Nissan Announces Fresh Recall Due To Improper Inspections

A Nissan car on display in California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Pandora/AFP

 

Nissan Friday announced plans to recall approximately 150,000 vehicles owing to improper tests on new units, dealing a fresh blow to the Japanese car giant following the shock arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

“Nissan has recently found several non-conformities that may have caused inaccurate pass/fail judgements during the inspection process,” the company said in a statement, adding it would “promptly” recall as many as 150,000 units in Japan.

It confirmed that improper tests were carried out on brakes, speedometers and other systems before shipment at its domestic assembly plant.

The recall will cover 10 models including Note and Leaf electric vehicles as well as March and Cube compact cars produced between November 2017 and October this year.

Nissan plans to notify authorities of the recall on Thursday, it added.

The manufacturer was forced to recall more than one million vehicles last year after admitting staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some units intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.

In a separate case that erupted in July, Nissan admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately “altered”, hampering its efforts to recover trust after the inspection scandal.

Asked if excessive cost-cutting measures under Ghosn — earning the nickname “Le Cost Killer” in France — may have resulted in the improper checks, vice president Seiji Honda said: “In a way, maybe.”

But he added: “We have not established any link between that and our latest problem with inspections.”

The latest recall represents another blow to the company, which has been rocked since Ghosn was arrested on November 19 on allegations he under-reported his salary by millions of dollars over five years.

Ghosn denies any wrongdoing.

Tokyo prosecutors have decided to indict Nissan as well as Ghosn and another executive as early as next week over alleged financial misconduct, a report said Friday.

The report comes amid speculation that Ghosn and his right-hand man Greg Kelly will face new allegations related to under-reporting of the auto titan’s compensation.

The Nikkei business daily reported Friday that Ghosn and Kelly would likely be indicted on those allegations as soon as Monday, when their current detention period expires.

The daily said prosecutors had decided that Nissan was also responsible for the alleged financial wrong-doing and would bring charges against the firm.

In Japan, Ghosn was celebrated as a charismatic business leader who saved Nissanfrom the brink of failure and rebuilt it as a money-maker in the alliance with Renault.

But since his shock arrest, he has been removed from the boards of Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors.

Nissan has begun the process of choosing Ghosn’s successor, with the final decision expected on December 17.

AFP

Dino Melaye Recall: We’re In No Position To Know False Signatures – INEC

Tenancy Rate: Abuja Residents Seek Govt. Intervention
Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye

 

Mr Rotimi Oyakanmi, who is the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the electoral body could not ascertain fake signatures in the failed recall process of Senator Dino Melaye.

Oyekanmi, who appeared as a guest on a breakfast show, Sunrise Daily aired on Channels Television explained that INEC followed due process as spelt out in the law in the conduct of Saturday’s exercise in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital against the lawmaker.

“We are in no position to know which signature is false or is not false,” he said on Monday. “And that exactly is what the verification exercise is intended to look into and then make a determination.”

Senator Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, had his woes compounded with the recall process initiated against him by some of the constituents whose interests he represents.

But the senator finally scaled through the hurdle of securing his job as a federal legislature after Saturday’s exercise initiated by INEC failed as the verified signatories to the petition for his recall fell short of requirements.

For the verification exercise to succeed, 50 percent plus one of the signatories to the petition had to be verified.

However, based on the results announced by Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, the Declaration Officer for the exercise held in the senatorial district on Saturday, only 18,742 of the 189,870 of the signatories to the petition for the Senator’s recall were verified by INEC.

To the INEC boss’ spokesperson, the commission played its part by receiving the petition filed by some constituents against Melaye by inviting stakeholders for a town hall meeting.

He added, “INEC has demonstrated by what happened on Saturday that you cannot get through with an impacted situation and it was very clear that it would not pass that test because the verification showed very clearly that the petitioners did not have what it takes to enable us to go ahead with the referendum stage.”

If the number of signatures reached 50.1 percent, it implies that the commission would have gone ahead with the recall process by calling for a referendum, thereby sacking the lawmaker and paving way for the election of another senator representing the district.

