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Supreme Court upholds Yahaya Bello’s election as Kogi governor

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Supreme Court upholds Yahaya Bello’s election as Kogi governor

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi State.
A seven-man panel of the court said reasons for upholding the election would be provided on September 30.
The court which held all the nation on tenterhooks,  while awaiting the judgement dismissed all the appeals filed by all the parties against Bello’s election last year.
It dismissed the appeal by James Faleke, the deputy governorship candidate of Abubakar Audu, who died before the election result was announced and who was substituted in the supplementary election by Bello.

Faleke contended that Audu had won the election and  there was no need for the supplementary election. He argued further that as the joint holder of Audu’s ticket, he should be declared the winner of the election.
But the justices did not agree with him.
His appeal was dismissed for lacking in merit. The justices affirmed the decisions of the lower courts.
The court  also dismissed  former Governor Idris Wada’s case against Bello.
Also dismissed were appeals filed by the ADC and the Labour Party.
The justices said reasons for all the failed applications would be given on Friday, the 30th of September, 2016.
There were five appeals in all against the Court of Appeal rulings which upheld the election of Governor Bello.
Audu  of the All Progressives Congress died before the final announcement of results election conducted on November 21, 2015 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The election was declared inconclusive.
The re-run held on December 5, 2015 saw the emergence of Bello who became the torch bearer of the party after the death of Audu.
Alhaji Wada, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Mr. Faleke had approached the Supreme Court in August challenging Mr. Bello’s victory at the Court of Appeal.
The appellate court had upheld an earlier judgement in June by the Kogi State Governorship Election Tribunal, which gave victory to the governor.
The tribunal in  the judgment read by its chairman, Justice Halima Mohammed said Mr. Faleke’s petition lacked merit and therefore threw it out.
The tribunal further held that the fact that INEC declared the first election inconclusive meant no winner had emerged.
It also said that all votes belonged to political parties and not the candidate who contested on their platforms.
It said Mr. Faleke had no locus standi to challenge Mr. Bello’s nomination by the APC to replace Mr. Audu as he (Audu) was not the governor-elect.
http://guardian.ng/news/supreme-court-upholds-yahaya-bellos-election-as-kogi-governor/

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Youth Group challenges Buhari over police Academies’ N150 feeding per day budget

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Youth Group challenges Buhari over police Academies’ N150 feeding per day budget


**wants appointment of IG to be by merit


The Nigerian Youths Peoples Assembly has sent a ‘Save Our Souls’ message to President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of new police recruits at the Nigerian Police Academies over their poor feeding budget of N150 per day.
The convener of the assembly Ambassador Sunday Chibuzormade Okereke made the plea at a special legislative plenary held at Bayesa House in Abuja yesterday.According to him such living conditions of police officers can only produce anger, hatred, bitterness which will turn the characters of the officers into brutal elements in the society.”We put on record that Nigeria will never have a police force that is devoid of brutal characters when we do nothing about the hell situation of the police training colleges.”In addressing this shameful menace, he said the govemment must tackle the issue of privatization and commercialization of police kits, training and re-training and also invest heavily in research and development in order to build police system that Nigerians can trust.Okereke also called for re-examination of the mode of appointment of Inspector General of police that leads to compulsory retirement of scores of high ranking Police Officers that are his seniors.He demanded that the appointing authorities must ensure that long service years, experiences and manpower of the Men and Women of the Nigerian Police are not wasted through such system of appointment.”We recommend succession to the Office of the Police IG to be by seniority.”We must dethrone political considerations and enthrone merit, character, competence and professionalism in the appointment of the Police IG.”We note with deep pains, the sufferings and penury conditions of both the serving and retired rank and file members of the Nigerian Police.”We therefore call on the President and the Inspector General of Police to look into the management and administration of the Nigerian Police pension scheme.”The unfortunate situations where retired police officers have alleged that their personal contributory pension funds and gratuity are not being paid fully must be urgently investigated and culprits brought to book.”This will help to ignite the positive hopes of serving officers, boost their confidence and self-motivation.”He welcome the decision of the President to increase the salaries and wages of police officers, as he called on the President and Federal Government to match their words with action within 60 days in order to reduce huge trust deficient that are prevalent in our governance system.
“We call on the President Mohammadu Bahari and the Federal Government to immediately commence payment of compensations of cash, employment and scholarships to families of  all those who lost their lives during the protests; families of verified individuals who were extrajudicially killed by the police already captured in previous panel reports.”
He also demanded for the inclusion of families of police officers who died in the line of duty but were regrettably abandoned by the government.
“We salute the courage of some State Governments and Governors who has already started awarding scholarships to children of some slain officers. “The same opportunity should immediately be extended to the families of the young people who lost their lives in the cause ofthis struggle.”
He demanded and encouraged the commencement of immediate upscaling of the personnel of the Nigerian Police with the recruitment of at least one million fresh police officers in the next six months.This was coming just as he insisted that the recruitment process in to the Nigerian police be reformed detailed background checks of applicants for at least six months before final admittance.He also demanded for psychological tests for mental health to be carried out including general multipurpose personality index tests fro serving officers and recruits.
“We strongly believe this will reposition the Nigerian Police better to deal with issues of internal security and general policing.“The convener pleaded with young Nigerians to embrace the conversations on the #PathToPeace and stop all forms of hostilities and wanton destruction of public facilities.”No matter how much some political leaders may have labored to rob the Nigerian youth of a prosperous future, we must not give in to the temptation of destroying the very things that will propel us into the future.”He rather challenged the youths to constructively engage the system and defeat the enemies of the Nigerian nation with our togethess,superior argument and unity of purpose. 

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#ENDSARS: Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

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#ENDSARS Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has cautioned the Nigerian youths who recently protested demanding for better policing and political governance, to embrace peace at this years Eid-el-Maulud celebration especially as the Government has acceded to their demands.
This was contained in a statement by his special aviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi that was issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
In the statement Lawan
felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, which is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
According to Lawan, the youths, having made their points, in the spirit of the occasion should embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere.
Lawan noted that this year’s celebration comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

“Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace and tolerance which Prophet Mohammed personifies.

“This trying time requires our prayers and supplications to Allah to intervene to restore peace and love of neighbours to our land. “However, it also requires of us introspection as to the roles we are playing as leaders and individual citizens in building the nation that we desire.”

The Senate President reiterated the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to “the entrenchment of processes that will encourage our youths to tap their talents and pursue their dreams for the elevation of our great country.”

Lawan expresses confidence that “the trials we are going through will ultimately strengthen our bonds as citizens of the same nation and propel Nigeria to its great destiny.”



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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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