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Powerful House Of Reps Member Abdulmumin Jubril Loses Rerun Election Amidst APC Gang Up In Kano

Powerful House Of Reps Member Abdulmumin Jubril Loses Rerun Election Amidst APC Gang Up In Kano

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State have teamed up against Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former member representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency.

By-elections took place on Saturday in the state for four state assembly seats and three federal constituencies of Kiru/Bebeji, Tudun Wada/Doguwa and Kumbotso.

It was  gathered that Mr Jibrin fell out of favour of the party leaders over his condemnation of the conduct of governorship re-run election in state in March last year.

In a tweet posted on March 11, 2019, Mr Jibrin said: “Events of the last few hours in Kano is (sic) embarrassing, shameful and condemnable. As leaders we must act responsibly and allow the process to be peacefully concluded in the interest of our state and people. Every contest has a winner and loser. The winner must be handed victory.”

Mr Jibrin’s had tweet drawn the ire of the party leaders, who vowed to unseat him whenever an opportunity arises.

On August 1 last year, the APC chairman of Bebeji Local Government Area, Sulaiman Sabo-Gwarmai, announced the suspension of Mr Jibrin, “following a confirmation by the party that he carried out various anti-party activities contrary to the provision of the party’s constitution.”

When on November 1, 2019 the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna nullified the election of Mr Jibrin and ordered for fresh election in the constituency, the Kano party leaders saw an opportunity to work against the lawmaker.

Abdulmumin Jibrin kneels in obeisance before the chairman of Kano APC, Abdullahi Abbas, at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano recently

Abdulmumin Jibrin kneels in obeisance before the chairman of Kano APC, Abdullahi Abbas, at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano recently

Although Mr Jibrin had eaten a humble pie by apologizing and kneeling to greet the chairman of the party in the state, Abdullahi Abbas, at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport tarmac, the former lawmaker was denied access to the governor.

In the run-up to the by-election, Mr Jibrin had met with President Muhammadu Buhari, allegedly to seek his intervention on the impending gang-up against him.

The former lawmaker, who chaired the speakership campaign directorate of Femi Gbajabiamila, reportedly invited the speaker to Kano to lobby the governor and other stakeholders to support him in the re-run.

It was reliably gathered that after rejecting Mr Jibrin, the APC struck a deal with his opponent, the candidate of PDP, Ali Datti Yako, to defect to APC immediately after winning election.

“We will never support Abdulmumin Jibrin in this election. It is a done deal we are supporting Yako. No matter how many times you forgive him, he will still go against the collective interest of the party. So the entire party stakeholders in Kano have decided to support the candidate of PDP Ali Datti Yako,” said a top party leader who preferred anonymity.

Unofficial results from the polling units, showed that all APC candidates in the re-run were coasting to victory, except Mr Jibrin.

It was gathered that the state commissioner for Education, Sanusi Majidadi-Kiru, openly displayed his battot for people to see that he voted for the PDP, just as the APC caucus chairman of Kiru Local Government Area, Abubakar Mai-Mai, also displayed how he thumb-printed for the PDP.

Mr Jibrin, who was first elected into House of Representatives in 2011, held powerful committees of Finance between 2011 and 2015 and Appropriations between 2015 and 2016.
Imo Governorship Verdict:Emeka Ihedioha Heads Back To Supreme Court

Imo Governorship Verdict:Emeka Ihedioha Heads Back To Supreme Court

All things being equal, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is filing for a review of the Tuesday, January 14, Supreme Court judgment that nullified the election of its candidate, Emeka Ihedioiha, as the governor of Imo State, before the end of this week.

The Supreme Court had penultimate Tuesday, January 14, sacked Ihedioha as governor of Imo State and ordered the swearing-in of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, a judgment that had since attracted the ire of the observing public. .

But the decision to formally seek a review of the case, It was gathered, received the approval of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of PDP at its meeting last week.

To that extent, some of the constitutional lawyers engaged by the PDP to formally present the party’s request for a review of the Supreme Court judgment, further gleaned, had been putting final touches to the petition.

