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JUST IN: INEC Reveals Why It Can’t Issue Uzodinma Certificate Of Return

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Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it cannot issue a Certificate of Return to the new Governor of Imo state, Sen. Hope Uzodinma because it has not been served with the order of the Supreme Court to that effect.

The Commission in a terse statement by the Chief Press Secretary to its Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi however promised to do the needful once it received the enrolled order.

“Please be informed that the Commission is yet to be served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court judgement, therefore, we cannot issue the Certificate of Return to the APC candidate yet. However, once the Commission receives the enrolled order, the CoR will be issued”, INEC stated.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday sacked Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state, and consequently went to affirm the election of Uzodinma in his stead.

In the lead judgement read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the apex court ruled that records before it proved that election results from 388 polling units during the election, were unlawfully excluded from the overall collated results that declared Ihedioha winner of the state governorship election.

It noted that results from the cancelled polling units amounted to 213, 295 votes, adding that Ihedioha was returned elected, based on wrong computation of results.

According to the apex court, the tribunal and the appellate court failed to properly award justice to Uzodinma when he petitioned them because they misinterpreted his petition.

“There is merit in this appeal, it is hereby allowed. Majority judgement of the lower court affirming the election of the 2nd Respondent is hereby set-aside”, Justice Kekere-Ekun held.

Aside the Chief Justice of Nigeria, others in the 7-man panel include Justices Sylvester Ngwuta, Kayode Ariwola, Uwani Abba Ajji and Amiru Sanusi.

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2023: Ex-Reps Speaker Na’Abba Gives Condition To Support Igbo Presidency

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A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, says zoning and rotational presidency have not helped the nation and should be discarded.

He said that the nation’s past experiments with zoning have proved ineffective as a way of engendering development in the states that have produced the president since 1999.

However, Na’Abba noted that the north was not insisting on retaining power at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.

Reacting to the clamour for Igbo presidency, the Kano State indigene said he would only support a South East presidential candidate that demonstrates competence and tolerance to hold the office.

“The North is not insisting on producing the next president.

“Personally, I have a long time ago taken the decision not to support the presidential ambition of anybody on account of his/her place of birth, whether it is the North or the South.

“This phenomenon has not helped all the states that produced our four presidents since 1999. If anything, the office is only enjoyed by the cronies of these presidents.

“If you ask the average Bayelsa man or Katsina man or Ogun man, they will all tell you that they are not better off today than they were before the presidency went to their states. I very much support the idea of a president from the Southeast, but he has to convince me that he has the competence, capability, capacity, tolerance, acceptance, consideration and empathy necessary for me to entrust him with myself and my family. And it will be the same if the person would come from Kano,” Na’Abba told Sunday Sun.

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Kneel All You Want, Your Candidate Will Lose — Shaibu Mocks Oshiomhole

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Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu has said that no amount of kneeling will save former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from disgrace in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

Shaibu is the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election and incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

Recall that Oshiomhole over the weekend knelt to apologise to Edo people for supporting Obaseki in the 2016 election.

But speaking during a campaign tour of Etsako West LGA on Wednesday, Shaibu described Oshiomhole’s action as a stunt which the good people of Edo would not fall for.

He explained that the September 19 election would be issue-based, not focused on tantrums by any individual.

“No amount of kneeling stunt will save the former national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and his candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, from defeat,” he stated.

According to him, the forthcoming election was a watershed that would determine the future of Edo people and their unborn children.

He added that it was not a time to think about pecuniary gains and egos of wannabe godfathers.

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Obaseki Has No Opponent In Edo — Wike

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Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has boasted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the forthcoming Edo governorship election Governor Godwin Obaseki has no opponent.

Speaking on a live programme on Wednesday, Wike said the people of Edo already knew the type of candidate the All Progressives Congress (APC) presented to them following what Adams Oshiomhole said about him four years ago.

Wike, in a statement by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, said: “Such a character cannot be accepted by Edo people as Governor during the election.

“I respect the Benin tradition and I know that Edo people are educated to know that Oshiomhole cannot play on their intelligence.

“If he is now retracting what he said of Ize Iyamu, who is sure that he’s saying the correct thing now.

“Adams Oshiomole’s sudden u- turn is a great insult on Edo people. This is an opportunity for Edo people both at home and in the diaspora to use their votes to tell Oshiomole they cannot take his lies anymore.

“From all indications, it is obvious that there is no strong opposition against Obaseki and he will win convincingly”.

Wike, who is chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council, stated he and his team accepted the responsibility to lead the campaign because they are satisfied with results coming out already from Edo State.

Wike said the PDP had continued to take steps in strengthening the nation’s democracy with the promotion of internal politics and resolving conflict of interests of members to achieve common goals.

He said the success recorded by the PDP in conducting free and fair party primaries in Edo state was evidence of the internal democracy in the party.

The governor said all the aspirants decided to work together to support the candidature of Obaseki

He said: “It was not easy to have a sole candidate for the party in Edo state. People thought there will be problems, given the fact that Obaseki was coming from another Party.

“But Party members who are grounded and believe in the Party didn’t see any sacrifice too much to make.

“Even in Ondo State, the former Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi who decamped to PDP contested keenly during the primaries and lost . If there are other pending issues in the South West, be sure that the Party will resolve them.

“That is exactly what Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the chairman of South-South States’ Governors had done.

“He is making sure that we are all on the same page to ensure that all states in the South-South are controlled by PDP”.

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