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APC, PDP bicker over Tribunal

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its rival party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state have been trading word over the possible outcome of the Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The two parties at the weekend engaged themselves in a verbal battle, trading words while Justice Anunihu-led Tribunal is yet determine the veracity of the case before it.

The PDP, through the state Commissioner for Justice Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko, announced at the weekend on state radio that the APC and its governorship candidate, Mr Umana Okon Umana, had run out of witnesses in the ongoing Tribunal.

But in a swift reaction, the APC Publicity Secretary, Mr Ita Awak, said the Commissioner’s outburst was not only misleading but suppressing the truth of the matter in order to create confusion among the people.

He said the APC had presented 47 formidable witnesses, including Mr Obong Victor Attah, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and the political leader of the Ibibio race and a life member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Don Etiebet amongst others.

Mr Awak advised the commissioner to stop misinforming the people and concentrate on how the PDP and its team would convince the Tribunal that Mr Udom Emmanuel won the governorship election with 997, 071 votes when the electoral body had given evidence that the total number of accredited voters in that particular election in Akwa Ibom State was exactly 437,128 voters.

“There is no truth whatsoever in the PDP claim that the APC has run out of witnesses. As every averagely intelligent person knows, it is at the discretion of the petitioner in any case to determine the number of witnesses that may testify in order to prove the petitioner’s case.

“Lawyers know that cases are not won based on the multitude of witnesses that are called into the witness box but rather on the quality and integrity of the witnesses and the incontrovertibility of the evidence presented in court against the defendants that determines the outcome of the case,” he added.

He urged the people of Akwa Ibom to disregard the information and await the outcome of the Tribunal, noting that the APC legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun will resume its work on August 18, 2015.

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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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