Kaduna Central: Election Tribunal Dismisses Senator Shehu Sani’s Petition

 

The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in the Kaduna State capital has dismissed the petition brought before it by the Senatorial Candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Senator Shehu Sani.

Senator Shehu Sani is challenging the election victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Uba Sani at the February 23 polls.

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Delivering judgment on the petition brought before it on Wednesday, by the former lawmaker who represented Kaduna central in the eighth National Assembly, the Chairman of the Tribunal Justice A. H Suleiman dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

Senator Uba Sani, who is the candidate of the APC defeated the former lawmaker with 355,242 votes at the election.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Lawal Adamu, scored 195,497 while Sani of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) scored 70,613 votes.

In a two hour judgment read by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Suleiman arrived at the decision based on the evidence presented before it.

The lead counsel to Senator Uba Sani, Frank Ikpe, said the Tribunal upheld the election of Senator Uba Sani based on the evidence before it.

Impartial Judiciary, Key To Achieving Greater Lagos, Says Sanwo-Olu

 

The Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has described impartial judiciary as key to achieving his administration’s vision of greater Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu stated this on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Judge of Lagos, which held at the State House in Alausa.

Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba took the oath on Wednesday as the 17th Chief Judge of Lagos State, with a pledge to sustain the independence of the judiciary and also to embark on reform of the administration of justice system in the state.

Alogba, who had been presiding over the affairs of the state judiciary in an acting capacity since June 13, was confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) as substantive Chief Judge by the Lagos State House of Assembly, following ratification by National Judicial Council.

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Justice Alogba was sworn in at a ceremony held in the Banquet Hall at Governor’s Office in Alausa. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led members of the executive council, while the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashir Obasa, led members of the legislative arms to the ceremony.

The new Chief Judge said his tenure would witness the transformation of the judicial arm of government, promising to create what he described as “smart judiciary”. This, he said, would be achieved by deploying technology tools that would enable the courts to dispense complicated cases on time.

He said: “With a sense of responsibility, I stand before you all to accept the onerous tasks, which this office requires me to perform. I seek the guidance of Almighty Allah in carrying out those responsibilities of the office. In performing my duties, I shall key into the vision of the Governor Sanwo-Olu administration in ensuring that we have smart judiciary by providing first-class judicial services in line with international best practice.

“We will be deploying more tools for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the provision of our services. In-video conferencing of court proceedings has already started and we will be doing more in this area.”

Justice Alogba, an indigene of Ikorodu, said there would be “rigorous training” for judicial staff to enhance capacity, promising that he would maintain zero tolerance for corruption within the arm of the government.

The Chief Judge, however, lamented the dearth of judges in the state, pointing out that Lagos had 54 judges in its employment to dispense on thousands of cases filed daily in courts. This situation, he said, was as a result of paucity of fund.

Alogba praised Gov. Sanwo-Olu for what he described as “unique benevolence” towards the state’s judiciary, noting that the Governor had been attending to the needs of the judicial arm of government since he assumed office.

The Chief Judge, however, pleaded with the governor to increase funding of the state judiciary for improved service delivery.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration would strengthen the cordial relationship between the executive and the judiciary, without eroding impartiality and independence the courts. The Governor pledged to support the judiciary to enable it to provide the needs of judicial officers and discourage the people to recourse to self-help.

He said: “Your Lordship, I rejoice with you on this historic and momentous occasion, which will usher in a glorious chapter in the history of Lagos State judiciary. I have no doubt that your tenure as the head of judicial arm would further consolidate and advance the course of justice delivery for the benefit of those who seek redress in court.

“The ultimate goal of the judicial reforms which our Chief Judge has been part of is the need to ensure speedy delivery of justice to all parties irrespective of status. This is the only way to strengthen the confidence of our people in the justice system.

“I wish to use this opportunity to declare the total support of the executive arm. The objective to achieve a ‘Greater Lagos’ would not be possible without having an impartial and independent judicial arm of government.”

Sanwo-Olu described Alogba as a “plain judicial officer”, expressing confidence in the capacity of the Chief Judge to lead the state judiciary.

The event was the first official function of the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, who presented Justice Alogba to the public.

Also at the event included the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Sotobi, Ojora of Ijora Kingdom, Oba Fatai Ojora, and Sekumade of Ipakodo, Oba Basiru Sotonwa.

Buhari Re-Appoints Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu As Media Aides

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Mr. Femi Adesina as Special Adviser, Media and Publicity and Garba Shehu as Senior Special Assistant, Media, and Publicity.

The President also re-appointed Mr Laolu Akande as Senior Special Assistant, Media, and Publicity, Office of the Vice President.

In a statement by the Deputy Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, President Buhari as well retained Tolu Ogunlesi, Bashir Ahmad, Lauretta Onochie and Nazir Bashiru as Special Assistant, Digital/New Media, Personal Assistant, New Media, Personal Assistant, Social Media and Personal Assistant, Visual Documentation, respectively.

