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Court Clears Jonathan To Contest For 2023 Presidency
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been cleared to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News reports that Justice Isa Hamma Dashen of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa gave the ruling on Friday.
The presiding judge ruled that the former President is eligible to contest the 2023 presidency.
He also held that Jonathan’s right to vie for the office of president again cannot be stopped by any retroactive law.
Senator Abaribe Joins APGA After Dumping PDP
Former Senate Minority Leader and governorship aspirant, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has joined the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Naija News reports that the lawmaker joined the party after officially leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While confirming his defection to APGA on Friday, Abaribe said he has dropped his governorship ambition and would instead be seeking re-election into the senate on the platform.
He told Vanguard that he will be participating in the party’s senatorial primaries on Saturday.
According to the former Senate Minority Leader, he has fully registered with APGA.
Female Lawmaker, Binani Wins Adamawa APC Guber Ticket
Delegates were in favour of Senator Aisha Dahiru Ahmed Binani at the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State yesterday.
Binani won the party’s gubernatorial ticket after pulling the highest number of votes in the election contested by some political big wigs in the state, Naija News reports.
Announcing the results in Yola, the state capital, the election committee chairman, Malam Gambo said Binani pulled a total of 430 votes while Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), came second with 288 votes.
The immediate past governor, Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow, came third with 103 votes, Abdurrazaq Namda polled 94 votes while Wafari Theman got 39 votes.
Other aspirants, Umar Mustapha Madawaki and Wafarniyi Theman respectively clinched fifth and sixth positions in the contest.
‘My Presidential Ambitions Would Be Jeopardized If Not Granted Bail’ – Okorocha Begs Court
The detained former governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has requested a Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to release him on bail immediately.
Okorocha’s bail plea was based on the fact that he is a presidential candidate, running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and that his political ambitions would be jeopardized if he was not given bail.
The bail application was filed earlier today with Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo, and a decision is expected any moment from now.
Dino Melaye Makes Fresh Promise To Atiku After Losing Senatorial Ticket
A former Senator who represented Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye has made a fresh commitment to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Melaye who had openly supported the 2023 presidential bid of Atiku, reiterated on Friday that his stand has not changed despite recent political developments.
It will be recalled that Melaye on Tuesday lost the bid to return to the National Assembly after he was defeated in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election.
After the incident, Melaye took to his Twitter account on Friday to pledge allegiance to Atiku and his 2023 presidential ambition.
He wrote alongside a picture shared on his page “My political DNA is Atiku.”
How Buhari Allegedly Delayed APC Presidential Aspirants’ Screening To Accommodate Jonathan – Source
Allegations of President Muhammadu Buhari deliberately delaying the screening of the presidential aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in order to accommodate former President, Goodluck Jonathan has surfaced.
According to an APC chieftain who spoke to Daily Independent on the basis of anonymity, the president wants his predecessor to participate in the primary.
The source said: ”President Muhammadu Buhari is still plotting for Jonathan to participate in the primaries. He deliberately delayed the APC screening to accommodate the court ruling today.
“If the ruling is favourable, Jonathan will be screened and having been granted a waiver, he will participate in Sunday’s primary”.
2023: Kperogi Blasts Tinubu, Warns Him On What To Expect At The APC Presidential Primaries
Popular Nigerian columnist, Farooq Kperogi has called out the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and 2023 presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the outcome of the Lagos APC governorship primaries.
Kperogi in a post on his Facebook account, accused Tinubu of masterminding how other aspirants in the Lagos APC governorship race were prevented from participating in the primaries, giving Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu a clear run at the ticket.
Reacting to the entire episode, Kperogi said Tinubu should expect a payback from Karma in Abuja during the APC presidential primaries.
He said Tinubu would not get a fair presidential primaries just as he allegedly prevented a fair governorship primaries in Lagos.
Senate Leader Suffers Heavy Defeat In Kebbi APC Governorship Primaries, Scores Zero Votes
It was a resounding loss for Senate majority leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi at the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State on Thursday.
Naija News reports the Senate Leader who is one of the aspirants for the APC gubernatorial ticket in Kebbi, got zero votes.
He lost out to the eventual winner, Dr Nasiru Idris, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) who will now fly the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship elections.
According to the results announced by the Returning Officer and Chairman, APC National Monitoring Committee, Alhaji Idris Yahuza, Idris got 1,055 votes to emerge as the winner, another aspirant, Alhaji Abubakar Gari-Malam polled 35 votes to emerge second while the Senate Majority leader got no vote.
2023: Tinubu Not Afraid Of Jonathan Contesting APC Presidential Primary – Faleke
A House of Representatives member, James Faleke, has said presidential hopeful, Bola Tinubu was not afraid of the plan by former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest in the APC Presidential Primary.
Naija News earlier reported that the All Progressives Congres (APC) had reportedly granted Jonathan a waiver to contest the party’s presidential primary slated for Sunday, May 29.
Reacting to the development, Faleke said he was confident of Tinubu’s victory provided that the primary is conducted in a free and fair manner.
Speaking with The Punch, the lawmaker and founder of Tinubu Support Group said a transparent primary would be a condition for people not to leave the party.
He added that those supporting Jonathan and visiting him were free to do so, adding that it is the right of the former Nigerian leader to join the party and to contest.
2023: Bode George Speaks On PDP Winning Lagos Governorship Election
Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George has congratulated the winner of the party’s governorship primary, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor.
George in his statement on Thursday called on other governorship aspirants in the party to join hands with Adediran to ensure the party’s candidate emerges in the 2023 governorship election.
He called on other candidates contesting for different positions to work with the managers of the party at various constituencies.
George charged party members to end their differences as division would only bring defeat to the party in the forthcoming election.
Tinubu May Join SDP As Peter Obi, Abaribe, Ekweremadu Eye South-East Alliance
Indications have emerged that a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu may leave the governing party for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) if he is denied the presidential ticket of the Party.
This is coming as reports emerged that former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, may be plotting to form a South-East alliance with other aggrieved politicians of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to The PUNCH, Peter Obi has been in discussion with the Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso-led New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
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