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UP vows to take legal action against INEC for wrongful exclusion from elections

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The United Patriots (UP) has expressed dismay over the wrongful exclusion of its successful Candidates (who emerged at its Party primaries) from the list of Candidates recently released by the Independent National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for Jigawa, Kaduna and the FCT elections. 
The party has threatened to institute a legal action against what it described as executive recklessness of the INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu in flaunting an Appeal court’s judgement
National Chairman of the party Chukwudi Ezeobika in a statement that was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Thursday said, the wrongful exclusion of his party confirms the resolve by Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu –  led INEC to further disenfranchise many Nigerian youths who have chosen to participate in the scheduled elections under United Patriots party

“Mr. Murtala Mustapha who emerged as the Candidate for Gwaram federal Constituency election of Jigawa State and Mr. Hamza Dauda who  emerged  as the Party’s  Candidate for Sabon-Gari House of Assembly election of Kaduna State, had their names excluded from the list of Candidates published by INEC.

“Furthermore, Mr. Jezhi Mathew who emerged as the Party’s Candidate for the FCT Chairmanship election together with Mr. Solomon Zahun Moses and Mr. Jude Danjuma who also emerged as Candidates for the Abuja Municipal Area Council and Bwari Area Council Councillorship positions respectively, were also wrongfully excluded from the list of Candidates published by INEC. 

The exclusion of the Candidates of the of the party’s candidates for the scheduled elections he observed has once more brought to the fore, the continued executive recklessness by Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu – led INEC in flouting valid and subsisting judgements of Courts especially that of the Court of Appeal delivered on the 10th of August 2020.
The judgement he said invalidated the deregistration of our great Party (United Patriots) together with 21 other political parties.

“The decision by INEC to wrongfully exclude United Patriots from these by-elections of Jigawa and Kaduna States as well as the Chairmanship and Councillorship elections of the FCT, will void the
entire process and render the outcome of the elections null and void as INEC has wilfully chosen to undermine the integrity of our Courts.

“By refusing to relist United Patriots (UP) together with 21 other political parties as ordered by the Court of Appeal in APPEAL NO. CA/ABJ/CV/507/2020, ACD & 21 ors AND Attorney General Federation  & INEC and for failing to list Candidates who emerged from our Party to contest in elections, Prof.  Yakubu Mahmoud is clearly seen to be in contempt of Court.

“In view of the foregoing, the Leadership of United Patriots shall take the necessary legal steps to curb this executive recklessness and give teaming Nigerian youths, the opportunity to lead and also be in government.”

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Respite as two anti Buhari protesters get bail after over 2months in custody

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Reprieve came the way oft two President Muhammadu Buhari Must go protesters, Larry Emmanuel and Victor Anene Udoka who were detained by the Kogi state government April 5th, 2021 have finally been granted bail. 

The NationalUpdate recalled that some youths on 4th April had invaded lokoja with the sole aim of rolling out a campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari.
They were alleged to have painted buildings and pasted posters with Buhari Must Go inscription.
The two protesters were, on Friday, granted bail by a magistrate’s court in the state after spending 71 days in unlawful detention. 
The court had on Wednesday adjourned ruling on the bail application for the two anti-Buhari protesters till Friday. 
The court resumed hearing on Wednesday after strike action by judicial workers was called off. 
The court, after listening to both sides, adjourned the date for ruling on the application till Friday, June 18, 2021.
Emmanuel and Udoka, who were detained at the instance of the Kogi State Government since April 5, embarked on a hunger strike at the Kabba Prison as the government turned deaf ears to national and international call for their release.

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Appeal court affirms Akeredolu’s victory

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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa have been affirmed as duly elected in the October 10, 2020 election by the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State Capital
Led by Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua the five-man panel delivered the judgement after dismissing the appeal of Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the election for lacking in merit.
After the tribunal delivered judgement on April 20, 2021, dismissing his petition challenging the nomination and election of Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa for lacking in merit Jegede approached the appellate court
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However, Justice Abadua of the appellate court concluded that the appeal lacked merit even though some of the grounds were meritorious.

The Appeal Court dismissed the case on grounds 3 and 7 and partly allowed ground 6 of Jegede’s appeal.
The court, however, resolved issues 1, 2, 4 and 5 in favour of the appellant.
The remaining four Justices on the appeal, H. A Barka, Andenyangtso Ali, J.G Abudanga concurred to the judgement.
The Appeal Panel had two weeks ago reserved judgement in the appeal brought before it by the Jegede of the PDP.

