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Breaking News: Supreme Court Delivers Final Judgment On Benue Governorship Election

Ortom Wins In Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, affirmed the election of Samuel Ortom as the duly elected governor of Benue State in the March 9 2019 governorship election in the state.

Emmanuel Jime, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the election victory of Samuel Ortom who contested under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

However, the seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour dismissed APC and Jime’s case as lacking in merit.

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NEWSJust In: President Buhari Makes Fresh ‘Next Level’ Appointment

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Bayero Salih-Farah as the new Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria.

Salih-Farah, whose appointment was made known in a statement on Tuesday by the Director of Public Affairs at the NITT, Mr Paul Mshelizah, would head the NITT for four years.

The new NITT boss appointment was communicated via a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari.

The letter read in part, “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, by a letter Ref. No. PRES/99/MT/26, dated January 13, 2020, has approved your appointment as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State.

“The appointment is for four years effective January 13, 2020, in accordance with Section 7 of the NITT Act Cap No. 116 LFN 2010.”

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POLITICSWhy APC Cannot Win Akwa Ibom South Rerun – Akpabio

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot win the Akwa Ibom South Senatorial rerun.

Naija News reports that the Appeal Court had ordered a rerun election to be conducted only in Essien Udim local government area.

Recall that Akpabio had withdrawn from the race and backed a former member of the House of Representatives, Ekperikpe Ekpo, who the APC picked as his replacement.

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had said it was too late for the Minister to withdraw from the senatorial race.

Reacting in a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong, Akpabio stated that his party cannot win as long as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, remains in charge of the rerun election.

The former Akwa Ibom governor accused the INEC official of hating the APC.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot win the Akwa Ibom South Senatorial rerun.

Naija News reports that the Appeal Court had ordered a rerun election to be conducted only in Essien Udim local government area.

Recall that Akpabio had withdrawn from the race and backed a former member of the House of Representatives, Ekperikpe Ekpo, who the APC picked as his replacement.

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had said it was too late for the Minister to withdraw from the senatorial race.

Reacting in a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong, Akpabio stated that his party cannot win as long as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, remains in charge of the rerun election.

The former Akwa Ibom governor accused the INEC official of hating the APC.

The statement read: “APC had, through the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the then acting national secretary, Victor Giadom, in compliance with the requirement for 45 days notice to be given for the substitution of candidates, written to INEC chairman to submit Ekpo’s name as Akpabio’s replacement in the election. This was acknowledged by INEC.

“Having withdrawn from the contest to face higher national responsibilities, we caution political jobbers to desist forthwith from their planned smear campaigns against Akpabio and unnecessarily heating up the polity.

“Akpabio will have no choice than to invoke the full weight of the law against anyone who engages in any plot to smear his name through sponsored, fabricated petitions. A word is enough for the wise.”

“We have no faith in Igini. Igini is a compromised official and avowed enemy of APC. We are distraught and doubtful of a change of posture and therefore cautious to go into a fresh election while Igini remains the REC.

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Nigerians React As President Buhari Is Absent In Picture Of UK Summit Dinner For African Leaders

Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria is currently in the United Kingdom where he is attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit which started yesterday January 20th.

Naija News recalls the president departed the shores of Nigeria on Friday, 17th January for the event and is expected back in the country on Thursday, 23rd January according to his media team.

On Monday, members of the Royal family led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and Princess Kate, hosted a cross-section of African leaders who are in the UK for the summit, to a dinner reception.

However, President Buhari was noticeably absent at the dinner, a development which has not gone unnoticed by Nigerians. He was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama.

Reacting to the development, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to ask why their president was not in attendance at the dinner. Some even insinuated Mr. Buhari might have used the opportunity of being in the UK to do a quick medical check-up.

See the picture from the event and reactions that have followed.


Court gives Naira Marley ‘last chance’ to appear,in court.

A Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ordered a musician, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley till January 14, 2020 to appear in court for arraignment for alleged car theft.

Mr Tajudeen Elias warned Marley that if he failed to appear, a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest.

