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Anambra PDP: We Didn’t Sack Andy Uba, Oduah, Others – Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a motion filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking clarification on its judgment upholding Ejike Oguebego as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State.

In his ruling, Justice Inyang Okoro, who read the lead ruling of a five-man bench, held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the motion.

“Let me state here clearly that the applicant cannot ride on the back of Order 8 Rule 16 of the Court to tempt us to assume jurisdiction.

“The rule mandates the review of the apex court judgment in rare situations when clerical errors or slip inherent in the decision could negatively affect the meaning of the decision.

“In this instance, it is incorrect to state that such errors existed in our judgment on the matter delivered on Feb. 29”, Mr. Okoro held.

Justice Okoro further held that the applicant tried to mislead the court by including fresh issues that were not captured in the judgment sought to be interpreted.

“In that judgment, the court set aside the decision of the lower court and ordered that Chief Ejike Oguebego remained lawful Chairman of the PDP in Anambra pending the determination of the substantive suit.

“We did not elevate Oguebego to National Chairman of the party, let alone deciding whether he reserved the authority to submit list of the candidates to contest the National Assembly from that state.

“We also did not decide or mandate INEC to the candidates to issue certificates of return because that matter was not before us”, the justice said.

He said the motion has clearly shown that the applicant rather than rely on law upon which the judgment evolved went on to confuse itself with media commentaries to file this motion.

Mr. Okoro also said, “Since the applicant is unable to convince the court on whether it has jurisdiction to hear the motion, it is hereby dismissed”.

“We have gone through the argument advanced by counsel to parties.

“And the court cannot be invited to interpret, justify or clarify its own judgment based on issues outside the purview of that judgment.

“This subtle invitation is simply to cause the court to rewrite the judgment, and we cannot do so. This is a court of finality”, Okoro held.

INEC, through its counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), approached the apex court for the interpretation and clarification of the judgment.

Mr. Awomolo had argued that it was fact of a matter aside the law that could bestow jurisdiction on the court.
According to him, INEC is at a crossroads on whether or not to consider all the pre-election activities carried out by a faction of the party other than the lawful state executive leadership.

Chris Uche (SAN), Counsel to Mr. Oguebego, however, opposed the motion, saying the motion had raised fresh issues not contained in the judgment.

“My Lord, I want to oppose the motion vehemently on the grounds that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear it mainly because they have thrown up new issues not captured in the judgment.

“Section 235 of the constitution has shown the finality of the apex court, and therefore, this invitation for clarification of its judgment with the padding of new issues is not supported by Order 8 Rule 16 of the court.

“Therefore, we want the court to hold that the motion seeking the clarification of the judgment is grossly misconceived”, he said.

Mr. Uche said the jurisprudence was structured in a way to bring litigation to an end, adding, the motion would negatively affect the fabric of the law profession if not thrown out.

“This is a motion if heard could open the flood-gate for the review and justification of most judgments given by the court.

“We also urge the court to hold that the new issues raised in the application are to give room to judicial anarchy”, he submitted.

Mr. Uche further said that those new issues raised in the motion were part of items contained in a suit involving the parties pending at the Court of Appeal.

(NAN)

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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