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Despite last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling restoring Chief Edozie Njoku as the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the immediate past chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Oye, said the ruling has changed nothing.

However, expressing gratitude to God, Njoku stated that the Supreme Court has done excellently well by doing justice to the APGA saga, remarking that although “it had been long tortuous journey to equity, fairness and truth.” He promised to be magnanimous in victory as he would strive to do everything humanly possible to bring stability and peace to the party.

Oye, who addressed journalists at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, disclosed that the brief sitting by apex court justices was merely to correct a clerical error on page 13 of the original judgment delivered on October 14, 2022.

He pointed out that the apex court action was welcome to the extent that it sat to respond to Njoku’s application for his name to be inserted where Oye was stated, stressing that the development did not alter the meaning or intendment of the original judgment.

Oye stated: “There was no judgment by the Supreme Court today. There was no fresh judgment at all, they sat for less than 10 minutes to correct a clerical error on page 13 of the judgment delivered on October 14, 2021.
“At Jigawa Birnin Kudu, Edozie Njoku was purported to have been suspended and he knows that that judgment was set aside by Appeal Court Kano. I have never been suspended I remained the national chairman of APGA.
“The Supreme Court did not give a fresh judgment today because it affirmed the judgment of Kano Court of Appeal and refused joinder application by even Edozie Njoku, He was not a party in the case in Kano or at the Supreme Court that was decided on October 14, 2021. He is an impostor. Edozie Njoku does not exist, he is facing a criminal charge at the FCT High Court.”
While claiming that he remains the national chairman of APGA, Oye explained that the Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeal ruling in Kano, which rested on the judgment of the Federal High Court, regretting that Njoku is always looking for loopholes to ventilate his desperation.

Also, in a statement, the National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Tex Okechukwu, noted that the purported removal of Oye as APGA national chairman was another hoax.

“It must be stated at this juncture that the claim that the Supreme Court delivered any judgment today 24/3/2023 affecting the leadership of APGA is nothing short of a baseless and unfounded falsehood which must be roundly condemned and retracted by various media platforms that have shared the unfortunate news.

“It is evident that what transpired at the Supreme Court is clearly verifiable and will imminently be borne out by the certified true copy of the ruling of the Supreme Court delivered by His Lordship, Hon Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba.

“The application, which the Supreme Court heard on the 20th of February, 2023 and brought by Edozie Njoku was merely to correct a typographical error contained in the lead judgment delivered by His Lordship, Hon Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili (rtd) on the 14th of October, 2021,” Okechukwu declared.

The publicity secretary reassured party faithful and indeed the general public to disregard the usual machinations of Edozie Njoku as the Supreme Court never affirmed him as the National Chairman of APGA.”

It could be recalled that the Supreme Court, yesterday, re-affirmed Njoku as the APGA national chairman, by correcting an accidental slip contained in its original judgment of October 14, 2021.

Njoku’s purported illegal suspension was wrongfully affirmed by a Jigawa High Court in Suit No: JDU/022/2021 between Alhaji Garba Aliyu and Chief Jude Okeke & 2 Ors, even as Njoku’s name erroneously replaced with Victor Oye.

With Oye’s stance on the development at Supreme Court, it seems that until the Supreme Court issues a certified true copy and enrolment order, none of the two warring camps is ready to concede defeat.

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2023 Northern Presidency Failed Because Peter Obi Left PDP – Okowa




The outgoing Delta State Governor and 2023 vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that a northerner could have succeeded President Muhammadu Buhari if Peter Obi didn’t leave the PDP.

According to Okowa, the PDP had analyzed and concluded on how to present a northern candidate, with a southern running mate as the best way to counter the All Progressives Congress (APC) from getting massive bloc votes in the 2023 elections.

The party threw its presidential ticket open with a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar eventually emerging as the PDP candidate.

However, the Delta State Governor said the decision of Obi to join the race for the ticket threw up southeast and religious sentiments and his eventual decision to dump the party for the Labour Party affected the votes of the PDP.

He made the submission during a chat with journalists on Sunday in Asaba.

According to Okowa, the northern presidency would have succeeded if Obi didn’t leave the PDP.