Following the election of Hon. Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada, the former Personal Assistant, Broadcast Media, as the lawmaker representing Kano Municipal Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, the President has appointed Buhari Sallau as his replacement.

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Mr. Oladunjoye noted that all appointments take effect from May 29, 2019, except that of the new entrant into the team, Buhari Sallau.

In the same vein, President Buhari approved the re-appointment of Mr. Ade Ipaye as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President. Mr. Ipaye who was former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State works from the Office of the Vice President.

He also approved the re-appointment of Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to President on Economic Matters; Mrs. Maryam Uwais who retains her position as Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme as well as Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters.

Also, re-appointed is Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, who will now serve as the Special Adviser to the President on Ease Of Doing Business.

Equally, President Buhari has also appointed Mr. Ahmad Rufai Zakari as Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, as Senior Special Assistant on Education Interventions, Mr. Louis Odion as Senior Technical Assistant on Print Media, and Mr. Ajuri Ngelale as Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs in the Presidency.

All appointees are to serve in the Office of the Vice President.

Except for Zakari, Bank-Olemoh, Odion and Ngelale, all the other appointments take retrospective effect from May 29, 2019.

 

Governors Meet In Abuja, Discuss Agro-Processing Zones, Others

 

Nigerian governors met in the nation’s capital Abuja on Wednesday under the aegis of the Governors Forum (NGF).

During the meeting, at the NGF Secretariat, the governors discussed plans to set up Agro-processing zones across the country, among other things.

They also agreed to do everything to ensure effective polio immunisation in their states to prevent a reemergence of the disease in the country to ensure that Nigeria is certified polio-free by the World Health Organisation.

The meeting comes hours after President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated his cabinet and assigned portfolio to ministers at a ceremony, which was attended by governors and other top government officials.

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In attendance is the chairman of the forum and the Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, his deputy and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

Others are Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom; Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano; Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru;  Akwa Ibom Udom Emmanuel; Delta State Ifeanyi Okowa; Adamawa Umaru Fintiri.

 

PHOTOS: Sanwo-Olu Swears In Justice Kazeem Alogba As State Chief Judge

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, congratulates Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba as the new Chief Judge of the State during the swearing-in ceremony at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sworn Justice Kazeem Alogba as the Chief Justice of the state.

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Edo Govt Partners ICPC To Fight Corruption In Civil Service

Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja on July 19, 2019.

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has warned that public and civil servants involved in corrupt practices will be made to face the wrath of the law.

Obaseki who gave the warning on Wednesday while presiding over the weekly state Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Benin City, the Edo state capital, maintained that government appointment is a call to service rather than an opportunity to make money.

He noted that his administration will partner with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to check corruption in the service.

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“This government is going to take the issue of corruption seriously and we are partnering with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

“We are setting up a special team at both state and local government levels and the team will have the responsibility to ensure that corruption cases involving public servants; either members of EXCO, civil servants or local government employees will be taken seriously,” Obaseki said.

He stressed that “any public servant caught in the act of corruption will be made to face the law. We will not only take disciplinary action but also prosecute those caught.

“The reports of corruption reaching my office are becoming worrisome. I have instructed the Secretary to the State Government to set up an anti-corruption team within the next week and also open public complaint boxes and encourage members of the public to feel free to send information about any official with corrupt tendencies or involved in the corrupt act to the government.”

#Revolutionnow Protest: Court Orders FG, DSS To Explain Sowore’s Detention

When A Country Is Rotten, You Cannot Fix It By Going To The Local Govt – Sowore
A file photo of Mr Omoyele Sowore.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Inspector General of police toexplain why Omoyele Sowore and all other persons arrested and detained in connection with the peaceful protest held on August 5, 2019 should not be unconditionally released.

The court also ordered the DSS and the IGP to appear before it on the next adjourned date of September 4, 2019.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the order while ruling on an exparte application brought by a Lagos lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje in a suit challenging the FG, DSS, IGP and the AGF on his right to peaceful protest, assembly and association.

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Ogungbeje, who filed the suit on behalf of himself and others who participated in the #Revolutionnow protest asked the court to also declare as unconstitutional and illegal, the police clampdown of the protesters and the arrest of Sowore by the DSS.

He also asked the court to make an order for the immediate and unconditional release of those arrested and detained.

But instead of ordering the release of those detained, justice Oweibo granted Ogungbeje leave to serve the DSS and the IGP so he could hear from them on the next adjourned date especially on why Sowore and others should not be immediately released.

EFCC Accuses Ambode’s Supporters Of Injuring Three Officials, Damaging Vehicle

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused supporters of the former governor of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode of injuring three officials of the commission and damaging its official vehicle.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when the anti-graft agency raided the home of the former governor.

A statement by the spokesman to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren says, “the attempt by Operatives of EFCC to execute a search warrant on the residences of a former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode was on Tuesday August 20, 2019 resisted by hoodlums loyal to the governor.

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“The thugs attacked the Operatives and vandalized their vehicle.

“The Commission had obtained valid warrant to conduct search on Ambode’s residences in Park View, Ikoyi and country home in Epe, as part of ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance”.

