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Stop Metuh From Making Further Libelous Statements Against Me, Lai Mohammed Begs Court

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Lai-Metuh1The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has asked a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja to stop the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson, Chief Olisa Metuh, from further making “libelous” statements against him.

The former APC spokesperson, who made the plea through his counsel, Wahab Shittu, prayed Justice Toyin Ipaye to grant his prayer as a matter of urgency.

Mohammed, who is now the Minister of Information, had on October 12, 2015 filed a N500 million suit against Metuh before the court, alleging that the PDP spokesperson defamed him in a statement issued on September 20, 2015.

He claimed that Metuh accused him of embezzling the funds meant for fencing of an airport as well as obtained money to supply ambulances, but which he allegedly failed to supply. Both alleged acts of corruption, according to the PDP spokesman, involved APC-controlled states in the Southwest.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Mohammed brought an application dated November 8, 2015, urging the court to “refrain the defendant, his agents, groups or associations from further publishing a libellous writing against the applicant pending the hearing of substantive suit”.

“We need a stop gap of this court. The claimant is accused of corruption and embezzlement, meaning the claimant is a fraudster and an economic saboteur.

“This is a claimant who has not been arraigned or found guilty of any corrupt practices and a legal practitioner of great standing. He is currently serving as Minister of Information.

“The claimant’s legal right has been violated and is threatened by the defendant who seems to be on rampage. The defendant should be restrained from further publication of libellous statements”, Shittu posited.

But counsel to Metuh, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), prayed the court to strike out or dismiss the application of the applicant for incompetence.

“The application was not served within five days and there are no facts supporting the alleged libellous statement against the claimant.

“It was also not duly signed by the deponent, but the signature of the deponent was scanned…” Etiaba argued.

The trial judge adjourned the matter till November 23 for ruling.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

Governor Fayemi

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

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Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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