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Aggrieved Bayelsa members drag APC, Odigie-Oyegun to court

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Expelled and suspended members of the All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, have dragged the party before the High Court of the state over alleged violation of their rights as members of the party.

The plaintiffs include Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, Mr. Sunday Oputu, Chief Linus Opuakpa, Mr. Koripamo Enoch, Mr. Christopher Abariowei, Mr. Harrow Zuokumo, Mrs. Rosemary Okia and Fred Akamu.

Others are Godwin Sidi, Enabuna Timidi, Kingsley Wire, Daniel Oweizidei, Moses Dennis, Prince Awini and Emmanuel Vector Weke.

The claimants/plaintiffs, in Suit No. YHC/127/2015, filed on July 27, 2015, by their counsel, Funlayefa Seibokuro of Faith Dimensions Chamber, Yenagoa, sued the party and its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (representing National Executive Committee of APC) as 1st and 2nd defendants respectively.

They also sued the State Chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe; his deputy, Eddy Julius; State Secretary, Marlin Daniel and member, Board of Trustees, Peres Peretu, as 3rd – 6th defendants respectively.

The plaintiffs, in the fresh suit before the State High Court in Yenagoa, are seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 3rd-6th defendants, their agents, servants and/or privies from recognising/dealing with the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th defendants as State Chairman, deputy, secretary and member BoT of APC respectively pending the determination of the suit.

They also sought an order restraining the APC, Odigie-Oyegun, their agents, servants and/or privies, howsoever described, from recognising/dealing with or continuing to recognise/deal with Orunimighe, Julius, Daniel and Peretu as State Chairman, deputy, secretary and BoT member pending the determination of the suit.

The claimants further prayed the court to restrain the defendants, their agents, servants and/privies from interfering with and/or abridging their rights as members of the APC pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The claimants, therefore, sought the court to declare that the purported expulsion of the 1st and 2nd claimants from the party was unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

They further prayed the court to declare the purported suspension of 3rd to 15th claimants from the APC as unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

Part of the submissions of the claimant was that the injunction was designed to preserve an existing legal right from invasion and to constrain parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice.

The claimants contended, “The court is therefore urged to hold that they have made out a legal right worthy of being protected during the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

“We submit that there are serious issues to be determined in the suit. A clear consideration of the statement of claim will raise the following legal and jurisprudential issues: Whether claimants are not entitled to demand from the 3rd defendant to give accounts of the income and expenditure of Bayelsa State chapter of the APC?

“Whether the 4th and 5th defendants can still validly function as state Deputy Chairman and State Secretary respectively after they have resigned from those offices? Whether the 6th defendant, having being adjudged to be a thief by the High Court, is qualified to hold office as a member of BoT of the APC?  Whether the purported expulsion/suspension of the claimant followed due process and is valid? Whether the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th defendants are right to handle the affairs of the Bayelsa State APC whimsically as they have done. “

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.

Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.

“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.

“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.

“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.

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2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu

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Amosun denies stepping down for Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.

Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.

There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.

But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”

According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”

While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”

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Women affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen withdraws from senatorial race

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Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has dropped her senatorial ambition.

Tallen made this known in a statement she issued on Monday.

The minister had purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election.

According to her, after consultations with her constituents, she has decided to withdraw from the race.

The statement read in part: “I remain resolute as I continue to relish the opportunity to serve Nigerian Women in my capacity as Minister of Women Affairs under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Consequently, I wish to inform you all that following broad-based consultations and interventions from critical stakeholders, I have decided to withdraw from running for the senatorial seat, mindful of our accomplishments and the notable progress we have recorded under my stewardship at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.”

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