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BREAKING: Supreme Court reserves judgment in Atiku’s petition against Tinubu

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The Supreme Court has decided to withhold its final judgment in the case brought by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is seeking to challenge the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election. Justice John Inyang Okoro, heading a panel of seven Justices, made this announcement during Monday’s proceedings, following arguments presented by the lawyers involved in the case. Justice Okoro mentioned that the parties involved will be informed once a date for the judgment is set.

In the meantime, Atiku Abubakar, at the Supreme Court on Monday, reiterated his belief that President Bola Tinubu should be disqualified from the 2023 presidential election. Atiku argued that Tinubu was not constitutionally eligible to run for the election at the time he did so. He urged the apex court to apply constitutional provisions to invalidate Tinubu’s election, basing his request on allegations of certificate forgery and perjury.

If outright disqualification was not granted, Atiku appealed to Justice John Inyang Okoro’s panel to order a new election between himself and Tinubu. On the other hand, Tinubu, through his lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun, contended that Atiku’s claims of certificate forgery and perjury lacked substantiated evidence and should not be considered valid unless proven beyond a reasonable doubt, as required by law.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), represented by Abubakar Mahmoud, argued that Atiku’s petition lacked merit and should be dismissed. The All Progressives Congress (APC), led by Chief Akin Olujinmi, adopted Olanipekun’s position and called for the dismissal of the petition.

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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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