The newly appointed Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has lost the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial bid, as the National and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal, sitting in Uyo, upheld the victory of Senator Christopher Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared Senator Ekpenyong as the winner of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the February 23 elections .
The 1st Petitioner, Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the elections on the grounds that Senator Christopher Ekpenyong was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast during the elections for the North West Senatorial District.
The former Senate Minority leader, Akpabio also noted that the election that produced Senator Christopher Ekpeyong as winner was invalid owing to non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in the conduct of the election.
In a majority Judgement of two justices, the three-man tribunal dismissed the petition and upheld as valid, the declaration of Senator Christopher Ekpenyong as the winner of the election.
Describing the petition as “lacking merit”, the panel declared that the petitioner failed to prove that he won the said election as well as failed to present convincing evidence of noncompliance with Electoral Act as raised in his petition.
Makinde’s land grabbing allegation against Ajimobi is ridiculously false, says Oyo APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has described the allegation of land grabbing against Senator Abiola Ajimobi by the Peoples Democratic Party’s administration of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde as a futile attempt to besmirch the reputation as well as records of achievements set by the former governor.
Makinde’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola, had on Monday raised an alarm via a social media platform that he had uncovered a total of 26, 000 hectares of land which, he claimed, the immediate former governor dubiously allocated to himself from the expanse of government land available at a Forest Reserve in an unnamed location.
In its reactions to the development through a statement issued today and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC said “the allegation was another in the series of fake news and decorated lies being employed by the present administration to cover up its lack of promise, incapacitation and incompetence.
“For the record, it is imperative to state here that Ajimobi administration left a solid foundation upon which those coming after it should build developmental policies and programmes since no single government can do everything. Key sectors such as; Security, Infrastructure, Education, Health and Agriculture were prioritized. It was on the basis of recognition of Agriculture as pivotal to employment generation, food security and industrialization which Sen. Ajimobi sought to attract direct local and foreign investment to the state through some ease-of-doing-business such as making land available to genuine prospective large-scale farmers.
“Without mincing words, such allocation of land was done under the government’s policy called Agro Industrial Zones. The government resorted to this option when it became difficult to access land directly from our communities. The land that was allocated then were the depleted portion of the forest reserves. Depleted in the sense that they had been encroached upon and the trees had been felled illegally without any replacements. At no time did Ajimobi benefitted from such allocation and the records are there.
“The barefaced lies coming from Ayoola this time is an improvement on the numerous ones told against the same Sen. Ajimobi since Governor Makinde came to power on May 29. till date, allegations of contract inflation, treasury looting among others have not been substantiated beyond media subterfuge and idle talks. On this latest allegation, we request the official who raised the dust to either buttress his argument with facts or tender his unreserved apology to the former governor who he had wronged for no just reasons.
“Meanwhile, we are not unmindful of the fact that Gov. Makinde does not possess any blueprint or action plan with which he plans to run the state as governor but rather than waste time on experiments or importation of ideas from a Niger Delta state, he should sit down and study the programmes and policies of his immediate predecessor and run with it since government is a continuum globally.” The statement concluded.
Tribunal nullifies Imo PDP federal lawmaker’s election, orders rerun
The National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday sacked a member of the Federal House representatives,Obinna Onwubuariri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Onwubuariri, is the lawmaker representing Okigwe North Federal constituency.
In a judgment which lasted for hours, the chairman of the Panel, Justice Roli Harriman also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh poll in the federal constituency within 90 days from the date of the judgment.
Oyo: Makinde sends list of 8 OYSIEC nominees to assembly
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has sent a list of eight persons that would constitute the state Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.
Contained in a statement signed on Thursday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Governor, in a letter dated 18 September, 2019, forwarded the names of eight individuals to the House of Assembly, for consideration as chairman and members of the commission.
The letter reads, “I wish to inform Your Rt. Honourable and other Honourable Members of the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC). The following personalities have been considered suitable, based on their track records, to oversee and conduct elections into the Local Governments in the State”.
Governor Makinde sought for the consideration of the House of Assembly for the nominees.
Also, in the letter, Barr. Isiaka Olagunju was nominated as chairman of the commission, while Comrade Adeniyi Afeez Babatunde, Alhaja Ganiyat Saka, Mr. Olanrewaju Emmanuel, Chief Kumi Agboola, Mr. Remi Ayoade, Mr. Sunday Falan and Mr. Adeojo Elias, were nominated as members.
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