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5,000 APC Members Defect To PDP In Cross River

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The All Progressive Congress, APC, has lost more than five thousand members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River.

Bennievibez understands that the new defectors were given a welcoming party on Sunday at the Government Technical College playground in Ogoja.

PDP got the huge followership to double its grand reception for Jarigbe Agom, the Senator representing Cross River North.

Speaking at the event, Venatius Ikem, PDP Chairman, said the return of the ex-members and entry of new ones will boost the party’s chances ahead of future elections.

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The returnees and the new members were from Ogoja Yala, Obanliku, Obudu, and Bekwara, Bennievibez understands.

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They included former Special Adviser to former Governor Liyel Imoke on Budget, Dr. Peter Oti.

Ikem said: “Since the time of former Senate President, Joseph Ways, Cross River North never witnessed this number of crowd.

“I say with confidence that Cross River North has never produced a Senator as popular as Jarigbe Agom.”

It could be recalled that Senate President Ahmad Lawan had named Agom Vice Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, a fortnight ago.

The lawmaker was finally sworn in September after six months of a legal battle.

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This was after the Court of Appeal in Calabar declared him in July as the winner of the December 5, 2020, Senatorial bye-election.

Hon. Justice Chioma removed Senator Stephen Odey and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Agom.

Reports had it that Odey was to concede the position to his ally Governor Ben Ayade in 2023.

With his defection to the APC, Ayade is expected to contest for Cross River North Senatorial election on the ruling platform.

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BREAKING: Court upholds Soludo’s election as Anambra gov

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Respite came the way of the governor-elect of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, on Wednesday, as the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, declined to nullify his election.

The court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, deported a suit that sought to invalidate Soludo’s election on the allegation that he supplied false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The Plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, had in their suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, alleged that Soludo lied in the affidavit (Form EC9), which he submitted to INEC.

They alleged that Soludo, in the said affidavit attached to his appointment form, revealed that he was contesting the Aguata 2 Constituency seat, when, in fact, he was contesting the governorship seat.

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More so, they told the court that an affidavit Soludo’s running mate and Deputy Governor-elect, Onyeka Ibezim, also submitted to INEC, contained false particulars considering that he stated that he was vying for Awka 2 Constituency seat.

Cited as Defendants in the suit were the INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Soludo and the Deputy Governor-elect, Ibezim.

The Plaintiffs, through their lawyers, , A. O. Ijeri and Kelvin Okoko, argued that having indicated the wrong seat on the form, Soludo, violated extant legal provisions and ought to be disqualified.

“The constitution has made a state a constituency in relation to the governorship election, but in this case, the third defendant (Soludo) named Aguata 2 as the constituency he is contesting.

“The cause of action in a pre-election matter, by the provision of Section 285(9) of the Constitution, is determined by the date of the occurrence of the event, a decision or action complained about in the suit by the Plaintiff.

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“And in the instant suit, the cause of action of the Plaintiffs arose on July 6, 2021, when the 3rd Defendant’s (Soludo’s) Form EC9 was submitted by the political party (the 2nd Defendant)”, they argued.

However, counsel for APGA and Soludo, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, queried jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter which he maintained was statue barred.

Aside from contending that the suit was filed outside the 14 days period stipulated by the Constitution, Ikpeazu, argued that error in an affidavit could not be a basis to disqualify a candidate from an election.

He argued that the false information claimed by the Plaintiffs was not among the grounds stated in the 1999 Constitution for the disqualification of a candidate.

“False information, as envisage in Section 31 of the Electoral Act is criminal in nature. Section 31 does not deal with error, but a deliberate effort to steal a match and to misrepresent”, he added.

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On its part, INEC, through its lawyer, Bashir Abubakar, said it would leave the issue to the discretion of the court.

Meanwhile, in his judgement on Wednesday, though Justice Taiwo dismissed the preliminary objection challenging the competence of the suit and jurisdiction of the court to hear it, he however held that the Plaintiffs, failed to establish that they had a reasonable cause of action.

Justice Taiwo held that the Plaintiffs failed to convince the court on how the alleged false information both Soludo and Ibezim supplied to INEC, misled them.

The court held that since the allegation by the Plaintiffs were also criminal in nature, it ought to be proved beyond reasonable doubt.

It held that the suit was filed in bad faith and a good example of cases that are not geared towards strengthening of the tenets of democracy in the country.

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“I am yet to come to terms on the purpose for which this suit was filed. I am saying this because I am not convinced that this action is reasonable”, Justice Taiwo added.

Consequently, the court awarded N2million cost against the Plaintiffs, in favour of the APGA, Soludo and Ibezim.

