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Finally, Obaseki’s Men Lose As Appeal Court Endorses Edo PDP List

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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP aspirants for political offices in Edo State aligned with Governor Godwin Obaseki have again suffered a setback following the Court of Appeal judgment which sacked the list of the governor as candidates of the party.

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The judgment which emerged on Friday, November 25 averred that the appellate court set aside the judgment earlier won by the Obaseki aligned candidates and returned the candidates aligned to the mainstream of the party, otherwise known as legacy PDP as led by Chief Dan Orbih, the National Vice-Chairman, South-South.

It would be recalled that the Obaseki inclined faction of the party had won a court judgment that removed the candidates earlier listed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The candidates removed belong to the Orbih faction and were those who emerged from the primaries the INEC claimed to have observed.

The development led the Orbih faction to lodge an appeal at the Court of Appeal Benin which in its judgment set aside the ruling that foisted recognition on the Obaseki led faction of the PDP.

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In the lead judgement delivered by Tunde Oyebamiji Awotoye , JCA, the Court of Appeal resolved 4 out of the 6 issues in favour of the Legacy candidates and as such declared that the Appeal was meritorious and therefore allowed.

The court also set aside and struck out suit no FHC/C5/78/2022 which earlier declared the Obaseki’s group candidates as the authentic candidates) because of incomplete transmission of records that made the court not to have jurisdiction over the appeal.

The decision of the Court of Appeal siding the Orbih list could be further challenged by the Obaseki faction in continuation of the turf battle between the governor and his former allies PDP who collaborated in the fight against the APC in the Edo governorship election of 2020.

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Taraba APC reschedule fresh Gubernatorial primary for 10th February 2023

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Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

Following the Supreme court judgement which dismissed the case between Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and David Sabo Kente, the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reschedule a fresh gubernatorial primary election for Taraba state, slated for 10th February 2023.

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This was contained in a statement released by the party and made available to newsmen in Jalingo by the state party publicity secretary, Aaron Artimas, indicate that the fresh primary election will take place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo.

The statement reads in parts,

“This is to notify all members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Taraba State, particularly gubernatorial candidates that the National Secretariat of the party has scheduled to organise fresh gubernatorial primaries for Taraba State on Friday 10th February 2023.

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“To this end, all concerned are advised to prepare themselves for the exercise. The fresh Primaries will take place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium on the stated date of Friday, 10th February 2023.

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Just In: Winner Emerges In Abia PDP Governorship Primary

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Chief Okey Ahiwe, the immediate past Chief of Staff to Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary election in the state.

Following the death of Prof. Uche Ikonne, the party’s flag bearer in the 2023 general election, the election became necessary.

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Governor Godwin Obaseki, Chairman of the PDP Primary Election Committee, announced the following results:

Total vote cast 516

Chief Okey Ahiwe 469

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Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu 12 Votes

Don Lulu 12 Votes

Samson Orji 11

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Villa cabals: Lai Mohammed knows those I’m referring to – el-Rufai declares

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Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, of knowing the individual elements in the Villa that are working against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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Recall that El-Rufai had earlier on Wednesday, alleged that some persons in the presidential Villa were working towards the failure of the party.

Responding to him, the Information Minister while addressing the state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, noted that the Presidency is not aware of those in its fold working against the APC.

The Governor, however, on Thursday, in an interview on Arise TV, insisted that even Lai Mohammed knows the individuals he is referring to in the Villa.

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He said, ”Let me restate exactly what I said. What I said was that we are convinced that there are elements in the Villa that want APC to lose the elections, I did not say the Federal government. I did not say Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I said APC. So I don’t understand why the Federal government is responding to what I said because the Federal government is not part of it. I referred to elements in the Villa, and with the greatest respect, even Lai Mohammed knows who I am referring to.”

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