The Chief Magistrate made the order in the trial of three other defendants including two of Marley’s brothers.

The defendants, Idris Fashola, 18; Babatunde Fashola, 24; and Kunle Obere, 22, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the arrest of Naira Marley.

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Governor Udom Emmanuel doles out N62 million Christmas package to youths, women in Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has doled out N62 million as Christmas package to youths and women across the 31 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Emmanuel made the donation at the end-of-year get-together party for youths in the state at Eket Local Government on Sunday.

He also donated 3,100 bags of rice to local government areas across the state to youths and women.

Emmanuel told the youths in the three senatorial districts that he came to celebrate Christmas with them.

“I did not come to Eket Senatorial District to campaign but I come to celebrate yuletide season with the youth and women in the state.

“I wouldn’t come this Christmas period to thank youths and women with empty hands. I brought something for the youth and women of the state.

“Each local government area will get 100 bags of rice and N2 million each, for the youth coming to show me love during this Christmas,‘’ Emmanuel said.

He said that Akwa Ibom is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and enjoined the people to vote for all the PDP candidates in the 2019 general elections.

Also speaking, Mr Aniefiok Iwadudofia, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youths Matters, thanked the governor on behalf of the youth of Eket Senatorial District.

“We are pleased with what you (governor) are doing with the youth of the district and God will bless you because you have done so much for us, ‘’ he said.

Iwadudofia assured the governor that all the youth in the state would vote for all the PDP candidates in the state.

“Be assured that in 2019, we will return you for second term in office.

“We are here to reiterate our commitment that we will stand by you and support you till 2023,‘’ Iwadudofia said.

Court orders

Court orders Cocharis to replace SAN’s N24m car

A Lagos State Chief Magistrate’s Court in Igbosere has ordered Cocharis Motors Limited and Jaguar Landrover Limited to replace a Jaguar XJ 2.0 Sedan bought for N24m by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Olusina Sofola, with a brand new one.

The court, in a judgment by Mrs M.O. Osinbajo, upheld Sofola’s claim that the vehicle he purchased as brand new in December 2016 came with factory defects.

The magistrate dismissed Cocharis’ defence that the faults developed by the car within three months of purchase were due to the SAN’s carelessness.

In his testimony before the court, Sofola said he purchased the Jaguar XJ 2.0 Sedan with Chassis No. SAJAA12NIFPV79999 and Engine No. 040914054912204PT with three years’ warranty.

He said upon the delivery of the car to him on December 7, 2016, he noticed that there was a problem closing the bonnet of the car and he complained immediately to Cocharis, which advised him to bring the car to its branch office in Ikeja for adjustment.

He said he took the car to Cocharis office for adjustment “believing it was a one-off thing.”

He, however, said a few days after, “I noticed that the car’s instrument display was showing ‘maintenance due’ sign and the dashboard and other parts of the interior of the car were peeling and were very sticky to touch.”

Sofola said he immediately complained to an official of Cocharis, one Mr Umukoro, “who promised to sort out the issues and who further assured me that the defective parts would be ordered and re-installed in the car.”

He said just a week after purchasing the N24m ride, he had to return it to the Awoyaya office of Cocharis for repairs.

He said in February of 2017, pebbles fell on the car’s windscreen and cracked it and on presenting it to Cocharis branch office in Ikeja, he was given a quotation of N1,097,035.17 to replace the cracked windscreen and some damaged body parts.

He said, “Upon the return of the car to me, I noticed that the interior part of the car earlier complained of were worse than when I initially complained of them and upon closer inspection, I discovered that someone had attempted to paint the interior parts or panels complained of to make them appear new.

“I also noticed that the windscreen for which I paid N1,097,035.17 had a white spot on it, which did not clear when the screen was washed.

“I had to return the car to the Ikeja office of the 1st defendant, which insisted that I return the car to its Awoyaya office, which I did and I was informed that the Ikeja office was wrong to have painted the interior part and that there was an error in the installation of the windscreen.”

