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Osun SSG resigns, dumps APC for ADP

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The Secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG), Mr Moshood Adeoti, has resigned his position and defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He announced his resignation on Monday in Osogbo, days after he pulled out of the governorship primary election of the APC in the state.

Adeoti consequently declared his defection to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) at a ceremony attended by a crowd of supporters in the state capital.

He also used the occasion to pick the party’s ticket as its candidate in the September 22 governorship election.

Amid cheers and chants of “Shehu” by his numerous supporters at the ADP Secretariat along Ikirun Road, the former SSG said he was determined to contest the poll.

He had been Secretary to the State Government since the first term of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and was the state chairman of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) before his appointment as the SSG.

Adeoti left the APC with some members of the Osun State Executive Committee, as well as local government and ward officials and party members.

The defection was a fallout of his displeasure with the APC primary which was conducted on Friday last week using the direct voting system, otherwise known as ‘Option A4’.

The SSG, who faulted the system adopted by the Adams Oshiomole led APC national leadership, had aspired to contest the election on the platform of the ruling party as well as consulted and campaigned vigorously among the party leadership and members in the state.

He later withdrew from the race alongside Senator Babajide Omoworare and Peter Babalola, the Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, before the primary started.

The new ADP governorship aspirant claimed the direct system was a “constitutional breach skewed to favour the aspirant that eventually emerged as the party’s candidate.

He would battle with the APC candidate and Governor Aregbesola’s Chief of Staff, Adegboyega Oyetola, and Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as candidates of other political party participating in the September poll.

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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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