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Oshiomhole Demands Shake-up Of INEC In Presence Of Buhari

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Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday called for reorganisation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The obviously angry Oshiomhole made the call at the caucus meeting of the APC in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, in reaction to the postponement of Nigeria’s general election by the country’s electoral umpire.

The National Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, had on Saturday shocked many Nigerians by announcing at about 2:40 a.m., a few hours to the commencement of the polls, that the elections had been postponed over logistic problems.

According to Yakubu, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now hold on Saturday, 23 February.

The action of the commission has since been condemned by many Nigerians, including the political gladiators.

And at Monday’s meeting, which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, 11 APC governors, and other party leaders, Oshiomhole accused some INEC State Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of working with the main opposition PDP.

He also accused INEC of leaking its plan to postpone last Saturday’s elections to the PDP.

As for President Buhari, he said: “The constitution and the laws protected INEC, but they must not take us for granted.”

Concise News had reported that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, had on Saturday morning accused President Buhari of plotting to disenfranchise Nigerians following the rescheduling of the 2019 elections by INEC.

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APC suffer major setback as Doguwa defects to PDP

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Senator Masaud Doguwa, a prominent figure in Kano State’s All Progressives Congress (APC), has switched allegiance to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This announcement was made in a statement signed by Doguwa and released to the press on Friday, July 12.

Doguwa criticised President Bola Tinubu’s administration for its lack of direction and policies, which he claims have impoverished the nation, prompting his defection to the PDP.

In the statement, he expressed feelings of being underutilised and frustrated with the APC’s anti-people policies, which led to his decision to leave the party and his numerous supporters.

Despite their extensive political experience, Doguwa noted they seldom had opportunities to participate in party discussions and contribute to the APC’s development.

“In politics, if you fail to engage highly experienced politicians by providing them with political assignments, you are making them politically redundant and giving them room to struggle and engage themselves elsewhere,” the statement read according to Punch.

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Appeal Court upholds Ododo’s election as governor of Kogi State

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has upheld the election of Usman Ododo as the Governor of Kogi state.

The appellate court on Thursday backed the verdict of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja which had affirmed Ododo’s election victory.

The tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its governorship candidate, Murtala Ajaka.

We previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Usman Ododo, as the winner of the keenly contested November 11, 2023 Kogi State Governorship Election.

The state Returning Officer, Prof Johnson Urama, who is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, announced Ododo as the winner at 10:23 pm on Sunday, November 12, 2023.

According to the announced results, Ododo polled 446,237 votes, to beat his closest rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who scored 259,052, while Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 46,362 votes.

However, the petitioners approached the tribunal seeking an overturn of the election results and an order directing INEC to conduct a fresh election in about five LGAs.

Ajaka’s legal team led by Joseph Okutepa(SAN) had challenged the poll on the grounds of alleged forgery, voting and non-compliance to the Electoral Act.

The petitioner called 25 witnesses from the five Local Government Areas including Adavi, and Okene LGAs, and they challenged the results from the disputed polling units.

The petitioners also alleged that over-voting occurred in 5 local government areas of Kogi state including Adavi, Okene, Okeyi, and LGAs.

However, the APC legal team led by Emmanuel Ukala challenged the competence of the witnesses presented by the petitioner, adding that their statements were not filed along with the petition.

Counsel for INEC, Kanu Agabi (SAN) maintained that the witnesses presented by the petitioner were incompetent because “they are not the makers” of the electoral documents submitted as exhibits.

The tribunal dismissed the petition and affirmed the election of Ododo while holding that the petitioner could not prove that the governor presented a forged certificate, among other things.

Parties now approached the appeal court seeking favourable judgements for their clients.

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Reps, minister in heated argument over corruption allegations

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For several minutes on Tuesday afternoon, guests and journalists watched as a house of representatives committee and Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, minister of women affairs, engaged in a heated debate.

The house committee on women affairs and social development, chaired by Kafilat Ogbara, had summoned the minister over alleged corruption in her ministry.

The committee is investigating the alleged diversion of N1.5 billion earmarked for the payment of contractors.

Some contractors had petitioned the committee, alleging non-payment for contracts they had executed for the ministry.

The hearing soon turned into a shouting match, with committee members and the minister hurling accusations and counter accusations.

“What was budgeted for 2023 from the accountant-general’s office, was it released to the account of the ministry of women affairs. Yes or no?” Ogbara asked.

Marie Ebikake, another member of the committee, accused the minister of sidelining staff of the ministry.

“Fortunately, I attended the last meeting and one of the reasons why we took you on oath was to get the truth from you and today you have deviated…,” Ebikake said, before she was interrupted by the minister.

“I take exception. I don’t like this allegation. I am no slave to anybody,” Kennedy-Ohanenye said.

“She should withdraw that statement she said about me. It is not fairness here. It is a trap but I am not going to jump into it. I fear nothing… nothing!!”

Kennedy-Ohanenye was also interrupted by the committee chairperson, who cautioned her against jumping in while an “honourable member” was speaking.

The back and forth continued for a while.

The committee adjourned hearing indefinitely after the argument.

Watch the video below.

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