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Battle for Delta PDP governorship ticket shifts to Supreme Court

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The battle for the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 election in Delta State has finally shifted to the Supreme Court for final adjudication.

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The two contenders for the ticket, David Edevbie and Oborevwori Sheriff Orohwedor have moved their legal teams to the Apex Court to know who will fly the PDP’S flag at the gubernatorial poll.

Court processes sighted by our correspondent showed that while David Edevbie is urging the Supreme Court to uphold the judgment of the Federal High Court which declared him the PDP candidate, Sheriff Orohwedor on his part, is pleading with the Apex Court to endorse the Court of Appeal which voided the decision of the high court.

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Our correspondent noted also that about 15 Senior Advocates of Nigeria SANS have been assembled by the two parties to undertake the legal fireworks.

To prevent the suit from being statute barred, Justice Amina Augie appointed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Olukayode Ariwoola to head the panel that would resolve the dispute, has fixed September 30 for the determination of the suit to a finality.

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A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier disqualified Sheriff Orohwedor, currently, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly from the gubernatorial race on accounts of certificate forgery among other criminal allegations and replaced him with David Edevbie who came second at the PDP primary election.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on August 29, however, reversed the decision of the Federal High Court and restored Sheriff Orohwedor as the flag bearer.

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The appellate court had voided and set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court which on July 7, 2022, nullified his nomination on the grounds of certificate forgery and perjury.

Justice Peter Olabisi Ige who delivered the Court of Appeal decision had ruled that claims against the Speaker are criminal in nature and must be proved beyond reasonable doubts.

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The Appellate court had also held that David Edevbie who instituted the Federal High Court suit ought to have approached the court via Writ of Summons to enable resolution of disputes and not by originating summons where only affidavit evidence is required.

Justice Ige had said that the issue of certificate forgery and faking of documents allegations against the Speaker were such that required witnesses from those who issued the certificates and the alleged fake documents.

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The Court, therefore, upheld the victory of the Speaker at the May 25, 2022, primary election where he polled 590 votes to defeat Edevbie who polled only 113 votes to come second.

Justice Ige held that Justice Taiwo Taiwo’s judgment which upheld certificate forgery against the Speaker was a miscarriage of justice because the criminal allegations were not established as required by law.

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Why we can’t work with Obi— ADC presidential candidate

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The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, says his party will not go into alliance with Peter Obi of the Labour Party because he is considered to be a member of the ‘old order.’

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Mr Kachikwu stated this on Tuesday while appearing on “Politics Today,” a political Programme on Channels TV.

He stated that he considers Mr Obi to be a member of the old generation like the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

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According to the presidential candidate, anyone that has held offices in the past is considered a member of the old guard.

Mr Obi served as the governor for Anambra State for eight years, and he is popular among the youth on social media.

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Mr Kachikwu also dismissed all polls that have put the LP candidate ahead in the race, describing them as cooked.

“There is no difference between a Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju; they are part of the old order. They are people who held offices—they are all the same.

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They have absolutely nothing to offer. There is no reason why we should come together for the purpose of power.

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi
“I believe that there are genuine Nigerians out there supporting Obi and there is an Obi Movement.

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Eight years ago, there was a movement for President Muhammadu Buhari by the same Nigerians.

“When people want change, anything that seems like change – until it dawns on them that they were probably scammed. I don’t think there is any difference between what happened then and what is happening now.

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Mr Kachikwu, who was recently suspended by the National Working Committee of his party, said there is an ongoing conversation between his party, African Action Congress (AAC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on possible collaboration on sharing of resources.

He stated that the collaboration does not involve alignment at the poll.

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“Working together? It is possible because SDP, (Omoyele) Sowore (of AAC) — there are background conversations happening to see how we can cooperate, that we are able to share resources. No conversation about cooperating at the polls,” he said.

The presidential campaign officially commenced today (28 September) as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Yobe North: Machina Finally Speaks After Defeating Senate President ‘Lawan’ In Court

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Yobe North APC senatorial candidate, Bashir Sheriff Machina, has hailed the Federal High Court judgment that declared him as the authentic senatorial candidate of the APC describing it as a victory for justice.

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Machina, who reacted to the development through his media aide, Husaini Mohammed Isa in a statement made available to newsmen, also called on all his supporters and people of Yobe North to remain calm and law-abiding.

The APC chieftain, who declared the judgement as “no victor, no vanquished”, equally called for immediate reconciliation among the two groups that exist within the party in Yobe North.

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“I welcome the decision of the Judge of the Federal High Court, Damaturu. It is a victory that stands for justice. It is now time to set aside our differences and close ranks for the impending battle, the next war we must wage is the war for APC’s victory in the coming 2023 general elections”, he said.

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The senatorial candidate appreciated all his supporters for their fervent prayers and unflinching support saying, he will work hard if eventually elected as Senator to touch the lives of the constituents in many very positive ways.

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Mr Ibu Storms Jos For Peter Obi’s Rally After Endorsing Tinubu

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Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly called Mr Ibu, is currently trending on the microblogging platform, Twitter after he stormed the rally of Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in Jos.

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In 2021, Mr Ibu during a conference meeting with the theme, ‘South West Stands with Bola Tinubu’ openly endorsed the former Governor of Lagos, saying he has really impacted many people.

However, the comic actor surprised many Nigerians when he turned up for the campaign rally of Obi in Plateau State, today.

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Some of the videos shared online captured the moment Mr Ibu was called on stage as he prayed for the supporters of LP.

Many Nigerians reacted to the video saying the actor has allegedly collected money for the All Progressives Congress (APC) but has decided to follow his heart.

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@itzz_blitz1 WROTE: “Remembered when we told y’all on this app that those celebrities endorsing agbado are only interested in his money? Mr ibu been one of them attended Peter Obi’s campaign today in jos. Nigerians will show these politicians shege in 2023.”

@drpenking wrote: “Mr Ibu don chop APC money finish align with where his heart is. He just arrived the venue of Peter Obi’s reception in Jos”

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