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Appeal Court Sacks Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State. The panel upheld the verdict of the tribunal led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay which sacked Yusuf on September 20, 2023.

Recall the lower tribunal had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasir Gawuna, as the lawfully elected candidate in the 18 March election.

The three-member panel of judges in the tribunal led by Oluyemi Asadebay, had ruled in favour of the APC candidate.

JomogNews Nigeria reports after the 18 March election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared that the NNPP polled 1,019,602 votes against the APC’s 890,705 to emerge victorious.

But the tribunal invalidated over 165,663 ballots thumb printed in favour of NNPP. The court ruled that the votes were deducted because the ballot papers with which they were cast were not stamped or signed. This rendered the votes invalid, according to the tribunal.

The tribunal said the petitioner was able to prove the allegation of the invalidity of some of the votes on the grounds that the election was not in compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Therefore, the tribunal ordered that the invalid votes be expunged from Yusuf’s scores.

Displeased with the tribunal’s judgement, Yusuf in a notice of appeal dated 2 October 2023, argued that the tribunal erred when it relied on sections 71 and 63 of the Electoral Act, 2022 to invalidate the 165,616 ballot papers returned in his favour.

The governor also said the respondent, (the APC) “did not plead with the polling units where the alleged invalid papers ballot papers were used and the tribunal was therefore wrong to accede to cancel the lawful votes”.

There was no witness presented by the first respondent to testify as to the use of any of the ballot papers in any polling unit. NNPP argued that the tribunal did not demonstrate in its judgement how it arrived at its decision on 165,616 invalid votes against the appellant.

The governor also argued in ground 20, that the tribunal misdirected itself when it went out of the judicial duties by constituting itself into witnesses, investigators and sat as judges.

The ruling is not the last of judicial pronouncement on the election, as the losing party after the Appeal Court ruling is constitutionally allowed to appeal to the Supreme Court, the country’s highest court with the final say on the electoral dispute.

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Rivers Assembly: Pro-Wike Lawmakers Know Fate Today As Appeal Court Delivers Judgement

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An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt has scheduled a ruling for (today) Friday, June 14, 2024, regarding a case filed by Martin Amaewhule, on behalf of twenty-six others, challenging the decision of the Rivers State High Court, which favored Victor Oko-Jumbo, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Previously, Justice Dagogo Jack of the State High Court ruled in favor of Oko-Jumbo in a suit that restrained Amaewhule and twenty-six others from performing any legislative functions and vacated their seats as Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly.

An interlocutory injunction was also granted against Amaewhule and the twenty-six others, which has now been consolidated in the appeal.

The three-judge panel of the Appeal Court, led by Justice Jimi Olukayode-Bada, after hearing arguments from both parties on Thursday, announced their readiness to deliver a ruling on the matter and instructed all counsels to be present in court by 9 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024.

Should the Appeal Court rule in favor of Amaewhule, all laws and bills passed by him and the other members will be validated, and they will resume their legislative functions.

The affected lawmakers are loyal to the FCT Mninister, Nyesom Wike.

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APC Begins E-Membership Registration Wednesday

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The ruling All Progressives Congress said the electronic registration of its members nationwide will start on Wednesday and the exercise will be inaugurated by its National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka.

Morka noted that Ganduje will be accompanied by two serving ministers in President Bola Tinubu’s administration and party leaders to the opening of the ‘Train the Trainer’ Workshop slated for Abuja.

He identified the two dignitaries as the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji, and his counterpart in Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani.

The statement partly read, “In furtherance of the All Progressives Congress’ trailblazing commitment to digitalise its membership register in all its chapters in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, the National Chairman of our great party, His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje cordially invites party leaders, members, and the general public to the opening ceremony of the ‘Train the Trainer’ Workshop.”

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Bill To Create New State In South-East Pass First Reading In House Of Reps

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A bill seeking the creation of an additional state in the South-East geo-political zone has passed first reading at the House of Representatives.

The state if created will be known as ‘Orlu State’, with its capital in Orlu.

The bill, seeking to alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended) was sponsored by the member representing Ideato North/ Ideato South Federal Constituency, Ikenga Ikeagwuonu Ugochinyere, and 15 others, is currently awaiting second reading.

If passed, the bill would bring the number of states in the South-East to six, and the country to 37.

The proposed legislation, which was availed to newsmen on Thursday, indicated that the proposed state will be carved out from Imo, Abia and Anambra.

According to the proposed legislation, Local Government Areas that will form part of the proposed state include Orlu, Orsu, Oru West, Oru East, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Nkwerre, Nwangele and Isu. Others are Oguta, Ohaji Egbema, Onuimo, Ihiala, Uga, Ihiala, Uli, Ozubulu, Akokwa, Arondizuogu, Umuchu, Umunze, Umuaku.

Others are New Ideato North, Nwabosi West, Nwabosi East, Owerre Nkworji, Alaoma, Amaifeke, Owerrebiri Umuowa.

The sponsor of the bill told newsmen that if the proposed state is created, Ideato would become a senatorial district.

He begged his colleagues in the National Assembly for support to ensure that the bill scales through second reading.

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