The Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to invalidate the election of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC upon alleged irregularities at the convention where he emerged.
Besides Oshiomhole, the R-APC is also seeking the annulment of the election of 18 other national officers who emerged at the convention. In the petition authored by the chairman of the R-APC, Engr. Buba Galadima, the faction alleged that the conduct of the convention violated several provisions of the party’s constitution and the Electoral Act.
The petition which was submitted on July 4, 2018 was backed with video evidence to show the alleged irregularities. APC national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi in a sharp rebuttal said INEC has no role to play in the invalidation of a party convention even as he questioned the basis of the petitioner as to whether he was a candidate in the election.
Galadima in the petition wrote:
“I write as a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a member of its Board of Trustees, National Caucus and an automatic delegate at its National Convention, to bring to your notice that on 23rd June, 2018, the All Progressive Congress (APC) purportedly held a very flawed and undemocratic Convention for the purpose of electing its National Officers following the disputed Congresses held in various Wards (May 2, 2018), Local Governments (May 5, 2018), State Congress (May 8, 2018).
“These Congresses leading up to the National Convention of the party were marred with serious irregularities and manipulations to the extent that in at least 22 States, parallel Congresses were held and different set of delegates and officers emerged. Some of the States includes: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross-River, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto and Zamfara. “You should please access the Report of your offices in these States for confirmation.
He observed that the emergence of the 18 officers violated Article 20 (1) of the APC Constitution stipulating that officers of the party should only emerge through democratic means.
The officers he listed were
1. National Chairman – Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
2. National Welfare Secretary – Alhaji Ibrahim Masari.
3. National Financial Secretary – Alhaji Tunde Bello.
4. National Physically Challenged – by Misbahu L. Didi.
5. Zonal Secretary North-Central – Dr. Zakari Muhammed.
6. Zonal Organising Secretary North-Central – Ibrahim M. Abdul.
7. Zonal Women Leader North-Central – Hajia Hassana Abdullahi.
8. Ex-Officio North-Central – Nelson Abba.
9. Zonal Secretary North-East – Abubakar Sadiq Ajia
10. Ex-Officio North-East – Mallam Isah Azare.
11. Zonal Secretary North-West – Tukur A. Gusau.
12. Zonal Organizing Secretary North-West – Abdulmunab Muhammad.
13. Ex-Officio, North-West – Nasiru Haladu Danu.
14. Zonal Woman Leader South-South – Mrs. Rachael Akpabio.
15. Ex-Officio, South-South – Kotenten Ibadan.
16. Zonal Secretary South-West – Ayo Afolabi.
17. Zonal Women Leader South-West – Mrs. Kemi Nelson.
He alleged that the withdrawal of several candidates was compelled on the convention floor without following any due process especially for the office of National Secretary and others.
“What transpired was that the Chairman of the Convention, His Excellency, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar flagrantly usurped the powers of the delegates and declared 18 officers elected without following the laid down criteria. I have attached the video recording of the relevant aspects of the proceedings of the convention for your perusal. The Convention held on 23rd June, 2018 which purportedly produced the National Officers of the APC was not conducted in a democratic manner as required by Article 20(1) of the APC Constitution, the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act.
“All attempts to activate the appeal processes and internal mechanisms of seeking redress as a senior member of the APC was frustrated by the party.” He thus prayed “INEC to intervene, following precedents established over the years, to declare invalid and unlawful and not to accord any form of recognition to officers purportedly elected at the APC Convention of June 23, 2018.
“The officers include the aforesaid 18 officers and indeed all those who purportedly withdrew during the Convention as they were just declared elected by the Chairman of the Convention Committee without a “Yes” or “No” vote and indeed without any form of democratic foundation.
“It also includes the remaining officers as the Delegates election that produced them was seriously flawed and not in compliance with relevant rules. Their emergence is a breach of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the APC (Article 20(1)).”
2Baba Suing Me, Claiming I Didn’t
Blackface Naija has for years been claiming his former bandmate 2Baba stole the song “African Queen” from him after their band Plantashun Boiz disbanded.
Blackface Naija had also claimed his former bandmate stole from him the song “Let Somebody Love You.” 2Baba had in May 2017 threatened to sue Blackface Naija for defamation of character if the latter doesn’t apologize and withdraw the “false and defamatory statements.”
It seems more than a year later 2Baba is going forward with his threat.
