The Delta State Police Command said it had deployed 2,016 policemen. The deployment is to provide maximum security for today’s bye-election in Delta. Election to fill the vacant seat for Isoko North Constituency in the House of Assembly.
It warned troublemakers to steer clear of the election as it promised to deal decisively with anyone planning to cause chaos during the exercise holding in polling units and wards in the Isoko North Local Government Area.
The Commissioner of Police, Ari Ali, in a statement made available to journalists on Friday, cautioned political actors in the area to advise their supporters on the need to play by the rules of the game.
Ali explained that there would be restriction of movement in the area at midnight on Friday to 4pm on Saturday.
The Isoko North Constituency seat became vacant due to the death of a former representative, late Tim Owhefere, on January 27.
The CP, in the statement issued by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, “assures all residents that the Delta State Police Command is committed to ensuring the security of everyone in the local government by deploying its officers to all the polling units and also some speculated hot spots in the Isoko North Local government area to maintain peace and calm all through the electioneering process,” he added.
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Adeleke wins as Supreme Court dismisses Babayemi’s appeal
On Thursday, the Supreme Court confirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, as the next Governor of Osun State.
Adeleke was declared the winner of the July 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
The apex court, in a unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of justices, dismissed an appeal that was lodged against Adeleke by Prince Dotun Babayemi who laid claim to the governorship ticket of the PDP.
Babayemi emerged from a parallel primary election that was held by a faction of the party in the State.
Counsel to the Appellant, Mr. Adebayo Adelodun, SAN, withdrew the appeal after the panel led by Justice Amina Augie, drew his attention to the fact that the case was statute barred.
The panel had maintained that the appeal was incompetent, stressing that it was filed outside the 14 days period provided by the law.
Tinubu absent as Atiku, Peter Obi sign peace pact
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was absent as the presidential candidates of other political parties signed the now-customary peace pact at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.
However, Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was present at the signing on Thursday alongside, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party among others.
Naija News 247 had reported that former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said he does not have firsthand information about the whereabouts of Tinubu while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, on Wednesday night.
It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission on September 21, 2022, released the final list of candidates for national elections, namely presidential, senatorial and federal constituencies, in line with the 2023 elections timetable earlier released in the year.
The list contained 36 presidential candidates and the running mates of 18 political parties. Also, a total of 4,223 candidates will battle for 469 legislative positions (senatorial and federal constituencies) at the federal level.
Court sacks Ahmed Lawan as APC senatorial candidate
Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu has ruled that Bashir Shariff Machina is the duly elected candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Fadimatu Murtala, ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) to submit the name of Machina to INEC.
This is as she affirmed the 28th May 2022 primary election conducted by the party which Machina won.
In a judgement delivered today in Damaturu, Murtala also annulled the parallel primary election of 9th June 2022 that produced President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.
Counsel to the second dependant Kolawale Balogun told newsmen that his client would be appropriately advised on the next move.
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