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Protest rallies rock Akwa Ibom over Akpabio’s defection 

Several rallies were held on Wednesday in some local governments in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district of Akwa Ibom State against the defection of former governor Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Before Akpabio was received into the APC, some stakeholders in the senatorial district gathered at Ritman College to denounce Akpabio’s defection, while also reaffirming their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel.

According to Emmanuel Ibok Essien, former deputy chief whip of the senate and founder of Ritman University, the resignation of Godswill Akpabio as senate minority leader was without the support of the people, adding that his defection was a shameful act.

Essien, who said he was the director general of Akpabio’s senatorial campaign, expressed dismay that the former senate minority leader took the decision to defect without the courtesy of informing him and other dignitaries in the district, maintaining that the people had withdrawn the endorsement and the support they had earlier given to Akpabio.

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“Since we heard that Akpabio was going to defect, it has been a shameful thing to us and we as a people have withdrawn the earlier endorsement given to him,’’ he said.

Essien, who addressed the rally at the Ritman College, said his defection would mean a liberation to the people of the area, since according to him, out of the 54 appointments in the district, Akpabio got 34 for the people of his local government area, while Ikot Ekpene got only five.

He maintained that Udom, who is from Akwa Ibom south senatorial district of the state would serve for eight years since Akpabio from Ikot Ekpene senatorial district had also served for eight years.

Other speakers, including serving commissioners, like the commissioner for science and technology, Nse Essien and chairman of Ibom power company, Etido Inyang, as well as Sunny Ibuot, former chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local government, all denounced Akpabio’s defection, while pledging their support to Governor Udom Emmanuel.

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It was gathered that similar rallies were held in all the local government headquarters in the senatorial district as a demonstration of the people against the defection of the former senate minority leader.

Meanwhile, at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium, Senator Akpabio was formally received into the APC by the party’s National Chairman Adams Oshiomole.

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2019: Mohammed Junaid steps down as Donald Duke’s running mate

2019: Mohammed Junaid steps down as Donald Duke

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has substituted the running mate of Donald Duke, its 2019 presidential candidate.  

Shehu Musa Gabam, who is also the National Secretary of the party, replaces Mohammed Junaid, the party announced on Thursday. Alfa Mohammed, SDP national publicity secretary, said the substitution was done long ago.  

He said Junaid’s substitution was subjected to deliberation at the party’s leadership level which he was a member. Mohammed said the consensus was that Junaid should step down as running mate for strategic reasons.  

“Hence, as a genuine party man, he voluntarily stepped down and thereafter signed all the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) forms required to perfect the substitution process.

He remains one of our highly respected leaders the party is proud to have. Meanwhile, the substitution which was done long ago now has Shehu Musa Gabam from the North East as our vice presidential candidate” he said.

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Mass defection as 3,250 APC, PDP members join APGA in Nasarawa 

About 3,250 members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Obi Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa state have defected to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The defectors were received by the governorship candidate of the party, Labaran Maku at Obi LGA on Thursday, during his campaign visit, Tribune reports.

Speaking at the event, leaders of the defectors, Ubul Ukor and Elias Manasseh blamed “the failure of their former parties to address the security challenges in the state as the reason for their defection.”

“Apart from the insecurity problem, the present government of APC has not constructed roads and other social amenities in rural communities where we belong.

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“Throughout our trying moments of insecurity and other problems confronting the state, Maku is the only person bold enough to speak in the defence of the masses.

“All other politicians and stakeholders of the state had abandoned us and only resurface now because they need our votes to win the election.

“We would stand with Maku no matter the blackmail or lies they spread against him because we know he is the only candidate that would ensure we go back to our farms and transform the state,” they said.

In his reaction, Maku expressed gratitude to the defectors for believing in him and his party.

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He promised that if elected as the next governor of the state, he would restore security, develop the state, promote unity and generate employment.

“Under my leadership, any person or group instigating crisis and disunity would have the government to contain with irrespective of his or their status,” he added.

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2019 Elections: APC Has No Candidate In Rivers State – Court Of Appeal Rules


The APC has been been dealt a massive blow as the latest judgement by an Appeal Court rules that the party doesn’t have a candidate for election in Rivers state ahead of 2019.

The Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, on Wednesday, confirmed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State will not field any candidates during the 2019 General elections when it dismissed the appeal filed by the factional Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Mr Tonye Cole.

According to Daily Sun, the Court also confirmed the judgment of Justice Chinwendu Nwogu that Rivers State has no ward executives, local government executives and State Executives as it dismissed the appeal filed by Sacked Rivers State APC State Chairman, Mr Ojukaye Flag-Amachree.

The Court’s Special Panel chaired by Justice Abubakar Yahaya, dismissed the two appeals for lack of merit.

The third appeal which centred on the judgement by Justice Chinwendu Nwogu was dismissed because it was filed out of time and therefore statute barred. Delivering his judgement Justice Yahaya, said the appeal against the Justice Chinwendu Nwogu High Court judgement on the party Congress crisis lacks merit, adding that the application for joinder failed to observed the 14 days rules of Appeal.

Delivering judgement on the substantive appeal number CA/PH/198 which bordered on Justice Nwogu’s judgement, the panel ruled that the Ojukaye faction failed to seek leave of court before appealing against the judgement.

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Justice Yahaya ruled that the judgement delivered at the lower court was a consent judgement, adding that Ojukaye faction should have done the needful legally before approaching the court. Counsel to Ibrahim Umar and 22 others, Mr Patrick Luke said that the rulings of the Court of Appeal confirm that the judgement by Justice Chinwendu Nwogu remains valid and is still subsisting. Counsel to Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, Emenike Ebete noted that the court heard the three matters and in her wisdom arrived at the rulings confirming the judgment of Justice Chinwendu Nwogu.

He said: “Arguments were taken but the Court in its infinite wisdom held that in appeal 461, that is the substantive appeal, that the consent judgement of the High Court of Rivers state and by provision of the constitution, we ought to have sought leave of court to appeal against that consent judgement. That is their own decision and they struck it out.

“The one for the candidates and the party state executives, we were dismissed on the ground that it was a pre-election matter, that we did not bring the application within 14 days after decision was delivered on October 10. What that means is that, we will approach the Supreme court to contest the judgment.”

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On October 10, 2018, a High Court in Port Harcourt nullified the nomination of Mr Tonye Cole as the APC governorship candidate in Rivers; on the ground that his nomination is a function of illegality and unconstitutional acts.

The court also nullified the state’s APC senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly primaries conducted on the premise of the illegal ward congresses.

The High Court further nullified all the elections of Rivers APC Ward Executives, Local Government Executives and State Executive Committee that arose from the illegal ward congresses.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, in a suit filed by Ibrahim Imah and 22 others, against the APC, the court declared that the ward congresses of Rivers APC were illegal because they were not conducted in line with the APC Guidelines and Constitution.

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