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Adamawa Election: PDP Appeal Committee Voids Fintiri’s Disqualification

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Ahmad-Fintiri-AdamawaThe Governorship Appeal Screening Panel of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has cleared the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri to take part in the party’s forthcoming governorship primary in the state.

The go-ahead came on the heels of the acting governor’s insistence to contest the October 11 by-election in the state.

Fintiri got the green light on Sunday after the panel examined his complaint, which he lodged after his disqualification by the Ibrahim Mantu Screening Committee on Saturday.

Chairman of the appeal panel, Sen. James Manager, told journalists at the end of the panel sitting in Abuja on Sunday that Fintiri was free to contest the PDP governorship primary which holds on Saturday in Yola, the state capital.

The Mantu panel had disqualified Fintiri based on Section 191 (1) of the Constitution.

The section reads: “The Deputy Governor of a State shall hold the office of Governor of the State if the office of Governor becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment, permanent incapacity or removal of the governor from office for any other reason in accordance with section 188 or 189 of this constitution.

“(2) Where any vacancy occurs in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (1) of this section during a period when the office of Deputy Governor of the State is also vacant, the Speaker of the House of Assembly of the State shall hold the office of Governor of the State for a period of not more than three months, during which there shall be an election of a new Governor of the State who shall hold office for the unexpired term of office of the last holder of the office.

“(3) Where the office of the Deputy Governor becomes vacant –

“(a) by reason of death, resignation, impeachment, permanent incapacity or removal in accordance with section 188 or 189 of this Constitution”.

Mr. Fintiri, who is Speaker of the House of Assembly, was sworn-in as acting governor following the impeachment of the ex-governor, Murtala Nyako and the resignation of his deputy, Barrister James Bala Ngilari.

Mantu said the acting governor was a child of circumstances, adding that it was morally wrong for him to participate in the process because he was expected to “play the role of a mid-wife and not the one carrying the pregnancy”.

But Manager, in voiding the disqualification of the acting governor from the race, said the reason given by the Mantu panel was insufficient.

He said, “We as members of the appeal panel, looked at issues particularly we took a critical look not just at the constitutional provision but the entire gamut of the 1999 constitution ‎as amended. And we have the electoral act and the PDP constitution.

“And we have come to the irresistible conclusion that the provisions as quoted by the screening panel does not affect the aspirant in this matter”.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Fintiri had while reacting to his disqualification, insisted that he was still in the race.

“I am still in the race”, he said and assured he will continue to mobilize for the election.

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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
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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