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PDP hijacked Abia Assembly election in Bende South – APC candidate tells Tribunal



The immediate past minority leader of the sixth Abia State House of Assembly and the All Progressives Congress candidate for Bende South constituency seat in the last 2019 general election, Hon. Uchenna Okogbuo, has insisted that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, hijacked the March 9 State Assembly election conducted in Bende South.

Okogbuo revealed this during cross-examination by the Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, O.O. Nkume, before Justice A. L. Ogumoye-led three man panel of the State House of Assembly and National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Umuahia, the state capital, at the weekend.

Recall that the APC candidate, Okogbuo had filed a petition at the tribunal, challenging Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declaration of Chief Emmanuel Chinedum, (respondent), as the winner of the March 9 State Assembly election conducted in Bende South.

While being cross-examined, Okogbuo claimed that the State House of Assembly election was marred by excessive irregularities, particularly in the polling units at Okpoton ndi Ekugo, Okogbuo, Ugwunkpa, Umuimenyi and Itumbuzor.

The ex-lawmaker also told the court that the election was invalid and did not comply with electoral guidelines as spelt out by the nation’s electoral act.

After the cross-examination, counsel to the petitioner, Chidozie Ogunji pleaded with the honorable tribunal, over the inability of the star witness (name withheld), to appear during the sitting for cross examination, over ill health.

Ogunji pleaded further that he should be given opportunity to produce the star witness in the next adjourned date.

The tribunal agreed with the petitioner’s counsel pleading, and however, adjourned its sitting to July 25 and 26, for cross-examination of the star witness and closure of the case by the petitioner.

DAILY POST learnt that eight witnesses of the petitioner had earlier been cross examined by the respondent’s counsel.

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Siasia Life Ban: Nigeria Football Federation Comes To Ex-Super Eagles Coach’s Rescue



The Nigeria Football Federation says it is reviewing the life ban imposed on Samson Siasia by the world football governing body, FIFA, while waiting to take action after seeking legal advice.

FIFA had on Friday announced the ban of Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, from any footballing activities both national and international after being found guilty of bribery and match-fixing.

The NFF described the life ban as a “massive sanction”, adding that it is shocked by the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Acting President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, in a statement, said, “The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and the subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have, however, now received documents, including one known as the ‘motivated decision’, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.

“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must, therefore, be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”

He added, “While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathize with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”

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Sen. Abbo’s trial: What happened in court on Tuesday



The trial of a Senator, Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother, was on Tuesday stalled in a Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.

At the resumed hearing, the police prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba told the court that the defendant was not in court.

Idachaba told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendant and all his witnesses were in court.

However, Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, counsel to Abbo, told the court that his client was sick.

”My Lord my client is suffering from Acute Febrile (medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature)”, he said.

Adeniyi, who presented a medical report to the court, added that Abbo was on admission at a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.

He, however, told the court that his client’s surety was in court.

He explained that the prosecution served him with the proof of evidence in the morning in court.

Adeniyi prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to put his house in other.

However, the prosecution did not oppose the oral application made by Abbo’s counsel.

The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah adjourned the case until Sept. 24 for hearing.

NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North senatorial zone, was arraigned on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.

The prosecution alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.

He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.

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Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR



Coordinator of Usman Jibrin Campaign Organisation in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Alhaji Nagogo Maiyaki has disclosed on Tuesday that some delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been detained in Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.

Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.

“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”

In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.

He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.

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