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Tribunal Nullifies Election of APGA Reps Member

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The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi on Wednesday 28th August 2019 nullified the election of Mr David Ogewu of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and declared Mr Samson Okwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Obi/Oju Federal Constituency election.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice A.

A Adeleye, therefore, directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ogewu and give it to Okwu.

Adeleye gave the order while delivering judgement in the petition filed by Okwu against the election of Ogewu, where he declared that the petitioner won the election with a margin of 994 votes from the two Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Adeleye faulted the decision of INEC which declared Ogewu the winner without including results for Obi LGA in the final collation, pointing out that the margin of win, which the APGA candidate secured over the petitioner in Oju, was inconsequential.

The tribnal noted that the total number of registered voters from Obi which is 59, 411 far exceeded Ogewu’s earlier margin of lead.

He pointed out that the declaration of Ogewu as the winner of the Federal Constituency seat based on only the result for Oju, where he scored 12,794 votes against Okwu’s 6,797 was invalid.

He said that Ogewu did not secure majority of the lawful votes cast from the two LGAs that made up the federal constituency.

Adeleye noted that the tribunal has the jurisdiction to do the necessary arithmetic to include Obi result which Okwu of PDP scored 7, 543 votes against Ogewu’s 754.

He also deducted 252 votes scored by the APGA candidate in Oju LGA on the ground that they were allotted to him in error.

Following the final computation of result for the two LGAs by the tribunal, the two time House of Representatives Member, Okwu led the initial winner, Ogewu after securing a total of 14, 300 votes higher than his opponent, who polled 13,306.

He,therefore, declared Okwu as the winner, saying the petitioner’s witnesses convinced the court with cogent evidences of non compliance with the electoral act to warrant the court decision in their favour.

The tribunal said that the respondent’s witnesses failed to prove the allegation of violence in Obi Local Government Area during the election. (NAN)

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S’Court Judgment: Jigawa to Conduct LG Election Soon – Official

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The Jigawa Government says it will soon conduct Local Government Elections in the state, following the recent Supreme Court judgment on Local Government finanacial autonomy.

The Commissioner for Information, Youths Sport and Culture, Mr Sagir Musa, said this during an interactive session with newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.

Musa said that the State Executive Council (EXCO) had considered and approved a request by the state Independent Electoral Commission (JISIEC) to conduct the election.

The commissioner further said that the EXCO’s decision “is in line with the provision of Section 197(I) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the JISIEC Law No. 3 of 2012 (as amended)”.

According to him, the EXCO decision is in compliance with the recent Supreme Court judgment that all the Local Government councils in the country must have democratically elected officials and that elections are to be conducted in all the states of the federation within three months.

Meanwhile, an Executive Bill seeking to repeal JISIEC Law 2024 and re-enact Law 2012 has passed the first and second readings at the Assembly.

This followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the house, Mr Lawan Muhammad, and seconded by Mr Muhammad Inuwa at Friday’s plenary session.

Muhammmad said that the bill seeks to repeal the JISEIC amendment No. 1 Law, No. 7, 2024 to re-enact Sections 64 and 65 of the JISEIC Law Cap J19, Laws of Jigawa State 2022 and for related matters.

After a unanimous voice vote by the members, the Speaker, Mr Haruna Aliyu, referred the bill to the House Committee on Local Government.

Aliyu asked the committee to report back to the house on July 30. (NAN)

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Edo guber: Appeal Court Affirms Ighodalo as PDP Candidate

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The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has rejected an appeal to nullify the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election that produced Asue Ighodalo as its candidate for the upcoming Governorship Election in Edo.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel led by A.

M Lamido, on Monday, dismissed the appeal filed by the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

Shaibu was earlier impeached from office but recently got reinstated by the court.

While dismissing the appeal marked: CA/ABJ/CV/642/2024, for want of merit, Lamido held that it found no reason to set aside the May 27 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court further ruled that the trial court was right for refusing to invalidate the outcome of PDP primary election based on the suit by the appellant.

It awarded a N1million cost against the appellant.

Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court had, in his judgment that was affirmed by the appellate court, held that Shaibu lacked the legal right to seek to nullify the outcome of the primary poll.

Omotosho further held that the plaintiff did not meet the condition precedent to confer such a legal right on him.

According to the court, no evidence was adduced to establish that he participated in the primary election he sought to nullify its outcome.

Omotosho held that it was a basic requirement of the law that a plaintiff must take part in a disputed election to be able to challenge its outcome in court.

He said that there was overwhelming evidence that the plaintiff was never physically present at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, where the primary election of February 22 took place.

Report says that Shaibu had in the suit prayed the court to issue an order stopping the INEC from accepting or recognising Ighodalo
as the gubernatorial flag bearer of PDP in the election.

He contended that the primary election that produced Ighodalo was not conducted in compliance with both the Electoral Act and party Constitution.

He prayed the court to, among other things, compel the party to conduct a fresh primary election in the state.

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Senate, Women Society Push for Domestic Staff Inclusion in National Wage Scheme

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By Eze Okechukwu, Abuja

The Senate and National Council for Women Society (NCWS), have sought for the inclusion of domestic servants in the proposed N70,000 National Minimum Wage Scheme.

The Senate and the Women group made the call yesterday at the national assembly during a public hearing on a bill seeking for an Act to provide for the Domestication and Registration of Domestic workers and Employers in Nigeria.

The public hearing on the bill sponsored by Senator Babangida Hussaini (APC, Jigawa North West) was organized by the Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity and was chaired by Senator Diket Plang (APC, Plateau Central).

The Senate’s call for the inclusion of domestic servants in the National Minimum Wage Scheme specifically came from Senator Osita Izunaso (APC, Imo West) during his remarks at the public hearing.

“As a member of this Committee, I feel strongly that part of the provisions to be included in this bill is the domestic workers; be it house maid or servants in the proposed N70, 000 National Minimum wage law.

“As N70, 000 is being planned to be the lowest wage for the lowest public workers, so should be the case for the least domestic workers.

“We are going to put it in the bill for implementation by all employers”, he said.

Senator Izunaso however suggested that instead of domestication and protection of domestic workers and employers, the intent of the bill should be changed to registration and protection of domestic workers and their employers.

In a similar call, the Acting National President of NCWS, Mrs Geraldeen Etuk aligned with the Senate’s position for the inclusion of domestic servants in the proposed National Minimum Wage law.

Speaking from the sidelines, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Babangida Hussaini said though he was elated by the general support the bill got from the various stakeholders; from the Minister of Labour to other relevant stakeholders he expressed reservations on the practical implementation of the additional scope of inclusion of domestic workers in the national minimum wage.

“There is no point making a law that cannot be implemented. However, i’m happy that the generality of stakeholders at the public hearing supported the bill and by extension, the proposed law”, he said.

Earlier in his remarks during the session, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Diket Plang said an agency will surely be set up for the implementation of the proposed law. But in the interim, the Ministry of Labour and Productivity will drive the operation from the onset.

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