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Tribunal sacks LP rep, declares APC candidate as winner



The National Assembly election petition tribunal has nullified the election of Seyi Sowunmi, a member representing the Ojo federal constituency in Lagos.

The three-member panel led by Abdullahi Ozegya on Thursday declared Lanre Ogunyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the election.

Other members of the panel are Ashu Ewah and Muhammad Sambo.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had in February declared Sowunmi as the winner of the Ojo constituency election.

Displeased with the outcome, the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) approached the tribunal with suits challenging the victory of Sowunmi.

According to Channels Television, Ogunyemi had told the tribunal that Sowunmi was not duly sponsored and qualified to contest the elections on the platform of the LP.

On Wednesday, the tribunal, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the suit of Tajudeen Obasa, the PDP candidate, for “lacking merit” and being “frivolous”.

However, on Thursday, the tribunal agreed with the APC candidate that Sowunmi was not duly qualified to contest the election.

The tribunal declared the LP candidate’s votes wasted and ruled that the first runner-up — the APC candidate — ought to be declared the winner of the Ojo federal constituency election.

Sowunmi is the deputy chairman of the local content committee of the house of representatives.

In July, the election petition tribunal in Asaba, the Delta capital, removed Ngozi Okolie of LP as the lawmaker representing Aniocha/Oshimili constituency at the house of representatives.

The panel declared Ndudi Elumelu, candidate of the PDP, as the duly elected winner.


Appeal Court affirms Ighodalo as PDP candidate




The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has rejected an appeal to nullify the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election that produced Asue Ighodalo as its candidate for the upcoming Governorship Election in Edo.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel led by A. M Lamido, on Monday, dismissed the appeal filed by the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

Shaibu was earlier impeached from office but was recently reinstated by the court.

While dismissing the appeal marked: CA/ABJ/CV/642/2024, for want of merit, Lamido held that it found no reason to set aside the May 27 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court further ruled that the trial court was right for refusing to invalidate the outcome of the PDP primary election based on the suit by the appellant. It awarded ₦1 million cost against the appellant.

Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court had, in his judgment that was affirmed by the appellate court, held that Shaibu lacked the legal right to seek to nullify the outcome of the primary poll.

Omotosho further held that the plaintiff did not meet the condition precedent to confer such a legal right on him.

According to the court, no evidence was adduced to establish that he participated in the primary election he sought to nullify its outcome.

Omotosho held that it was a basic requirement of the law that a plaintiff must take part in a disputed election to be able to challenge its outcome in court.

He said that there was overwhelming evidence that the plaintiff was never physically present at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, where the primary election of February 22 took place.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shaibu had in the suit prayed to the court to issue an order stopping the INEC from accepting or recognising Ighodalo as the gubernatorial flag bearer of PDP in the election.

He contended that the primary election that produced Ighodalo was not conducted in compliance with both the Electoral Act and the party Constitution.

He prayed the court to, among other things, compel the party to conduct a fresh primary election in the state.

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‘I stand by my utterances’, says Ndume as he rejects Senate’s new role




Senator Ali Ndume has addressed his recent removal as the Senate Chief Whip, asserting that, after reviewing the circumstances, his actions did not justify his dismissal.

Ndume’s ousting came following his criticism of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Two days after his removal, Ndume declined the Senate Committee on Tourism chairmanship, citing a lack of experience and exposure necessary for such a position.

Speaking from his home in Maiduguri, he mentioned he never aspired to be the Senate Chief Whip, having already served as the Senate leader during the eighth Senate.

Ndume shared that he was offered the opportunity to choose a committee to serve as vice-chairman due to his role in securing Godwill Akpabio’s election as Senate President.

On the calls for him to resign from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ndume reaffirmed his status as a founding party member.

He recounted his involvement in the formation of the APC, being one of the twenty-two senators who left the PDP to establish the new party back when Abdullahi Ganduje was the deputy governor of Kano State.

Ndume noted that he consulted his constituents before publicly joining the APC at the request of former President Muhammadu Buhari and President Bola Tinubu, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to his people.

The senator explained his delayed response to his removal, citing the mourning of a family member’s death.

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Actress Hilda Dokubo suspended as Labour Party’s Rivers chairperson




The Labour Party Chairman in Rivers, Hilda Dokubo, was on Thursday suspended as a member of the party in her ward, Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.

The suspension is contained in a letter written to the Labour Party Chairman of the Asari Toru LGA and signed by the Ward Chairman, Ajalamonia Ibama, the Secretary, Lole Amacheer and the Treasurer, Emmanuel Ibamathe. Others who signed the letter were the Women leader, Osaki Dieypiriye, and the Publicity Secretary, Osaki Dokubo.

Dokubo was suspended on July 15, after an emergency meeting of the party’s ward executive committee and ratified by the Asari Toru LGA Executives of the party on July 18. The party ward officials suspended the state Party Chairman alleging financial misconduct, abuse of office and breach of party regulations amidst other allegations.

The ward executives said that the decision was made following a thorough investigation into these allegations, saying they reportedly uncovered substantial evidence.

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