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Rivers ex-factional Speaker withdraws court suit, gets appointment as Chief of Staff

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Hon. Edison Ehie, former factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly has withdrawn his suit seeking to halt the recognition of Hon. Martin Amaewhule of the Barr.Wike led faction as Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly abd to prevent him from carrying out legislative functions.

Similarly, the former factional Speaker has been appointed as the Chief of Staff to Governor Sim Fubara.

Recall that the resolution signed by the Governor and Wike during the peace meeting held at the instance of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu included the recognition of Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule as Speaker of the House.

Ehie had in Suit No. PHC/3638/CS/2023, instituted in a State High Court in Port Harcourt, challenged the sittings and the subsequent legislative activities carried out by the 25 lawmakers after the declaration of their sits vacant. Hon. Edison Ehie and others had instituted the case against Rt. Hon. Martins Chike Amaewhule and 24 others.

When the matter came up for hearing of applications pending before the court, yesterday, Counsel for the Claimants, I. Mac-Barango, Esq. drew the court’s attention to a notice of discontinuance filed by the Claimants in the matter.

Barango applied that the court should give effect to the said Notice of discontinuance based on the notice.

Defendant’s counsels, Chief Ferdinand Orbih, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Emeka Onyeka, did not object to the said application.

It would be recalled that on the 29th of December, Ehie, had written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on his resignation as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the lawmaker representing Ahoada Constituency II.

However, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice F. A. Fiberesima, pursuant to the said application by claimants’ Counsel, struck out the suit accordingly

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We’ve not been served with Ganduje’s suspension order – APC

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Prof. Abdulkarim Kana, the National Leader Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says the party has yet to be served with the order of the Kano State High Court suspending Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the Chairman of the party from office.

Kana said this when he spoke with newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the judgement was faulty in many ways.

“We heard this afternoon, but we have not seen any court order, they used the same fraudulent document in court.
“But whatever kind of order that will emanate from such judgement is an unlawful order because it is obtained by fraud.

“The individuals who are behind this are not APC members and not members of the Kano State executive of our party, we don’t know them,” Kana said.

He added the real executives of Dawakin Tofa ward of the party had since disassociated themselves from the purported suspension of Ganduje from the party.

He said the executives were working on plans to petition the National Judicial Council (NJC) over the order, adding that the party’s leadership had also petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take action on the matter.

Earlier, some executives of the party from Dawakin Tofa visited Ganduje to expressed their dissatisfaction over the matter.

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APC NWC reacts to alleged suspension of N’Chairman, as Party Chieftain, others call Ganduje to step down

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A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano,  Engr. Muaz Magaji Dawakin has advised President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to withdraw his support from the National Chairman of the APC, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as his continuous stay as the National Chairman of the party will adversely affect the masses support to the APC-led administration.

Engr. Magaji Dawakin Tofa, former political ally and kinsman of Ganduje, said the former Governor has lost political credibility and should be allowed to resign for new blood to inject fresh air into the APC leadership at the national level.

The APC Chieftain who served as Commissioner for Works during Ganduje’s administration, said even before the suspension of Ganduje by the leadership of Ganduje Ward in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, Ganduje’s time to leave the stage as APC National Chairman was long overdue.

According to him, “I know Ganduje very well. He is my kinsman and I served under him as Commissioner. I have never believed that he has required pedigree to serve as APC National Chairman in the first place.

“I am of the opinion that President Tinubu’s administration and the APC as a party need a generational change. People like Ganduje should not only resign, but retire from politics and allow the younger generation with focus to pilot the affairs of the party.

“I read in the news that he has been suspended by the party at the Ward level, I also read that there was a denial of his suspension from the Local Government and state levels. I am not in town. I am a party chieftain, when I return I will find out the bone of contention from both parties, but my take is that Ganduje should voluntarily resign to allow a party to have a new direction.”

Engr. Magaji Dawakin Tofa who said Ganduje should be allowed to defend himself over allegations of bribery and financial misappropriation, insisted that even without such cases against him,  Ganduje was not fit to serve as the National Chairman of APC.

Also reacting to the suspension of Ganduje as the APC National Chairman,  a former leader of the party in Sabon Gari,  Hon. Kingsley Onyekachi Godwin, hailed the leadership of APC in Ganduje Ward for exhibiting the courage to suspend him from the party,  following the gravity of corruption charges levelled against him at the court.

Hon. Kingsley Onyekachi Godwin who revealed that his exit from APC to Labour Party (LP), was as a result of injustice meted to some members,  ”by Ganduje  and his boys during his time as Governor of Kano state,” said in civilised society, people like Ganduje should not be allowed to hold public office after his ‘dirty’  political escapades as Governor of Kano state.

The LP chieftain who was the party’s House of Assembly candidate for Fagge Constituency during the last general election further hailed Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf for setting up the Commission of Inquiry to recover looted government properties in the last administration.

According to him, “Though we are in the Labour Party,  we admire with joy the leadership style exhibited by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.  We are in total support of his decision to probe the financial dealings of the immediate-past administration, including the recovery of stolen government property.  This shows that he has the interest of the people at heart.

“For the eight to nine months he has been piloting the affairs of Kano state,  Governor Yusuf has shown love and compassion to the people. And I want to use this opportunity to say that we are solidly behind him.  We are closely watching his giant strides in all sectors of the economy, and don’t be surprised to hear our official announcement as part and parcel of his government very soon.”

Reacting also, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Felix Morka in a statement yesterday described the alleged suspension of the National Chairman as the devious act of a group of impersonators of Ward officials out to cause mischief and create confusion.

The statement read thus: “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to media reports of the purported suspension of the National Chairman, HE Dr. Abdulahi Umar Ganduje, CON, from the Party by the Executive Committee of the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State.

“The purported suspension was the devious act of a group of impersonators of Ward officials out to cause mischief and create confusion in the otherwise peaceful Ganduje Ward chapter of our Party. The perpetrators of this criminal act are not card carrying members of APC in the Ward but are individuals affiliated with senior officials and representatives of the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP).

“This act procured by officials of the ruling NNPP in Kano is part of the despicable program of political persecution launched by the administration of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf against Dr. Ganduje, a former Governor of Kano state.

“The purported suspension is downright criminal, and of no effect whatsoever. The legitimate Executive Committee of the Ganduje Ward has since denounced the action and reaffirmed Dr. Ganduje as a bonafide member of the Party in the Ward, and in good standing.

“The Party has filed a petition with the Inspector General of Police requesting an expedited investigation of this matter and that the perpetrators and their sponsors be brought to justice. We urge our Party faithful and the general public to disregard reports of the suspension of the National Chairman who is, and remains, the National Chairman of our great Party.”

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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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