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After Lose At The Supreme  Court Review Appeal, Lyon, APC To Pay N10m Cost

After Lose At The Supreme Court Review Appeal, Lyon, APC To Pay N10m Cost

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David Lyon and the All Progressives Congress have lost their bids to overturn the Supreme Court ruling of 13 February, which sacked Lyon as the duly elected governor of Bayelsa state. In a ruling today, the court dismissed the applications for review of the judgment, which rendered Lyon’s election invalid because of what the five-man panel of justices attributed to the alleged certificate forgery committed by Lyon’s running mate,Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo. According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment, the applications lacked merit, adding that the decisions of the court are final, a position that may well foreshadow the outcome of other reviews pending before the apex court. “There must be an end to litigation. Even if we review this judgment, ever
BREAKING: Supreme court upholds judgment sacking David Lyon

BREAKING: Supreme court upholds judgment sacking David Lyon

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The supreme court has struck out the application of the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking a reversal of the judgment which sacked David Lyon as winner of the Bayelsa governorship election. The apex court held that the application constitutes a gross abuse of judicial process. On February 13, the supreme court affirmed the verdict of a federal high court which disqualified Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, Lyon’s running mate, for allegedly submitting forged credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). As a result, the court also voided the victory of Lyon on the grounds that both men contested the election on a joint ticket. More to follow…
Christians are being killed in Nigeria – Nnamdi Kanu cries out to ICC, International Communities

Christians are being killed in Nigeria – Nnamdi Kanu cries out to ICC, International Communities

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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has cried out over the killing of Christians in Nigeria. Kanu called on the International Criminal Court, ICC, to take actions against the killing of Christians across Nigeria. In a series of tweets, the IPOB leader stated that the abduction of Leah Sharibu by Boko Haram, insurgents and attacks on people of the Southeast were examples of killings against Christians. The IPOB leader urged both ICC and the United States, US, State Department, and international communities to stop such atrocities. He tweeted: “When will the world take action to stop violence against #Christians in Nigeria? “The OTP of the @IntlCrimCourt’s preliminary examination of crimes against Christians in #Nigeria including #Biafrans mu
2015 Election: We are still probing donations to Jonathan’s campaign – EFCC

2015 Election: We are still probing donations to Jonathan’s campaign – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is still investigating the funding for the 2015 presidential campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to PUNCH, Shehu Shuaibu, an EFCC investigator, said this on Tuesday during cross-examination in a money laundering case before the federal high court in Lagos. He said alleged donations into the bank account of Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, one of the defendants in the case relating to Jonathan’s campaign, are still being investigated. Other defendants in the N4.9 billion money laundering cases include Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation and an official of Jonathan’s campaign organisation; Nenadi Usman, former minister of finance; and Yusuf Danjuma. Shuaibu, the third prosecu
BAYELSA: Pre-election matters can’t be determined after the poll – Falana

BAYELSA: Pre-election matters can’t be determined after the poll – Falana

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Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says going by the law, pre-election matters should not be determined by the courts after the poll has been conducted. The lawyer said this while reacting to the supreme court’s sack of David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November governorship election in Bayelsa, as governor-elect. On February 14, the apex court sacked Lyon on grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo, his running mate, falsified his credentials. Douye Diri, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, was sworn in as Bayelsa governor 24 hours later. In a piece entitled: “Why the law requires pre-election cases to be decided before elections”, Falana said section 31 of the electoral act states issues surrounding a candidate’s nominati
El-Rufai says presidency should go to South after Buhari in 2023

El-Rufai says presidency should go to South after Buhari in 2023

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that the North has no justification to remain in power after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure. El-Rufai maintained that the Presidency should rightly return to the Southern part of Nigeria. He said though the constitution of the All Progressives Congress, APC, does not make provision for rotation but in the interest of justice, equity and fair play, Presidency should go to other regions of the country. Vanguard quoted him as saying: “The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency should rotate between the North and the South. It is not written but everyone understands it. “In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but i
You’re ignorant of judicial procedure, S’court can’t review governorship case – Kano Govt Blast Kwankwaso

You’re ignorant of judicial procedure, S’court can’t review governorship case – Kano Govt Blast Kwankwaso

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The Kano government says Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state, is “ignorant of judicial procedure” for asking the supreme court to review its verdict which affirmed Abdullahi Ganduje as governor. The supreme court in a decision delivered on January 20, dismissed the appeal filed by Abba Kabir Yusuf, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who claimed the election was marred by irregularities. Kwankwaso on Wednesday, led some members of the PDP from the state to the national secretariat of the party, asking the leadership to support the call for a review of Kano governorship election case. Responding to the move, Muhammad Garba, Kano commissioner for information in a statement, said: “Kwankwaso’s call is a clear testimony of his total oblivious
Buhari recognises his Chief of Staff as ‘Deputy President’ – Ex-Emir of Gwandu

Buhari recognises his Chief of Staff as ‘Deputy President’ – Ex-Emir of Gwandu

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Former Emir of Gwandu, Major Mustapha Jokolo (rtd), has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari recognises his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari as “deputy president.” Gwandu was reacting to the face-off between the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babangana Monguno and Kyari over the coordination of the country’s security. He urged Buhari to sack both Monguno and Kyari for being “greedy and selfish” in the discharge of their duties. The former Aide-De-Camp to Buhari during the President’s military regime stated while featuring on a radio programme in Kaduna. Jokolo reminded both Kyari and Monguno that Nigeria was greater than any individual, hence they should remember that all was watching. He said: “The misunderstanding between them was borne out of greed, selfishness, if
Ohanaeze raises alarm over Amaechi’s life, calls for arrest, questioning of Aisha Yesufu

Ohanaeze raises alarm over Amaechi’s life, calls for arrest, questioning of Aisha Yesufu

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ROTIMI AMAECHI The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on security agencies to arrest and question Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls campaign group over the source of a video she circulated on social media. Ohaneze is accusing Aisha of having privileged information about Boko Haram, alleging that her insinuations about the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi’s safety is questionable. The call is in reaction to a purported attack on the Minister and other passengers onboard Abuja-Kaduna train on Sunday night. Recall that reports surfaced online alleging that kidnappers laid an ambush and attacked passengers at Rigasa train station but the Minster and his convoy who were on the same train fled the scene. Aisha
We’ll hold Oshiomhole, Sylva responsible if anything happens to Mary Odili – Rivers Govt

We’ll hold Oshiomhole, Sylva responsible if anything happens to Mary Odili – Rivers Govt

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Rivers state government says it will hold Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum resources, responsible if anything happens to Mary Odili, a justice of the supreme court. Odiili, wife of a former governor of Rivers state, had led the panel of justices who sacked David Lyon, candidate of the APC in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa state. Lyon had been declared winner, but was sacked by the apex court on the grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo, his running mate, presented forged credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Following the ruling, protesters suspected to be supporters of the APC had besieged the residence of Odili on Tuesd...