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Edo Tribunal: INEC Failed to Defend Obaseki Victory, Ize-Iyamu Begged Court to Declare Him Winner Base on Evidence

The independent Electoral Commission closes its defense case at the Edo election petition tribunal without calling in any witnesses as promised last week, instead, they decided to tender documents already tendered by the petitioners.

The Edo elections tribunal sitting in Benin City has admitted in evidence copies of INEC forms EC8B and EC8C used in the 2016 Edo governorship election, for all of the eighteen local government areas in the state.

The forms were presented to the court by INEC counsel Onyinye Anumonye, without any objection by counsel to the PDP and its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Roland Otaru, SAN. The documents were labelled exhibits by chairman of the three member tribunal, Justice Ahmed Badamasi.

The documents are apparently the same documents that the petitioners in the case, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI) submitted in their petitions.

It can be reported that many of the youth corp members approached to testify refused, claiming that they can’t lie under oath. Even the professors from Ekiti university who superintended over the flawed election also failed to come to court to testify.

The implications of this according to pundits is that INEC is unable to defend the results that they declared, which awarded victory to Mr Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Party (APC).

The next in line to make submission is the APC, after which the judges will consider all the documents and give their verdict.

The Petitioners have asked the Edo State Elections Petition Tribunal to declare them winner of the September 28 Gubernatorial election in Edo state because, according to facts in their petition, they scored highest number of valid votes in the election.

At the resumption of hearing on Monday, counsel for INEC, Onyinye Anumonye, however, tendered no fewer than 200 copies of the ward results (Form EC8B) for the remaining 17 local government areas, all of which were admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits.

Anumonye also sought to tender a supplement to the 2015 guidelines and regulations for the conduct of the election.

Counsel for the petitioners, Roland Otaru, objected the admissibility of the document, which he said ought to have been tendered by a witness.

But the Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, admitted the evidence and marked the Certified True Copy of the document as exhibit 1R022.

INEC had used five out of the 10 days allotted to it by the tribunal to open its defence and had been expected to call its witnesses.

But its counsel said that it would amount to a waste of the tribunal’s time to call witnesses to support the case of the first respondent.

Anumonye explained that having reviewed the evidence presented thus far, it was the position of the first respondent that it had sufficiently established a defence to the petition.

“We, therefore, consider it an unnecessary waste of the tribunal’s precious time to call witnesses who would merely repeat evidence that had already been elicited under cross-examination,” he added.

Source
http://www.punchng.com/edo-tribunal-inec-closes-defence-without-calling-witnesses

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See The Details of President Buhari Telephone Conversation With US Donald Trump

What I discussed with President Buhari — Donald Trump

American President, Donald Trump, has provided details of his telephone conversation with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Trump had on Monday spoken to Mr. Buhari, who is vacationing in London. It was the first time both leaders would communicate directly since Mr. Trump assumed office as his country’s 45th president on January 20.
After the conversation, the Nigerian presidency immediately released details of the call but the American version of the exchanges was not immediately available on the White House website where readouts of U.S. President’s engagements are usually posted.
That fuelled speculations that the conversation did not happen, with some commentators accusing the Nigerian presidency of lying.
But responding to PREMIUM TIMES inquiry, the U.S. Department of State has provided details of the discussions between the two leaders.
Tiffany Jackson-Zunker, Deputy Director, Africa Regional Media Hub at the State Department, sent this newspaper an email containing a readout of the telephone call.
The readout reads, “President, Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.
“President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria, and he expressed interest in working with President Buhari to expand the strong partnership.

“The leaders agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and worldwide.
“President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.
“President Trump thanked President Buhari for the leadership he has exercised in the region and emphasized the importance of a strong, secure, and prosperous Nigeria that continues to lead in the region and in international forums.”
Ms. Jackson-Zunker also said a text of the readout had now been posted to the White House website.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity had in a series of tweets on Monday gave the Nigerian version of the discussions by the two leaders.
Mr. Adesina said the conversation was cordial and that Mr. Buhari congratulated Mr. Trump on his election as the President of the United States.
He said the two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through the provision of necessary equipment.
Mr. Trump assured the Nigerian leader of U.S. readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism, Mr. Adesina said.
He commended Mr. Buhari for the efforts he made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian Army in combating Boko Haram.
Mr. Trump also invited the Nigerian President to Washington at a mutually convenient date, the special adviser said.
Mr. Adesina added that, “President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.”