Blackface on his Instagram shared a photo of a Writ of Summons asking him to appear in court. He wrote:
2face idibia @official2baba& his manager Efe Omorogbe @efeomorogbe Sued me for 50Million They claiming i didn’t write #letsomebodyloveyou & #africanqueen n what else?? Just about time me and my #legalteamfiled for #mydefence
After which I will release my album #risingsun (defendervol2)
2face idibia @official2baba & his manager Efe Omorogbe @efeomorogbe Sued me for 50Million They claiming i didnt write #letsomebodyloveyou & #africanqueen n what else?? Just about time me and my #legalteam filed for #mydefence After which I will release my album #risingsun (defendervol2) #BFNfans #BFNmovement #goodoverevil #lightoverdarkness 🙏
Ekiti Guber: Observers Raises Doubt On Credibility Of Election, Rejects Template For 2019 Poll
Accounts of a coalition of domestic and international election observers accredited to observe the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti has added to insinuations that the election is marred with irregularities that raises questions on its credibility.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the poll but his closest rival, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the announced result.
Presenting their report on the election, the observers who comprised representatives from over 50 domestic organisations, human rights groups and international election observer bodies, concluded that the process was riddled with lapses which influenced the outcome of the poll.
From unwholesome vote buying to intimidation of oppositions, the observers noted that the election was far from free, fair and credible as expected.
The observers include Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Nigeria; Justice and Equity Organisation, Nigeria; International Republican Institute, United States of America; and Patriotic Women Foundation, Abuja, as well as the other bodies from the African Unions, among others.
Though, it praised INEC for the proper conduct of the poll in line with global and constitutional dictates and standards, the observers faulted the excessive deployment of security operatives whose abuses impacted on the election.
It revealed how electorate traded their votes for money in open space as supervised by party agent, adding that ballot box snatching, sporadic shootings and driving away of some party agents as well as intimidation, oppression and forceful influence of electorate’s free will, among others, characterised the poll.
Apparently dissatisfied with the conduct of their election, the observers held that the July 14 poll could not be recommended as a template for the forthcoming 2019 general elections as it fell short of global standards and spelt doom.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the domestic observers, Gabriel Nwambu, of the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Abuja, said, “The exercise witnessed a high level of unprecedented electoral related challenges and such abuse will remain contentious until justice prevails, especially in the areas of cash inducement, arrests of political stalwarts by security agents and snatching of electoral materials by political thugs, among other abuses.
“Party agents had huge cash and were close to voting points. Security agents were indifferent to cash inducement of voters. The whole process falls short of the compliance with international best standards.”
Corroborating Nwambu’s account, an the International observers, Mrs Virginia Marumoa-Gae, of the IRI, USA, said voters were publicly induced at voting point across all wards and polling units in the state while security operatives watched the other way.
“Voters showed their ballot papers to party agents to collect money, thugs disrupted the voting process by shooting, but the police and other attaching security agents did well by establishing their presence at the polling units as stipulated by the constitution. We also noted that the INEC has improved on card readers this time,” she submitted
Two Nigerian men sentenced to a total of 28 years for swindling over $130,000 from Vietnamese women they befriended online
Two Nigerian men were sentenced to 16 and 12 years in prison for swindling more than $130,000 from Vietnamese women they befriended online.
In the judgment delivered on Monday, July 16, Ihugba Augustine Chinonso, 32, was sentenced to 16 years in prison while Onu Chinonso Peter, 33, got 12 years for “appropriating property through swindling.”
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court has also sentenced six of their Vietnamese accomplices to between eight and 20 years in jail on the same charges and for “forging seals and documents of agencies or organizations.”
In addition to the jail sentences, the defendants were required to return all the swindled money to their victims.
According to the indictment, the Nigerian men set up fake accounts on social networks, befriended Vietnamese women and promised to send them cash and expensive gifts.
Their Vietnamese accomplices then pretended to be employees from delivery companies, customs officers or police officers and demanded that the women transfer delivery fees, customs fees or fines to their bank accounts.
After each successful scam, the Vietnamese accomplices got to keep 15-25 percent of the money, while the rest was sent to Chinonso.
The gang was busted after one of their victims, Chau, reported her case to the police in February 2016.
Chau said she was befriended by a foreigner claiming to be British on Facebook in January. The man promised to send her $100,000 in cash and other expensive gifts a month later.
In early February, a woman claiming to be from a delivery company called Chau, asking her to pay a $1,200 delivery fee and a VND80 million ($3,500) customs fee for a gift from overseas, which she paid. The woman then claimed she had not received the money and had Chau send her another VND112 million.
When a man claiming to be an officer from Hanoi’s economic police told her to pay a VND200 million fine as her package contained a large amount of cash, Chau became suspicious and approached the municipal police for help.
The police quickly identified and arrested the fake police officer and his wife.
Following further investigations, police uncovered the entire gang and concluded that in addition to Chau, they had also scammed another 10 women out of nearly VND3 billion ($130,000).
At the trial on Monday, most of the defendants admitted to their crimes. Chinonso, however, claimed his confession as obtained under torture. The court dismissed the claim.
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