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Kano Tribunal Confirms Ganduje’s Governorship Victory

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The Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday upheld the election of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by dismissing the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) petition.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the PDP candidate, Abba Kabir-Yusuf had challenged the victory of Ganduje in the March 23 governorship election.

Delivering judgment, the three man panel led by the Chairman, Justice Halima Shamaki, upheld Ganduje as the duly elected and held that PDP failed to prove all the allegations against him.

“It is only when a petitioner proves his case before the tribunal that he will have a case, the petitioners failed to prove the exact number of valid votes in each polling units,” she said.

In a unanimous judgment, the tribunal struck out some paragraphs of the petition because they were just speculations and held that the petitioners failed to give the number of votes for the March 9 election by tendering certified true copies of result sheets.

“Some Local Government Area (LGA) results like Wudil, Magwan, Nasarawa and Gama Ward presented were not stamped, apart from that they were not true certified copies,” he said.

Shamaki said that the Gama Ward result presented was written with pen, which was carted away by the petitioners.

She also said that since results were carted away in some polling units leading to over voting, INEC had to order for a rerun according to the Electoral Act as amended.

“INEC has proved that the March 9 election was marred by violence that was why the election was cancelled in some units,” he said.

She held that the PDP candidate failed to establish his petitions against Ganduje, saying that the cancellation of 207 polling units was constitutional and valid.

“The petitioners failed to discharge the burden of proof placed on them by the law,” Shamaki said.

She called on the people of the state to stay in peace.
“Let there be peace, Kano is my second home.

“We have done our best, we still have the Court of Appeal, please lets make peace that is the only way you can repay us for staying in Kano for six months,” Shamaki added. (NAN)

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Forex: Court Strikes out Charge Against 19 BDC Operators

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Justice Lewis Allagoa of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, struck out the charge against 19 Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators, following the withdrawal of the case.

The suspects are Ibrahim Jubril, Abdullahi Abubakar, Ibrahim Hassan, Adamu Isiaka, Ibrahim Abdulrahman, Jubril Hassan, Mohammed Isoaka, Mohammed Aminu and Adamu Ibrahim.

Others  are Hassan Amadu, Salisu Hamidu, Mahmoud Mohammed, Murtala Usman, Hassan Yakubu, Abdullahi Kabiru, Ali Sadam.

Ahmadu Yusuf, Abdullahi Hussain and Alhaji Sido.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy, unlawfull operation of forex trading as BDC operators without licence from regulatory agencies and deriving various sums of money from such unauthorised trading.

They were said to have committed the offence around Feb. 21, within the Lagos metropolis.

When the case was called, Mr Umaru Bello, from the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti announced appearance for the prosecution.

The prosecutor, shortly after his announcement, informed the court that he seeks to withdraw the charge against the defendants.

He told the court that he received a call from his superiors in the office to withdraw the case.

He told the court that he would not be proceeding with the arraignment of the suspects.

Justice Allagoa accordingly, struck out the charge.

The police had earlier said that the offence contravenes the provisions of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020. (NAN)

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Kogi: Appeal Court Vacates Inspection Order Granted to SDP by Tribunal

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday, set aside the inspection order granted Murtala Ajaka, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Reports says that the tribunal had, on Nov. 25, 2023, granted an ex-parte order, allowing the SDP and its candidate in the Nov.

11, 2023 governorship poll to carry out forensic examination of all the Bimordal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) used in the election, among other reliefs.

The three-member panel of justices led by Justice J.O.K. Oyewole, in a unanimous ruling, vacated the inspection order on the grounds that it went outside the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The appellate court held that while inspection is allowed under the Electoral Act, it must be jointly carried out with the respondents and the scope of the inspection should be within the strict limit allowed under the Electoral Act.

“The ex parte order made by the trial tribunal on the 25th November, 2023 at the instance of the 1st and 2nd respondents are within the jurisdictional competence of the said tribunal.

“However, paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ thereof are beyond the scope of Section 146 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022. The said paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ are hereby expunged.

“The inspection purportedly done pursuant to the said orders of the trial tribunal without the presence of the appellant violates paragraph ‘h’ of the said orders and it is hereby set aside,” the panel ruled

Reports says that while the SDP was represented at the Court of Appeal by Pius Akubo, SAN; Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi was represented by J.B. Daudu, SAN, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) was represented by Abdulwahab Muhammed, SAN.

Other members of the Appeal Court panel include Justices A. I. Banjoko and A.B. Mohammed.(NAN)

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My Wife Attempted to Stab me, Husband Tells Abuja Court

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A businessman, Mr Ojo Owo, on Friday told a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja, that his wife, Muyibat, attempted to stab him with a knife.

His claims are contained in a divorce petition he filed against the woman. 

“One night, my wife took the kitchen knife and attempted to kill me over a little misunderstanding.

“She boasted that she will destroy, kill or cripple me and reduce me to nothing and that when she finishes with me, my family will not recognise me,” he claimed in the petition.

The petitioner also told the court that the respondent is “so stubborn, disrespectful, mannerless, diabolical and unfriendly” with anyone around him.

According to him, the respondent’s constant fights have caused him to develop high blood pressure which he will be nursing for the rest of his life.

The petitioner further averred that he had to abandon his matrimonial home to save his life due to the intolerable behaviours of the respondent “who constantly threatens my life”.

He urged the court to dissolve his marriage and grant him custody of the children.

The respondent, Muyibat, also a businesswoman, however, denied the allegations.

The Judge, Thelma Baba, advised the couple to explore avenues for amicable settlement for the sake of the children, and adjourned the matter until March 7, for hearing. (NAN)

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