“I belong to the PDP and for me as a person and for the majority of the people in the PDP, they believed that our pathway to victory was to have a northern candidate and a southern vice,” he said.

“Why? Because we were not a majority.”

“The only thing that turned our reasoning out was when Obi came out from the south-east and there were a lot of feelings that came in among the Christians.

“So it ate very deep into our votes and that is what led to the loss of the elections,” Okowa added.

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There’ll Be No Excuses, I’ll Live Up To Expectations -Tinubu



Bola Ahmed Tinubu

As Buhari bids colleagues good bye
—Presidents of Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa on ground for inauguration

President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Sunday night, told Nigerians that he applied to be the President, hence, he would live up to expectations and deliver on his promises.

The President-elect said he would set Nigeria back on the path of growth, poverty, and policy inconsistency notwithstanding.

Asiwaju Tinubu spoke at the Inauguration Dinner/Gala Night, organized by the Presidential Transition Council (PTC), at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He that though there are many issues confronting the country, including corruption, poverty and policy inconsistency, none of them would be an excuse for nonperformance by his administration, saying there will be no excuses for failure.

According to him, “To the many Heads if State present here, our brothers and sisters, celebrating with us, I thank you, but I want to say clearly for us to take away, what lessons has Nigeria democracy taught the rest Africa, if not the whole world.

“Resilience, determination, courage, love in diversity, though our tongues and tribes differ. Byb tomorrow afternoon, my predecessor is heading to Daura, on the border with Niger, but I have told him not to worry, he will still get a knock on his door. No matter how short a man is, he will see the sky. I will still be able to find him when I need his help.

“Here is a country that has stumbled a number of times, but has never faltered. We can be squeaky like old mama’s car, but we will never break apart. We are just a unique country.

“We must fight corruption, poverty, inconsistencies in policies and many other problems confronting us, but don’t pity me, I asked for the job, I campaigned for it, no excuses, I will live up to the bill deliver. I promise you” he said.

In his speech, the outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, thanked the dignitaries who have come to honour Nigeria, stressing that the success the country just achieved with the election, which produced the incoming set of leaders.

He said that the electoral process has given power back to the Nigerian electorate.

He said, “I congratulate fellow Nigerians who have realized their power that their votes count. I’m looking forward to tomorrow to fly to my base and go back to my cows and sheep, which are much easier to control than fellow Nigerians.

“Your Excellencies, Heads of States and Government, and their representatives that have come to share this day with us, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I thank very much and I say good bye to you and wish us the best of luck”, he said.

Earlier, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, in company of Tinubu, incoming First Lady, Senator Remi Tinubu, Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima and his wife unveiled a book titled “Renewed hope, Greater together”.

Some of the world leaders seen at the colourful event included the Presidents of South Africa Sierra Leone, Ghana, Burundi, Liberia, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic, Gabon, the Prime Minister of Morocco, Vice President of Venezuela and many more.

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Obi Not Planning Protest, Won’t Attend Tinubu’s Inauguration – Aide



The presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, says it will be ‘extremely weird’ of him to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Obi, who spoke through his aide, Tai Obasi, also denied planning a demonstration ahead of today’s inauguration of the incoming President.

The rebuttal is coming on the heels of speculation that the former governor of Anambra State and his Obidient movement would stage a protest close to Eagle Square to register their displeasure over the Federal Government’s insistence on having the President-elect inaugurated.

Obasi said, “I don’t know where that report is coming from. We don’t know anything about it or who are behind the proposed protest. But I can categorically tell you that my principal is not aware of anything.

“He is Obi and his followers are Obidient. I agree that on some occasion, they may act on their own, no matter how you tell them to keep calm. These guys are angry. They are not happy about how everything was manipulated against Obi who has given them so much hope. They followed him and waited for him all the way.”

Asked if his principal will be attending Tinubu’s inauguration following reports that political parties and their presidential candidates were sent individual invitation, Obi’s aide said, “My principal is a very humble and reasonable man who is always looking for peace and unity of the country at all costs. But it will be extremely weird for him to attend a ceremony of a man whose election victory he is challenging in court.

“My principal cannot act that weird and unreasonable. I can’t confirm if he receives an invitation to the swearing-in ceremony. But I am telling you that you can’t see him there.”


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