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Okorocha vs INEC: Court suspends proceedings

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has suspended further procedures on the suit recorded against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by the Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha. The court suspended procedures of the suit in hold up the result of an intrigue that was recorded by the senatorial applicant of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the race, Chief Osita Izunaso.

Equity Okon Abang who deferred further procedures in the issue before him on Thursday said he got sworn statement of reality dated May 20, which Izunaso who is the third Defendant in the matter, neglected to advise the court of the pendency of his intrigue. Review that Izunaso had gone under the steady gaze of the redrafting court to challenge the choice of the high court to accept locale over the case Okorocha brought before it.

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Izunaso, in his six grounds of request, contended that the High Court wasn’t right when it practiced ward to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a respondent in the suit. Izunaso fought that the court should have initially decided if it had any purview to engage Okorocha’s case before it continued to join other invested individuals to the suit.

Izunaso further contended that Justice Abang failed in law and twisted the standards in the choice of Inakoju V Adeleke (2007) LPELR-1510 (SC) and request 29 (1)(a) of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure rules 2009, which managed a circumstance where a court is looked with the issue of deciding a test of its locale and the knowledge about the substantive suit.

Izunaso fought that the preliminary court needed purview to proceed with the consultation and assurance of any issue identifying with the suit, including the application recorded by the PDP, without hearing applications testing its ward. Subsequently, he asked the appealing party court to hold that enabling the PDP to continue to move its application for joinder by the preliminary court was against the heaviness of proof.

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The litigant likewise asked the Court of Appeal to permit his intrigue and put aside the decision of the preliminary court made on May 8, 2019. Before his allure, Senator Izunaso had requested of the National Judicial Council (NJC), the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court over what he named as a demonstration of unfortunate behavior by the preliminary Judge.

Interim, before further procedures were suspended in the issue, Okorocha through his legal counselor, Mr. Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, claimed a conscious endeavor by Izunaso and others to disappoint his case. Despite the fact that he encouraged the court to disregard Izunaso’s allure and continue with becoming aware of the substantive suit, Justice Abang held that he was disapproved to regard the legal chain of command. Equity Abang who at first took steps to submit Izunaso to jail for what he named as his disorderly conduct, said he would suspend the issue to May 30 for notice.

It will be reviewed that the primary Judge that was appointed the case, Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo, precluded himself from the issue following a request that was stopped against him by competitors of the PDP and APGA who blamed him for inclination.

Okorocha who competed for Senate on the standard of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had in his suit checked FHC/ABJ/CS/296/2019, kept up that INEC came up short on the statutory forces to retain his Certificate of Return, saying he was indeed chosen to involve the senatorial seat. He is supplicating the court to proclaim that the discretionary body acted in mistake when it would not remember him, even after the returning officer had pronounced him champ.

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The Plaintiff’s offered to verify interval request against INEC endured a misfortune because of different applications by hopefuls that partook in the race. Those the court prior participated in the suit were Mr. Nwachukwu Clement of KOWA party, Precious Nwadike of United Progressive Party, UPP, Dr. Uche Ibeh of Labor Party, and APGA.

They all advised the court of their goals to document major protests to challenge the capability of a suit. The Defendants said they were against the issuance of Certificate of Return to the offended party. INEC had declined to issue Certificate of Return to Okorocha who was the senatorial hopeful of the All Progressives Congress, APC after the returning officer affirmed that he was compelled to pronounce him victor under pressure.

Atiku requests N500m from Onochie for defamation(Opens in another program tab) The Returning Officer for the decision, Prof Francis Ibeawuchi, pronounced Okorocha as the victor of the survey, having surveyed 97,762 votes in front of his nearest rival, Mr. Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party, who had 68,117 votes.

Ibeawuchi guaranteed that he reported Okorocha as the victor to spare his life and that of his family unit, demanding anyway that the race should have been proclaimed uncertain. Okorocha had asked the court to arrange INEC to in the meantime, issue him Certificate of Return, pending the assurance of the suit.

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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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