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Delta: Great Ogboru loses at Appeal Court

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, Edo State on Monday struck a joinder appeal filed by Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, challenging the Federal High Court judgment of March 18, 2019.
The Appeal Court presided over by Justices Ekpeme Nawosu in a lead judgement delivered struck out Ogboru’s appeal as a joinder said; “the appeal has been overtaken by events and has become a mere academic exercise.
The Court said the 180 days set out for the trial court to hear the case has expired,” adding that even if the appeal succeed, there is no way the case can go back to the trial court for fresh hearing.
“This appeal is being time bound, filed out of time and a mere academic exercise, therefore is struck out.”
The Court also held that the application was a move by Ogboru to arrest the judgement after sleeping over his right.
Ogboru had approached the Appeal Court, challenging the Federal High Court, Asaba, which nullified the list of candidates that emanated from the Prophet Jones Erue-led Executive of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Delta State including that of Chief Great Ogboru and the APC Delta Central Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.
Chief Great Ogboru applied to be joined in a suit before the Asaba Federal High Court 1, which sacked the Prophet Erue exective which produced Chief Ogboru and Omo-Agage, when the court had adjourned for judgement and Justice Toyin Adegoke refused his application.
Barr James Oghenejakpor,Counsel to Olorogun O’tega Emerhor disclosed that three Courts out passed judgments on the nullification of Chief Ogboru and Omo-Agege’s candidacy.
“Asaba FHC judgement on March 18th by Justice Adegoke annulled the list of candidates that include Ogboru,Omo-Agege. The Asaba FHC judgement by Justice Dimgba on April 4th affirmed the annulment.
He said the Warri FHC judgement of April 2 struck out the suit by Emerhor and Niboro against INEC and APC for not joining Omo-Agege. The Court found that APC’s assertion that Omo-Agege was a candidate that emerged from a primary monitored by INEC was incontrovertible and the court accepted the argument that Omo-Agege ought to be made a party to the suit.

The Judge, therefore, struck the case out for failure to join Omo-Agege as a party to the suit.

“That did not amount to affirming Omo-Agege as the candidate but Omo-Agege is out there deluding himself and lying and deceiving the public. Moreover, the Asaba FHC judgement by Justice Dimgba on April 4th affirming Omo-Agege’s annulment is the last in time.”

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Lagos guber: I’m confident of victory at tribunal – Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday said that he was confident of victory at the Lagos State Gubernatorial Electoral Petition Tribunal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sanwo-Olu expressed the optimism when he came to the tribunal sitting at the Ikeja High Court Complex, to sign a response to two petitions challenging his victory at the March 9 governorship poll.

The petitions were filed by Chief Owolabi Salis of the Alliance for Democracy and Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi of the Labour Party.

Sanwo-Olu arrived at the premises at 11.14am alongside the Deputy Governor-elect, Mr Obafemi Hamzat.

After the signing, the governor-elect told NAN: “What we came here to do is to put an official deposition to the challenge by two gubernatorial candidates.

“We are certainly confident because Lagosians have spoken, the people went out on March 9 to cast their votes.

“It was devoid of any form of incident, there was not one incident reported officially. We trust that the tribunal will do its job well and Lagosians will be happy.”

Sanwo-Olu said that it was the duty of the tribunal to determine if the petitions had any merit.

“It is a process that all of us must submit ourselves to; that is why we are here today, and we are confident that the tribunal will do its job well,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu promised that his administration would undertake judicial reforms for speedy administration of justice.

“Lagos has championed judicial reforms in the last 20 years, and my administration will not be different.

“We will still take bold steps to reform to better the entire process because we understand the importance of the sector,” he said.

Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), the head of Sanwo-Olu’s legal team, told NAN that he was also confident of victory for the governor-elect at the tribunal.

“We are working based on the facts on ground; we have been able to review the two petitions, and we are not in any kind of doubt that we have sufficient and credible answers to all the allegations in the petitions.

“Until today, his excellency (Sanwo-Olu) was not served any petition. The APC was served but he personally came to the tribunal today to sign for his own process.

“Immediately he signed, he filed a reply. This is to show that we are prepared for these petitions, and we have no problem about the eventual outcome.

“The job of the governor-elect is to defend the election and protect the mandate of the electorate; that is what he came here to do,” Owonikoko said.

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What APC said about Buhari’s signing of N30,000 minimum wage

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his assent to the new and improved N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The party’s reaction was contained in a statement by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, National Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC).

It read, “Truly, our workers deserve a new, improved and implementable minimum wage in view of current economic realities.

“Commendably, the welfare of workers has remained a top priority of the President Buhari-led APC administration as exhibited in the federal government bailouts to state governments to pay workers salary, housing schemes for civil servants among other welfare packages.

“We congratulate stakeholders that ensured the achievement of this laudable feat, particularly the National Assembly, state governors, the Amma Pepple-led tripartite committee, labour/trade unions and indeed Nigerian workers.

“This is another solid demonstration of a President who matches his words with action. Nigerians will recall the President had severally assured of a new and improved national minimum wage for workers.

“The assent of the N30,000 minimum wage by the president is indeed another election promise delivered.”

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Olamide, Eniola Badmus get political appointment

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Dapo Abiodun, the Governor-elect of Ogun state, has named YBNL boss, Olamide Adedeji and Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, as members of his transition committee.

The newly elected governor announced this on his official Instagram account on Monday, April 15.

He disclosed that the ‘Science Student’ singer and the Nollywood actress would join his commerce and industry team.

Abiodun also listed appointees for nine other committees who are excepted to commence work with him when he assumes office.

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