A Federal High Court sitting in Gusau, the Zamfara State Capital has nullified the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship primary election that produced Dauda Lawal as the State Governorship Candidate of the party ahead of the 2023 general election.
In a judgment summarily delivered by Justice Aminu Bappa, the court granted all the prayers by the plaintiff which is to nullify the primary election that produced Dauda Lawal and ordered fresh primary election in line with the constitution of PDP and guidelines of the party
He said “The court has granted the prayers submitted in this honorable court by the plaintiffs and hereby ruled in their favour”.
“The 109-page judgement will be presented to the counsels of both the plaintiffs and the dependants”.
PDP Governorship Primary which held in Zamfara State on May 25, produced Dr Dauda Lawal-Dare, as the party’s governorship candidate for the 2023 general polls.
The primary election was conducted by the committee sent from the PDP National Headquarters Abuja, led by Adamu Maina-Waziri.
Following the conclusion of the primary election, Mr Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau and two other PDP governorship aspirants, sought the nullification of the party’s poll over alleged irregularities and noncompliance with the constitution of the PDP.
The defendants in the case are Dauda Lawal (PDP governorship candidate), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Chairman of Zamfara PDP Governorship Primary Election Committee, Adamu Maina-Waziri and the Chairman of Zamfara State PDP, retired Col. Bala Mande
Speaking to journalists after the judgment, counsel to all the Plaintiffs, Ibrahim Mani said the court started by resolving the preliminary objection raised by the defendants on whether the court has the jurisdiction to entertain the case, which the court held that it has jurisdiction as the matter is pre-election matter
“The court resolved the preliminary objection that were raised by the defendants and the court held that it has jurisdiction to entertain the matter because it was purely pre-election matter as we contemplated in our claim, therefore the court proceeded to look at the merit of the matter and decided the case in favour of the plaintiffs,” Mani explained
He added that “The prayers are, that the primary election that was allegedly conducted by the committee of Adamu Maina-Waziri should be nullified by the honourable court and order was given by the court to re conduct another primary election inline with the constitution of PDP and guidelines of the party”
Reacting to the judgment, counsel to the 1st and 4th defendants, Bashir Abubakar said the party will look into the judgment and appeal it.
“The judgment was in the favour of the plaintiffs but we are going to look at the judgment, the record and everything to see the next line of action and I believe we are going to appeal.”
Lalong Appoints Ten New Permanent Secretaries
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has approved the appointment of 10 new Permanent Secretaries.
The governor made the announcement in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos.
According to the statement, the new officials are to fill the vacancies created following the retirement/resignations of some Permanent Secretaries in the service of the state government.
“The new Permanent Secretaries are expected to be sworn in on Tuesday 24th January 2023.
“The new Permanent Secretaries are: Keziah Dung (Barkin Ladi); Yusuf Ayuba Gimba ( Bassa); Gongden Micah Sunday (Mangu); Lamu Michael Dennis (Mangu).
“ Peter Wuyep (Kanke); Bapman Naankin Emmanuel (Mikang); Boniface Gwotbit Bankshuet (Mikang); Gotan Benjamin James (Pankshin); Salamatu Ritmwa Parlong (Pankshin); and Wuyep Zitta (Langtang South)”.
Enugu2023: My Government Will Explore The Opportunities Of Coal, Gas And Solar Energy To Meet Power Needs Of Enugu State – Frank Nweke Jr
Frank Nweke Jr, the Enugu State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Sunday night, said that his government would explore the opportunities of resources like coal and natural gas (CNG) which the state has, as well as solar technology to meet the power needs of the citizens.
Nweke who spoke during a virtual town hall meeting with the Enugu Association, Canada, noted that Enugu has one of the highest electricity tariffs in Nigeria, an issue he would work closely with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) as Governor to understand and resolve.
“Electric power is critical for domestic use and economic progress. While working with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to improve supply and reduce tariffs, we have some opportunities available to us as alternatives to power from the mains.
“The use of coal has been stalled due to agreements induced by Western powers on the basis of managing climate change. What we have now are illegal miners and private companies who have expanses of coal deposits concessioned to them.
“As a government, we will work to retrieve these concessions by making deals with the people concerned or by making a strong representation to the government at the centre who hold the rights to mineral resources on the exclusive list under section 39 of the constitution.”
He also noted that the developed economies that had opposed large scale mining for reasons of climate change had fallen back to the use of coal due to the effects of the Russian-Ukraine war. He declared that he had the political will to ensure that all resources and opportunities available to the State would be explored.
On the use of natural gas (CNG), Nweke referred to Lagos and Abia where communities are sequestered, and clean energy provided to them. He revealed his team have had conversations with licensed operators who are willing to do the necessary due diligence checks and explore that opportunity whenever his government is ready.
Nweke further stated that as Governor he will also explore the opportunity of solar technology. He noted that Enugu already had young companies assembling inverters and looking to extend their production to solar panels.
“We will work with these local companies and with some established international companies from Japan, Turkey and other parts of the world to establish a ‘Partnership in Technology Program” to set up plants for assembling solar panels and training our people to do the same in Enugu State.
“Our intention is to put in place a policy that will mandate developers of new estates to deploy structures for renewable energy, taking sections of the State off-grid by providing power from natural gas or solar technology.” He concluded.
Cross River Declares Work-Free Days For PVC Collection
The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has declared Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 January, 2023 as work-free days in the state to enable civil and public servants across the state to collect their Permanent Voters Cards.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Eric Anderson, said in a statement on Friday that the collection of PVCs was “in readiness for their full participation in the 2023 general election scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2023 for Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as Saturday, March 11, 2023 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.
“Government wishes to make it abundantly clear, especially for the benefit of members of the general public, to note that these work-free days are not Public Holidays and should NOT be seen as one.
“Civil and public servants in the state are hereby advised to take advantage of the work-free days to get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in these elections. Your PVC is the pathway to achieving credible elections.”