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Ex NTA Chairman, Ogbu, Abah picks Benue PDP chairmanship form

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Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, congress in Benue State, slated for 31st of August two of the chairmanship aspirants, former Chairman of Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Chief Patrick Ogbu and Party Chieftain, Chris Abah’s Board have picked their nomination forms to formally declare for the position.

The two aspirants were personally at the State Secretariat of the party in Makurdi to pick the forms that cost N1 million each

Speaking after picking their forms, Chief Ogbu said,

“Let’s work together to build a party that we can all be proud of, a party that truly serves our community and makes a positive impact on our state and country.”

On his part, Mr Abah described the PDP as a badly wounded party that required surgical operation and total reorganisation, stressing the need for internal democracy in the party.

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Police raid Kano Emir palace, sack Sanusi’s guards

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The Police have taken charge of the security of Kano Emir’s main palace previously guarded by local hunters after Lamido Sanusi was reinstated.

These hunters, called ‘Yan Tauri’, had come from various parts of the state to secure the palace following rumours that federal authorities intended to move Aminu Ado-Bayero amid the ongoing emirship dispute.

Ado-Bayero, who was recently removed from his position by the state government, is now under the protection of federal security agents at the Nasarawa mini palace.

According to Premium Times, security agents took control of the main emir’s palace, Gidan Rumfa, on Sunday evening, where the hunters had been engaged in activities like playing card games.

A security source confirmed that the hunters had been sacked.

“You can see for yourself that the hunters are no longer here,” a police officer at the palace noted.

Residents said that the hunters left the palace between Saturday and Sunday morning after a court ruling on Thursday declared Sanusi’s reappointment invalid.

Some residents mentioned that the hunters left their machetes behind to avoid identification after being ordered to leave the palace or face the security agents’ consequences.

“Some of them left behind their machetes to conceal their identity after they were asked to vacate the palace or face the wrath of the security agents”, one of the residents said.

The court decision nullified Sanusi’s reappointment and directed the state government to stop implementing the Kano Emirate Council (Repeal) Law, 2024.

Judge Abdullahi Liman ruled the reappointment void due to the government’s failure to comply with a previous court order prohibiting further action on the new emirate council law.

 

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PDP removes Philip Shaibu from party

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Former Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has been expelled from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), GoodLife reports.

Shaibu was expelled alongside three prominent members, including Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman (South South) and Omorgie Ogbeide-Ihama, former House of Representatives member.

The State Publicity Secretary, Ogie Vasco, announced the expulsion, citing anti-party activities.

He said the decision to expel the trio was taken on Tuesday at a meeting attended by nine members of the State Working Committee at the party’s secretariat in Benin City.

“The SWC has extensively deliberated on the issue and resolved to expel with immediate effect, Chief Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman South South; Phillip Shaibu and upheld the expulsion of Ogbeide-Ihama from Ward 2, Oredo LGA,” he said.

The expulsion comes after Shaibu and Ogbeide-Ihama openly supported the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Monday Okpebholo, while Orbih was appointed to a board by President Bola Tinubu.

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LG Council Crisis: Rivers government reacts to ongoing protests, as youths destroy Wike’s statue

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The Rivers State government has thanked the outgone LGA chairmen for standing by the law and obeying it.

GoodLife reported Governor Fubara ordered heads of administration in the 23 local government areas to take over from the elected council chairmen whose three-year tenure elapsed on Monday.

Some chairmen who proved adamant and vowed to remain in office were kicked out by angry protesters on Tuesday morning.

Police officers fired multiple shots into the air to disperse the protesters at the various LGA headquarters, including the Port Harcourt council secretariat.

Supporters of Governor Siminalayi Fubara also destroyed the statue of former governor Nyesom Wike in Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Wike’s hometown.

Reacting to the development, Chief of Staff to Governor Fubara, Edison Ehie said:

“We thank God and we thank the outgone administration for standing by the law. The former chairman (of Emohua LGA) is a lawyer and I thank him for standing by the provisions of the law.

“Now that the HLGAs have taken over with NULGE, they will now await further directives from the governor. As for today remain peaceful and enjoy your Sallah with our Muslim brothers.

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