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A suit filed by Udom Ekpoudom challenging the submission of Godswill Akpabio by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district in 2023 was on Friday dismissed by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Delivering judgment, Justice Donatus Okorowo, held that the plaintiff’s action was not justiciable, hence, the suit was incompetent.

Justice Okorowo, who said that the matter bordered on the internal affairs of a party and not the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), held that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

Mr Ekpoudom, a retired DIG, was the plaintiff in the case. He had sued the APC and the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio as 1st and 2nd defendants in the suit.

The lawsuit followed the emergence of Mr Akpabio as the party’s candidate in the APC re-run primary poll held on June 8.

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The state’s APC Chairman, Stephen Ntukekpo, had said he was directed by the party at the national level to carry out a re-run over alleged infractions in which Mr Akapbio had emerged winner with 478 votes, while Mr Ekpoudom got just three votes.

In the earlier primary conducted on May 27 in the state, Mr Ekpoudom won the poll, though the ex-minister did not contest, having vied for the APC’s presidential election in which Bola Tinubu emerged the winner.

Although INEC had recognised Mr Ekpoudom as the APC candidate for the senatorial district for the 2023 election, the APC submitted Mr Akpabio’s name as its candidate.

The APC insisted on Mr Akpabio as its candidate, a situation which prompted Mr Ekpoudom to challenge the party in court.

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Mr Ekpoudom, in the application, said he duly participated in the Akwa Ibom North West APC Senatorial District Primary Election held on May 27 and monitored by INEC in line with the 2023 election timetable and guidelines of the APC.

He prayed the court to recognise him as the duly elected candidate of the party.

A brother judge in the FHC, Abuja, Justice Emeka Nwite, had on September 15 ordered INEC to accept and publish Mr Akpabio’s name as the candidate of the APC for the 2023 Akwa Ibom North/West Senatorial District election.

Justice Nwite held that INEC’s refusal to accept and publish the name of the ex-minister was in contradiction with the law, having received the name from the APC as its valid candidate.

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Mr Akpabio’s name was included in the final list of national assembly candidates for the 2023 released by the electoral umpire on Tuesday.

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PDP stands better chance of winning 2023 presidential election: Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar, flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election, says his party stands a good chance of winning.

“The PDP stands the chance to win the presidential election being one of the oldest political parties in the country,” Mr Abubakar told journalists after inaugurating his campaign office in Gombe.

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He said that the party has a huge support base in Gombe State and would leverage on that to ensure victory at the 2023 polls.

He called on PDP supporters in the state to shun campaign of calumny and focus on issue-based campaign so as to attract more supporters.

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Saturday’s visit to Gombe was the third time Mr Abubakar was in the state in 2022 on political overtures.

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The United States government has felicitated with Nigeria on her 62nd independence anniversary, reiterating its commitment to help the nation combat terrorism and other forms of insecurity.

A statement by the U.S. secretary of state, Antony Blinken, released on October 1, conveyed the foreign nation’s goodwill.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of

Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence,” reads Mr Blinken’s statement.

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“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values

of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship,” asserted Mr Blinken.

He added that, “The United States is committed to supporting Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Nigeria.”

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With an election year in view, the American government declared its support to help the nation achieve “free and fair elections and value Nigeria’s leadership on global and regional issues including the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mr Blinken asserted further that the U.S. government looked “forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests.”

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The presidential flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni as an adviser on party integration and reconciliation of his campaign council.

The appointment of the Chairman of the defunct APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) was contained in a letter with reference number PCC/DC/APPT/Vol.1/27 by the presidential candidate.

The letter reads: “By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Adviser on Party Integration & Reconciliation of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council

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“This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team. We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility so we conduct an effective, message-driven campaign leading us to victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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“Together, not only can we ensure victory for our party in the February 2023 election but we shall also move Nigeria along the path of national greatness by building on the achievements of our party and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians.”

While wishing Buni God’s guidance, Tinubu congratulated the Chairman of the defunct APC CECPC.

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