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Corruption: CAC staff union drags registrar before code of conduct, petitions presidency

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***Raises alarm over threats to sack them

Staff of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) have petitioned the National Assembly, the Code of Coduct Bureau (CCB) and the Presidency over allegations of corruption and victimisation against the Registrar-General, Alhaji Garba Abubakar.
The union is appealing to the presidency to prevail on the Registrar General to stop his victimisation of its executives and rescind the threat to transfer them outside the headquarters.
They alleged that he has been witch hunting with outright sack from the commission.
The staff who have already been transferred from the headquarters and likely to be sacked include Suwidi Sani Kabir transferred to Abeokuta, Didam Laraba Joel married woman transferred to Lokoja, Glen Tabak Altine also married woman transferred to Jos and Buba Yusuf Dauda transferred to Enugu, Ibrahim Musa I. Kirfi transferred to Yola. Bello Fanini transferred to P/Harcourt, Abdulkadir Y. Giade transferred to Akure while Sadiq shehu was transferred to Ilorin.
Others include Bivan Stephen transferred to Zamfara,
Labaran Sunday transferred to Damaturu, Egbelo Perpetua Eneh to Kaduna, BABA Tanimu ,
Nasiru B. Dembo and Muhammad Sani Binji to Lagos, Rabe Mai’adua, IBRAHIM Isa and Umar Farouk from Kaduna to Abakaliki, Abuja and Uyo respectively, while Doffi Atoshi to Calabar, Amina B. Mohammed (married woman) from Yola to Abuja, Mohammed Nainna to Umuahia, Haruna Mohammed to Awka, Abbas Abdullahi to Jalingo, Waziri Isa, and Abubakar Sarkin Fulani to Damaturu.
The union in a letter to the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari dated March 5, 2021, titled ” The struggle of AUPCTRE against corrupt practices on public service with a special focus on CAC” was signed by the acting General Secretary, Musa Ukpo.
The AUPCTRE accused the Registrar General of “illegally dissolving the union executive, banning them from operating.
They also accused him of transfering all executives to different parts of the country to weaken the union”
The union consequently prayed “That Alhaji Garba Abubakar be directed to reverse his punitive transfer against CAC workers” and “be directed to respect constituted authorities”
Another petition to the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, dated January 11, 2021 titled “Petition against the Registrar-General, CAC, Alhaji Garba Abubajar on abuse of power, financial impropriety and alleged commercialisation of promotion examination in the commission” was signed by the acting Secretary General,  Musa Ukpo.
The petition reads: “It has been discovered that the Registrar general of CAC, has used a front company called the Eminent Konsult of Centage Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, to inflate consultant fees for tax reconciliation on FCT Abuja Payee Tax Liability for 2018 and 2019 at an exorbitant amount of N43,072,046.67 million via PV no. 131817/2595 and PV no. 181818/2596 both dated 13th August, 2020 respectively.
“There is an alleged financial impropriety with regards to training fee of board members to the tune of N63,769,5000 million. The payments were made to Major Academy Ltd of No. 22, Isyaku Avenue, off Liberia street, Kaduna State in two installments. The first was on the 13th July, 2020 with PV no. 111290/2206 where N31,023,000 million was paid while the other payment was made to same company on the 14th July, 2020 with PV no. 120368/2206 to the tune of N32,746,500 million.
“As against the provision of section 13 of the Cide of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, LFN 2004, there are serious cases of abuse of power, some of which include: Breach of section 40 of the constitution, ILO Convention 154 (1981), 29 (1930), and sections 23-25 of Trade Union Act, LFN 2004.
“Unilateral decisions that affect staff welfare such as stagnation, alteration of promotion policies, refusal to pay staff promotion arrears of 2019 despite the availability of funds and budgetary provisions,  stoppage of all staff loans schemes, including those of the cooperative societies, coercing of staff to forcefully resign their membership of the union and imposition on them the membership of another union of his choice, stoppage of union monthly deductions”

It was alleged that the promotion examinations for 2019 and 2020 in the commission were commercialized. Vacancies were not declared in Human resources and Finance departments in the appropriation year yet he filled the vacancies with his favourite against the budgetary provision, thus a breach of the appropriation act.

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