A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Cyriacus Njoku, had filed a suit on the 20th of March, seeking to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting for the presidency in 2015. Njoku in the suit is asking the court to declare that Jonathan’s tenure of office began on May 6, 2010 when his first term began.
However, President Goodluck Jonathan through his counsel, Kelechi Normeh, on Monday asked an Abuja High Court to dismiss the suit filed by Njoku, seeking to stop him from contesting for the presidency in 2015. Normeh, who is holding brief for Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN) described the suit as frivolous and vexatious and meant to make the court to labour in futility because the suit was purely a waste of time.
Normeh argued that president Jonathan, was currently doing his first term of four years in office as the President of Nigeria as provided by the 1999 Constitution as amended. He said: “President Jonathan’s status and position is formidably backed by the 1999 Constitution. “The constitution of Nigeria only makes provisions for a president to contest for not more than two terms of four years each… applicable to a person elected on the basis of an actual election.
“Or does it include one in which a person assumes the position of President by operation of law as in the case of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.”
Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Justice Oniyangi adjourned to Oct. 18, for judgment, explaining that the long adjournment, was in view of the fact that the high court would be proceeding on its annual vacation on Monday, August 6.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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