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APC primary: Court decides Jonathan’s fate today, ex-President gets waiver

A Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, will on Friday (today) rule on the eligibility of former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the presidential election even as The PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the Presidency cabal led by the President’s influential nephew, Mamman Daura, had thrown its weight behind Jonathan. This is coming at a time the All Progressives Congress granted the former President waiver to contest.

Speaking with one of our correspondents on Thursday evening, one of Jonathan’s aides said, “The road is now fully clear, we give God the glory.” Another source, in a message sent to our reporter noted, “GEJ has finally been given the waiver, he will contest on Sunday.”

In an origination summons filed by Andy Solomon and Idibiye Abraham, the plaintiffs are seeking an order of the court stating that Jonathan is not affected by the fourth alteration to the constitution barring Vice-Presidents who succeed their principals from serving more than one full term. In the suit marked FHC/YNG/CS/86/2022 which is before Justice Isa Dashen, the All Progressives Congress, Jonathan and the Independent National Electoral Commission are listed as defendants.

Apparently in a haste to ensure that judgment is delivered before the APC primary which is slated for Sunday, the plaintiffs requested an accelerated hearing via a motion ex parte. The court granted an accelerated hearing of the suit “having regard to the nature of the suit and the reliefs sought therein.”

The court also directed the respondents to be served with the enrolment order alongside the originating summons and the defendants to file their responses. It was learnt that after affidavits, counter-affidavits and further affidavits had been filed, Justice Dashen fixed May 27 for judgment.

 

Source: Punch

 

 

Confusion As Thugs Disrupt APC Governorship Aspirants’ Meeting Ahead Of Primaries In Taraba

A few hours before the end of the governorship primary election for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State, armed thugs invaded the venue of a stakeholders’ meeting and dispersed participants in Jalingo, the state capital. The meeting which was attended by six governorship aspirants was halted by the invasion.

Trouble started when the Chairman of the Governorship Electoral Committee, Lawrence Onuchukwu, told stakeholders that he was instructed to conduct a direct primary election in the state. Following this disclosure, some stakeholders were enraged, alleging that Onuchukwu was in the state to cause confusion in the party.

Consequently, irate youths stormed the venue, threatening to unleash hell on the electoral committee, prompting the chairman of the party to send a distress call to the commissioner of police in the state, Shokoya Abimbola. The police commissioner, who confirmed the incident said, “Calm was immediately restored following a distress call from the State chairman of the party.”

Abimbola assured the residents that the police would live up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property.

 

Source: Sahara Reporters