NIGERIA: APC Yet To Choose Buhari's Running Mate

All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to decide on the running mate of its presidential candidate, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

Meanwhile, governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are meeting today to address some knotty issues arising from its primary elections across the federation.

And for disobeying its order to register the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) as a political party, the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, yesterday granted leave for contempt proceedings to be commenced against the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega.

Yesterday, the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, met for many hours with the party's chieftains behind closed doors, apparently over the choice of running mate from among the nominees from southern Nigeria.

The meeting was against the backdrop of speculations in a section of the media that Buhari had settled for Prof. Yemi Osibajo, a former commissioner in Lagos State during the then Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu's tenure.

However, the party's National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, told reporters at its national secretariat that it was too early to speculate over an issue that was still a subject of "deep consultation."

He urged them to be patient and wait till chieftains of the party, who were still at the closed-door meeting last night, reached a final decision.

The party has up till Thursday to submit its provisional list of nominees for its presidential and vice presidential candidates to INEC.

Some of the PDP governors were adversely affected by the outcome of the primaries to the extent that their loyalists have defected to other political parties.

Today's meeting, billed for Akwa Ibom Governor's Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja would attempt to identify how best to pacify governors whose immediate political aspirations had been turned down. They include Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State and Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, who dropped their senatorial ambitions when the heat became too much.

It was learnt that Governor Godswill Akpabio personally signed the statement inviting them to the meeting which is considered very crucial to the sustenance of the unity of the state executives, who play much role in strengthening the party.

In the interim, Justice Gabriel Kolawale has directed Jega to take remedial steps to register the party within 72 hours.

He further ordered that should Jega fail to obey the order, Form 49, which is a notice to show cause why he should not be committed to prison, should be served on him.

He then adjourned hearing in the contempt proceedings to December 23.

In a motion ex parte dated December 1, 2014, Ezekiel Vem Ofou, Rev Olusegun Peters, Okoye Finbarr, Haruna Abubakar, Abubakar Khalil and Dioji Chidinma, who are plaintiffs in the matter, asked leave of the court to serve Form 48, a notice of consequence of disobedience to court order, on Jega through substituted means, by delivering it at the commission's legal department headquarters in Abuja.

They averred that Jega willfully refused to comply with the judgment of the court delivered by Justice Kolawole on October 17, 2014. They prayed the court to grant them leave to serve him contempt proceedings through substituted service as it was impossible to serve the court processes on him personally.

Justice Kolawole said the application had merit and granted the order as prayed.

Source: The Guardian
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