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Reactions Continue To Trail Postponed Election***See Keyamo’s Reaction

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Nigerians have continued to frown at the postponed 2019 election.

The country was supposed to vote in the Presidential election and the House of Assembly election which was to hold today.

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the election till Saturday, February 26.

Reacting to the postponed election, spokesperson of the Buhari Campaign Organization, Festus Keyamo, condemned the development.

In a statement released on Saturday morning, Keyamo said there are indications that INEC is working with PDP to frustrate Nigerians because they know they would lose the elections.

Read his statement below:

We have just received with great disappointment and disillusionment the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of its decision to postpone the Presidential/National Assembly and Gubernatorial/House of Assembly Elections to Saturday, February 23, 2019 and Saturday, March 9, 2019, respectively.

We condemn and deprecate this tardiness of the electoral umpire in the strongest terms possible. President Muhammadu Buhari had since cooperated fully with INEC by ensuring EVERYTHING it demanded to conduct free and fair elections were promptly made available to it. This news is therefore a huge disappointment to us and to our teeming supporters nationwide and around the world, many of whom have come into the country to exercise their franchise.

We do hope that INEC will remain neutral and impartial in this process as the rumor mill is agog with the suggestion that this postponement has been orchestrated in collusion with the main opposition, the PDP, that was NEVER ready for this election. We note that all the major credible demographic projections have predicted a defeat of the PDP and it seriously needed this breather to orchestrate more devious strategies to try and halt President Buhari’s momentum. It did the same as the ruling Party in 2015, when it realized the game was up, by orchestrating the postponement of the 2015 elections by six weeks. Now, it may be up to its old trick again.

We have earlier raised the alarm that the PDP is bent on discrediting this process the moment it realized it cannot make up the numbers to win this election. We are only urging INEC not collude with the PDP on this. We are truly worried because as early as Friday morning, some known PDP Social Media influencers unwittingly announced this postponement, but quickly deleted the message and apologized to the public that it was fake news. We do not want to be forced to a situation of announcing our  total loss of confidence in INEC, because we know where that would leave our democracy.

It is in the light of the above that we wish to appeal to Nigerians and our supporters to be patient, calm and resolute despite this temporary setback. Let us not give anyone, especially the PDP, the opportunity to plunge this nation into a crises, which is what they earnestly desire. Its imminent defeat is just a few days away.

Lastly, we wish to draw the attention of INEC and the world to observe that the PDP has clearly and openly said it plans to announce parallel results through some funny device it has procured or developed. We wish to re-iterate that it is ONLY INEC that is legally and constitutionally empowered to declare results and it constitutes an offence for anyone to do so. We urge INEC to SPEAK UP NOW and warn the PDP to desist from this ignoble act that is capable of plunging the nation into a crises of immeasurable proportions.

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Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Judgement On Bayelsa State***Slams N10 Million Cost On Lyon’s Legal Team

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The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment on the application for review of an earlier judgment which sacked David Lyon, as governor-elect of Bayelsa State.

 

Delivering its judgment, the Supreme Court upheld its sacking of  Lyon who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the gubernatorial election.

 

It also sacked the deputy governor-elect of the state, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, while dismissing the application for review of the judgment.

 

Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment stated that the application lacks merit, adding that the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.

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The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”

She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.

Recall that Lyon was sacked by the apex court on February 13, barely 24 hours to his inauguration.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Odili nullified Lyon’s election on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to aid his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in State.

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Subsequently, the court ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, was later sworn in as governor.

This was sequel to a suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Douye Diri, against the APC candidates and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.

 

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Kano State Government Bans Street Begging By Almajiris

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Street begging by Almajiri has been banned by the Kano State government.

This is as the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje-led government tries to sanitise its education system.

The ban was contained in a statement sent to journalists by the governor’s spokesperson, Abba Anwar.

According to Anwar, the move was to fully consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education in the state.

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Governor Ganduje says defaulters of the new ban will face the full wrath of the law, adding that henceforth, Almajiri teachers must accept the new approach put in place by the state government.

“If almajiri teacher thinks he cannot accept the new policy he has to leave the state,” the statement noted.

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“When Almajiri are caught begging, it is not only that beggar is caught, but his parents or guardians. Such parents or guardians would be taken to court to face the wrath of the law,” Governor Ganduje stated.

 

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Judgement Review: Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment On Bayelsa State Today

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Judgement in the applications for a review of an earlier judgement declared in the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election will be given today.

The Supreme Court had earlier received two applications requesting its review of its judgement of February 13.

Recall that the judgment led to the sack of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, David Lyon and saw the appointment of Senator Duoye Diri as governor-elect.

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Led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a seven-man panel of the apex court disclosed its readiness to give judgement shortly after hearing the two applications for review of the poll filed by the APC and its governorship candidate at the poll, David Lyon.

Lyon was represented by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), while the APC was represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

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