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BREAKING: Appeal Court dismisses Binani’s petition against Gov Fintiri of Adamawa

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On Monday, the Abuja Court of Appeal rejected the petition presented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its gubernatorial candidate, Senator Aisha Dahiru Binani, aimed at nullifying the election of Umar Ahmadu Fintiri as the duly elected governor of Adamawa State.

The Appellate Court affirmed that Governor Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was rightfully declared the winner of the election by the Adamawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

In a judgment authored by Justice Tunde Oyebanji Awotoye, the court dismissed Binani and APC’s case on several grounds of irregularities. One key point was that Binani and APC failed to present Polling Agents who were present during the election as witnesses; instead, they called Campaign Coordinators who were not present at the election venue.

Justice Awotoye stated that the three witnesses brought forward by Binani and APC, who were Campaign Coordinators, were considered hearsay witnesses since they were not party agents and had not witnessed the election themselves.

The court emphasized that it is unlawful to attribute probative value to the testimony of Campaign Coordinators, deeming it irrelevant in the eyes of the law.

Additionally, Justice Awotoye noted that Binani and APC’s brief of argument violated the law, rendering it incompetent and deserving of disregard. Furthermore, the court found that the records of appeal provided by Binani and APC were incomplete and insufficient for the court to make any substantive findings.

The court declared the proclamation of Binani and APC as winners of the election illegal, asserting that only the Returning Officer has the authority to make such a declaration.

Moreover, the court criticized Binani for attempting to remedy the Resident Electoral Commissioner’s actions, stating that the Resident Electoral Commissioner should be accountable for his unlawful actions.

The unanimous decision dismissed the entire appeal and imposed a cost of N1 million to be paid by Binani and APC to Fintiri and the PDP. The Adamawa State Governorship Electoral Petitions Tribunal had earlier, in October, dismissed Binani’s petition seeking the removal of Fintiri from office. Further details are expected later.

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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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