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Election Tribunal: Benue APC dissatisfied with judgment in favour of Suswam



The All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue State has said it is dissatisfied with the recent majority judgement of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal upholding the petition of Senator Gabriel Suswam as the winner of the February 25th Benue North East senatorial election.

Gabriel Suswam of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who was defeated by Emmanuel Udende of the APC had approached the election tribunal to upturn the election in his favour due to irregularities in the February 25th North East senatorial election.

But in a split decision, Chairman of the panel Justice Ory Zik-Ikeoha and member 2 entered judgment in favour of the defeated candidate of the PDP in the February 25th senatorial election, Gabriel Suswam.

A statement signed by the Benue State publicity secretary of the APC, Dan Ihomu in Makurdi said, “While we are dissatisfied with the tribunal’s judgement, we salute the courage of one of the three members of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Justice U.Z. Mohammed for dismissing Sen. Suswam’s petition against Emmanuel Udende and awarding the cost of 100,000 against Suswam.

”Justice Mohammed in his judgment, held that evidence of PDP and Gabriel Suswam is grossly insufficient to sustain his petition.

“We therefore, express our dissatisfaction with the spurious judgment delivered by the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

“We are sure that the Appellate court will restore the miscarriage perpetuated by the majority decision of the Tribunal.

“We urge members of the party to remain calm as Sen. Udende proceeds to the appellate court to defend the mandate given to him by the good people of Zone A with the confidence that Nigeria’s Judicial system can still protect us.

‘Our quest for justice remains on course and our passion towards redressing the travesty of justice meted out on our people.” He said.

Ihomu added that Sen. Undende’s mandate remains unshaken and is on solid grounds.

Meanwhile, the Benue State PDP has hailed the Tribunal for delivering substantial justice in the petition based on the facts and evidence rendered before it in line with extant electoral laws, guidelines, and regulations, thereby boosting public confidence in the judiciary.

According to the statement issued and made available by the party’s publicity secretary in the state, Bemgba Iortyom said, “The party rejoices over the victory won particularly as it re-establishes its dominance in the upper chamber membership composition of the National Assembly in the state with two Senators out of three.

“This victory of Senator Suswam serves to heighten the hopes that PDP will likewise reclaim the governorship of the state at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal through the judgement being awaited.”

Iortyom said the party was confident that the former Benue State Governor would deploy his wealth of experience and proven pedigree in the 9th Senate, to get back seamlessly into the business of lawmaking in the 10th Senate for the good of his constituents, the party, and Nigeria at large

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November 11: Shettima Flags Off APC Campaign In Kogi



Vice President, Kashim Shettima on Sunday flagged off the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign for the governorship election in Kogi State ahead of November 11.

Naija News reports that Kashim Shettima, who represented his principal, President Bola Tinubu, flagged off the campaign at a mega rally held at the Muhammadu Buhari Civic Centre, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

At the rally, the VP appealed to the state’s people to vote for the APC candidate, Ahmed Ododo.

He said the election of Ododo would enhance the revival process of the Ajaokuta Steel Company as it was essential to the president.

He said, “This is the reason the President has created a separate ministry and even decided to appoint Kogi-born Alhaji Shuaib Audu as the Minister of Steel Development to hasten the process of reviving the Ajaokuta Steel Company and other steel companies in the country.

“This is why you must vote for the APC for continuity so that the dream of reviving our steel industry would be a reality. Ajaokuta, when fully operational, will guarantee over 500,000 jobs and over 300,000 employment opportunities for our teaming youths,”

Ododo, during his remark, said, “Kogi should not be allowed to be governed by selfish individuals, who are coming out to divide the state and hide under ethnic agenda.”

In attendance at the rally includes the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor Yahaya Bello, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, the APC governorship candidate in Kogi, Ahmed Ododo, among other APC stalwarts

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2023 Election: List Of State Governors Tribunal May Sack



Governorship elections were held in 28 states of the federation during the 2023 general elections held on March 18.

Following the declaration of results and winners by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), other contestants and parties aggrieved by the declared results have gone to the tribunal to seek redress.

Naija News understands the various state governorship election tribunals have given their verdicts in 20 out of the 28 states where elections were held.

Out of the 20 where verdicts have been given so far, the electoral victory of 18 governors have been affirmed, while the tribunals have sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.

However, the fate of the other eight must be declared before the end of October as according to the 2022 electoral act, tribunals are mandated to hear and give their verdicts within 180 days.

The tribunal would either sack them from office or affirm their victories.

Below is the list of Governors and States awaiting the verdict of the tribunal on their election victories.

1. Governor Alex Otti of Abia State

The Abia State governorship election petition tribunal has fixed Friday, October 6, to deliver its verdict on the fate of the Labour Party governor based on the petition against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Ikechi Emenike.

2. Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State

Umar Alkali of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), is seeking a court order for a fresh election in the state over omitting their names on the ballot papers during the poll.

3. Governor Umar Namadi Danmodi of Jigawa State

4. Governor Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State

5. Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State

6. Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State

7. Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State

8. Governor Mohammed Umar Bago of Niger State

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Certificate Forgers Can’t Do Things Right – Peter Obi insist



Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last election has slammed certificate forgers.

This followed the battle between Atiku Abubakar and President Bola Tinubu over accusations of forging a certificate.

Reacting, Obi said some Nigerians should not expect people who forged their certificates to do things right.

Obi who spoke on Monday while featuring on the Arise TV program, explained that leaders who manipulated their academic records via certificate forgery before their election into offices are living a falsified life.

The former Anambra governor who opined that academic qualifications should not be criteria for leadership positions, however, said leaders should be honest about their status

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