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Rivers APC back in election mix



A Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, granted it a stay of execution of the judgment of the Federal High Court, which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist candidates of the APC in Rivers State from participating in the 2019 general election.

Rivers APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole

The Rivers State chapter of the APC said it has been vindicated by the ruling and would contest the elections while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is not perturbed by the ruling as its work in the state would ensure victory for its candidates.

The Federal High Court presided over by Justice Kolawole Omotosho, had while delivering judgment on a suit brought by the PDP, disqualified APC candidates from being on the ballot for the general election.

But ruling yesterday on a motion for stay of execution brought before it by both factions of the APC, the appeal court, ordered INEC to relist their names on the ballot.

Delivering the ruling, the presiding justice, Justice Ali Gumel, whose ruling was read by Justice Muhammed Mustapha, said it would amount to injustice to the parties if the court refused to grant the stay of execution order.

The appeal court noted that there was a multiplication of appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court, adding that all the parties in the suit appealed against the judgment in separate suits, while almost all the parties also applied for a stay of execution.

The judgment also noted that INEC as a party in the matter did not file a counter affidavit on the application served it.

Mustapha said, “It will be unjust to repeal the application for stay of execution of the Federal High Court judgment of January 7, 2019,”

Speaking with journalists after the judgment, counsel to the APC, Mr. Chimenem Jerome, who was holding the brief for Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said with the ruling, INEC would bring back APC candidates in the list for the 2019 general election.

He said, “Today, the court delivered a ruling, the landmark one at that, staying the execution of the judgment delivered by Justice Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt in suit number FC/PHC/144/2018, wherein he barred all APC candidates from participating in the 2019 general election. Also, it declared that APC will present no candidates.

“The Court of Appeal is an appellate court, in its wisdom stated that since all the parties in that suit 144 are dissatisfied, they all filed Notices of Appeal.

“All the parties except the Independent National Electoral Commission are appellants in this matter, which means that all the parties are dissatisfied with the judgment, so the court feels the justice it can give to the matter is to stay the execution.

“And by this ruling today, APC in Rivers State and their candidates are free to participate in the elections. They can go about their campaigns, go about everything that is lawful to ensure that they are on the ballot and that INEC should ensure that their names are got back to the list.”

But counsel to Senator Magnus Abe and 42 others, Mr. Patrick Luke, in the suit CA3/37/2019, said the ruling has not changed the position that APC candidates have been omitted in the election list.

His words: “The appellant asked for a stay of execution of the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on January 7, 2019. They also asked for a restraining order.

“At the end of the proceedings today, the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division delivered a ruling and refused the reliefs restraining INEC from obeying orders of the reliefs that were sought in the Federal High Court judgment delivered in January.

“However, the court also granted their reliefs for a stay of execution.

“The implication is that legally speaking, you cannot order for a stay of execution on a completed act. The act they sought to stay is for INEC to remove the name of the candidate of APC from their lists, that act has already been completed.

“For the records, on January 17, 2019, INEC published the list of candidates of political parties for 2019 general election in Rivers State, for the National Assembly members. The names of the candidates of APC were conspicuously omitted because they were obeying orders of the judgment of the Federal High Court.

“Again, on Friday, January 31, 2019, INEC further published the final list of candidates for 2019 governorship election, obviously and the House of Assembly candidates of APC in the state were omitted and not published.

“The implication is that those acts sought to have stayed have already been completed by INEC and INEC did not file any process to refute that they did not publish any list.

“And again, the court did not give an order to INEC to put back the names of the people they have removed, no order like that.”

Meanwhile, the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation (TCCO) has applauded the ruling.

TCCO, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by its spokesman, Mr. Ogbonna Nwuke, said the high court judgment had stood between the APC and its right to participate in the general elections.

The statement read in part: “The court in its wisdom stayed the execution of the judgment of the Federal High Court, which had stood between the APC and its right to participate in the forthcoming general elections in Rivers State.

“Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had dragged the gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Pastor Tonye Cole, and other candidates of the party to the Federal High Court.

“In what was obviously an attempt to deny the Rivers people of their right to choose in an election year, the PDP and its leadership in the most bizarre manner moved to foreclose the participation of the APC in the electoral process.

