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Tribunal: Atiku, PDP floor INEC in rounds one and two

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar have floored the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the first two motions filed by the electoral body at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.

In the first motion ruled on by the tribunal, filed on May 5, INEC had sought the dismissal of Atiku and PDP’s petitions because they failed to join the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in their petitions against President Buhari and the electoral umpire.

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The tribunal in its ruling read by Justice Mohammed Garba said that a vice presidential candidate is not a necessary party in an election petition but an appendage of the presidential candidate who nominated him.

The second motion filed by INEC on April 25 which seeks among others, the striking out of: 1. The petitioners’ list of documents relied on by the petition, 2. Petitioners’ list of witnesses, 3. Some paragraphs of the petition.

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The grounds of the INEC’s motion is that the petitioners’ lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), who signed the petitioners’ list of witnesses and other documents was not on the roll of lawyers kept by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and as such cannot practise law in Nigeria.

The tribunal says if the allegation is found to be true all the documents of the petitioners will be struck out.

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Uzoukwu debunks INEC’s allegation and said he was called to the Nigerian bar in 1982.

In its ruling, Justice Garba noted that INEC appears to have made a detour by not further responding to Uzoukwu’s claims. He rules that that documents signed by Uzoukwu as a lawyer whose name appears on the rolls of the Supreme Court were validly and competently filed.

 

 

 

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PGF DG tasks APC Campaign Council on Edo governorship election

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Mr. Salihu Lukman, Director-General, Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF),  has urged the National Campaign Council of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo governorship election to focus its campaign on the party’s numerous achievements in the state.

Lukman said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday, saying that the council should ensure that APC campaign messages highlighted all developmental projects of the APC administration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

“As part of those steps, it should ensure that APC campaign messages appropriate all development achievements recorded under the APC administration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

“In addition, we must take steps to also cut the oxygen supply to Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) campaign, which is presenting our party and our candidate as promoters of violence.

“Our campaign for the Edo election should, therefore, amplify messages of peace and what we need to do to achieve that.

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“Having come out of a very difficult crisis, our leaders and all our party members must be vigilant to ensure that our politics is not recklessly managed as to reduce us to the level of just working to win elections by all means. That is far from progressive politics,” he said.

He added: “our leaders did not make all the sacrifices they made to achieve the merger of 2013 and resolve our last leadership crisis just because we want to win elections by all means, including through violent conduct.

“As progressives, our commitment to winning elections must be about earning the confidence of citizens. If anything, President Muhammadu Buhari should be our model at all times, especially when it borders on conducting political campaigns.

“It is to his credit that he never associates his political campaigns with violence since 2003, which is partly the reason why he could host his political campaigns with the mammoth crowd running into millions without any violent incident.”

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Lukman said that the APC needed to live up to its name by regulating the conduct of its leaders, especially during the election campaign.

“We cannot claim to be progressives and conduct ourselves in an unaccountable manner. PDP cannot hold our politics hostage through the use of violence, and we come as APC, seeking to defeat them through violence.

“After recording much progress in the country by ensuring higher political competition based on which our people are able to vote and their votes count, only to turn around and begin to accommodate conducts of some of our leaders which promote the behavior that election is about conquest.

“Once, as a party, we are unable to check that then we lose our progressive orientation.

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“Being progressives come with a commitment to develop our politics and ensure that political development guarantees freedom to elect leaders, which should also promote our socio-economic development.

“We need to be wary at the global trend whereby political campaigns only highlight problems based on a strategy of dismissing governments.

“While recognizing that there are legitimate grounds to constantly critique our governments, objectivity would require that we go beyond the conventional boundaries of political sentiments.

“We need to at all times, as progressives, be able to assess our governments to determine whether we are making progress or not,” he said.

The APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, had recently inaugurated the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje led-campaign council to campaign for the party’s candidate, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ahead of the Sept. 19, governorship election.

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Ondo: Akeredolu’s running mate, Aiyedatiwa, promises loyalty to APC

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Running mate to the Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State Oct. 10 governorship poll, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, says he will be loyal to his principal and the party if they win the election.
Aiyedatiwa made the promise when he received the leadership of the party from Ondo Southern Senatorial District of the state on Friday in Akure.
 He vowed to be entirely loyal and committed to the vision of his principal, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, whose disposition toward him had left him elated and relaxed.
“The governor’s speeches and comments give no room for me to do otherwise; I have no option than to be loyal to him, and committed to whatever assignments I am given.
“His disposition toward me has placed so much pressure on me, and further reinforced the need for total loyalty,” he said.
Aiyedatiwa dismissed the insinuation that the position would alter his relationship with his people.
“Appointment or no appointment,  I always prefer to live my natural life, and it’s part of my core character,” he said.
He urged the party executives to roll up their sleeves for the task ahead, arguing that the party needed to cover more grounds to ensure victory in the governorship poll.
“There are some local government areas where we have lots of work to do ahead of the October governorship election,” Aiyedatiwa said.
Earlier,  the Ondo South Senatorial Chairman of the party, Dr. Adedeji Oyedele, told Aiyedatiwa that the visit was to underscore the zone’s acceptance of his choice as the running mate.
Oyedele said the leadership of the party in the south would support and work heartily with Aiyedatiwa as the new symbol of APC in the south senatorial district.
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Buhari signs amended CAMA bill into law

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President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja assented to the Companies and Allied Matters Bill, 2020 recently passed by the National Assembly.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, “the President’s action on this important piece of legislation, therefore, repealed and replaced the extant Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990, introducing after 30 years, several corporate legal innovations geared toward enhancing ease of doing business in the country.

“Such innovations include: “Filing fee reductions and other reforms to make it easier and cheaper for small and medium-sized enterprises to register and reform their businesses in Nigeria;

“Allowing corporate promoters of companies to establish private companies with a single member or shareholder, and creating limited liability partnerships and limited partnerships to give investors and business people alternative forms of carrying out their business in an efficient and flexible way;

“Innovating processes and procedures to ease the operations of companies, such as introducing Statements of Compliance; replacing “authorised share capital” with minimum share capital to reduce costs of incorporating companies; and providing for electronic filing, electronic share transfers, e-meetings as well as remote general meetings for private companies in response to the disruptions to close contact physical meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

“Requiring the disclosure of persons with significant control of companies in a register of beneficial owners to enhance corporate accountability and transparency; and 

“Enhancing the minority shareholder protection and engagement; introducing enhanced business rescue reforms for insolvent companies; and permitting the merger of Incorporated Trustees for associations that share similar aims and objectives.”

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