Dino Melaye Recall Attempt Fails As INEC Verifies Only 18,742 Signatories

BREAKING: Dino Melaye Recall Attempt Fails As INEC Verifies Only 5.34% Of Signatories
File photo: Dino Melaye

 

The attempt to recall the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has failed after the verified signatories to the petition for his recall fell short of requirements.

For the verification exercise to succeed, 50 percent plus one of the signatories to the petition had to be verified.

However, based on the results announced by Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, the Declaration Officer for the exercise held in the senatorial district on Saturday, only 18,742 of the 189,870 of the signatories to the petition for the Senator’s recall were verified by INEC.

READ MORE: Full Results Of Verification Exercise For Dino Melaye’s Recall

The verified signatories represent 5.34 percent of the 351,146 registered voters in the Senatorial district.

After announcing the results, he declared, “I Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, affirm that the information on verification of signatures to the petition for the recall of Senator Dino David Melaye of Kogi West Senatorial District has taken place on this day, 28th day of April 2018, and that the verified signatures is 5.34 percent of the total number of registered voters in the constituency and has therefore not satisfied a requirement of the law for a referendum.”

He said the results were signed by him and the two agents to the petitioners and the agent of Senator Melaye.

Low turnout

Saturday’s verification exercise came months after the petition for Senator Melaye’s recall was submitted to INEC because of lawsuits filed by the Senator challenging the petition.

A total of 189,870 signatories were on the petition, representing 54 percent of the 351,146 registered voters in the senatorial district which is comprised of seven local government areas including Lokoja, the state capital.

When the exercise was finally held on Saturday, it was characterised by low turnout with some verification centres quiet hours later. By the time the verification ended by 2 pm and collation of results started talks of its failure had started spreading.

Although the exercise was largely peaceful, there was violence in Mopa Amuro towards the end of the exercise. Six polling units were reportedly affected. As a result, the exercise in six out of the 10 wards in the LGA were cancelled.

Consequently, the LGA had the least number of verified signatories with 710 as against the 9,173 signatories that signed the petition.

The low turnout for the exercise was most evident in Lokoja, which had the highest number of signatories on the recall petition – 66,266. Out of that number, only 4,810 people showed up for the verification with 3,763 verified.

Had the verification exercise been successful, INEC would have proceeded with the recall process by holding a referendum.

Unlike the verification exercise which is limited to signatories of the petition, a referendum is open to all registered voters in the constituency. A referendum is considered successful when more than 50 percent of registered voters in the constituency vote yes in support of the recall petition.

Political tussle

Talks about recalling the vocal Senator had started as far back as May last year. By June 11, 2017, the talks met some action with the commencement of the collation of signatures. Ten days later, the recall attempt gained momentum with the submission of the recall petition.

Melaye was unperturbed, describing the move as a “comedy of errors” which he claimed was sponsored by the Kogi State governor who he was at loggerheads with over the governance of the state.

But when INEC served him the recall notice, the Senator turned to the courts for protection, starting a legal battle which held the recall process back for months.

It wasn’t until March 16, 2018, that the Appeal Court paved the way for the verification exercise by rejecting Senator Melaye’s claims.

On that day, a trio of appeal court judges, led by Justice Tunde Awotoye, dismissed the appeal filed by Melaye against the judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba at the Federal High Court in 2017, on grounds that there was no cause of action.

Justice Dimgba had on September 11, 2017, dismissed the suit filed by Senator Melaye, seeking to stop INEC from initiating his recall from the National Assembly.

He had held that senator Melaye’s complaints were ‘hasty, premature and presumptuous” and therefore ordered INEC to go ahead with its planned verification exercise.

Unsatisfied with Justice Dimgba’s judgement, Malaye had proceeded to the Appeal Court two days later, arguing that the Federal High Court judge “erred in law” when he validated the petition presented to INEC for his recall.

The Appeal Court disagreed and held that the Federal High Court ought not to have entertained Melaye’s suit ab initio.

Just as he did with previous unfavourable judgments, Senator Melaye rejected the appeal court ruling and proceeded to the Supreme Court.

With the failure of the verification exercise, and, by extension, the recall attempt, it is unclear whether Senator Melaye will pursue his case at the Supreme Court or abandon it.

