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S/Court: APC Urges Opposition to Cease Fire on Partisan Politics, Support Sanwo-Olu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has urged opposition parties to end partisan politics and support Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, following the Supreme Court affirmation of his election on Friday.

The Lagos State APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, gave this advice on Friday evening in his congratulatory statement on Sanwo-Olu and and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat’s victory at the apex court.

Ojelabi said: “Those in opposition are advised to team up with the APC government in Lagos State so that collectively, they will serve the people better.

“The era of partisan politics has ended and all hands should be on deck now towards contributing our quotas aimed at making Lagos the Centre of Excellence through good, meaningful and excellent programmes for the people.

Congratulating the APC family and the people of Lagos at large, Ojelabi said that the victory was long awaited and well-deserved.

The chairman thanked the party members and loyalists for their constant support for the APC and the government of Sanwo-Olu over the years.

Ojelabi added that the victory had further reinforced that the votes cast by electorate on March 18, for the joint tickets of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat “were and are not a waste but for the progress and development of the state”.

He assured Lagos residents that the Sanwo-Olu-led administration would continue to deliver on its electioneering promises to usher in more dividends of democracy.

He described the unanimous judgment by justices of the Supreme Court as a further testimony of the court’s belief in employing credible judicial pronouncements and judgments to strengthen and entrench democracy.

He added: “The APC in Lagos celebrates the victory of Governor Sanwo-Olu as the duly democratically elected governor of Lagos State.

“I congratulate our Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, for this final victory at the Supreme Court today.

“We in the APC in Lagos State accept the final judgment and appreciate the due diligence and the process of rule of law,” Ojelabi said.

LP’s Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and PDP’s Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) had approached the apex court to challenge Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the election.

The LP candidate urged the Supreme Court to hold that the March 18 election was marred by irregularities and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

He also added that the Lagos state deputy governor was not qualified to contest the election.

Similarly, Adediran filed 34 grounds of appeal, asking the apex court to upturn the verdict of the Lagos State governorship election tribunal and the court of appeal.

Meanwhile, the apex court in a unanimous decision on Friday, upheld Sanwo-Olu as duly elected governor of Lagos State.

The court dismissed the appeals of LP’s Rhodes-Vivour and PDP’s Adediran for lacking in merit and a gross abuse of court process.

The Supreme Court dismissed the two separate appeals that challenged Sanwo-Olu’s return as winner of the governorship election held in the state on March 18. (NAN) 

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APC is the Answer to Nigeria’s Problems, Says Ganduje

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Dr Umar Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that the party would provide solutions to the challenges bedevilling the country.

Ganduje stated this during the APC grand finale campaign and presentation of party flags to the 11 local councils chairmanship candidates, on Wednesday in Gombe.

The Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) had fixed April 27, for LG polls in the state.

Ganduje, who presented APC flags to the candidates, said the party under President Bola Tinubu was doing a lot to tackle the challenges of the country and get Nigeria transformed for the better.

He said the Tinubu administration was creating the right environment for the country’s development and economic prosperity.

“With the manifesto and the constitution of the APC, the party has achieved a lot at the national level under President Tinubu.

“And you have seen what APC has achieved in Gombe State under Gov. Inuwa Yahaya.

“It is now clear that APC is the answer to Nigeria’s problems,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to support and pray for the administration of President Tinubu to sustain the transformation of the country.

Ganduje commended the governor for keying into the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu and working hard towards transforming the state.

According to him, Gombe is now a reference point for peace and development.

He said the APC remained proud of what have been achieved in Gombe State, describing it, “as one of the best progressive states in the country”.

While receiving decampees from opposition parties, Ganduje urged residents of the state to vote for APC candidates.

“As long as APC remains in power, the people of the state will never lack good governance,” he said.

Also, Yahaya thanked the members of the APC National Working Committee for coming to galvanise support for the party candidates ahead of Saturday’s council elections in the state.

The governor assured that the party would sweep polls in the election.

NAN reports that Ganduje earlier inaugurated the newly constructed Nayi Nawa- Bypass road named him. (NAN)

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Enugu Lawmakers Differ over Bill to Criminalise Payment of Ransom to Kidnappers

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Some lawmakers at the Enugu State House of Assembly have opposed the bill for a law to criminalise the payment of ransom to kidnappers in the state.

The bill to amend the 2004 Criminal Code Law, when enacted,  would ensure that anybody who pays ransom for the release of a kidnapped victim is jailed for 15 years.

Leading a debate during the plenary on Tuesday in Enugu, the Leader of the House, Mr.

Iloabuchi Aniagu, said that criminalising payment of ransom had become important, as criminals had turned it to a lucrative business.

Aniagu argued that stopping people from paying the ransom would make kidnapping to die a natural death, stressing that ransom is the lifewire of the kidnapping.

Also contributing, Mr  Chima Obieze, representing Ezeagu Constituency, said that kidnappers would stop kidnapping business once the people stop or no longer willing to the pay the outrageous ransom.

Obieze alleged that some security personnel, including police and military officers were involved in the kidnappings going on in the state.

Subsequently, Mr Malachi Onyechi representing Nsukka West Constituency, disagreed with the bill, noting that the people paid ransom because of the ineffectiveness of the security personnel to rescue kidnapped victims.

According to him, the security in the country have not lived up to the constitutional responsibilities, so this is not the best time to amend the Criminal Code Law.

In his submission, Mr Harrison Ogara representing Igbo-Eze South Constituency, said while he supported that government should not negotiate with kidnappers, extending such to individual was not a welcomed development.

According to Ogara, the amendment is not timely considering that there is no adequate police officers to police the country let alone the State.

“In Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area, there are only 32 police officers,”

Also, Mr Osita Okoh representing Enugu East Urban constituency warned that amending the Criminal Code Law would promote and worsen the case of kidnapping in the state.

Okoh revealed that families of those kidnapped from Nike were usually directed to pay ransom at Ọkpatu in Udi LGA, noting that people paid ransom to kidnappers to avoid them from dying at the kidnapper’s den.

He called for the stepping down of the bill to enable its drafter to expunge sections that would cause problem for the citizens of the state who wanted to save the lives of their loved ones.

In the same vein, the Speaker of the assembly, Chief Uche Ugwu, overruled the motion to step down the bill, but directed the House Committees on Economic Development, Youths and Security as well as Judiciary to critically look into the bill.

Ugwu asked the Committees to submit their report to the House in the next one week. (NAN)

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Ex-Imo Governor, Ihedioha Dumps PDP After 26 Years

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A formal governor of Imo State Emeka Ihedioha has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 26 years after joining one of Nigeria’s leading political parties.

Having been one of the party’s founding members, Ihedioha cited a variance of “personal beliefs” as part of his reason for quitting the PDP.

“Regrettably, in recent times, the party has taken on a path that is at variance with my personal beliefs.

Despite my attempt to offer counsel, the party is, sadly no longer able to carry out internal reforms, enforce its own rules, or offer credible opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress,” he said in a letter addressed to the party’s chairman in the Mbutu Ward of Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.

“It is in the light of the foregoing, that I am compelled to offer my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party effective immediately.”

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