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Just In: PDP Finally Loses Ogun Guber Election Battle In Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Friday put to rest the legal battle on the Ogun State governorship election with the dismissal of the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu.

The appeal jointly brought before the apex court by the PDP and Oladipupo was thrown out on the main ground of being unmeritorious.

Justice Tijani Abubakar dismissed the petition in the lead judgment he delivered.

Justice Abubakar rejected the prayer by Adebutu and PDP for an order to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct fresh elections in the 99 polling units where elections were allegedly cancelled.

The court disagreed with the allegations of election cancellation in the 99 polling units and the claim that INEC never denied the issue.

On the contrary, the Supreme Court held the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, were lawfully declared winners of the March 18 poll by the electoral body.

Justice Abubakar agreed that the documents brought by the appellants that elections were cancelled in 99 polling units were worthless papers and lacking in evidential value for having no heading, no date and no signature and name of any official.

The court affirmed the findings and conclusions of the Ogun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal which had earlier dismissed the petition for want of merit.

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Just In: NLC Protest Begins In Parts Of Lagos

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commenced its planned protest in Lagos. JomogNews observed the protesters displaying placards of various inscriptions in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

The protesters started gathering around Ikeja under bridge as early as 7:00 am, bearing placards and putting on the paraphernalia of the NLC.

The police in Lagos had warned against obstruction of traffic and businesses during the protest.

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Oronsaye Report: Tinubu To Scrap Many Agencies, Merge Others

“Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave way to a leaner government,”

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President Bola Tinubu has resolved to implement the Stephen Oronsaye report that called for a leaner government by merging some agencies and scrapping some others.

The president’s decision was announced by a presidential spokesperson, Bayo Onanuga, in a post on X.

“Twelve years after the Steve Oronsaye panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalizing Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after, President Tinubu and the Federal Executive Council today decided to implement the report,” Mr Onanuga wrote.

“Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave way to a leaner government,” he said.

In a recent editorial, PREMIUM TIMES had called on the Tinubu administration to implement the Oronsaye report as a way of cutting the cost of running the government.

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Nnamdi Kanu To Appear In Court On Feb 26th Over Terrorism Charges

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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Federal Government of Nigeria is to resume the trial of the self appointed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu on terrorism charges on Monday, February 26.

The decision of the government to resume trial followed the December 15, 2023, judgment of the Supreme Court which gave go ahead for continuation of trial of Kanu in the remaining seven count charges against him.

A notice for resumption of the trial, indicated that it would proceed before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The notice indicated that Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF) have been put on notice.

The Director General of the Department of the State Services (DSS) has also been contacted to make the IPOB leader available in court on the date.

Kanu has been in the custody of the DSS since June 19, 2021, when he was arrested in Kenya and brought to Nigeria by the federal government through its security agency.

Although he was initially slammed with 15-count terrorism charges, Justice Binta Nyako in the course of trial did not find merit in 8 of the charges and subsequently dismissed them.

In a ruling in April 2022, the Judge upheld only seven count charges against Kanu and ordered him to open his defense on the alleged offense.

Temporary respite however came the way of the detained IPOB leader when the Court of Appeal in Abuja, in October 2022, quashed the entire terrorism charges against him and ordered his immediate release from DSS custody.

The decision of the Court of Appeal was predicated on the unlawful rendition of Kanu by the Nigerian government from Kenya instead of extradition and held that his trial was unlawful along with the charges against him.

However, on October 28, 2022, the Court of Appeal granted a stay of execution of its order discharging Kanu following an appeal filed by the federal government at the Supreme Court.

On its part, the Supreme Court in a judgment on December 15, 2023, upturned the judgment of the lower court in favour of the government.

The Apex Court in the lead unanimous judgment by Justice Garba Lawal, but read by Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, ordered that the trial of Kanu in the seven count charges be continued.

Justice Lawal held that although the Nigerian government recklessly, irresponsibly and unlawfully rendered Kanu from Kenya, such an unlawful act had not divested any court power to proceed with his trial.

The apex count said that no Nigerian law supported quashing of the charges and releasing Kanu owing to his mere unlawful abduction from Kenya and held that the remedy for such an action is for Kanu to file a civil matter against the government.

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