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BREAKING:Tribunal warns APC, PDP, others against influencing panel

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The Taraba Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Monday warned parties not to attempt to influence members of the panel. The chairman of the tribunal, Justice M.O. Adewara gave the warning in his inaugural speech.

The tribunal relocated from Jalingo to Abuja. “The Warning becomes imperative because the tribunal’s decisions will be based solely on the evidence before it and the applicable law.

“Any attempts to influence either the tribunal or its members would not only be resisted but also be exposed. “Our decisions shall be based solely on the evidence led before us and the applicable law.

“You need not attempt to influence the tribunal or its members as any such attempt will not only be resisted, but same will be exposed,” Justice Adewara warned. The chairman submitted that election petition matters were sui generis and as such time-bound.

He noted that by the provisions of Section 285(6) of the 1999 Constitution an election tribunal should deliver its judgment within 180 days from the date of filing of the petition.

While soliciting the cooperation of counsel appearing before it to discharge its duties creditably and forcefully, the chairman stated that the only petition before it had entered the second month of its lifespan, NAN reports

“We have it on record that the petition before this tribunal was filed on March 29, 2019 meaning that we are already almost at the end of the 2nd month of the six months prescribed for hearing and determination of the petition. “This being the case, it behooves on us all to cooperate and work very hard to enable us to meet the deadline,” he stated.

He urged the council to be punctual in court as well as being brief and precise in the presentation of their respective cases as provided by the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

Justice Adewara also declared that the tribunal would not tolerate frivolous and unwarranted applications for adjournment, assuring that the tribunal members would abide by the oaths of office to which they had subscribed.

According to him, “we will abide by the oaths of office to which we have subscribed and do justice to all without fear, or favor, affection or ill will.”

NAN reports that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 governorship election in Taraba State, Abubakar Sani Danladi and the party had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The petitioners claimed that the governors were not duly elected by a majority of valid votes cast in the election. They further claimed that the governor’s election was invalid because of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The petitioners also claimed that Ishaku’s election was invalid by reasons of corrupt practices. Joined as respondents in the petition, are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP and Governor Ishaku. Meanwhile, the tribunal has adjourned its sitting till June 10 for the hearing of respondents applications.

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Buhari approves new appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.

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Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel

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The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.

The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”

He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.

Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.

He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.

“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”

He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.

“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”

Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”

He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.

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We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths

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After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.

While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.

The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.

“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.

“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.

“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.

“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.

“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.

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