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PDP asks court to sack Buni as Yobe Gov

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, commenced legal action for the removal of Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and his deputy, Idi Barde Gubana from office, while asking the court to install Ambassador Umar Iliya of the PDP as governor, over alleged breach of constitutional provisions barring a sitting executive from holding two offices at the same time.

The PDP, in the suit dated and filed August 12 at the Federal High Court, is specifically alleging that Buni violated section 183 of the Constitution when as a governor he accepted to serve as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The plaintiffs, which include Umar Damagum and Baba Aji, in the suit filed by Chief Emeka Etiaba (SAN), insisted that Buni ceases to be a governor from the moment he accepted to act as APC Caretaker Committee Chairman.

The plaintiffs therefore asked the court for an order directing the Yobe State Chief Judge or any other senior person next to the Chief Judge to immediately swear in Umar Iliya and Daguma Baba Abba Aji as Governor and Deputy Governor of Yobe State, being candidates of the party that came second in the 2019 governorship election.

This development is coming amid concerns raised from the split decision of four to three, by the Supreme Court, which affirmed the election of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as Governor of Ondo State.

In a minority judgment of three justices, the apex court questioned the validity of the Buni-led Caretaker Committee and declared it illegal. It held that the party erred by allowing a sitting governor to hold the position of party national chairman in clear breach of section 183 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Commenting on the development at the time, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said for the party to avoid lawsuits, the APC should immediately suspend the congresses it started on July 31 and replace Buni, but the party dismissed his position.

Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy President of the Senate and Magnus Abe, a former Senator and board member of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), also disagreed with Keyamo’s position.

Also, governors elected on the platform of the APC have asked the Buni-led caretaker committee to organise an elective national convention.

The PDP, in an originating summons, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/885/2021, which was filed yesterday, is predicating its plea on the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on July 28, 2021.

Listed as defendants in the suit are Mai Mala Buni, Idi Barde Gubana, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It further urged the court to declare that having regard to the clear provisions of section 187 (1) of the 1999 Constitution and the state of law, Idi Barde Gubana of the APC cannot lawfully occupy the office of the governor or deputy of Yobe upon cessation of the Buni occupation of the office of governor of Yobe State.

The party is seeking a declaration that the action of Mai Mala Buni as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC while he remains the governor of the state is wrongful, null and void.

The party posed the following questions for the determination of the court: “Whether the first defendant (Buni) did not breach the clear provisions of section 183 of the 1999 Constitution, when as the governor of Yobe, he accepted the third defendant (APC) appointment as its caretaker committee chairman and proceeded to occupy the office.

“Whether the first defendant (Buni), who is the governor of Yobe State and the Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC, has not ceased to hold the office of the Governor of Yobe, having regard to the provisions of section 183 of the 1999 Constitution.

“Having regard to the clear provisions of section 187(1) of the 1999 Constitution and the state of law, whether the second plaintiff (Baba Abba Aji), can lawfully occupy the office of the governor or deputy governor of Yobe upon the cessation of Governor Buni occupation of the office.”

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Kaduna LG Polls: APC floors PDP, Secures 15 chairmanship seats

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the majority of the chairmanship and councillorship seats in the local government council elections held in Kaduna State on Saturday.

The ruling party won 15 of the 17 chairmanship seats whose results have so far been declared, while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the other two.

The polls were postponed in four of the state’s 23 local government areas to September 25 over security concerns.

An initial sensation was recorded when the PDP won in Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s Unguwan Sarki polling unit in Kaduna North LGA.

However, the APC rallied to win the chairmanship and most of the councillorship seats in the council.

The APC also won in the home councils of top PDP chieftains, including of former Vice President Namadi Sambo and former Governor Ahmed Makarfi.

The deputy governor of the state, Hadiza Balarabe, also delivered Sanga Local Government in the PDP-leaning southern senatorial district to the APC.

The PDP picked its two chairmanship seats in Jana and Kaura local government areas.

The elections in Kachia Local government council was declared inconclusive by the returning officer, Haruna Ahmadu.

Postponed polls

The elections will hold in three weeks time in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Zangon Kataf, and Kajuru LGAs following the postponement for security reasons.

See result as announced by returning officers for each local government council.

Kaura

The returning officer, Katoh Ishaya, announced the PDP candidate, Matthias Siman, as winner of the chairmanship election having polled 19,511 to defeat Adamu Donatus of the APC who polled 10,941 votes.

PDP also won nine out of the 10 councillor seats while APC won one seat.

Kagarko

The returning office, Musa Makarfi, announced that the APC candidate, Nasara Rabo, polled 20,558 to defeat the PDP candidate, Caleb Pius, who polled 14,494 votes

Kubau

Dayyabu Mohammed, the returning officer, declared Bashir Zuntu of the APC as winner of the election. He polled 23,973 votes to defeat Isah-Rabiu Imam of the PDP, who polled 9, 038 votes and Isah Yunusa of the SD who scored 530 votes.

Kudan

Returning officer Haruna Abdu declared Shuaibu Jaja of the APC as winner of the chairmanship seat, having scored 18,129 votes.

Ibrahim-Shehu Doka of the PDP recorded 16,123 votes and Umar Taba of the Labour Party 1,844 votes.

Lere

Abubakar Buba of the APC was declared winner of the chairmanship seat with 36,389 votes, defeating Dalhat Abu-Dadda’i of the PDP who got 24,294 votes.

