An aspirant for the position of National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Barr. Kabir Usman, has described as ineffective, an order by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, suspending the party’s national convention.
Justice Abang had on Monday granted an interim order suspending the national convention scheduled to hold tomorrow (Wednesday) in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, pending the determination of the application filed before him on July 20.
The judge gave the order after a lawyer representing the Ali Modu Sheriff faction informed him that the Ahmed Makarfi caretaker committee’s national secretary, Ben Obi, had approached the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court to obtain an interim injunction.
The injunction compelled the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to monitor the convention.
However, Mr. Kabir, on Tuesday said that the Port Harcourt order was “very specific and was given last week” while the Abuja order was given only on Monday.
“Monday’s ruling was intolerable and unacceptable and cannot stand. It is the misconduct of the highest order”, he said.
The Makarfi caretaker committee had already said it would go ahead with the convention in obedience to the ruling of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt
The aspirant, who served as the head of the legal unit of the caretaker committee before he resigned to run for the position of publicity secretary of PDP, said the right thing for anyone dissatisfied with the Port Harcourt ruling to do was to go on appeal and “not a Court of equal jurisdiction”.
“In any case everybody is in Port Harcourt already, so who are they going to serve? We only read about the order in the pages of newspapers”, he added.
On his chances in the election, Mr. Kabir said he was sure of emerging victorious after he was endorsed by the northern caucus of the party.
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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