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Breaking: Supreme Court dismisses Atiku, PDP’s appeal for ‘lacking in merit’

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, who led six other members of the apex court’s panel, on Wednesday, delivered a three-sentence judgment which put paid to the legal dispute over the poll held on February 23.

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The CJN, who said the reasons for the decision of the court would be made known on a date to be announced, disclosed that he and members of the panel had read all the documents and exhibits filed in the case for two weeks and found the appeal to be lacking in merit.

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The judgement which was unanimously consented to by the other six members of the panel came less than an hour after the court took arguments on the appeal.

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Ghana’s president goes into isolation after testing Negative to COVID-19

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Despite testing negative for coronavirus, Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo has gone into self-isolation for two weeks as a precautionary measure.

This became necessary after one of his contacts was confirmed to have the illness.

President Nana Akufo-Addo began his quarantine on Saturday and will be working from the presidential villa in Accra, capital of the West African country, the information minister said in a statement.

“The president has elected to do so after at least one person within his close circle tested positive for COVID-19,” the minister said.

“(The president) has, as (of) today, tested negative, but has elected to take this measure out of the abundance of caution.”

Ghana has reported more than 19,300 cases of the new respiratory disease and 117 deaths and has lifted its strict lockdown although social-distancing measures remain in place.

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The announcement came a day after the presidency said a junior minister had resigned for failing to self-isolate after testing positive.

There was no official indication the events were linked.

Since the pandemic erupted, a number of senior political figures worldwide have caught the disease, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalised and has now recovered.

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Senegal’s President Macky Sall also went into a preventative quarantine last month, despite testing negative, after coming into contact with a coronavirus case

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Secondus to Buhari: Stop burdening Nigerians with multiple taxes

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are overburdening Nigerians with taxes and tariffs, instead of relieving the plight of the country’s suffering poor population.

Secondus noted that while other world leaders are raising economic stimulus to inform of palliatives to cushion the biting effects of COVID-19 on their citizens, President Buhari is busy heaping more burden on the populace with endless taxes and tariffs.

In a statement on Saturday by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, the PDP chair noted that the administration’s actions are strangulating the nation’s economy.

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According to him, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the worst hit, while investors run to neighbouring countries where the business environment is conducive and friendly.

“I find it laughable and contradictory that a regime that multiplies the people’s taxes and hikes prices indiscriminately at this pandemic period is talking of lifting some Nigerians out of poverty with such draconian and insensitive policies that earned the country the ignoble title of capital of the world poor under the watch of President Buhari”, Secondus said.

The main opposition party chairman listed fuel price hike, electricity tariff increase, bank charges and increased Value Added Tax (VAT) among others, as some decisions that have increased the people’s hardship.

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The chairman said,

“In September 2019, this government hiked VAT payable in Nigeria from 5 to 7.5 per cent, after January 2016 introduction of N50 stamp duty by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

Again in September 2019, it imposed charges on cash deposits and withdrawals above N500, 000 for individuals and N3 million for corporate accounts.

“After February 2016, 45 percent increase in electricity tariffs with a claim that it will result in a better power supply services.

The regime has just announced another upward review of electricity tariffs from July 1st, 2020 with power supply getting worse than ever.”

Secondus said nothing underscored the insensitivity of the administration to the welfare of its citizens than that it keeps heaping more economic burden on the people.

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He observed that Nigerians are groaning amid insecurity, businesses are folding up and relocating as they are weighed down by hardship, arising from multiple taxation, levies, and hike in prices of essential items.

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Pandemic not yet over, keep adhering to Covid-19 protocols, Obi tells Nigerians

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Vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the last elections, Mr Peter Obi, has called on Nigerians to remain vigilant and keep adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols set by different health agencies, noting that the coronavirus pandemic was not yet over and would hit the country hard if people paid deaf ears to COVID-19 guidelines.

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Obi, who made this known through a statement made available to the press, advised, amidst the lift on the inter-state travel ban, that Nigerians should not think that the pandemic is already over.

Obi warned that any attempt to throw cautions to the winds in this pandemic might have undesirable implications on the country.

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He explained that the lift on the inter-state travel ban was only a measure taken by the federal government to ease the hardship on people whose source of livelihood depend on that and also to keep the economy alive.

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