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Action Alliance withdraws petition against Tinubu’s victory

The party announced its withdrawal at the pre-hearing session of the presidential election tribunal on Monday.

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The Action Alliance (AA) has withdrawn its petition against the victory of Bola Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential election.

The party announced its withdrawal at the pre-hearing session of the presidential election tribunal on Monday.

Oba Maduabuchi, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), heads the legal team of the party.

Prior to the announcement of the withdrawal, another lawyer had announced himself as the representative of the AA.

He said the party wants the petition struck out because it did not consent to the action.

But Maduabuchi insisted that he filed the petition on behalf of the 1st and 2nd petitioners.

Subsequently, Maduabuchi formally applied to withdraw the petition of the party.

After declaring the intention of the Action Alliance, none of the representatives of the other parties expressed opposition to the move.

The panel consequently ruled that “in the absence of any objection from the respondents, the application is hereby granted. Consequently, the petition is hereby dismissed”.

The main ground of AA’s petition was the claim of wrongful exclusion of David Okanigbuan, the party’s candidate, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Ex-Nigerian Senator dumps PDP for APC

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Two-time Edo South Senator, Matthew Uroghide, and several other defectors have formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Uroghide made the switch from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC at a ceremony in Benin City last Saturday, marking the end of his 13-year-three-month tenure with the PDP.

Identifying himself as a foundational APC member, Uroghide expressed his satisfaction in reuniting with a party of seasoned leaders he trusts.

He pledged to contribute to the APC’s growth and support its candidates in the upcoming 2024 Edo gubernatorial election.

The event also saw the formal embrace of other political figures, including former House of Representatives clerk and 2023 Owan Federal Constituency candidate Patrick Giwa, as well as eight local government chairmen, such as Frank Ilaboya of Owan West Local Government Area.

Prominent APC figures like Senator Adams Oshiomhole were present to welcome the new members. Oshiomhole extended apologies to Uroghide for past misjudgments and commended his resilience and political acumen.

Recognizing Uroghide’s experience, Oshiomhole nominated him as the APC’s director general for the forthcoming Edo State gubernatorial campaign, a role Uroghide accepted.

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Impeachment: Court to hear Shaibu’s suit against Edo assembly April 19

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A federal high court in Abuja has set April 19 as the date to hear a lawsuit brought by Philip Shaibu, former deputy governor of Edo state, against the state house of assembly and others.

The presiding judge, Inyang Ekwo, scheduled the hearing after considering the arguments from the involved lawyers.

The suit, identified as FHC/ABJ/CS/405/24, was originally planned for Thursday but was postponed due to a public holiday.

Shaibu was impeached by the Edo state house of assembly on Monday following the adoption of a report from a seven-man investigative panel chaired by retired justice S. A. Omonuwa.

Filed on March 27, the lawsuit aims to halt Shaibu’s removal from office.

The inspector-general of police and the Department of State Services are named as the first and second respondents, respectively.

The lawsuit alleges that the impeachment process violated Shaibu’s fundamental right to a fair hearing and failed to serve him the impeachment notice personally, among other violations.

Shaibu seeks an order preventing further violations of his constitutional right to a fair hearing.

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Edo deputy governor: What happened between Obaseki and Shaibu, not my business

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Omobayo Godwins, the newly appointed deputy governor of Edo State, has emphasized in an interview with Channels Television on Monday that he views his selection as a deputy governor as a providential occurrence and refrained from delving into the ongoing rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the former deputy governor, Philip Shaibu.

Godwins, who assumed office following Sahib’s impeachment by the Edo State House of Assembly earlier that day, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity, highlighting the importance of loyalty in politics.

He stated that he was unaware of the specifics of the discord between Obaseki and Shaibu, asserting that his focus is on fulfilling his duties.

Regarding Obaseki’s relationships with other political figures, Godwins stated that he maintains no interest in such matters.

He mentioned that he was approached by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the role and emphasized the significance of his appointment, particularly for the youth, citing his age as a positive factor that could inspire active participation in politics.

Additionally, he expressed his commitment to making a meaningful impact during his tenure as deputy governor, regardless of its duration.

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Edo Assembly Impeaches Philip Shaibu As Deputy Governor

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The political atmosphere in Edo State took a new shape on Monday when the state’s House of Assembly impeached embattled Philip Shaibu as deputy governor, ending a long-drawn drama between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

According to the CHANNELS report, Philip was impeached during the House’s plenary session in Benin City, the Edo State capital in a move that began months ago following the soured relationship between Obaseki and Shaibu.

Shaibu’s impeachment followed the adoption of the report of a seven-man committee set up by the chief judge of Edo State Justice Daniel Okungbowa to investigate allegations of misconduct against the deputy governor.

During plenary at the assembly complex in Benin City, the Edo State capital, the Majority Leader of the House Charity Aiguobarueghian said the report of the seven-man judicial panel of inquiry presented to the House had two findings and one recommendation.

Aiguobarueghian said that while the report of the panel was unable to establish the case of perjury leveled against the deputy governor, the panel found him guilty of disclosure of government secrets.

It was reported that the seven-man judicial panel of inquiry recommended that the deputy governor be impeached on grounds of disclosure of government secrets.

The Clerk of the House Yahaya Omogbai conducted a head count of the lawmakers who voted for and against the impeachment of Shaibu.

Eighteen out of 19 members present at plenary voted for the impeachment of the deputy governor while one abstained from the head count and voting process.

The clerk of the House stated that 2/3 (16 members of the House) was needed to carry out the impeachment.

The assembly then upheld and approved the recommendation of the seven-man panel and subsequently impeached the deputy governor.

The speaker Blessing Agbebaku has since directed Omogbai to forward copies of the impeachment to Governor Godwin Obaseki for his assent.

Monday’s impeachment comes as a Federal High Court in Abuja was to resume sitting in the lawsuit filed by Shaibu to challenge the Edo State House of Assembly’s plan to impeach him.

But in a swift reaction to his impeachment, Shaibu faulted the move which he said is a threat to the country’s democracy.

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NNPP is best alternative to PDP, APC – Kwankwaso tells Nigerians

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Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential hopeful from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the 2023 elections, asserts that his party offers the best choice for Nigerians, confidently stating its potential to surpass both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking at the NNPP national convention in Abuja on Saturday, the former minister of defense highlighted the alarming levels of banditry in the country, particularly in the northern regions, leading to displacement and loss of lives.

He emphasized the fundamental role of government in ensuring the safety and security of its citizens.

Kwankwaso praised the NNPP’s progress since its inception and expressed gratitude for the recent amendments to the party’s constitution, slogan, and logo, believing these changes will bolster the party’s success in future elections.

He acknowledged the need for clearer party branding and vowed to foster unity and fairness among members, promising to uphold internal democracy within the NNPP.

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Have faith, We’ll tame inflation like exchange rate – Tinubu tells Nigerians

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President Bola Tinubu has reassured Nigerians of his dedication to addressing the country’s economic challenges.

Speaking during an Iftar gathering with members of the APC presidential campaign council and the independent campaign council, Tinubu highlighted the progress of his economic reforms, emphasizing a positive outlook despite lingering inflation issues.

He acknowledged past hurdles such as exchange rate fluctuations and heightened borrowing but emphasized ongoing efforts to stabilize the economy and regain international respect.

Despite recent spikes in the consumer price index, Tinubu pointed to improvements in the foreign exchange market, urging citizens to maintain confidence and support his administration’s endeavors.

Encouraging perseverance and national pride, he stressed the importance of self-reliance in overcoming Nigeria’s obstacles.

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