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APC clears Uba, 11 others for Anambra governorship primaries 

APC clears 12 aspirants for Anambra governorship primary

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress has cleared all the 12 aspirants who paid and picked nomination and expression of interest forms to take part in the party’s governorship primary in Anambra State.

Chairman of the screening panel, who is also the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, said on Saturday in Abuja that all the 12 aspirants were eligible to contest the governorship primary.

The primary holds on August 19 in the state.

Ajayi spoke while presenting his committee’s report, adding that all the aspirants did well and were capable of leading the party in the state.

He said all the aspirants complied with the guidelines and that they all signed an undertaking form assuring that they would all support whoever emerges eventually as the candidate of the party.

The National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, who congratulated the aspirants for being competent to stand for the primary, added that the next phase would be that of appeal panel, should there be any need for such.

He also commended the aspirants, saying, “So far, we have not received any report of violence among all the aspirants.

“We urge you to carry on and we are very hopeful that one of you will eventually emerge as the next governor of Anambra State. ”

Speaking with journalists shortly after he received his clearance certificate, Senator Andy Uba assured members of the party that he would stand with APC, whether he eventually wins the party’s ticket or not; adding that the incumbent governor of the state “must pack his load and go because APC must win Anambra.”


Edo governorship: PDP loses again as Appeal Court upholds Obaseki’s election 

 Edo poll: Appeal court validates Obaseki’s election

Governor Godwin Obaseki

Alexander Okere , Benin

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin , Edo State , on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate , Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu , challenging the emergence of Godwin Obaseki as winner of the September 28 , 2016 , governorship poll.

The five- man panel, led by Justice M . B. Dongban Mensem , also dismissed a cross appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress against the PDP.

The Justice Ahmed Badamasi – led tribunal had on April 14 dismissed the petition of Ize – Iyamu and the PDP for lack of merit and upheld the declaration of Obaseki as Governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission .

But the PDP and its candidate had filed a 41 – ground appeal against the tribunal ’ s judgment while Obaseki filed a cross appeal on four grounds .

However , the appellate court , in a unanimous judgement read by Justice M . O . Bolaji – Yusuf , said that the decision of the tribunal was unassailable.

It explained that the tribunal did a “ thorough” consideration of the issues raised by the appellants.

The court , therefore , dismissed the appeal for lack of merit .

It said , “ We have considered all the issues and , at the end, we found that the conclusion of the tribunal , as has been shown, is unassailable.

“ The tribunal carried out a painstaking , detailed and thorough consideration of all aspects of the appellants’ case ; it deserves commendation.

“ Having resolved the issues identified against the appellants, we find this unmeritorous . It is, hereby , dismissed . Each party shall bear his or her own cost. ”

In his reaction , Ize – Iyamu said that while there were sufficient grounds of appeal to show that some of the decisions of the tribunal could not stand, the party would take a decision after assessing the appeal judgement .

He said , “ Until one is actually able to lay hands on the judgement and read , that when one can make a fair comment . All we know is that our appeal and the cross appeal were dismissed . But the reasons are not known .

“ By the time we lay hands on it, we will meet with our lawyers and our party leaders and take a decision . There were fundamental issues we raised against the tribunal judgement.

“ There are things it said that we believe cannot stand the test of time . We are not bound to depend only on corrupt practices to prove our point . Non – compliance is a ground in the Electoral Act and we depended on it. ”

The PDP candidate , however , did not rule out the possibility of heading for the Supreme Court .

He noted , “ Well , that is the apex court . I also believe that even if we had won , they (APC and Obaseki ) would have gone there .

“ Do not forget that they had already file a matter before the Supreme Court in respect of the Court of Appeal ’ s decision on recounting ( of used ballot papers) . So , the case is actually already before the Supreme Court . ”

But Obaseki described the ruling as God ’ s affirmation of his victory at the poll.
Source: The Punch

Fayose’s bid to prolong tenure anomalous – Falana 

Fayose’s bid to seek re-election is anomalous – Falana

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti

Femi Falana

Ade Adesomoju , Abuja

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana (SAN ), has described as anomalous the likely bid by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to seek re – election in 2018 .

Fayose had said on Monday that he would contest the 2018 governorship election so that he could serve his first term which was truncated in 2006 .

Fayose was impeached in 2006 , but the Supreme Court in 2014 nullified the impeachment that ousted him from the office about seven months to the end of his first term .

Speaking on a live broadcast on Ekiti State Television in Ado – Ekiti on Monday evening, Fayose said that since the apex court had said that his impeachment in 2006 was illegal , he would then have to approach the same court to interpret what that ruling meant and also consider seeking a re – election in 2018 .

But Falana said on Tuesday that Fayose ’ s bid to seek re – election would amount to tenure elongation  which no court could grant.

He said , “ Tenure extension by a governor under any disguise is anomalous . No court can prolong the tenure of a sitting governor beyond  the two terms prescribed by the Constitution .

“ In the case of Gov Rasheed Ladoja v INEC the appellant wanted an extension of his term of office to allow him to spend extra 11 months while he was fighting his impeachment from outside .

“ Although the Supreme Court had set aside his impeachment it was held that the relief was illegal and unconstitutional.

“ Similarly, the governors who were re – elected after their initial election was annulled , the Supreme Court made it abundantly clear that tenure extension was unknown to the Constitution . In view of the settled position of the law on the matter , Governor Ayo Fayose cannot be granted by any court in Nigeria . ”
Source: The Punch

Anambra governorship: Soludo dissociates self from APC

Anambra gov’ship: I’m not interested in APC ticket – Soludo

By Emma Elekwa, Awka

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has disassociated himself from this year’s Anambra gubernatorial election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said he was not a member of the APC and could not be contesting for its party nomination.

The ex-CBN governor and 13 others were yesterday reported by some national dailies to have indicated interest to contest the election on the APC ticket.

The state chairman of the party, Mr. Emeka Ibe, was quoted to have disclosed to some reporters that Prof. Soludo was among the contenders for the party’s nomination for the Anambra governorship election.

But Soludo, who expressed surprise at the report, said he had received several calls, texts and emails seeking clarification on the matter since appearance of the said publications.

“I also sought and obtained the phone number of the said state chairman and spoke to him in order to ascertain the veracity of the story,” he said.

He, however, said the state chairman said he was misreported by the journalists.

“I wish to clarify that I am not a member of the APC and could therefore not be contesting for its party nomination,” Soludo said.