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Appeal court affirms Natasha Akpoti as winner of Kogi central senatorial election

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The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan as winner of the Kogi central senatorial district election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the February 25 election.

Rotimi Ajayi, INEC returning officer for the district, had announced that Sadiku-Ohere garnered 52,132 votes to beat Natasha who had 51,763 votes.

The margin of victory was 369 votes.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, Natasha approached the tribunal with a petition seeking to nullify the victory of Sadiku-Ohere and her declaration as the winner of the election.

In September, the election petition tribunal sitting in Lokoja had nullified Ohere’s election and declared Akpoti-Uduaghan as winner.

Delivering the results of the three-person panel, Kemakolam Orjiako, the tribunal chairman said Ohere’s results were inflated in nine polling units in the Ajaokuta LGA.

He added that INEC omitted the results of three other polling units meant for Natasha in the same LGA.

Following the necessary corrections, the court declared Natasha as the winner of the election with 54,074 votes, surpassing Ohere, who garnered 51,291 votes.

However, Ohere had headed to the appellate court to seek redress.

But in the ruling on Tuesday, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Ohere for lacking in merit.

The appellate court also awarded the sum of N500,000 against Ohere.

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Appeal Court affirms Ighodalo as PDP candidate

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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

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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

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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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