Showing posts with label politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label politics. Show all posts

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Biafra:  Details Of Nnamdi Kanu meeting With UN Emerge

Biafra: Details Of Nnamdi Kanu meeting With UN Emerge

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, disclosed that issues concerning the Biafran people were before the various arms and agencies of the United Nations, adding that Biafra’s case would no longer be swept under the carpet.
Biafra: Details of Nnamdi Kanu meeting with UN emerge

The IPOB leader had led a delegation to a series of meetings with various UN agencies and officials at Geneva where he presented Biafra’s plight on Tuesday.

Emma Powerful, the IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Thursday, said Kanu’s emergence from the meeting was met with chants of the eulogy by a congregation of Biafrans.

Powerful disclosed that Kanu demanded urgent action against the numerous rights abuses inflicted daily upon Biafra agitators by the government of the day and the need to support the undeniable right of Biafrans to self-determination as enshrined in law, statute and various UN conventions.

The statement added, “Every issue concerning our people is now before the various arms and agencies of the United Nations. Our case will no longer be ignored.

The case of RUGA settlement was also raised and the august body was left in doubt that Biafrans will never allow Fulani terror settlements in Biafraland.

“Incessant killing of Biafrans in their own land by terrorist Fulani herdsmen, extortion and killing of Biafran motorcyclists and commercial drivers by the Nigerian army and police over refusal to give N50 bribery.”

It added that Kanu was accompanied by his deputy, Mazi Uche Mefor, Head of Directorate of State, Mazi Chika Edoziem and other top echelons of the struggle.

The Biafran leader raised the continued illegal detention of Omoleye Sowore, the relentless persecution of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Sheikh El-Zakzaky, among other issues.
Benue To Conduct LG Poll On Nov. 30

Benue To Conduct LG Poll On Nov. 30

Benue To Conduct LG Poll On Nov. 30

The Benue State Government said on Tuesday said that it plans to conduct election into local government councils in the state on Nov. 30.

Gov. Samuel Ortom made the announcement at the inauguration of the state Local Government Service Commission, the state Planning Commission and a member of the State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) in Makurdi.

The last local government poll was held in June 2017. The two years tenure expired in July 2019, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Meanwhile, the governor has appointed caretaker chairmen to the run the affairs of the councils before the election.

The governor said that the State Independent Electoral Commission had confirmed that it is ready to conduct the election on Nov. 30.

“I held a meeting with the state electoral commission; we agreed that tentatively, the local government election will hold in November.

“I am aware that the law requires the state to provide 40 per cent funds for the conduct of the election while the local councils provide the balance 60 per cent.

“We will ensure that the funds are made available for the exercise,’’ Ortom said.

He cautioned the service commission against use of federation allocation funds for overheads instead of executing projects.

“I want to know the exact staff strength of the local government councils. I also want to know the ghost workers in the local councils.

“If you go to Guma local council where I come from, you will see less than 20 people at the secretariat but the same council has over 900 staff in its payroll.

“Some people are working elsewhere but collect salaries as council staff. They are mechanics, business people, they don’t go to work but receive salaries monthly,’’ he said.
Buhari Never Forgives That's Why Oyo-Ita Was Sacked, Says Reno Omokri

Buhari Never Forgives That's Why Oyo-Ita Was Sacked, Says Reno Omokri

The only reason Oyo-Ita was sacked is because President Buhari never forgives - Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri has reacted to reports that President Buhari asked the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita to proceed on indefinite leave and has announced Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan as her acting successor.

According to Reno, 'the only reason this woman has been sacked is because General Buhari never forgives.

He had pencilled her for DISGRACE since the day her memo exposing Buhari as the man behind the recall and promotion of pension thief Maina, leaked'.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

South Africa Apologises To Nigeria Over Xenophobic Attacks

South Africa Apologises To Nigeria Over Xenophobic Attacks

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday apologised to Nigeria for the xenophobic attacks on its citizens.

The apology was tendered to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja, by the two special envoys the South African leader dispatched to Nigeria yesterday.

Addressing State House correspondents shortly after a closed- door meeting with the Nigerian president, Ramaphosa’s special envoy, Jeff Radebe said: “Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as a constitutional democracy in South Africa and the president has apologised for these incidents.”
Radebe, who blamed the untoward incidents on the prevailing scourge of unemployment, poverty, and inequality in South Africa, said the development was beginning to impact negatively on the country’s economy, hence the need for diplomatic intervention in order to stem the tide.
“There is an impact of these events on the economy, and that is why the president at his level deemed it necessary to send us as special envoys so that we record appropriately what steps and measures we are making as South Africa to deal with these methods.
“We believe that the agenda 2063 for the Africa we want is one that will help not only South Africa but the whole of the continent to unite around that common goal of ensuring that our people, especially young people, believe that the future of Africa is bright.
“It is the responsibility, therefore, not only of governments of Nigeria and South Africa but of ordinary citizens to play their part in ensuring, that these incidents do not reoccur.”
Radebe explained that the South African government was already on top of the situation with specific instructions to the security agencies to apprehend the culprits.
“He (Ramaphosa) has also instructed law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all those involved are brought to book so that the rule of law can prevail in South Africa.”
On the need to ensure that both countries continue to play a critical role in the rebuilding of Africa to attain the agenda 2063, the envoy said the meeting with President Buhari afforded them the opportunity to recall with fond memories the historical ties that existed between Nigeria and South Africa, especially during the dark days of apartheid.
“We always knew that the Nigerian people and their government always stood behind our leaders who were fighting against the obnoxious system of apartheid. Even Nigerian families contributed to making sure that apartheid is ended. Though Nigeria is far from South Africa, it was regarded as the frontline state because of the principled stand that all leaders of Nigeria made to end the system of apartheid.
“We also remember, among others, a head of state, Gen. Murtala Mohammed, who played a key role, and of course one of the founding fathers of the Nigerian nation, President Nnamdi Azikiwe.
“The crisis must serve as an opportunity for us to make sure that the scourge of unemployment, poverty, and inequality in the whole of Africa is attended to by our leaders.
“We also expressed the President Ramaphosa’s wish that when President Buhari would pay his state visit to South Africa on the 3rd of October, the bi-mission commission that exists between the two governments, and has now been elevated, will serve as a forum to address all issues of mutual concern about South Africa and Nigeria.”
On Nigeria’s insistence on compensation to the victims of the attacks, Radebe said: “During President Buhari’s state visit to South Africa, there will be detailed discussions which will be held there. I do understand that the issue of compensation, restitution is part of the agenda in the draft the Nigerian government has presented to South Africa.
“We should wait until October 3rd to see how that unfolds. But I can indicate, as a lawyer, that the South African laws require that all registered companies must have public insurance in terms of things of this nature. But like I said, that meeting will just be held.”

