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Alleged Matawalle’s palliatives to bandits: APC threatens to sue Zamfara PDP

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The North West zone of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Zamfara State, demanding evidence to support allegations that the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, provided palliatives to bandits.

Failure to provide evidence, APC warned, will result in legal action against the accusers.

Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna on Sunday, the APC North West Zonal Publicity Secretary, Musa Mada, stated the importance of constructive criticism in politics but cautioned against slanderous attacks that undermine freedom of speech.

Mada accused the PDP-led government in Zamfara of persistently engaging in character assassination against Matawalle, the immediate past governor of the state.

APC asserted that the serious allegations against Matawalle cannot be ignored, asserting that those behind the “fake news” must either substantiate their claims or issue a public apology to the minister.

“It has come to our notice that some unscrupulous elements in this geopolitical zone, particularly Zamfara State, made it their daily habit of using instruments of mainstream and the new media to tarnish the image of our party leaders.

“Without mincing words, we as a party strongly suspect this slanderous propaganda to have been sponsored by individuals very much related to the PDP government in Zamfara State.

“In fact, we have particular suspects as we mentioned one among the rest and we are confident that we will get hold of all the necessary evidence that we will use against them in the court of law as an investigation into the matter is already ongoing.

“If no action is taken from the side of the sponsors of this fake news on expiration of the ultimatum, on 14th April 2024, legal action will be instituted against them,” part of the statement reads.

APC condemned the habit of tarnishing the image of its leaders through unfounded allegations, emphasising that such actions undermine the integrity of the party and its members.

The statement further reads: “As a party, we concede that slandering any of our members with ulterior motives is as good as attacking the structural foundation of our great party, which is intolerable, let alone defaming the character and questioning the integrity of our leaders who earned their reputation through selfless service to the greater good of the entire nation.

“While we welcome positive criticism from the opposition that does not violate the provisions of freedom of speech, we will not condone any form of vituperation that overstepped boundaries of provisions of the laws of the land.

“This grave allegation can never be overlooked, therefore, sponsors must either provide proof of the alleged foodstuff distribution or tender apology to the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Muhammad Matawalle in the pages of at least two national dailies within two weeks from now.”

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Ondo guber: Two arrested over illegal registration of APC members ahead of primaries

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The Ondo State Police Command apprehended two persons on Wednesday over their alleged involvement in the illegal registration of members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the party’s governorship primaries scheduled for April 20.

The suspects were caught in possession of the APC’s registration booklets, a list containing the names of purported party members from Ward 7 in Ondo, and passport photographs of various individuals.

According to the police, the arrest took place at the residence of one Ariyo, a transporter based in Ondo town, the headquarters of the Ondo West Local Government Area in the state.

Prior to the arrest, concerns were raised by seven governorship aspirants under the APC regarding alleged moves to produce fake membership cards with the aim of influencing the outcome of the forthcoming primaries.

Providing details on the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, stated that the suspects were apprehended following a tip-off received by detectives.

Odunlami-Omisanya added that police had begun conducting investigations into the matter to ascertain the extent of the illicit activities and identify any accomplices involved.

“Two suspects have been arrested and are assisting the police with the necessary information to apprehend others involved in this cynicism.

“Commissioner of Police Abayomi Oladipo admonishes all political aspirants to caution their supporters whose acts can stir the hornet’s nest in the state.

“The CP also ordered a total clampdown on incendiaries no matter whose ox is gored, as the Command has spread its tentacles to all nooks and crannies of the state to ensure safety of lives and property and peaceful conduct of the party primaries in the state,” she said.

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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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