In another breath, the leadership of the party is currently seeking a consensus candidate to chair the forum of its governors, which is considered a straight fight between the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom.

And barring any last minute changes, there’s the likelihood that the new chairman of the PDP governors’ forum might emerge today as the race to replace outgoing chairman and Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, heightens.

A PDP source hinted that the party had assembled a group of lawyers across the country that are considered the brightest in constitutional issues to break down the verdict of the Supreme Court and exposed its failings.

This, the source said, was one of the directives of the NEC that all constitutional means must be taken to seek a review and ensure justice for the sake of posterity.

Asked if it was possible for the apex court to review itself, the source immediately referred to the case of Adegoke Motors Ltd. v. Adesanya, [1989] 13 NWLR (Pt.109) 250 at page 275A, where a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, who delivered the lead judgment, noted thus:

“We are final not, because we are infallible, rather, we are infallible, because we are final. Justices of this Court are humanbeings, capable of erring. It will certainly be shortsighted arrogance not to accept this obvious truth. It is also true that this Court can do inestimable good through its wise decisions.

“Similarly, the Court can do incalculable harm through its mistakes. When, therefore, it appears to learned counsel that any decision of this Court has been given per incuriam, such counsel should have the boldness and courage to ask that such a decision be overruled. This Court has the power to overrule itself (and has done so in the past) for it gladly accepts that it is far better to admit an error than to persevere in error.”

The PDP source said the lawyers have been briefed and were expected to brief the members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party too any moment from now to ensure that the party’s petition for a review of the Supreme Court decision is submitted latest by Friday (last week) or early next week.

According to the source, “After the NEC meeting last Friday, a lot of actions to be taken were lined up. The first was a solidarity visit to the ousted governor and this was followed up with the peaceful protest that took place Monday.

“We are in the third stage, which I can describe as the legal fireworks. A group of brilliant lawyers well grounded in constitutional issues were engaged and all things being equal, the team of lawyers will brief us and go on to submit the petition to the Chief Justice of Nigeria.”

The source explained that the PDP was not taking the Supreme Court judgment lightly, because “We believe that as mortal beings, there is an error in the judgment of the justices of the apex court and we shall approach the Supreme Court.
“We are not insulting or abusing the justices of the Supreme Court. No! We are simply saying, please take a second look at what you have done in view of the dictated errors. There is a case of the judgment based on more than registered votes in the state.

“We shall be asking the Supreme Court to review the verdict in view of what it said in the Atiku presidential petition against President Muhammadu Buhari, wherein the apex court said all the witnesses in the polling stations must account for what happened in their respective polling stations.

“In this instant case, not up to ten per cent of the witnesses of 388 polling stations were recorded. So, basically, we asking the Supreme Court to be courageous and take a second look by reviewing the judgment again. This is the essence of the petition to review.”

Citing, the same Supreme Court verdict on the Sokoto State governorship election petition, the PDP source said, there were elements of double standards, explaining that the Justice Abba Aji in the case of Sokoto State governorship petitions, said it had no power to count or allocate votes as such was not the duty of the Supreme Court.

Reading out part of the judgment, where the apex court quoted Justice Abba-Aji, it held that the Supreme Court had “loudly” held on various occasions that “documents cannot be dumped on the court.

“It is not the duty of the court to sift through documents tendered by parties, which have not been demonstrated in the open court. It is also not the duty of the court to sort out the various documents, the figures and do the calculations in chambers to arrive at a figure given in a final judgment especially, in an election petition challenging the number of various votes polled by the candidate declared and returned as winner of the election.”

Astounded by these differing stances, the source asked: “Why did this same Supreme Court allocate votes to Uzodinma of the APC in Imo state and declared him winner?”

According to him, other grounds of review would include that, “Hope Uzodinma was not APC candidate and was not a candidate of any party in the 9th March Governorship election in Imo State based on the judgment of the same Supreme Court on 20th December 2019.

“Uche Nwosu was declared as the rightful candidate of APC and AA. That APC couldn’t have produced two candidates in one election. That Supreme Court has no powers to allocate votes to any candidate or the power to increase the number of people accredited by INEC.

