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Peter Obi dragged to Federal High Court over alleged dual citizenship, faces disqualification

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The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi is facing a fresh disqualification suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja over his alleged possession of dual citizenship of two countries.
Obi is dragged before the Court by another political party, the National Rescue Movement (NRM) which among others, alleged that the presidential candidate is no longer fit, proper and qualified for the highest plum office in Nigeria on account of his dual citizenship.
The plaintiff in the fresh suit against Obi is praying the court for an order to disqualify him from the presidential race on the ground of breach of the 1999 Constitution.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1842/2022, the Labour Party candidate was accused of acquiring citizenship of Dallas in Texas, United States of America in breach of sections 1 and 137 of Nigeria’s Constitution.
The party through its counsel, Mohammed Danjuma asked for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognizing, dealing or affording Peter Obi any right or privilege to stand for the presidential election.
In a 14-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit, Peter Obi was said to have voluntarily acquired Dallas citizenship and the certificate of citizenship presented to him by the Mayor of Dallas, Mr Eric Johnson.
The party produced the picture and video recording of the presentation of the citizenship certificate to establish its case against the defendant.
When the matter came up on Monday, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo lambasted the plaintiff for the inability to serve the originating summons on the defendants.
Justice Ekwo thereafter fixed February 10 for mention of the suit and threatened to strike out the case should the plaintiff fail to serve the court process of Peter Obi before the adjustment date.
Defendants in the suit are INEC, Peter Obi and Labour Party as 1st to 3rd defendants respectfully.

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Ortom expresses willingness to submit to probe of his administration

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The immediate past Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom has welcomed the inauguration of two Judicial Commissions by his successor, Governor Hyacinth Alia, to probe the activities of his administration between 2015 and 2023.

In a press statement signed by Terver Akase media Aide to the Ortom, the former Governor expressed his willingness to cooperate with the probe panels as long as the investigation is carried out in line with the law and stressed that his administration was built on transparency, accountability, and good governance.

He emphasised his readiness to provide any information or clarification, as may be required.

Chief Ortom also urged his former appointees to equally make themselves available whenever called upon to provide clarifications.

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Ortom, Suswam preach unity at PDP expanded caucus meeting

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

Immediate past governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom, former Governor of Benue State, Senator Gabriel Suswam and Senate minority leader, Senator Patrick Moro on Monday urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Benue State to work for the unity of the party in the state.

The PDP leaders made the disclosure at the PDP expanded caucus meeting, held at the party’s Secretariat in Makurdi.

In his remark, Chief Ortom told party members that there was no friction between him, Senator Suswam and Senator Moro.

He urged PDP members to discountenace the rumors that he was decamping to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Chief Ortom further said while members support those in authority at the state and federal level to provide dividends of democracy, they must not lose sight of the fact that they are PDP members, and must play their role as a credible and constructive opposition.

Earlier, Senator Suswam called on party members not to dwell on the mistakes of the past, but learn from the mistakes of the past in order for the party to move forward.

He stressed that leaders of the party in the state have closed ranks in order to build the party and ensure it returns back to power in 2027.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Patrick Moro urged party members to remain steadfast and committed as the good old days of the party were coming back.

The Senate Minority Leader disclosed that those waiting to see quarrel between the PDP leaders in Benue State will be disappointed as Chief Ortom, Senator Suswam and himself have resolved to work together for the party.

He assured party members that the PDP was going to bounce back, adding that the leadership of the party was going to be returned to the people in line with the party’s slogan ‘power to the people.’

The governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2023 elections, Rt. Hon Titus Uba appreciated party members for finding him and his running mate, Sir John Ngbede, worthy to fly the Party’s flag, and added that the party needs to be united  to be a credible and formidable opposition.

The Minority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Audu, disclosed that members of the PDP in the State Assembly are united and ready to support the party anytime.

Chief David Amo, who spoke for Zone ‘A’, Elder Laha Dzever who spoke for Zone ‘B’ and Rt. Hon Hassan Saleh who spoke for Zone ‘C’ all stressed the need for party unity and expressed optimism with the fortunes of the party as leaders of the party have resolved to work together.

Former Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly and member of PDP Board of Trustees, Chief. Mrs. Margareth Icheen, Benue State Women Leader of the PDP, Mrs. Abeje Ewa, Idu Banke who spoke for the youths all commended the leaders of the party in the state for coming together to ensure the party returns to power in 2027.

The State Chairman of the party, Sir John Ngbede also announced vacancies for the position of National Ex-Officio from the state and Zonal Chairman of the PDP for Zone ‘B’ Senatorial

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Aggrieved APC Governorship aspirant vows to take legal action against APC

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By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

One of the aggrieved governorship aspirants in the just concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Edo State, Hon. Dennis Idahosa has vowed to take legal action against the party.

Idahosa made this known while partaking in a demonstration at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, calling for “fairness” in the just concluded APC primary election in Edo state.

Idahosa, who was earlier announced as the winner of the primary election by the former chairman of the APC primary election Committee and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has also stated that he will take legal action against the party if fairness is not upheld.

He said, “I am not here to make trouble, I am a lawmaker but one thing that we want is justice. Today, I might be a young man but it might be the children of NWC members tomorrow. We have to do the right thing. If we continue to do what is wrong as a country, we are not going to move forward.

“So I am calling on Mr. President to call NWC to order. Elections were held on the 17th of February. What they did on the 22nd was just selection.”

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