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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital said state governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party would continue to dictate what happens in the party until its delegates’ pattern was changed.

The President spoke at a stakeholders’ interactive meeting after inaugurating the Dutse International Airport.


President Jonathan felicitates with Uduaghan as he clocks 60
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan has extended a congratulatory message to the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan who clocks 60 today.

In the letter, the President lauded his exemplary dedication to the service of the state and Nigeria, and also wished him well in the coming years.

On behalf of my family, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to express warm felicitations to you on the glorious occasion of your 60th birthday anniversary.


Why I want to govern Kaduna – El Rufai
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nasir El-Rufai, has said he joined the governorship race in his home state, Kaduna, because of the level of decay there.

In a statement on Monday, Mr. El-Rufai, who is running on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, lamented that the state, which used to be a point of reference, was now lagging behind other states, including those recently created.


APC petitions Jonathan, Police IG over Asari-Dokubo’s threat against Lai Mohammed
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan and the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, urging their intervention after ex-militant leader, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, threatened violence on Lai Mohammed, the party’s spokesperson.

Mr. Asari-Dokubo told PREMIUM TIMES in an exclusive interview last week that he intends to take legal action against Mr. Mohammed for accusing him of being one of two Nigerians who ferried a contentious $9.3 million arms money to South Africa.


Buhari’s loyalists ask Atiku to withdraw from presidential race
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Some loyalists of a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, have asked a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to withdraw from the presidential race and support the aspiration of Mr. Buhari.

The call came on the same day a renowned Islamic Cleric, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, asked the former head of state not to contest the February 2015 presidential election.


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Appeal Court Upholds Kogi Acting Governor's Election PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bonaventure Melah   
Thursday, 28 February 2008
  Reprieve Thursday came the way of Clarence Olafemi, Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly who has been standing- in as Acting Governor of the state as the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upturned the Judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal that had earlier nullified his election into the House. 

 Olafemi became Kogi State Acting Governor when the Court of Appeal which also sat in Abuja, two weeks ago, nullified the election of Ibrahim Idris as governor of the state. The Tribunal then ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh gubernatorial election in which former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu would contest.  The repeat election is scheduled to hold on March 29, 2008. 

The three member Panel of the Appeal Court led by Justice Olufumilola Adekeye in upholding the election of Olafemi as the duly elected member representing Mopa Muro Federal Constituency of Kogi state, noted that that the tribunal that heard the matter at first instance failed to submit the required proof of the allegation of criminality which formed the bed rock of their judgment. 

The Appeal Court noted also that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was shut out as well as several people who were classified as thugs when they were not joined as parties in the petition. 

Besides, the appellate court observed that the trial tribunal erred when it excluded vital documents that were relevant to the determination of the matter like, including Statement of Result of Baptist Primary School Effo Amuro where the Speaker turned governor attended school and the summary of the result of the entire constituency.

Advancing more reasons why the decision of the Kogi Election Petition Tribunal was quashed, the Court of Appeal noted that the petitioner failed to establish evidence that there was disenfranchisement of voters during the election, adding that justice was thrown over- board by their strict and rigid adherence to rules of the court/practice direction and that the allegations could not have been determined without joining INEC to file their reply. 

Based on the foregoing, the Court of Appeal declared that the judgment of the tribunal was null and void and of no effect whatsoever; and consequently pronounced the Hon. Clarence Olafemi winner of the April 14 2007 State House of Assembly Elections for Mopa Muro Federal Constituency.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 February 2008 )
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