Nigerians Shun Supreme Court Order, Reject Old Naira Notes
It has been revealed that many business operators in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have started rejecting the old Naira notes.They are rejecting the notes in spite of Supreme Court order temporarily halting the ban on their use.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that following the redesigning of N200, N500 and N1000 notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), Jan. 31 was announced as deadline for use of the old notes.The Jan. 31 deadline was, however, met with outrage from Nigerians, forcing the apex bank to extend the deadline to Feb. 10 after which the notes would seize to be legal tender.Meanwhile, governors of Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara approached the Supreme Court on Feb. 3, requesting that the extention should be beyond Feb. 10 as announced by the CBN.Following the suit, a seven-member panel of the apex court, led by John Okoro gave the order suspending the Feb. 10 deadline till Feb. 15, when the suit would be determined.NAN Correspondent, who went round some parts of the FCT on Sunday to monitor use of the old notes, discovered they were being rejected in public places like fuelling stations, market places and parks.Mr Ndubuisi Ugwu, a commercial driver, seen announcing to passengers to board with new Naira notes, said he started rejecting the old notes because fuelling stations had began rejecting them.He said, “I went to fuel my car at the station with the old notes and it was rejected.“That is why I am insisting on passengers boarding with new notes.”On the Supreme Court Order, Ugwu said he was aware of it but insisted that since people had started rejecting the money he had no choice.Mrs Amina Shuaibu, a tomatoes seller at Karu Market, said she stopped collecting old notes since Feb. 11, following the Feb. 10 deadline given by the CBN.According to her, she heard that the old notes have seized to be legal tender.“Although, I heard that the court gave order that we should continue using the old notes but people are rejecting it in the market, that is why I am also rejecting it.“I also heard that banks have equally stopped accepting the old notes but I do not know how true that is.“There is so much confusion about the whole thing, so the best thing to do is not to collect it at all.”Mr Philip Ogedengbe, a concerned Nigerian, who was seen educating traders in the market, said almost everybody in the market was rejecting the old notes.He said he could not purchase any item on his list because he went to the market with old notes.Ogedengbe, who said he was frustrated, added that the new notes were not easy to come by.He also said attempts to make transfer failed, adding that each attempt showed, “issuer inoperative”.Vivian Anibe, a student, said she had used the last old N1,000 note on her to buy things she did not need.Anibe said she went to buy bread but could not because the bread seller was not collecting old notes.“This whole situation is so worriesome.“I came out to buy bread but could not because many people are no longer collecting the old notes.“On my way home, I decided to try one more place and they were still collecting old notes unfortunately they did not have bread.“I had to buy what I did not budget for but I am happy I have spent the money,” she said.
Abia APGA rejects Governorship Poll results as Labour Party leads
The results of the March 18 governorship poll in Abia state has been rejected by the All Progressives Grand Alliance. The Independent National Electoral Commission has so far announced results in 10 LGAs. In a statement signed on Monday by the APGA Chairman Abia State, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, the party said it would not accept an election “marred by irregularities.” It, however, urged supporters to remain calm as they await the conclusion of the process. The statement read partly, “The results so far announced did not in any way reflect the will of the good people of Abia voters as demonstrated at the various polling units.“We are highly disappointed that the votes cast for our candidate, Professor Greg Ibe, were suppressed and not credited to him.“Regrettably too, there were brazen irregularities, including snatching of ballot papers, over-voting, unprecedented manipulation and violence against the opposition.“Most of the results were collated without recourse to BVAS machines, hence, they cannot be relied upon.“We appeal to our members to remain calm and watch things unfold. We firmly believe that light will triumph over darkness, and Abia emancipated from the chains of undemocratic forces.“The election was marred with irregularities in all parts of the state, and APGA cannot accept a highly flawed election.” Only ten local government results have so far been collated, and they include; Ukwa East, Umunneochi, Ukwa West, Bende, Isialangwa North, Isialangwa South, Arochukwu, Ugwunnagbo, Isuikwuato and Ikwuano. So far, the results announced puts the Labour Party in the lead with a margin of 13,132.
BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Mutfwang winner of Plateau Gov Election
The Plateau State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Caleb Mutfwang, has been declared as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.The result declared by the INEC Presiding Officer, Musa Yusuf, after counting the votes scored by parties that participated in the election shows that Mutfwang had the highest votes beating the All Progressives Candidate, Nentawe Yilwatda.Recall that the PDP governorship candidate was reported to be taking an early lead as of 11 am when INEC resumed collations of results from the 17 local government areas of the state.Details later…
Chimaroke Nnamani dumps PDP after losing Senate Re-Election to LP
Chimaroke Nnamani, the senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,He announced his exit from the PDP after he lost his senatorial bid to the Labour Party.Nnamani also expressed appreciation to his constituents for the unalloyed support over the years.The former Enugu State governor’s formal exit from the opposition party was contained in a statement he signed on Monday.The PUNCH reports how the senator was expelled by the PDP on February 10, 2023, alongside some other key party members for alleged anti-party activities. This is also as he lost his bid to return to the Senate to his rival Kelvin Chukwu of the Labour Party.Nnamani stated that he had consulted with his associates and constituents alike and had decided to quit the PDP on account of irreconcilable differences with the national leadership of the party.Speaking further, he noted that he had moved on and hoped that his modest contributions to the development of his constituency would be the building block on which his successors could build on.While reaffirming his acquaintance with the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, he promised to continue to partner him.The former governor also thanked Nigerians especially the Ebeano political family and urged them to remain steadfast in the years ahead.He further expressed optimism that the Tinubu administration would promote good governance, rule of law and human rights for the interest of all Nigerians.
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