Friday, 5 July 2019

Osun governorship election: Oyetola defeats Adeleke in Supreme Court

Osun governorship election: Oyetola defeats Adeleke in Supreme Court

Osun governorship election: Oyetola defeats Adeleke in Supreme Court





Nigeria's apex court, Supreme Court, headed by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Muhammad, is set to give the final judgment on the Osun 2018 governorship election today, Friday, July 5. The judgment will determine the legal occupant of the governor’s seat between Governor Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on September 27, 2018, declared Oyetola as the winner of the Osun governorship election. The full result was finally declared after a supplementary election in four local government areas of the state where the exercise had been canceled but later declared to be re-run. Senator Adeleke, however, filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo to challenge Oyetola's victory. 
Adeleke vs Oyetola: Supreme Court gives final judgement on Osun governorship election (HAPPENING NOW)

Adeleke claimed he polled the highest number of votes in the election and asked the tribunal to cancel Oyetola's victory and declare him the winner of the election. The tribunal in its March 22 ruling declared Adeleke as the winner of the governorship election. The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on September 22 and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal. However, on May 9, the five-member panel of the appeal court upheld the victory of Oyetola as Osun state governor. Adeleke thereafter took the matter to the Supreme Court for final legal redress. As the apex gives the final verdict today, Friday, July 5, Legit.ng will be providing updates as the proceedings begin. At 9.27am, the security agents bar journalists and others present from accessing the courtroom. 

Security agents bar journalists and others present from accessing courtroom Source: UGC However, a tweet from Senator Ajibola Basiru, representing Osun Central senatorial district, claims four of the seven justices of the Supreme Court are in attendance to deliver the judgement. Subsequent updates taken from Senator Basiru who is tweeting from the courtroom as our correspondent and other journalists are yet to be allowed in. According to Senator Basiru, N.O.O Oke and Dr Paul Ananaba, both SAN, led the legal representation for PDP and Senator Adeleke while Abiodun Olaide announced appearance for Governor Oyetola. 

Adesina Agbede reportedly announced appearance for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Dr Abiodun Layonu SAN and Chief Yomi Alliyu led appearance for the APC, Senator Basiru also stated. "There is majority judgment of 5 and dissenting judgment of 2. Appeal dismissed by majority of 5. Tribunal judgment is a nullity," Basiru tweeted. According to our correspondent who have now gained entrance to the courtroom, the judgement, as Senator Basiru earlier stated, was unanimously delivered by five out of the 7 Justices of the Supreme Court. The matter was presided over by Justice Rhodes-Vivour. In the lead judgement, the apex court declared that the absence of the judge who read the majority decision of the election tribunal, Justice Peter Obiorah on one of the hearings renders the entire proceedings a nullity. The judge upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal that the proper thing to have done in he absence of Justice Peter Obiorah was to start the entire trial afresh and affirmed the victory Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC as the duly elected governor of Osun state. 

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that both the APC and the PDP spoke about their expectations before the final judgement by the apex court. The two parties expressed optimism about the outcome of the judgement. However, while the Osun state chairman of the PDP, Soji Adagunodo promised that the party will concede defeat if it goes the other way round, the APC publicity secretary in the state, Kunle Oyatomi said the party was not planning for defeat. NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service! Osun Election 2018: I will surely win this election - Senator Adeleke | Legit TV Source: Legit 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Pope Francis Condemns Abortion

Pope Francis Condemns Abortion

Pope Francis Condemns Abortion
Pope Francis revealed this while addressing in a sponsored anti-abortion conference.
He quoted:
“Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem?” he asked. “Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”
Francis stamped his foot against abortion based on prenatal testing, saying a human being is “never incompatible with life.”
‘Even those babies destined to die at birth or soon thereafter deserve to receive medical care in the womb, ‘Francis said, adding that their parents must get support so they don’t feel isolated and afraid.
‘While one can argue about using medical resources this way, there is value to it for the parents,’ he said.
“Taking care of these children helps parents to grieve and not only think of it as a loss, but as a step on a path taken together,” Francis said.

“Don’t Issue Certificate Of Return To Gov. Rochas” – Court Tells INEC

“Don’t Issue Certificate Of Return To Gov. Rochas” – Court Tells INEC

“Don’t Issue Certificate Of Return To Gov. Rochas” – Court Tells INEC




The battle to stop the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha from going to the Senate took another dimension on Saturday as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ordered not to issue a Certificate of Return to him as a senator-elect for Imo West.
The order was made by a High Court sitting in Owerri. The court, in a suit filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial candidate for Imo West Hon Jones Onyeriri against the INEC, ordered that the status quo be maintained until the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The presiding judge, Justice E.F.Njemanze,

DSS Tells IPOB To Prepare For Consequences

DSS Tells IPOB To Prepare For Consequences

DSS Tells IPOB To Prepare For Consequences



The Department of State Services ( DSS)  has warned those behind the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to have a rethink or be prepared to face the consequences of their action.
According to the service, it is prepared to maintain adequate security across Nigeria, saying it will not allow any person or group to obstruct the freedom of law-abiding citizens. Spokesperson for the DSS, Peter Afunnaya, said this in a telephone interview with Punch, in Abuja, on Friday.
He was reacting to the May 30 sit-at-home order given by the IPOB in the South-East. Afunnaya said,
“The service will not condone people taking the law into their hands and obstructing the freedom of others. The constitution is clear on the fundamental human rights of people and no person should deliberately infringe on the rights of anyone outside the laws of the land.  
“The service in the line of its mandate will ensure that adequate security is maintained in all parts of the country and people who take the law into the hands or cause the breakdown of law and order should be ready to face the consequences.” 
He explained that for the avoidance of doubt, the warning applied to “all subversive elements” operating under any guise. Meanwhile, the sit-at-home order by IPOB has continued to generate mixed reactions from some residents of  Enugu State.

Friday, 24 May 2019

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7

N105M Fraud: Court Postponed Ex-SMEDAN DG’s Trial Until June 7


Bature Masari, former Director- General, Small and Medium Enterprise and Development Agency (SMEDAN)
The Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, adjourned until June 7, the trial of Bature Masari, former Director- General, Small and Medium Enterprise and Development Agency (SMEDAN).
Masari was arraigned on April 10 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)on a 17- count charge bordering on alleged money laundering.
The anti-graft agency accused him of being involved in a N104.7 million money laundering and proceeds of gratification crime.
Court resumed hearing on Friday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Ekele Ihenacho tendered some documents which were admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits A1 to A35.
The documents which included certificate of compliance and account opening package among others were tendered through the prosecution witness, Mariam Ahmed who was led in evidence by Ihenacho.
Ahmed, who said she was a relationship officer with Guarantee Trust Bank, told the court how several sums of monies were withdrawn and credited to the account in the three years that managed it.
During cross examination by Masari’s counsel, Mr Efut Okoi, the witness told the court that Bature opened the account having followed due process and that all withdrawals and credits were lawful and legitimate.
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter until June 7 for continuation of trial.