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Orji Kalu: EFCC ready to go back to court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) says it is waiting on the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the N7.1bn fraud case of Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Abia State governor, soi that a fresh trial can commence.

Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) who is the prosecuting counsel to the EFCC that the anti-graft agency had already made an application to the Federal High Court Chief Judge to re-assign the case to a judge who will now handle it.

Recall that Kalu had previously been convicted of a N7.1bn fraud last December and subsequently sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.

The ruling which convicted and imprisoned Kalu to a sentence was overruled by the Supreme Court on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris was who gave the verdict, lacked jurisdiction to preside over the case as he had been elevated to the Court of Appeal and ceased to a judge of the Federal High Court as of when he delivered the judgment.

The Supreme Court has subsequently asked that the trial, be started all over again before another judge. The trial took 12 years to complete.

Consequently, Kalu, who had been in the prison custody since December last year when Justice Idris delivered the judgment, regained his freedom last week.

“It is not over until it’s over” PDP’s Eleka on Ekiti Governorship as he heads to the Supreme Court

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, on Friday rejected the judgment of the Court of Appeal in a suit he instituted to challenge the victory of Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said he was prepared to challenge Thursday’s Court of Appeal judgment affirming Mr Fayemi as the duly elected governor of Ekiti State, Premium Times reports.

He expressed regrets at the manner in which the Appeal Court dismissed his appeal, saying it suggested that “our democracy is endangered.’’

“The judiciary is being gagged and justices are constantly being molested and persecuted,” he said.

He told his followers, party and the people of Ekiti that his legal team would study the Appeal Court judgment and take necessary actions.

Mr Olusola-Eleka expressed optimism that justice would be served in the end.

“Let us remain prayerful, it is not over, until it’s over. I have hope in the judiciary and I strongly believe that in the end, justice will be served, ” he said.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had on Thursday upheld the victory of Mr Fayemi as governor of the state.

In its judgment, the court also upheld the ruling of the Ekiti Election Tribunal of Jan. 28 which affirmed Fayemi’s victory.

Donald Duke is SDP candidate for 2019 presidential election – Supreme Court

More than a month after the presidential election, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has affirmed the candidacy of one of the candidates, former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke.

The ruling was given that Mr Duke was the authentic candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the February 23 election.

The Supreme Court ruling was an affirmation of the ruling earlier granted by the Court of appeal, Abuja division, which nullified a ruling against Mr Duke’s candidacy at the Federal High Court, Premuim Times Nigeria reports.

It would be recalled that Mr Duke had emerged “winner” of the party’s primaries conducted in October, after polling 812 votes to defeat a former minister, Jerry Ghana, who closely followed with 611 votes.

However, a judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Abuja, Hussein Baba-Yusuf, on December 14 sacked Mr Duke as the SDP flagbearer and declared a former minister, Jerry Gana, as the candidate of the party in the election.

Mr Duke and his faction challenged the ruling in court and was reinstated in January.

Following that reinstatement, Mr Gana approached the Supreme Court to contest the ruling

In a ruling on Friday, the Supreme Court awarded a fine of N3 million in favour of Mr Duke, against Mr Gana.

“The judgment was delivered by the Supreme Court presided over by Justices Ejembi Eko, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi, Paul Galumje and Uwani Aji,” the Punch newspaper reported.

Although the SDP participated in the February 23 elections, the party was not among the first five candidates with the highest scores.

Onnoghen’s Removal: Senate withdraws Supreme Court suit

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In a recent statement from the Senate Spokesperson, it was revealed that the Senate has filed for a withrawal of the suit at the Supreme Court challenging the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Yusuph Olaniyonu, the media aide to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, in a statement on Monday, February 4, said the decision follows the intervention of the NJC on the issue, Premium Times reports.

“The Senate has therefore decided to discontinue the case it filed in the Supreme Court. It should be noted that the case has been slated for hearing tomorrow,” the statement read.

“This decision also affirms the confidence of the Senate in the ability of the NJC to successfully and creditably resolve the issues” In another news report, the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar, has given directives that the embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, must appear before him in person before he can proceed with the trial.

Umar gave the directive on Monday, February 4, when he was reacting to the absence of the embattled CJN at the CCT, The Nation reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the counsel to Justice Onnoghen led by Adegboyega Awolowo (SAN) had reportedly traded words with Umar over the failure of the suspended CJN to appear at his ongoing trial at the CCT.