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Tribunal upholds Obaseki’s victory in Edo election

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The Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin on Monday upheld the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki in last year’s governorship election in the state.

The three-member panel led by Justice Yunusa Musa dismissed all the petitions challenging Obaseki’s victory in the election held on September 19, 2020.

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Five political parties filed the petitions and asked the panel to quash the governor’s victory at the poll.

The petitioners included Action Democratic Party, Action Peoples Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), Allied Peoples Movement, and Agol Tracy, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

In a unanimous judgment, the tribunal dismissed the petitions for lack of merit.

Justice Musa, who read the judgment, held that the petitioners could not substantiate their claims.

He said: “The petitioners have a duty to prove their allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.“There is no evidence of testimony that establishes the certificate is forged.

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“The witnesses called never visited the school to confirm the genuineness of the certificate.”

The tribunal, therefore, upheld the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaration of Obaseki as the winner of the election.

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It awarded the sum of N200,000 each to INEC, Obaseki, and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, against the APM.

Some of the petitions were predicated on the controversial degree result allegedly submitted to INEC by the governor.

The AA and APP’s petitions were, however, based on the allegations that they were unlawfully excluded from the poll.

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Former Vice Presidential Candidate, Hajiya Umma Getso Bags International Award

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Former Vice Presidential Candidate, Her Excellency Hajiya Umma Getso bagged international award.
IWOC Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment – often at great personal risk and sacrifice.

The award was conferred on her for her relentless efforts towards nation building, human capital development, peace and capacity building.

She received the international Women of courage award on the 13th April at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels in Abuja in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory.

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Senate Summons Finance Minister, AGF Over N7.5 Bn Withdrawal

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The Senate Committee on Public Accounts, yesterday, summoned the Minister of Finance, Ahmed Zainab and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris over secret withdrawals.

According to the Senate Panel, the two public servants allegedly withdrew secretly N7.5 billion from the two percent National Automotive Design and Development Council ((NADDC) Levy Account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). According to the report of the Auditor-General, which was being considered by the Committee chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, the first N3.8 billion was withdrawn in two installments of N2.8 billion in 2005 and N1 billion in 2006.

The second installment being N3.7 billion, the report said, was withdrawn between March – December 2000 in three separate payments of N725 million, N1 billion and N2 billion.

When the Committee asked the Director-General of National Automotive Design and Development Council, Aliyu Jelani, about the withdrawals, he said that the money was withdrawn without the knowledge of the agency. He also noted that the agency had been writing to the Accountant-General and the Ministry of Finance on the need to refund the money, but there was no response.

Angered by this development, the Committee, therefore, resolved to summon the Minister of Finance and the Accountant- General of the Federation to give explanation on the fund. The query reads: “A total sum of N3,836,000,000.00 (three billion, eight hundred and thirty-six million naira) was irregularly withdrawn from the 2% National Automotive Design and Development Council Levy Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja in two installments of N2,800,000,000 (in 2005) and N1,036,000,000.00 (in 2006) by the Accountant- General of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance as car loan to be granted for the Security Personnel Car Purchase Scheme Loan.

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The transaction was carried out by the Presidency in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Accountant- General of the Federation without the involvement of NAC, the account owner. “However, the principal and the accrued interest from the fictitious loan have not been paid back nor are records available on the beneficiaries, agreement documents, moratorium, duration of the loan, the yearly interest rates accruable and how the fund will be paid back by the beneficiary.

“The Director General has been requested to intensify correspondence with the Honourable Minister of Finance, Accountant- General of the Federation and the Presidency to recover the fund (‘loan’).” On the 3.7 billion, the report said the sum was “irregularly withdrawn from the 2% National Automotive Council Levy Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria between March-December 2000 in 3 separate payments of N725,000,000; N1,000,000,000 and N2,000,000,000 as ‘loan’ to NAFCON vide the Accountant General of the Federation internal memo to the Permanent Secretary, Budget Office of the Federation Ref No: DD/(R&F)22.Vol. 1158 of 27/5/2003. “The ‘Loan’ Principal and the accumulated interest are yet to be paid since the year 2000.”

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APC urges Nigerians to continue praying for country’s progress

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Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary of the committee made the call when he led members on a condolence visit to Gov.

Mai Mala Buni who lost his maternal grandmother.

The CECPC came to pay a condolence visit on the chairman because of the demise of his maternal grandmother, Hajia Fatima Buka.

We came to pray with him and to ask Allah to grant the remains of the Hajia who happened to live for 102 years, a peaceful rest,’’ he said.

He said both Christian and Muslim prayers were offered for the repose of the decease, noting that Buni‘s gentle and respectful disposition could be traced to his ancestral root which he said was blessed.

Akpanudoedehe prayed that Allah would grant Buni who also the governor of Yobe and his family the fortitude to bear the great lost.

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