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Supreme Court dismisses suit challenging Wike’s illegibility to contest poll

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State from contesting in the last governorship election.

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, led the five-man panel of the apex court which unanimously held on Monday that the notice of appeal filed before the Court of Appeal by the plaintiff, Elvis Chinda, who initiated the suit before the Federal High Court,  was incompetent.

The plaintiff’s prayer that Wike be disqualified was anchored on an allegation that the governor forged the statutory declaration of age he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 governorship election.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had in its March 8, 2019 judgment held that Chinda not only failed to prove the allegation, but the suit had become statute-barred because it was filed outside the time stipulated by law.

Chinda had subsequently filed an appeal against the judgment but was said to have wrongly addressed it to the ‘Federal High Court’ instead of the ‘Court of Appeal.’

He later applied to the Court of Appeal for amendment of the notice of appeal to reflect the name of the Court of Appeal.

But Wike, dissatisfied with the development, appealed to the Supreme Court contending that the amendment granted by the Court of Appeal was illegal as he contended that it violated Paragraph 14(2) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act.

In the lead judgment of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola,  who prepared the lead judgments on the two appeals, the apex court upheld Wike’s case and ruled that the amendment of the notice of appeal by the Court of Appeal was illegal.

The judgment was read on his behalf by another member of the panel, Justice Paul Galinje.

Lawan on senate presidency: I’m not leaving anyone behind

The majority leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says he’s talking to every senator-elect in the 9th Assembly in his bid for the Senate Presidency of the 9th Assembly

He was speaking as a guest at the NAN forum on Thursday in Abuja, Lawan, who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC), promised not to let his colleagues down if elected.

The senator has been endorsed by the leadership of the APC as well as President Muhammadu Buhari but that did not stop two of his colleagues in the north-east – Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje – from also joining the race.

But Lawan said he is not worried having opposition from his own region. The senate leader is from Yobe state.

“In fact, APC senators, almost everyone is on this project and we have sat and spoken and talked one-on-one,” he said.

“So many PDP senators are in support of this project. In fact, YPP is fully on board, Sen. Ifeanyi Uba from Anambra. And we believe that this is the way to go.

“We are going from door to door; we are talking to all the senators-elect. We talk to the APC senators, PDP senators and YPP senator, believing that we are going to work with them.

”I want to assure everyone very seriously because it is a burden that my party feels I can carry. By the grace of God and with the support of my colleagues in the APC, PDP and YPP in the Senate, we should be able to deliver that burden very well.

“I have no hard feelings against my brothers from the north east contesting. What the party and the leaders did was to say I have been recommended or I have been endorsed.

”That is a preference; that the party has a preference is not to say that others cannot do the job. But definitely, the party, our leaders have some reasons why they think we are most suitable for this job.”

He added if elected, the senate would ensure that public funds are judiciously utilised through its oversight function.

According to him, “we want to see public funds being properly applied and deployed, we want to see less of embezzlement or no embezzlement of public funds.

“This is because sometimes not the quantum of funds that you have but how you are able to ensure proper and prudent deployment of those resources that matters. We had so much resources in the past but bulk of those resources were embezzled.

We’re set to work with Wike –Amaechi’s APC faction

All Progressives Congress (APC) faction loyal to Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has accepted to work with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Speaking on behalf of elected and appointed members of APC at the factional party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, Senator Andrew Uchendu, said they were ready to work with Governor Wike for the progress of the state.

Governor Wike had, on April 17, during a broadcast after he received his certificate of return, extended his hand of fellowship to Rivers people, including all political parties, which have been engaged in the struggle for power to guarantee a better life for the people of the state.

Uchendu said there was no need to continue political fight, while the state needs development, adding that, if Rivers people could come together, insecurity would be nipped in the bud.

The APC chieftain commended Wike for the call for collaboration for peaceful Rivers State, noting that their leader and the immediate past governor, Amaechi, has also accepted the call for friendship, in the interest of the development and peaceful co-existence.

“About two weeks have passed since this broadcast was made and as stakeholders in the Rivers project, we have waited with bated breath in the hope that we would see deliberate actions arising from that broadcast geared towards rebuilding our state and restoring the dignity of every Rivers person.

“We believe Governor Wike is sincere in this initiative. It is for this reason we want to commend Governor Wike’s call for collaboration and peaceful co-existence.

“Happily enough, Amaechi, in his Easter message re-echoed Governor Wike’s position on the fact that Rivers State has suffered enough and that every true son and daughter should be prepared to make the necessary sacrifice for the return of peace in our land.

