Dispute in APGA threatens presidential election *Okorie warns INEC
The outcome of next months presidential election, may come to nothing, if the current crisis in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) between two factions, led by Chief Victor Oye and Edozie Njoku is not resolved decisively to determine who between the two is the authentic leadership with the powers to choose the party’s presidential candidate.
Between Oye and Edozie, is a serious dispute over who is the authentic National Chairman, going by the outcome of a Supreme Court pronouncement last year, which named the latter as the leader of the party.
The apex court, last week, acknowledged receipt of a letter from Njoku to confirm the Supreme Court judgment in suit No: SC/CV/687/2021 between Chief Jude Okeke and APGA (and 3 ORS) where the correction of a clerical error was made and advised him to file the request appropriately, stressing that it would not reverse itself on a judgment based on a clerical issue.
The letter signed by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hajo Bello, on behalf of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola with Ref: No: SC/CV/687/20221, addressed Njoku as the APGA National Chairman.
The PUNCH on Tuesday, quoted the presidential candidate of the Njoku-led faction of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, as warning that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to list him as the APGA candidate as the implication of last week’s letter by the apex court was that Njoku remained the authentic national chairman of the party.
Okorie warned INEC to be wary of the outcome of not according Njoku his due recognition, saying, “Everything Oye did from May 31, 2019, till date is a nullity. Everything Edozie did from 2019 till date including my nomination as a presidential candidate is valid. If INEC continues to remain recalcitrant, the 2023 election will be nullified because the law is clear that if you deny a political party participation in an election, the election will be nullified.”
But the Oye camp, in dismissing the threat, saying Njoku was merely spewing lies and falsehood, and must therefore be disregarded by the as Oye remained the the National Chairman of the party, said in a statement by its spokesman, Tex Okechukwu, said: “We wish to state emphatically and unequivocally that Victor Oye is and remains the National Chairman of APGA. To that extent, there is no extant judgment of any court in Nigeria that has pronounced otherwise.”
BREAKING: All clear for Tinubu! S’Court dismisses PDP’s double nomination suit *Says, PDP a busy-body
For being a meddlesome interloper and a busy-body in bringing a case that was none of its business, the Supreme Court, on Friday slammed a N2million fine on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over its suit demanding that the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election be vitiated.
The main opposition party, had claimed that Kashim Shettima, being a candidate in a Senatorial election in Borno and as well as the running mate to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate in the election, amounted to double Nomination, which is forbidden by the law.
Based on that, the prayed the apex court to declare the ticket null and void and the votes recorded for it in the election, through which they were declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted, a prayer, which if it had succeeded, would pave the way for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the party in the election to take over from Tinubu as the 16th President on Monday, when he is due to be inaugurated.
But the court, while dismissing the prayers, which originated from the Federal High Court Abuja, and travelled through the Court of Appeal, before it, agreeing with the positions of the lower courts which dismissed them on the ground of lacking in locus standi to institute the case.
But, Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, not only held that the PDP acted as meddlesome Interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC, ordered the main opposition party to pay N2milllion, for its troubles, after establishing that its arguments tended to misleading the court, which was “sad”.
The court, which said it was aware of the case of Uche Nwosu, former governorship candidate in Imo State, the court, held that it did not applay in the instant case, as it agreed that Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced and therefore, was no longer a candidate for the Senate before he picked up the running mate ticket, thus, making the allegation of multiple nomination untenable.
On the other hand, the court, held that Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions, and having not being on all fours, PDP suit, was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
Accusing the PDP of attempts to use the social media to set a trap for the apex court to blackmail it, which he said was “painful, unfortunate and uncalled for,” the court said a political party had no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party, adding that for a person to have locus standi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a neutral person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.
Nigerians must allow the love they share abroad resonate at home – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is worried that the level of love Nigerians abroad share among themselves is not replicated at home, adding that a situation where they are quick to become friends outside and enemies at home, must be stop. The former President, who acknowledged how Nigerians in the diaspora were making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour, told participants at an evening reception held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, that Nigerians in the diaspora must conduct themselves as good citizens wherever they domiciled.
Obasanjo, whose views were captured in a statement by, Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman, expressed satisfaction over the unity exhibited among Nigerians in the United States of America, urging them to reciprocate such togetherness when they are back home.
The former President, said to have spoken on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, was quoted as saying: “Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad, but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria.”
Uproar, social media exchange of fire, over Ooni’s handshake with Pete Edochie, KOK
The exchange of handshakes between veteran actors Pete Edochie and Kanayo O. Kanayo with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyey Ogunwusi Enitan, has spurred a flurry of reactions on social media, The Nation, is reporting.
The paper, which reviewed the viral video shared on Thursday, where Edochie and Kanayo approached Ooni’s table at Elizabeth Jack Rich’s 40th birthday party on Tuesday and exchanged Igbo “cultural” handshakes with the monarch, acknowledged the different meanings being read into it.
Social media users on Twitter took to the comment section of the video with some knocking the actors for disrespecting the tradition by exchanging handshakes with the monarch, while others praised Ooni for showing respect to the Igbo culture.
Man of Letters said: “Igbakeji Oorisa?! It’s acceptable that he received the cross-culture respect handshake with Pete Edochie because the man Pete carry, but what’s his excuse for doing it with Kanayo O Kanayo??”
Kelvin Odanz said. “Is this ceremony holding in the Ooni palace? I mean, if an Igbo man (from a culture that doesn’t bow to another man) meets the Ooni in the UK for instance, is it disrespectful if he chooses to greet the respected Oba in a way he was brought up to respect dignitaries?”
Another user Onyemauchi tweeted: “This man supposed be King for him community”
Another tweep tracesorba wrote: “Igbos don’t bow down to any man, An evolved or wise man is their our own Chi.”