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Tribunal begins hearing against Saraki’s election

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Hearing on the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital between Senate President Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenger in the March 28th elections, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq began Wednesday.

Alhaji Abdulrazaq is challenging the declaration of Saraki as the senator representing Kwara Central.

The petitioner came with one witness, Mallam Oloyin Abdullateef Adebayo, who is also the private personal assistant to the PDP senatorial candidate.

The witness, who was led in evidence by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr. John Obumse was cross-examined by all the respondents’ counsel.

Mr. Obumse informed the tribunal that he had an application dated June 17, which was filed on June 29, 2015 and thus sought for adjournment based on three grounds.

First, he said that the date print out of card reader to be collected at the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) headquarters, Abuja, meant to be used for the purpose of the petition was yet to be obtained.

Also, he said that the Mallam Adebayo was the only witness in court and no one else.

The petitioner’s counsel also sought adjournment to move the application, while the respondents’ counsel did not object the motion.

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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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