“We hope his clarion call is one that should signal the end of politicking and the beginning of governance. It is our considered opinion that Rivers people must now become the centre of all politics and governance.

“We cannot continue to toy with the lives of our people or take them for granted any longer. A key indicator of good governance is the return of peace and security in the state,” he said.

Reacting to the APC faction’s acceptance to work with the government, Mr. Emma Okah, Commissioner for Informationa, said it was a welcome devlopment.
He said the Rivers State government has always wanted to work with everybody and has been extending the olive branch towards this end.

“In 2015, we asked them to work with us. They didn’t accept it. This year again, we did. That they have accepted is a welcome devlopment. We hope they will match their promise witb good intention and positive action for the progress of Rivers State.”

Meanwhile, the APC has urged the governor to concentrate more on insecurity and called for strategic approach to tackle the menace for development to thrive.

“Thankfully, Governor Wike can draw from the experience of his predecessor, Amaechi, who inherited a state that was plagued by massive insecurity and infrastructural decay.”

Last PDP member in Lagos State House of Assembly defects to APC

The last member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu Monday at plenary formally defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The letter to this effect was read at the plenary by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni.

In the letter which was titled, “Letter of defection from PDP to APC,” the lawmaker apologized for his late defection, saying “I sincerely apologize that the defection is coming now. I ask for mercy.”

Olorunrinu who is representing Amuwo Odofin I, stated that he had now seen reasons to join his other colleagues from PDP who had dumped the party for APC, saying “As a young progressives minded politician, I realign with APC.”

He expressed delight over the leadership qualities of the National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and a senior member of the House who is a Senator-elect, Hon. Sikiru Osinowo.

In his comments on the floor, Olorunrinu who requested for a handshake from the Speaker as it was done in the past said; “Once upon a time, we had eight of us from PDP in 2015, I said to myself I must join the progressives.”

He described PDP as a party that lacks structure and vision, adding that “I said to myself I must join the progressives who are in the ruling party, APC.

“I decided to align with APC being the winning train and party that will take Lagos to the next level, I also thank the leadership of the House for providing me with all the tools to work for greater development of my people despite being in opposition all this while,” Olorunrinu said.

While commending Olorunrinu for the bold step, the Speaker said, “the best party in Lagos is APC, there is nothing to gain in PDP.

“At last we have the only man standing who has now joined those who are standing. We welcome you. You have always been with us, only that you refused to dump the leaking umbrella,” Obasa said.

Some of the PDP leaders from Olorunrinu’s constituency who were at the plenary included, ward chairman, Mr. Hassan Yusuf, Mr. Moses Inuha, Ikechukwu Ikenna among others.

APC afraid of being exposed and shamed – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the All Progressive Congress (APC) is afraid of being exposed and shamed.

The comment was made in response to an allegation by the APC that Atiku, a former vice-president, had hired a foreign legal firm in a bid to aid his attempt at taking over power.

Atiku is at the presidential election tribunal to challenge the declaration of Buhari as winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to a report by Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), Bruce Fein, former justice department official and his firm Fein & DelValle PLLC registered as foreign agents of PDP and Atiku on March 24.

Excerpts from the report indicates that the firm is expected to “encourage Congress and the executive to forbear from a final declaration and recognition of Nigeria’s February 23, 209 presidential election until outstanding legal challenges to the initial government of Nigeria assertion that incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was the victor are impartially and independently resolved by the supreme court of Nigeria without political or military influence, intimidation or manipulation.”

In a swift response by Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, the report was described as a “total fabrication” by the APC, adding that it “didn’t come as a surprise to us because lying has become their only bragging rights of competence.”

He continued by adding that “since Atiku resisted pressure not to go to court, the APC has been behaving like a cat on hot bricks because the outcome of the 2019 elections has exposed and shattered the facade of their dubious integrity.”

“The APC are behaving nervously like a thief living under the fear of being exposed and shamed; they are now using fake news against Atiku instead of focusing on defending themselves in the court,” the statement read.

“For a party that has broken the worst record in election rigging, the APC doesn’t have any iota of integrity to be taken seriously by anybody.

“Atiku’s court case has become their biggest burden because it exposes their integrity as a sham, and instead of defending their stolen mandate in court, they are now using fake news to divert public attention from the historic electoral heist they have committed against Nigerians.

“No amount of diversionary propaganda and fake news campaign by APC will stop Atiku Abubakar from continuing the court action he started to reclaim the stolen mandate.”

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