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Your expulsion results from disciplinary committee’s report – NNPP tells Oginni, ex-Ogun chair

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The national leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has explained the rationale behind the expulsion of the former chairman of the party in Ogun State, Olaposi Sunday Oginni.

The party explained that the former chairman’s expulsion was based on the report of the Disciplinary Committee.

The party made these declarations in a letter addressed to Oginni.

The letter was made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday.

The expulsion letter was signed by the national secretary of the party, Dipo Olayoku.

DAILY POST learnt that the party had earlier suspended the chairman along with his Delta State counterpart.

The party said that the decision was reached by the National Working Committee (NWC) in its emergency meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

The party noted that the expulsion followed the report of the disciplinary committee set up to investigate allegations of anti-party activities and other malpractices against the expelled chairman.

The party added that the embattled chairman failed to appear before the committee on two occasions when he was invited to explain his side of the allegations of anti-party activities and other misdemeanours levelled against him.

The party maintained that the expelled chairman resorted to abuses against the leadership of the party.

NNPP said: “Your expulsion followed the report of the Disciplinary Committee set up to investigate allegations of anti-party activities and other malpractices against you.

“According to the Disciplinary Committee, you failed to appear before the committee on the two occasions you were invited to come and explain your own side in the allegations of anti-party activities and other misdemeanours against you. Instead, you resorted to abuses of the leadership of the party.”

Your expulsion results from disciplinary committee’s report – NNPP tells Oginni, ex-Ogun chair

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2027 election: Prof Kailani alleges conspiracy against Tinubu

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Director General of the Confederation of All Progressives Congress Support Groups, CASG, Prof Kailani Muhammad, has warned President Bola Tinubu to be vigilant, stating that there is a conspiracy against him ahead of the 2027 presidential election.

Kailani stated this during the presentation of Award of Excellence in National Service to him by the Supreme Head of the Nzuko Nd’ Imo Organisation, NNIO, in Abuja.

He said there is a conspiracy against Tinubu in the North among the Northern Elders Forum and some groups.

He advised the President to appoint members of CASG in his government, stating that it would strengthen their loyalty and dedication to support the APC government.

He said “If he does that, we will definitely back him. We want him to do the right thing. He should come and uplift the support groups. up till now, we have not seen any appointments.”

Kailani opined that the appointment of CASG members would lead to economic prosperity and physical upliftment of the country.

CASG President, Prof Chris Ogbonna, stated that the group facilitated the making of Tinubu’s dreams into reality as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to him, the group’s effort has deepened democracy in the country.

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Ex-Edo Assembly Speaker, former commissioner dump PDP for APC

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Felix Akhabue, one of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Frank Okiye, the former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, have defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

DAILY POST reports that Akhabue and Okiye were among the politicians who have resigned from PDP in the last few weeks.

DAILY POST recalls that Felix Akhabue was one of the 10 aspirants on the platform of PDP for the September 21 governorship election who protested the outcome of the ward and local government congresses.

Akhabue and Okiye last week resigned from PDP.

While Akhabue was a former Esan West Local Government Chairman as well as a former Commissioner for Business, Wealth Creation and Cooperative during Governor Obaseki’s first tenure, Okiye was once deputy chief of staff in the office of the deputy governor during the Adams Oshiomhole administration. He was also the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly in 2019 but impeached in 2020.

The duo joined several others who defected to APC on Sunday at the Edo Central senatorial political rally held in Ekpoma, the administrative headquarters of Esan West Local Government Area.

Okiye had hinged his decision to resign from the party on the alleged alienation of the majority of his constituents and supporters by the state government under Governor Obaseki from the activities and programmes of the party and the government of the state.

His other reason was the alleged declaration by the party’s governorship candidate for the September 21 election, Asue Ighodalo, to continue on Governor Obaseki’s principles should he win the September election, while other reasons are personal.

Speaking at the rally, the former speaker said that about 2, 500 people moved to APC in Esan West, Esan Central, Esan North East, Esan South East and Igueben.

According to him, about 2500 people from the Labour Party and PDP joined APC on Sunday.

“Prior to today, we had met, discussed and asked the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led PDP government to address the issues of alienation, disillusionment, and high handedness and despotic tendencies. Nothing has been done to address the issue, so we, the “Aborigine” PDP, have just given the Obaseki-led PDP a red card.

