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APGA Leadership Crisis: Okwu Extends Olive Branch To Umeh

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apgaFollowing Wednesday’s judgment by a Federal High Court in Abuja which recognized him as the authentic national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Maxi Okwu has extended an olive branch to his main rival, Victor Umeh.

It would be recalled that Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday delivered judgement on Suit No: FHC / ABJ/CS/563/2013 between Mr. Okwu and four others. The defendants were Mr. Umeh, his former deputy, Sani Shinkafi, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Judge Kafarati ruled that Mr. Okwu and not Mr. Umeh ought to be the authentic chairman of APGA; a ruling Mr. Umeh has since appealed.

Mr. Okwu in a statement Friday said the judgment was another opportunity for the party to re-discover its soul and look to the future with optimism.

“We give all glory and thanks to God Almighty for this opportunity. We do not claim victory and no one has been vanquished”, he said.

Mr. Okwu also called on members of the party to henceforth desist from unnecessary litigation, adding that no party could make headway when it is bogged down by incessant, protracted, intra-party dissension and litigation.

“With this re-confirmation of our leadership, we shall reactivate with greater vigour our re-engineering and re-branding of APGA by completing in the first instance, the three Rs: rapprochement, reconciliation and re-integration of aggrieved members of our great party”, he said.

He also pledged that APGA would lead the third political force for the 2015 general election.

“Once again, as I have always done in each opportunity to extend an olive branch and a right hand of comradeship to our erstwhile National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh. We are prepared to meet with him without pre-condition at Enugu where APGA was first launched at his convenience”, Mr. Okwu said.

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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