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INEC fixes date for party primaries ahead of Edo, Ondo elections

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Breaking: INEC fixes date for party primaries ahead of Edo, Ondo elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral umpire, has fixed dates for the conduct of primaries by political parties in Edo and Ondo States ahead of the governorship elections slated for September 19 and October 10 respectively.

The Witness reports that that the electoral umpire said party primaries for Edo state will hold from 2nd to 27th June, while that of Ondo State will hold from 2nd to 25th July.

Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, who made the disclosure during the Commission’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners on Friday, warned that the Commission will not shift the dates.

Speaking further, the INEC Chairman said given recent experience with some Governorship elections, political parties needed to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries or failure to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates, resulting in protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of the court.

His words: “I wish to draw the attention of political parties to two critical dates in the timetable released by the Commission a few weeks ago. Party primaries for the democratic election and nomination of candidates for the Governorship election in Edo State must be held from 2nd to 27th June 2020. The date for Ondo State is 2nd to 25th July 2020. The Commission will not extend the dates. We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law.

“At the same time, the personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections, including their academic qualifications, will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law. This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission.

“The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo State and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo State. I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance,” he said.

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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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