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PRP, AA agents say Nasarawa Guber results for Gayam, Chiroma Wards manipulated

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has presented two witnesses to prove the claim that the Governorship election results from Gayam and Chiroma Wards in Lafia Local Government Area, were manipulated to favour the APC.

Its candidate, Mr David Ombugadu, is challenging the victory of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the APC in the polls conducted in March this year.

Ombugadu presented one witness each from the two wards at the resumed hearing at the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday in Lafia.
One of the witnesses was the Gayam Ward Collation Agent of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), who was summoned to give evidence via a Subpoena issued by the Tribunal.

The witness testified that the result announced by INEC was not the true reflection of the outcome of the polls.
The witness was designated as PW 12 and his subpoena, Agent Tag, Party Membership Card and voters card were all admitted in evidence and marked accordingly as exhibits.

The witness said he refused to sign the form EC8B (Ward Collation Summary) for the governorship election because the figures were entirely different from the actual summation of votes from the real computation from the respective Polling Units in the Ward.

The Chiroma Ward Agent of the Action Alliance (AA), also gave evidence at the proceedings in favour of the PDP.

He was also summoned based on the application of the Petitioners (PDP), to give evidence with respect to collation of results of Polling Units of the Chiroma Ward into the Ward Collation Summary sheet (Form EC8B).

The witness, who was designated as PW13, said the summary of the results of the Polling Units in Chiroma Ward into the form EC8B was not a correct reflection of the computation of the votes from the respective Polling Units in the Chiroma Ward.

The Petitioners further called two of their Polling Units Agents from Ningo-Buhar Ward of Akwanga who also testified in support of the Petitioners’ case.
They were designated as PW14 and PW15 respectively.

Counsels to Gov. Abdullahi Sule, APC and INEC, Wole Olanikpekun, Matthew Burkaa and Ishaku Dikko, cross examined the witnesses to prove that the results of the election was the reflection of what had happened.

After listening to the witnesses who had pleaded that their names be left out for security reasons, the Chairman of the three-man panel, Mr Ezekiel Ajayi, adjourned the sitting to Thursday, July 27, for continuation of hearing.

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APC To Yahaya Bello: Stop Confusing The Party, No Vacancy For National Chairman

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Yahaya Bello Kogi state

The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the immediate-past governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello that there is no vacancy in the office of the national chairman of the party.

The national publicity secretary of the party, Felix Morka warned the former Kogi governor to stop confusing the party, saying the position of the national chairman is currently occupied.

Morka handed down the warning while addressing newsmen at the national secretariat of the party.

The posters of the former governor were seen on major streets in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), especially around the federal secretariat and on walls and fences of structures around the APC national secretariat along Blantyre Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.

The bold picture of the former Kogi state governor is adorned with the inscription, “APC Next Level. Alhaji Yahaya Bello as APC National Chairman. Leading the Change, Building a Stronger APC.”

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Edo 2024: Labour Party, Apapa Factions Clash Over Governorship Primaries

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The Edo State chapter of the Labour Party has disclaimed purported guidelines and timetable for the Edo governorship primaries of the party issued by one Dr Abayomi Arabambi which is being circulated by a section of the media.

The Publicity Secretary of Edo State Labour Party, Comrade Sam Uroupa, in a statement noted that the said Dr Abayomi Arabambi is neither a member of Labour Party nor an official of the party and therefore lacks the locus standi to issue any statement on behalf of the party.

“The attention of the Edo State chapter of Labour Party has been drawn to the release of a purported time table of activities for Edo State governorship primaries which was signed by one Dr Abayomi Arabambi ahead the 2024 gubernatorial election.

“The Edo State chapter of Labour Party wish to state as follows: “That the national secretariat of the Labour Party has not released guidelines for the nomination of the party’s candidate for the Edo State 2024 governorship election.

“The said Dr Abayomi Arabambi who issued the purported guidelines and timetable for the Labour Party in respect of the Edo State Labour Party gubernatorial primaries is not a member of Labour Party and therefore lacks the locus to formulate guidelines for the Edo State Labour Party gubernatorial primaries and issue same to the public.

“The Edo State chapter of Labour Party has a communication channel with the national secretariat of the party and this imposter – Dr Abayomi Arabambi – is not in any way connect with chain of communication.

While appealing to the party’s governorship aspirants for the Edo governorship election, its members and the general public to disregard the purported guidelines, the statement assured that the public will be duly informed of the activities lined up for the Edo governorship primaries when the party national secretariat issues the guidelines and timetable.

“The general public will be duly informed through the appropriate Labour Party communication channel the guidelines and timetable for the party’s governorship primaries for the Edo State 2024 gubernatorial election when it is issued by the national secretariat of Labour Party.

“We appeal to all the Labour Party governorship aspirants in Edo State, all party members, our teeming supporters in Edo State and the general public to disregard the guidelines and timetable for the Edo State governorship election as issued by Dr Abayomi Arabambi as he’s not a member of Labour Party.”

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