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Why Soludo May Not Be Sworn-in As Obiano’s Successor In Anambra

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Soludo May Not Be Sworn-in As Obiano's Successor In Anambra

A Federal High Court in Abuja has slated for November 30 judgment in the suit challenging the qualification of Anambra State governor-elect, Prof. Charles Soludo; and Deputy governor-elect, Onyeka Ibezim, to contest the last governorship election in the state.

 reported that Justice Taiwo Taiwo fixed the date after lawyers to parties made their final submissions.

The plaintiffs – Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka – are contending that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit (Form EC9) that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission and should be deemed unqualified to stand for election.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, the plaintiffs claimed that Soludo indicated in the affidavit that he was contesting the Aguata 2 Constituency seat when, in fact, he was contesting the Anambra governorship seat.

Defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Soludo and Ibezim.

In their final submission, plaintiffs’ lawyers, A. O. Ijeri and Kelvin Okoko, argued that having indicated the wrong seat he was contesting, Soludo supplied INEC with false information, violated extant legal provisions and ought to be disqualified.

The constitution has made a state a constituency in relation to the governorship election, but in this case, the third defendant (Soludo) named Aguata 2 as the constituency he is contesting,” Ijeri said.

As against the contention by lawyers to the second to fourth defendants, Ijeri argued that his clients have established that there was a cause of action and that the court has jurisdiction to determine the case.

“The cause of action in a pre-election matter, by the provision of Section 285(9) of the Constitution, is determined by the date of the occurrence of the event, a decision or action complained about in the suit by the plaintiff.

“There is evidence that INEC received the submitted Form EC9 on July 6n 2021,” Ijeri said.

He then prayed the court to find merit in the case and grant the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.

Lawyer for APGA and Soludo, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), argued that the suit was without merit and that the court lacked jurisdiction.

Ikpeazu contended that error in an affidavit cannot be a basis to disqualify a candidate from election, noting that the false information contemplated in Section 31 of the Electoral Act was criminal in nature.

Lawyer to Ibezim, C. Mbaeri, argued in similar vein and prayed the court to uphold his objection and dismiss the suit.

Lawyer to INEC, Bashir Abubakar, said his client did not file any process in the case and has elected to leave the decision at the discretion of the court.

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2023: Amaechi Resigns As Minister Of Transportation

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2023: Amaechi Resigns As Minister Of Transportation

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has tendered his resignation on Monday, May 16, 2022.

Amaechi resigned to focus on his presidential ambition.

In a press statement issued by the Amaechi Presidential Media Committee (APMC) signed by Kingsley Wali, in Abuja, Amaechi in his resignation letter expressed profound gratitude to the President for considering him fit to serve in his administration.

He equally thanked Buhari for the enormous support given him, which he said, was responsible for the tremendous record of achievements he made in the Ministry of Transportation over the last seven years.

The statement quoted Amaechi as saying in his resignation letter: “It is with mixed feelings that I tender my resignation as the Minister of Transportation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to contest for the Presidential ticket of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.

“Your Excellency, it has been a great honour and privilege serving as a member of your cabinet following your historic victory at the polls in 2015. Under your administration, the Ministry of Transportation has recorded significant achievements, made possible by your visionary support and commitment to ensuring that we deliver on our mandate.

As I embark on the next phase of our mission to work towards a better Nigeria for ALL NIGERIANS, I humbly seek Your Excellency’s prayers, blessings and look towards your continuous support and guidance.

“Your Excellency, whilst humbly seeking your kind consideration of my request please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.

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2023 Presidential Race: Atiku Discloses 5 Points Agenda

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2023 Presidential Race: Atiku Discloses 5 Points Agenda

As the 2023 presidential race thickens, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has disclosed his five points agenda.

Discussing with the Abia State Special Delegates to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National convention at the Government House Banquet Hall, Atiku said should he get elected as the winner of the 2023 presidential race, he will make sure that his five points agenda comes to fruition, which includes the following:

  • Instituting symbols of unity
  • Dealing with insecurity
  • The economy
  • Education,
  • Restructuring

Having highlighted his agenda, Atiku expressed a belief that “nobody can label me anti-East or anti-race.”

We must win the next election. Would we like to go back? Do we want to remain in opposition? These are the questions before us.

Your aspiration as Igbo people will materialise and be realised. So, give me victory so that your aspiration will be realised.

Together, we can achieve these goals if we unite as PDP and fight for power.

“I came with these objectives and if you should be able to give me this opportunity, I believe we will work together to achieve this,” he added.

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2023 Elections: Peter Obi Promises Women A Seat At The Governance Table

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2023 Elections: Peter Obi Promises Women A Seat At The Governance Table

2023 People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful , Peter Obi has promised to provide seats for women at the governance table if elected.

The former Anambra State Governor made this announcement via a tweet after visiting the PDP women leader.

“On Tuesday, I met with the People Democratic Party’s National & State Women leaders. Obi stated.

READ ALSO: Leadership Failure Is Nigeria’s Biggest Challenge, Says Peter Obi

“I shared my vision and plan of turning Nigeria around and assured them that women will have a seat at the governance table, unlike what is currently obtainable. -PO.”

Peter Obi had earlier stated that productivity is a ground that everyone must stand on for Nigeria to grow. He assures Nigeria of a production formula he plans to put in place.

“Nigeria is a nation of over 200 million people with about 100 million living in poverty, over 18 million out-of-school children out of which about 10 million are girls. Obi said.

READ ALSO: Leadership Failure Is Nigeria’s Biggest Challenge, Says Peter Obi

“We have a 35 percent unemployment rate and if we add underemployment it will rise to over 50 percent, many of which are youths in their productive age, so we cannot be celebrating.”

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