The SAN said the Awoyaya office of Cocharis promised him that the defective parts would be ordered and ready in a week.

He, however, said the parts were not replaced until May 2017, adding that upon the return of the car to him, he noticed that whenever it rained water was leaking into the car.

Sofola said he again complained and he was asked to return the car again to Cocharis Awoyaya office, where he was told that the leakage was due to faulty installation of the windscreen.

He said despite spending four days in Cocharis office, the leakage did not stop.

“I had to return the car again to the Awoyaya office sometime in July where the car spent several days.

“Between 2016 when I bought the car and July 2017, I had to return the car for repairs for over 10 times and as a result of the unplanned and excessive distance travelled while going back and forth to the 1st defendant’s office, the car’s odometer had already reached 5,000km.

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Estranged ally of President Buhari, Buba Galadima has described national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and other leaders of the ruling party as impostors who would soon be sacked. Speaking with TUNDE THOMAS on the telephone, the controversial politician warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC not to toy with the idea of de-registering of any of the country’s 72 political parties. He spoke further on this and more.

What’s your reaction to the conduct of the 2019 general election?

The election was a national embarrassment. It was far from being free and fair. Not only that it was clear to everybody that INEC, the military, and the police all colluded to work for APC.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar won the presidential election but INEC chose to declare President Muhammadu Buhari the winner. The whole world knows that Atiku defeated Buhari hands down but the election was heavily rigged in Buhari’s favour.

Buhari and the APC leadership knew they were going to rig the elections, and that was why Buhari refused to sign the Electoral Act , and that was why he also suspended the former Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, and replaced him with Tanko Muhammed. The election was not free and fair at all.

I boldly challenge Buhari and other APC leaders to swear with the Holy Quran, and the Bible if they were sure that Buhari won that election. If they are sure that Buhari defeated Atiku , Buhari ,and APC leaders should take up my challenge. I’m throwing this challenge openly, I’m making it public, and I’m waiting for any of them who is bold and sure of himself to take up this challenge.

The election was a big fraud. Buhari and APC intimidated INEC, and unfortunately instead of asserting itself INEC succumbed to the pressure from Buhari, and the APC. 2019 general election was a big setback for our democracy because Buhari , and APC hijacked both the INEC, and the whole electoral process. It’s good Atiku had gone to court, and I believe that all hope is not lost for him.

Are you indicting INEC……….

Cuts in…… It was obvious that INEC compromised. There was nothing to show that INEC was truly independent during the elections. INEC was only independent in name during the elections as it surrendered its mandate to the whims and caprices of Buhari and APC. With the way it conducted the election, INEC will enter the Guiness Book of Records as having organized the worst election in Nigeria’s history. The INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood and his officials didn’t live up to expectations.

Very unfortunately, INEC didn’t conceal its bias towards the opposition as elections were being cancelled or being declared inconclusive in places where the opposition especially PDP was leading APC. Some of the states where this evil practice was carried out include Rivers, Benue, Bauchi, Ogun, Plateau and others. INEC’s action was very shameful. It was as if INEC was working for APC.

What all these clearly show again is that Buhari is not fighting corruption. Corruption is not only about stealing money. There are other things that you do that amounts to corruption. Rigging election is another form of corruption. This is why I challenged them earlier to swear by the Holy Quran and the Bible if they were not involved in rigging the election.

All APC leaders including Buhari, their hands are not clean over these elections. Then if you know that somebody is corrupt ,and you protect such a person that means that you are also corrupt. APC is a nest of corrupt elements.
Again, I don’t have respect for Nigerian professors with the way they performed as Returning Officers during the elections. Their performance was nothing to write home about. You wonder whether these people are from the ivory towers with the way they conducted themselves during the elections.

Sincerely speaking Buhari is not fighting corruption. Many Ministers in Buhari’s cabinet have mansions all over Abuja and he has been shielding them. Do these people think Nigerians are fools? Look at what Oshiomhole himself publicly said sometime ago that any looter or corrupt element that joins APC will be automatically protected in the party ,and you are saying that these people are fighting corruption. The government’s so called anti-corruption war is a deceit. It is a propaganda to deceive Nigerians.

