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Attempt To Reorder Election Sequence Illegal, Court Tells Senate

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ruled that the proposed amendment to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by the National Assembly, which seeks to reorder the sequence of the 2019 general elections as illegal.

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Attempt To Reorder Election Sequence Illegal, Court Tells Senate

Attempt To Reorder Election Sequence Illegal, Court Tells Senate

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ruled that the proposed amendment to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by the National Assembly, which seeks to reorder the sequence of the 2019 general elections as illegal.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed while declaring verdict on a suit filed by Accord Party to challenge the bill said the “bill is a clear breach of the provisions of paragraph 15(a) of the Third Schedule of the Constitution which empowers INEC to organise and conduct elections.”

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The judge also ruled that INEC has issued its timetable for the 2019 general elections, the later passage of the bill to reverse the electoral body’s decision was in breach of sections 4, 5 an 6 of the Constitution.

The court ruled that the powers conferred on INEC to conduct elections comprised the powers to decide the sequence of the elections and fix dates for the elections and such powers could never be taken away by an Act of the National Assembly.

Nigeria News had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on March 3, rejected the bill by withholding his assent to the amendments.

Buhari in a letter to the Senate President, said he was withholding his assent to the new amendment because “The amendment to the sequence of the election in section 25 of the principal Act may infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of INEC to organize, undertake and supervise all elections provided in section 16(a) of the constitution.”

Nigeria News had also reported that the National Assembly conveyed to the President for assent, the proposed amendment to the electoral act.

In the proposed amendment the National Assembly election will come first, followed by governorship and state houses of assembly and the Presidential election which will now come last. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier put the presidential election as the first to be held on February 16, 2019.

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Bagudu has stripped Karatu of her police protection, denied her pension, Fani-Kayode alleges

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani-Kayode has alleged that Kebbi governor, Atiku Bagudu has withdrawn the police protection given to sacked former Chief Justice of the state, Asabe Karatu.

Fani-Kayode, who had lambasted Bagudu and his wife for the action after Karatu alleged that she was not confirmed because of her Christian faith expressed surprise at such treatment meted out to someone with 38-years experience in the civil service.

He further revealed that Zainab Bagudu the governor’s wife has invited him to Kebbi to see her cow after telling her he doesn’t need her attention.

See his statement below.

“Well spoken. When I raised this issue of great national importance she said that I should be ignored and that I am looking for attention. When I told her off and said that I am not interested in her attention and that I don’t do other peoples wives she invited me to Kebbi for a visit and said I should come and see her cows.

‘This is someone who I have known since she was 15 and someone whose father I revered. Instead of offering a plausible explanation for her husband’s shameful behaviour or calling me privately to put their side of the story she insulted me publicly.

“Well, I am not surprised. After all I am just a Christian. The attitude of these people amazes me.

“Meanwhile, I spoke to the former CJ Asabe Karatu at length and the story is even worse than the public is aware of. The Gov. is so vindictive that he has taken away all her police protection, her official vehicle that she is entitled to and all the other perks that are her due.

“He has also denied her of her full pension by refusing to confirm her and then sacking her. This is after 38 years of diligent and meritorious service in the states civil service and Judiciary. And all because she is Christian and she refused to be a puppet to Atiku Bagudu. What a tragedy!”

He, therefore, stated that the respect that can be given to the South West is to ensure that power returns to the region in 2023.

“The President and indeed our party must beware of divisive elements who are now proponents of retaining power in the north beyond 2023 . Power shift to the SW in 2023 is the best honour that can be bestowed on the late Chief MKO Abiola.

“The solution to our problems is not a power shift but restructuring or separation. Even if you shift power between the north and south for the next 100 years it means nothing. As long as some regard themselves as the master race and others as their slaves nothing will change. We are not interested in sharing power with the north: we are interested in winning our freedom from them.”

“The solution to our problems is not a power shift but restructuring or separation.Even if you shift power between the north and south for the next 100 years it means nothing. As long as some regard themselves as the master race and others as their slaves nothing will change.

We are not interested in sharing power with the north: we are interested in winning our freedom from them.

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Shut up and leave PDP if you have no value to add, Agbaje tells Bode George

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Jimi Agbaje

Former Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje has told former Deputy National Chairman, Bode George to shut up and leave the party if he has no value to add.

There has been disagreement between George and Agbaje over the outcome of the governorship election in Lagos that returned Babajide Sanwo-olu elected as both have been blaming each other for the failure of the party to win the state.

Recently, the duo are at each other’s throat over defection insinuations, which both have denied.

Agbaje had accused George of insinuating his defection from the PDP, when he was described as a failed governorship candidate.

Speaking on the clash, media aide to Agbaje, Felix Oboagwina, denied reports that his principal had dumped the opposition party and also accused the leadership of the party in Lagos of alleged plans to “give the dog a bad name and chase it away from the party.”

On the social media posts that Agbaje had left the PDP to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, Oboagwina said they were untrue.

“There is nothing like that, nothing like that at all. He is still in PDP; he has not defected. How can people say he has defected on social media? He is too big for that; he is in PDP.”

When asked if there were plans by his principal to dump the PDP for APC, he answered in the negative.

“People should please tell Bode George to shut up and leave PDP if he lacks any value to add to the party, instead of being a dog in the manger hampering the progress of the party in Lagos State.

“He should tell the world where he got the news being spread around.

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