APC would not go back on the decision to deal with any erring member of the party playing anti-party activities.

Another source from the inner caucus of the party revealed that there is possibility that the party National Leader, Bola Tinubu, may invite members of the party including those on suspension to his house for a meeting.

However, efforts to reach the people on the list of the suspension to confirm the allegation as well as the action proved abortive as their aides were not ready to speak on the matter.

Also, members from the ADP were yet to speak on whether they have been in contact with the embattled APC members.

Adeleke rejects result as APC commends electorate

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Sen. Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Osun governorship election,  has rejected the result of the rerun poll.

Adeleke, in a statement in Osogbo by his campaign organisation’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed,   said he would seek legal redress.

Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate defeated Adeleke with 482 votes in the rerun poll.

Oyetola scored a total of 255,505 to defeat Adeleke who scored 255,023.

Adeleke, however, alleged that voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points while those allowed to voting centres were forced to vote for APC.

He said PDP party agents were arrested, beaten up and shut out of polling centres while the roads were blocked to stop voters and observers.

“Applying all standards, today’s supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of the electoral process are violated,” he said.

But  the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun said the people of the state had  spoken through the ballot

A statement by Mr Kunle Oyatomi, APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy in Osun,  said PDP got their votes in the first election through manipulation.

Oyatomi said that nobody expected that the PDP would come second during the election, adding that most people in the state believed  that it would be a straight fight between the APC and SDP.

“We have always known and have made ourselves clear before the election that the PDP had made elaborate arrangement to rig the election through the manipulation of the card readers.

” And it was this process that made them get the votes  allocated to them in the first ballot.

” We like Osun people to understand that the run off votes went the way it did because the PDP was unable to manipulate the card readers this time around and fortunately the police thwarted their plot of buying and trying to use the PVCs of unsuspecting voters.

“That was why some of their leaders were arrested. So the PDP should look for other excuses.

“They attempted to win by fraud, they failed in the first round and eventually lost the rerun election,’’ Oyatomi said.

NAN reports that the election was declared inconclusive and a re-run ordered  because the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the two top candidates.

Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

Consequently, INEC Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, declared the poll inconclusive and ordered a re-run.

“Unfortunately, as the returning officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the clear winner of this election at the first ballot,” Fuwape had said.

Omisore backs APC in Osun rerun

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Senator Iyiola Omisore is not supporting the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke in the Osun
rerun governorship election.

Reports said he has agreed to ensure the success of the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

His position became clearer on Wednesday after he met a powerful delegation of the APC, led by the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, four governors- Badaru, Ganduje, Amosun and Ajimobi and Ekiti-governor elect, Kayode Fayemi. The Minister of Information and Culture was also in the delegation.

Also boosting the chances of the APC candidate is the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Yussuff Lasun.

He has also agreed to join the battle to ensure victory for All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Gboyega Oyetola in tomorrow’s supplementary governorship election in Osun State, The Nation Reported.

The APC lost in Orolu Local Government Area, which is believed to be Lasun’s stronghold. He is known to be aggrieved with APC leaders.

The supplementary election will hold in three units in the local government due to cancellation over hijacking of materials by thugs.

There are 987 registered voters in the three units.

The election will determine the winner between Oyetola and Adeleke.

Saturday’s election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which ordered the supplementary election in seven polling units in four local governments – Osogbo, Orolu, Ife North and Ife South.

There are 3, 498 registered voters in the polling units where the elections were cancelled due to various reasons, including hijacking of election materials, abscondment of presiding officer, disruption of election by hoodlums who were shooting sporadically, manual accreditation and over voting.

The supplementary election is a straight fight between Oyetola and Adeleke.

Adeleke has a marginal 353 votes advantage in the election in which Omisore finished third.

Omisore hosted an APC delegation of Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi and Dr Olu Agunloye at his home in Ile-Ife.

On Monday, he received Senate President Bokola Saraki, who came to lobby him to support the PDP.

Omisore, who left the PDP for the SDP because the PDP ticket was skewed in favour of Adeleke, declined to give Saraki his commitment.

But after his meeting with the APC team, Omisore twitted under a photograph of himself with Fayemi and Agunloye: “With @OfficialAPCNg Ekiti state governor elect @kfayemi during his visit today. #goodgovernanceinosunstate #OsunDecides2018.”

In another tweet, Saraki Presidential Campaign Council spokesman Doyin Okupe said: “Omisore I’m told caved in to pressure from APC…”

It was learnt that Omisore, whose dad is the traditional ruler of Olode in Ife South where the election will hold in unit 07, 012 Adereti village with 812 registered voters, joined the APC for a campaign Tuesday.

INEC declares Osun election inconclusive

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the just concluded  Osun governorship election inconclusive.

INEC’s Returning Officer,  Joseph Afuwape, who announced the results on Sunday afternoon, said the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, polled 254,699 while Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress had 254,345 votes.

Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third.

The INEC returning officer disclosed that since the difference between the two leading parties was just 353 votes but the number of cancelled votes was 3,5498, no winner had emerged.

“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the winner,” he said.

More details soon.

Police arrest PDP agents with cash for vote buying

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The Nigerian police have arrested two PDP agents out on a mission to buy votes in the course of voting in the Osun governorship election.

The agents, identified as Adebayo Rafiu and Muraian Latif, were caught with a sack with the inscription: ‘Senator Isiaka Adeleke Free Rice’, in Iwo.

According to a post on the officialNPF Twitter handle, the bag contained N640,000.

An update on the arrest said the men claimed they were given the money by their ward chairman, to buy votes.

Punch had earlier reported another PDP agent arrested for giving out money at a polling centre in Ede, the hometown of the PDP governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke.

PDP Governorship candidate, Adeleke wins polling unit

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Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has won his polling unit as vote counting began in Osun state.

He polled 154 votes, while the APC candidate Gboyega Oyetola polled 35 votes. Candidates of Social Democratic Party and Africa Democratic Party got two votes each.

Adeleke voted in polling unit 2 ward 9 in Ede North LGA.

The result was tighter Ward 3, Polling unit 5 in Boluwaduro Local Government.

The APC candidate was tied 17 votes apiece in the result declared. The SDP candidate got 16 votes, the ADP 12 votes, while APP and NEPP candidates got one vote each. Sixty four votes were cast here, three of which were voided.

Jonathan campaigns for Lamido

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In a rare campaign, Nigeria’s ex- President Goodluck Jonathan has described Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, “as somebody that is highly courageous, zealous, committed and experienced’’ and capable of uniting Nigeria.

Jonathan said the presidential aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was an experienced leader, capable of uniting the country if given the mandate next year.

Sule Lamido National Campaign Council visited Jonathan at his Yenagoa residence in Bayelsa State, on Saturday.

Jonathan said that the next president of Nigeria would come from PDP in 2019.

Turning to Lamido, Jonathan said: “You can perform wonderfully well, and I believe the next president that will take over from Buhari, God willing, will be from PDP and the task for him is to unify the country because Nigeria is now divided more than ever

“In 2011, it was too difficult for a northern governor to speak about Buhari, but Sule you made a lot of meaningful political statements that really captured the minds of Nigerians and PDP supporters and you really sold the party to the people.

“I am always happy to listen to you, because you know the history of Nigeria’s politics. When I was Vice President and later President, I went round Jigawa State to commission a lot of developmental projects. Jigawa witnessed a lot of wonders under your administration.

“I know you are somebody who believes in the unity and sanctity of one Nigeria and your political history, philosophy and ideology are all about leftist and humanism not capitalist, I wish you well in all your consultations and campaign, ” he said.

Lamido thanked Jonathan for the reception accorded him and his team.

He said: “I am here to formally inform you that I am running for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of our great party, the PDP.

“Sir, I am from the old generation, but I also relate with the new generation. I was a former member of House of Representatives in 1979, but I was also a governor from 2007 to 2015.

“So, I am the bridge between the old and the new generation. I have been through a lot of political participation, we must think and see how we can give back to Nigeria even for once, because Nigeria has been there for us. Nigeria has dignified and honoured us.

“I know your commitment, because you have a large heart, you have been demonised, blackmailed and called names, but you remain silent, resolute and forging ahead in all your activities.

“Sir, I have gone round 35 states and consulted with the party officials, stakeholders, BoT, NWC and our national leaders, including you.

“But as a giant of Africa and leader of the black race, we must rescue Nigeria, this is why I am offering my myself for that role, ” Lamido said.

Ambode picks governorship re-election form

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The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has picked 2019 governorship re-election form of his party, All Progressive Congress (APC), the action of which would enable him contest for retaining of his present office come 2019, should he scale through the APC direct primary.

As learnt from a source close to the governor, Ambode picked his office at APC’s secretariats in Abuja in Monday and he would be making it public once he return to Lagos.

Details later.

Saraki to run for president

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Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Thursday he will run for president in 2019, making him the highest profile contender to incumbent Muhammadu Buhari announced so far.

Saraki, Nigeria’s third most senior political official, made the announcement at a political event in the capital Abuja.

The Senate President listed several challenges which he believes have clogged the wheels of progress in the nation.

He highlighted extreme poverty, hunger, lack of education and mass unemployment as some of the things that have paved way for more crime and insecurity in the nation, adding that it is now time for Nigerians to rebuild the nation with new leadership.

Also, he stated that the economy is broken while the nation has now, more than ever, witnessed division along regional, religious and ethnic lines, a situation he believes should be addressed urgently in order for the nation to grow.

He said, “​It is with all these in mind and taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President.

“Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians.”