Zaria

Idris Ibrahim of the APC was returned as the winner of the chairmanship seat with 34,006 votes. Yusuf Sambo of the PDP polled 14,019 votes.

Soba

Mohammed Usman of APC was declared winner after scoring 32,405 votes to defeat his closest rival, Abdu Bello of PDP, who scored 13,777 votes.

Sanga

Bisallah Malam of the APC was returned as winner of the chairmanship election with 21,854 votes. The PDP candidate scored 12,832 votes.

Jema’a

Yunana Barde of APC took the chairmanship seat with 24,251 votes, narrowly defeating the incumbent chairman and PDP candidate, Peter Averik, who polled 23,215 votes.

The returning officer, Dr. Sunday Ibrahim, announced the results.

Giwa

The ÀPC candidate, Abubakar Lawal, won the chairmanship seat with 22,896 votes His PDP rival, Awwal Kaya, scored 3,534 votes. Returning officer Godwin Ayuba also said the APC won all the 11 councillorship seats.

Kaduna North

Mukhtar Baloni of the APC emerged winner with 16,545 votes. Adamu Dattijo of the PDP scored 15,472 votes. But PDP won 6 out of the 11 councilor seats to APC’s 5 seats.

Makarfi

The returning officer, Garba Salisu declared the incumbent chairman, Kabir Mayare of APC, winner with16, 328 votes. Abubakar Makarfi of PDP scored 14,739 votes.

Igabi

Jabir Khamis of the APC is the winner of the chairmanship seat. He scored 29,804 votes to defeat PDP’s Ibrahim Yusha’u who scored 10,865 votes.

But the PDP chairmanin the area, Dan Azumi Maganda, said the PDP will challenge the result in court.

Jaba

Peter Omale, the Returning Officer, declared Philip Gwada of the PDP winner having recorded 9,012 votes to defeat the APC candidate, Benjamin Jock, who polled 5,640 votes.

PDP also won 8 of the 10 councillorship seats.

Kaduna South

The incumbent chairman, Abubakar Jarimi of the APC polled 7, 879to votes to defeat the PDP candidate who scored 4,765 votes.

Sabon Gari

Mohammed Usman of APC was declared winner by the returning officer, Abubakar-Mohammed Sadiq. Mr Usman scored 32,405 votes to defeat Abdu Bello of the PDP who had 13,777 votes.

Ikara

The APC candidate, Ibrahim Sadiq, scored 18, 974 votes to beat his PDP opponent who scored 13,416 votes.

Kachia

The chairmanship election in Kachia local government area was declared inconclusive. The returning officer said cancelled and uncast votes were over 13,000, more than the recorded votes.

According to the result announced, Allison Chitta of the PDP scored 24,482 votes to Aaron Bako of the APC’s 23,270 votes.

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2023: Only the best, popular candidate will emerge in Akwa Ibom – Iniama

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A stakeholder in the Akwa Ibom State politics, Mr James Iniama, has stated that the state would expect nothing but only the best and popular governorship candidate in 2023.

Iniama, in an interview with Journalists in Uyo over the weekend, noted the clamour by different groups for the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, to name his successor and said that the delay by the governor in announcing his prefered candidate could result in the imposition of unpopular candidate on the state.

He warned that the state would not tolerate any imposition without a level playing ground for aspirants to test popularity.

“I want to assure you that Akwa Ibom will get the best among the best, there is no anointed yet. The Governor cannot have a successor until elections are held. There will be an electoral process that would be published by INEC which will be followed,” he said.

Iniama recalled that the political build-up of the past regime was marred with fear, violence and hounding of a perceived political opponent.

“I support this movement, in fact, I am an apostle of peace. Whatever you are doing in life, you have to cohabit peacefully.

“I have been one of the Nigerians who have suffered grave injustice, I have been hunted and hounded in this state just because I was seeking for governorship and an opponent to a certain candidate. You were in this state and knew how unsafe the state was at that time.

“In 2007 many people left this state, many left for Cross River, I returned to the United States. The state is now safe, well, I support the movement but I don’t know if it is the vehicle for the governor’s succession plan but peace is a necessity.

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Secondus denies working against Southern Nigeria

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The embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has denied the allegation that he is working against the interest Southern Nigeria.

Secondus stated this in a statement issued by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, in Abuja on Friday.

It noted “the Media Office of Secondus will continue to respond to even laughable talks because of the danger of allowing disinformation to enter public space unchallenged.”

It stated that one of such piece of false information being dished out was the allegation from the Rivers State Chairman of PDP, Desmond Akawor, that Secondus was working against Southern interest and that he had not paid his dues to the party.

“We understand the frustration of the anti-Secondus crusaders who have become evidence shopaholics in their desperation to find points with which to achieve their ignoble goals.

“The Media Office sees their effort as a case of bad marketer selling a product, who puts in several efforts to convince buyers to no avail.

“Our response is that there is no truth in all the allegations and Southern interest will be grossly endangered if it is the likes of Akawor and his clique that are pushing it,” the statement said.

The office said that critical members of PDP, including discerning members of the public knew as a fact that “no one person, no matter his position, could determine singularly the position of offices in the party”.

“The Media Office will, however, continue to urge members of the public and the media to be wary of compulsive shoppers whose agenda is mainly to distract and destroy this party and remove its focus from retuning to power in 2023 as being yearned by Nigerians,” the statement said.

(NAN)

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