“That somebody that was not a candidate cannot be a winner of any election he was not a candidate. That the Police have no powers to organise elections in Nigeria and results tendered by a police officer cannot be admitted in any court as exhibit as he was not INEC officer.

“That votes tabulated by the Supreme Court were more than votes cast during the election,” noting that the petition would be served to all members of the 7-man panel, comprising Justices Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwoola, K.M.O. Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi, Amina Adamu Augie and Justice Uwani Abba-Aji, but directed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammad.

DSS Arrests Campus Journalist For Criticizing Buhari,Tinubu

DSS Arrests Campus Journalist For Criticizing Buhari,Tinubu

Human rights lawyer, Mr Inibehe Effiong, says the Department of State Services has arrested his client who is also a campus journalist, Ayoola Babalola, for allegedly publishing articles critical of the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and All Progressives Congress chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

He explained that Babalola, a student of Mass Communications at Gateway Polytechnic, Abeokuta, was the editor of a campus newspaper known as “GAMPOSA Trumpet”.

In the 2019 edition of the newspaper in November 2019, the newspaper published an article titled, “President Buhari does not believe in Nigeria” which was written by Apostle Alfred Tseye-Okotie.

In the article, it was stated that the Buhari regime did not want Nigeria to be good.

In a second article titled, “Will EFCC investigate Chief Bola Tinubu?” it was insinuated that the EFCC may not act on the petition it received as regards the alleged cash-laden bullion vans seen in Tinubu’s Lagos home on the eve of the 2019 general elections.

In a third article written by Femi Adeyeye in October 2019 titled, “Sowore, An Equal Opportunity Offender”, the newspaper wrote glowingly of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, who was at the time being detained by the DSS for allegedly planning a revolution against the government.

In a statement later, Effiong said, “Late on Friday, January 24, 2020, I was alerted that my client Mr Ayoola Babalola, a courageous student activist and young journalist, was arrested and charged to court for allegedly publishing certain articles in a Campus Newspaper called GAPOSA Trumpet in which he served as the editor.

“Babalola recently graduated from the Gateway Polytechnic located in Sapaade, Ogun State, where he read Mass Communications.

“The articles which were deemed critical of President Buhari, APC Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the EFCC also led to the dismissal of a lecturer of Gateway Polytechnic who served as the producer of the campus newspaper.”

Effiong alleged that Babalola was arrested on Thursday in Abeokuta by the DSS and taken before a Magistrate Court on Friday.

“His appeal to the DSS for him to be allowed to contact me as his counsel was rebuffed. Mr Babalola was only able to contact me through a third party from the Ibara Maximum Prison in Abeokua where he was remanded by the court,” the lawyer said.

He said Babalola was arraigned on six counts bordering on alleged incitement, conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace and others for allegedly publishing critical articles against President Buhari.

It was stated that Babalola had informed his lawyers of the plans of the DSS to arrest him even before the actual arrest happened.

The Spokesman for the DSS, Peter Afunaya, neither responded to calls nor a text message on Saturday.

“I condemn this despotic and needless actions by the SSS. It is a shame that at a time the country is battling serious security challenges, the DSS rather than protect Nigeria, is paranoid about any form of criticism against the Buhari regime,” Effiong said.
PDP Wins Kaduna Assembly Rerun Election

PDP Wins Kaduna Assembly Rerun Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Mrs Comfort Amwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the rerun election for Sanga constituency seat in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

The Returning Officer, Salihu Kargi of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria who announced the results in Gwantu on Sunday, said Amwe polled 19,815 votes to defeat Haliru Gambo-Dangana of the APC who scored 19,688 votes.

The rerun election was conducted in 14 polling units in the local governmen
Lassa Fever Kills 29 People In 11 States

Lassa Fever Kills 29 People In 11 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has disclosed that 29 deaths and 195 confirmed cases of Lassa fever have been reported in 11 states.

The Director-General, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, explained that the current figures were as of Friday, January 24.

Ihekweazu said out of the confirmed cases, 89 per cent were from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi states.

