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Kogi: Judge Advises Politicians To Learn From Exemplary Jonathan, Fayemi

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James Faleke

Kogi State Governor Idris Wada and the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) James Faleke, yesterday, lost their bid to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting today’s supplementary election in the state. They failed to persuade the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to declare the make-up polls as illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires the powers of the electoral body.

In its ruling yesterday, the court declined jurisdiction to determine the merit of both Wada and Faleke’s suits. Noting that the legal actions were precipitated by the governorship election held in Kogi State on November 21, Justice Kolawole directed all the plaintiffs to go and ventilate their grievances before the Election Petition Tribunal.

He described all the issues that were canvassed in the various suits as “post election matters”, which he said could be effectively decided by the Governorship Election Petition Panel that will be duly constituted by the President of the Court of Appeal.

“To proceed to affirm or otherwise the 1st defendant’s (INEC) decision will be nothing short of exercising jurisdiction, which this court does not have under section 87(10) of the Electoral Act.

“Once electorates have gone to the polls, whatever happens thereafter can only be entertained by the tribunal which have the powers to hear petitions by candidates or political parties that sponsored them,” the Judge held.

He continued: “I am not in doubt that all the issues of law and facts that were raised before this court can be canvassed before the governorship election petition tribunal. I have no doubt that all the legal issues are such that the tribunal has jurisdiction to entertain. This judgement shall not operate before the election tribunal as res-judicata as this court has not decided any of the suits on the merit.

“Though the court as the judicial arm of government, has a duty to not only uphold and protect the constitution, but to avoid decisions which will undermine or endanger the democratically laid down electoral process. The process, no matter how imperfect or faulty it may be, is the only means by which any citizen who is aspiring for an elective office can assume governmental power.

“Court has power to assume jurisdiction in a way and manner that will assist the system to run its full course. The laws have made provision for an election tribunal, which is an alternative forum where disenfranchised candidates can go to ventilate their grievances.

“Let me state it again lest I be misunderstood, this court has not in this matter, taken a position similar to that of the Biblical Pontius Pilate, the governor of the Jews who washed his hands off the blood of the innocent.

“Where the court has jurisdiction, I am confident that the arms of the law is not too short for it to make the necessary declaratory orders. However, the court will only do so within the parameters of its statutory and constitutional powers.

“The plaintiffs’ course of action is within the event of the Kogi state election of November 21, which is not cognizable by the Federal High Court under section 285(1) of the constitution and section 87(10) of the Electoral Act.

“With all I have said, the four suits are hereby struck out for lack of jurisdiction. There shall be no order as to cost,” Justice Kolawole added.

The judge urged politicians to learn from former President Goodluck Jonathan and erstwhile Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, who he said were exemplary political characters. Besides, Justice Kolawole took an indirect swipe at the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, for giving “a partisan or otherwise legal opinion in a contest that is not exclusively an APC affair, but involves multiple political parties”.

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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.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

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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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

Governor Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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