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Court declines to suspend July 24 Lagos council poll

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday declined to make an order of status quo ante that would have suspended the local government elections in Lagos scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, rather, adjourned till November 29, proceedings in the suit filed by an All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship aspirant Raheem Rasaki Alani.

The judge gave the ruling after upholding the argument of counsel to the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN.

Joined as first and second defendants/respondents in the suit numbered FHC/L/CS/677/2021 are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and LASIEC.

Alani is seeking, among others, to restrain INEC from making the register for Lagos’ 20 Local Government Areas (LGA) available, arguing that LASIEC ought to conduct the election in accordance with the “constitutionally-recognised” LGAs in Lagos, and not based on the 57 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) created by the state.

But Pinheiro has filed a preliminary objection on behalf of LASIEC praying the court to strike out and or dismiss the suit in its entirety.

At the resumption of proceedings on Monday, some political parties including the African Action Congress (AAC), African Peoples Movement (APM) and BOOT informed the court of their intention to join as plaintiffs.

Responding, Pinheiro prayed the court to adjourn proceedings till after the annual vacation of the court because, among others, the intending parties who said they had filed a notice to join the suit, had yet to serve him and until that was done, the case could not go on.

He argued further that the failure of any party to comply with the law guiding the issue of service would rob the court of jurisdiction to entertain the case because “service is very fundamental before a case can be properly adjudicated on.”

When Alani’s counsel Mr. Taiwo Alabi suggested that given the development, it was reasonable that the court should issue an order of status quo ante bellum i.e. parties should stay action until the determination of the case pending in court, Pinheiro opposed him.

He submitted that Alabi’s offer was a trap “which the court must not fall for” adding that the Appeal Court had stated on different occasions that the court should not entertain that type of approach.

“How can the plaintiff in the face of various applications for joinder filed by different parties which are yet to be served on me, and a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court from entertaining the case filed by us, be seeking the order of status quo?

“I pray the court to adjourn further proceedings in this case till after the annual vacation of the court which is starting on the 26th of July,” Pinheiro added.

Granting his application, Justice Aneke adjourned till November 29 for the hearing of all applications.

He advised the plaintiff to approach the vacation judge during vacation.

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List of Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari’s loyalists declared winners of APC party congress in Adamawa

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Various contestants endorsed by Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari have all won in the just concluded state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa.

A unity list said to have been endorsed by Aisha Buhari saw all the names listed, winning various State Working Committee (SWC) offices contested.

Others said to have also endorsed the list are former Governor Murtala Nyako, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha.

By the end of the congress, which took over 30 hours, all loyalists of the First Lady had won the offices they contested for.

However, the outcome has been fiercely rejected by a group backed by former SGF, Babachir Lawal and sex toy-loving senator, Elisha Abbo.

Spokesperson for the group, Barr. Shagna Pwamaddi, told journalists that “the purported state congress was a sham”.

“The exercise was marred by irregularities, including over-voting.

“We would not hesitate to explore the internal mechanism for resolving disputes, failure of which we’ll challenge the outcome in a law Court,” he said.

The list seen by SaharaReporters has Ibrahim Bilal returned as State Chairman.

The list of other exco members is as follows:

  1. State Chairman – Ibrahim Bilal
  2. State Deputy Chairman – Samaila Tadawus
  3. State Secretary – Dr. Raymond Dauda Chidma
  4. State Asst. Secretary – Mohammed Raji Suleiman
  5. State Zonal Vice Chairman I – Isa Bagalchi
  6. State Zonal Vice Chairman II – Wilfred Huam
  7. State Zonal Vice Chairman III – Ahmed Bako
  8. State Legal Adviser – Idris Shuaibu
  9. State Asst. Legal Adviser – Muawiya Mohammed
  10. State Treasurer – Yahaya Hamajulde
  11. State Asst. Treasurer – Gambo Bakari Shelleng
  12. State Financial Secretary – Ibrahim Abdullahi Wali
  13. State Asst. Financial Secretary – Medan Kaigama
  14. State Organising Secretary – Mustapha Atiku Ribadu
  15. State Asst. Organising Secretary – Stephen Helma Semete
  16. State Publicity Secretary – Mohammed Abdullahi
  17. State Asst. Publicity Secretary – Adamu A. S. Magaji
  18. State Welfare Secretary – Audi Monday
  19. State Asst. Welfare Secretary – Shehu Ahmed Iya
  20. State Auditor – Obed Shadrach
  21. State Asst. Auditor – Mark Dauda
  22. State Women Leader – Hauwa Hammajalo
  23. State Asst. Women Leader – Salamatu Hassan
  24. State Youths Leader -Abubakar Abubakar
  25. State Asst. Youths Leader – Idris Abubakar
  26. State Special Physically Challenged Leader – Ibrahim Alhassan
  27. State Senatorial Youths Leader I – Stephen Gerison
  28. State Senatorial Youths Leader II – Idris Buba Malabu
  29. State Senatorial Youths Leader III – Usman Hamalai
  30. State Senatorial Women Leader I – Rose John
  31. State Senatorial Women Leader II – Melody Musa
  32. State Senatorial Women Leader III – Aisha Adamu Namtari
  33. State Ex-Officio I – Jamilu Abubakar
  34. Ex-Officio II – Saidu Maitalata Naira
  35. Ex-Officio III – Bello Baballo
  36. Ex-Officio IV – Gloria Makson

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PDP gets 2 factional chairmen in Oyo after parallel congresses

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The duo of Hon. Michael Okunlade and Mr. Dayo Ogungbenro have emerged as factional chairmen of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State.

The duo emerged as a result of the parallel state congresses held by the party.

The parallel congresses were held simultaneously on Saturday.

Our correspondent gathered that two camps have been having a running battle over who takes control the party in the state.

The factions are the one loyal to the state Governor, Seyi Makinde and the other one led by some aggrieved members of the party.

Makinde’s camp had its congress at Lekan Salami stadium in Adamasingba, while the aggrieved members had their own congress at Jogor centre.

Okunlade, a former member of the State House of Assembly emerged as Chairman at the Jogor centre congress.

Other state officers that were elected unopposed at the Jogor centre congress were Hon Matthew Abioye (Deputy Chairman), Mr Abiodun Oyesola (State Secretary), Pa Olawuwo (Vice-Chairman Oyo South), Akeem Ariola (Financial Secretary), Mogaji Bola Akinyemi (Publicity Secretary) and Adekola Adeoye (Youth leader).

Ogungbenro emerged as Chairman at the one held at Adamasingba stadium. Hon. Wasiu Adeleke was also returned as State Secretary at the Adamasingba stadium’s congress.

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Lagos APC: Lagos4Lagos releases parallel lists of nominees for congress

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Ahead of the Saturday All Progressives Congress, APC, congress, Lagos, a group within the party, Lagos4Lagos, has announced the names of nominees for party for executive council members slated for Saturday, with Prince Sunday Ajayi, as chairman.

Lagos4Lagos group is led by Olajide Adediran, popularly called “Jandor.”

Earlier, APC, Lagos, led by out-going Tunde Balogun, in few hours to the state Congress, also released a list of the consensus executive council members, with former House of Representatives member and ex-Chairman of Ojo Local Government, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, emerging the Chairman-designate.

In the release on Friday, ex-Lawmaker, Sumi Odesanya, is the Secretary-designate; former Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, Seye Oladejo as the Publicity Secretary-designate, while former Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale is the Organising Secretary-designate.

While Balogun led group is scheduled to hold it’s congress at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Jandor led group is billed to hold it’s congress at Airport Hotel, Ikeja at 10 am simultaneously.

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