The NCDC boss said that the increased number of cases at this time of the year was not unusual due to ecological factors.

He said that in response to the increasing number of Lassa fever cases across the states, the NCDC activated a National Emergency Operations Centre on Friday to coordinate response activities.

Ihekweazu said the EOC includes representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Environment, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, US Centres for Disease Control, and other partners.

He said the NCDC would continue to support states in strengthening their preparedness and response capacity.

He added that over the last three weeks, NCDC had deployed Rapid Response Teams to support five of the affected states.

According to him, it will ensure prompt case management and other response activities in order to reduce the number of deaths.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Lassa fever virus is transmitted by rodents, which can be found in the environment.
We Want Leah Home Alive, With Or Without A Baby....Family

We Want Leah Home Alive, With Or Without A Baby....Family

The family of Christian teenage schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2018, Leah Sharibu, has described reports that she had a baby boy in captivity as a rumour.

A senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu, who speaks for the family, said on Saturday that all they wanted was to have Leah home alive, with or without a baby.

Some media reports had earlier reported that Leah had a baby for a Boko Haram commander in Niger Republic and that she would have been released some months ago but for her pregnancy.

Dismissing the reports, Puldu said, “I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.”

Puldu also noted that they had unconfirmed information that Leah was still alive.

She said, “I spoke with Jennifer, who was in Boko Haram captivity, last Monday or Tuesday. I was able to speak with her one-on-one and she told us that she did not see Leah in captivity, but she was with Alison Gada, who informed her that Leah was alive, healthy and not dead.”

Incidentally, President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren), Rev Joel Billi, told one of our correspondents that a journalist who has access to Boko Haram, Ahmad Salkida, told him Leah had become a mother.

The cleric said he got the call from Salkida on the same day the journalist announced the execution of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram.

He said he had known Salkida as a young boy while he was a pastor in Biu.

Billi said, “Ahmed Salkida, whom I knew as a young boy when I was a pastor in Biu, called me to inform me that Andimi had been gruesomely murdered.

“I was also told by Ahmad Salkida that Leah Sharibu had given birth to a baby. I was devastated. I was staggering and almost fell down because I was shocked to hear that. I couldn’t absorb the shock because Leah Sharibu had become a symbol of the Christian faith. I consider her Christian faith stronger than even that of many church leaders. When I heard that Leah Sharibu was now a mother, I had to ask more than three times just to be sure. Ahmad Salkida said, ‘Leah Sharibu is now a mother.’”

Leah was among 110 schoolgirls abducted on February 19, 2018 by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State.

In March 2018, the Federal Government announced the insurgents had returned 106 of the kidnapped schoolchildren but that Leah was not among them.

It was reported that Leah, who was 14 years old at the time she was kidnapped, w as not released because she refused to convert to Islam.
APGA Candidates Floor PDP In Abia Rerun Election

APGA Candidates Floor PDP In Abia Rerun Election

The candidate of the of All Progressives Grand Alliance Mr Mike Ukaoha has been declared the winner of Arochukwu state constituency election.

The Appeal court sitting in Owerri had on Monday November 11, 2019, upheld the decision of the Governorship and state Assembly tribunal which earlier ordered for a re-run in some polling units in Ututu ward, Aro ward 1 and some units in Abam and Ututu all in the Constituency.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election Mr Eric Aso Kalu, had filed a suit at the Tribunal, seeking to nullify the election which returned Mr Mike Ukoha, the flag bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

He claimed that the election was marred by irregularities and over voting.

After collating the results of the rerun election, the Returning officer, Prof. Austin Uwakwe, announced that the APGA candidate polled 6550 votes to defeat the PDP candidate who polled 5129 votes.

The returning officer declared Mr. Ukaoha as winner of the election having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast.

Results from two polling units were cancelled following the reported incident of violence and over-voting.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Hon Obinna Ichita, the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance as the winner of the Aba South Constituency seat election.

This came following the Court of Appeal judgment that ordered rerun election in some polling units in the Arochukwu state constituency.

Ichita polled 4634 votes to defeat Hon. Clinton Ebere, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 3154 votes.