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2023 General Election: Olobatoke wants INEC to disqualify Speaker, Kogi State House Of Assembly



An aspirant in the May 27 House of Representatives primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC for Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency, Segun Olobatoke has asked the Federal High Court to disqualify the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole from contesting the seat come next general election.

This is coming after the name of the Speaker was reportedly missing on the list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Olobatoke has also approached the court to order APC to accept and submit his name to INEC as its House of Representatives candidate for Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency.

In the suit marked FHC/LKJ/CS/37/2022 and filed on July 1 by his lawyer, Olobatoke has APC, INEC and Kolawole as first, second and third defendants respectively. 

In the originating summons, Olobatoke argued that Kolawole ought to be disqualified from participating in the 2023 elections for giving false information in the affidavit and documents submitted by the Speaker in relation to his constitutional requirements to contest the 2015, 2019 and 2023 general elections.

He prayed the court to declare him winner of the May 27 primary election having scored the second highest number of lawful votes and satisfied the constitutional requirements. Olobatoke also sought an order of the court directing APC to submit his name to INEC as its House of Representatives candidate for Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency.

When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, there was no appearance for either of the defendants.

The Presiding Judge, Justice P.H. Mallong adjourned the case to Friday 15th July 2022.

At the hearing on Friday, Justice Mallong adjourned the matter to next week.

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Delta 2023: Group Congratulates Eselemo, Urges him to enhance Democracy, Good Governance



Group known as Patani/Bomadi Youth and Leaders Forum (PBYLF) has congratulated Prince  Collins Eselemo on his emergence as the New Nigeria Peoples Party  (NNPP) Candidate for Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency in the 2023 polls.

 In a congratulatory message signed by a prominent leader of the Youth body, Mr. Ebimowei Gbafade, the group urged Eselemo  to enhance democracy, good governance,  the rule of Law, human capital, socio-economic and infrastructural development  in the Constituency, and also see it pertinent to extend a hand of fellowship to all individuals and groups, irrespective of Party, ethnic and religious affiliations.

According to him:  “The Patani/ Bomadi  Youth and Leaders Forum (PBYLF)  wishes to congratulate you on your well-deserved emergence as the Patani/Bomadi  Federal Constituency  flag bearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

“Permit us to equally use this medium to enjoin you to enhance democracy, good governance , the rule of Law, human capital, socio-economic  and infrastructural development of the constituency, as part of efforts to  bring the dividends of democracy to door step of the people. 

Speaking further, the Youth Leader said  “ It gives us great pleasure to extend our warmest congratulations to you on your emergence as NNPP  candidate of Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency, and we trust that you will continue to work and make sacrifice for the good of the Constituency. We look  forward to work closely with you, in a bid  to strengthen our cooperation, as well as improving  our relationships towards sustainable peace and development in the  Constituency,  State, and Niger Delta region in general”.

Mr. Ebimowei Gbafade reiterated  that the candidacy  of Prince Collins Eselemo  did not come to the constituents  as a surprise, as his sincere aspiration and policy drive on issues of  governance and development is  in tandem with the interest of  various class of Deltans , particularly the people of Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency  who have longed craved for his leadership.

“ The People of Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency  from all walks of life  indeed need your expertise and unquantifiable experience in politics, governance, leadership and  as a bridge builder to come to play , especially at this critical period of our democracy”.

The Patani/Bomadi  Youth and Leaders Forum (PBYLF) further assured the NNPP House of Representative  hopeful of its willingness to explore areas of mutual interest and cooperation geared towards the consolidation and realization of  his  aspiration through constructive dialogue and engagement, especially on his genuine zeal to engender  human capital development,  promote sustainable peace and development in the Constituency. 

Mr. Gbafade further  applauded the choice of  the NNPP Candidate for Patani /Bomadi  Federal Constituency saying” Your innovation, outstanding performance in politics, leadership, entrepreneurship,  as well as  contributions to humanity have earned you the respect, honor and admiration of  all.

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