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LP Supporters Storm INEC Office in Owerri Over Denial of Access to Election Materials

Supporters of the Labour Party, LP, on Monday stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Owerri, Imo State capital, over alleged refusal to grant the party access to documents used for the November 11 governorship poll.

The LP candidate in the election, Senator Athan Achonu, had alleged that the Commission has refused to grant him access to certified true copies of the election materials.

Speaking with newsmen during the protest, LP state chairman, Callistus Ihejiagwa, said the party supporters were at the INEC office to protest against the attitude of the Commission in the state.

The LP chairman, who addressed the journalists in a wheelchair, said, “INEC is frustrating us. Nine days after an official request was made by our solicitors to the State INEC office, this Commission has continued to deny our legal team access to certified true copies of documents used for the November 11 governorship election in the state as required by law.

“We have come to INEC to express our deep frustration at what is going on. Nine days ago I was beaten up and thrown out of the hall like a common criminal while INEC and heads of security agencies in the state looked on. We were mocked and asked to go to court.

“Nine days after they have refused us access. Why then are they delaying the release of the CTC of requested materials? INEC was so efficient in announcing the results of 27 LGAs in less than 12 hours after the elections, why then is it taking the same INEC over 144 hours to issue the documents backing their pronouncements?”

Ihejiagwa added that his wife and children were yet to recover from the trauma of watching him on live television, beaten up and thrown out of the collation centre by All Progressives Congress thugs during the collation of election results, while security agents looked on.

Ben-Opara Emmanuella, Head of the Department of Voter Education and Publicity of INEC in Imo State, while addressing the protesters, said INEC had received the LP application. She assured that it was being attended to.

She said, “It’s your right to request for CTC. The materials are being assembled as we speak. We are already costing the material and by tomorrow we’ll give you the cost of payment.”

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PDP begins sale of councillorship nomination forms in Akwa Ibom

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Akwa Ibom State Council says it has commenced sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for councillorship seats across the 369 wards in the state.

This is in preparation for the upcoming local government elections in the state by October, 2024.

In a statement by the state publicity secretary, Borono Bassey, he said the exercise commenced on Friday, July 19 and would end on Wednesday, July 24.

The statement noted that for Saturdays, the collection of Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms will take place from 9am and end by 3pm.

Bassey said the party chairman, Elder Aniekan Akpan has encouraged all aspirants to maximize the time frame and purchase the forms, promising that the party would display the principles of fair play and transparency and also adhere to the guidelines throughout the exercise.

According to him, “The Chairman, Rt. Hon. (Eld) Aniekan Akpan said our Party, the PDP has put all modalities in motion to ensure that we have a successful outing. Yesterday, we announced the Commencement of Sales of Forms and once that process is completed, submission will begin and also end on the stipulated dates. Thereafter we will screen candidates.

“I wish to reiterate the advice of the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State, who is our Governor, His Excellency, Pastor Umo Eno, that leaders and stakeholders across the different Local Government Areas and Wards must ensure that their actions, resolutions and choices promote the current legacy of Peace that we enjoy in this State and also make winning very easy for our Party, the PDP.

“We must, through our actions and choices, continue to uphold and make good the trust of Akwa Ibom on the PDP which has made them continue to choose our Party as the most preferred platform for the emergence of Leaders and Representatives.”

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Hilda Dokubo dismisses report of suspension from Labour party

Nollywood actress and chairperson of the Labour Party in Rivers State Hilda Dokubo has dismissed reports about her suspension from the party.

Dokunbo was suspended by executives of her ward in Asari Toru Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers over the allegations of financial misconduct, abuse of office and breach of party regulations among others.

According to the reports, the letter of suspension was addressed to the LP chairman of Asari Toru LGA and signed by some persons who claimed to be the ward executives.

However, on Friday, Dokubo said that the reports are false, and published letters written by the actual ward executives and Asari Toru LGA executives of LP stating their confidence in her leadership.

One of the letters described those who announced the false suspension as “agents of acrimony”.

Dokubo said she had no dealings with the party’s finances at the ward and even at state level.

“So the world may know that there is no truth in the news making the rounds that I have been suspended by my ward for financial mishandling.

“Let me start by stating unequivocally that even at the state level I have no dealings with the financials of our dear party, the Labour Party of Nigeria, let alone at the ward level where I am only a member. The party at both levels have financial secretaries and treasurers and I am neither,” she wrote on social media.

“I am however not ignorant of the cheap attempt to distract the unsuspecting public, and lovers of the Labour Party from the battles we have had to deal with,” Dokubo added.

In March 2023, LP national chairman Julius Abure announced Dokubo as head of a three-member steering committee for the Rivers State chapter of the party for one month.

The decision to appoint Dokubo-led team was sequel to the dissolution of a caretaker committee headed by Deinye Pepple.

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‘Am as good as being a member of APC’, ‘My Spirit has left PDP’- Philip Shaibu

Philip Shaibu, recently reinstated as the deputy governor of Edo State, has revealed that he now considers himself “an unofficial member” of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Shaibu made this disclosure during an interview on Arise TV’s Good Morning Show on Friday.

This announcement followed a federal high court ruling in Abuja on Wednesday, July 17, that ordered Shaibu’s reinstatement after his impeachment in April.

However, Shaibu’s convoy was attacked by suspected gunmen in Benin City during his first public appearance post-judgment.

The attack resulted in the death of a police officer. At the time of the attack, Shaibu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was accompanied by Monday Okpebholo, the APC candidate for the September 21 governorship election in Edo.

When questioned about his association with the APC governorship candidate, Shaibu stated that his “spirit” has departed from the PDP.

He further elaborated, saying he is “as good as being a member of APC” and noted that “the only thing is that I have not officially left PDP.”

He added;

For now, I am PDP. But going forward, if I declare for APC, it means that I have declared full support for Okpebholo. I am as good as being a member of APC, I can tell you that. I have two legs in APC. The only thing is that I have not officially left PDP. I am an unofficial member of APC. My spirit has left PDP.”

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