Full Results Of Verification Exercise For Dino Melaye’s Recall

The INEC Declaration Officer for the verification of signatories, Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, announcing the results

 

The long drama over the attempt to recall the Senator representing Kogi West took a turn towards an end on Saturday with the verification exercise flopping.

Results announced by INEC at the end of the exercise showed that only 18,742 signatories to the recall petition were verified out of the 189,870 signatories on the petition.

The verified signatories fell well below the requirement of the law that 50 percent and one of the signatories must be verified before the recall process can continue.

Consequently, the embattled Senator Melaye who was in the hospital owing to the drama that followed his arrest has survived the recall attempt.

 

Here is how the verification exercise turned out in the seven local government areas in the senatorial district, which has 351,146 registered voters.

KOTON KARFE LGA

TOTAL NUMBERS OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 46,727.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES ON THE PETITIONS – 24,459.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES AT VERIFICATION – 2,566.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES VERIFIED – 2, 335.

KABBA BUNU LGA

TOTAL NUMBERS OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 59,319
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES ON THE PETITIONS – 27,910
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATORIES AT VERIFICATION – 2,151
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNAT7S VERIFIED – 2,085.

IJUMU
TOTAL NUMBERS OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 46,810.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURE ON THE PETITION – 24,389.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES AT VERIFICATION – 2,811.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES VERIFIED – 2,664.

YAGBA EAST
TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 35,329.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURE ON THE PETITION – 18,229.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES AT VERIFICATION – 3,580.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES VERIFIED – 3,506.

MOPA AMURO
TOTAL NUMBERS OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 18, 350
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION – 9,173.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES AT VERIFICATION – 729.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATARIES VERIFIED – 710.

  • There was violence in Mopa Amuro towards the end of the exercise. Six polling units were reportedly affected. As a result, the exercise in six out of the 10 wards in the LGA were cancelled.

YAGBA WEST LGA
TOTAL NUMBERS OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 35,506
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION – 19,444
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES AT VERIFICATION – 4,221
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATORIES VERIFIED – 3,729.

LOKOJA LGA
TOTAL NUMBERS OF REGISTERED VOTERS – 109,105
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION – 66,266.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES AT VERIFICATION – 4,810.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF SIGNATARIES VERIFIED – 3,763.

INEC Begins Verification Of Signatories For Melaye’s Recall
File photo: Senator Dino Melaye

Kaduna Central: ‘Concerned Indigenes’ Threaten To Recall Senator Shehu Sani

Kaduna APC Suspends Senator Shehu Sani Indefinitely
Shehu Sani

 

A socio-political group called Concerned Indigenes of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone in Kaduna State has warned the Senator representing the zone, Shehu Sani, to desist from his “anti-party activities” and confrontational attitude against the Muhammadu Buhari administration or face recall from the Senate.

The group’s Coordinator, Aliyu Saidu, accused the Senator of losing focus of his primary duties of making laws at the National Assembly.

Saidu told journalists that rather than focus on his duties, the Senator had to “negative propaganda” against every government policy and action of the current administration.

Also at the briefing, representatives of the seven local government areas in the senatorial zone said it was unbecoming of a serving Senator to engage in anti-party activities instead of being a partner in progress and bringing development to the electorates that voted him into office.

They, therefore, vowed to initiate his recall from the National Assembly to enable them to bring in a competent person that will represent them well.

Senator Sani, however, dismissed the allegations, insisting that his utterances and actions at the Senate does not in any way amount to undermining the Buhari administration.

Speaking through his media aide, Senator Sani who maintains that he has used his position to attract meaningful development to his senatorial zone.

The Senator added that he had initiated bills that are of great benefit to his people.

Describing the threat by the group to recall him as a huge joke that cannot stand the test of time, Senator Sani vowed to continue to speak up or criticise any policy of the Kaduna State or Federal Government that are not in tune with the yearnings of the citizens of the country irrespective of his party affiliation.

HP Recalls Computer Batteries Over Fire Risk

HP on Thursday announced a recall of batteries in some of its notebook and mobile workstation computers due to the risk they could burst into flames.

