There Would Have Been Jubilation Nationwide, If Supreme Court Had Sacked Buhari – Galadima

The spokesman for the presidential campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Buba Galadima, has faulted the verdict of the Supreme Court on the 2019 presidential election outcome.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, Galadima said if the highest court of the land had upturned the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, the entire nation would have been filled with jubilation.

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“If this judgment today had been that Buhari was removed from office, I’m sure that by now, there would have been fireworks all over this country.

“People would have been jubilating, pouring water on the streets and celebrating. But have you seen any individual who has demonstrated that he is happy with this judgment?” he asked.

Galadima said his party is interested in knowing how the apex court arrived at its decision.

“We are waiting to hear the final analysis of how they arrived at that decision. And we as Nigerians have a cover under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whether it supports our view,” he said.

When asked to react on court judgments given against the PDP’s favour, Galadima noted that today’s development showed that the Nigerians were not happy with the ruling.

His comments follow the Supreme Court’s dismissal of an appeal filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging President Buhari’s victory in the presidential election.

A 7-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed Atiku’s appeal for lacking in merit.

Niger Elections Tribunal Set To Deliver Judgement Amidst Tight Security

 

There is a heavy presence of security personnel at the Niger State Judiciary Complex Minna where the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is expected to deliver judgment.

The verdict follows a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Umar Nasko challenging the victory of Governor Abubakar Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently held governorship election.

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The petitioners had alleged that Governor Bello submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

They also alleged that the governorship election was marred with irregularities.

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Alleged Unremitted Oil Tax: Court To Deliver Judgment In FG Vs Agip Oil Case

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed April 30, 2019, to deliver judgment in a $55 million debt recovery suit filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria against Agip Oil Company Ltd.

The court reserved its judgment after the counsel representing both parties had respectively adopted their final addresses before the court.

This suit, filed since 2016 is one among other suits by the Federal Government, seeking to recover almost $12 billion in missing crude oil revenue from some international oil companies.

There are similar lawsuits pending against Total E&P Nigeria Plc and Chevron Nigeria Limited by the Federal Government.

In the suit, the Federal Government accused Nigeria Agip Oil Company Limited of under-declaring the volume of crude oil it shipped out of the country between January 2011 and December 2014.

According to the Federal Government, the oil giant short-changed it to the tune of $55m. The government is praying the court to compel the oil firm to pay the $55m with an annual interest of 21 percent.

It also wants the court to award another $55m against Agip as exemplary damages. The government said the lawsuits followed a forensic analysis linking the decline in crude oil export and government revenue at the time to the alleged under-declaration of the volume of crude oil shipped out of the country by the oil companies.

The Federal Government claimed to have uncovered the alleged illegality using high-tech Information Technology system, including satellite tracking systems, which were deployed by its consultants.

Meanwhile, the court has also reserved judgment to April 30, in a similar suit by the Federal Government against Bras Oil, after parties had also respectively adopted their final arguments before the court.

SDP Crisis: Donald Duke Hails Appeal Court Judgment, Says It Is ‘Interpretation Of Law’

Jerry Gana                                                                                         Donald Duke

 

A former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has hailed the judgement of the Appeal Court in Abuja that reinstated him as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Duke, who made an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Friday, described the Appellate Court’s decision as an “interpretation of law”.

“What happened at the lower court could be described as a political judgement. What happened at the Appeal Court was the interpretation of the law,” he said.

His comments come amid the lingering crisis over who flies the party’s flag during next month’s presidential election.

Duke had emerged the SDP’s presidential candidate after polling 812 votes to beat his closest rival and former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana, who polled 611, during the party’s primary which held on October 6, 2018,

Dissatisfied with the outcome, Gana approached an Abuja High Court in November to disqualify Duke as the party’s presidential candidate.

Consequently, he got respite on December 14 when the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court declared him the winner of the party’s presidential primary.

Duke, however, appealed the ruling.

On Thursday, the Appeal Court ruled in his favour by overturning the ruling of the FCT court that disqualified him as the party’s presidential candidate.

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The former Cross River Governor, therefore, appealed to aggrieved members of the party to sheathe their swords and work for their victory at the general elections.

“You cannot get a 100 per cent support. It’s left for me to show leadership, to bring them onboard and reach out to Professor Gana and appeal to him so that we can come together and see a larger picture which is our party and the nation.

“I am doing that. I did that on October 7 and I am doing it again. Leadership is conciliatory and working together, building bridges. He may be hurt, but it gets to a point where pursuing interests works contrary to the larger interests.

“And I think we have gotten to that point. We have 23 days to the elections. There is hardly enough time to sell our views to the nation,” he said.

