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




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.


Court stops PDP from dissolving Rivers chapter EXCOS



A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, restrained the national body of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from dissolving the Rivers’ chapter of the State Executive Committee (SEC) over alleged anti-party activities.

Delivering judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo, said he found that the case of the plaintiff, Mr Desmond Akawo, succeeded on merit.

Akawo, the Rivers’ PDP Chairman, had sued the party and Dr Iyorchia Ayu (the immediate-past National Chairman representing himself and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC)) as 1st and 2nd defendants.

The plaintiff also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as 3rd defendant in the amended originating summons marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/112/2023 and filed on March 9 by his counsel, Dr Joshua Musa, SAN.

Akawo sought the court’s determination whether having regard to the provisions of Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 47(1) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended In 2017), they were not entitled to serve our their term.

He said he and other members of the SEC, the LGA executive committees and the ward executive committee were elected and sworn-in pursuant to the state’s congress held on March 21, 2020 and were entitled to complete their four-year term which expires on or about May 22, 2024.

Akawo, in the affidavit which he personally deposed to, averred that the PDP ans its national chairman on Jan. 4, prior to the general elections, threatened to unilaterally dissolve the Rivers’ chapter of SEC and replace the same with an Interim Caretaker Committee.

He, however, said that prior to the threat, neither any member of the state committee nor himself had ever been queried by them.

He, therefore, sought an order of injunction restraining the party and the national chairman from dissolving, suspending or truncating the tenure of the Rivers’ SEC, the LGA executive committees and the ward executive committees until May 22, 2024, when their four-year term would expire, among other reliefs.

Justice Ekwo held that the PDP and its national chairman did not deny Akawo’s averments.

“Essentially, the 1st and 2nd defendants have admitted the case of the plaintiff on this issue.

“The law is that facts admitted need no further proof;” he said.

The judge, who granted all Akawo’s reliefs, declared that the party and its national chairman cannot unilaterally and without reasonable cause, dissolve the state’s EXCOs who were democratically elected for a four-year period.

He also gave an order of injunction, restraining them from appointing any person or group of persons as interim caretaker committee in the state until May 22, 2024.

Justice Ekwo further gave an injunction order restraining INEC from according recognition or accepting any name as caretaker committee of the PDP in the state except those democratically elected and represented by Akawo in the suit.

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Democracy day: Ireti urges Nigerians commitment to democratic tenets



Sen. Ireti Kingibe (LP -FCT) has urged Nigerians to remain committed to the ideals of democracy as it remained the best form of government.

Kingibe, whose victory in the Feb. 25, Senatorial election was affirmed by the Elections Petitions Court on Tuesday, made this call in a statement to mark the International Democracy Day.

She said that in spite of the hiccups and challenges faced by the nation since its return to democracy, Nigeria has held together and fared better under civilian democratic rule than it did under authoritarian regimes.

“As we mark the International Day of Democracy, it is fitting that we celebrate the gains achieved by our adherence to the rule of law.
“It is indubitable that we are not where we had expected to be when we commenced this democratic journey in 1999,.

“However, we have certainly made progress in terms of greater respect for the rule of law, the dignity of the human person, and the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

“We must consolidate on these gains as we press for more commitment from everyone including governments across all levels, for greater tolerance and acceptance of our ethnic and religious diversity,”she said.

According to Kingibe ,it is an incontrovertible fact that the things that bind Nigerians together are far more resilient than the centrifugal forces threatening the country’s unity.

“If we stand firm , together, we will defeat these forces, and only then can our nation fulfill its manifest destiny of being the voice of black people everywhere in the world.”

Kingibe assured residents of Abuja that her tenure as their representative would usher in an era of improved security, healthcare, peace as well as provision of social infrastructure in the Federal capital.

She promised to hold the mandate given to her by FCT residents sacred and to fully discharge the mandate to their satisfaction.

She said she would work relentlessly with her colleagues in the National Assembly and members in the executive branch of government, to ensure qualitative improvement in the well-being of FCT residents .

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