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2019 election: Appeal Court gives final ruling on Zamfara APC

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has cleared the All Progressives Congress, APC, to participate in the general elections starting on Saturday.

The court set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which affirmed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to bar the ruling party from fielding candidates in the State.

Veloxnews reported that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had in a judgment delivered on 25th January 2019, held that INEC was right to have delisted names of candidates.

The court ruled that the APC failed to conduct a valid primary within the period scheduled by the electoral body.

However, a 3-man panel of the Appeal Court, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, held that the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to have entertained the suit, according to TVC, adding that it was an abuse of court process.

The judge further stated that the suit at the Federal High Court was filed out of time.

He said that the Electoral Act provides for 14 days to institute a suit after the cause of action had arisen.

The Appeal Court noted that the suit was filed 15 days after, and therefore rendered the action incompetent.

How we foiled employees’ plot to kidnap oil mogul – Police

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The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested two suspected kidnappers while planning to kidnap their boss, one Solomon Otungo, an oil and gas merchant.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Zubairu Muazu confirmed the arrest to newsmen on Thursday at the command’s headquarters.

He said that the suspects were arrested based on intelligence report.

“It is based on credible intelligence report received that some newly employed staff of one Solomon Otungo, an oil and gas merchant of Bucknor area of Ejigbo, Lagos, were holding nocturnal meeting on how they would kidnap and keep their employer incommunicado until a ransom of N60 million was paid that they were arrested.

“The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ejigbo Police Station, CSP Okuwobi Olabisi, swiftly mobilized police detectives and stormed the venue of the meeting where two of the employees were promptly rounded up and brought to the station.

“The confessional statements of the suspects, led to the arrest of one other suspect at Isolo area of Lagos State.

“The suspects in unison, have confessed to the crime. They added that had their plan pulled through, they would have demanded a N60 million ransom from the business man.

“Suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation,” he said.

In a similar development, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, about 1a.m, the Divisional Police Officer, Sabo Division, said he received a distress call that some hoodlums were burgling a store at No.11 Oweh Street, Jibowu.
According to the CP, the officer led a team of policemen to confront the hoodlums.

“On getting close to the scene, they sighted a mercury villager Space Wagon, with Reg. No. PG 393 AAA parked in front of the store.

“However, the hoodlums, on seeing the approaching police team, sped off, driving against traffic in their desperation to evade arrest.

“They were, however, given a hot chase by the police operatives.

“As a result, the occupants of the bus started firing at the team. The policemen fired back at them and in the process, the bus stopped abruptly, falling into a ditch.

“Some of the robbers escaped with bullet wounds but one of them who sustained bullet injury on the right leg was found with three big sacks containing different sizes of shoes, bags, clothes and other items.

“He was arrested and taken to the station. During interrogation, he gave his name as Paul Ozurumba of No.6 Igbobi Sabe Street,Jibowu, Yaba.

“A search warrant was executed in his house and the following items, ranging from refrigerators, pharmaceutical drugs, bale of underwear, televisions and other property suspected to have been stolen were recovered from him.

“Meanwhile, two other members of his gang, namely, Stanley Sungalome and Michael Agbunwor, have been arrested and they confessed to have committed the crime,” Muazu said.

Nigeria elections: Atiku’s spokesperson, Buba Galadima admits he is still in APC

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Buba Galadima, a spokesman for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, has said he is still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Galadima stated this during his appearance on ‘The Verdict’ aired on Channels Television on Thursday, after he was introduced as a spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council.

According to him, he remains a member of the party and Chairman of the faction known as the Reformed APC (R-APC).

“You have just opined that I have left the APC and I don’t think that is correct.

“I am the National Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC).

“We have a memorandum of understanding with the PDP to produce a very good and excellent candidate that will deliver Nigeria and that is not questionable in law.

“Unless you will show me any statute of Nigeria that says if you are a member of another party, you cannot support another candidate,” Galadima said.

2019 election: INEC reiterates stand on Rivers, Zamfara, as Mahmood speaks on resigning

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that he was not contemplating resigning his opposition following controversies surrounding the postponement of the general election.

INEC Chairman said this during the commission’s daily press briefing on Thursday.

The commission also reiterated its stand on the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers and Zamfara States, maintaining that it would abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court.