The special envoy said the law enforcement agencies were working day and night to apprehend all those involved in the unfortunate incidents.

“I’m told that more than 50 people have been arrested thus far. Let’s wait until the whole issue has been resolved. It is a security cluster led by the minister of defence as well as the minister of police that are working around the clock to make sure that all those that are alleged to be involved in these incidents are brought to book.”
On why it took South Africa so long to take steps against the menace since xenophobia is not a recent development, Radebe said: “This incident has been happening from time to time. I do recall recently that around 2008, it always coincided with periods when the economy is experiencing tough times in our country. As you know, we are still emerging from the system of apartheid, where the last unemployment rate was around 29 percent.
“It seems to us that some of these incidents occur in areas where there are poverty, unemployment, and fight for scarce resources. But no amount of hunger or hardship justifies the looting of property, killing of people, whether they are South Africans or foreigners. We regard that as an act of criminality.”

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said: ‘‘The Nigerian ambassador to South Africa has not been recalled but he has been asked to come just to help in giving a comprehensive picture of events there to President Buhari.”

A statement later issued yesterday by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari during the closed-door meeting, recalled the roles played by Nigeria in engendering majority rule in South Africa, a development which he said ended the apartheid segregationist policy.

“Going back to historical antecedents, we made great sacrifices for South Africa to become a free state. I was a junior officer to Gen. Murtala Muhammed, and Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. They were not operating in a democracy, but they got Nigerians to support them in the bid to seeing a free South Africa.
“Our leadership was quite committed to the cause. We made sacrifices, which younger people of today may not know. During my last visit to South Africa with the late President Robert Mugabe, it was very emotional, as Mugabe spoke about Nigeria’s contribution to free South Africa,” Buhari recalled.
He extended appreciation to President Ramaphosa, through the special envoy, “for coming to explain to us what happened in South Africa recently, leading to killing and displacement of foreigners.”
Buhari spoke yesterday as Obasanjo urged the affected countries to present their case to the African Union (AU). He also advised the affected countries to consider other measures if the attacks persisted.
Obasanjo, who responded to the xenophobic crisis through a letter to the President of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, yesterday, condemned the attacks and South African government’s inaction.

In the letter which was made available to journalists through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said: “For any African country to encourage or allow or not seriously sanction xenophobia against Africans in their country, is a great disservice not only to the country where xenophobia takes place and the countries of the victims concerned, but also a great disservice to the whole of Africa and black race.”
The former President declared that there was a “need for fence-mending, reconciliation, and wound-binding between South Africa and the countries whose citizens have been victims of xenophobia and Afrophobia in South Africa.”

Obasanjo suggested that the government of South Africa should send emissaries to the countries concerned “to explain, apologise and agree on the way forward for mutual understanding, accommodation, reconciliation, and binding the wound to promote unity, concord, and brotherhood in Africa.”

To him, however, “repatriation of Nigerians from South Africa is obviously not a permanent solution. At best, it is palliative. But the hurt will still remain for some time.” He kicked against reprisal attacks on South Africans, insisting that “revenge is neither a desirable solution.”

Also yesterday, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, described the xenophobic attacks as barbaric and inappropriate acts with disastrous humanitarian, socio-economic and diplomatic consequences.

According to him, the actions constitute real threats and serious issues which could stand as obstacle to the African integration agenda so dear to the ECOWAS parliament and to which it is resolutely committed.

The parliament called on the South African authorities to assume their responsibility by guaranteeing all foreign nationals in the country the right to life, physical integrity, and free movement.

Cisse Lo also called on all African States and the African Union to adopt diligent initiatives to restore peace and security and ensure a return to calm in South Africa and all other states.

“At the time of our session, serious events are taking place on our continent and should be given special attention. Indeed, in South Africa, in recent weeks, we have witnessed an upsurge in extremely violent xenophobic acts. These sad images of Africa, these painful events and the tensions they generate challenge us as elected representatives of our peoples. We are extremely concerned and deeply outraged,” he said.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in South Africa over xenophobic attacks continues today as additional 319 people are expected back home.

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who gave the update yesterday on the evacuation, stated that the returnees that had been profiled according to their states had over 30 children among them.

The second batch of Nigerian returnees will arrive in Lagos on board the Air Peace Boeing 777 flight.

The first batch arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) last week with 178 persons after alleged restriction by the host authorities. The “frustration” forced Air Peace to delay the second batch of evacuation, which was originally scheduled for a few hours after the arrival of the first batch.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, yesterday said all was set for another flight to South Africa.

Onyema confirmed that the special flight would leave Nigeria in the early hours of today and arrive at OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa, in the morning. The return leg is expected to begin by noon and to touch down Lagos by 7:00 p.m. today.
Buhari Replaces Embattled Oyo-Ita With Yemi-Esan, Ex-Hos To Face EFCC

Buhari Replaces Embattled Oyo-Ita With Yemi-Esan, Ex-Hos To Face EFCC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan as the acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.
Buhari Replaces Embattled Oyo-Ita With Yemi-Esan, Ex-Hos To Face EFCC
The decision has therefore put an end to the career of the current occupant of the seat, Winifred Oyo-Ita who had been in the eye of the storm over alleged N3bn bribery and falsification of duty tour allowance.

