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Appeal Court Validates Kalu’s Election



The Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, yesterday, validated the election of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu as senator representing Abia North district.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by  Justice R. A. Adah, the Court ruled that the tribunal erred on several counts in the suit filed by Mao Ohuabunwa  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The appellant court ruled that the grounds upon which the lower court predicated its reliefs to the petitioner  (Ohuabunwa) were faulty and not tenable in law.

The court also observed that the tribunal granted Ohuabunwa reliefs he never sought for and that this was unacceptable in law.

Reacting, Senator Kalu said the Appeal Court judgment had laid to rest doubts about his victory at the poll.

The Senate Chief Whip cautioned supporters, associates and party faithful to be wary of their utterances and actions, saying all hands must be on deck to work for the betterment of Abia North Senatorial District and Abia.

The former Abia governor urged Senator Ohuabunwa and others to join hands with him in attracting  development to the state.

In a statement from  his media office, Kalu thanked members of the Appeal Court panel for maintaining their integrity, noting that the rule of law must be upheld and respected at all times.

The statement read:  “As we rejoice today, following the affirmation of the victory of our party, APC, in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in Abia North Senatorial district, I urge party members, loyalists, supporters and other stakeholders not to engage in any verbal and physical attack with our opponents. We have been vindicated by the appellate court and we shall continue to sustain our exemplary qualities, which are anchored on the ideals of the APC.

“The time is now to consolidate our achievements, with a view to doing more for the masses.

“Let us come together, regardless of party affiliation, to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing our people, especially the down trodden in our communities.

“All efforts must be harmonised to drive sustainable growth and development across Abia. Politics should be seen as an opportunity to serve and unite the people, and not a tool for disharmony and social vices.

“Over the years, we have been provoked and we have been attacked by political rivals. However, because of our ideals, we have been law-abiding citizens for the sake of nation building. With the verdict of the Court of Appeal, it is clear that justice can be delayed but not denied.”

Kalu, who has initiated various social investment programmes  including free medical services to indigents, interest-free loans to petty traders, free transport scheme, education scholarship scheme and free agricultural seedlings to farmers in Abia North Senatorial District , promised to sustain his humanitarian gestures.

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Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello ‘God-sent’ – Edward Onoja



Edward Onoja, Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has said that Yahaya Bello is ‘God-sent.’

Onoja said this on Saturday after voting at unit 13, ward 3, Omonyoku-Odidoko, Ogugu-Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi.

The Deputy Governorship candidate said voters were eager to return Bello to office.

According to him, Kogi residents will return Bello as their Governor because they want him to consolidate on his achievements.

”You can see the enthusiasm of the voters who want to usher in a government that will continue to consolidate on its gains in service delivery.

”God brought a divine leader who in spite of coming from another senatorial district saw the need to meet the infrastructural gap in the Eastern district that has always produced the governor of the state.

”Because of this, our people who are people of gratitude appreciate that gesture and then made up their mind to repay good for good.

”I think today at the end of the day, we will all be happy,” Onoja said.

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Oyetola Receives 250 PDP, SDP Defectors To APC



About 250 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Friday, defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Iragbiji community of Boripe local government area of Osun State.

The defectors who were led by Alhaji Folorunso Akinola of the Peoples Democratic Party and Mr Oni-Osun Adewale of the Social Democratic Party respectively were received by both Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the state chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, and other members of the party’s state executives.

Addressing the crowd in front of the Aragbiji’s palace, Akinola said their decision to leave their former parties for APC was informed by the pro-masses policies and programmes of the government in the state.

He said he and other members of the opposition in Boripe local government had seen the need to join hands with the administration of Oyetola to move the Osun forward.

Akinola stated, “it is now for Iragbiji and the entire local government and state to go back to the good old days because the All Progressives Congress is the vehicle of development that God has given to us to advance our state.”

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Kogi Decides: Soldiers Allowing APC Agents To Rig, Chased people Away – Natasha Akpoti Alleges



The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has accused soldiers of electoral malpractice.

Akpoti alleged that soldiers chased electorates away at the Kuroko 2 polling unit in Adavi Local Government Area of the state while allowing agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig freely.

She raised the alarm in a tweet, on Saturday.

Akpoti tweeted: “Happening now!!! Soldiers just arrived Kuroko 2, Adavi LGA chasing people away while allowing APC agents to rig freely.”

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