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Appeal Court Sacks Zamfara Gov-elect, Insists APC Doesn’t Have Right To Field Candidate

The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto have dismiss the judgement delivered by the Zamfara High Court allowing the All Progressive to partake in the 2019 elections in Zamfara State.

The appeal was filed by Sen. Kabiru Marafa, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and 129 others through his Counsel, Mr Mike Ozheokome , SAN.

Respondents are Kabiru Liman-Danalhaji and 139 others represented by Mr Mahmud Magaji SAN as lead Counsel.

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Delivering the lead judgment, which was adopted by two other Justices Tijjani Abubakar and Jamilu Tukur, Justice Tom Yakubu, held that the lower court failed in its duty to properly evaluate the evidence before it.

Yakubu said judges have the legal power to produce judgment and reach decisions with reason, noting that in the instance case it was not done.

“I am convinced that the lower Court has failed to evaluate the evidence before reaching the decision.

”Based on available facts the respondents did not contradict the INEC evidence on conducting the said primary election” Yakubu said.

The Presiding judge, said “documented evidence has upper consideration than oral ones”.

Justice Yakubu held that the plaintiffs being card-carrying party members and aspirants in the said primary election have legal capacity to institute the suit.

He added that Federal, States and FCT High Courts have jurisdiction to entertain such matter.

The judges agreed that the judgment should serve as “bitter lesson” for political parties as they ought to follow legitimate guidelines and rules.

“Domestic affairs of political party activities must act within the confines of the law in dealing with party members and elections” the judges agreed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that a Zamfara High Court recognised the primary election the produced governorship, state and national assembly candidates held by APC in the state and declared that INEC accepts the party candidates for the elections.

Unsatisfied with State High Court decision, the appellants, approached the appeal court challenging the decision on the ground that the State High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit among others.NAN recalled that similar case was instituted before the same appeal court by Rep. Aminu Jaji, a Governorship aspirant and member representing Kauran Namoda/Birnin Magaji Federal Constituency and was dismissed after Jaji withdrew.  (DailyAdvent)

 

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PHOTO NEWS: Third Building Collapses At Kakawa, Lagos Island |The Republican News

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By Ike A. Offor

 

Just in a space of less than three weeks three building  have collapsed in Lagos state. It was a terrific afternoon as another 3-storey builiding collapsed at Kakawa, which is close to Broad street, Odunlami and the giant bookshop building in Lagos Island.

Eyewitnesses at the scene claimed that there were no casualties as the occupants were all away for their daily activities when the building collapsed.

The securities and rescue personel have been to the scene to take charge of the situation.

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Bauchi Re-run: What Next For Abubakar After Losing At The Poll, Court Case? |RN

Chinedu Asadu

Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Bauchi state, has suffered three defeats in the space of two weeks — with another one looming.

The governor, who is seeking reelection under the All Progressives Congress (APC), was first defeated during the March 9 governorship poll. He garnered 465,453 votes to come second to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) Bala Mohammed who got 469,512 votes.

He then got a temporary reload when a federal high court in Abuja granted his request, suspending the collation of the remaining results of the election until the determination of a suit he filed. But for how long?

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continued with the supplementary election in the state and  Abubakar was again defeated. The PDP candidate polled 6,376 votes to leave the governor following closely with 5,117 votes.

Back to the court case, at its sitting on Monday, the federal high court struck out the governor’s application seeking to stop the collation of the remaining result — in Tafawa Balewa LGA.

Although the result of the remaining LGA has not been announced, there is a slim chance Abubakar is going to survive the process.

Tafawa Balewa has a total of 22,759 registered voters, according to figures released by INEC and the sum of the votes in the two elections show he is losing with a margin of 5,318. Will the governor escape by the skin of his teeth or is disaster looming for him?  (The Cable)

 

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EFCC Closes Case Against Ex-CJN, Onnoghen At NJC |The Republican News

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rested its case of alleged misconduct against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the National Judicial Council, The PUNCH has learnt.

Our correspondent learnt from multiple sources conversant with the proceedings of the five-man investigation panel of the NJC that the EFCC rested its case after calling seven witnesses.

The commission was said to have called its first witness on March 12 and rested its case within one week.

It was learnt on Sunday that Onnoghen has since opened his defence and called two witnesses on Wednesday, March 20.

“The EFCC has rested its case and Justice Onnoghen has opened his defence. With this, we expect that the NJC will soon end its investigation,” one of the sources told our correspondent.

In its petition before the NJC, the EFCC, it was learnt, accused Onnoghen of having some suspicious lodgments of huge funds in his bank accounts.

The other petition against the suspended CJN was reportedly by a civil society group, the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, and its Executive Director, Mr Dennis Aghanya.

The allegations in the petition sent to the NJC by the group were said to be a replica of the petition sent to the Code of Conduct Bureau which informed the six counts filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal accusing the suspended CJN of failure to declare some bank accounts with huge funds in foreign currencies as part of his assets.

The NJC had at its February 13, 2019 meeting reviewed the pre-assessment report on the petitions written against Onnoghen and the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tahko Muhammad, and considered the complaints worthy of being investigated.

The council then set up the five-man panel led by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice S.A. Akande, to investigate the petitions.

There are at least two petitions against each of Onnoghen and Muhammad to be heard by the Justice Akande-led panel.

