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Speakership: Our members free to work with APC, says PDP caucus

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the house of reps says it is not against its members working with speakership aspirants of  the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

In a statement, Leo Ogor, minority leader of the house, said the decision was taken in the interest of the nation and to ensure that the people’s will prevail.

He said the PDP is resolute in its determination to proactively participate in deciding the final outcome of the ongoing contest for leadership of the house.

“While the nation looks forward to the inauguration of the 9th national assembly, the PDP house caucus is leaving no stone unturned in furtherance of its resolute determination to proactively decide the final outcome of the ongoing contest for leadership of the house in ways that would ultimately ensure that the people’s will ultimately prevails,” the statement read.

“While we further our unflinching commitment to the principles and ethos of democracy, the PDP House Caucus has endorsed its members’ decision to work with speakership aspirants from the ruling party, thereby allowing all who feel thus inclined, the freedom to attend all meetings, participate in campaigns, strategy sessions and other activities of any speakership aspirant of their choice.

“While the PDP House Caucus has taken the decision with clear focus on the national interest as well as the future strategic goals of our party, we are not unaware that a few may unfortunately feel inclined to go overboard, nibbling dangerously at carrots dangled before them without adequately heeding appropriate guidelines.

“Nonetheless, such risks have to be taken occasionally as part of sacrifice for the national interest – an overriding consideration for us in our great party.”

Femi Gbajabiamila is the choice of the APC leadership for the  position of speaker.

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Despite Appeal Court Ruling, Makinde Still Governor Of Oyo

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Despite a technical ruling on Monday by the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, that favoured Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress on all counts brought before it in challenging the victory of Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, the latter remains governor of Oyo.

The court did not upturn the ruling of the election petitions tribunal that had earlier upheld Makinde’s victory.

The Court of Appeal did not also order for a fresh election in the state.

Justice Yahaya, the lead judge of the four-man panel, despite upholding the decision of the tribunal, however, disagreed with the lower court on issues bordering on documents tendered by the APC.

In his reaction, PDP lead counsel, Eyitayo Jegede, told journalists that Makinde remains governor of the state since there had been no counter directive by the appellate court on his victory.

The lead counsel to APC, Adeboye Shobanjo, on his part, agreed with the court for allowing the appeal to hold.

He, however, stressed that the tribunal delivered a one-sided judgement.

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Buhari Vs Osinbajo: Sheathe Your Sword, 2023 Still Far, CAN Tells Presidency

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The Christian Association of Nigeria has weighed in on the alleged ongoing rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Reports of how Osinbajo was sidelined in the current administration were trailed by public frenzy about the relationship between the two leaders.

Also, the sack of 35 of the vice president’s aide has heightened the tension as media report continued to show how the Abbah Kyari, the Chief of Staff, is complicit in the alleged rift.

Reacting to this in an interview with Punch, Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to CAN president, urged the two parties to sheathe their swords.

Oladeji said, “Both Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the President have told the whole world that the Presidency is one and that there is no division. That, we believe and Prof. Osinbajo has never told CAN that he has a problem with his principal.

“So, as far as we are concerned, there is no crisis between them until we are told otherwise. Be that as it may, we are not happy with what we hear. It is said that in every rumour, there is an element of truth. So, if there is any problem with them, we advise them to resolve it.

“If it has to do with 2023 politics, we advise the warring camps to sheathe their swords because 2023 is still far away. It is only God that knows who will be there. We are so much in a hurry. We just held elections this year.

“The Vice-President and his principal were just re-elected for a new term and have yet to fulfil their campaign promises. The ruling party should sit up and look at how to fulfil their promises rather than focusing on 2023.”

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Buhari, Osinbajo, APC Planning Third Term Campaign -Falana

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Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the All Progressives Congress of planning a third term campaign.

Falana, while speaking at an event in Lagos, said for this to be achieved, the media would be attacked.

He said: “Our country has gone to the dogs, and the media must help. That is why the war is against the media because, for the 2023 race, the media must be silenced.

“You may have a third term campaign very soon. Very soon, they are going to destroy all possible opponents and they have started. So, by the time they bring in the third term agenda, the media would have been gone but we are not going to allow it.

Falana stated that no dictatorial power can subvert the power of the Nigerian people.

He lambasted the president for signing the PSC bill from a foreign country.

President Buhari was in the UK when he signed the PSC bill into law.

“No serious president, apart from a Banana republic, would go to a private house in any country and sign a law. The bill has to be signed into law in the office of the president of a country,” he explained.

He made reference to a court judgment that made it illegal for government activities to take place outside of the confines of the government’s premises.

“They tried to deceive us that the bill was signed in the Nigerian house. No, it was signed in an undisclosed house in the United Kingdom,” Falana said.

He also reacted to the statement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the president can rule from anywhere in the world, noting that such action has consequences for the nation.

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