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Supreme Court: CSO Orders Tinubu To Abstain From Kano, Zamfara, Plateau Guber Tussles

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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the 19 Northern states, operating under the Conference of Northern States Civil Society Networks, issued a warning to President Bola Tinubu on Saturday not to meddle in the election cases that are pending rulings from the Apex Court in Kano, Zamfara, and the Plateau states.

A rerun in Zamfara state was ordered in response to the contentious appeal court ruling that dismissed governors Abba Yusuf of Kano and Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang of Plateau states. The decision was met with widespread outrage.

The group’s chairman, Ibrahim Waiya, issued a warning regarding interference during a press conference in Kano, stating that it is “part of a manipulative scheme to interfere with judicial processes in courts involving cases of election in opposition states.”

The Nigerian democracy could be brought to an end by any attempt to influence the Supreme Court’s ruling, Mr. Waiya warned. Such an act “would never be forgiven by the entire democratic communities around the World, and may lead to chaos, more insecurity, and conflicts across the country.”

Additionally, he gave the Nigerian Judicial Council, NJC, advice on how to “adhere to the latter ethics and practice of their profession, by the law, as the custodian of justice and rule of rule.”

According to Mr. Waiya, the Conference “expressed deep concern about the current state of the Nigerian judiciary.”

“The citizens are feeling confused and frustrated due to the contradictory rulings that are coming from different courts under the same jurisdiction. Regrettably, this has caused people to lose faith in the court system.

Sustaining the rule of law and preserving public confidence depend heavily on the fairness and efficiency of our legal system.

“We feel that the Judicial Service Commission is obligated and empowered to implement the required changes to rebuild public confidence in the legal system,” he declared.

In terms of national security, particularly in the North, the Chairman pointed out that Tinubu’s administration is faring far worse than expected.

The country’s new service chiefs and significant investments in the security sector, he pointed out, have raised citizens’ expectations that life and property security should now be at the barest minimum.

But in contrast, Mr. Waiya claims that “the ongoing killings, kidnappings, banditry, and community displacement throughout the nation, particularly in certain northern states like Katsina, Plateau, Sokoto, Niger, Kaduna, and Zamfara States, as well as the resurgence of the insurgency in the northeast, are simply unheard of.”

“The degree to which the rapidly deteriorating security for the lives and property of Nigerian citizens increases their level of fear, hopelessness, and uncertainty,”

“We commend the perseverance of certain governors, such as those in Sokoto, Borno, Kaduna, Zamfara, and Katsina, in reducing the insecurities within their states.

But to hold the security agencies and himself accountable for the nation’s persistent insecurity, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu needs to create a key performance indicator (KPI) that lasts no longer than six months so that the agencies can be evaluated.

Mr. Waiya continued, “We implore the National Security Adviser to coordinate the synergy between the Service Chiefs for optimal combating of inequalities.”

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BREAKING: INEC Chair, Tor Tiv, Others Arrive For Constitutional Review Committee Inauguration

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The House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review will now convene following the arrival of Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse.

The 37-man committee, comprised of one representative from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, met for the first time a few weeks ago at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

The committee, led by Benjamin Kalu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, is expected to revisit contentious issues such as state police, decentralisation of powers to federating units, local government autonomy, and power rotation among the six geopolitical zones, among others.

President Bola Tinubu, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and several other leaders are expected to attend the event.

 

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Otti Salutes Olumide Akpata For Emerging LP Governorship Candidate In Edo

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Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has congratulated Olumide Akpata on his emergence as the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the governorship election in Edo State, slated for September 21, 2024.

Akpata, a lawyer and former National President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) emerged winner of the LP governorship primary election which held on Friday, February 23, 2024, in Benin, capital of Edo State, after scoring 316 votes to beat other aspirants.
He was declared winner by the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emetu, who chaired the election committee.

According to Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Otti also congratulated the LP’s Governorship Primary Election Committee for conducting a credible and transparent election.
He particularly commended his Deputy, Emetu and an engineer for dutifully performing his role as the Returning Officer.

The Governor, according to a statement issued from his office, expressed gladness that the primary election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace and has been adjudged as free, fair and credible by majority of the aspirants who participated, a remarkable departure from stories coming from the camps of other political parties.

While describing the entire process as being in consonance with the philosophy of LP, which is equity, fairness and justice, the Abia State Governor equally congratulated the other aspirants for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship and called on them to support Akpata in the journey to claim Edo State for Labour Party.

“Now that the primaries are over, I call on all the aspirants, and indeed our party members in Edo State, to rally behind our candidate as we embark on the journey to take ov er the Government House in Benin,” Governor Otti appealed.

Furthermore,, he commended the leadership of the party at both State and National levels for working hard to ensure a peaceful electioneering process.

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Ignore The Rumour, Obi Not Quitting Labour Party, Berates Mischief Makers

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The Peter Obi Media Reach, POMR wishes to outrightly dismiss trending fake and fallacious news story suggesting that he was parting ways with the Labour Party.

This is not true and it did not originate from Obi or the Obedient Movement but from mischief makers bent on sowing the seed of discord in the party.

In a statement from his Media Aide, Michael Jude Nwolisa, these rising misdemeanours on the party did not start today as they set out to destroy and disorganize the party all to get at Obi and derail the inevitable journey of rescuing Nigeria.

Presently our principal is preoccupied with making Nigeria work not on partisan politics which ended on October 26, 2023, when the Supreme Court of the land took their final decision on the general elections.

Those bent on creating a crisis in the Labour Party are enemies of democracy wishing for the failed status quo to remain.

OBI’s focus at the moment is on creating an environment where democracy is to be practised according to the defined tenets not the rascality  and all forms of impunity prevalent in the country today

Peter Obi therefore would like to assure Nigerians, particularly the Obidient family that his way with Labour is unshaken and intact and that the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the criminal gangs holding it down will not stop until it’s achieved through the will of the Nigerian people.

 

 

 

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