Former spokesman for the House of Representatives, Zakari Mohammed, has criticised his former colleague from Yagba Federal Constituency, Sunday Karimi, for accusing former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, of playing a role in the crisis in the Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Karimi had blamed Saraki for the automatic tickets given to some federal legislators under the PDP in Kogi during the last general elections.
Zakari, in a statement on Wednesday, described the accusation as “mischievous,” “irresponsible” and “very unfortunate.”
He added, “It was an open secret that both in the PDP and the All Progressives Congress, after the gale of defections in the National Assembly before the last general elections, members who defected into the respective parties and those who refused to defect were given automatic tickets, except in a few, isolated cases.
“How then can Karimi, who lost in his aspiration to leave the House of Representatives to go and slug it out with Dino Melaye for the senatorial ticket, blame Saraki over his inability to get the ticket? Was it Saraki that conducted the screening and the primaries in Kogi State?”
Zakari, who represented the Baruten-Kaiama Federal Constituency from 2011 to 2019, advised Karimi to desist from dragging Saraki’s name into his “personal grouse” and loss.
The former lawmaker added, “We will not tolerate a situation where a Karimi, because he could not get the party’s senatorial ticket in the last election, would now be sabotaging genuine efforts of the party to win the next governorship poll in the state by making statements aimed at derailing genuine efforts to unite all members behind the party as the governorship election approaches.”
Amosun, 3000 others defect to PDP in Ogun state.
As the 2020 chairmanship election date in Ogun state draws closer, Akeem Amosun, Allied for New Nigeria(ANN) House of Representative candidate for Abeokuta South in the last poll has led over 3000 supporters to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Speaking while making the formal declaration where he was received by the former House of Representatives member; Hon. Ladi Adebutu and PDP chieftain, Sikurullai Ogundele on Thursday, he said there is the need for unity in order to defeat the APC.
He said: “Our opponents are wicked, therefore, we need to be united. The nature of elections as seen throughout the federation are now being militarized brazenly.
“The forthcoming elections can only be won by landslide, therefore, I urge all parties to stand united and coalesce as one body so that when they come with their thugs from Lagos we shall resist them.
“The APC government in the state lack competence and compassion. They can’t do anything without getting approval from Lagos. Ogun State is not Lagos subsidiary.“We are on a mission to rescue our state from incompetence, lack of compassion of APC government.”
Sowore Finally Released from DSS Custody
Sowore was released hours after the Federal High Court in Abuja had a 24 hour ultimatum to DSS to release both of them who had been in their custody despite their release on bail.
He is, however, expected to appear in court tomorrow for the commencement of trial.
Sowore was received by his lawyer Femi Falana and several of his supporters.
APC primaries annulled and INEC restrained by court.
A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, on Thursday nullified the governorship primaries that produced Chief David Lyon as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Nov. 16 poll in the state.
Delivering judgment, Justice Jane Inyang, held that the primaries were conducted arbitrarily outside the rules of the party.
The suit filed by Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, challenged conduct of the governorship primaries of APC which held on Sept.4.
She held that since the process was conducted in violation of the party’s constitution and guidelines as clearly spelt out for the conduct of governorship primaries, none of the aspirants should be fielded as the party’s candidate.
She therefore restrained the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), from including Lyon as the APC candidate in the governorship election slated for Saturday.
Inyang noted that according to the APC guidelines for the conduct of the 2019 governorship primaries, the results were expected to be declared by the returning officer for the pre-election, Gov. Mai Kala Buni of Yobe and not Sen. Emmanuel Ochega, Secretary of the election Committee.
Inyang also held that the APC violated its own rules in the composition of the election panel when it constituted a one-member committee and not seven members as stipulated in the party rules.
“It has been established by judicial authorities and several judgments that political parties are bound by their own rules, the committee that conducted the primary threw caution to the winds and it is my ruling that the primaries stand nullified.
“The results announced by Sen Emmanuel Ochega is not valid as he is not the returning officer for the election.
“And I make an order restraining INEC from recognising any of the aspirants that participated in the said primaries”,Inyang said.
Lokpobiri had approached the court, to challenge the emergence of Mr David Lyon as the APC governorship candidate in the state.
Listed as respondents in the case are the APC, Lyon and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Lokpobiri had claimed that he won the Sept. 4 governorship primaries conducted by the APC, using the direct primary mode.
The aspirants, who participated in the Sept. 4, APC governorship primaries in the state, included Lokpobiri, Aganaba Steven, Ebitimi Amgbare, Diseye Poweigha, David Lyon and Ongoebi Etebu.
A former Cross River Resident Electoral Commissioner, Briyai Frankland, was disqualified.