He said, “We have said it before now that the parties in question. the position of the commission has not change, once court of law makes pronouncement, all persons and authority in the Federal Republic of Nigeria are duty. But if the judgement is from the Supreme Court, that is the end of litigation.

“We just cannot take decisions without the orders of the court. We can’t just cook things up. We are law abiding institution/commission

“If any body disagrees with the position of the commission, that person is free to approach a superior Court to challenge our position. But when it comes to the ruling of the Supreme Court, that is the end of the litigation.

“Am I under pressure? I said it yesterday, well, I see no reason to even contemplate resigning. There’s no reason whatever, to even contemplate resigning.”

On possibility of postponing the election election again, Yakubu said, “We’ll stay focus as a commision. And we’ll do the job that is there for us to do for our country.”

2019 elections: AA disowns Tunji Abayomi, others

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The National Vice-Chairman of the Action Alliance, AA, Adewole Joshua, has disclosed that the party does not recognize some candidates of the party in Ondo State parading themselves ahead of the Saturday’s general elections.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Joshua said Olatunji Adeoye Felder, Tunji Abayomi, Hon. Friday Olemija, Segun Ategbole were not candidates of the party in Ondo state.

“We are aware the impostors parading themselves as candidates of our party have the backing of the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

“However, the truth of the matter is that the governor has no power to interfere with the internal affairs of our party, AA. Nobody can impose candidates on the AA. For this reason and others, the impostors are merely wasting their time.

“As you are aware, the impostors are not products of any primary election that was conducted by the Action Alliance in Ondo State.

“In fact, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, Mr Olatunji Adeoye Felder, Hon. Friday Olemija, Dr, Segun Ategbole and others are not bona fide members of Action Alliance. Nobody can come into our party through the backdoor. It is not acceptable. The AA shall not accept it.

“Therefore, if you are not a member of AA, you cannot emerge as candidate of AA for the general election. We warn the impostors to stop parading themselves as candidates of our party forthwith.

“The Action Alliance wishes to inform the general public that the authentic candidates of our party for the 2019 general elections are Mrs Risikat Adenike Bolarinwa as senatorial candidate of Action Alliance for Ondo South Senatorial District and Mr Vincent Kayode Adurewa as senatorial candidate of Action Alliance for Ondo North Senatorial District.

“The authentic candidates emerged through adoption method on the 2nd of October, 2018 at the level of the State Think-Thank Committee in accordance with the provisions of the our party’s constitution.

“Furthermore, it will interest the general public and the Press to note that as at the time our authentic candidates in Ondo State emerged through adoption, all the impostors were still members and aspirants of the All Progressives Congress.

“Additionally, we are putting you on notice that all the authentic candidates of Action Alliance in Ondo State will address a joint press conference before the election,” part of the statement read.

He further said the party won’t allow Rotimi Akeredolu and those he described as ‘impostors’ not to hijack the party.

“We have laboured so hard to nurture our party to its present appealing state. We are ready to fight the impostors through all lawful means.”

Nigeria Decides: PDP speaks on Army, Police intimidation, urges electorate to vote, defend votes

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday, played down the rumour of military and police intimidation against voters in the forthcoming presidential and National Assembly elections rescheduled for Saturday February 23.

This position came against the backdrop of the controversial order from President Muhammadu Buhari to the army and the police on the election day.

It also pledged that the priority of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in winning the election was to reunite and heal the prevailing division across the country.

PDP maintained these positions in an alternate briefings organised by the National chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Osita Chidoka and Kola Ologbondiyan, its spokesmen in Abuja.

Secondus urged Nigerians to go out to vote and defend their votes, saying the controversial order of ruthlessness was a political intimidation meant to create voter apathy and scare away the electorate from discharging their legitimate franchise and ultimately give the APC the undue opportunity to rig the polls.

In his words, “We believe that the time has come to address Nigerians that they must be ready to vote on February 23.

“The government is familiar with the use of threat, intimidation and propaganda.

“We urge Nigerians to remain steadfast in their resolve to vote for Atiku Abubakar.

“No one will intimidate you because you are going to exercise your lawful duty”.

Also, Osita Chidoka promised all government functionaries not to be worried about the emerging Atiku Presidency because it would not engage in any witchhunt but will anchor his administration on the rule of law and respect for human rights.

