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Court sends APGA factional leader Njoku to prison

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered that a factional leader of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Edozie Njoku, and one other be remanded in prison over forgery.

Recall that the police authorities had earlier accused Njoku and Nwoga of forging a Supreme Court letter that reinstated them as the national chairman and national youth leader of APGA as against the chairmanship of Chief Victor Oye.

Justice Mohammed Madugu had last week issued a bench warrant on the duo for failing to appear before the court.

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he defence lawyer, Panam Ntui, argued their bail application shortly after they pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

But at the resumed hearing, the court vacated the bench warrant and upheld the opposition mounted by the prosecution counsel, Ezekiel Rimasonte against the bail application by the defence lawyer on the matter.

In a ruling on Monday, Justice Mohammed Magudu, ordered Njoku and his co-defendant, Chukwuemeka Nwoga to be remanded in the Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State until he would rule on their bail application on the 30th of November, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal in Ibadan has reinstated Ladi Adebutu as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State.

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The court also reinstated all other candidates of the PDP in Ogun by setting aside the judgment of an Abeokuta Federal High Court, which nullified all the primary elections conducted by the PDP.

Recall that Justice O. Oguntoyinbo had nullified the candidacy of Adebutu and others, following a suit filed by Segun Seriki and others.

Ruling on Monday, Justice Folasade Ojo said it is only the National Working Committee of the party that has the power to nominate and conduct a primary election.

The appellate court maintained that any primary conducted without the approval of the party’s NWC is null and void.

The lower court’s judgment was set aside for lack of jurisdiction.

Ojo directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to reinstate all PDP candidates.

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