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After APC Edo abracadabra primary: Senator Osunbor speaks, asks his teeming supporters to remain steadfast

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…says Okpebholo has approached me for support

After the All Progressives Congress APC dislocated primary, topmost aspirant, Senator Prof Oserheimen Osunbor on Friday has advised his teeming supporters to remain steadfast for further instructions.

In a message of solidarity to his supporters which he personally signed, Osunbor noted that it’s glaring that:”the National Working Committee of our party that conducted the primaries is satisfied with the outcome and has issued a Certificate of Return to Senator Monday Okpebholo as the party candidate. This is already public knowledge.

“The Senator has paid me a visit to solicit my support and those of my teeming followers. That initial visit, it was agreed, will be followed soon by more detailed discussions. Be rest assured that you will be carried along as the talks progress. The outcome of the discussions will influence our collective decision and next line of action.

Read full message below:

EDO 2024: A MESSAGE TO MY SUPPORTERS AND WELL-WISHERS

Ladies and Gentlemen,

“The events connected with the process, conduct and outcome of the APC governorship primary election in Edo State in the past fortnight or so have, no doubt, left many of you bewildered, disappointed and confused. As you are aware, I issued statements to express my personal displeasure about what we saw which fell very much below our expectations. Many of you have reached out to me to seek direction as to our next line of action.

“It is now clear that the National Working Committee of our party that conducted the primaries is satisfied with the outcome and has issued a Certificate of Return to Senator Monday Okpebholo as the party candidate. This is already public knowledge.

“The Senator has paid me a visit to solicit my support and those of my teeming followers. That initial visit, it was agreed, will be followed soon by more detailed discussions. Be rest assured that you will be carried along as the talks progress. The outcome of the discussions will influence our collective decision and next line of action.

“Let me use this opportunity, once again, to thank you all for your forbearance, steadfastness and unwavering support through the months and years that we worked together to bring about the Rebirth of EDO FOR EXCELLENCE. May God richly bless you for your sacrifices.

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Ganduje’s Suspension: Kano APC Ward Leaders Drag High Court Judge Before NJC

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Peeved by the exparte order granted by Justice Usman Mallam Na’abba of the Kano State High Court which restrained Abdullahi Umar Ganduje from parading himself as National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Ganduje Ward chapter of the party in Dawakin Tofa local government has dragged Justice Na’abba before the National Judicial Council, ( NJC).

The exparte motion was filed by Dr Ibrahim Sa’ad Esq on behalf of two executive members of APC Ganduje ward, Dawakin-Tofa local government area; the assistant secretary, Laminu Sani; and legal adviser, Haladu Gwanjo (plaintiffs); who was part of the nine ward executive who had on Monday suspended the former Kano state governor as a member of the party.

Checks revealed that Justice Na’abba also held as prayed, stopped the State Working Committee of the APC Kano, from interfering with the legally and validly considered decision of executives of Ganduje ward, essentially on action endorsed by a two-thirds majority of the executives as provided by the party constitution.

In a petition signed by the 27 Ward Executives, dated 17th April 2024 and addressed to the NJC chairman and Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, they accused Justice Na’abba of gross misconduct in granting the exparte order which axed Abdullahi Ganduje as APC National Chairman.

The petition reads in part: “We the Executive Committee members of Ganduje Ward, Dawakin-Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State write to formally bring to your attention and seek intervention concerning the actions of Hon. Justice Usman Mallam Na’abba, presiding over Court 4 of the High Court of Kano State, in a ruling involving our Party, the All Progressives Congress APC.

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Confusion As Yahaya Bello, EFCC In Arrest, Counter-arrest Warrant’s War After Abuja’s Show Down

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Alhaji Yahaya Bello, former Kogi State Governor, has ran to a High Court sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, to seek solace hours after operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, laid siege to his Abuja residence.

The former governor on Wednesday evening obtained a court order restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from infringing on his fundamental human rights.

This is coming as operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday morning, laid a siege to his house, located at Wuse Zone 4, Abuja less than one week after the embattled immediate-past governor met with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The former governor had been at loggerheads with the EFCC over his multi-billion naira fraud case leveled against him by the anti-graft agency.

According to Daily Sun report EFCC had last week gotten the nod of President Tinubu and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi to prosecute Bello.

Bello, alongside his nephew and other former government officials, allegedly siphoned over N80 billion while he held sway as governor.

Over 140 properties have also been linked to the embattled former governor, both in Nigeria and abroad.

But in a two hour judgment delivered on Wednesday, at the High Court 4 and presided over by Hon. Justice I.A Jamil, in suit no HCL/68/M/2020, the court restrained the EFCC from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant except as authorised by the Court.

This is a definite order following the earlier interim injunction given.

The judgment followed the suit brought before the court by Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the applicant, seeking to enforce his fundamental rights against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Earlier in the judgement, the Court dismissed the issue of jurisdiction as challenged by the EFCC.

The Applicant’s Counsel SA Abbas and MS Yusuf, described the judgment as landmark while the Defendant Counsel, T.U Odima and Patrick O. Jibril also aligned themselves to the judgment, describing it as thorough.

Meanwhile, in what appear as a counter order, a Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, warrant to arrest the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

Justice Emeka Nwite granted the warrant on Wednesday, April 17, at the instance of the EFCC.

According to the Judge, Bello’s arrest is preparatory to his arraignment on Thursday, April 18.

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Just in: Ganduje hands over to deputy after Kano Court affirms his suspension(Photo)

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A Kano State High Court has restrained the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, from parading himself as a member of the party.

This is just as Ganduje hands over to his deputy.

Justice Usman Malam Na’abba, on Wednesday, made the order, following an exparte motion filed by Dr Ibrahim Sa’ad on behalf of two APC executive members of Ganduje ward, Dawakin-Tofa Local Government Area.

The plaintiffs are the party’s Assistant Secretary, Laminu Sani, and its Legal Adviser, Haladu Gwanjo.

The duo are among the nine ward executive members who suspended Ganduje from the party at the ward level, two days ago.

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