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Vacationing judge stalls judgment in Dogara’s defection suit

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The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Monday stalled the judgement in the suit seeking the declaration of the seat of Yakubu Dogara vacant.

The suit, filed against Mr Dogara, was on account of his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The judgment in two separate suits filed against him was fixed for Monday by Justice Donatus Okorowo.

The first suit was FHC/ABJ/CS/883/30 and filed by Incorporated Trustees of United Global Resources for Peace Organisation Vs. Yakubu Dogara and five others was number one on the cause list.

However, the second suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1060/20, filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vs. Yakubu Dogara and four others was on number five on today’s cause list.

On a visit to Court 6, where Mr Okorowo usually presides, the courtroom was empty, with the court registrar while other judicial workers were seen on duty.

It was, however, learnt that Mr Okorowo could not deliver judgments since the court had begun its Easter vacation.

The court began the vacation on April 8 and will end on April 25.

“My lord is waiting for the chief judge of the court to give a fiat for the judgments to be delivered during this vacation. But as it is now, no date has been fixed, and parties will be communicated as soon as another date is fixed,” one of the court workers said.

PDP and the group had asked the court to remove the former speaker of the House of Representatives as a member representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi for defecting to APC.

(NAN)

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Osinbajo group to Tinubu: VP won’t step down for you

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The umbrella organisation of all pro-Yemi Osinbajo support groups, The Progressive Project, has said that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will not step down for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress in the race for the 2023 presidential ticket.

The TPP Director of Operations, Alhaji Usman Aliyu Usman, stated this amid suggestion Osinbajo will step down for Tinubu ahead of the party’s primaries.

Usman said in a statement on Sunday that “some paid agents and other supporters who feel threatened by the candidature of Professor Osinbajo seem determined for a gutter fight which Osinbajo supporters cannot join”.

He said: “One of our visible supporters, Professor Olusola Adeyeye, a two-term Senator who represented Osun Central Senatorial District between 2011 to 2019 made some weighty statements about the APC presidential primaries on Saturday and by Sunday, really baseless and mischievous anti-Osinbajo statements began circulating.

“Unfortunately, one of these came from Mr. Daniel Bwala, an aide to Deputy Senate President, Senator (Ovie) Omo-Agege who currently appears to moonlight as spokesman for the Bola Tinubu campaign.

“Specifically, without any proof, Mr. Bwala started circulating a video clip with claims that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is ‘allegedly planning to step down for Asiwaju’; Mr. Bwala had no evidence and he ought to know better than going to town with such.

“Without doubt, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is still riding high in the race and our decision not to interfere in some camps’ deliberate spread of illusion and untruths is only motivated by our genuine confidence in our candidate’s prospects.

“As stated long ago, no group linked to TPP will join any individual or group in playing gutter politics or smearing others but we need to unequivocally state that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is not contemplating any measure of capitulation to any candidate.

“While we are sworn to total allegiance to the Constitution, patriotic values and the spirit of good sportsmanship, we denounce the misleading information and unbecoming tricks that some supporters in other presidential candidates’ camps embrace so eagerly.

“We denounce too, the baseless ad unhelpful information being randomly disseminated by the likes of Mr. Bwala.

“In the interest of the nation and its democracy, TPP appeals to all aspirants and supporters at all levels to learn from the focused and principled campaign methods of Professor Osinbajo and his supporters whose collective determination towards actualizing Nigeria’s enduring greatness is a cause that genuinely deserves the support of all patriots.

“We categorically debunk the spate of falsehoods against PYO’s candidature and we urge all Nigerian patriots to look forward to join us in the forthcoming celebrations on the day after APC presidential primaries.”

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Despite being in captivity, Ango Abdullahi’s son wins PDP ticket

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Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, the son of the Convener of Northern Elders Forum, Ango Abdullahi, has won the primary for Sabon Gari Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.

Daily Trust reports that he is one of the 61 persons still in captivity from the bandits attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train.

The attack was carried out on March 28, 2022.

Daily Trust is reporting that Sadiq’s father, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, confirmed that his son is still with the bandits.

Sadiq defeated his opponents in Monday’s primaries of the PDP.

He polled 28 votes to defeat other aspirants such as Hadiza Muhammad, Salisu Abdulhamid and Misis Paulina.

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