“These batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers,” the US computer maker said at a website with details of the voluntary recall.

“Many of these batteries are internal to the system, which means they are not customer replaceable.”

The list of machines with the potentially problematic lithium-ion batteries included Probook, Envy, Pavilion, Zbook, Studio G3, and HP 11 models sold worldwide for the past two years, according to the online post.

Some batteries targeted for recall were also sold as accessories or replacements through HP or authorised service providers.

HP said it is notifying customers and will replace batteries for free. In the meantime, the US-based computer company advised people to only use the computers in a “safe mode” powered by plugging into outlets instead of by batteries.

HP is the consumer division created by the 2015 split of Hewlett-Packard, which spun out a separate business services unit called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

AFP

Melaye’s Recall: INEC Will Return To Court On Thursday

Senator Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC will return to court on Thursday to request new directives or the substituted service of the recall petition and documents on Senator Dino Melaye after the Senator “refused to accept” service.

INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity Department, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said this on Tuesday after efforts by the commission to formally serve Senator Melaye the petition it received from his constituents to recall him met a brick wall.

Officials of the commission and the bailiff of the Federal High Court had stormed the Senate to serve Senator Melaye, but his office was locked.

“Well, the bailiff of the Federal High Court, on behalf of the commission, went to attempt to serve Senator Melaye this afternoon, but Senator Melaye refused to accept service from the bailiff of the court,” Osaze-Uzzi said in a phone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Consequently, officials of the commission and the bailiff dropped bags containing the petition and accompanying documents in front of the office and waited for several minutes to serve Senator Melaye.

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INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity Department, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi

Mr Osaze-Uzzi explained the development means that the commissioner will head back to court.

He said, “You will recall that in his statement he said documents were not made available to him. We have tried to make the documents available to him through the court and the court bailiff but he has declined to accept the service.

“So, on Thursday we will report back to court what has transpired and probably ask for substituted service.”

Dino Melaye Will Appeal Court Ruling On Recall Process – Ozekhome

Ozekhome

The Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye, will appeal today’s ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja, which reactivated the process for his recall.

Today’s judgment by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba effectively terminated the earlier ex parte order made by Justice John Tsoho which halted the recall process and Senator Melaye and his lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, said they will appeal it.

“The only aspect that we will probably appeal is the aspect that there was no constitutional requirement by INEC as the adjudicator to give a fair hearing to the person being recalled. I am happy that Mr Soyebi, the INEC’s spokesperson has said ‘Oh, we will give them a copy of the petition for the purpose of fair hearing,” Ozekhome said when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“The beauty about this decision is that the court essentially agreed with us. Our major complaint is that Dino Melaye was never even given a copy of this petition to peep into the schedule of the signatories to the petition to recall him. When he went to his constituency, all his constituents that he asked said ‘No, we didn’t append our signatures’.”

While Ozekhome is not interested in the politics behind the recall process, like his client, he alleged that the move was politically motivated.

He said, “Let me make clear again another point which some people don’t seem to know. There is Section 68, subsection 2 of the Constitution still awaiting all the players. Whether they were political motivated or not, Dino Melaye has argued in his case that it is politically motivated because he has issues with the governor.

“Section 68, subsection 2 – what many of them have never looked at is that in this checks and balances (doctrine of separation of powers) the executive has done its own by trying to recall Dino, the judiciary the judiciary has done its own today which decision will be appealed tomorrow.

Some of the constituents claimed they were deceived into signing the petition as people came to them under the guise of distributing fertilizer to them, according to Mr Ozekhome.

“They did not know it was for the purpose of a recall,” he said, adding that some of the constituents said they saw the names of their deceased relatives on the petition.

Based on this and in the spirit of fair hearing, Mr Ozekhome said it was important for Senator Melaye to review the signatories to determine whether they are genuine or fictitious.

Indeed, Justice Dimgba in his ruling today ordered INEC to serve Senator Melaye a copy of the petition with the schedule of signatures and list of petitioners. He also asked INEC to amend the recall timetable to give the plaintiff at least two weeks to prepare.

