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Breaking: Governors’ Disagreement Forces APC To Postpone NEC Meeting

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The National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scheduled earlier for tommorow Tuesday, March 17, has been postponed.

Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, disclosed this after the government met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Bagudu said President Buhari was pleased to endorse the suggestion to postpone the NEC meeting.

READ ALSO: Aggrieved APC Members Vow To Pull Out

Vanguard reliably gathered that the governors’ disagreement forced the indefinite suspension of the NEC meeting.

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Osun LG Polls: OSIEC Withdraws APC Members ‘Certificates Of Return’

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The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission has announced the withdrawal of certificates of return given to all elected officials in the October 15 local government election.

The then ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, was the only party that fielded candidates contesting posts of chairmen and councillors at the polls and OSIEC returned all of them elected.

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Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, however, in his judgment in a case filed by the PDP against OSIEC, the APC and some of its chairmanship candidates, last Friday, nullified the election sighting noncompliance with the Electoral Act.

In a statement signed by the OSIEC Executive Secretary, Adedapo Adejumo, obtained in Osogbo on Monday, the Commission stated it would not appeal the judgment.

The Commission also admitted it did not comply with the provisions of Section 24 of OSIEC Law, 2022 and Section 28 of the Electoral Act 2022, which mandated it to give a notice of 360 days before the conduct of the election.

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READ ALSO: JUST IN: Adeleke Dethrones Three Osun Monarchs, Suspends OSIEC Chair, Members

The statement further read in part, “Consequent upon the judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo in the case FHC\OS\CS\94\2022 involving the PDP VS the Independent National Electoral Commission and six others, delivered on Friday, November 25, 2022, which nullified the local government elections conducted by OSIEC on October 15, 2022, the Commission hereby announces its decision not to appeal the judgement of the Federal High Court, Osogbo.

“The decision of the Commission is coming against the backdrop of OSIEC’s failure to follow strictly the provisions of Section 24 of OSIEC Law, 2022 and Section 28 of the Electoral Act 2022, which mandate the Commission to give a notice of 360 days before the conduct of the election.

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“In view of this, OSIEC aligns perfectly with the decision of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, as the elections stand nullified.

“Consequently, the certificates of return already issued to the purportedly elected chairmen and councillors are hereby withdrawn with immediate effect.”

 

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JUST IN: Senate President Lawan Loses In Court

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The Court of Appeal Abuja on Monday affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

reports that a three-member panel of the appellate court led by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State which held that the President of the senate Ahmad Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in respect of the 2023 election.

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The court had submitted that Lawan did not participate in the legally-recognised primary election of the APC to select its candidate in the election held in May 2022.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Court Sacks Ahmed Lawan As APC Senatorial Candidate For Yobe North

Recall that while Lawan, picked the presidential form of the APC and participated in the primary election that was won by former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, Machina contested and won his bid to take over as the candidate of the party for the senatorial contest.

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Following his defeat at the presidential primary election, Lawan, allegedly backed by APC heavyweights, asked Machina to relinquish the senatorial ticket to him, a request.

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Be Apolitical, Prayerful, SDP Presidential Candidate, Adebayo, Urges Clerics

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The presidential candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, has urged the church to be more prayerful and not to be political.

He said the outcome of politics will depend on the church because the quality of Christians the church produces is the gateway to getting out of the problems facing Nigeria.

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Prince Adewole Adebayo made the known on Thursday 24th November 2022 at the Christian Council of Nigeria’s programme of the 31st General Assembly and standing committee, Basilica of St. Andrew Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion Trans Ekulu, Enugu.

He also encouraged the church to be steadfast irrespective of difficult times, saying this time will pass.

He said, “The politics we are facing now, it is not the politics or the outcome of the politics that will save the church, only God can save the church. It is the church that will save politics. Therefore, let us not worry, let us be calm, let us listen to the voice of Christ”.

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He further urged the church to be careful, adding that the person who will take the mantle of leadership in 2023 will be from the house of God.

“I will say that the church has one tool, which politics doesn’t have – the church has the ministration of God, the revelation that comes from our clergymen, our leaders”.

READ ALSO: 2023: SDP Presidential Candidate, Adebayo Meets CAN, Rolls Out Agenda

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While speaking on the theme: ‘Christ’s love compels us’, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Archbishop Daniel Okoh urged politicians vying for offices to look out for the peace and unity of Nigeria, and also pay attention to the vulnerable persons and the needy in the society.

He said, “The church must continue to admonish politicians to demonstrate passion for the wellbeing of all Nigerians. With a great sense of responsibility and accountability, let us continue to be the watch persons to ensure good governance in our nation”.

Dignitaries present include: the Most Reverend Dr. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Arch Bishop Chukwuma, CAN President, Daniel Okoh, Her Excellency, Lolo Cecelia Ezeilo, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State amongst others.

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