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Court Voids PDP Guber Primary In Ebonyi, Orders Fresh Poll

A few months to the general elections, a federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State.

The PDP, in its first primary election conducted in May 28th and 29th 2022, elected Mr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii as its gubernatorial candidate in Ebonyi State.

The party also held another primary election on the 4th and 5th of June 2022, which produced Obinna Ogba as its factional governorship candidate.

It was gathered that the 1st primary election of the PDP which produced Odii as a guber candidate was conducted under the headship of Silas Onu while the 2nd Primary election of the party that produced Ogba, was conducted under the headship of Tochukwu Okorie.

Both Odii and Ogba reportedly fought gallantly in court for the PDP guber ticket in Ebonyi, wherein the Supreme Court later ruled in favour of Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii.

But now, Justice Binta Nyako has allegedly nullified all the primary elections of the PDP conducted under Silas Onu.

Justice, Nyako, however, gave fourteen days (14 days) for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to conduct a fresh primary election.

When contacted, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Tochukwu Okorie confirmed the nullification of the Party’s primaries.

He said the party will soon make its position known as regards the federal High court ruling.

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Adeleke Calls Tribunal Ruling As “Miscarriage of Justice”, Heads For Appeal

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has vowed to appeal the judgment sacking him as governor of Osun state.

Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared winner of the governorship poll held on July 16.

In August 2022, Gboyega Oyetola, former Osun governor, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) petitioned the tribunal to challenge the victory of Adeleke.

Delivering judgment on Friday, two out of the three-member panel of the tribunal held that the petitioner was able to prove that there was indeed over-voting in some of the polling units.

Consequently, the majority judgment of the tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Adeleke and issue a fresh one to Oyetola as the duly elected governor of Osun.

Adeleke, in his reaction, described the judgement as “a miscarriage of justice” adding that it is “an unfair interpretation against the will of majority of voters”.

“I call on our people to remain calm. We will appeal the judgement and we are sure justice will be done,” he added.

“Let our people be reassured that we will do everything possible to retain this widely acclaimed mandate.”

 

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Everybody’s Rights Will Be Respected, Protected Under My Government- Jandor

The Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party PDP Governorship Candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) has pledged to respect the rights of everyone in the state whether indigenes or non-indigenes.

Jandor disclosed on Thursday during his meeting with Igbo traders and other groups in Surulere Local Government Areas soliciting support ahead of the forthcoming elections.

Adediran, in company of other party leaders and told the gathering of his commitment to take back the government of the state and return it to the masses.

Adediran, in his grassroots engagement with Igbo traders and leaders promised to treat them and other ethnic nationalities residing in the state fairly.

He said: “Your rights are no longer going to be infringed upon.

” We know that you play a huge role in the economy of our state. Nobody will harass your business premises when I emerge the governor of Lagos State.

“All the money that you bring into our economy is doing so much. I thank you for that. Anyone who appreciates the role you play on the economy will ensure that nobody harasses you in your businesses.

“We will ensure that vehicles conveying your containers are given free passage to your business premises because the goods are for the growth of the community where you are located.”

He assured the NdIgbo traders of protection of their businesses and investment in the state.

“I will make sure that you are comfortable in Lagos State because you consider Lagos State as your home. Be rest assured that I would consider you as one if us in Lagos,” he said.

While expressing appreciation Adediran for personally coming to them to solicit for their support, The President of Mega Auto Parts, Allied Traders Association (MAPATA),Christopher Eluu, appreciated jandor for personally meeting them, saying they were satisfied with the action of the PDP candidate.

Eluu assured him that the group would vote for any candidate who showed concern about their welfare and would not disturb them in their business premises.

“We have mobilised our members and have told them to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and we have also taken a decision on who we are going to vote,” Aluu said.

Similarly, in another interactive session with residents of Nigeria Railway Compound in Tejuosho Estate, the PDP candidate assured them that he would run an humane government and put the people first in all policies and programmes.

Adediran said that his grassroots engagement at various wards in each of the local government areas was necessitated by the need to have a first hand information on the challenges facing the people and how to address them.

He said that his choice of Funke Akindele as running mate was to see to the needs of women and their children and give attention to them.

He reiterated: “It is time to have a Lagos that would appreciate the contribution of non indigenes, and we would take them as one of us and anywhere they trade we would stop any form of harassment.”

Adediran and his campaign train also engaged different other socio-cultural, community and trade groups, soliciting support.

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In Ebonyi, Atiku Pledges Restructuring, Taunts APC’S “Collapsing Alliance”

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has restated his commitment to restructuring if elected president.

Abubakar spoke on Thursday during the PDP presidential campaign rally in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital.

He said if elected, restructuring will be the major policy of his administration, adding that the south-east will be able to attend to local issues through his “power transfer” policy.

“I am committed to power devolution and restructuring. All the south-eastern states have been yearning and have been propagating for restructuring of this country because they want to have more powers, more resources to deal with their own local affairs,” he said.

“We agree entirely and that is why it is a major policy of our government to be, if you support us and if you give us the opportunity.”

“APC had promised the same. Did they do it? They abandoned the issue of restructuring. They are a very deceitful alliance; very deceitful.

“We are committed and we mean what we say and if you give us the support, we will deliver.

“They said some people formed a party. It is not a party; it is an alliance and the alliance is collapsing and it has collapsed.”

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