Source: Premium Times online News

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Political Harlots! See Lists Of Ex PDP 16years Misrule Actors Who Are Now APC Chieftains

16 Years PDP Misrule? See 30 Top Ex-pdp Members Who Are Now Key Members Of APC by okpismart: 3:17pm On Feb 14

The rivalry between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has intensified since 2015 after the APC defeated the PDP in the 2015 general elections. But, the hope that Nigerians had with the coming of the APC to the central government seem to have faded with many unhappy with the government over what they say are failed promises.

Analysts say there is no major difference between the APC and the PDP as the ruling party has not made any significant progress since coming into power. The reason for this many say is the fact that majority of the present day members of the APC are former PDP members. In other words, the politicians just have another platform to express their views and advance their interests, not necessarily because they have any ideals, but because they are seeking for power. Below is the list of 30 key members of the APC who are formerly eminent members of the PDP.

1. Senate President Bukola Saraki

PDP governor for 8 years and senator for over 3 years. He joined the APC in 2014.

2. Speaker of the House of Representatives; Honourable Yakubu Dogara

Two-term PDP House of Representatives member. He joined the APC in 2014.

3. Former Vice President; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

PDP VP for 8 years and presently an APC elder statesman after jumping from one party to the other since 2007.

4. Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba

PDP senator for 12 years. He defected to the APC last year. He is the serving chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission board.

5. Senator Heineken Lokpobiri

Two-term PDP senator from Bayelsa state. He defected to APC after the 2015 elections. He is currently the minister of state for agriculture.

6. Senator Barnabas Gemade

Former national chairman of the PDP and senator from 2011 till date. He joined APC in December 2014.

7. Chief Audu Ogbeh

Former PDP chairman. Currently the minister of agriculture

8. Senator Ita Enang

Two-term PDP senator from Akwa-Ibom. He joined APC before the 2015 elections. He is presently the senior special assistant to the president on the National Assembly (Senate).

9. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state

Former Benue state secretary of the PDP. Former national auditor of the PDP and former minister under President Goodluck Jonathan. He joined the APC in December 2014.

10. Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state

A former two-term PDP senator from Kebbi.

11. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state

Former PDP Speaker of the House of Representatives. He joined the APC in 2014.

12. Senator Abdullahi Adamu

Two-term PDP governor of Nasarawa and senator in 2011. He joined the APC in 2014.

13. Senator Danjuma Goje

Two-term PDP governor of Gombe state and senator in 2011. He joined the APC in 2014.

14. Honourable Dakuku Peterside

He was a PDP House of Reps member from Rivers state. He joined the in 2014. He is currently the Director-General of NIMASA.

15. Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso

Two-term PDP governor of Kano state and former minister of defence under President Olusegun Obasanjo. He joined the APC in late 2013.

16. Mr Rotimi Amaechi

Former PDP Speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly. Two-term PDP governor of Rivers. He joined APC in late 2013. He is currently the minister of transport.

17. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state

He was a special adviser to PDP’s President Olusegun Obasanjo. He joined APC in February 2013.

18. Senator George Akume

Two-term PDP governor of Benue state and senator in 2007. Left the party in December 2010 for the APC.

19. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state

Former FCT minister under President Obasanjo. Left the PDP in 2010.

20. Governor Bello Masari of Katsina state

PDP Speaker of the House of Reps from 2003 to 2007.

21. Senator Adamu Aliero

Two-term PDP governor of Kebbi state and senator in 2007. Later became FCT minister under Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

22. Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

Two-term PDP senator from Akwa-Ibom state. He is now the minister of budget and national planning.

23. Senator Chris Ngige

Anambra state governor under the PDP between 2003 to 2006. He is currently the minister of labour and employment.

24. Senator Andy Uba

Recently defected from the PDP to the APC after serving as a special assistant to former President Obasanjo and PDP senator for 5 years.

25. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state

Former Seaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly under the PDP.

26. Senator Joshua Dariye

Former governor of Plateau state for 8 years under the PDP.

27. Engineer Segun Oni

PDP governor for 3 years in Ekiti state. He is currently the APC national vice chairman for South west

28. Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state

PDP senator between 2004 to 2007 representing Oyo central senatorial district.

29. Governor Ibikunle Amosun from Ogun state

PDP senator from 2003 to 2007 representing Ogun central senatorial district

30. Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano state

Two –time deputy governor of Kano state under the PDP.

SOURCE: http://thesummary.com.ng/index.php/news-categories/national/item/9578-16-years-pdp-misrule-see-30-top-former-pdp-members-who-are-now-key-members-of-apc

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Looters! Futa VC and Bursar Got Remanded At State CID Over Allege Loots of University Fund To the Tune of 157m Naira

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, arraigned the duo of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi G. Daramola and the Bursar, Emmanuel Ayodeji A. Oresegun, before Justice S.A Bola of Ondo State High Court, Akure Ondo State, on a 9-count charge bordering on obtaining under false pretense, abuse of office, misappropriation of funds and conspiracy to steal to the tune of N156,984,455.33 (One Hundred and Fifty Six Million Nine Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty Five Naira Thirty Three Kobo).