He said, “Atiku’s priority will be to reunite Nigerians across ethnic and religious lines and heal the existing wounds of division.

“We shall cooperate with INEC and civil society groups to ensure credible, free and fair elections”.

But Kola Ologbondiyan appealed to Buhari, APC to accept the imminent defeat in good faith.

He said in the first hundred days of Atiku’s presidency, he would initiate the process of restructuring the country to fix the disturbing imbalances.

However, Secondus urged the military not to allow themselves to be dragged into partisan politics, saying the critical institution like the military should not be destroyed.

He added that the military can execute lawful orders and must respect their rules of engagement as the International Criminal Court, ICC, watches Nigeria over undue militarisation, assault and instigated violence against Nigerians come February 23.

Buhari vs Atiku: Police speaks on attack on Osinbajo in Kwara

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The Kwara Police Command has confirmed an attack on the campaign train of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday in Ilorin.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ilorin.

He said the Vice President was not at the scene where the unknown gunmen shot at the mammoth All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters, who came out to hail Prof. Osinbajo at Isale Aluko area in Ilorin.

The Kwara Police spokesman confirmed that two persons sustained gunshot injuries while others who ran for safety suffered various degrees of injuries.

He said first information available to him has it that the attack was allegedly carried out by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) thugs in the state.

Okasanmi said investigations into the matter had begun and promised that the police would unravel and bring those involved to justice.

NAN reports the Vice President was in Ilorin to conclude the door-to-door campaign to mobilise votes for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Meanwhile, Kwara PDP has denied involvement of its members and supporters in the attack on the vice-president.

The denial was contained in a statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Tunde Ashaolu.

He, however, said that the incident was an intraparty affair involving members of the APC arising from the endless crisis confronting the party.

Police parade 28 suspected criminals in Cross River

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The Nigeria Police in Cross River State has paraded twenty-eight suspected criminals in the state.

Parading the suspects, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Austin Agbonlahor, said the suspects were arrested for various offences.

The breakdown of the suspected criminals were six armed robbery suspects, three thieves/conspirators, eight murderers, one militant, two cultists and one kidnapper.

Others were one impersonator/forgery, three defiled men, three unlawful possessors of firearms while a total of eight firearms and two vehicles were recovered.

“The successes of the Command’s feat in crime prevention and control within the period under review showed that 28 suspects were arrested for various offences.

“Exhibits recovered from them include six locally made pistols, one locally made long gun, one locally made/fabricated/prohibited firearms.

“Two live .9mm ammunition, charms, one white colour 21 inches television, two generators, 100 KVA, 40KVA, J5 car with registration No ABJ 719 XNX and J5 with registration no SKS 306 KA” he stated.

The Commissioner reassured members of the public that the command is sensitive to the activities of some unscrupulous elements within our midst, especially during this electioneering period.

He assured that the command is determined more than ever to burst all criminal hideout across the state, not minding their antics, evil skills and locations.

Atiku vs Buhari: Police speaks on APC, PDP supporters clash in Kano

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The Police Command in Kano State says normalcy has returned to Kofa village in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State, following a clash between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the village on Thursday.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, who commented on the incident, said security personnel had been deployed to the area and that the situation had since been brought under control.

Haruna, however, said the command had yet to get details of the clash.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 10 persons were injured during the incident.

Eye witness told NAN in Kano on Thursday that the incident occurred around 2:00 p.m.

According to the witness, the incident occurred when Sen. Rabi’u Kwankwaso was passing through the village en route Bebeji town.

It was gathered that trouble started when the PDP supporters who were traveling in their campaign vehicles met some APC supporters that organised prayer session for peaceful election in the village.

It was also gathered that no fewer than 15 vehicles belonging to the PDP were destroyed during the fracas.

NAN reports that was the quick intervention of the security personnel that were drafted to the area that saved the situation from degenerating into a serious political crisis.

Livescore: Latest Europa League result for Chelsea vs Malmo

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Chelsea host Malmo in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

The Blues won the first leg 2-1 last week in Sweden.

Maurizio Sarri will be eyeing qualification at home, especially after getting dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday night.

The game kicks off 9pm West African time.

Thursday, February 21
21:00 Chelsea vs Malmo