The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has dedicated its candidates’ “overwhelming” victories at the Courts of Appeal, Abuja last Thursday and Friday to the members of the family of Chief Christopher Adube, who were shot dead in their home on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 and other martyrs killed before, during and after the 2015 general elections in the state.
The party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, in Port Harcourt yesterday, stated that it was noteworthy that the many victories recorded last week in Abuja coincided with the burial of Adube, an APC chieftain, who was a former Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state, but killed in his house in Obrikom in the LGA, along with three of his children, younger brother and driver.
According to Finebone, the Court of Appeal dispossessed the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of all three “stolen” Senatorial and 12 House of Representatives’ seats from the March 28 elections, with rerun polls ordered in 60 days, from the date judgment was delivered.
There are thirteen House of Representatives’ seats in Rivers State, but the APC’s Lucky Odili, who appealed the tribunal’s judgment that upheld the election of PDP’s Uche Nnam-Obi as the member representing Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni constituency, was dismissed on technical grounds.
Odili had filed separate appeals in two different courts in Abuja and Port Harcourt, on the ruling of the election petitions tribunal in Abuja.
This procedural error was identified and capitalized on by the legal team of the PDP candidate, who pointed this out at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The appeal was described as an abuse of court process and was struck out in Abuja, making Odili’s legal team to rush back to the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, which could not deliver its judgment, until the expiration of the 180 days allowed by the tribunal to sit on a petition.
The Rivers APC said: “We believe that there can be no better way to bid farewell to Chief Christopher Adube, who was interred yesterday (on Friday), than to dedicate the recovery of our stolen mandates to the ultimate sacrifice the late Chief Christopher Adube, his 3 children, younger brother and driver made, when they were murdered in one fell swoop in the late Chief’s home on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. We dedicate these victories to Police Corporal Ifeanyi Okorie, killed when the APC’s governorship campaign team was attacked at Okrika and close to 100 others killed before, during and after the 2015 elections in Rivers State”.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
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.
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.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says 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.
“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.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
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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