Senator Umar Appeals Court Ruling Sacking Him As Niger East APC Candidate

 

 

Senator David Umar has said he will appeal a Federal High Court ruling which sacked him as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Niger East district. 

The lawmaker described the judgement as erroneous and against the weight of evidence.

Umar who briefed journalists in his residence in Minna said the court has no power to nominate a candidate for a political party, accusing the learned trial court of ignoring the evidence of the defence and assuming the responsibility of nominating its preferred candidate.

He said he has appealed the decision of the trial court because it proceeded to hear and determine the matter without jurisdiction, as the suit was filed in breach of the provisions of section 285 subsection 9 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

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The lawmaker assured his constituents that the judgment is not final and has neither sealed his fate nor truncated his candidature, saying he remains the bona fide candidate of the APC in the forthcoming Senatorial election in Niger east until the position of the court of appeal and the supreme court on the matter is obtained to the contrary.

A Federal High Court on Thursday set aside the nomination of SenatorDavid Umar by the APC to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the candidate to represent the party for the office of Senator representing Niger-East Senatorial district at the general elections slated for next week.

The presiding judge, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo consequently declared Mohammed Musa as the APC candidate for the district.

Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo in her judgment agreed that Mohammed Musa was the declared winner of the APC primary election which held on October 2, 2018.

Consequently, the court granted an order setting aside the nomination and submission of the name of Senator Umar’s name by the party to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its candidate.

Justice Ogunbanjo further declared that the plaintiff, having secured the highest number of votes at the primary election which was conducted by APC and monitored by the electoral body.

Musa had challenged the party’s powers to allegedly handpick Senator Umar replacing him as its candidate in the district.

Listed as defendants in the suit filed by Musa are the APC,  INEC and Umar.

Justice Ogunbanjo also granted all the reliefs in the suit filed by Wole Olanikpekun (SAN)  on behalf of Umar.

Conspiracy Of Silence, Responsible For Benue Killings – Retired Captain

Retired Army Captain,  Aliyu Umar

 

A security consultant, Captain Aliyu Umar (Retired), has blamed the recent killings in Benue State on an alleged conspiracy by bandits.

Umar stated this on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily where he decried the continued bloodshed.

He said, “A conspiracy of silence is being on. It has been there and it is still there,” “In an apparent reference to the role played by security officials in the reported killings in the north-central state.

“A conspiracy to start with is a group of people coming together to do something harmful. They conspire to do that. So we can look at the bandits killing our citizens as conspirators.”

Benue State has been in the eye of the storm since the wake of this year following reported killings of over 70 indigenes of the state.

Subsequently, there seems to be series of a bloodbath in the state known as the Food Basket of the Nation, thereby leaving behind tales of sorrow and grief.

But the killings, however, took a new dimension on Tuesday when suspected herdsmen invaded a Catholic church and unleashed terror on Ayar Mbalom community in the Gwer East Local Government Area of the state, thereby killing two Reverend Fathers and 17 others.

According to Umar, the recent call for self-defence made by prominent Nigerians including a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma, is a loss of confidence in the nation’s security architecture.

He added, “People are calling for self-defence. That itself on my database is an indication that there is a loss of confidence, a vote of no-confidence in the nation’s security apparatus.

“When the state cannot begin to take custody of that, naturally as human beings who are wired in our DNA to survive, I am going to look for another means.”

Most Nigerians have been calling for the sack of the nation’s security chiefs following the continued attacks in parts of the country.

 

IBB Returns To Nigeria After Medical Trip

babangida_IBB_JonathanThe former military President in Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida, popularly referred to as IBB on Friday arrived Minna International Airport days after speculations that he had died in Germany.

IBB arrived around 3:30 p.m. local time in a chartered aircraft N550 DR from Germany where he had gone for medical treatment.

He was in company of his son, Aminu and daughter Halima while he was welcomed at the airport by a former Governor A. A. Kure.

Also at the airport were Mohammed Babangida, Aisha Babangida, Umar Ndanusa and a former federal Permanent Secretary, Idris Kuta.

Reports had emerged online few days ago about his state of health and alleged demise.

While some online media said he had died in Germany others said he was in a critical condition.