There was a general expectation that you and others that pulled out of APC were going to provide a tough challenge to President Buhari and APC during the 2019 general elections but the ruling party still won, why couldn’t you deliver?

The election was not free and fair as I said earlier. APC ,and Buhari lost the election but INEC, the military and the police were used to declare APC the winner. Knowing fully well their plans to rig the elections, some months before the polls Buhari deployed the military to some states like Rivers, Benue, Plateau, and others under the guise of tackling insecurity and armed banditry but the actual plan was to use the military rig the elections and this is what they did eventually. The military was used to help APC manipulate the elections. But legally, this is wrong. It is also immoral.

Since 2003,the apex court, the Supreme Court had ruled that the military should not be drafted for elections but in defiance of the court ruling, APC deployed the military for this election .Military personnel were visible all over the country at polling centres. But what is even annoying is that while the government was deploying the military for the election, armed robbers and bandits were having a field day killing Nigerians from Abuja to Kaduna to Zamfara. In Zamfara state alone the bandits have killed over 1000 people


Why can’t government deploy the military to these places? Why can’t they deploy the military to tackle these hoodlums, bandits ,and armed robbers? But they didn’t do so. They find it more convenient to deploy soldiers for election duty, diverting them away from where their attention and energy is required, all because of their personal interests.

INEC should not overstep its bounds. In Nigeria ,we can have 1000 political parties if we so wish. What matters most is honesty. It is the level of honesty that we exhibit or display in managing the parties that matters . It is sad and very unfortunate that the present INEC has compromised. Nigerians no longer have confidence in INEC.

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Nigerians reacted as Punch changes Buhari’s title to ‘Major General’

A cross-section of Nigerians have reacted to an editorial by Punch Newspaper changing Muhammadu Buhari’s title from President to, “Major General.”

In an editorial titled, “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand,” Punch had stated that it will “henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s ‘Major General’ and refer to his administration as a regime until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.”

The newspaper made the decision while making reference to DSS non-compliance to court orders on trial of Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

Punch said its decision was a protest against autocracy and military-style repression under Buhari administration.

However, Nigerians, who took to their Twitter handles expressed varied opinions.

The reactions gathered by DAILY POST read below:

@ogundamisi: @MobilePunch drops ‘President’ from the title of @NGRPresident @MBuhari the Nigerian newspaper says it’s doing so to protest DSS handling of @YeleSowore’s case and government disobedience of court order. @MobilePunch to henceforth refer to Nigerian President as ‘Major General.”

@Adebo_ogund: “Today’s @MobilePunch editorial, its resolution to henceforth prefix @MBuhari with Major General & refer to his administration as regime in protest against autocracy is another huge feat renewing our hope in the media as a strong voice ready to hold govt. accountable & responsible.”

@TomUdenwa: “Call him whatever you want, but no Nigerian leader in our most recent democracy has exemplified true respect for democracy and its institutions like President (Major General) Buhari has.”

@Nedunaija: “Dear @MobilePunch, you’ve led the way. We’ll follow.

“Moving forward, I will, in line with your well-considered patriotic defiance to tyranny, also prefix Buhari with either Major-General/General. I will also refer to his ‘administration’ as regime. Nigeria will defeat tyranny.”

@Foskolo: “Dear @MobilePunch., thank you for this brilliant move. I have joined you too. Dear Major General @MBuhari, when will your regime end the recklessness?”

@olushola_shola: “It’s time for everyone to start getting ready. The direction Major General Buhari (Rtd) is leading us is very obvious….
Eyin Omoodua rere, Eku ipalemo Ileya oooo, eyi ti ase lokoeru Nigeria toge!!”

@iameneji: “Dear @MobilePunch
” You can use Major General, General or Field Marshal for @MBuhari
because of @YeleSowore as stated in your today’s editorial.

“In fact, you can use the picture below in your reportage going forward. All lawbreakers will face the consequences of their actions.”