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Imo: House of Assembly recalled five members it suspended for months



Imo State House of Assembly has finally recalled five of its members it suspended six months ago over alleged “un-parliamentary” conduct.

The lawmakers were recalled during the Tuesday plenary of the state Assembly presided over by Speaker Acho Ihim.

Announcing their recall, Ihim said the lawmakers were recalled after invitation for an interaction during the Assembly executive session.

The Imo State House of Assembly had in October 2018, suspended the lawmakers on allegations bothering on un-parliamentary conduct.

The recalled members are Chiji, Uche Oguwuike, Ifeanyi Nnataraonye, Donatus Onuigwe, and Kenna Nzeruo.

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Senator: Buhari has no favourite candidate – Yusuf



The Senator representing Taraba Central senatorial district, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, on Tuesday disclosed that contrary to speculations in certain circles, President Muhammadu Buhari was not supporting any particular aspirant for the office of the 9th Senate President.

Speaking with select newsmen in his office, Yusuf stated that Buhari told the aspirants to go into wider consultations with their colleagues in the hallowed chamber for support.

In his words, “I’m only speculating Mr. President on this issue.

“Buhari has no particular aspirant in mind to support. He said everybody is free to contest.

“He has asked all interested aspirants that they are free to aspire but urged them to consult widely with their colleagues for support.”

When further grilled, the Taraba senator said nobody among the aspirants should be contented with being nominated by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, leadership.

He added, “Since the position was zoned to the North-East, it is the duty of the lawmakers from the geo-political zone to harmonise and have a consensus candidate”.

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President Buhari congratulates newly elected Isreali Prime Minister



President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the State of Israel on his victory in the parliamentary election.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, extended best wishes to the people of the State of Israel in the aftermath of the successful conclusion of the poll.

The Nigerian leader, who also wished them peace, progress and stability, said he looked forward to continue to work with the Israeli Prime Minister to strengthen existing cordial and mutually-beneficial relations between the two countries.

Buhari wished Netanyahu a successful new term in office and prayed that his record fifth term would bring enduring peace and security to the Middle East.

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APC challenges Atiku’s nationality. The former vice president replies



Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not deserve an answer, after contesting his Nigerian citizenship.

The former vice-president stated this in a statement, signed by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Saturday.

Atiku and the PDP are challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, claiming that from the data in INEC’s server, he actually polled a total of 18,356,732 votes while Buhari recorded 16,741,430.

But APC urged the tribunal to dismiss PDP’s petition for incompetence, arguing that Section 131(a) of the Constitution stipulates that a person must be a citizen of Nigeria by birth to be qualified to contest for the office of the President.

Atiku’s statement read: “Dear citizens of our beloved country, Nigeria, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, told us previously that he has verifiable and incontrovertible evidence to show that the last Presidential elections were fraudulent, not credible and did not reflect the will of the Nigerian people, and he has been vindicated by the response of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, to his petition to the Electoral Tribunal hearing the petition he filed.

“The former Vice President based his case on facts and statistical evidence and challenged both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC, to disprove his factual submissions.

“The fact that the APC chose to base its defence on the ridiculous assertion that the Waziri Adamawa is not a Nigerian should show to Nigerians the type of characters we have in the APC and its government, whose legitimacy runs out on May 29, 2019.

“The position of the APC is so pedestrian and shows such straw clutching desperation on their part, that I shall not dignify it with an answer. Our lawyers would, of course, do the needful in court. But the point I want to draw the attention of Nigerians to is that both the APC and its candidate have by this infantile logic admitted to the fact that they trampled on the will of Nigerians and that their only defence is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term ‘Nigerian’.

“I am, however, confident in the Nigerian judiciary, as well as in the Nigerian people. I trust that the Tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves. We must maintain our fidelity to the rule of law and to our fountain of origin, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

“Atiku Abubakar has served our nation diligently in various capacities, form the civil service, where he rose through merit, to the top of his chosen field, to public service, where, by the grace of God, he was the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Moreover, he has committed his assets and talents to developing our nation through the provision of tens of thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs.”

Atiku added that those who have made Nigeria the world headquarters for extreme poverty, are the very people whose Nigerians should be in doubt “and not a man who worked with President Olusegun Obasanjo to double the per capita Income of our nation in less than eight years.”

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