The VC and the Bursar’s journey to the dock followed a petition received by the EFCC in 2016, alleging that the duo and the governing council of the University were entrenched in unmitigated corruption, fraud, mindless stealing of the funds of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.

It was alleged that the VC misapplied funds, collected housing allowances whilst living in the government residential quarters, drew Furniture Allowance annually instead of once in 4 years as approved by the income and wages Commission, used public funds to finance private expenses, illegal payment of allowances to Council members of the university, gives self excessive cash advance, direct procurement of motor vehicles without approval/waiver from Bureau of Public Procurement, collecting bogus monthly interest, transferred and placed N100,000,000.00 funds of the University in a fixed deposit account without due authorization.

The 2 accused persons, however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

One of the count charge reads: “That you, Professor Adebiyi G. Daramola on or about the 2nd of September, 2016 at Akure within the Akure Judicial Division of the honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of Twenty Four Million Two Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand Four Hundred and Eighty Four Naira (N24, 223,484.00) only from the Federal University of Technology Akure, when you falsely represented that the said sum of money was for your Biennial family vacation overseas for the year 2015 and 2016, which representation you knew was false”
Another count read: “That you, Professor Adebiyi G. Daramola and Emmanuel A. Ayodeji Oresegun on or about the 21st January, 2015, at Akure within the Akure Judicial Division of this honourable court with intent to defraud, conspired to fix the sum of One Hundred Million Naira (N100, 000,000:00) only property of Federal University of Technology, Akure in a Wema bank account No: 1300003035 without due process.

In view of their plea, counsel to EFCC, Dr Benedict Ubi asked for a trial date. But counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants, Adebayo Olanipekun and O. Theophilus, prayed the court to allow them to move oral application for bail. Ubi was opposed to oral application for bail, stating that the counsel have to put facts before the court as to the reason why the defendants must be granted or refused bail, the the need for time to peruse and react to the content of the bail application.

Justice Bola, after considering the arguments of all the counsels, granted bail to the defendants in N10m bond, 2 sureties in like sum who must be professors in the Federal University of Technology, Akure, or public officer not less than grade level 17, must depose to affidavit of means, present title documents of landed properties within the jurisdiction of the court and must present evidence of tax payment for the past 3 years.

Justice Bola however adjourned the matter to 20, 21 and 22 of March for trial and ordered that the defendants be remanded in State CID, Police headquarters, Akure pending the perfection of their bail applications.

Source:http://politicsngr.com/futa-vice-chancellor-bursar-docked-n156-million-fraud/

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FG Goes on Rampage, About to Sack 3,500 Mostly From S/S, S/E Federal Workers to Employ 2000

NIGERIA’S Federal Government is set to relief its staff of their duties.

While about 3,500 workers are singled out to be sacked about 2,100 of those to be affected are from the south-south, south-east and south-west.‎

The Ministry of Communications is said to be the least affected with 66 staff to be fired, according to a report emanating from the online version of Sun Newspapers.

The report further broke the 66 affected staff into 41 from the south-south, 25 from the south-west, eight from the south-east and three from the north-central.

The figure further showed that Delta state accounts for the highest number of staff to be sacked with 14 while Akwa Ibom, Imo and Lagos have six each.

The document signed without a name and dated January 17, 2017 also shows that the ministry of Finance is to sack 503 staff with the southern zone accounting for the highest affected.

In the ministry of Education 809 are to be sent packing, but the report quoted a source as saying the list was yet to be completed adding that it might rise to 1000.

The ministry of Health will be sending away over 700 people while the ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has 670 staff to be laid off.

The head of press and public relations at the Federal Civil Service Commission, Joe Oruche, reportedly confirmed the development adding that the Ministry of Education has the highest number of staff to be laid off.

According to him, a huge number of staff would be eased off from the system when the exercise is finally carried out.

Oruche was further quoted as saying the ministries were currently recruiting about 2000 people adding that those to be sacked were not appointed in line with the rules of the Federal Civil Service.

“Irregular appointments are appointments that are not backed by approved declared vacancies, in which case, government does not have the financial provision for them,” he reportedly said.

He added that the commission discovered a lot of irregular appointments which are not backed by approved declared vacancies.

“All appointment letters have a stipulated validity period of two months within which they must be accepted failing which the offer will lapse.

