TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY FRIDAY
Labour Party Denies Merger Talks With PDP, NNPP, Others
The Labour Party (LP) has denied media reports claiming it is in merger talks with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other opposition parties.
Ifoh said the party has just concluded the 2023 general election episode and has not held a post-mortem, stating that the way forward for the party has not been discussed.
The LP spokesman stated that the reports making rounds are twisted and sensationalized by a section of the media to embarrass the party, asking the general public to disregard the news.
‘Resume Or Transfer Power To Your Deputy’ – CSO Mounts Pressure On Akeredolu
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Democracy has urged the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to resume his responsibilities without further delay or transfer power to his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
He noted that the state cannot afford to be without effective leadership and demanded swift action to rectify the situation, stressing that the intent of the framers of the Constitution in sections 189, 190, and 191 was to avoid any vacuum.
Asaolu also expressed displeasure at how some ‘cabals’ in the state are preventing the deputy governor from fully discharging his constitutional duties in the absence of Akerodolu.
Adeleke Approves Suspension Of Osun Chief Judge, Appoints Afolabi Acting CJ
Despite a National Industrial Court order that prevented Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, from removing or meddling with the judiciary, the Governor has approved suspending the Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo.
“The Executive Governor of Osun State, Governor Ademola Adeleke, has approved the resolution of the Osun State House of Assembly asking the Osun State Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, to step aside the pending investigation of allegations of misconduct, abuse of power, corruption, and disregard for rule of law against her by the House of Assembly”, it reads partly.
Meanwhile, Governor Ademola Adeleke has taken swift action by appointing Justice Olayinka David Afolabi as the acting Chief Judge of the state, effective immediately. This decision comes in the wake of the State Assembly’s resolution, which received the Governor’s approval and led to the suspension of the State Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo.
Appeal Court Declares Zamfara Governorship Election Inconclusive
The Zamfara State governorship election has been declared inconclusive by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Bello Matawalle, had challenged the outcome of the March 18 governorship election at the tribunal but his petition was dismissed for lacking in merit.
Delivering the judgment on Thursday, the Court of Appeal declared the election as inconclusive and ordered INEC to hold a fresh election in three local governments.
The three-member panel of justices annulled the victory of Lawal and ordered a rerun of the election in three local government areas.
The affected LGAs are Maradun, Birnin Magaji and Bukuyun.
Tinubu Returns To Nigeria After Saudi Arabia, Guinea-Bissau Trips
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has returned to Abuja after official visits to Saudi Arabia and Guinea-Bissau.
This platform had earlier reported Tinubu’s departure from Guinea-Bissau after attending the nation’s Independence Day ceremony.
Guinea-Bissau marked its 50th Independence Anniversary on September 24, 2023, but the government had scheduled all celebrations for November 16, 2023.
Before his trip to Guinea-Bissau, Tinubu was in Saudi Arabia where he performed pilgrimage.
While in Saudi Arabia to attract foreign direct investment and mobilize capital to build needed infrastructure, Tinubu signed preliminary agreements on energy-related cooperation.
He also secured a multi-billion dollar infrastructure finance facility from the Islamic Development Bank to fund a multi-sectoral portfolio of infrastructure projects at Nigeria’s federal and sub-national levels.
Appeal Court Fixes Friday For Judgment On Kano Governorship Election Dispute
The judgment in Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s appeal against his removal by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Kano State has been scheduled for Friday by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The governor had rejected the tribunal verdict, which he described as “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice”, and headed to the appeal court.
During the court proceedings, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria representing the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) candidate, Wole Olanipekun, requested that the tribunal’s decision be overturned.
He objected to the tribunal’s decision to nullify the election due to unsigned ballot papers, stating that this was unprecedented in history.
Security Chiefs, IGP Shun Reps Invitation, House Reacts
The House of Representatives, on Thursday, postponed the Sectoral debate billed to commence today owing to the failure of the Service Chiefs to appear in person for the event.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun failed to honour the invitation.
They were invited to appear today as part of the Sectorial Debates introduced by the House Pursuant to Order 17, Rules 1(3) of the Standing Orders of the House.
The Service Chiefs were to meet the parliament on their constitutional responsibilities to ensure the security of lives and property as well as the territorial integrity of the nation.
The service chiefs and the IGP, however, sent in representatives who were sent back by the House on the ground that the heads were to appear in person.
List: 22 Justices Nominated For Elevation To Supreme Court
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has received a list of 22 justices of the Court of Appeal nominated by the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) for elevation to the Supreme Court.
The names of the nominees, who hail from various regions in the country, were revealed in an FJSC document obtained by journalists on Thursday, Naija News reports.
The North-Central region has six nominees, while the South-West and South-South regions have two nominees each. The South-East region also has six nominees, and the North-East has two nominees. The development is coming after the retirement of Justice Amina Augie, which left the Supreme Court with only 11 serving justices.
Justice Amina had retired from the bench, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, and further decreased the number of justices at the apex court to 11.
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‘Disclose Degree Of Deficit Inherited’ – Peter Obi Knocks Tinubu Over Claims Of Inheriting Serious Liabilities From Buhari
The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, has slammed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over claims of inheriting a bankrupt nation from the immediate past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Tinubu said even though his government also inherited assets from his predecessors, he would not make any excuses.
In a statement via X on Thursday, Peter Obi faulted the All Progressives Congress (APC) government for failing to disclose the degree of deficit inherited, which would help the public know where the country is headed.
The former Governor of Anambra State recalled how the APC administration also blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 for inheriting a bankrupt nation and subsequently increasing the country’s debt profile.
Cracks In Edo PDP As Orbih, Idahosa, Others Vow To Reject Obaseki’s Anointed Successor
The crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) widened on Wednesday with the emergence of a legacy coalition led by the party’s National Vice Chairman (South-south), Dan Orbih.
Members of the legacy coalition include a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of PDP, Charles Idahosa; two ex-members of the House of Representatives from Edo: Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama and Sergius Ogun; former Edo Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Esosa Amadasun; an ex-Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Frank Okiye and a former Commissioner, Orobosa Omo-Ojo.
Others are a senatorial candidate of PDP in Edo North, Pascal Ugbmohe, and many ex-chairmen of local government councils.
Speaking at the meeting held at his residence, Dan Orbih warned Governor Godwin Obaseki against imposing a successor, stressing that the governor would not have his way ahead of the September 21, 2024 governorship election.