The President’s decision was conveyed in a statement on Wednesday by the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey.

The statement said Oyo-Ita had been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Bassey said, “Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by EFCC.”

The President also directed the OHCSF to commence the process for the selection of new permanent secretaries.
Buhari Replaces Embattled Oyo-Ita With Yemi-Esan, Ex-Hos To Face EFCC

Buhari Replaces Embattled Oyo-Ita With Yemi-Esan, Ex-Hos To Face EFCC

Buhari Replaces Embattled Oyo-Ita With Yemi-Esan, Ex-Hos To Face EFCC

Friday, September 13, 2019

President Buhari, Govs Ikpeazu, Bello, Abiodun, Others Depart Nigeria

President Buhari, Govs Ikpeazu, Bello, Abiodun, Others Depart Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Saturday to attend a one-day ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

President Buhari, Govs Ikpeazu, Bello, Abiodun, Others Depart Nigeria
President Buhari, Govs Ikpeazu, Bello, Abiodun, Others Depart Nigeria

Given the growing threat of terrorism in the sub-region, the West African leaders had called for the Summit to review different initiatives taken so far, and redefine the priority intervention areas to tackle the worrisome attacks in the area.

The decision to convene the Summit was reached at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja on June 29, 2019.

A statement on Friday by his Special Adviser, Femi Adesina, said that, “President Buhari recognises the imperative of collective actions in the fight against terrorism, and will continue to partner with ECOWAS member states and international organisations to address the menace - Dailypost reports

“In Ouagadougou, ECOWAS leaders are expected to adopt a priority action plan on counter-terrorism and put in place a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the measures adopted towards ensuring lasting peace in the sub-region.

“President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Abubakar Bello, Dapo Abiodun and Okezie Ikpeazu of Niger, Ogun and Abia States respectively; as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (retd).

“Also on the President’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, Maj-General Babagana Monguno (retd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

“The President is expected back in Abuja at the end of the Summit. “

Thursday, September 12, 2019

JUST IN: FG Approves $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano Rail Project

JUST IN: FG Approves $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano Rail Project

JUST IN: FG Approves $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano Rail Project
FG Approves $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano Rail Project

The Federal Government has given approval for the construction of the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano standard gauge rail line project.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this on Thursday at the third Maritime Stakeholders Interactive Forum.

Just yesterday, we got approval to complete the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano rail project. We have also applied for funding to commence coastal rail for the Port Harcourt to Warri segment,” Amaechi said.

According to a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja, the minister also revealed that the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, would be in charge of all maritime agencies, while he (Amaechi) would focus on the railway sector.

He said, “In my first term as minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the heads of agencies. This time, that won’t be happening again.

“I have instructed that the Minister of State for Transportation should personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just oversee what is happening.”

Amaechi said he had discussed issues on maritime safety with President Muhammadu Buhari and assured his listeners that by next year, the country will have a single window in the maritime sector.

He said, “There are two things I discussed with Mr. President that I will be focusing on in this second term as minister, and they are maritime security and the single window project.

“I have assured the government that by the end of 2020, we should have the single window at our maritime sector.

“On maritime security, I have told the Israeli firm HSLI that they are too slow. By now, they should have launched. I want to know the situation of things with the aspect of security on our maritime space.”

Ex-Indonesian President Habibie Dies At 83

Ex-Indonesian President Habibie Dies At 83

Former Indonesian president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie died on Wednesday after being treated in a Jakarta army hospital for a heart ailment.

Ex-Indonesian President Habibie Dies At 83
Habibie was 83 at the time of death.

“I on behalf of the people of Indonesia and the government would like to express my deep sorrow for the passing of Professor BJ Habibie.

“Mr Habibie was a world-class scientist, the father of Indonesian technological advancement and the third president of Indonesia,” President Joko Widodo told reporters.

His unpopular presidency was the shortest in modern Indonesia’s history, but was transformative.

Mr Habibie’s son, Mr Thareq Kemal Habibie, said Indonesia’s third president died on Wednesday (Sept 11) at Jakarta’s Gatot Subroto army hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for heart problems since Sept 1.

Habibie studied engineering and worked in Germany before he returned to Indonesia in 1976 to help build the country’s technology and industry sector under the government of then-president Suharto.

Habibie is credited with democratizing Indonesia after he took office as president to replace Suharto, who resigned under pressure in 1998 amid widespread unrest at the height of the Asian financial crisis.

Habibie served as president from May 1998 to Oct. 1999.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BREAKING: PEPT Dismiss Petition By Atiku Abubakar And PDP, Buhari Remains President!

BREAKING: PEPT Dismiss Petition By Atiku Abubakar And PDP, Buhari Remains President!

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday upheld the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election..
Breaking: PEPT Dismiss Petition By Atiku Abubakar And PDP, Buhari Remains President!

The tribunal dismissed the PDP petition challenging the President’s eligibility and integrity of the poll in its entirety..

Atiku had challenged the President’s re-election, citing election irregularities and non-compliance with the electoral act. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Buhari who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election after polling 15,191, 847 votes while the PDP candidate garnered 11, 262, 978 votes.

The five-man panel led by Justice Muhammad Garba ruled on several petitions relating to the presidential election.. Other members of the panel are – Justice Abdul Aboki  (Court of Appeal, Abuja), Justice Joseph Ikyegh (Court of Appeal, Benin), Samuel Oseji (Court of Appeal, Lagos) and Justice Peter Ige ( Court of Appeal, Abuja). In one of its rulings, the panel dismissed an application filed  by INEC seeking the disqualification of Atiku’s lead counsel, Livy Ozoukwu.