Mr Uwajaren further explained that the Commission’s operatives were attacked and prevented from executing the search warrant in Epe by irate youths who injured three officers and damaged EFCC official vehicle.

“The attack was totally unprovoked as the Commission’s operatives were civic and did not molest anybody”.

He noted that the commission frowns at the attempt to manipulate the video of the search to create the wrong impression that officers of the agency molested residents at the Epe home of the governor.

According to him, “It is also not true that the search, was an attempt to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former governor”.

Trump Blames Obama For Russia’s Exit From G8

 

US President Donald Trump expressed support Tuesday for Russia’s return to the G8, saying it would be “much more appropriate” for Moscow to be in the club of world powers.

“I could certainly” support that, he told reporters at the White House, just days before a G7 summit — minus Russia — in Biarritz, France.

“It’s much more appropriate to have Russia in. It should be the G8, because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia,” he said.

President Vladimir Putin’s Russia was expelled from the old G8 format after Moscow seized Crimea from neighbouring Ukraine.

But Trump said the reason Russia was kicked out was that his predecessor Barack Obama was “outsmarted” by Putin.

“I guess President Obama because Putin outsmarted him, President Obama thought it wasn’t a good thing to have Russia in. So he wanted Russia out,” Trump said.

“So I could certainly see it being the G8 again and if someone would make that motion, I would be disposed to think about it very favourably,” he said.

Trump is due to host the next G7 meeting in the United States next year.

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Tribunal Resumes Hearing Of Petitions Against Sanwo-Olu

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The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has resumed the hearing of two petitions filed by governorship candidates of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Owolabi Salis, and his Labour Party counterpart, Ifagbemi Awamaridi.

The three-man panel chaired by Justice Terhemen Asua today listened to the testimonies of the petitioners challenging the return of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Governor of Lagos.

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In his testimony, the governorship candidate of the AD, Owolabi Salis alleged that the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sabotaged him by refusing to make available to him the original copies of certain documents he wanted to tender as evidence before the tribunal.

Salis also alleged irregularities in the result sheets presented and subsequently sought to tender certain volumes of documents (INEC form EC 18 and EC8) for polling units in Apapa, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Lagos Island, Amuwo Odofin, Kosofe and Somolu local governments. He also sought to tender memorandum, some nomination forms and affidavits.

The respondents objected to the admissibility of the documents on the grounds that they were irrelevant.

Apart from the Lagos State Government, other respondents to the petition are; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressive Congress (APC), the Resident Electoral Commisioner, The Returning Officer, Lagos State Governorship Election, The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Nigerian Army.

The petitioner has however asked the court to discountenance the objections of the respondents insisting that their objections were mischevious and misconstrued.

Salis also asked the tribunal to compel INEC to bring before it all documents requested and paid for by the petitioners, as a refusal to do so would amount to sabotage.

In the petition, the petitioners are asking the tribunal to grant the will of Lagosians by cancelling what they termed the “fraudulent election of Gov. Sanwo-Olu”.

The tribunal has adjourned further proceedings till August 21 for further hearing.

Full List: Sanwo-Olu Swears In Cabinet Members

Newly appointed members of the Lagos State Executive Council taking their oath of office during their Swearing-in ceremony at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Secretariat Alausa, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has inaugurated his cabinet members made up of Special Advisers and commissioners. 

The governor during the inauguration on Tuesday urged the members to be innovative and committed while carrying out their duties.

Below Is The Full List 

COMMISSIONERS:

Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo (Finance)

Mr. Tunji Bello (Water Resources and Environment)

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo (Education)

Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health)

Dr. Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Development)

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso (Information and Strategy)

Mrs. Bolaji Dada (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation)

Mr. Lere Odusote (Energy and Natural Resources)

Dr. Frederic Oladeinde (Transportation)

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal (Agriculture)

Moruf Akinderu Fatai (Housing)

Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN) (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice)

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Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Science and Technology)

Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle (Establishment, Training and Pension)

Engr. Aramide Adeyoye (Works and Infrastructure)

Mr. Segun Dawodu (Youth and Social Development)

Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (Home Affairs)

Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke (Local Government and Community Affairs)

Mrs. Lola Akande (Commerce and Industry)

Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu (Tourism Arts and Culture)

Mr. Sam Egube (Economy Planning and Budget)

SPECIAL ADVISERS:

Dr. Wale Ahmed on Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations

Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya (Special Adviser on Agriculture)

Princess Aderemi Adebowale (Special Adviser on Civic Engagement)

Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo (Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs)

Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka (Special Adviser on Housing)

Joe Igbokwe (Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources)

Olatunbosun Alake (Special Adviser for Innovation and Technology)

Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi (Special Adviser on Urban Development)

Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi (Special Adviser on Central Business Districts)

Bonu Solomon Saanu (Special Adviser on Arts and Culture)

Oluwatoyin Fayinka (Special Adviser on Transportation)

Oladele Ajayi (Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry)

Tokunbo Wahab (Special Adviser on Education)

Solape Hammond (Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals)