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Kano Governor Remains Sacked, Mistake Was Just A Clerical Error – Appeal Court

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Kano Governor Remains Sacked, Mistake Was Just A Clerical Error - Appeal Court

Kano Governor Remains Sacked, Mistake Was Just A Clerical Error – Appeal Court

 

 

 

 

The Appeal Court has responded to the crisis that emanated from the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgment on the Kano Governorship election.

 

 

 

 

The appellate court upheld the verdict of the tribunal which sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

 

 

Kano Governor Remains Sacked, Mistake Was Just A Clerical Error - Appeal Court

 

However, the CTC of the judgment was contradictory.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Moore Aseimo Abraham Adumein, the judge held in one of the concluding paragraphs on Page 68 that “I will conclude by stating that the live issues in this appeal are hereby resolved in favour of the 1st respondent and against the appellant.”

 

 

 

The appellant in the appeal is Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf while the 1st respondent is the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the NNPP as 2nd and 3rd respondents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The judge went further to hold that “In the circumstances, I resolve all the issues in favour of the appellant and against the 1st respondent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a bid to clear the air on the controversy, Chief Registrar of the Appeal Court, Umar Mohammed Bangari, maintained that the said clerical error, did not in any way, invalidate or change the unanimous conclusion of the three-member panel of justices that decided the appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chief Registrar said the clerical error would be rectified, once parties in the matter file a formal application to that effect.

 

 

 

 

Besides, he stressed that Order 23 Rule 4 of the Court of Appeal HandBook, empowered the court to correct any clerical error, once detected by the court or any of the parties in the matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He added that contrary to insinuations in social media, the judgment of the court remained valid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What happened in the part of the judgment is just a mere clerical error that ought not to draw any issue.

“The Court is empowered to correct such clerical error and that will be done as appropriate,” Bangari added.

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Governor Yusuf’s lawyers filed a fresh notice of appeal before the Supreme Court, seeking to uphold only the aspect of the judgment which is in their favour and overturn parts that are not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the staff of the Court refused service of the processes, forcing the legal team to proceed to the Kano Division of the court where the same was accepted with the revenue collector’s receipt number: 13164334.

 

 

 

 

Officials of the Court of Appeal later sent letters to counsels to all the parties in the matter to return the CTCs for correction, which Governor Yusuf’s lawyers also refused service.

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Hardship: What Nigerians Must Do To Survive In Tinubu’s government – Gbolahan Adetayo

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Hardship: What Nigerians Must Do To Survive In Tinubu’s government – Gbolahan Adetayo

 

 

In a poignant reflection on Nigeria’s historical roots and economic evolution, esteemed Journalist, Gbolahan Adetayo emphasizes the pivotal role agriculture played before the discovery of crude oil and mineral resources. Historically, agriculture served as the primary source of income for Nigerians, providing sustenance for the nation.

 

Hardship: What Nigerians Must Do To Survive In Tinubu's government - Gbolahan Adetayo

 

 

 

Adetayo draws attention to the visionary leaders of the past, such as the late Obafemi Awolowo, whose administration, especially in the Western region, thrived on funds generated from agriculture, notably cocoa. The iconic Cocoa House in Ibadan, Oyo State stands as a tangible testament to the prosperity that once stemmed from agricultural endeavors.

Awolowo’s impactful initiative of free education for Nigerians marked a significant era in post-independence history. Unfortunately, Adetayo notes, a considerable number of beneficiaries of this free education system shifted away from agriculture, the very foundation of the nation’s economic strength.

Fast-forward to the present, where Nigeria faces economic challenges under President Bola Hammed Tinubu’s government. Rising inflation and the continual increase in the value of the dollar have led to widespread lamentation among the populace.

In response to these hardships, Gbolahan Adetayo advocates for a return to agriculture as a means of not only sustaining the population but also mitigating hunger in the land. Adetayo urges Nigerians to produce more food locally, emphasizing the importance of self-sufficiency in the face of economic uncertainties.

During these trying times, Adetayo highlights the need for Nigerians to shift their focus from importing food items from foreign countries, especially considering the persistent increase in the value of the dollar. Embracing locally produced food items, he argues, would not only alleviate hunger but also contribute to the overall economic resilience of the nation.

Adetayo’s call to action resonates with the historical context of Nigeria’s prosperity through agriculture and the importance of cultivating self-sufficiency in food production. As the nation grapples with economic challenges, his words serve as a reminder that a return to the roots of agriculture could pave the way for a more resilient and food-secure future for Nigeria.

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Alleged abduction of witnesses fake news – Kogi APC

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Alleged abduction of witnesses fake news – Kogi APC

…urges security agencies to investigate, prosecute persons found culpable

 

The attention of the Kogi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to allegations making the rounds on social media of an alleged abduction of the Witnesses of Action Alliance by persons suspected to be APC Supporters within the premises of the National Judicial Institute (NJI) where the Kogi State Governorship  Election Tribunal is currently sitting.

While it is reported that the said witnesses were abducted within the NJI premises, some other reports stated that it was outside the premises. While some reports alleged that the said witnesses have been released by their abductors, some reports alleged that they are still in the custody of their alleged abductors.

The APC Kogi State Chapter categorically refutes the mischievous allegation that any of its supporters abducted witnesses of the Action Alliance political party or even had any altercation with any witness.

The party views the allegations which are totally false to have originated from mischief makers who are out to tarnish the image of the party and whip up sentiments with the ulterior motive of prejudicing the mind of the tribunal and the public against the APC.

Indeed, the Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter of our party was in Court on the said 26th February, 2024 and he did not witness any such incidences but was only informed of a fracas which occurred between persons who were outside the tribunal complex.

The All Progressives Congress condemns the attribution of the alleged abduction to the supporters of the APC and calls on law enforcement agencies to investigate the incidence and prosecute any persons found to have committed such alleged acts.

Signed:
Abdullahi Bello
Chairman, APC
Kogi State Chapter

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CALLING ON THE FGN TO RETHINK THE DOWNGRADING OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY UNIVERSITY BIU

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*CALLING ON THE FGN TO RETHINK THE DOWNGRADING OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY UNIVERSITY BIU

 

 

 

“._The Nigerian Army University Biu, (NAUB) in Borno State was established as a means to explore a non-kenetic approach in the service operations against insurgency”…Lagbaja, Lt-Gen._

The philosophy that guided the establishment of the NAUB was aptly captured by the above statement made by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Ge T. Lagbaja during the maiden graduation of about 417 students of the University in 2023. The assertion by the COAS underscores the difference between a formal military academy like the NDA and a conventional University with a military bend.

It recognises the fact that a “military” exists in a larger society that calls for a “strategic” relationship as a bulwark towards sustainable peace and stability. Thus, while the Academy produces combatants along with requisite hardware, the associate University deals with critical non-kenetic matters of “interdisciplinary academic field, centered on the study of peace and conflict strategies and often devoting special attention to the relationship between military history, international politics, geostrategy, international diplomacy, international economics and military power”, among others. That’s why in the USA all the major arms of military have both specialised academies and Universities in tow.

The famous ones being the US Military Academy at West Point and The US Army University (online), West Virginia. China has more than half a dozen of them under a “policy of leveraging the civilian sector to maximise Military power (known as ‘Military-civilian fusion’)”. India established one in Haryana in 2013. Pakistan and indeed many nations concerned with sustainable national security, operate the two systems concurrently. It’s therefore strange the the current Administration would consider diminishing this global best practice.
The strategic location of NAUB, provides government the ample opportunities to even undertake studies as regards the often prenial frosty relationship between Nigeria as an English speaking country with its three French speaking neighbours of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics.

The trio share boarders with Borno State, the host state of NAUB. Cross border crimes and illicit weapons have largely fuelled the insurgency in the North East, compounded by dearth of empirical and/or actionable intelligence information from communities in the region.

An Army University could play a decisive role in such cases. The swash of land from Biu, Southern Borno to Cameroon via Garkida, Gombi and Mubi to the East and also through Askira/Uba, Chibok, Gwoza into far north Cameroon enroute Chad had no specialised security-biased tertiary institution like the NAUB. Furthermore, at the time the institution was established, it filled a geopolitical void in Borno State.

Despite the existence of many tertiary institutions in the state such as the Unimaid, the Teaching Hospital, a Polytechnic, College of Agriculture, College of Health Technology, for political reasons the state government didn’t deem it fit to site the Borno State University in the South, where citizens have been yearning for more educational opportunities.
The people’s frustration with this inequitable development was addressed by the arrival of the NAUB. The University has thus, since been seen as a balancing act. The NAUB which is now underway threat has a fundamental role to play in terms of stability in the state, the region and even internationally as a Central Africa security study center.

While calling on Government to consider the NAUB strategic context and save the institution on its own merit, the Borno State Governor Zulum, his Deputy Kadafur, Senator Ndume, Hon. Betara, Haske, Jaha, Balami should impress upon the Federal Government to let NAUB be. They should deem it Honourable to lay the bare facts once more before the government.

The nation stands to gain more in the long run more than the short term resources they want to save. There is no bad education but there could be bad decisions. Let the latter be avoided.
*By A. G. Abubakar,*
_agbarewa@gmail.com_

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