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Announce Us as Authentic National Officers of APC R-APC Teells Court

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

In attempt for the  split faction to be recognised, the Reformed APC (R-APC) has taken a legal dimension to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC).

This is after the R-APC had approached the Independent National Electoral Commission urging it to invalidate the newly elected National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC led by Adams Oshiomhole.

They are aggrieved members of the APC who formed a splinter group of the ruling party.

Most of its members are former members of the new PDP who in 2013 formed a similar splinter group within the then ruling party.

On Thursday, the R-APC approached a federal high court in Abuja praying for it to declare the election of Oshiomole’s national executive committee as invalid, null and void.

It also asked the court to declare its faction the authentic executives of the party.

The action of the group is contained in a suit with file number FHC/ABJ/CS/734/18 filled on behalf of the faction by its National Chairman, Buba Galadima, Publicity Secretary, Kazeem Afegbua, youth leader; Nicholas Asuzu and chairman of Kogi state chapter, Hadi Ametuo.

The suit has Mr. Oshiomole, INEC, APC and 50 others as respondents.

The group in the suit held that there was no valid election at the National Convention of the APC held in June, thereby leaving a vacuum.

Their Appeals read thus:

“A DECLARATION that there being no valid election at the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the 23rd day of June 2018 at the Eagle Square, Abuja, thereby leaving a vacuum, the reform-minded FACTION of APC known as the REFORMED ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (R-APC) validly constituted the Plaintiffs and the other National Officers and State Executives of APC to fill the vacuum and act in interim capacities as officers of the APC.

“AN ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st – 52nd Defendants from parading themselves or claiming to be officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or performing any function as officers of the Party in any capacity whatsoever as their elections and swearing in as officers of APC are invalid, null and void.

“AN ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 53rd Defendant from holding out the 1st – 52nd Defendants as either National Officers, members of the National Working Committee , Zonal Executives or State Executives of the All progressives Congress (APC).

“AN ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 53rd Defendant from harassing, intimidating, suspending or expelling any of or all the Plaintiffs from the All Progressives Congress; or taking any steps whatsoever to harass, intimidate, suspend or expel or abridge or terminate the Plaintiffs’ membership, rights and entitlements in the All Progressives Congress.

“AN ORDER directing the 54th Defendant to recognize the Plaintiffs who are members of the reform-minded FACTION of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the current interim National Officers, members of the National Working Committee, Zonal Executives or State Executives of the All progressives Congress (APC) and accord them all rights and privileges appertaining to the respective offices pending the holding of valid elections by the Party.

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Exit Rumour: APC Refutes Ortom’s Exit Rumour

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

In a reaction to the report about an exit of one of its state executives, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has denied the exit of Benue state  Governor, Samuel Ortom, saying that it was  a mere  rumour.

Meanwhile , earlier on Monday, Mr Ortom  announced his exit from the APC. The governor said he was chased out hence his decision to leave.

He also hinted of decamping to any party that woos him.

Reacting, the APC who did not believe reports of the governor’s action said Ortom, known for his integrity, could not have dumped the party without first notifying it.

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, stated this while addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC),

“The party will not comment on the basis of rumour,” Oshiomhole said.

“I am sure that eventually we will find out the facts of the matter and we will now act.

“Governor Ortom is a respected, prominent member of the APC and he has said repeatedly to me that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out,” he added.

Governor Ortom, on Monday, while swearing in a newly appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Cheftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe, at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, noted that the APC gave him a red card.

“As for party, I’ve been given the red card and I’m now outside the pitch. So, if I have been given the red card and I’m standing outside, that means I’m a free man,” said Ortom.

“I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club,” he said.

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Fayose Attacks Shehu, Reacts to Ekiti Election, Fayemi’s Victory

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

 

In what was termed as undemocratic process, the outgoing Governor, Ayodele Fayose attacked  presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu as he  finally reacted to the victory of Kayode Fayemi.

It may interest Nigerians that the governor-elect who contested on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) defeated Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s deputy and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).

Fayose who reacted on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated truly that “he is not a democrat, but a dictator and fascist per excellence.”

“It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres , scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes,” he said in a tweet via his twitter account.

He also lambasted presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, describing him as a fair weather fellow. The latter had mocked the governor in an article he published after Fayemi was declared winner of the election.

Shehu had described Fayose as a deceiver.

“The President should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi “whom Ekiti people rejected.

“What Buhari won as referendum from Ekiti people , Nigerians, and international community is shame, big shame.

“If APC truly won, why was it that there was no jubilation in Ekiti ? That victory of Kayode Fayemi is pyrrhic, we will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.

“As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose , I hold with my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last.

“The President should note what the Bible says which applies to him: “He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.

“May God rescue our country,” he added.

On Shehu, Fayose said: “that fellow is not to be accorded any attention. Being a fair weather friend, he would soon desert his current pay masters.

“Garba Shehu was in the Presidency courtesy Atiku Abubakar for eight years and came back for this current dispensation still courtesy Abubakar. Now, he has abandoned the person who brought him to the limelight.”

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Fayemi Explains Why He was Re-elected as Ekiti Governor

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In a confident mood, the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has explained  why the people of the state got him re-elected.

Mr Fayemi who had governed the state earlier was sent packing from the government house in 2014 when the incumbent and outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose, won his own re-election.

It is not new  that, Mr Fayose who did his first term earlier before Fayemi was oust through Impeachment on allegation of embezzlement.

However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are set to resume investigation into the suspended allegation.

While Fayose is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor belongs to the All Progressive Congress (APC). Both men are not in good terms politically.

Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s deputy and candidate of the PDP in the governorship election which held on Saturday was Fayemi’s major challenger.

Fayemi who took ministerial post after his first tenure emerged victorious in the election on the platform of the APC.

Featuring on Channels Television’s News At 10, the former minister said his return to the seat of power as Ekiti State governor is to continue developmental projects in the state from where he stopped and for this he was re-elected.

“This victory means, at the Ekiti State level, a determination by our people to really have governance on a serious level back in Ekiti State. That’s why the people have shown fate, by returning us to power,” Fayemi said.

“On a national level, this victory means that the propaganda out there about our party (APC) being a party of trialists and people who are just interested in a section of the country is not selling to ordinary Nigerian,” he said.

The former minister who said “there is unfinished business” in the Ekiti government house, added that: “I already explained that there is unfinished business. The clock of progress and development in Ekiti stopped in October 2014. (My) coming back is to restart the clock and get it back to the developmental trajectory. What we have witnessed in Ekiti in the last four years is arrested development.

“When I say reclaiming the land, it is not just about the physical reclamation of any land, it is about the reclamation and restoration of the values of our people.

“It is a return to decency, decorum and dignity. A return to a sense of self-worth and self-respect. A return to respect for our elders and traditional institution. It is a return to seriousness in government,” he said.

Responding to questions on his position to the PDP disagreement to the election outcome and threat to challenge his victory in court, Fayemi said he is not afraid of tribunals.

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