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ADP Drags Obaseki To Court , Wants Edo Election Nullified

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The Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its candidate in the Sept. 19 Edo Governorship election, Iboi Lucky Emmanuel, on Monday, dragged Governor Godwin Obaseki to court over his re-election victory.
This came exactly same day the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the gubernatorial poll, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, formally announced that he had decided not to challenge Obaseki’s victory at the Tribunal.
The petition of the ADP and its candidate against Governor Obaseki’s re-election was filed at the State Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Monday, October 5, 2020.
Joined in the petition are: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 1st Respondent; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 2nd Respondent; Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, 3rd Respondent; All Progressives Congress (APC), 4th Respondent; Andrew Osagie Ize-Iyamu, 5th Respondent.
Citing a number of grounds upon which Obaseki should be disqualified from the just concluded guber poll, the ADP and its candidate called on the Tribunal to nullify the poll and order a fresh election between the remaining candidates.
The petitioners alleged that the University degree certificate submitted by the 3rd respondent(Godwin Obaseki) to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), issued by the University of Ibadan was defective.
“In an affidavit deposed to and presented to INEC in his Form CF001 in 2016, Obaseki submitted a certificate purported to have been signed by the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar of the University,” it said.
“In the Form EC9 submitted to INEC in 2020, Obaseki attached an undated certificate with only one signatory purporting to be the signature of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.”
The party and its candidate, however, alleged that the signature of the Vice Chancellor, who signed the Degree Certificate being presented by Obaseki, died in 2015 after retirement for a long time and couldn’t have signed a re-issued certificate in 2020.
“The petitioners will rely on oral and documentary evidence to show that Professor Tekena Tamuno who was Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan from December 1975 to November 1979 had not only died in 2015, but could not also have signed a document purporting to be a document of the University of Ibadan after his retirement and death.”
The ADP and its candidate also argued that the 3rd respondent(Godwin Obaseki) was not qualified to contest the governorship election held in September 19 and the votes credited to him were null and void and of no effect and value.
They also sought a declaration that Obaseki’s participation in the election is null and void having sought and participated in the primary election process for two different political parties (namely PDP and APC) in respect of the same governorship election in Edo State.
Emmanuel and ADP also sought a “A DECLARATION that the 3rd Respondent presented a forged and/or false certificate to INEC in violation of Section 182 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“And that the 3rd Respondent(Obaseki) was at the time of the election which held on 19/9/2020, not qualified to contest the election for having submitted a false forged document or certificate to INEC along with his Farm EC9.”
Others were; “A DECLARATION that the 3rd Respondent(Obaseki) having by his own showing admitted in Form EC8 that he never attended any primary school, is a person who has not been educated up to School Certificate level or its equivalent as prescribed by Section 177 (of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended) and is therefore not qualified to contest the governorship election which held on 19/9/2020 in Edo State.
“AN ORDER disqualifying the 3rd Respondent(Godwin Obaseki) as contestant in the said Edo State Governorship Election which held on 19/9/2020.
“AN ORDER nullifying the Governorship election which held on 19/9/2020 in view of the fact that the 1st Respondent(INEC) returned the 3rd Respondent(Obaseki) who was not qualified to contest the election as the winner of the election.
“AN ORDER directing the 1st Respondent(INEC) to conduct a fresh election between all the qualified contestants in that election apart from the 2nd and 3rd Respondents(PDP and Obaseki) who are constitutionally disqualified from contesting the 2020 Governorship election in Edo State.
“And an ORDER nullifying the certificate of return issued by the 1st Respondent(INEC) to the 3rd Respondent(Obaseki).”
Alternatively, the ADP and its candidate prayed for;
“A DECLARATION that the 3rd Respondent’s participation in the Edo State Governorship election held on 19/9/2020 is null and void having sought and participated in the primary election process for two different political parties (namely PDP and APC in respect of the same governorship election in Edo State.
“AN ORDER disqualifying the 3rd Respondent(Obaseki) and nullifying the votes cast for him in the said Governorship election held in Edo State on 19/9/2020 and ordering the 1st Respondent(INEC) to conduct a fresh election between all other qualified candidates excluding the 2nd and 3rd Respondents(PDP and Obaseki).”

