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Your Appeal Lacks Merit, Ambitious – Abiodun, INEC, APC Tell Adebutu, PDP



Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have described the appeal filed against the ruling of the Ogun State Governorship Election Tribunal by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 gubernatorial election, Ladi Adebutu, as lacking in merit and ambitious.

This is just as the Court of Appeal, sitting in Lagos on Tuesday reserved ruling in the appeal filed by Adebutu against the re-election of Governor Abiodun after listening to the argument of the parties.

Adebutu is challenging the 30th September ruling of the election tribunal which upheld Governor Abiodun’s victory at the 18 March governorship election in the state.

At the hearing of the appeal on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal reserved judgement after the adoption of all processes by all the parties. The court said the date for judgement would be communicated to the parties and three days notice would be given.

Earlier, counsel to the appellant, Chris Uche, SAN, urged the court to grant his clients’ appeal and set aside the decision of the tribunal.

According to him, the tribunal erred when it failed to consider the case on its merit before proceeding to dismiss the petition before it.

In response, A.J Owonikoko SAN, urged the Court to dismiss the appeal for lacking merit. On the issue of 49,000 disenfranchised voters which appellant raised, he pointed out that appellants only called 48 witnesses instead of all the alleged disenfranchised voters whose disenfranchisement was to be proven.

He added that the Court cannot amplify 48 witness to 49,000 witnesses, as Appellants want

Similarly, appearing for the 2nd Respondent, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, also urged the Court to throw out the appeal while identifying and adopting his brief.

He stated that contrary to the position set out by Chief Uche SAN, the decision in Atiku’s case completely encapsulates the issues in this appeal.

He argues that in that appeal, the Supreme Court simply adopted in toto the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered by this court.

He added that incidentally, the same Samuel Oduntan, who was rejected as a witness by the Court of Appeal in Atiku’s case metamorphosed as PW 93 in this appeal. In response to the Court, he undertakes to provide the court with a copy of the judgment

Olanipekun also identified about eight key findings of the Trial Tribunal that the Appellants did not challenge, adding that Appellants have abandoned about five Grounds of Appeal.

On the margin of lead, he contended that there is nothing for the Court to even consider. He urged the Court to dismiss the appeal for lacking merit.

In response, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu SAN, who identified 3rd Respondent’s Counter-Affidavit and Written Address filed on 8 November 2023, also prayed the Court to dismiss the application.

He pointed out that the appellants misstated the prayer in the motion because the prayer is to strike out the List of authorities.

Chief Chris Uche SAN and Chief Gordy Uche SAN appeared with Olumuyiwa Obanewa, O Lawal, and Abduljaleel Musa for the Appellants while A J Owonikoko SAN and Dr Remi Peter Olatubora SAN appeared with D O Atti-John and Chiamaka I Nwamanam for the 1st Respondent

Chief Wole Olanipekun, CFR, SAN, Prof Taiwo Osipitan SAN, Mrs Titilola Akinlawon SAN, Kehinde Ogunwumiju SAN, and Bode Olanipekun SAN appearing with Mrs Olayemi Badewole were for the 2nd Respondent while Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu OON, SAN, Tayo Oyetibo SAN, Otunba Kunle Kalejaye SAN, and Kunle Adegoke SAN appeared with Olanrewaju Baruwa, Mrs Ojuri, D D Owoeye, and Adeyinka Adegbite for the 3rd Respondent.


Edo Guber: Ex-NBA President, Akpata Emerges LP Candidate




The immediate past national chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party for the September governorship election in Edo.

Akpata, who was a senior partner and the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Templars law firm in Nigeria until his resignation on 31 August 2023, won the primary election held in Benin City, the state capital, on Friday.

The Deputy Governor of Abia, Ikechukwu Emetu declared Akpata winner of the primary having scored the highest number of votes.

In declaring Akpata the winner of the exercise, Emetu said Akpata scored 316 votes to defeat his co-contestants in a landslide victory.

There was jubilation at the venue immediately Akpata was declared as the winner of the primary.


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Sen. Okpebholo Emerges Edo APC Gov Candidate

Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has been declared winner of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.




Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has been declared winner of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

Cross River Governor Bassey Otu, who was the Chairman of Edo APC shadow poll, made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas.

The collation and declaration were at Lushville Hotel and Suites, Gapiona Avenue, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin.

Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat the representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, Dennis Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.

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Shaibu, Ighodalo Emerge PDP Gov Candidates At Edo Parallel Primaries




Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki-backed Asue Ighodalo on Thursday emerged governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at parallel indirect primary elections at different venues in Benin, the state capital.

Shaibu, a former member of the House of Representatives, was declared winner by Moses Batholomew in his official residence on Commercial Avenue, near Government House in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin with 301 of the 563 PDP’s authentic delegates’ votes in Edo.

Ighodalo, a Lagos-based lawyer, emerged the standard bearer at the shadow poll that took place at the Lawn Tennis Court of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

Shortly after Shaibu’s declaration as the governorship candidate of PDP in Edo, armed thugs, including members of Edo State vigilance service, were mobilised to the venue and started were shooting sporadically.

But Shaibu and his teeming supporters escaped while the hoodlums continued to shoot at their vehicles with many allies of Edo Deputy Governor injured.

Edo Deputy Governor, in an acceptance speech, dedicated his victory to God Almighty, his teeming supporters, and the good people of the South south State.

As of the time of Shaibu’s declaration, the loyalists of Obaseki were about voting at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for Ighodalo while the consensus aspirant of Chief Dan Orbih-led Legacy Coalition in PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a former member of the House of Representatives, decided to withdraw from the skewed race.

When contacted, mobile lines of Shaibu’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebomhiana Musa were not available while the text and WhatsApp messages had not been replied as of press time

Ighodalo polled 577 votes to beat Anselm Ojezua, Arthur Esele, Osaro Onaiwu, Martins Uhomoibhi, Hadizat Umoru and Felix Akhabue, who all scored zero while and one vote was given to Shaibu with six votes declared void out of the 585 accredited delegates.

One of the governorship aspirants, Omosede Igbinedion, the daughter of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbimedion, withdrew from the race at the stadium.

The Chief Returning Officer of the Edo PDP governorship primary election committee, Dauda Lawal, who is the Governor of Zamfara State, noted that members of the committee, having carefully sorted and counted the votes, found that Ighodalo scored 577 votes.

Lawal was assisted by Delta Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori and Senator James Manager, who were the Vice Chairman and Secretary of the committee respectively.

Ighodalo, in his acceptance speech, thanked Edo Governor and the entire people of the State for their love and support.

He said: “I want to thank you for making me a tool, and I promise you that I will be a useful tool, and by the grace of God, Edo State will move from where Obaseki has carried us, to the next level.

“I want to thank Obaseki for the wonderful work he has done in the last seven and a half years. I know that in a year or two, people will keep talking about Obaseki. We have not seen the value of the work he has done, but he is like a builder laying the foundation for a hundred story building.

“No man is perfect. We will all continue to repair and work on one another’s mistakes.”

Ighodalo also promised to put in his best in the service of Edo State and its residents if elected on September 21.

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