Lawyer Says Confidence In Nigerian Judiciary Is Down, Not Nose-diving

A lawyer, Liborous Oshomah on Wednesday said the confidence of Nigerians on the Judicial system is completely down and not ‘beginning to nosedive’ as the Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN) Alooma Muktar had asserted.

Mr Oshomah, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said confidence on a judiciary that had two alleged corrupt principal officer – former Chief Judge of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher and President of the Appeals Court, Justice Ayo Salami – can only be said to be down.

Speaking at a refresher course on how to write judgments organised for judges and Khadis by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) on Monday, the CJN said public confidence in justice delivery was beginning to nosedive.

She said: “Let us not deceive ourselves, the public confidence and trust in our work as judicial officers is beginning to nosedive.

“This is partly borne out from judgment emanating from our courts which the public or some section of it feels is rather unconscionable.”

Mr Oshomah however said, “Nose-diving is like begging the question. It is like trying to paint it in an appealing way. When you say nose-diving it means it is going down; it is already down.”

Lawyer Recommends Ways To Restore Confidence In Judiciary

A lawyer, Idris Faro has recommended refresher courses and training for judges in Nigeria as a means of curbing the declining incidences of miscarried judgement.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Faro corroborated the assertions of the Chief Judge of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukhtar that the performance of judges in delivering judgement is declining rapidly.

Speaking at a refresher course on how to write judgments organised for judges and Khadis by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) on Monday, the CJN said public confidence in justice delivery was beginning to nosedive.

She said: “Let us not deceive ourselves, the public confidence and trust in our work as judicial officers is beginning to nosedive.

“This is partly borne out from judgment emanating from our courts which the public or some section of it feels is rather unconscionable.”

Reacting to the CJN’s comment, Mr Faro said: “We have had series of occasion when one wonders whether the presiding officer in the court actually practiced before being appointed to the bench. It is possible that some of them forget the process of adjudication.”

These, according to the lawyer, necessitates the need for refresher courses for the judges and for the overhauling of the process of appointment of judges.

He said it is improper to appoint lawyers in companies and private businesses as judges.

“Only lawyers, who practice law should be appointed to the bench,” Mr Faro said.

Employees Sue HP For Non-Payment Of Overtime

Hewlett-Packard continues to be one of the most important IT corporations in the world, but 2012 proved quite troublesome for the company, and 2013 is starting off in force as well.

The company has been sued by a number of tech support employees for intentionally “misclassifying” them.

To elaborate, HP, like all other companies, has a number of employees that work overtime, which is to say over 40 hours a week.

The tech support staff that always gets called upon by customers is particularly prone to overtime.

Logic would normally dictate that whoever ends up working more than their fair share would get paid extra, according to the number of hours.

That means double the normal pay, or whatever policy was agreed upon in the employment contract.

HP isn’t being accused of actual breach of contracts, but the charges are no less serious either.

Their claims, HP decided to intentionally misfile the workers in question so that the fact that they qualified for overtime pay slipped through the cracks.

HP offered no comment, according to Business Insider, beyond stating that it was reviewing the complaint.

Eric Benedict; the representative of the disgruntled HP employee group hired the services of law firm Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP; a firm that got recognized in 2006 after a successful suit against IBM, which resulted in a settlement of $65 million / 48.7 million Euro.

Jonathan sets up committee on Bakassi to review ICJ judgement

President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to look at the options for a review of the judgement that ceded the Bakassi peninsular to the Cameroons and how to take care of the people there.

The President’s decision which is coming a few days to the expiration of the appeal period on the case is following a long drawn-out meeting the president held with the leadership of the National Assembly over the matter in the presidential villa.

The meeting which lasted for about three and half hours had in attendance the Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Senate President David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and other key principal officers of the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation, the governors of Cross River and Akwa Ibom, Secretary to the Government of the Federation as well as some select groups from Bakassi.

Prince Bola Ajibola who was also in attendance spoke to Channels Television after the meeting said by virtue of convening meeting, the Federal Government has shown a candid concern for its people in Bakassi and that according to him, it is the most important thing for now.

He commended the move to follow the rule of law, dialogue and diplomacy in ensuring that the people are not wrongly dealt with.

He expressed optimism that the committee set up will handle it in a record time.

Liyel Imoke the Cross River state governor said that the president has shown great leadership quality by convening the meeting and standing firm on some of the decisions taken.

On his part, the Senate President; David Mark said that the Executive and the law makers are on the same frequency on the Bakassi issue and will work in the same direction to achieve results.

 

Nigeria has never owned the Bakassi – Robert Clarke

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke has been speaking about the facts surrounding the ownership of the Bakassi Peninsula.

In an interview with our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, the legal practitioner says Nigeria has never owned the Bakassi but some legal practitioners who thought they could procure a false judgment led the country down the path of submitting to the jurisdiction of the World Court.

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