The court then dismissed all other prayers sought by the Senator.

Should Senator Melaye be unsatisfied with the petition after reviewing it, he has a right to go back to court.

Ozekhome said, “Let me quickly put this caveat so that others will get prepared when the battle comes up. If INEC now gives a copy of the petition to Dino Melaye and Dino Melaye now studies it and discovers that there are fictitious names there, there are names from Kogi East or Kogi North instead of Kogi West alone that is his constituency, that some of them are dead, that some of them were simulated and simply adopted from the register of INEC and pasted there, let me enter the caveat, Dino Melaye again has a right to go to court again under Section 6 of the Constitution to ventilate his grievances.”

Melaye had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on June 23, and asked the court to nullify the process of his recall by declaring the petition presented to INEC as unlawful.

Two weeks later, on July 6, Justice John Tsoho gave him a temporary respite by making a temporary restraining order on the recall process and directing all parties to maintain status quo.

However, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in his judgment today has put the process back on track.

Those calling for Melaye’s recall represents 52.3 percent of registered voters in the constituency.

A total of 188,588 – representing 52.3 percent of the 360,098 registered voters in the constituency “signed” the petition for Senator Melaye’s recall.

Only 79,268 people however voted in the election that took Melaye to the Senate.

At the poll, Melaye secured 41,120 votes to defeat Smart Adeyemi who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party but is now a member of the APC. Adeyemi got 38,148 votes in the election.

Melaye had since faulted the petition, saying many of those that signed it were not his constituents.

INEC Receives Petition For Abubakar Kuki’s Recall

INEC Considers Solar-Powered Devices For Voter Registration, Others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has received a petition for the recall of Honourable Abubakar Galadima Kuki, a member representing Bebeji Constituency in the Kano State House of Assembly.

A statement by Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Adedeji S. Soyebi, disclosed that the petition from his constituents was received on August 11, 2017.

“In accordance with the INEC guidelines for recall, the Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of the petition to the Petitioners’ representatives and has written to inform Honourable Kuki of the presentation of the petition.

“A timetable and schedule of activities pursuant to the petition will be issued shortly,” the statement read.

Court Restrains INEC From Continuing Process For Dino Melaye’s Recall

Dino Melaye

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye has received a temporary respite as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has made a temporary restraining order on the recall process initiated by some of his constituents.

Justice John Tsoho gave the order after listening to arguments in an expert motion filed by Senator Melaye’s lawyer, Mr Mike Ozekhome, seeking to stop the recall on the grounds that signatories to the recall were fake.

The judge ordered the stay of proceedings in the recall and urged the parties involved to abide by the status quo and subsequently adjourned the matter to September 29, 2017, for further hearing.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Monday released the timetable for the recall, indicating that it would give a notice of verification (of signatories) on July 10, 2017, with the process expected to end on August 19.

[UPDATED] INEC Releases Timetable For Dino Melaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the timetable for the recall of the Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.

Based on the timetable, INEC will give a notice of verification on July 10, 2017. The notice would be posted in the commission’s LGA office in Lokoja.

July 31 would be the last day for submission of application by interested observers at the INEC headquarters.

The last day for submission of names of verification agents for Senator Melaye and the petitioners, according to INEC, is August 10.

Five days later, on August 15, there will be a stakeholders’ meeting at the INEC state office, while the conduct of the verification will take place on August 19 with the outcome of the verification scheduled to be declared the same day.

 

NPFL Clubs Recall Players For CAF Champions League Clashes

Nigeria’s CAF Champions League representatives Enugu Rangers and Kano Pillars have demanded for the release of their players from the eagles camp ahead of their continental engagements.

Rangers have formally written to the Nigeria Football Federation for the release their three players in Super Eagles camp for the trip to Vital’o of Burundi.

In the same vein, Kano Pillars have recalled the quartet of Gabriel Reuben, Gambo Mohammed, Umar Zango and Papa Idris from Super Eagles camp ahead of their CAF Champions League clash against AC Leopard in Kano on Saturday afternoon.

Pillars will host CAF Confederation Cup holders AC Leopard of Congo Brazzaville on Saturday at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano.