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Tinubu faces another legal battle in Supreme Court over 2023 presidential poll

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is facing legal action at the Supreme Court, accused of unlawfully inaugurating himself as President despite an ongoing legal challenge against the 2023 presidential election. Chief Albert Ambrose Owuru, a presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, is invoking the doctrine of Lis Pendens, urging the Apex Court to invalidate Tinubu’s inauguration as the winner of the 2023 presidential poll.

Owuru, a Constitutional lawyer, argues that the election that declared Tinubu as President was void and constituted illegal self-help, given the unresolved legal proceedings against Tinubu at the Supreme Court. The case with the reference SC/667/2023 involves Owuru and the Hope Democratic Party as Appellants, with Respondents including former President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Owuru contends that INEC’s declaration of Tinubu as President disregards the doctrine of Lis Pendens, asserting that Tinubu, being a party in the pending suit before the Supreme Court, should not have proceeded with his inauguration for the presidential poll. Owuru, who contested the 2019 presidential election under the Hope Democratic Party, is seeking a court order to declare him the constitutional winner of the 2019 election, a case that Tinubu voluntarily joined as an interested party.

In a recent motion, Owuru is requesting the Supreme Court to restrain Tinubu and other respondents from accessing the Federation Account until the constitutional questions regarding the 2023 election are resolved. Owuru argues that Tinubu’s awareness of the ongoing suit and his voluntary participation make his inauguration a violation of the Lis Pendens doctrine, warranting dismissal.

A statement from Owuru and the Hope Africa Foundation emphasizes that Tinubu’s claim to the presidency is affected by Lis Pendens, asserting that any self-help actions and claims to the presidency by the involved parties violate the law and the Lis Pendens doctrine. The statement underscores the need for patience in resolving these legal issues to determine the genuine President of Nigeria based on the rule of law.

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Owuru’s legal battle stems from his assertion that Buhari usurped his tenure since 2019, challenging the declaration of Buhari as the election winner. Despite the dismissal of his initial suit, Owuru continues to pursue legal avenues, including the Court of Appeal, to contest the legitimacy of the election and challenge the inauguration of Tinubu.

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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