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Atiku vs Buhari: PDP tenders fresh request before Supreme Court

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Atiku vs Buhari: PDP tenders fresh request before Supreme Court

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has asked the Supreme Court to review its judgement on the presidential election that affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election.

The Witness reports the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbodinyan, who made this statement while addressing  journalists on Monday, also urged the Apex Court to review the judgment in respect of governorship elections in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Osun state, which the party lost to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP stated that the review was needed due to APC’s move seeking a review of the apex court’s judgment on governorship elections in Zamfara and Bayelsa states which the PDP won.

According to the opposition party: “Consequently, the National Working Committee of the PDP, after comprehensive consultations, states that our party has no choice left, given the manner with which the APC has conducted itself, than to ask for a review of the judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal, where the issue of certificate forgery and or presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and her presidential candidate.

“The same applies to the judgment on the Katsina governorship election petition, where lawyers also established a similar issue of certificate forgery.

“The PDP equally has no choice than to ask the Supreme Court to review the Kano, Kaduna and Katsina election judgments, because of manifest violence and substantial non-compliance to our electoral law.

“The PDP also asks the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the Osun Governorship election in view of manifest, complete and total disregard to our electoral rules in the conduct of the elections.”

The opposition party faulted the ruling APC was what it described as desperate attempts to subjugate and intimidate the Supreme Court, for the purpose of annexing the apex court over its judgments on Imo, Bayelsa and Zamfara governorship elections – all delivered in favour of the PDP.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court dismisses APC’s request on Zamfara judgement review

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BREAKING: Supreme Court dismisses APC's request on Zamfara judgement review

The Supreme Court has dismissed the application for judicial review filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara State.

The Witness reports that Zamfara APC filed the application against Senator Kabiru Marafa and 179 others.

In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, the Supreme court held that the application is a vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse of court process.

The Supreme court awarded the cost of N2m to be paid by the applicant to the 1st to 140th respondents.

Furthermore, Justice Okoro, who delivered the judgement, held that the apex court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain an application seeking a review of its own judgment as the finality of the judgment of the supreme court is sealed and cannot be reviewed under any guise.

On the other hand, Justice Centus Nweze, however, disagrees with the other members of the panel as he reads a dissenting judgment upholding the application of the APC.

The Supreme Court judge insists that it is better to admit an error instead of justifying an error that fails to represent justice. He adds that the Supreme Court can reverse itself.

Justice Nweze further insists that the judgment of the court favours the PDP who was not a party to the suit in the first place and orders the setting aside the earlier judgment of the court

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Prince Charles of England tests positive for COVID-19

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Prince Charles of England tests positive for COVID-19

England’s future king Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House said today.

The 71 year-old prince displays mild symptoms but remains in “good health”, the spokesman for the royal family said. His wife, Camilla tested negative.

The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.

The Price of Wales has been working from home in Scotland for the last few days, in company of his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

‘In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.

‘‘It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.’’

According to metro.co.uk, among Prince Charles’ recent engagements was a Water Aid dinner, in which he sat opposite Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Prince Albert became the first Royal Family member to catch coronavirus earlier this month.

He was also at a celebrity Prince’s Trust Awards a few days ago.

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Lagos Assembly reappoints demoted, suspended members

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Lagos Assembly reappoints demoted, suspended members

The Lagos Assembly has reappointed members of the House who were initially demoted and suspended, The Witness has learned.

The Witness understands that the Lagos State House of Assembly issued an internal memo through the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, on Friday directing the aggrieved members to take up new portfolios.

It was learned that Hon Olumuyiwa Jimoh, the former Deputy Majority Leader, has been assigned to chair the Committee on Central Business District while his counterpart who was removed as Chief Whip, Honourable Rotimi Abiru, is now the Chairman of Inter-Parliamentary Committee.

The Witness understands that Hon Moshood Oshun, who was removed from the Chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (State), has been named Chairman of Committee on Legislative Compliance while Hon Nurudeen Saka-Solaja is now the Chairman of PAC (State).

Similarly, Hon Kazeem Adewale Raheem is now the Chairman of Establishments, Training and Pensions from his earlier position of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations swapping office with Hon Rasheed Makinde while Hon (Mrs.) Mojisola Alli-Macaulay replaces Hon (Mrs) Mojisola Miranda as Chairman of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Committee. Mrs Miranda is now the Chief Whip.

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