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Kogi Election: Court affirms Ododo’s qualification to contest APC’s guber primary

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Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, held that Mr Ahmed Usman Ododo can lawfully continue to fly the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State.

Justice Egwuatu made the decision while delivering judgment in a suit seeking Ododo’s disqualification over an alleged breach of the electoral laws.

Ododo had emerged winner of the APC primary election of April 14, held to choose the party’s candidate in the November 11 governorship poll in Kogi State.

However, displeased by his emergence, an aspirant of the APC, Mr Abubakar Achimugu, had approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, asking that Ododo be disqualified from contesting the November 11 governorship election on the grounds that he did not resign his employment with the Kogi State public service 30 days before contesting the governorship primary.

Delivering judgment in the suit on Tuesday, the court held that contrary to Achimugu’s claims, evidence showed that Ododo resigned his appointment more than 30 days before participating in the APC primary.

Justice Egwuatu said exhibits tendered by the defendants showed that while Ododo’s resignation letter was received by the Office of the Kogi State Governor on March 8, that of the 3rd defendant, Mr Salami Deedat, was received on March 9.

The court while noting that an employee or appointee’s resignation letter comes into effect the moment the notice is received, held that the employee would not be held responsible if the employer neglected to act on it either by continuing with the payment of salary.

“Satisfied that they resigned their appointment on March 8 and 9, more than 30 days before the April 14 primary…the suit is bereft of any merit and accordingly dismissed.

Earlier, the court dismissed the preliminary objection of the defendants claiming that the suit was statute barred having been filed more than 14 days as required by law.

The judge agreed with the plaintiff that the cause of action actually occurred on April 14, when Ododo and Deedat contested the primary and not when they purchased the expression of interest and nomination form. “It is one thing to purchase form and it is another thing to participate in an election”, Egwuatu held.

The plaintiff in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/584/2023 claimed that Ododo breached Section 182 of the Constitution, Section 84 of the Electoral Act, 2022, and Article 7 of the APC’s Constitution in participating in the April 14 governorship primary of the APC.

Achimugu argued that Ododo’s failure to resign his appointment with the Kogi State Government, 30 days to the primary, made him ineligible for the November 11, guber poll.

The APC, Ododo, the Deputy governorship candidate, Salami Momodu Deedat and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.

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APC Ward suspends Abdullahi Ganduje over alleged corruption

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By Aminu Garko, Kano

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been suspended by executives of his ward in Kano State.

The nine executive members of Ganduje ward, in Dawakin-Tofa LGA Monday announced the suspension of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje from the party.

Malam Haladu Gwanjo, legal Advice of the party at Ganduje ward accused the former Governor of gross misconduct and misappropriation of public fund during his administration in Kano.

Gwanjo revealed that members resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on the acting National Chairman of the party due to his inability to clear his name from wide range of allegation of corruption particularly the widely celebrated dollar video.

The APC leader at Ganduje ward worried that the party is being subjected to unnecessary embarrassment from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) over unsubstantiated allegations of corruption lebelled on Ganduje’s administration.

Gwanjo emphasized that Ganduje ward leaders deem it fit to suspend the national chairman to enable him concentrate on the litigation and other inquiry where he (Ganduje) would appropriately clear his image and that of his family.

He explained that because of the political commitment demonstrated by President Tinubu in the ongoing fight against corruption and the seeming baggage of corruption hanging on Ganduje, which already denting the reputation of the APC led federal government.

” We the leaders of the APC in Ganduje ward, Dawakin Tofa Local Government, engaged in thorough deliberations and subsequently decided to suspend the erstwhile Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in light of the allegations of bribery involving foreign currency.

” It has come to our attention that Ganduje has been summoned to court to answer for these accusations, a development that we believe could potentially besmirch the reputation of our esteemed political party.

This resolution was reached collectively on behalf of all executive members of the APC in Ganduje ward, Dawakin Tofa

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Lawmaker grants 1,500 free JAMB forms to indigent students in Ifako-Ijaiye, promises scholarships

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The lawmaker representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Temitope Adedeji, demonstrated his commitment to education by distributing 1,500 free JAMB forms to indigent students in the constituency.

The event, held at Fagba Junior Grammar School (Complex), witnessed Hon. Adewale Temitope’s dedication to his vision of elevating Ifako-Ijaiye to Nigeria’s most educated local government by 2037.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Hon. Adewale Temitope reiterated the importance of education, stating, “The goal of the ATA-EI is to ensure our children receive an education. An educated mind is a liberated mind, which is why education is a cornerstone of my administration’s agenda.”

In addition to the free JAMB forms, Hon. Adewale Temitope pledged scholarships for the top 50 students who secure admission into tertiary institutions from the pool of beneficiaries.

Furthermore, he offered an incentive of a trip to the United Arab Emirates for two outstanding students who excel in their fields post-admission, aiming to motivate them to maximize the opportunities provided.

Dr. Kennedy Akudo, a senior lecturer at the Lagos State University Of Education (LASUED), commended Hon. Adewale Temitope for his commitment to education and urged other lawmakers to follow suit.

The event also saw advice from Adebowale Bashir, the Tutor General and Permanent Secretary Education District 1, who encouraged students to focus on their JAMB exams and steer clear of distractions.

Since 2019, Hon. Adewale Temitope has distributed over 4,000 free JAMB forms to indigent students, showcasing his ongoing dedication to educational accessibility.

Attendees at the ceremony included notable figures such as Dr. Jide Johnson from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Dr. Victor Onifade, Leader of Ifako-Ijaiye Legislative House, Ifako-Ijaiye APC chairman Banjo Omole, Hon. (Evang) Funke Olaleye, Assistant Financial Secretary of Lagos State APC, Oba-Elect Iju Ogundinmu, Gbolahan Matthew, councillors, and various political stakeholders.

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Akpabio tasks South-South APC state chairmen on party unity, cohesion

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Senate President Godswill Akpabio has charged state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South geo-political zone to work toward uniting the party and gaining more grounds.

Akpabio gave the charge when the APC chairmen paid him a visit in Abuja on Sunday.

While acknowledging the challenges faced by the Chairmen, he assured them that a meeting of critical stakeholders from the region would soon be convened.

“The meeting will work out modalities to support the party at various state chapters to engender unity and understanding among members.

“The major focus is to foster social cohesion between the party and elected/appointed officials in government,” he said.

He commended the APC chiefs for the visit and explained that the President Bola Tinubu-led government was working on an economic prosperity agenda that would return Nigeria to greatness.

Akpabio thanked Tinubu for the Lagos-Calabar coastal road, describing it as very visionary.

In his remarks, Mr Alphonsus Ogar, the APC Chairman in Cross River, commended the harmonious working relationship between the Senate President and the only governor from the zone, Cross River’s Bassey Otu.

Expressing solidarity with the President of the Senate, he recalled that the South-South geo-political zone last held the seat in 1979, 45 years ago.

The chairmen declared total support for Akpabio’s commitment towards the growth of the area, and particularly commended the federal government for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal road and railway line project.

They declared that the completion of the project would imortalise President Tinubu in the hearts of the people of the region.

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