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2023: APC Chairman of Jonathan’s Home LGA Confirms Membership

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The leadership of the All Progressives Congress () in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has confirmed that former President is a registered member of the party.

Although Jonathan is yet to announce his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under which he was elected Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice-President and President, the purchase of APC Presidential forms for him had set tongues wagging.

A group called Nomadic Pastoralists and the Almajiri Communities led by one Ibrahim Abdullahi picked up the forms on Jonathan’s behalf on Monday, although a source later told Daily Trust that a northern governor paid for the forms.

But hours after the went viral, Jonathan’s Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, distanced his principal from the APC presidential race, saying he did not authorise the purchase of forms.

While social media was rife with the news of Jonathan’s defection, a picture of the former President meeting with Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the APC, went viral.

Asked to comment, Jonathan’s spokesman had said he knew nothing about it.

But the chairman of APC in Ogbia ward 13, Mr Igori Freeman, told Daily Trust on Thursday that Jonathan registered with the party immediately after the short-lived victory of David Lyon, the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the state. The Supreme Court had voided the election, paving way for the PDP.

Few days after the election, two APC governors, Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), visited Jonathan at his Bayelsa residence.

Subsequently, Jonathan held a series of meetings with APC stakeholders, both in Abuja and Bayelsa. He also became closer to President Muhammadu Buhari, paying several visits to Aso Rock.

“I know too well that Jonathan registered with APC, but registration is not about publishing to the whole world. The register was with me, it was not only him that registered during that period, some dignitaries from PDP also registered with APC after David Lyon’s victory during 2019 governorship election.”

“You can go to the state Chairman and ask him that the ward Chairman believe that Jonathan registered with the party, we have finished with the registration, so I can’t give detail now because I returned all the data after everything. Meet the party Chairman, Chief Dennis Otiotio for more clarification,” Jonathan’s ward chairman told Daily Trust

But when contacted, the state party Chairman, Dennis Otiotio, referred our correspondent to the National Headquarters of the APC.

He said: “I think you should call the national Secretariat, they will be able to give the true position, the state Secretariat don’t have any knowledge, any information about that.”

On Wednesday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted sources as saying Jonathan had accepted to contest the 2023 election under APC.

The agency said Jonathan was expected to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, on Thursday.

The report added that some influential African leaders had advised Jonathan “to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria”.

“At least three top African leaders called the former president on the matter. They all urged him to run. One of them specifically told him that it didn’t make sense travelling all over Africa settling disputes only to shy away from leadership responsibility in his home country,” NAN quoted the source to have said.

Jonathan took over power when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died in 2010 and contested the 2011 election, which he won.He lost his reelection to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and acknowledged defeat before the final collation of the election results.

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BREAKING: Court Orders PDP, INEC to Show Why Rivers Guber Primaries Should Go On Without Farah Dagogo

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A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja today, May 23rd, 2022 ordered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Indpendent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to show reasons why the party’s gubernatorial primaries should hold in Rivers State without the plaintiff, Hon Doctor Farah Dagogo.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/654/2022 ordered the PDP and INEC to show cause on May 24th 2022 why Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo’s application seeking injunctive orders against the PDP and INEC in respect of the PDP gubernatorial primary election for Rivers State should not be granted.

Dagogo had filed a suit on May 12, 2022 challenging his prevention from the screening exercise of his party (PDP) for the on coming gubernatorial primary election for Rivers State having submitted all the required documents.

The presiding judge in the sitting of the court on Monday granted the order for INEC and PDP to show cause why the primaries should not be stopped.

Dagogo went to court to seek an order of the High Court to restrain INEC, (2nd Defendant) or any of its officers or agents from monitoring the conduct of the PDP (1st Defendant) primary election for the gubernatorial position for Rivers State scheduled for 26th May 2022.

He asked the Court not allow INEC to send any of its representatives on the scheduled fixed date without his name on the list of contestants for the forthcoming primary election pending the hearing and determination of the substantive action.

Dagogo, is appealing to the court to compel INEC and PDP, to include his name as one of the aspirants in the forthcoming gubernatorial primary election.

The aspirant is seeking “an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant either by itself or any of its officers or agents from monitoring the conduct of 1st Defendant’s primary election for the gubernatorial position for Rivers State on 26th May 2022 or any other date fixed, without the name of the Plaintiff on the list of contestants for the said primary election pending the hearing and determination of the substantive action.”

Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo was duly nominated by not less than 45 persons from at least two-third of the Local Government Areas within Rivers State, who are registered voters in their respective Local Government Areas and registered members of PDP.

According to Dagogo, he completed and submitted the said nomination form to the the PDP, and accompanied them with all the relevant documents, including copies of his PDP membership card, voter’s card and sworn declarations made before a Commissioner of oaths at the High Court.

He stated that he satisfied and abided by the guidelines, all laws, rules or regulations made by PDP relating to the conduct of primary elections.

He stated that his Primary Form was issued to him by the PDP as proof that he had met all the requirements required of him as an aspirant by the National headquarters of the party.

He had presented himself to the Screening committee for gubernatorial aspirants in Rivers State, on the 28th of April, 2022, at the PDP Zonal Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He disclosed that while he was waiting to receive his interim clearance papers, some individuals in mufti who claimed to be Rivers state Government House security agents led by the Camp Commandant, DSP Efeture Irikefe removed him from the sitting arrangement with the active connivance of the membership of the Screening Committee, who had ensured that he was the last person to be screened.

However, Dagogo lamented that he was whisked away to Operation Sting Police Unit/formation and later at State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (State CID) both in Port Harcourt.

According him, the State CID, quickly made an attempt to arraign him on trumped up charges at the Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt on 29th April, 2022 which proved abortive.

“There was an attempt to arraign Plaintiff/Applicant on trumped up charges at the Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt on 29th April, 2022 which proved abortive.

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2023: Farah Dagogo Sues PDP, INEC Over Exclusion

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There is now an air of uncertainty hanging over the outcome of the PDP Primaries in Rivers State as Dr. Farah Dagogo a frontline Governorship aspirant has taken the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court for allegedly removing his name from the primaries in the State Governorship election.

Farah Dagogo , a Member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency is seeking an order of the High Court to restrain INEC or any of its officers or agents from monitoring the conduct of the PDP primary election for the gubernatorial position for Rivers State scheduled for 26th May 2022.

The embattled federal lawmaker said his Primary Form was issued to him by the PDP as proof that he had met all the requirements required of him as an aspirant by the national headquarters of the party before he was taken away by some policemen led by the camp commandant, of government house DSP, Efeture Irikefe when he presented himself for screening last month.

The federal lawmaker is currently at the Port Harcourt correctional centre was arrested for allegedly sponsoring cultists to disrupt the screening of state and federal assembly candidates of the PDP last month in Port Harcourt.

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