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Plateau Tribunal Dismisses PDP’s Petition, Declares Lalong Winner

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The Plateau Governorship Elections Petitions tribunal in Jos on Wednesday affirmed the election of Gov. Simon Lalong.Sen. Jeremiah Useni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is challenging the election of Lalong in the March 9,  governorship poll.Useni prayed the tribunal to declare him winer of the elections alleging the disparity in the names supplied by Gov.

Lalong in form CF001.
Delivering judgment, a panel three justices led by Justice Halima Salami, held that the petitioners could did not adequately prove their case.
The tribunal held that the information made in form CF001 by Lalong bothering on the disparity of  name, was not fundamental in nature.
The tribunal also held that the petitioners, failed to prove their allegation of electoral irregularities bothering on falsifications of results and over voting against Lalong and the All Progressives Congress (APC).Speaking after judgment, Mr Pius Akuboh, SAN, Counsel to the APC and Gov Lalong, commended the tribunal for the verdict.Akuboh said that the tribunal commendably dealt with all the issues raised raised and canvassed by the parties from all angles.“This include the qualification of the second respondent to contest the election, allegation of over voting, corrupt practices and non compliance to electoral law.“Painstakingly the tribunal considered interlocutory matters raised by the respective counsels to the parties.“We are satisfied that the judgment is in our favour specifically  with respect to the qualification of the governor.“The tribunal unequivocally found as a fact that the governor did not give false information fundamental nature in aid of of his qualification,” he stated.Also speaking, Mr Edward Pwajok, SAN, Counsel to Useni and the PDP, said that they were not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunal.”There are many bus stops in judiciary and that we will challenge the verdict in a higher court.“The tribunal has done its work but it is long journey, today’s verdict is just a first step.“However, we appreciate the people of Plateau and to state that the first petitioner, Sen. J.T.  Useni remains confident in the Nigerian judiciary.“Thank God there are higher levels as the judgement itself has already formulate many grounds for appeal.  “Because some of the findings were not in sink with the conclusion reached.“For instance, on the issue of the qualification of the governor, the tribunal found out that the lied on oath on the information he supplied in form CF00,” he stated. (NAN)

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S/Court Judgement: Jigawa Assembly Begins Amendment of Electoral Law

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A bill seeking to repeal the Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission (JISIEC) Law 2024 and re-enact Law 2012 has passed first and second readings.

This followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader of Jigawa State House of Assembly, Mr Lawan Muhammad (APC-Roni) and seconded by Mr Muhammad Inuwa (APC-Kazaure) at a plenary on Friday.

Muhammmad said the bill seeks to repeal the JISEIC amendment No.

1 Law, No.
7, 2024 to re-enact the provisions of Sections 64 and 65 of the JISEIC Law Cap J19, Laws of Jigawa State 2022 and for related matters.

The Speaker, Mr Haruna Aliyu, who presided over the plenary, asked the majority leader to suspend order 12 and rule 81 for the bill to be read for the second time.

After unanimous approval by the members, Muhammad read the bill for the second time, which was seconded by the speaker.

On the reason for the amendment, the Majority Leader said: “Just of recent, this honorable house amended this law to be in line with the electoral act, 2023. We amended this section in order to domesticate the electoral act.

“So we are now going back to previous bill that we have repealed and suspended. That’s the reason for the suspension of the rule 81. So we are going back to the previous law that we suspended just two months ago.

“This is also because of current order or Supreme Court judgement on local government councils. Therefore I moved this motion so that honorable members be in line with the court judgement to allow us conduct local government election in the next two months.

“I want my colleagues to be supportive to join our colleagues in the 36 states”.

Contributing, members representing Kaugama and Kazaure constituencies, Sani and Muhammad Inuwa, expressed the need for other members to support the amendment in order to have democratically elected officials to run the affairs of the local government councils of the state.

After unanimous approval by the house, the speaker referred the bill to Committee on Local Government and to report back on July 30. (NAN)

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Court Orders Man to Return 2 Children to His ex-wife in Abuja

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An Upper Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja on Tuesday, ordered Mr Awwal Abubakar to return his two children to his former wife, Aisha Atsu, by July 24.

The judge, Mohammed Wakili, gave the order after Atsu informed the court that Abubakar took the children to Kogi .

Atsu told the court that she got divorced in September, 2023.

She said that while she travelled for the Sallah, she took her children, ages, nine and six to her former husband, Abubakar in Dutse Alhaji, Abuja.

“My former husband took my children to his mother’s in the village in Kogi, outside the court’s jurisdiction.

“I want the court to order him to return the children back to Abuja to enable them write their school examinations.

“I also want the court to direct Abubakar to pay for the upkeep of our children,” she said.

Abubakar, however, told the court that his former wife was not capable in character to raise their children, adding that he had witnesses to prove his claim.(NAN)

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Court Fixes Sept. 9 for Continuation of Lagos Pastor’s Trial

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Magistrate Antoinette Dirisu of the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, has adjourned until September 9, 2024, for the continuation of trial against a Lagos-based pastor, Jude Ojo, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

The clergyman was arraigned before the court on three counts of conspiracy, perversion of the course of justice and aiding the escape of the suspects.

The suspects allegedly threatened the life of a traditional ruler, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye of Otumara community in Lagos.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the last adjourned date on June 10, the Defence Counsel, I. Ilodigo, had appealed for a stall of proceedings due to a consequent pending fundamental rights enforcement procedure filed at the Lagos High Court in which the defendant is an applicant.

“Our application is for stall of proceedings on this matter pending the determination of the fundamental rights enforcement procedure filed at the High Court wherein the defendant in this matter is an applicant,” he pleaded.

Opposing the plea, the Prosecuting counsel, ASP Ben Emuerhi, informed the court that the matter being dealt with is a criminal matter and not fundamental rights violation as the defense counsel portrayed.

“This matter is a criminal proceed and not fundamental rights violation. The matter filed at the High Court is about fundamental rights violation while this matter is a criminal proceeding.

“These are two cases apart. Your Honour, the Learned Justice of the High Court did not make any order fully aware of the proceedings at this magistrate court.

“The second count charge of the trial is a criminal charge of perversion of Justice,”he said.
Ruling on the matter, the Magistrate Judge set down the case for trial on September 9. (NAN)

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