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300 monarchs backing Tinubu for 2023 presidency – Campaign coordinator

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More than 300 royal fathers from South West are said to be backing the bid by the former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, for the presidency in 2023.

This was revealed in Gbongan, Osun state, on Tuesday by the National Chairman of South West Agenda for Asiwaju for 2023,Senator Dayo Adeyeye, a group seeking support for Tinubu ahead of next presidential poll, during the launch of the group at Irewole Federal Constituency.

Adeyeye, who called on the residents to support the push by the group to rally support for Tinubu, listed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Alake of Egba, Oba Adedotun Aremu, as some of the royal fathers that had already backed Tinubu for the presidential project.

He said, “You are representatives of SWAGA and you must continue to advocate Tinubu for the presidential project. By the grace of God, Tinubu will emerge the next Nigeria’s president in 2023.

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“All the traditional rulers in Yorubaland are supporting Tinubu, over 300 of them are backing him. From Ooni of Ife to Alaafin of Oyo, Alake and others. He is the best candidate that will come out of Yorubaland.”

Speaking earlier, the Osun State SWAGA coordinator, Ayo Omidiran, said apart from canvassing support for Tinubu ahead of the next presidential election, the group was also rallying support for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, ahead of the 2022 governorship poll.

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Anambra guber election outcome reflects the will of the people – US govt

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The United States government has responded to the just-concluded Anambra governorship election, saying it is a reflection of the will of the people.

Charles Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), won in 19 of the 21 LGAs in the state, and on Wednesday, November 10, was declared winner of the election 

The US mission, in a statement on Thursday, the 11th of November, said it looks forward to more improvements in Nigeria’s electoral process.


“The United States government congratulates the citizens of Anambra State for the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial election on November 6, the outcome of which reflects the will of the people,” the statement reads.

“We note the tremendous challenges faced by INEC and security force personnel on the ground and commend the efforts that led to a secure election with a credible outcome.


“We also applaud the engagement from our civil society partners for their tireless advocacy on behalf of voters and electoral transparency.


“We look forward to continued improvements in the electoral process as the country heads into gubernatorial elections in Osun and Ekiti in 2022 and national elections in 2023.”

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Tackle challenges in Anambra, Buhari tells Soludo in congratulatory message on election victory

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo to tackle challenges confronting the state and the South-East.

Buhari said this in a congratulatory message to the ex- governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on his victory in the 2021 Anambra governorship election.

The President in the message shared through his Facebook page said he looks forward to working with Soludo.

It reads: “I congratulate Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) — and a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Committee (PEAC) — on his victory in the Anambra State gubernatorial election.

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“I commend the security agencies for their determination to ensure that the election went on as smoothly as possible, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the successful conclusion of the exercise, despite the initial challenges encountered.

“I enjoin Prof Soludo to rally other stakeholders to tackle the enormous challenges confronting Anambra State and the Southeast in general.

“I look forward to working with him for the peace, security and development of Anambra State and the entire country.”

Okay.ng had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared Soludo the winner of the election which was held on November 6.

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Breaking: INEC Official Absconds With Over 40 Result Sheets

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The ongoing Governorship election in Anambra State has seen a supervisory presiding officer of the electoral process abscond with 42 result sheets.

The development was revealed by the Collation Officer of Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra, Gabriel Odor at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Awka, the state capital.

The lecturer at the University of Calabar further revealed that the incident hindered voters from casting their vote in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Charles Soludo won in Idemili South.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria polled a total of 2,312 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Valentine Ozigbo, who had 2,016 votes, and Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who secured 1,039 votes.

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In a related development, Soludo is leading based on results from 7 local government areas in the Anambra State governorship election.

Bennievibez reports that the ex-CBN governor leads other candidates in Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State with seven out of twenty-one local government area results announced.

The local government areas where Soludo has earned victory are Onitsha South, Orumba South, Anaocha, Anambra East, Akwa South, Njikoka, and Aguata.

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Anambra Decides: Deputy Governor, Okeke Defeated In His Polling Unit

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The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress from the All Progressive Grand Alliance was on Saturday defeated at his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election.

Okeke who cast his vote at Umueze Awozu, Enugwu-Ukwu Ward 3, Polling Unit 005 had revealed that he voted for the candidate of the APC.

The Governorship candidate of his party, Andy Uba was defeated by the ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo at the polling unit.

The Governorship candidate of APGA, Soludo had 82 votes to win the unit while Uba of the APC secured 61 votes.

Below is the result from the polling unit:

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Total number of registered voters…816
Accredited voters:184
Total votes cast: 152
Invalid votes: 8
AAC: 1
APC: 61
APGA: 82
LP: 1
PDP: 4
PRP: 1
YPP: 2

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