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Tribunal Dismisses Rhodes-Vivour’s Petition, Affirms Sanwo-Olu’s Victory

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The Lagos State Governorship Election Tribunal has affirmed the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and dismissed the petition of the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, who challenged the return of Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.

Justice Mikhail Abdullahi held that Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Hamzat, were qualified to contest the March 18, 2023, governorship election in the state under section 177 of the Constitution.

The judge noted that they are members of political parties and educated up to school certificate level.

Section 177 of the constitution stipulated that “A person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if

(a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;

(b) he has attained the age of thirty-five years;

(c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and

(d) he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”

“We have considered the evidence before this court. He has the highest number of votes. This petition is dead on arrival.”

“Given the evidence adduced before the court, the grounds on which the petitioner is seeking disqualification of 2nd and 3rd respondents lack merit.

“I have found Gov Sanwo-Olu and deputy, Dr Hamzat duly elected and therefore declared them winner.”

However, justice Arum Ashom and Justice Igho Braimoh aligned with the judgment

Earlier, the Tribunal had struck out the application of Jandor, who was seeking a disqualification of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s candidature.

Jandor had argued in his motion, alongside his formal petition in which he challenged the return of Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Obafemi Hamzat in the March 18, 2023 governorship elections in Lagos State.

The petitioner had contended that Mr Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to be elected, and therefore wrongfully nominated and sponsored by his party, the All Progressives Party.

He had replied to section 134(1)(a) of the Electoral Act of 2022 which deals with grounds for instituting an electoral petition.

But, Justice Abdullahi, while reading the Tribunal’s decision on the matter, held that this position didn’t form part of the grounds for disqualification for election into the office of Governor, under sections 177 and 182 of the Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

The tribunal also declared that it has no powers to inquire into the primary election of the APC which produced Sanwo-Olu, saying it is a pre-election matter which doesn’t fall under its jurisdiction.

“Only an aspirant or member of a political party can complain about the outcome of the party’s primary, not a busybody like the petitioner.”

This ruling forms part of the judgment being delivered in Jandor’s petition.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Arum Ashom, earlier on Monday, announced that judgment over the petition of the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour will be delivered afterwards.

The third judge on the panel is Justice Igho Braimoh.

The tribunal also struck out the names of the Labour Party and its candidate among the list of respondents, saying a petition is contemplated to be filed between the winner and the loser of an election and not between two persons who lost.

The tribunal also expunged from its records all exhibits tendered in evidence by Rhodes-Vivour and the LP in Jandor’s petition, adding that they cannot subsequently go on to challenge any part of the judgment in Jandor’s petition or else will become a meddlesome interloper.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress winner of the governorship election.

He polled 762,134 votes to beat Mr Rhodes-Vivour, who scored 312,329 votes. Jide Adediran came a distant third, polling 62,449 votes.

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Just In: Tinubu Names Abuja Expressway After Wole Soyinka

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….Says Wike has proven his critics wrong

President Bola Tinubu has approved the naming of the full-scope Arterial road N20 from Northern Parkway to the Outer Northern Expressway (otherwise called the Murtala Mohammed Expressway), as the Wole Soyinka Way.

The president stated this during his address at the inauguration of the road in Abuja on Tuesday, June 4, where he described the 89-year-old playwright as a foremost playwright who has brought international acclaim, to Nigeria, while appreciating the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, for the recommendation.

“Let me say here that your momentous recommendation to name this road Wole Soyinka Way is well received. He is our foremost playwright, novelist, and Nobel prize winner, who has brought Nigeria fame and pride of international acclaim. Thank you for thinking that way, we all accept your recommendation on behalf of the people and the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, the President said.

Tinubu while commending wike said he has proven his critics wrong.

The Nation reports that the inauguration of the Wole Soyinka Way is the fifth project inaugurated by President Tinubu, as part of events to mark his administration’s first year in office.

Other projects commissioned include the Southern Parkway, renamed the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way, the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, otherwise known as the Metro Rail, and the Outer Southern Parkway, renamed the Mahamadou Issoufou Way, among others.

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Minimum Wage: Organised Labour Suspends Strike For Five Days

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Members of the organised labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, on Tuesday, suspended their strike for five days, a leader of the NLC told our correspondent in Abuja.

This is to give room for uninterrupted meetings with the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage.

The centres are expected to issue a statement shortly before the commencement of negotiations with the government.

This was confirmed by TUC chairman, Festus Osifo on Tuesday.

The strike which commenced on Monday was called to protest the failure of the Federal Government to approve new minimum wage by May 31 as well as its failure to reverse the hike in electricity tariff.

JomogNews reports that after a six-hour meeting with the leadership of organised labour in Abuja on Monday night, the Federal Government expressed the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to raising the N60,000 offered as the minimum wage.

The agreement stated, “The President of Nigeria, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is committed to establishing a National Minimum Wage higher than N60,000; and the Tripartite Committee will convene daily for the next week to finalise an agreeable National Minimum Wage.”

The organised labour also agreed to “immediately hold meetings of its organs to consider this new offer, and no worker would face victimisation as a consequence of participating in the industrial action.”

These resolutions were signed on behalf of the Federal Government by Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

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Video: Dismembered body found near home of man who accommodated two friends who are currently missing

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A dismembered body has been found near home of the Nigerian man who accommodated two friends who are currently missing. LIB reported that Celine and her Ghanaian friend, Afiba, were declared missing after they travelled from Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Abia State on April 27, 2024 to see Andrew Amaechi Ochekwo after connecting with him on Facebook.

Nigerian activist, Harrison Gwamnishu, who has been following the case, confirmed the discovery of the decomposed body, He mentioned that the decomposing body was found with its head, hands and legs not visible and that it was wrapped in one of the curtains similar to the ones in the home of Andrew who was allegedly killed while trying to escape from arrest some days ago.

He wrote:

ONE DECOMPOSING DEAD BODY FOUND NEAR OPPOSITE ANDREW’S HOUSE

HEAD, TWO HANDS, TWO LEGS NOT VISIBLE.

You all remembered that few days ago, I posted that anyone with useful information to the whereabout of Celine and Afiba should send a message and his/her identity will be protected.

Yesterday, at about 10:00pm, we arrived Aba and in company of police officers from FIB-IRT Abuja, we went out for a search and discovered a decomposed body wrapped and dumped somewhere around ZeeRock area Ogbor-Hill, Aba, Abia State.

We are yet to ascertain if the body is one of the victims or someone else and wishes to appeal to NDI Abia to assist us more in knowing the whereabouts of Celine and Afiba.

I understand that there is a disconnect between the Security Agencies and the people and which is the reason I am here in person and any information sent to me will not put anyone in danger. HELP US TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.

Harrison Gwamnishu”

 

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