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APC, Peterside shun inspection of Rivers election materials

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State and its governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, on Wednesday shunned the inspection of materials used for the April.11, 2015 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by its publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, said it shunned the inspection because of INEC’s decision not to allow forensic inspection and photocopy of sensitive materials used for the election as ordered by the Rivers State Election Petition Tribuna

The statement reads in part, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been drawn to the refusal this morning by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, for the APC and its governorship candidate in the last April elections in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside to conduct forensic examination and analysis of election materials as directed by three separate Orders of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

“It would be recalled that the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja had handed three Orders, at various times, in which it was unequivocally embedded that the INEC must allow and facilitate the forensic examination of specified election materials for the purpose of tendering same before the Tribunal.

“By Tuesday September 1, 2015 the INEC represented by its External Solicitor, Julius Mba, Esq, Solicitors to the APC and those of the PDP held a meeting where they set out the modalities for the inspection which they scheduled to commence the next day.

“However, on the morning of today [Wednesday, September 2, 2015], Julius Mba, Esq announced that the INEC would no more allow the scanning and cropping of ballot papers and other materials which are at the centre of forensic examination and analysis as ordered by the Tribunal. Every attempt to make the INEC External Solicitor and his clients to see reason has so far fallen on deaf ears.

“Consequent upon this glaring display of open disobedience to Orders of Tribunal, the APC lawyers and agents withdrew from the process as further participation would amount to legitimizing the illegality that INEC has imposed on the exercise.

“The APC would like to note that the present decision by INEC to disallow the scanning, photocopying and cropping of the materials amounts to a clear disobedience of valid Orders of the Tribunal and a means of taking away what the Tribunal explicitly granted our party and candidate in the aforementioned Orders.

“This is lucidly enunciated by the self-explanatory letter by the solicitors of APC attached herewith. We would like to urge the leadership of the INEC to quickly regain its sense of reason and do the right thing as ordered by the Tribunal without further delay.”

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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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