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Sausage Hawker Who Fed Prisoners On The Street Of Lagos Gets Stocked Shop, Free 2 Years Rent

Luck has smiled on 27-year-old Ugochukwu Ibere, whose story of benevolence went viral last year when he gave out all the sausages he was hawking to prison inmates being driven to a destination along Marina, Lagos, as Rite Foods Limited opened a shop stocked with Bigi drinks and cartons of sausage rolls for him.

Ibere’s act of kindness was discovered by Mrs Adenike Ajitena who sighted him during a traffic jam giving out all his wares to the outstretched arms of the inmates.

Speaking at the opening of the shop, Rite Foods Managing Director, Mr. Seleem Adegunwa, represented by Mr Adesewo Joseph, Regional Sales Manager, Lagos, said the company decided to reward Ugochukwu for giving out the little he had to help humanity.

“ This gesture is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR. Rite Foods Limited is opening a beautifully branded shop, painted, branded with a signage of his business name ‘Ugochukwu Ibere Stores.’ And the company is further starting him up in his business with tools such as deep freezer, generator, stabilizer, free 100 cartons of sausages and free 100 cases of drinks. This is in addition to paying the rent of the shop for two years”, Adegunwa said.

“ Aside our products being proudly Nigerian and truly worldclass, we are passionate about rewarding Nigerians who show exemplary feats such as Ugochukwu.

“ Mind you, this is not the first time we are doing such a gesture. We have other CSR projects we engage in. Again, this is not a one off stop event. This is a continuous effort.”

Ugochukwu told Sunday Vanguard during the event, “ If I was told that this will happen to me, I will not believe it. Now, I am a proud owner of not only a shop but also a warehouse.

“ I encourage everyone to give. You might not know where help will come.”

Speaking to Bella Naija after the story broke, last year, the Lagos hero, as he was tagged then, said, “A few years ago I worked as an apprentice in a cosmetics shop. I was supposed to receive a payment at the end of my term. But I was warned by other employees that the owner would find a reason not to pay me. He’d always invented reasons to fire his boys right before their payment.

“So I made the decision to quit. But when I told him, he dragged me to the police. He told them lies about me. He told them I’d stolen so much money. And they tortured me. They tied my hands and legs and they hung me from the ceiling. They beat me. I went deaf from all the slaps.

“ For ten days I was given no food. My fellow prisoners would share little bits of their meals.

“Honestly I was about to die. And I started to pray to God. On the tenth day, the guards decided that it would cause too much trouble to let me die. They told my employer: ‘After what we did to him, he must be innocent. Because he’d have confessed if he was guilty.’

“They released me into the world like a madman. And I’ve carried the memory ever since. I promised myself that if I ever found someone in a similar situation, I would help. So when I learned that prisoners pass down this road, I chose to hawk in this location. I waited until I finally saw the truck, and I pushed all my food through the bars. My fellow vendors couldn’t believe it. They asked me who would pay me for the food. I told them: ‘I didn’t do it for any man. I did it because of what God did for me.”

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Re-run: Tambuwal Of PDP Wins By A Narrow Margin |The Republican News

The Governor of Sokoto and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Aminu Tambuwal has recorded the highest votes in the Sokoto State governorship election after the end of collation polling a total of 512,002 from both the March 9 first ballot and yesterday’s supplementary elections.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ahmad Aliyu came very close behind polling a total of 511,661. Making him lose to his erstwhile principal with just 341votes.

Both Tambuwal and Aliyu were In the APC until Mr Tambuwal defected to the PDP where he ran for the party’s presidential ticket which he lost to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The results of all the local governments where supplementary elections were held in Sokoto have now been announced at the state collation centre.

A final declaration by INEC that Mr Tambuwal has won the election is expected any minute from now.   (Journalist101)

 

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Re-run: INEC Declares APC Winner Of Plateau Guber Poll |The Republican News

The governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The governor, who contested under the All Progressive Congress (APC), secured a second term mandate by defeating his opponent Jeremiah Useni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The state’s Returning Officer who is also the vice chancellor of Benue state University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Richard Kimbir, made the announcement on Sunday at exactly 4:00 a.m, at the Independent Electoral Commission Headquarters (INEC) in Jos Plateau state.

The electoral commission, INEC, had two weeks ago declared the state’s governorship election inconclusive as the margin of victory was less than the cancelled votes.

The supplementary elections were held on Saturday in 40 polling units across nine local governments.

While declaring the result, the returning officer said Mr Lalong having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner.

He polled 595,582 votes while Mr Useni scored 546,813 votes.

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) candidate, Jonathan Temlong, came third with 4,670 votes

Below are the details of the declared results.
PLATEAU STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION FINAL RESULT

TOTAL VALID VOTES: 1159954

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 1,176142

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES: 16188

ABP: 1071
AD: 229
ADC: 1627
ADP: 4,670
ANN: 2,273
APC: 595,582
APGA: 394
CAP: 31
DA: 61
DPC: 101
FRESH: 179
GPN: 428
JNPP: 120
LP: 178
MPN: 233
NRN: 538
PDC: 1317
PDP: 546,813
PPC: 1461
PPN: 115
PT: 63
SDP: 2382
UPC: 34
UPP: 54

(Premium Times)

 

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