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Resignation Order: More Ministers To Resign As APC Extends Submission Of Forms



Following the directive from President Muhammadu Buhari ordering ministers with presidential ambition and others contesting for other elective positions to resign immediately, more ministers are expected to resign between now and May 16, DAILY POST can report.

Already, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba, one of the presidential hopefuls contesting for the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has tendered his resignation.

It was gathered that Buhari had at the Federal Executive Council meeting Wednesday announced the resignation of Nwajiuba, adding that he expected other Ministers to resign their positions.

“I expect other members of this council seeking to be President to resign with immediate effect,” Buhari was quoted to have said.

The sudden and unexpected matching order given to the Ministers by Buhari may not be unconnected with the Appeal Court Judgement on Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act which mandates political appointees to resign before the election.

The provision however did not specify whether the political appointees should resign before the primary election or before the general election.

Analysts believe it was this loophole that the Ministers leveraged to sit tight in the office.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, citing the ‘lack of locus’, voided the judgment of the Federal High Court in Umuahia which struck down Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

The appellate court voided the judgment of Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, while delivering judgment in the appeal marked, CA/OW/87/2022, filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

In a unanimous decision, the three-member panel of the appellate court presided over by Justice Hamma Barka held that the said Section 84 (12) was unconstitutional because it breaches Section 42 (1)(a) of the Constitution by denying a class of Nigerian citizens their right to participate in election.

With the judgement, the President appears not to take anything to chance, hence, the marching order given to the Ministers.

The ministers expected to resign their positions in the coming days are the Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of State for Education.

Others are the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, who is running for the governorship position in Cross Rivers State; Abubakar Malami, who is gunning for Kebbi governorship; the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who declared her ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in Plateau State.

Meanwhile, APC has extended the sale of forms as well as submission till Friday.

The National Secretary of the party, Felix Morka confirmed this to DAILY POST during a telephone interview on Wednesday.

The sale of expression of interest and nomination forms was initially scheduled to end yesterday (Tuesday) while the submission was supposed to end today (Wednesday) before it was extended till Friday.

Morka said, “The sale of forms and submission has been extended till Friday.”


Yoruba Nation Joined To Referendum Case





Yoruba Nation has been joined to the case instituted by the Northern Elders as sought from the court by the Yoruba Nation Global Directorate at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

The case with suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 – _Nastura Asir Sharif v AG Federation v Princess Atayero Olamijulo & 3 Others_ was instituted by some Northern States elders asking the court to grant the Igbos right to conduct referendum and quit Nigeria. In a swift reaction, the Yoruba Nation Global Directorate acting through its Directorate Director, Princess Adeola Atayero Olamijulo, and three others filed an application for joinder on behalf of themselves and the entire Yoruba nation to enable the court to decide once and for all the vexed issue of referendum.

In the application, the lead counsel for Yoruba Nation Global Directorate’s team of lawyers had argued that the Yoruba nation should be joined as co-defendants on the premise that the Yoruba have similar interests as the people of the Southeastern region in whose favour the plaintiffs sought for a constitutional referendum in order to decide for their rights to self-determination.

He argued further that the parties sought to be joined had already desired to file an action of this nature before the suit was instituted by the Northern elders and subsequent filing of a similar matter could amount to multiplicity of action.

He contended further that the matter could not be properly resolved without the presence and involvement of the Yoruba people who were seeking to be joined as parties in the suit, having also been agitating for self-determination for the entire Yoruba nation.

In law, if the demand of the Northern elders is granted by the court releasing the Southeasterners to exit Nigeria, it means the Yoruba too are free to exit Nigeria without much ado.

The matter argued by the Directorate’s lawyers has been adjourned to 20 October 2022 for further hearing.

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Breaking: 2023: Governor Lalong, Plateau Delegates Endorse Amaechi For President




Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has openly backed the presidential ambition of the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Lalong stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates in the state will vote for Rotimi Amaechi in the party’s primary election.

The Governor stated this at a meeting with Amaechi and APC delegates at the government house in Jos on Friday.

Lalong revealed that he had invited other APC presidential aspirants to the state to meet delegates but they have all rejected his invite.

Lalong said: “You are the first presidential aspirant to come and see us. When I invited others to come, they said they can’t come to Plateau because it would be a waste of time because Plateau people will not vote for them, but will vote for Amaechi.

“So, you didn’t need to talk much. We want to rely on somebody that has done it before. We are telling you so that you would not waste your time to come back for campaigns. We have made our decision. You have done a lot for our people.

“You assisted each of the northern states to do registration for the APC and we updated our registration. When we came back to Plateau to contest the general election, nobody supported us, but you did.

“I was the governor and I was a candidate but you said no, as a friend, I like Plateau people and I must do my best. You invested in Plateau people and out of nowhere, we won the election. Not only myself, we have many members in the house of assembly, we have members in the national assembly. Something that nobody gave to us, you gave to us.”


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2023: Fayose Deceived Me – Ekiti Ex-Deputy Gov, Olusola Withdraws From Senatorial Race




A former Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola has withdrawn from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ekiti South Senatorial primary.

In the withdrawal letter, he personally signed and addressed to the National Chairman of the PDP, the former Deputy Governor said that he even entered the race due to pressure from former Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

According to him, the former Governor, who led him into the race, has subsequently chosen to back another candidate for the same position.

This was contained in a letter entitled ‘Notification of Withdrawal from Senatorial Contest’.

“…It is expedient to note, however, that the senatorial ambition was the making of former Governor Ayodele Fayose,” he said.

According to the former Deputy Governor, Fayose had sent emissaries to him, asking him to run for the post and he had to yield to the pressure from concerned stakeholders.

“To my great surprise, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, who openly endorsed my candidacy for Senate in my town, discretely aided another person from the same constituency to pick the same senatorial form.

“I’ve consulted widely and have decided not to dwell where there is no sincerity of purpose but an arrogant display of deception and hence, pulled out from the contest,” the letter read in part.


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