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BREAKING: Abeokuta video not real Tinubu – APC *Opponents superimposed image, voice in original video

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A new twist has been introduced in the controversy surrounding Wednesdays outing of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, where he was reported to have made some scathing remarks, suggesting discontent with President Muhammadu’s government, by accusing it of trying to sabotage his presidential ambition.

It has emerged that the former Governor of Lagos and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), did not make the comments attributed to him, according to the APC Presidential Campaign Council (APC-PCC), which is now claiming that both the images and voices of the party’s National Leader, were superimposed on his original outing.

Coming against the backdrop of another controversial claim to the effect by the party that the presence of two bullion vans spotted in the Bourdillon, Ikoyi premises of the former governor, on February 22, 2019, the eve of that year’s presidential election in which the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, was elected for a second tenure actually missed their way and strayed into the compound.

Ayodele Adewale, Organising Secretary of the APC, who made the claim while appearing on The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television, had, said: Hear him: “That bullion van missed its way there, and it was not invited by Asiwaju or anybody. That comment was made jokingly. Reporters met with him, I was there, I was standing not too far and there were a lot of accusations. You know Asiwaju very well. He loves cracking jokes and crack people up most times. And he made that statement. Not that he owns it.

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We’ve seen delivery vans missing road, we’ve seen high equipment vans missing road, we’ve seen heavy military equipment – there was one that missed the road into Nigeria once – in fact the Nigerian government had to seize that armoured tank and al of that. People commit a lot human error. And it was human error by the people that were coming. And I’ve told you that it a mixed identity of address.”

On the same platform, on Friday, Mariyan Baba, member, Public Affairs Directorate of the APC-PCC, said on Friday that those who were bent on playing dirty politics were at work, using their expertise in modern-day technology to manipulate Tinubu’s voice and image, urging Nigerian journalists to dig deeper into whatever information they were presented.

She said: “In Nigeria we don’t believe in clean competition unfortunately and this is the area that we need to change if we want our country to forge forward. We should give room for clean competition. You go out in the field with free, fair ground for everybody. Go and compete. You win, you win, you don’t win, you go, there’s another time coming. But we always go by creating stories.

“My face could be removed and somebody’s face could be put on my head. This is modern generation. We have all these social media, they can do a lot. Our principal, our presidential candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu did not say all those words people are now claiming he did. He didn’t say it.

“And the issue of petrol scarcity, is not new, we’ve had it in the past. In fact in worse situations. Things have improved. Last year we had christmas celebration and every filling station was selling. We had fuel and moving around. There was no problem. These hitches come from time to time.”

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Baba, who while responding to another allegation made against Tinubu by Hajia Naja’atu Mohammed, former Director of the APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC (APC-PCC), who said said it would be fatal to Nigeria to elect Tinubu as President, due to his current abysmally poor health condition, said the former governor was enjoying excellent health.

She said: “The condition of health of my candidate is excellent. If you watch the condition of all the presidential candidates that are vying for the same position and you compare with our condidate, where hasn’t he been in Nigeria? He hasn’t sat down for a day. He’s moving from pillar to post discussing with people, meeting people, finding out what they need and all that.”

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BREAKING: Don’t disturb him! Court stops G-27 from moving against Fubara

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Siminialaye Fubara, Governor of Rivers State, on Monday, secured a fresh order against the 27 members of the state House of Assembly, this time, restraining them from making any impeachment move against him, another chapter in the ongoing political crisis in the state.

Justice D. Jumbo Stephens, in the fresh order, via ex-parte motion, restrained the Chief Judge of Rivers State and the Clerk of Rivers State House of Assembly from having any dealing with the 27 lawmakers led by Martins Amaewhule.

The motion, which originated from suit No PHC/2177/CS/2024 filed by the Attorney-General of Rivers State and the state Fubara, listed the first set of defendants as Amaewhule and 26 other lawmakers and Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo, Sokari Goodboy Sokari, Orubienimigha Adolphus Timothy, Chief Judge of Rivers State, the Clerk Rivers State House of Assembly, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as 28 to 33 defendants.

The court said: “That an order of interim injunction is hereby made restraining the 31st and 32nd defendants from dealing or howsoever relating with the 1st to 27 defendants as members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and from receiving, forwarding or howsoever acting on any resolutions, articles of impeachment, or other documents or communication from the 1st to 27 defend pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction already filed herein.

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“The parties to this suit are hereby directed to maintain the status quo ante litem in this suit as of 5th July 2024 pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.”

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The court, while also ordering substituted service of the originating and other processes in the suit on the 1st to 30th defendants by pasting the same at the gate of the Rivers State House of Assembly quarters located along the Aba Road, adjourned to July 15th for the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

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BREAKING: PDP speaks on Ighodalo’s fate! *No shaking, no cause for alarm!

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“Let it be on record that the candidature of Dr Asue Ighodalo as the flag bearer of the party for the 2024 elections remains intact and that the judgement of the Federal High court in Abuja did not in any way affect the candidature of Dr Asue Ighodalo,” were the exact words with which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), clapped back at the verdict of a Federal High Court in Abuja, nullifying its candidate for the September governorship election in Edo State.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, had earlier on Thursday morning, in a judgment, over a petition filed by Kelvin Mohammed, Gabriel Okoduwa and Ederaho Osagie, on behalf of others in 12 local government areas and 127 wards, of the state, held that the PDP’s primary held on February 22 failed to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022; the guidelines for the conduct of the poll and the party’s constitution.

But Tony Aziegbemi, Chairman of the party in the state, while blaming what he described as certain elements that were spreading rumours about its candidate, and who were scared of Ighodalo’s popularity for the situation, maintained that there was no cause for alarm, as the party would eventually prevail.

“The PDP is aware that certain elements who are scared of the soaring popularity of our candidate Dr Asue Ighodalo are going about peddling rumours that the candidature of Dr Asue Ighodalo has been nullified. We urge our teaming loyal supporters to remain calm and resolute as there is no cause for alarm.”

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Group to Wike’s lawmakers: Denying your defectction to APC a joke  

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The Rivers State Ethnic Youth Leaders Coalition (RSEYLC), on Tuesday, laughed off the claims by 27 lawmakers elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), who are claiming that they are still members of their original platform.

The lawmakers, all loyal to Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, are fighting hard through the courts where the case is now sitting and other areas, to save their jobs after their seats were declared vacant by the camp of the Rivers State Governor, Sim Fubara.

Part of their defence, is a recant of their declaration, last year that they had all defected to the APC, in one of their sittings, where they were seeing displaying the symbols of the ruling party at the national level, even though they were elected on the PDP platform among other steps they took to emphasise their new status.

But, SEYLC, in a statement by Legborsi Yamaabana its Chairman in Port Harcourt, carpeted the group fo denying their defection, insisting the only option for them, having lost their seats and legitimacy as mandated by Section 109 (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was for them to contest a fresh election and test their popularity.

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The statement, read: “The Rivers State Ethnic Youth Leaders Coalition, RSEYLC, is appalled by the audacity and shamelessness of the 27 ex-members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who, having defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), now have the gall to deny their defection. These individuals, who owe their positions to the PDP, have lost their seats and legitimacy as mandated by Section 109(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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“Yet, in a brazen display of dishonesty, they now falsely claim to have secured a court judgment asserting their continued membership in the PDP. However, the Attorney General of Rivers State has countered that the suit in which they claim to have obtained a judgment was struck out for want of locus standi and jurisdiction, as well as for being an abuse of court process.

“Such blatant deceit and double-speak are not only disgraceful but also an insult to the intelligence of the people of Rivers State. The RSEYLC, speaking for the discerning and justice-loving youth of Rivers State, is utterly ashamed of these discredited politicians. Their actions are a stain on our democratic values and an affront to all who believe in truth and justice. We urge all who value integrity and good governance to join us in condemning these actions in the strongest terms.

“The people of Rivers State deserve leaders who are honest and committed to serving their constituents, not self-serving opportunists who think they can fool us with their dishonorable antics. Rivers Youths will continue to stand firm against political deceit and corruption, advocating for the integrity and development of our great state.”

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