Shock and disappointment were the expressions on the faces of officials and members of staff of the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress following the Supreme Court Judgement which annulled the victory of the party’s Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon.
When correspondent visited the party headquarters after the judgment, yesterday, staffers of the secretariat were sighted standing in groups discussing the issue.
National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, who arrived the party secretariat, went up to his office with some members of the party’s National Working Committee.
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Isa- Onilu, in a telephone interview with our correspondent said, “The party will soon make its position (on the judgement) known.”
Edo Muslims Group Condemns Endorsement Of Candidates
The Chairman, Edo State Council for Islamic Affairs (EDSCIA), Alhaji Abdulazeez Nosakhare Igbinidu, has said that those who went about endorsing political candidates for the state’s governorship election did so at their peril and did not reflect the stand of the Islamic Community.
Alhaji Igbinidu disclosed this while reacting to the news in some quarters that the body has endorsed political candidates ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
He said, “the body is neutral and doesn’t dabble into politics though it doesn’t also forbid any Muslim from aligning with any political
parties or candidates of his or her choice.
“EDSCIA is not a political organisation. However, we are aware that some of our members belong to those organisations where they are striving to actualise their political aspirations.
“We are not against any of their legitimate actions to perfect their political interest through their various political parties and associations.
“That Edo State Council for Islamic Affairs headed by Alhaji Abdulazeez Nosakhare Igbinidu is the only body that has the power to speak on behalf of Muslim Community in Edo State and that this body did not authorise or direct any individual or group of Muslims to act on behalf of Edo State chapter for Islamic Affairs or any other name to endorse any politicians.
Muslims to act on behalf of Edo State chapter for Islamic Affairs or any other name to endorse any politicians.
“That we condemn in its entirety the purported endorsement of a particular politician using the name of Edo State chapter for Islamic Affairs or any other name as they do not have such rights to speak on behalf of Edo Muslims”, he said.
Senator Kalu Preaches Nigeria’s Unity
Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu says he would continue to preach the unity of the nation.
Kalu, who said this in an interview with our source in Umuahia yesterday, reiterated his resolve to ensure a stronger nation.
“My duty is to continue preaching about the unity of the nation. My duty is to continue pleading with our people about religious tolerance and to continue preaching that Nigeria should be a strong one,” he said.
The two-term former governor of Abia State said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would take over the state in 2023.
He vowed to use his position as the chairman of the party’s caucus in the Senate to wrest power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
He said that the party was already doing well under the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodinma in Imo State.
Kalu said that the party would employ a new strategy to penetrate the remaining South East states in 2023.
Kalu, while reacting to his rousing reception in Aba on Monday, during a Requiem Mass in honour of his late friend, Chief Anthony because the people believed in his leadership.Enukeme (Tonimas), said it was because the people believed in his leadership.
He said, “Forget about the newspaper propaganda, the people believed in what I had done for them.
“They had free education, their pensions, salaries and leave allowances were paid.
“The people believe that whoever I will bring will do a better job.”
According to him, when you see all those boys that are following me, they know that their future is guaranteed under the leadership of any political party I belong”.
Kalu, who was being likened to a Biblical Joseph following his recent incarceration said he had simply remained as “Orji Uzor Kalu that is ready to give leadership of justice and fairness.”
Kalu had returned to the Senate in June, after spending six months in jail upon conviction on corruption charges.
Kalu, who had been serving a 12-year sentence, was released from jail on June 2, 2020, following an order by the Federal High court.
He was convicted for embezzling N7.65 billion belonging to the Abia government.
The Supreme Court however, ordered a retrial after it nullified his conviction.
Impeachment Saga: Kaduna Assembly Suspends Former Deputy Speaker, Others
The Kaduna State House of Assembly has suspended three of its members from all activities of the House for nine months.
The Assembly also reprimanded five other members, who were directed to apologise to the assembly in writing and publish the apology in a national daily within a week.
Our source reports that the Assembly took the decision at plenary yesterday after adoption of the report of the committee that investigated the fracas that occurred during its sitting on June 11.
The committee, headed by Alhaji Shehu Yunusa, recommended the suspension and reprimand of the affected members in accordance with the Assembly’s Code of Conduct.
Those suspended were Mukhtar Isa-Hazo, a former Deputy Speaker representing Basawa Constituency, Mr Nuhu Goroh-Shadalafiya of Kagarko Constituency and Alhaji Yusuf Liman-Dahiru, Kakuri/Makera constituency.
They were suspended for allegedly causing disaffection among members and denigrating the office of the Deputy Speaker.
The five members reprimanded include Salisu Isa (Magajin Gari), former Speaker, Aminu Abdullahi-Shagali (Sabon Gari), AbdulWahab Idris (Ikara), Yusuf Salihu (Kawo) and Nasiru Usman (Tudun Wada).
The sitting was presided by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Isaac Auta-Zankai.
Meanwhile, A bill for a law to amend the Kaduna State Penal Code 2017, scaled through second reading during the sitting.
The bill seeks to amend Section 258 of the principal law to provide more effective sanctions to protect women and children against sexual abuse and violence.
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