“We will begin the house-to-house campaign soon and let people know why they must leave PDP and join APC.

“They must vote for a candidate who is humane and not business people who are in the state to make profit,” he said.

The former speaker, who opined that with the defection, PDP has lost a minimum of 500 votes, noted that the 500 people also have people they can convince to work for APC.

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Electoral Act: Intersociety advocates reform of Petition Court, Voting Process

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As an aftermath of the governorship election held in Imo State in November last year, the International Society For Civil Liberties And Rule Of Law, Intersociety, has called for a total overhaul of the country’s Electoral Act.

It said the expected reform should reflect in the areas of “Side-by-side use of electronic and manual voting; detachment of electoral courts from regular courts, as well as total elimination of ‘judicial Technicalities’”.

The group made the demand at a press briefing in Enugu on Sunday, which was addressed by Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chair, Intersociety, Anayo Okoli, Board Member, Chidinma Udegbunam Esquire, Head of Publicity, Prof Jerry Chukwuokolo and Engineer Ikenwoke Nwandu.

Intersociety said its calls for electoral reform was hinged on the outcome of the 2023 general elections, which worsened during the off-circle governorship election in Imo State.

It said to end such “shambolic poll” in the country, there should be a system that allows popular participation, including access to PVCs and secured voting environment and voting materials.

“The above is urgently and popularly needed to be done in Imo State to restore the voting and the general citizens’ confidence in the Judiciary and the country’s Electoral Process and have them back on track,” it stated.

The group alleged that Imo State has since Jan 2021 “become a safe haven for state actor and non-state actor unlawful killings, ritualism, maiming, abductions-for-religious radicalism and abductions-for-ransom; enforced disappearances, custodial and captivity torture and exterminations; gender violence, including rape and forceful conversions on the ground of radical religion; house burnings, political thievery and violence; election rigging, abuse of power and political corruption.”

It added that the state had been exposed to depopulation of male citizens in marital age brackets, displacements, forced migration, political falsehood and propaganda; class criminalization and false labeling; victimless criminalities including drug abuses and addictions; and general under-development, joblessness and mass poverty.

“The state, as a result, has become a gateway of criminalities into Anambra, Abia, Enugu, and Rivers States,” it lamented.

It, therefore, called for “comprehensive reformation of the Nigeria’s electoral court and voting process including: provision for independent candidacy from presidency and governorship to State and Federal legislative seats, side-by-side codified use of Electronic and Manual Voting, detachment of Electoral Courts, their processes and procedures, including rules as well as their handlers from those of Regular Courts.

“The ‘Electoral Court’ processes and procedures and their handlers under demand should be modeled after the “Constitutional Court System” obtained in several developed and developing democratic countries and total elimination of ‘judicial technicalities’ from post-election dispensation of ‘justice’ in Nigeria or any part thereof.

“Judicial Technicalities have been found to be responsible for over 80% of brutal judicial subversion of the sacred electoral wishes of the conscientious Nigerian voting population.

“The standard practices in developed and developing Democratic Countries’ electoral courts are to fundamentally determine the field winners of the valid majority votes cast from among the total lawful cast votes emanating from polling centers or units through their manual or electronic voting systems.

“Time has also come for general and codified use of electronic and manual voting to be used side-by-side. Voting citizens must be allowed their sacred choice of using electronic voting or manual voting in Nigeria or any part thereof,” it advocated.

Intersociety claims facts and findings arising from its several investigations obtained before, during and after the Imo Governorship Poll “have shown how supposedly state actor or Government democratic institutions turned themselves into rigging tools in the election: thereby making the Poll ‘worse of the worst’ in Nigeria’s Electoral Process and recent election history.”

It warned that “Anambra 2025 or Anambra’s off-circle Governorship Election of Nov 2025 is most likely to witness unprecedented political violence, including aimless and targeted shootings and killings, and property destruction and other forms of violence against persons and properties.”

It added that this would be for the “purposes of creating a general atmosphere of insecurity and other unsafe conditions-aimed at scaring away many of the conscientious voting population to give room for ‘guided voting’ or massive result fixing and harvesting arising from ‘dead votes’”.

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