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EFCC: Bukola Saraki speaks against Magu, presidency as Magu took over his properties

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Former governor of Kwara state and Nigeria’s senate president,  Bukola Saraki has reacted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seizure of some his landed properties over located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.

Nigeria News had earlier reported  that anti-graft agency has launched a fresh probe against Bukola Saraki over allegations of money laundering and on Saturday seized some of his properties .

The Senate president however has reacted by describing the action of the EFCC as a witch-hunt and “only reinforced our earlier stated position that their current investigation is mischievous.”

In a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser (media and publicity) to the Bukola Saraki , he said: “Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) has marked certain property belonging to Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, obviously under the claim that they are subject of investigation.

“The action of the EFCC only reinforced our earlier stated position that their current investigation is mischievous, contrary to the tenets of the rule of law and only aimed at settling scores. This position is founded on the fact that these same buildings were the subject of earlier investigations by the EFCC as well as the case initiated by the Federal Government at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“Also, the case went all the way to the highest court in our country, the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In that case, Saraki was discharged and acquitted because the courts believe the government has no case.”

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Why Governor Elect In Imo State, Ihedioha Might Not Be Inaugurated

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Why Governor Elect In Imo State, Ihedioha Might Not Be Inaugurated

The Governor-elect in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha might not be inaugurated on 29th of May, 2019 as he was charged to Federal High Court by a plaintiff, Clifford Eze who was the Democratic Alternative, DA candidate in the past Gubernatorial election in Imo state, NIGERIA NEWS reports.

The Justice, PA Rimgim at the federal high court said that the plaintiff is very wrong for bringing up election matter after the election and then defense counsel, Emeka Ihejirika back what the justice said up by insinuating that the Clifford Eze does not follow the due process of the court thereby not in line with the court proceedings.

The defense counsel further state that, ”it is a primary knowledge that the regular court does not entertain post-election matters.

“The plaintiffs are already at the tribunal and the same things they brought up for argument at the tribunal are the same things they brought to the regular court.

“Apart from the federal high court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, it was an abuse of court processes.

“That was why the court slammed an N5m cost against the plaintiffs. It is as simple as that.”

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INEC recovers 25 returning certificate from PDP, APC and states reasons

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 On Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it had pulled back 25 return certificates issued to some candidates who were previously announced as winners of the 2019 general election.

It said that the withdrawals were made on orders from the court.

Mr Festus Okoye, administrator of the Committee on Information and Voter Education, uncovered this on the occasion,“forum on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections,” that took place in Enugu.

Okoye said that 20 of the 25 return certificates were withdrawn from All Progressive Congress candidates and reissued to different APC party individuals.While two certificates were withdrawn from the People’s Democratic Party competitors and were reissued to other PDP candidates.

He said the remaining three endorsements had been withdrawn from both the APC and the PDP candidates and issued to other party individuals.

“Before we left INEC national headquarters on Friday; the commission had withdrawn 25 certificates of return from the first owners and presented to their new owners, following court orders to do that,” he said.

Okoye praised the journalists for their transparency and powerful commitment with the commission, amid and after the elections.

He included that for the success of future elections, the media had proved to be fundamental partners.

He portrayed the media as the masses ‘ main line of reach  to help clarify the political and electoral decisions of INEC.

The President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr Chris Isigozu, said the media had appreciated hearty discussions with INEC  during and after the elections.

Isigozu praised the commission for performing respectably well, given the assets and length of collaboration with different partners associated with the electoral process.

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