Supreme Court Affirms Bello As Niger State Governor

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,The Supreme Court on Friday in Abuja upheld the election of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

The court declared that the case by a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mustapha Babangida, lacked merit.

In the judgement delivered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, the appellant did not participate in the election, even though he is an APC card-carrying member.

Mr Babangida had asked the apex court to nullify the election of Governor Bello and called for a fresh election.

He earlier dragged the APC to the Federal High Court in Minna, claiming among other reliefs that the party was biased and that the governor’s emergence as the APC flag bearer was null and void.

Ruling on the case with Suit No. FHC/Minna/255/2015 and dated February 3, 2016, Justice Onnoghen said after considering the issues, citing the case of Audu and Nyako and Section 87 sub-section 9 of the Electoral Act, 2010, the appellant did not participate, neither did he fail in the elections.

The CJN prepared the lead judgement and mandated the presiding judge, Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs, to read the judgement, saying the appellant had no right to take the matter to court.

Counsel to the appellant, Mohammed Mohammed, called for an amendment of Section 87 of the Electoral Act which denied his client the right to sue, while counsel to the respondent, Yunus Usman, hailed the ruling of the apex court.

Briefing journalists on the judgement, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasara Danmallam, said the legal battle is over.

The commissioner further called on Mr Babangida to join Governor Bello in moving Niger State forward.

Certificate Controversy: Buhari’s Eligibility Suit Adjourned Until March

Gen Muhammadu Buhari

A Federal High Court will on March 19 hear ‎all applications, challenging the eligibility of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, to contest in the forthcoming presidential election.

At the resumed hearing on Monday of two earlier suits filed by Chukwunweike Okafor and Donald Daunamigba, counsel to the plaintiff, Mike Ozekhome, told the court that he was willing to continue with the argument, noting that he had not been served with all processes.

After his observation, he was served with the process, but he asked the court for a short date to enable him study the process.

He further requested for accelerated hearing, pointing out that that the outcome of the case would have effect on the forthcoming elections.

But the Defence Counsel, Akin Olujimi and Lateef Fagbemi, were quick to respond that the outcome of the case could not be a condition precedent on the conduct of the election, reminding the court that there was an application requesting that the court should set aside the totality of the summon on Buhari, which had not been respond to.

The Federal High Court Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, adjourned the case till March 19 to enable the court hear all the applications including those seeking for joinder.

There are 13 suits instituted against the APC’s presidential candidate, General Buhari, challenging his eligibility to contest in the March 28 presidential election.

The plaintiffs in the suits also argued that failure of Buhari to accompany his form CF001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with his certificates of academic qualifications, rendered him ineligible to participate in the poll.

They stressed that failure to submit the said certificate, would mean had failed to comply with the provisions of sections 131 and 318 of the Nigerian Constitution and section 31 (3) of the Electoral Act.

Desperation Of DisinformationBuhari certificate 2

Responding to the certificate controversy, the APC had dismissed claims that General Buhari was not qualified to contest in the elections.

Government College, formerly Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, which General Buhari graduated from in 1961, had released his Secondary School Certificate Examination results.

Before the certificate was released, General Buhari had described the claims as ‘desperation of disinformation’.

“I have contested elections three times and that’s the same rule by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where there is basic education qualification that you have and I was allowed to contest all these election because my certificate was in order.

“There are even individuals that wrote to the United States War College and the College answered them and its published in some of your papers .

“Really, this desperation of disinformation that is being passed around will do nobody any good because our minds are being taken away from the serial issues of corruption and incompetence by the PDP, ” the former military president said.

My Fans Made Me A Town Crier – Sound Sultan

Sound SultanJagbajantis star, Sound Sultan, has explained why he has not had any major song that emphasises issues bothering Nigerians recently.

The singer whose “2010”, a song about the epileptic power supply in Nigeria, was a major hit, told Channels Television’s Entertainment Correspondent – Mayowa Ogundele – that he still sings conscious music but that people don’t look out for those songs as they should and that they only wanted to use him as a town crier.

“That Sound Sultan is still here. He’s not gone anywhere. It’s the people that are listening that are no longer there anymore.”

He also complained that media stations, especially OAPs, did not play some of his conscious music, which is why his fans do not get to hear them.

“When the airplay reduces on conscious music, then people keep asking me – have I stopped it. No! I have a song Temporary Turn Permanent and that song – I shot a video to it but nobody played the video.

“I gave it (video) to them (media stations), the way I gave them other songs but you’ll never see it anywhere; Because I had inserts of the subsidy riot and everything, people said it’s too confrontational. I don’t feel it’s like that.

“If you start depriving the people of the truth, they will never get it,” he said.

He also explained that he had all kinds of music, including the feel-good ones on his album.

“You can’t be too predictable with your music. You need to be a little bit of everything. Even Fela (Kuti) had “Lady” as his song.”

He urged fans who want more of his conscious music to search for them because many of the OAPs (On Air Personalities) select which songs they like and give them prominence, relegating other songs on the album to relative obscurity.

“You should go and get that song. You should go and download it on iTunes,” he said, adding that artistes only get courage to shoot music videos when the songs have good airplay.

Sound Sultan also said he’s tired of being a mouth-piece because it makes people lazy to demand their rights.

“What I try to spark from people is individualism. For you to know that everybody is a part of that voice that those people (implying government) need to hear.”