INEC had described Ozoukwu as a  “lawyer unknown to the judiciary.” The tribunal also agreed with the counsel to the President that it cannot adjudicate on the allegations that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo used unappropriated government’s funds to induce voters. Justice Garba, who read the lead judgement, held that President Buhari ” is  eminently qualified”  to contest the 2019 presidential election.. Citing a previous Supreme Court judgment, he said: “Submission of educational certificate is not a requirement for qualification to contest election for governor under section 177 of the Constitution. “It is established that a candidate is not required under the Electoral Act to attach his certificate to his Form CF001 before a candidate is adjudged to have the requisite qualification to contest the election. “In effect, the 2nd defendant went through secondary education and then proceeded to military school.

The military school is higher than secondary education. “”Thus our conclusion is that Buhari is not only qualified but eminently qualified to contest the presidential election.” “The onus rests squarely on the petitioners to prove their assertion that the 2nd respondent does not possess the educational qualification to contest the election or that he submitted false information which is fundamental in nature to aid his qualification. This I have mentioned that the petitioners failed to prove. The petitioners cannot, therefore, rely on any failure in the case. “I come to the conclusion and I resolve issues 1 and 2 against the petitioners. ““I have no doubt in my mind that the petitioners have failed to prove that the second respondent does not possess the qualification to contest the election into the office of the President as stipulated in section 131, 137, 138 of the Constitution. I am also of the firm view that the petitioners have failed to prove that the second respondent submitted false information which is fundamental in nature to aid his qualification to contest the election into the Office of the President as prescribed in section 35(1) of the Evidence Act, 2011.”

The tribunal also dismissed the PDP claim on central server and electronic transmission of results. The panel insisted that manual provided by INEC did not provide for electronic transmission of results. Justice Garba added: “These claims cannot be countenanced because they lack worth.

“Based on the available evidence, it is clear that the results were collated manually. “The evidence and report of witness 59 of the petitioners (PW59), cannot be relied on that there was indeed INEC server or servers, as the case may be, into which the results of the presidential election were transmitted.

“Card reader machine has not replaced the voter register. A petitioner must rely on the card reader to prove non-accreditation or over voting.. ” “I have carefully examined and examined Exhibit 28 (INEC Manual for Election) tendered by the petitioners, I did not see where there is provision for electronic transmission of result of election..”

“The petitioners have therefore failed to prove that the second respondent (President Buhari) did not score a majority of lawful votes in the election. ” This matter (issue 3) is hereby resolved against the petitioners.” The tribunal also quashed the allegation of malpractices during the election. After resolving all the issues in favour of the respondents, the panel held that President Buhari was duly re-elected in the country’s last presidential election.
VANGUARD reports
Atiku Vs Buhari: Key Decisions Reached In The Main Judgment So Far

Atiku Vs Buhari: Key Decisions Reached In The Main Judgment So Far

Atiku Vs Buhari: Key Decisions Reached In The Main Judgment So Far

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja is delivering judgement in the case instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

Below are some of the key decisions reached in the main judgment so far:

1. President Muhammadu Buhari was eminently qualified to contest the Feb. 23, 2019 presidential election

2. Buhari did not give information in an affidavit submitted to INEC concerning his academic qualification

3. The manual for the election issued by INEC did not provide for electronic transmission of results of the election

4. Petitioners failed to prove that election results were transmitted electronically.

5. Petitioners’ Witness 59, who was brought from Kenya, failed to prove that there was an INEC server.

6. PW59 relied on hearsay information about the said INEC server posted on a website, by a purpported whistleblower who was never known.

7. Card reader machine was not used to transmit results during the election but for mere authentication of authentication ownership of voter cards.

8. Petitioners merely dumped documents particularly electoral materials on the tribunal without demonstrating them by tying the evidence of any of their 62 witnesses to the documents in their bid to prove the allegations in their petition

6th Ruling : Atiku Wins Again, ”He Is Nigerian Tribunal Rules….’

6th Ruling : Atiku Wins Again, ”He Is Nigerian Tribunal Rules….’

6th Ruling : Atiku Wins Again, ”He Is Nigerian Tribunal Rules….’
Judgement Day: Tribunal Strikes Out Atiku’s Petition Indicting Security Agencies    
In its 6th ruling on Wednesday, the court said its power does not include determining the qualification of a petitioner in an election dispute.

It said its powers was to determine whether a person elected to the office of the President was validly elected and not to query the qualification of the petitioners to have contested the election, whose outcome was being queried.
Atiku Vs Buhari: Four Key Decisions Reached In The Rulings Delivered So Far 
The court said the APC ought to have filed a cross-petition if it sought to challenge the qualification of the 1st petitioner (Atiku) to have contested the election.
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Judgement Day: Tribunal Strikes Out Atiku’s Petition Indicting Security Agencies

Judgement Day: Tribunal Strikes Out Atiku’s Petition Indicting Security Agencies

The Justice Mohammed Garba-led panel dismissed a motion dated April 25, which the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, filed to challenge the competence of the petition that was lodged by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Judgement Day: Tribunal Strikes Out Atiku’s Petition Indicting Security Agencies

INEC had relied on Paragraphs 4(5) and 53(5) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act and urged the tribunal to strike out the list of witnesses and evidence that were attached to Atiku’s petition, insisting that it was not validly signed by a legal practitioner. It contended that the name on the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, seal that Atiku’s lawyer, Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, affixed on the petition dated March 18, deferred with the name he filled in the Supreme Court roll for lawyers.

However, the tribunal said it was satisfied that Atiku’s lawyer was validly called to the Nigerian Bar.
It held that INEC failed to controvert affidavit evidence by Uzoukwu to the effect that he was called to the Bar in 1982, served as the Attorney General of Imo State between 1994 and 1996, and was conferred the SAN rank in 1999. Likewise, the tribunal dismissed INEC’s contention that it lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the aspect of the petition alleging that President Buhari supplied false information regarding his educational qualifications.

It held that contrary to INEC’s argument,  such issue could be effectively ventilated before an election tribunal, stressing that it does not fall within pre-election matters listed under section 285(14) of the 1999 constitution.

The tribunal held that since it could be litigated before it, it was therefore not caught by the statute of limitation that made it mandatory that such issue could only be challenged within 14 days after President Buhari tendered his Form CF001 to INEC.

Nevertheless, the tribunal agreed with INEC and struck out several paragraphs of the petition it said contained allegations against agencies and individuals that were not joined as parties in the matter.

It held that the paragraphs were liable to be struck out since it contained serious allegations of crime, corrupt practices, violence, unlawful interference in the electoral process, made against those that could not defend themselves.

“The court cannot make pronouncements against such persons in violation of their right to a fair hearing under section 36 of the 1999 constitution.
“The motion, therefore, succeeds only in part. Prayer 7 and 8 are accordingly granted”, the tribunal held.

IMN Alleges 15 Shi’ites Killed, Police Say 64 Arrested

IMN Alleges 15 Shi’ites Killed, Police Say 64 Arrested

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Tuesday said   15 of its members were killed across the country by the police while observing the Ashura procession.
The IMN stated that its members were allegedly killed during the procession in Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina states.
 The President of the IMN Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, explained in a statement that three Shi’ites were allegedly killed in Kaduna and 10 injured, while three others were  killed in Azare, Bauchi State.
IMN Alleges 15 Shi’ites Killed, Police Say 64 Arrested

 He said, “At least, three people were confirmed killed by the police in Kaduna and 10 others injured, some fatally, when thousands of Muslim brothers and sisters trooped out in the early hours of Tuesday commemorating the tragic events of Ashura.
“In Bauchi,  three persons were killed during the Ashura procession when the police attacked the mourners. Likewise, three others were killed by the police in Azare, also in Bauchi State. Another three persons were killed by the police in Gombe, Gombe State.”

The statement further said one person was reportedly killed in Illela, while another individual was killed in Goronyo, both in Sokoto State.

It added that an IMN member was also murdered in Malumfashi, Katsina State, noting that several people sustained bullet wounds when the police allegedly shot the mourners, “not only during the procession, but afterwards as the well armed policemen attempted to forcibly make their way into the Islamic centre of the movement.”
The sect said the figures could rise due to the fatal gunshot wounds sustained by some mourners.
It stated that the procession was peaceful in Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna, Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu, Hadejia and Potiskum.

“That the mourning procession ended peacefully in places not attacked by the police is sufficient evidence as to who the instigators of violence are whenever we are carrying out our legitimate religious duties,” Musa said.

The force spokesman, Frank Mba, declined to comment, saying inquiries about the alleged attacks should be directed to the public relations officers of the respective commands where the incidents occurred.

Only non-IMN members free to observe Ashura mourning ritual – Police

But later on Tuesday, The Nigeria Police Force said  Muslims in the country were free to observe the Ashura mourning procession, adding that its ban only applied to the proscribed IMN.

Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. It marks the day that Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, was martyred in the Battle of Karbala.

Mba said those marking the religious ceremony should, however, do so within the confines of the law.
He said in a statement,  “Muslims marking the commemoration of Ashura throughout the country along with other Muslims across the world are free to carry out the annual Ashura procession.
“They should, however, do so within the confines of the law and guard against infiltration by unscrupulous elements who may want to take advantage of the event to cause disruption of public peace, order and security.
Mba explained that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had directed all commissioners of police and their respective supervisory assistant inspectors-general of police in commands and zones to give “full effect to the above clarifications and ensure that non-IMN Muslims are not in any way restricted from exercising their freedom of religion, worship and peaceful assembly.”

He said  the IG had enjoined members of the public to be calm and go about their business “as the force is doing all within its capacity to ensure there is no breach of the peace, law and order anywhere in the country.”

We dispersed hoodlums, nobody was killed – Kaduna command

But in Kaduna State,  Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo,  said nobody was killed in the IMN event. He described the claim by IMN  as “a blatant lie.”

The spokesman told one of our correspondents on the telephone that the police dispersed Shi’ites mourners successfully.

He added that the IMN had been proscribed and that it would not be’ allowed to observe any procession.
Sabo said,  “It’s a blatant lie. The police didn’t kill anybody.  Police only dispersed some hoodlums that were sighted along Bakin-Ruwa, staging a protest.
“If you remember, we came out with a warning yesterday that the  IMN had been proscribed both by the federal and the Kaduna State governments.
“So, when we received information that they were going to stage a protest today (Tuesday), we warned them not to come out because police would not allow anybody under any guise to stage any protest.

“But some of them refused to heed  the warning. We received information this morning that some  of them were sighted along Bakin Ruwa and our men went and dispersed them successfully.

“There was no report of any casualties. That was what they had been looking for ;  to come out and when police dispersed them, they would be making frivolous claims. It has been their tradition.”

Meanwhile, there was tension in the state capital over the Ashura processions as residents feared a clash between  the IMN and the police was imminent.

Our correspondent who went round the city observed that at about 9.50am a police truck was  at the Katsina Road roundabout.
Also at the Leventis Roundabout, four operational vehicles of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force and the state security outfit code-named Operation Yaki were there.

Though there was a free flow of traffic,  few commercial vehicles were on the road.   Commercial activities were also low as few shops were  opened.

We arrested 28 Shi’ites in Bauchi – Police

In Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital, there was tension as many scampered for safety when the police and Shi’ites clashed.

The clash occurred at about 10am at the Central Market Roundabout and Tashan Babiye areas of Bauchi.

The police fired canisters of tear gas to disperse the protesters even as guns were also said to have been fired by the police causing people to scamper for safety. Most shops in the  Central Market were shut as traders ran for their lives.

An eyewitness,  who spoke to The our source on condition of  anonymity, said, “Early in the morning, the Shi’ites gathered to embark on their usual procession, but the police blocked the road and fired teargas to disperse them.”

Another eyewitness and Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Bauchi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Mallam-Goje, told The PUNCH  correspondent that he affected by the teargas canisters that were fired by the police around Tashan Babiye and Bakin Kura area.

“Actually, I came out from my house and was on my way to the office this morning when I saw members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria who were carrying out their procession,” she said

The state police command said that it had arrested 28 members of the IMN in Bauchi.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state,  Kamal Abubakar, said that the police had warned the Shi’ites not to come out for their procession, but they defied the order.

He said that only “minimal force” was used to disperse the protesters even as he said there was no record of any casualty from the clash.

Abubakar said, “Prior to this day and to ensure that the relative peace being enjoyed in the state was maintained, we asked the traditional rulers to warn the Shi’ites not to come out for this procession today, but they defied the advice of the traditional rulers and came out.”

Asked to comment on reports that police fired bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse the Shi’ites, the PPRO  said, “All I can tell you is that we arrested 28 people and it was a minimal  force that was used. And when I say minimal force it doesn’t mean that bullets were used.”

Kano Shi’ites stay indoors

In Kano,  many members of the IMN stayed indoors.  A few sect members were seen at Kurna Asabe in Kano, but  when they saw policemen, they fled.

A member of the IMN in Kano, who spoke with journalists, on condition of anonymity, said, “We came out, as early as 6am and concluded our activities within few minutes so as to avoid casualties.’’

In Katsina,  there were few  commercial activities around the residence of  the state leader of   the IMN, Mallam Yakubu Katsina,   as residents and shop owners in the area were afraid of a likely clash between members of the sect and the police.

But the majority of members of the sect, however, observed the annual Ashura celebration in their individual homes .

Katsina himself said, “We did not plan to disrupt the peace in the state. We only went out to observe our procession and prayed for peace to reign in the country, unknown to us they (security agents) had a plan against us”

Police patrol teams were also seen on major streets in Katsina, including Kofar Kaora,  Sabo Kasuwa Sabo line and Kofar Marusa.

Trading in  the nearby Kofar Marusa market was also low  as many shop  owners did not open for business until about 4pm.

Katsina police arrest 36 members

The state police command on Tuesday evening said it had arrested 36 members of the IMN. The command said the arrests were made in Katsina, Malumfashi and Dutsinma.

A statement by the command’s spokesman,  Gambo Isah, stated that an unnamed police officer was ‘seriously injured’ by members of the group in the Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.

The statement stated, ”In compliance with the Federal Government directives on the proscription of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the Katsina State Police Command has put in place stringent security measures to deal decisively with the defiant members of the proscribed group .
“The command will not fold its arms and watch  violent  protests being carried out by the  group. Consequently, the command has succeeded in arresting 36 members of the proscribed El-Zakzaki- led IMN embarking on a protest in furtherance of terrorism. One police officer was seriously injured by the group at the Malumfashi LGA. Suspects will be arraigned  immediately investigations are completed.”

Atiku Vs Buhari: Four Key Decisions Reached In The Rulings Delivered So Far

Atiku Vs Buhari: Four Key Decisions Reached In The Rulings Delivered So Far

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Wednesday, delivered some rulings in some applications that had been brought by parties to the petition.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Wednesday, delivered some rulings in some applications that had been brought by parties to the petition.

Below are some of the four key decisions that the Tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba have delivered:

1.  Vice-presidential candidate not a necessary party in election. Petitions are not incompetent because VicePresident Yemi Osinbajo was not joined as a party to the petition.

2. Petitioners’ lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), has his name of the roll of lawyers who can practise in Nigeria. So all the documents filed and signed by him in respect of the petition are validly filed.

3. Non-qualification of Atiku to contest on the grounds that he is a Cameroonian alleged by the respondents could not be brought up in the reply to the petition. Buhari ought to have filed it as a cross-petition

4. Allegations of the petitioners that security agencies were used to rig elections are incompetent because the individuals and intitutions accused were not joined.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

BREAKING: Buhari, IGP, NSA, NIA DG In Closed Door Meeting In Aso Rock

BREAKING: Buhari, IGP, NSA, NIA DG In Closed Door Meeting In Aso Rock

BREAKING: Buhari, IGP, NSA, NIA DG Meet In Aso Rock

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors with the heads of some security agencies.

The meeting was held at the President’s office, in Abuja.

At the meeting were the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai-Abubakar.

The meeting, according to sources, may not be unconnected with security situation in the country and the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

The DG of NIA, who led the President’s special envoy to South Africa over the xenophobic attacks, had submitted his report - Thenationonlineng reports
Atiku Vs Buhari: More Collision As Tribunal Delivers Judgement Wednesday

Atiku Vs Buhari: More Collision As Tribunal Delivers Judgement Wednesday

Atiku Vs Buhari: More Collision As Tribunal Delivers Judgement Wednesday

There is an undeniable tension, as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has fixed Wednesday to deliver judgement on the petition seeking to nullify President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

The Justice Mohammed Garba-led five member panel tribunal had on August 21, reserved its verdict on the petition the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lodged to challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential election that was declared in favour of President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The tribunal is mandated under section134 (1) to (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010, to determine the petition that was filed on March 18, within 180 days. The constitutionlly stipulated timeframe was due to elapse on Saturday, September 14, a development that fuelled speculations that the verdict could be delivered on Friday. However, lawyers in the matter, on Tuesday, confirmed to Vanguard that the tribunal has notified all the parties that the judgement day is on Wednesday. It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on February 27, declared that Buhari won the presidential contest with 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, who it said polled a total of 11,262,978 votes.

However, in their joint petition marked CA/PEPC/002/2019, Atiku and his party, insisted that data they secured from INEC’s server, revealed that contrary to the result that was announced, they defeated President Buhari with over 1.6million votes The petitioners maintained that proper collation and summation of the presidential election results would show that contrary to what INEC declared, Atiku, garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes, ahead of Buhari who they said got a total of 16,741,430 votes.

They alleged that INEC had at various stages of the election, unlawful allocated votes to President Buhari, insisting that the announced result did not represent the lawful valid votes cast. Atiku and PDP further alleged that in some states, INEC deducted lawful votes that accrued to him, in its bid to ensure that Buhari was returned back to office.

Aside challenging the outcome of the election in 11 states of the federation, the petitioners, alleged that President Buhari lied about his educational qualifications in the Form CF 001 he submitted to INEC to contest the presidential poll.

Meanwhile, though the petitioners initially said they would produce 400 witnesses to prove their case, they however closed their case on July 19 after they called a total of 62 witnesses and tendered over 40,000 documents. The petitioners, through their witnesses that comprised of Information Technology Experts and Polling/Collation Agents, insisted before the tribunal that result of the presidential election was electronically transmitted to a central server, using the Smart Card Reader Machines.

Even though INEC which was sued as the 1st Respondent, failed to call any witness, it vehemently refuted the claim that results were electronically transmitted. The electoral body told the tribunal that the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the Electoral Act, only made provision for manual collation of results using the Form EC8 Series. INEC said it decided not to call witnesses in the matter having realised that the petitioners presented a very bad case. It argued that the petitioners failed to by way of credible evidence, prove beyond doubt that the election was allegedly rigged against them in 11 states of the federation.

 On his part, President Buhari who is the 2nd Respondent, on August 1, closed his defence after he produced seven witnesses that testified before the tribunal. Through his witnesses, President Buhari maintained that he validly won the presidential election, even as he tendered a Cambridge Assessment International Certified Statement of West African School Certificate issued in 1961, as well as photographs he took with his classmates in Katsina Provincial Secondary School, to prove that he has the requisite educational qualification.

Nevertheless, while adopting his final brief of argument, President Buhari, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun,  SAN, argued that no law in the country stipulated that he must produce his certificates to prove his eligibility to contest the presidential election. He contended that the 1999 Constitution, as amended, only required him to be educated. President Buhari therefore urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition as grossly lacking in merit and substance. Similarly, the APC which is the 3rd Respondent, sought the dismissal of the petition, even though it did not call any witness.

The APC argued that the petitioners failed to call sufficient witnesses, especially Polling Unit Agents and Voters, to prove alleged electoral malpractices and non-compliance with the Electoral Act across the federation. The party further argued that Atiku did not disprove the allegation that he was not eligible to contest the election in view of the fact that he was originally from Cameroon and not a Nigerian by birth. Nonetheless, the petitioners, through their lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, urged the tribunal to hold that they successfully made out case to warrant Buhari’s sack.

 Uzoukwu said it was absurd for INEC to claim that it does not have an electronic storage device it kept data from the last presidential election. Aside pointing out discrepancy in the name on the Cambridge certificate Buhari tendered before the tribunal which bore the name ‘Mohamed’ instead of ‘Muhammadu’, the petitioners noted that witnesses and the military board, denied that Buhari’s set in the Army were ever asked to surrender their certificates for safe keeping. Specifically, the petitioners are seeking the following reliefs: “That it may be determined that the 2nd Respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast in the said election and therefore the declaration and return of the 2nd Respondent by the 1st Respondent as the President of Nigeria is unlawful, undue, null, void and of no effect.

“That it may be determined that the 1st Petitioner (Atiku) was duly and validly elected and ought to be returned as President of Nigeria, having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast at the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on 23rd February 2019 and having satisfied the constitutional requirements for the said election. “An order directing the 1st Respondent (INEC) to issue Certificate of Return to the 1st Petitioner as the duly elected President of Nigeria.

“That it may be determined that the 2nd Respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election. “That it may be determined that the 2nd Respondent submitted to the Commission affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election”. In the alternative, “That the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on 23rd February 2019 be nullified and a fresh election ordered”. In his preliminary objection however, President Buhari argued that every aspect of the petition grounded on or relating to electronic data purportedly retrieved or downloaded from INEC’s server were liable to be struck out, “same being incompetent and not rooted in any existing legislation”.

He said: “That there were no incidences of corrupt practices at the election of 23rd  February, 20l9, as alleged by the Petitioners; and that the declaration and return of the respondent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is valid and in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act, and all other Laws, Rules, Guidelines and Regulations, regulating the election. “That the election of the respondent as the elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is valid and was conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

“Contrary to paragraph 17 of the petition, the respondent states that the petitioners scored a total of 11,262,978 votes, trailing far behind the respondent who scored a total of 15,191,847 votes, with a margin of 3.328.869 votes”. Contending that he validly earned the number of votes that were credited to him by INEC, Buhari, said there was “nothing affecting the integrity of the election as there was nothing untoward on the Form ECBDM and no calculation errors can he revealed by any genuine forensic examination or statistical analysis in respect of the election”.

“The 1st respondent was duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election to the office of the President, and  shall at the trial, rely on [NBC FORMS 3C8 MA) and ECBE, issued by the 1st respondent at the election. “The respondent further states that he did not only score majority of lawful votes cast at the election into the office of President of Nigeria at the election of 23rd February, 2019, convincingly, but also had/has the requisite constitutional spread of one-quater of the total number of votes cast in more than two-thirds of the States of the Federation”, President Buhari argued.