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Ohanaeze Youths Urge South – East Governors To Join APC

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has urged governors of the South-East to join the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The group said it was apparent that the Peoples Democratic Party did not have the region’s best interests at heart, and as such, there was no need for leaders of the zone to continue to work with the main opposition party.
The zonal Secretary General of the group, Mr. Nnabuike Okwu, said this after a virtual meeting with leaders and other critical stakeholders of the region, on Monday.
This call came barely 48 hours after speculations that the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, had concluded plans to dump the PDP and take up membership of the APC.
Okwu said “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, after their consultative virtual meeting, with Igbo leaders and elders, on Monday, has been mandated to start mounting pressure on the South-East governors to abandon their political parties, especially those in the People’s Democratic Party, to join the mainstream ruling party, the All Progressive Congress, without further delay.
“OYC urges the governors to defect, because there are no political benefits for the South-East to continue to remain in a political party that has no respect and value for Igbos, except milking their votes during elections through deceitful mediums and fake promises, and manipulative politicians.

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Reps To Bar Courts From Sacking President , Governors

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A law to bar courts and election tribunals from voiding the election of a President-elect and governors-elect, because of blemishes in the educational qualifications of their running mates, is underway in the House of Representatives.
The Bill to that effect, obtained on Monday, by is entitled: “An Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, to Preserve the Elections of a Candidate to the Office of the President and Governor whose running mates are found to have Defected in their Qualification”.
The Bill, sponsored by Rep. Solomon T. Bob (Rivers-PDP), seeks to alter ” Section 142 (1) of the Principal Act, by “inserting a proviso to the subsection as follows: Provided that a person who has been elected to the office of the President shall have his election voided or cancelled by sole reason of any defect in the qualification of his associate nominated as his running mate”.
The Bill alters Section 142 of the Constitution, “by inserting after subsection 2, a new subsection 3(3) where a candidate has been elected to the office of the President and his running mate, has been found by a competent Court or Tribunal not to possess the requisite qualification for that office as prescribed by subsection 2 of this section, his election shall not be voided by the sole reason of such defect, but shall nominate another candidate from a same political party, which sponsored him to occupy the office of the Vice President”.
Section 187(1) of the Constitution, is amended by the Bill, “by inserting a proviso to the subsection as follows: “Provided that a person who has been elected to the office of the Governor, shall not have his election voided or cancelled by the sole reason of any defect in the qualification of his associate nominated as his running mate”.
Section 187 of the Constitution, is also altered by ” inserting after subsection 2, a new subsection 3″, to state that: ” where a candidate has been found by a competent Court or Tribunal not to possess the requisite qualification for that office as prescribed by subsection 2 of this section, his election shall not be voided by the sole reason of such defect, but shall nominate another candidate from the same political party, which sponsored him to occupy the office of the Deputy Governor”.
The Bill explains that “it seeks to alter the Provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to preserve the elections of candidates to the office of the President or Governor whose deputies, have been found to have deficiencies in their qualifications”.

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Ebonyi Lawmakers Give PDP 7 Days Ultimatum To Zone Presidency To South- East

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The plot for the defection of top government officials in Ebonyi State to the All Progressives Congress (APC) thickened yesterday with the state House of Assembly giving a seven-day ultimatum to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone the presidency to the South-east zone in 2023.
The ultimatum has strengthened the speculation that the Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, is planning to lead executive council members and the state lawmakers, elected on PDP platform, to join the APC.
Umahi, who is rumoured to be nursing higher political ambition in 2023, had reportedly perfected plans to cross over to the nation’s ruling party.
At a press conference in Abakaliki, the state capital, the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Francis Nwifuru, warned that the PDP would pay heavily if the party fails to adhere to the request.
Twenty two out of the 24 members of the state House of Assembly were present while two lawmakers were absent.
The lawmakers also warned the PDP not to contemplate removing the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.
Nwifuru said: “We are giving our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seven days’ ultimatum to summon the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party and zone the position of the presidency to the South-east, Nigeria, especially as INEC has officially announced the date of the presidential election.
He said: “Equally, the party should not contemplate to remove the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, as it is customary that the zone (South) from where the National Chairman comes from produces the presidential candidate of the party. If this advice is not adhered to, it will further divide and destabilise the party along sectional and regional lines.
“Failure to adhere to these kind requests will cost our party heavily and we, the honourable members of the sixth Ebonyi State House of Assembly will leave no stone unturned in taking decisive actions to ensure that traditions and dividends of democracy are respected in our party.”
The lawmakers noted that since the rebirth of democracy in 1999, the South-east zone has paid its dues having worked assiduously and massively voted for all the presidential candidates of PDP from other zones in the country, stressing that in the spirit of democracy, equity, justice and fairness, the presidency, come 2023, be zoned to the South-east.

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