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2019: No automatic ticket for President Buhari -Tinubu.

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Wednesday ruled out automatic ticket for President Mohammadu Buhari come 2019 elections.

Tinubu said ,anybody that would fly the party’s ticket for the polls, would emerge through credible primaries.

He stated this in Akure, the Ondo State capital during his visit to the leader of the Pan Yoruba socio- cultural group, Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasonranti.

Addressing journalists after the closed door meeting with Fasonranti, Tinubu flanked by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ,Chief Bisi Akande and Chief Pius Akinyelure however said, no law would be violated if the National Executive Council of the party and members come together to endorse President Mohammadu Buhari as the sole candidate.

While reacting to some endorsement of the President by some governors, for the 2019 elections, Tinubu said the governors lack power to endorse any candidate as a sole candidate of the party .

He said, “I have not heard about that and the party spokesman has not said that .No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to themselves.”

According to him, “President Mohammadu Buhari is a believer in process,the Buhari I know believes in rule of law. ”

His words :”We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries of the party and Akeredolu is here standing with me,he was not the governor then. He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner.

“We follow all the constitutional provision and an individual opinion does not matter at this stage,Buhari will want a normal process , Buhari that I know.

“Who says he will lose at any convention, but if the National body,the NEC and all of us as members, and endorsed him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, will not be violating our party constitution, what you are hearing is just a campaign. Buhari has not excluded anybody,and he has not affect ambition of anybody.”

Speaking while it took him so long to visit the leadership of Afenifere, he said “whatever is my decision is my decision and as an ordinary reporter, you cannot be asking me that. I decide on my time base on the charter of United Nations on Human Rights. I am a democrat and I believe in constitutional democracy ”

On his visit to Afenifere leader, Tinubu said he was in Akure to acknowledge” the leadership of Pa Fasoranti in our own race,as a great leader of the omoluwabi.”

He said Fasonranti is a respected Yoruba leader who deserves much respect, care and support especially in his present age.

His words :” Pa. Fasonranti has been a great leader in his youth and day child. His intellectual is still very intact. Seek his advise, seek his understanding and prayers ,that is why I am here.”

In his reaction, the leader of Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti described the visit as an indication of great things to come for the Yoruba race.

Fasonranti said, the coming together of Yoruba leaders would bring more understanding on major issues affecting the race.

According to him, “We will consult and move ahead. As it is now, there will be a great understanding among the leaders as Tinubu is a leader in his own right.

“I think it should lead to reconciliation of Afenifere Renewal Group and the mainstream as Tinubu has a leg there. They are his supporters. This signal shows we will come together.”

Present at the meeting held at Pa.Reuben Fasonranti’s house includes, Chief Olu Falae, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, Baba Omojola, Chief Femi Aluko and Bakitta Belo .

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Court didn’t bar APC from sending Delta candidates’ list to INEC – Party

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has denied reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, has restrained the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party from submitting the list of party candidates for the 2019 election from Delta State to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a statement made available to newsmen in Asaba on Wednesday by the legal adviser of the APC in Delta State, E.V. Onojeghuo Esq, the party described the report as false and lies cooked to deceive party faithful and cause disaffection in the party and amongst members of the public.

 

Read the full statement below:

The attention of the All Progressives Congress, Delta State has been drawn to the above-mentioned subject currently being circulated in various social media platforms and news outlets.

This case was instituted by one Chief Cyril Ogodo who participated and lost the congresses to elect a new executive committee. In his claims before the honourable court, he is seeking amongst other things a declaration as the authentic State Chairman of the Party and order restraining defendants from submitting names of candidates to INEC.

On 16th October 2018, when the case came up, the defendants informed the Court of their inability to file responses to the Claimants application for injunction. After much argument, the case adjourned to today the 17th of October for hearing.

In today’s proceedings, Counsel George Onaho Esq for the 1st and 2nd defendants (APC and the National Chairman) served their Counter affidavit and the Notice of preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the Court. The counsel for the Claimants O.J. Oghenejakpor asked for a stand down to react to the preliminary objection which was granted.

On resumption, counsel to the Claimants served his reply to the preliminary objection on the counsel for the 1st and 2nd defendants whereupon the counsel for the 1st and 2nd defendants applied for an adjournment to file a reply on points of law which was opposed to by O.J. Oghenejakpor who insisted on going on with the motion for interlocutory injunction.

At this point, the honourable court informed O.J. Oghenejakpor the counsel to the Claimants that the motion for interlocutory injunction cannot be taken as the prayers in the motion are substantially the same as the main reliefs in the substantive suit. The court thereafter adjourned the matter to 1st and 2nd of November 2018 for accelerated hearing of the substantive case and preliminary objection to be taken together and the parties to maintain status quo.

The implications of today’s proceedings are:

  1. No Order restraining the defendants was made by the honourable court.
  2. The status quo to be maintained simply means that the State Executive Committee under the chairmanship of Prophet Jones Ode Erue remains the authentic structures in the State.
  3. It stands logic on the head to assume that the Court has technically restrained the defendants by asking parties to maintain status quo when the honourable court has rightly observed that the motion for interlocutory injunction carries the same reliefs as the substantive suit and even refused to entertain the said motion.
  4. The defendants are therefore at liberty to carry out their constitutional duties as there are no legal restraints imposed by the honourable court.

In the light of the above, we appeal to all faithful members of our great Party to remain calm and not be sway by social media pranks as the records of the Court are sacrosanct.

 

Signed

E.V. Onojeghuo Esq

APC State Legal Adviser

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2019 Elections: Court stops INEC, APC from disqualifying Zamfara candidates

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The Zamfara State High Court has issued an interim order restraining the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from disqualifying the party’s candidates from the state for the 2019 elections.

The trial Judge, Justice Mukhtar Yushau gave the order on Tuesday, following a suit filed by three executive members of the party in the state – the Chairman of the party in Gusau Local Government Area, Babangida Abdullahi, his counterpart in Tsafe Local Government Area, Kabiru Chafe, and Sanusi Dan-Alhahi.

In the suit, they challenged the powers of the national leadership of the APC and INEC to disqualify the candidates from contesting for various elective positions in the 2019 elections.

The plaintiffs filed the application on behalf of 24 other candidates on October 8, 2018, through their counsel, Muhammad Sani Katu.

In his ruling on the suit, Justice Yushau, issued an order of interim injunction ordering the APC, the party’s north-west zonal chairman and INEC to maintain the status quo as at the time the plaintiffs filed the suit on October 8, 2018, which was not objected by their counsels.

The judge, thereafter, adjourned the matter to October 23 for hearing to enable the defendants file their responses to the motion on notice now before the court.

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Kogi East Senate: APC, Echocho enlist thugs to harass electorates during election

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Fresh information at our disposals has revealed that the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its senatorial candidate for Kogi East district in the 2019 general elections, Alh. Jibrin Isah Echocho have enlisted thugs to disrupt the forthcoming senatorial election in the zone, this newspaper gathered.

According to sources, the APC has perfected a grand plan to engage the services of thugs to harass electorates that are not committed to the party thereby forcing its candidate on the people.

We were further informed that the APC and Echocho planned to cause commotion if things don’t go their way.

Sources further disclosed that the party has enmarked over N100 million to implement the plans.

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