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The Jalingo Division of the Federal High Court has nullified the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that produced Emmanuel Bwacha as the candidate for the 2023 general elections.

An aspirant, David Kente, had approached the court to challenge the conduct of the primary, asking the court to order a fesh election, among other prayers.

Justice Simeon Amobeda on Tuesday ordered that a fresh primary be conducted within 14 days.

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The judge said the defendant could not convince the court that there was a primary election through which he emerged as the party’s flag bearer.

The court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Mr Bwacha.

Reacting to the judgment, counsel to Mr Bwacha, Ibrahim Effiong, said he would study the judgment and consult with his client on the next action.

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Rhe counsel to the APC, Festus Idepefo, also said he would consult with his client after studying the judgment to decide the next line of action.

Meanwhile, Mr Kente has described the court’s ruling as a landmark judgment.

He said the evidence before the court which influenced the decision vindicated his position and that of many party supporters in Taraba.

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Peter Obi unveils website for donation, campaign

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has launched an official website to promote his political campaign and solicit funds ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Obi made the announcement on Friday in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle.

The former Anambra governor disclosed that donations from willing donors could also be made through the platform.

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He encouraged his supporters to visit the official campaign website for the Obi-Datti Campaign organisation.

He tweeted, “I invite every member of the OBIdient Family, and every supporter of our march to a new Nigeria to visit. You can use that medium to support and donate in cash & kind to the campaign.

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“Later today, I’ll be speaking at Oxford University on “Trends and Prospects of Nigeria’s Economy: Broader Implications for Africa’s Development.”

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Why Omehia was derecognised as Rivers ex-governor – Wike

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Why Omehia was derecognised as Rivers ex-governor – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained why the State House of Assembly recognised Celestine Omehia as a former Governor of the state.

Wike said the action of the State 32-member legislature to derecognise Omehia as former governor in 2015 was in violation of an extant Supreme Court judgement which ousted Omehia, stating he never existed as governor in the eyes of the law.

The governor explained that with the benefit of hindsight, the leader of the state assembly even alluded to the judgement of the apex court ousting Omehia, which said he never stood for any election.

He stated this on Friday in Government House, Port Harcourt, when he signed a legal instrument into law de-recognising Omehia as former governor of the state.

After signing the document presented to him by the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, the governor said Omehia’s status as a former governor, with accruable rights and benefits are now cancelled.

Kelvin Ebiri, media aide to the governor, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday.

“Yesterday, I received a resolution from the Assembly de-recognising Sir Celestine Omehia, who had enjoyed the privileges of a former governor of the State.

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“But you will recollect that sometime in 2007/2008, my predecessor, His Excellency Chibuike Amaechi did not recognize Sir Celestine Omehia as a former governor of the State.

“When we came on board, there were issues and the Assembly felt that, having served as governor, he should enjoy the status of a former governor.

“I’ve always respected the resolutions of the Assembly. I’ve never one day disagreed with anything the Assembly has sent to me,” the statement quoted Wike as saying.

Wike pointed to the reasons adduced by the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly that the strength of the information they have now had compelled them to reverse what they did in 2015.

“The leader of the house said they have better facts and what are the facts?

“The facts are the Supreme Court judgment categorically stated that Sir Celestine Omehia was never a governor, because he never stood for any election and that it will be inappropriate for their (assembly) legacy that they didn’t respect the judgement of the Supreme Court.

“In this part of our country, people will praise you when it suits them, but when you do the uncommon thing, people will not praise you,” Wike stated.

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The governor stressed the need why people should keep politics away from what had been done. He further urged members of the public to get a copy of the Supreme Court judgment and understand that it was the right thing to de-recognise Omehia.

“I had to call the Attorney General for him to give me his legal opinion as regards the resolution of the Assembly, and rightly the Attorney General said they (assembly) are right.

“That in the first instance, the recognition was extra-judicial, that the Assembly has no power to change the judgment of any court, not to talk about the Supreme Court.

“So, people should understand and not to begin to play politics,” the governor said.

He explained as untrue that the insinuation in the media that Omehia was de-recognised because he had ceased to be his ally, and now a member of the presidential campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Wike also pointed to the sum of money paid to Omehia as a proof against those who peddled tales that government does not pay such benefits at all.

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“If this did not happen, nobody will even know that the State government has been coughing out such amount of money to pay as benefits.

“I’m sure, they must have told you that no benefits and all entitlements were never paid, that is what you hear everywhere.

“But yesterday, when it was revealed that the State government coughed out such amount of money to pay as benefits as recommended by the Assembly and now, they have sent the resolution to me, I thank God today, without looking back, I have signed it as instrument and it will be gazetted for record purposes.”

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has signed an Executive Order 21 prohibiting the use of public schools for political parties without the approval of the state ministry of education.

Wike said the application for approval must be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the campaign.

The governor spoke while signing a motion passed by the State Assembly to de-recognise Celestine Omehia as former Governor of Rivers State.

According to Wike, applicants will also deposit the sum of five million caution fees in case participants in a rally destroy facilities in the schools.

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Wike stressed that a local council chairman has the right to stop any rally if approval is not sought.

He also warned that the state government will not allow political parties and their supporters to disturb the peace in the state with political campaigns.

Meanwhile, the Rivers state governor has advised candidates for next year’s election to be committed, peaceful, and responsible in their conduct as required by law.

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Wike however, promised to penalize any head of school that connives with political parties to hold rallies without approval by the state government.

He reiterated his stance against the use of hotels and other leisure spots as meeting points by hoodlums and cultists ahead of the 2023 elections.

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