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INEC Reacts To Court Ruling To Resume Voters Registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday reacted to the ruling of the Federal High Court ordering it to resume voters registration.

According to INEC, it would be constitutionally and legally impossible to resume voter registration before the commencement of the 2023 general elections.

JomogNews had earlier reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the electoral body to continue voter registration until 90 days before the election.

The judgement was delivered by the court following a summons filed before the court by Anajat Salmat and three others, arguing that INEC can not stop the CVR contrary to the stipulated provisions of the constitution

Justice Inyang Ekwo on Tuesday held that it was the constitutional responsibility of the electoral body to make adequate provisions for the exercise following Nigerian laws.

INEC ended voter registration across the country in July.

INEC National Commissioner and Director of Voter Education, Festus Okoye while speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday said the electoral body is yet to obtain the true certified copies of the court ruling.

Okoye in his reaction to the court ruling said, “It would be constitutionally and legally impossible for the Commission to resume the Continuous Voter Registration exercise.”

He added that INEC is working on improving the voter registration process for future elections.

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Fani-Kayode Reveals Those Trying To Kill Tinubu, Issues Fresh Warning

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A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has come out to say the people seeking to kill the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, knows themselves, but they won’t succeed.

JomogNews Nigeria reports that Fani-Kayode, who is an APC chieftain, took to micro blogging platform, Twitter to declare that no opposition can kill the party’s flag bearer before, during, and after the presidential election.

He warned that it would be better for all those that harbour such thoughts know that it won’t succeed.

The APC chieftain’s reaction follows an allegation by Tinubu on Saturday in Lagos State that no one can kill him either before, during or after the forthcoming general election.

Tinubu, at a recent rally in support of his presidential bid, organised by the Lagos State government, at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, assured his supporters that, “I cannot be killed,” while urging them to get their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) to vote him into power.

He had also at the rally attacked his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, while urging electorates in the state to once again reject the “selfish Atiku Abubakar, who has been running for the Presidency since 1999.”

JomogNews gathered that Fani-Kayode however said in his post that God has affirmed that Tinubu can’t be killed, or cut short, so the people behind such thought should rather accept God’s faith.

He wrote : “No opponent can kill me – @officialABAT

“Let those that harbour such evil plans hear it loud and clear.

“YOU know who you are.

“The Jagaban, ekun omo Asabi, cannot be killed before, during or after the election.

“He cannot be cut short. God affirms it, know this and know peace.”

 

 

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Nigerian Tweeps knock Aisha Buhari, DSS Over Aminu Adamu’s Arrest

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari and the Department of State Services (DSS) are facing criticism over the arrest of a young Nigerian after a remark on Twitter.

Aminu Adamu, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, is in detention for commenting on Aisha’s weight.

In June 2022, the undergraduate tweeted “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi” (The mother has got fatter by eating masses’ money).

The post, which suggests President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife benefited from alleged corrupt practices, generated many reactions.

Aminu’s friends said the tweet was in protest of the eight-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The industrial action infuriated thousands of students so much that they made comments, videos, and organised rallies against the government.

After the revelation of Aminu’s ordeal by Peoples Gazette, Nigerians are clamouring for his immediate trial or release.

The 23-year-old, arrested within campus around 12 noon on November 8, was only allowed to speak to his father, Shalele Azare Adamu.

As of Sunday night, Aisha Buhari was trending on Twitter with more than 60,000 mentions as users mount pressure on the authorities to free the student.

Legal practitioner, Inibehe Effiong said it is petty, ridiculous and unconstitutional for the DSS to hold a citizen for “mockery”.

Effiong insists Nigeria is not Iran, North Korea or China and vowed that reckless abuse of power will not be tolerated.

The rights activist stated that Mrs Aisha Buhari should have taken Muhammed to court for libel if she felt defamed.

Effiong said using the secret police to detain a youth “is another evidence of the culture of crass impunity that pervades the Buhari regime”.

“It is not acceptable to deploy state apparatus in such a draconian and oppressive manner the way Mrs Aisha Buhari has done to settle personal scores. The DSS has no jurisdiction in this case”, he added,

In one of his several reactions on the matter, Investigative Reporter, David Hundeyin quoted a 2013 tweet by the APC United Kingdom verified account.

“Death notice (2) Survived by GEJ (Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan), Shepopotamus (Alleged reference to Patience Jonathan)…Funeral to be held at Aso Rock. No sycophants or flowers please”, it reads.

Noting that the tweet was about a sitting First Lady, David wrote: “The sky did not fall down. So please entirely miss me with anything you have to say. Aisha Buhari’s bullying has not even started.”

@SadiqMaunde: “They arrested Aminu for trolling Aisha Buhari, now thousands of Aminus emerged on Twitter. Nigerians are really uniting against their oppressors, may we carry the same anger to the polls.”

@AishaYesufu: “Who is Aisha Buhari that an aggrieved citizen cannot talk about? Those of you talking about her so called powers need to ask yourselves whether you are citizens or slaves.”

@Oluomoofderby: “Aisha Buhari can use the DSS to arrest someone who insulted her but the DSS can’t arrest the people who stoned and burnt Deborah Samuel to death. Deborah’s killers are walking free in Sokoto state. Nigeria is a lawless country.”

@firstladyship: “Aisha Buhari did not spare Aminu because he is Arewa, she sent the DSS to arrest him. What we are fighting against are the old guards who are united. 2023 is a class war between the political class & ordinary Nigerians.”

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Presidency: Why Buhari Can’t Wait To Leave Office – Femi Adesina

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief spokesman, Femi Adesina, has disclosed that his principal can’t wait to leave the presidency.

Adesina explained that being in power comes with a lot of work with little appreciation from Nigerians.

He disclosed this on Channels TV on Sunday night while reacting to Buhari’s remark that he can’t wait to leave power.

In July, DAILY POST reported that Buhari had, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described his seven years in office as “tough”.

The president, who said he was “eager to go”, disclosed this when he received some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), legislators and political leaders at his residence in Daura, Katsina State, during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

Reacting to the development, Adesina said: “Those of us who have been with him since 2015 are also counting down, we can’t wait to leave.”

On why people want to get out of the presidency, Adesina said: “It’s a lot of responsibility and work, and may be little appreciation of the populace.

“So, by the time you are winding down, you can’t wait to go.

“It’s not a matter of Buhari hurrying out, it’s a matter of constitutional limitation, he has spent seven and a half years.”

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