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Injustices are ongoing in the ruling APC – Okorocha alleges



Senator representing Imo West District in the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha,
has expressed fears that there are ongoing injustices in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The lawmaker also predicted that the APC may cease to exist when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.

The Senator, who stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, also lamented that his sacrifices to expand the membership base of the APC in the South-East was repaid by the party with evil.

He said, “I have never thought of leaving the party but what happens next will be determined by time.

“My only worry is that the party may disappear with the exit of President Buhari if the ongoing injustices are not addressed.

“Unlike other governors from the North that rode on the name Muhammadu Buhari to power, the name Buhari had a negative effect on my campaign for second term.

“But I was determined to overcome that because I knew what we stood to gain.

“If anything, the party repaid me evil for good. There was no challenge I did not face or bad name I was not called in my state.

“They brought in people who fought me when I was building the party at state level to fight me over the control of the party. I don’t want to talk about it but my party did not treat me well.”

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Court okays Dokpesi’s medical trip abroad, adjourns case to January 2020



A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday adjourned till January 21-23, 2020 for continuation of hearing in the trial of the founder of Daar Communication Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

Presiding Justice John Tsoho also granted a pending application in which Dokpesi had sought the leave of the court to travel abroad for medical care.

Dokpesi is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for his alleged involvement in the diversion of N2.1 billion, meant for arms purchase by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

At the resumed sitting today, the absence of the lead defence counsel, ‎Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) who was said to be engaged in time-bound 2019 election appeals stalled the proceedings.

According to his representative, Barth Ogar Oluohu, “Agabi was unavoidably absent in court as he is engaged in three election related appeals which are time bound.”

He, therefore, requested for adjournment so that the defence team can continue with its defence, noting that the defendants have not exhausted their five adjournments, which they are entitled under Section 396 (4) of the ACJA.

Oluwaleke Atolagbe, who stood in for the lead prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, however, opposed the application for adjournment, observing that the defence team had other senior lawyers who were capable of carrying on with the matter.

Apart from adjourning the matter to January 21-23, 2020 for continuation of hearing.

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Court threatens to strike out case against Diezani Alison-Maudeke



A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday threatened to strike out a charge of money laundering brought before it by the Federal Government against former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison Maudeke.

The presiding judge of the court, Justice Ijeoma Ojkukwu handed down the threat when, at the mention of the case initiated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the lawyer for the anti-graft agency, Farouk Abdallah said the Federal Government was having challenges effecting the ex-ministers extraction.

According to Abdallah, it was necessary to keep the case alive for the extradition process, already commenced, to be brought to fruition.

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Kogi guber: PDP raises alarm, accuses INEC on card readers, election procedures



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tuesday raised an alarm and accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of apparent tilt and underhandedness in the processes leading to the November 16, Kogi governorship election.

It also said INEC’s failure to openly inform stakeholders on the election modalities, particularly the use of card readers, the mode of accreditation, voting, as well as collation, transmission and declaration of election results from the polling units to the final declaration, raises questions on the sincerity of the commission to deliver a credible election.

The opposition party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a statement in Abuja.

Part of the statement reads, “The PDP alerts that such suppression of vital information ahead of this crucial election heightens public suspicion and allegations of conspiracies between INEC and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to muddle up and manipulate the electoral processes to favour the APC.

“The party cautions that the situation is already generating tension in the state, given the insistence of the people for a transparent, free and credible election that will only reflect their wishes and aspirations at the polls.

“Our party forewarns the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, not tcause trouble in Kogi state by immediately declaring the mode of transmission of results given the claims by the commission, before the Presidential Election Petition Panel, that it does not have a server.

“The PDP charges the INEC Chairman not to allow the Commission to be entangled with the sinister plots of the APC. He should immediately clear the air on the manner of accreditation of voters, checking of voter register disparities, the modality for voting as well as whether the commission will deploy manual or electronic transmission of election results to the final declaration.

“The PDP wants INEC to know that the party and the people of Kogi state are not leaving anything to chance in this election.

“For the people of Kogi state, this election marks their irrevocable determination to entrench a new order in their state and they are not ready to accept any process that does not point to assurances of a transparent, credible, free and fair election.

“Our party therefore requests the management of INEC to provide answers to these crucial issues within the next 24 hours as its silence is already spawning anxieties, which are capable of triggering serious crisis ahead of the election”.

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