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Tribunal Verdict: APC Hopes To Upturn Outcome At Appeal Court

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Leader of the All Progressives Congress in Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko said on Saturday that the party would reclaim the state govership seat at the Appeal Court.
Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District, said while addressing party supporters at his residence in Sokoto, that the judgement of the Tribunal which affirmed the election of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, was wrong.
According to him, APC as a peaceful and law abiding party, will continue to follow all legal processes to claim the mandate given to it by the people.
“I want assure you that we will continue to pursue our mandate which was stolen, to the end.
“Sokoto state is an APC state and will continue to remain so, as such I urge all our supporters to remain calm and law abiding. Very soon the law will reveal the true picture of the election.
“We should continue to pray for the success of our party, Sokoto state and the country at large,” Wamakko said.
Earlier, the state APC governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, thanked the people for their continued support to him and the party.
“The crowd we are seeing today is an indication of support and dedication by the people of Sokoto state to the APC and all its leaders.
“On the tribunal judgement there is no cause alarm; we will continue to work with our lawyers, as we will soon file an appeal to that effect.
“As you all know, even if the tribunal judgement is in our favour, the opposition will appeal the judgment.
“So, in our own case we will do the same to restore our mandate,” he said.
Our source recalls that the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, on Oct. 2, in Abuja affirmed the election of Tambuwal.
The three man tribunal led by Justice Abbas Bawale dismissed the petition of the APC and its candidate Aliyu, for lacking in merit.
Tambuwal won the March 23 governorship election with a slim margin of 342 votes.

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Delta Reps Bicker Over Bill On Proposed Federal Poly

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Two federal lawmakers from Delta State, South-South Nigeria, have thrown up disagreement over where a proposed federal polytechnic should be located within the State.
This followed a presentation of a bill for an Act seeking the establishment of a federal polytechnic Orogun in Delta Central Senatorial zone, which was forwarded from the Senate to the House of Representatives for concurrence.
While the said Bill was said to have been sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central, there was a similar Bill sponsored by Rep. Ossai Nicholas Ossai representing Ukwani Federal constituency which is in Delta North.
The Bill which was seeking the establishment of the same federal university with its location in Kwale, Delta North was passed by the House and sent to the Senate for concurrence in November 2019.
It, however, couldn’t get a Senate concurrence following the rejection by the red chamber, prompting Rep. Ossai to kick against the House concurring the current version changing the school’s proposed location and seeking the nod of the House.
Trouble began three weeks ago when Ossai, who chairs the House Committee, raised a point of order alerting the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila that the Bill so listed on the order paper as emanating from the Senate for concurrence was actually sponsored by him and passed by the House, but was rejected by the Senate when it was forwarded for concurrence.

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APC Urges Credible Election In Nsukka LG

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Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Joseph Ugwuoke,in Nsukka Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State, has urged Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) to ensure that February 29 local government poll is credible.
Ugwuoke made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Nsukka, yesterday.
He said that ENSIEC should allow the will of the electorate to prevail during that election by conducting an election that would be described by all as free and fair.
“The commission should ensure the votes of the people of Enugu State count in that election.
“I urge ENSIEC to give every political party an equal level playing ground during the election and resists any attempt by any politician to use their staff to commit electoral fraud.
“The state electoral umpire should ensure that the staff and ad-hoc staff exhibit high level of transparency and honesty during the exercise so that only candidates that have mandates of the electorate will emerge victorious,” he said.

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Group Advocates Stronger Representation Of Women In Governance

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The League of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV), Bauchi State Chapter, has advocated for stronger recognition of women issues through increased representation at all levels of governance.
The Chairperson of the league in Bauchi, Hajiya Fatima Zakari, made the call at a town hall meeting of stakeholders in Bauchi, yesterday.
She said stronger recognition of women’s issues in policy was required through increased representation in national, state and local  governance.
According to her, if women are elected  into governance, it will play key role in addressing critical issues affecting them and their broader communities,“such as education, water management, health and domestic violence, among others,” she said.
Zakari said that women representation in governance would promote greater equality in politics and support stronger representation of women issues in policy.
The chairperson expressed optimism that NILOWV was gaining ground in the state with more women understanding the need to actively participate in governance and decision making.
Speaking on behalf of the stakeholders, Hajiya Aisha Bama, the Secretary, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Bauchi State chapter, appealed to government at all levels to acknowledge the contribution of women in the society.
She reiterated that involvement of more women in political leadership would raise public awareness of their involvement in politics.
Participants were drawn from the traditional institutions, civil society organisations, security agencies and organised private sector, among others.

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