JUST IN: Shi'ites Snubs Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3 Killed[photos]

JUST IN: Shi'ites Snubs Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3 Killed[photos]

What appears to be a cat and mouse game between security agents and members of the Islamic Movement Of Nigeria ( IMN ), is currently going in Abuja as Shiites have embarked on its planned massive protest in Abuja.

Photos: Shiites Defy Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3Killed

The protest which kicked off at the National Mosque on Friday despite the heavy security presence.

The security agents were stationed to barricade the perimeter of the mosque in the hope that it will disrupt the protest.
Photos: Shiites Defy Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3Killed

Armed policemen who have been keeping vigil around the mosque got more than what they bargained for when a mammoth crowd of the members of the group disembarked from vehicles from different directions.

The protesters were chanting anti-government songs calling President Muhammadu Buhari unprintable names.
Photos: Shiites Defy Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3Killed

The placard-carrying protesters who divided themselves into different groups are currently heading toward the popular Wuse Market where the flags of the United States of America (USA) and Israel will be burnt.

Photo credit: Saharareporters media
Source: Saharareporters/Legit
Sowore: Judge, Lawyer Exchange Words In Court

Sowore: Judge, Lawyer Exchange Words In Court

Sowore: Judge, Lawyer Exchange Words In Court
A Federal High Court judge in Abuja, Justice Nkeonye Maha, on Monday accused a lawyer, Abubakar Marshal, representing pro-democracy activist and convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, of disrupting her court session.

Marshal, who is a member of the team from the chamber of Femi Falana, had approached the judge in the open court shortly before the commencement of proceedings.

He called the attention of the judge to the fact that Sowore’s case file had not been returned back to Justice Taiwo Taiwo one week after Maha excused herself from hearing the matter.

But in her reaction, the judge accused the lawyer of grandstanding and disrupting her court session.

Maha said, “This is administrative, it is not a reason for you to disturb my court. Don't disturb my court over such matters again.

“Please journalists, know what you report, I have no hand in the matter again.”
Unfazed by that accusation, Marshal told the court that it was better for him to approach the judge in the open to avoid any misconception.

He demanded for the case file be taken back to Justice Taiwo, who have since resumed from vacation, for hearing to resume.

Recall that on August 28, Maha had declined to hear Sowore’s appeal over his continued detention of the Department of State Services by claiming that she did not have the jurisdiction to review the decision by Justice Taiwo, who granted an ex-parte order to the DSS to keep the activist for 45 days.

Sowore, through his lawyers, argued that the court breached his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights by approving that order for the DSS.

He was arrested in Lagos on August 3 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets and express their frustration at the poor state of governance in the country.

Despite calls for his release from across the globe, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to hold on to him.

Monday, September 9, 2019

"We Can Not So Soon Forget What Obasanjo, Others Did For Us"  Says IFP Founder, Buthelezi

"We Can Not So Soon Forget What Obasanjo, Others Did For Us" Says IFP Founder, Buthelezi

We Can Not So Soon Forget What Obasanjo, Others Did For Us  Says IFP Founder, Buthelezi

Mr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi - Inkatha Freedom Party founder and traditional prime minister to the Zulu nation has said that South Africans dare not forget or disregard the sacrifices made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other African leaders for the nation’s independence.

Buthelezi said this on Sunday in Johannesburg while condemning xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.

In a transcript of Buthelezi's speech shared, highlighted the role, Nigeria played in ensuring that the country gained independence - SowetanLive Reports

He also praised former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s role and asked if the xenophobic attacks were the best way to pay back the “huge risks African countries like Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania took on our behalf?”

Buthelezi said, “We dare not forget or disregard all that was done for us by African leaders like His Excellency President Olusegun Obasanjo. As a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, General Obasanjo revealed to the world the real conditions of our people under apartheid. He supported us in our stand against the regime’s plan to deprive us of our citizenship.

“In fact, on the very day that Transkei took so-called independence, President Obasanjo arranged for me and my wife to be in Nigeria so that I could avoid attending Transkei’s independence ceremony. General Obasanjo invited me to Nigeria again this year, where I delivered a lecture in celebration of his 82nd birthday.

“This is one of the giants of Africa. What are we doing to his people?”

During Buthelezi’s speech on Sunday, the mob walked out on him, while chanting, “foreigners must go back to where they came from.”

The resulting violence led to the death of one person.

Elections Tribunal Declares PDP Senator Nwaoboshi Rightful Winner

Elections Tribunal Declares PDP Senator Nwaoboshi Rightful Winner

The National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Asaba, Delta State capital has dismissed the petition filed by Doris Uboh of the All Progressives Congress (APC), against Senator Nwaoboshi.
Elections Tribunal Declares PDP Senator Nwaoboshi Rightful Winner

The Tribunal upheld the election of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring him the rightful winner of the Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

It was made known that Senator Nwaoboshi polled over 180,000 votes in the election held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 while Uboh scored about 30,000 votes - ThisDay

Uboh then approached the Tribunal, claiming that Nwaoboshi should not have won.

The tribunal said the petition stood dismissed for being statute barred and lacking in merit.

The ruling was handed down by chairman of the three-man panel, Justice E.I. Ngene, who held that there was merit in the objection raised by Senator Nwaoboshi against the competence of the petition and jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain it having been filed outside the time provided for by law.

Justice Ngene noted that none of the allegations of malpractices made by the petitioner was substantiated or proved beyond any reasonable doubt.

The tribunal also said that the petition was vague, ambiguous and therefore lacked merit.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that the Governorship, National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Sokoto has dismissed the petition of Sen. Ahmad Maccido.

Sen. Maccido who contested for the Sokoto Central Senatorial District under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during the 2019 general election but lost, had challenged the winner of the election, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Maccido approached the tribunal alleging that the election was marred by irregularities and non-compliance with laws.

In his judgment, Justice Peter Akhihiero, held that the petitioner was unable to discharge the burden of proof with satisfactory evidence.