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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed two suits challenging the attempt by All Progressives Congress (APC) to extend the tenure of its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and other officials of the party at all levels across the country.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in two separate judgments, held that the suits had become hypothetical, academic and spent the party having reversed the decision to extend the officials’ tenures.

The judge in his judgments noted that he had taken “judicial notice” of the fact that the party had started conducting its congresses for the purpose of electing its officials at the ward and local government levels.

He also said he had taken the judicial notice of the fact that the party had slated its national convention for May 19.

The judge held that the court does not give judgment for fancy” but only “addresses live issues”. But the judge held that had the attempt to extend the tenures matured into reality it would have been a violation of both the Nigerian and the APC’s constitutions.

The party’s National Executive Council had at its meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 27, 2018, extended the four-year tenure of the party officials due to expire on June 30, 2018, by one year.

A member of the APC in Imo State, Okere Uzochukwu, filed the first suit on March 2, 2018 and marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/219/2018 to challenge the move.

The second suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/237/2018, was filed on March 8, 2018, by four APC members aspiring to run for leadership positions of the party, to challenge the extension of the tenures of the incumbent holders of the executive offices of the party.

President Buhari had at a later meeting of the NEC advised against the tenure extension because of possible dire legal consequences it could hold for the party.

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2023: Every Political Candidate Must Declare Bank Asset – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission announced on Friday that in the 2023 general election, it will shine a spotlight on politicians and political parties to identify the sources of financing for their campaigns.

As a result, the commission committed to forming a committee to oversee election spending before the elections.

The Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja during a policy roundtable conference on political campaign finance organized by The Electoral Forum, an organ of the Initiative for Research, Innovation, and Advocacy in Development with support from the MacArthur Foundation, and represented by a National Commissioner, Kunle Ajayi.

He said, “As long as we have not notified anybody that the race to the 2023 general election has started, we are not unaware of what anybody is doing. We follow the law strictly.

“We have not officially declared a notice for the 2023 general election, but when we so declare, we will put our monitoring committees to motion like the Central Bank of Nigeria, DSS, EFCC, the ICPC, (commercial) banks, and other law enforcement agencies. We have that plan already.

“Every candidate must be made to declare his bank asset. That is where they draw out their money, so we will make them present their statement of account right from the onset. We will make it mandatory for them to turn in their bank statement so that if they say they are doing billboard and the account remains the same, then there is a problem,” he said.

The INEC chairman also said that INEC would also monitor the movement of money on election days to help tackle vote-buying at polling units.

Mahmood said that through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, commercial banks would be mandated to report all suspicious transactions ahead of the election.

The INEC chairman also threatened to prosecute any bank that failed to cooperate.

Speaking on the issue of vote-buying, Mahmood said, “We are going to establish finance monitoring teams and they will be among the electorate but they (politicians and political parties) won’t know.

“We are going to do it in a way that the influence of money will be reduced because we want to make the electoral field a level playing ground for both rich and poor candidates and electorates. Everybody will go on an equal economic level so that you won’t influence the voting pattern,” he added.

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2023: “We’ll Fight, Vote Against Tinubu For Opting To Continue Buhari’s Policies” – Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has explained why he will battle and campaign against Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the presidency.
Ortom explained that he would urge his people to vote against Tinubu for insisting on continuing with the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari if elected Nigeria’s next president.
Recall that the APC National Leader last week informed Buhari of his intentions to run for the Presidency in 2023. The former Lagos State governor said he would continue with the policies of Buhari’s administration if elected as president.
Ortom, on the other hand, criticized Buhari’s policies and programs.

He spoke on Thursday in Makurdi, the State capital, while assenting to the amended Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017. The Governor warned that the presidential aspirant would fail in his ambition if he opts to pursue Buhari’s policies.

According to Ortom: “I heard about one of the presidential aspirants who said he would continue from Buhari’s good legacies. I want to tell him that if nobody has told him, me I want to tell him that Buhari’s policies and programs are not good.”

“And anybody who is saying that, some of us in our own little way, we will fight him and tell our people to vote against him. So, he has failed abinitio.”

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Be Objective In Evaluating My Government – Buhari To Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to be objective in evaluating his campaign pledges ahead of the 2019 elections.

Buhari stated that his administration was doing all possible to leave a Nigeria that was better than the one he inherited.

Speaking at Kafanchan as part of his two-day visit to Kaduna to commission projects overseen by Governor El-Rufai, he urged Nigerians to be objective in their assessments of his government’s achievements thus far.

While visiting the Emir of Jema’a Alhaji Muhammadu Isa’s palace in Kafanchan, President Buhari stated that his administration was committed to implementing programs that would enhance people’s lives.

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He enjoined Nigerians to have confidence in the ability of the security agents to curb security challenges bedeviling the country and restore normalcy in the system. President Muhammadu Buhari said he was against anybody raising an army of thugs.

He emphasized, “This must be very clear.” In his remarks, Governor Nasir El-Rufai observed that President Buhari has done so well on security in the country. Governor El-Rufai added that Buhari’s investment since he assumed office on security has lessened attacks.

According to Governor El-Rufai, Kafanchan has become much safer than it used to be. Alhaji Muhammadu Isa, the Emir of Jema’a appealed for the establishment of a permanent base of Air Force and Mobile Police in the area.

He also requested the restoration of the rail transport from Kafanchan to other parts of the country.

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