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How Abdulsalami And I Saved Obasanjo From Impeachment – Gowon

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Yakubu Gowon, a former head of state, says he and Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state, saved ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo from being impeached in 2007.

Gowon said this at a public lecture tagged: “Nation Building or Nation Fragmentation: Reflection on 20 years of Post-Military Rule in Nigeria”.

The event, which held in Abuja on Saturday, was organised in honour of late Emmanuel Abisoye, a retired major-general.

Pius Anyim and Ghali Na’Abba were the president of the senate and speaker of the house of representatives at the time of the impeachment move.

Gowon, who serves as chairman, board of trustees (BoT) of the Abisoye Foundation, said if Obasanjo had been impeached, those who succeeded him would have faced a similar fate.

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“If the action of the legislature, which was to embarrass Chief Obasanjo was allowed to be implemented, those who succeeded him would have faced similar fate,” he said.

“I can see Alhaji Ghali Na’Abbah here and I can assure you we had some very important discussions and I know that we had to appeal to him and the president of the senate not to impeach Obasanjo and of course, because of the respect they had for us, they listened to us.

“If we had allowed them impeach the president at that time of our democracy, no president in Nigeria would escape being harrassed.”

Gowon said Abisoye gave his all for the service of Nigeria.

“As young as we were then, our ideals were not self-seeking,” he said.

“Rather, they were focused on the growth and development of a strong, stable, viable indivisible and indissoluble nation.”

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BREAKING: Nine Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC

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At least nine members of the Imo state house of assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Colins Chiji, the speaker, read the defection letters of the lawmakers who are from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Alliance (AA) on Tuesday.

The house was not in session when the supreme court sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor, replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.

Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the March election, is of the PDP while Uzodinma is a member of the APC.

The PDP defectors are Chyna Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele), Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema), Paul Emeziem (Onuimo).

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Those from AA are Authur Egwim (Ideato north), Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre), Johnson Duru (Ideato South), and Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) while Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) moved from APGA to APC.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election As Benue Gov

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The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Benue Governor.

A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, dismissed the appeal by Emmanuel Jime, who contested as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants (Jime and APC) failed to present any cogent reason to move the court to tamper with the concurrent decisions of the two lower courts, which both upheld Ortom’s election.

Another member of the panel, Justice Dattijo Mohammed, is reading the judgment in relation to the governorship dispute in Admawa State.

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Buhari Reacts To Supreme Court Verdict On Kano, Plateau

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Supreme Court judgement on governorship tussles in Kano and Plateau states.

President Buhari said it would have been disastrous for the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the party had lost Kano and Plateau states at the Supreme Court.

The president stated this in his congratulatory message to the APC over the apex court judgement that upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Governor Simon Lalong.

Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors.

“APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.

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“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates. Election is good when they win.

“The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire

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