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Ndubueze Shocks PDP, Drags Party, Okewulonu To Court Over Primaries

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Charles Ugwu, the recently elected state chairman of the Imo state chapter of the PDP, appears to have received the first shock as the new chairman of the major opposition party in Imo.

This followed the lawsuit which one of the contenders of the Okigwe bye-election primaries, Patrick Ndubueze.

Information to this paper revealed that on the eve of the PDP primaries for Okigwe bye-election, Court Bailiff stormed the PDP Secretariat along Okigwe Road Owerri to serve the party ahead of its primaries the next day being Saturday.

This service on the party took place when workers at secretariat were said to have almost left offices which warranted the said bailiff dropping the suit with one of the junior staff and left without even acknowledgment from the said staff.

Information from the PDP office hinted this paper though the said letter or suit would be opened by today being Monday hence the content is yet to be known by the party members.

However, this paper authoritatively gathered that Ndubueze went to court on the alleged grounds that PDP leadership had instructed the Delegates to vote his opponent, Okewulonu against him, an act he Ndubueze viewed as undemocratic.

Meanwhile, the Imo PDP has denied knowledge of any lawsuit against the party and its candidate for Okigwe polls slated for October 31st.

In a release signed by the state publicity Secretary, Ogubundu Nwadike and made available to Lead, he made it clear that the party is unaware of any suit emanating from Ndubueze

The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has been drawn to the reports on social media, credited to one of its aspirants in the now-concluded primaries for the Imo North Senatorial Bye-election, Hon. Patrick Ndubueze, where he claimed that he did not participate in the primaries and that he has filed a suit challenging the process of the primaries. For purpose of clarity the party hereby states as follows:

That in compliance with the INEC timetable and schedule for the Imo North Senatorial bye-election to be held on the 31st October 2020, the PDP made a publication wherein it called on all qualified persons who intend to seek the party’s nomination to purchase the appropriate nomination forms.

That at the end of exercise two prominent sons of Okigwe Zone, Hon. Patrick Ndubueze C. and Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu purchased the Nomination Forms. They went through the screening processes and were cleared to contest for the party primaries slated for 5th September 2020.

That the Engr. Charles Ugwuh-led executive held a meeting with the two aspirants and witnessed by their chosen aides and agents of trust, where they made an undertaking to accept the outcome of the primaries and to be bound by the outcome and to support whoever wins. In return, the party leadership made a promise for a hitch-free, fair, and primaries.

That the primaries held as scheduled on 5th September 2020 between the two candidates who had gone through all the processes and were cleared to contest at the primaries.

That Hon. Patrick Ndubueze paid all the necessary fees and participated in the primaries scoring 27 votes against his rival Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu who scored 609 votes to emerge the winner. The party is therefore shocked at his sudden summersault and claim that he did not participate in the primaries.

That Hon. Patrick Ndubueze even tried to prevail on the party leadership to compel his co-aspirant to withdraw and make way for him to stand alone and be adopted as a sole aspirant of the party. However, the Party refused and insisted on giving all aspirants equal opportunity to compete at an open and transparent primary election.

That the PDP hereby reiterates that the demand of Hon. Ndubueze that he be adopted as the sole candidate of the party amounted to a breach of the Party’s constitution and would engender injustice to the other aspirant especially when he is resolute on contesting.

That the Party, therefore, finds it strange that Hon. Ndubueze whose attempt to prevail on the party to use same Party delegates to adopt him as its sole candidate would turn around claiming to be dissatisfied with the processes of the delegate congresses which culminated in the primary election.

That, however, the Charles Ugwuh-led State Executive has vowed to take all necessary steps to reconcile those who are not happy with the outcome of the primaries, especially now that a winner has emerged.

That the PDP, Imo State reaffirms its respect for Hon. Patrick Ndubueze and would urge him to accept the call by the PDP flag bearer for the Imo North Senatorial bye-election to join him to move Okigwe zone forward.

Finally, that the PDP has no record of service of any Court process or suit from Hon. Patrick Ndubueze and cannot comment on something that has not been served on it.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno

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The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

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Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.

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Kidnapped Adamawa United FC Driver Released

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The kidnapped Adamawa United Football Club driver, Kabiru Muhammad has been released.

The driver conveying the team to Lagos for the NPFL week 11 match against MFM was forcefully taken away on Friday, February 19 by gun men who robbed Adamawa United players of their belongings along Benin-Ore Express way.

The kidnappers immediately reached out to the club’s officials demanding for N50 million ransom which they eventually reduced to N1 million after negotiations.

The permanent secretary, Adamawa State Ministry of Sports, Aliyu Abubakar Jada made known the development in Yola, saying Kabiru was released Wednesday night in Benin.

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Jada said even as the freed driver was in good condition of health, he would go through medical examination due to the stress he was subjected to in the hands of his captors.

He thanked the media for the role they played in making the public aware about the unfortunate incident.

“I want to thank the media, particularly SWAN. I have received calls from within and outside the country from people who read the news, we are very grateful”, he said.

Jada, therefore, tasked the Federal Ministry of Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation to devise new ways to improve safety of players and reduce the stress they are subjected to when travelling for matches.

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