President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday in Abuja informed the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that the petition filed by the Allied People’s Movement (APM) against him and his Vice, Kashim Shetima victory is dead by the Supreme Court decision on May 26, 2023.
Tinubu said that the main issues raised by the petitioner queried ‘place holder’ by Kabir Masari and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s alleged double nomination and that the issues have been resolved by the Supreme Court last Friday in a judgment in the suit marked SC/CV/501/23 between the People’s Democratic Party PDP Vs INEC and 3 others.
He gave the information at the resumed hearing through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN , on Tuesday. He disclosed that the PDP’S case had resolved the grievances brought before the Court by the Allied People’s Movement.
Recall that the Supreme Court had on Friday held that PDP, or any other parties, have no right to poke nose into how other parties conducted their primary elections and nominated their candidates.
The Apex Court while dismissing PDP’S case described the party as busy body and meddle some interloper and imposed a fine of N2M on the party for meddling into the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Olanipekun argued that the APM’S petition was similar to the case taken to Supreme Court by PDP that was dismissed on the grounds that PDP has no locus standi (legal right) to bring the action in the first place.
He submitted that the APM’S petition is predicted on internal affairs of the APC and that the Supreme Court’s latest judgment had taken life out of the petition.
He promised to make a copy of the judgment available within two days to the Court for perusal on the effects on the APM’S Petition.
Counsel to the APM, Mr Sheu Abubakar said he has not seen the judgment the respondents counsel was referring to and requested for adjournment in the hearing of the petition based on the submissions and revelations of Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN.
Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who stood for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not object to the request for adjournment sought by the APM.
Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani granted the request for adjournment and shifted hearing till Friday, June 2.
FG approves payment for 12 attack helicopters for army aviation – COAS
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja said on Tuesday that
President Bola Tinubu has approved payment for the procurement of 12 attack helicopters for the Nigerian Army.
COAS, Lt.-Gen.Lagbaja, made this known at the opening of the maiden Nigerian Army Aviation Seminar, in Abuja.
He said that the 12 MD 530F Cayuse attack helicopters would operationalize the Nigerian army aviation unit, which was set up to improve ground troops’ agility, responsiveness, and efficacy during operations.
Court halts planned impeachment of Ondo State Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, issued an order restraining the Ondo State House of Assembly from impeaching Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, over alleged gross misconduct.
Justice Emeka Nwite gave the order in a ruling shortly after Aiyedatiwa’s counsel, Kayode Adewusi, moved the ex-parte motion to the effect.
The judge also restrained Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu from nominating a new deputy governor and forwarded the same to the lawmakers for approval pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter.
Justice Nwite held that after listening to Adewusi, he was of the view that the interest of justice would be met by granting the application.
“Therefore, the application of the applicant succeeds,” he said.
The embattled deputy governor had, in a motion on notice marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023, sued the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), Gov. Akeredoku, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Chief Judge of Ondo State and the House of Assembly as 1st to 6th respondents respectively.
In the application dated and filed by Mr Adelanke Akinrata on Sept. 21, Aiyedatiwa sought for four reliefs.
The judge further made an order of interim injunction restraining Akeredolu, his servants or privies from harassing, intimidating, embarrassing and preventing Aiyedatiwa in carrying out the functions of his office as deputy governor of Ondo State.
Justice Nwite, who granted all the reliefs adjourned the matter until Oct. 9 for hearing.
Aiyedatiwa had, also in another suit marked: AK/348/2023 prayed the High Court in Akure to stop the state’s house of assembly from proceeding with the impeachment proceedings against him pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed in the court on Monday.
Group backs Akwa Ibom’s amended TRC law
The Elders and leaders of the Ibibio Sociocultural Organisation, represented by ‘Akwa Esop Ima-Isong Ibibio,’ said on Tuesday that they support and are committed to the Bill amending the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap. 155, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2022.
Recalled that the Bill which had already been assented to by the state governor, Pst Umo Éno, had generated controversy with some other ethnic groups opposing the Bill.
The Annang Youths Forum had opposed the Bill because the law seeks to grant perpetual leadership of the Traditional Rulers Council to the Oku Ibom Ibibio, disregarding the longstanding rotational provision among all paramount rulers in the state.
In a statement jointly signed by the AYF group leaders and made available to journalists in Uyo said, “The traditional system of governance in our state has thrived for generations due to its emphasis on fairness, inclusivity, and unity.
“The rotational provision, which has been a cornerstone of our traditional rulership, ensures that all communities and ethnic groups have an equal opportunity to lead and contribute to the development and progress of our great state.
“The law threatens to undermine the delicate balance and harmony among different ethnic groups within our state. By bestowing perpetual leadership on the Oku Ibom Ibibio, it not only disregards the principles of fairness and inclusivity but also perpetuates a form of hierarchical dominance that goes against the spirit of our diverse society”
But the Ibibio Elders in a communique issued at the end of their meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, insisted that the law is for the overall development of the state.
The communique was signed by the chairman, Asikpo Essienibok; Otuekong Sunny Jackson Udoh; Ekong Etuk; Etie Ben Akpan, and Trenchard Ibia, among others.
It reads in part “We, the Elders of Ibibio Nation and Leaders of Ibibio socio-cultural organisations, wish to congratulate the Executive Governor, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, on the occasion of the 36th Anniversary of Akwa Ibom State.
“We thank Governor Umo Eno for assenting to the Bill for the amendment of the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap.155, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2022 and for inaugurating His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon D. Etuk (CFR) as the President-General of Akwa Ibom State Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers and HRM, Odidem Bassey Etim Edet, as the Chairman of the Council as part of the ceremony marking the 36th Anniversary of Akwa Ibom Statehood.
“We also want to commend the Honourable Speaker, Rt. Hon. Udeme Ottong and Members of the 8th Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly for passage of the Bill for the amendment of the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap. 155, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2022.
“It is necessary to state here firmly that the law is in order for the overall development, peace, stability, national respect, and progress of our dear State, Akwa Ibom.
“We wish to note that other states of the federation have similar traditional structures that have served them well”.
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