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Rivers Election Tribunal strikes out petition filed by Labour Party

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The River State governorship election petition tribunal has struck out the petition filed by the Labour Party in the state, challenging the emergence of Barrister Nyesom Wike as Governor in the April 11 governorship election.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Muazu Pindiga, in his ruling, agreed with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Nyesom Wike that the petition did not follow laid down procedures.

According to him, the petition was not filed within the time frame stipulated by the Electoral Act.

The tribunal, however, deferred ruling in the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, challenging the legality of the pre-trial hearing being carried out by the tribunal.

The Labour Party and its governorship candidate in the state, Tonye Princewill,had approached the Rivers State governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja, challenging the victory of Governor Nyesom Wike at the polls.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Nyesom Wike winner of the April 11 governorship election with a total of 1,029,102 votes.

Mr Wike defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Dakuku Peterside, who polled 124,896 votes.

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2023: Atiku reaches out to Fayose over his call for southern presidency

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Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reacted to the call by former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, that the south should produce the next president in 2023.

Fayose had on Wednesday said the PDP should give room for power rotation.

According to him, PDP’s constitution provides room for rotational presidency.

Reacting, Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe said the PDP presidential candidate will continue to appeal to aggrieved persons ahead of the 2023 election.

He told Premium Times, “It is normal for our people to be aggrieved but the PDP has a way of resolving issues like this and that will be done and we all shall be happy.

“Because the bigger challenge is winning the election, kicking out the APC and stopping them from the many years of impoverishing our people.”

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2023: PDP denies reported suspension of National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu has not been suspended from office.

The National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition party, Debo Ologunagba, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement followed a social media report that the National Chairman of the party had been suspended by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) after the party’s national convention.

But the PDP has described the report as a completely false news, existing only in the imagination of mischief-makers who want to destabilize the party.

“It is clear that the false report is the handiwork of vicious anti-people forces who are agitated by the stability, unity, and soaring popularity of our party under the cohesive Sen. Dr. Ayu-led National Working Committee, as well as the intimidating stature of our Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar and His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, respectively,” the statement said.

The party’s spokesman further revealed that Ayu is on a short vacation outside the country.

He pointed out that in accordance with the party’s constitution, the Chairman temporarily transmitted power to the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum.

He also said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was informed of the development.

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Wike meets PDP senators, Orubebe

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Thursday received the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in the Senate in Rumuepirikom, his country home in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The PDP delegation was led by the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda.

Also a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe met with Wike

Orubebe recently resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party.

In attendance at the meeting were the Senate Minority Whip, Chukwuka Utazi; Shuaibu Lau, Danjuma La’ah and Barry Mpigi.

A Government House source said the senators arrived at the governor’s residence some minutes past 3pm and immediately went into a closed door with their host.

The outcomes of the separate meetings were not made public.

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