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Atiku finally approaches Supreme Court, files fresh evidence against Tinubu’s victory

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has submitted new evidence to the Supreme Court of Nigeria challenging the qualifications of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the February 25, 2023 presidential election.

Atiku, a former Vice President, has presented fresh evidence claiming that the Diploma Certificate from the Chicago State University (CSU) that Tinubu used to qualify for the election is allegedly forged.

In a motion on notice filed by Atiku’s legal team, led by Chris Uche SAN, he has requested the Supreme Court to use its Order 2 Rule 12 of 1985 to admit this new evidence regarding certificate forgery and perjury in support of his pending appeal. Atiku aims to ensure that justice is served in his case.

The respondents in the motion are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The motion is grounded on several factors, mainly involving the release of academic records from Tinubu, evidence from the Registrar of the Chicago State University in a United States court, and the deposition of the same witness concerning the Diploma Certificate presented to INEC for election eligibility purposes.

Other grounds include Atiku’s assertion that Tinubu was not qualified to contest the election as required by the Nigerian Constitution. Atiku’s legal team also mentioned their efforts to obtain academic records from the Chicago State University, which required legal action in the United States.

This motion seeks to add a new deposition as evidence, as the deposition was made after the conclusion of the trial at the lower court, and it was not available to be presented at the trial.

The case revolves around the presentation of an allegedly forged certificate to INEC by a presidential candidate, making it a significant constitutional matter for consideration by the courts.

The motion is supported by an affidavit and other relevant documents.

As of now, a hearing date for this motion has not been scheduled.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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