“Where some were backed by approved declared vacancies, the offers were not accepted within the stipulated two months.

“The commission also observed that some letters were outrightly faked and some of these faked ones are under investigation,” he declared.‎
Source: http://www.socialtimesng.com/2017/02/fg-set-fire-3500-staff/

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War! Governors Vs Efcc! Nigeria Governor Forum Set to Gang Up Against Efcc Chairman-Ibraham Magu

Paris Loan Refund: Nigeria’s 36 governors threaten war with EFCC chair, Ibrahim Magu

Governors of Nigeria’s 36 states have threatened to declare war on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, over what they described as “unwarranted attack on the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, its officials and associated entities,” presidency officials familiar with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES.

The EFCC has in the past weeks been investigating the governors’ handling of the Paris Club refund made to states by the Federal Government, and has invited officials of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) secretariat over the matter.

The anti-graft commission accused the governors of making some unclear payments to consultants which helped the NGF in computing and negotiating the refund due to each state of the federation.

The EFCC also blocked an Access Bank account belonging to the NGF, a development that led the Forum’s chairman, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, to storm the presidential villa to protest, our sources said.

Our sources said the meeting between Mr. Yari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo held on January 30.

“The governor met Vice President Osinbajo saying he has the mandate of his colleagues to request him (the VP) to call Magu to order or that the governor would do all they can to defend their integrity and that of their states,” one of our sources said.

“The governor said should Magu continue to harass the NGF, the 36 governors would strike in a way never seen before.”

Mr. Yari was further quoted as telling Mr. Osinbajo that Mr. Magu had in the past weeks subjected officials at the NGF secretariat to “harassments and ceaseless interrogations.”

“We have done nothing wrong and we view this onslaught on the NGF as a fishing expedition designed to embarrass, humiliate and insult the 36 governors for perceived or imaginary wrongdoing,” the Zamfara governor is quoted as saying.

“We urge urge you to call him to order or we will fight back whichever way we can.”

The EFCC is asking the NGF to explain payments made to Mallam Alu Agro Allied Limited, Melrose General Services Co. Ltd, Bizplus Consulting Services Ltd., Bina Consults & Integrated Services and other consultants and legal experts.

But in explaining the payments, Mr. Yari reportedly told Mr. Osinbajo, “As a duly registered organisation, we, in the course of our work engage consultants and experts in areas where we do not have in-house capacity and these consultants and experts are paid for the services they render.

“The right to engage staff and other experts and professionals to carry out work on behalf of the governors is within the purview of the NGF and we are hard put explaining the current development.

“We fear that the harassment has gone on for too long without any signs of abating and we are urging you to call this man (Magu) to order and desist from any further harassment of our officials and consultants.”

In his response, the acting president was said to have thanked Mr. Yari for calling his attention to the matter and pleaded with him and his colleagues to be patient while he looked into the matter.

PREMIUM TIMES however learnt that the governors are not taking the matter lightly, and have fixed a general meeting for Wednesday in Abuja.

Laolu Akande, the spokesperson for Acting President Osinbajo could not be reached to comment for this story.

But the Director General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru, confirmed that Mr. Yari recently met Mr. Osinbajo over the matter.

“I don’t know the details of their discussion, but I am aware the two leaders met,” Mr. Okauru said.

“I am also aware that the governors are very angry with what appears a deliberate attempt by the EFCC and its leadership to malign them and to feed the media with misinformation.”

Mr. Okauru said contrary to reports, he was never arrested over the matter at anytime, but that he willingly responded to enquiries by EFCC operatives.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, declined to comment saying he was not aware of the meeting between Mr. Yari and Mr. Osinbajo.

Mr. Uwujaren however later issued a statement saying the EFCC investigation on the matter was still at a preliminary stage and that no governor had so far been indicted.

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/223397-exclusive-paris-loan-refund-nigerias-36-governors-threaten-war-efcc-chair-ibrahim-magu.html

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Edo State Govt in Fresh Troubles As Judges Discover these Irregularities, Order Votes Recount

A vote recount has been ordered at a court hearing today in a case involving the PDP and the APC over the last Edo guber elections.Politics Nigeria learnt that the Senior counsel to PDP Yusuf All (SAN), prayed the court commence the recounting exercise from tomorrow Friday and Saturday, while sitting resumes on Monday next week.
But all respondents objected to the pray of the petitioner, that the court can’t stop proceedings because of the pray of the petitioner but that recounting can’t be done outside the court but the exercise should commences immediately within the timeframe for the petitioner.

In his response, Yusuf Ali (SAN) argued that it’s the responsibility of the judge to take a definite decision concerning the matter because they are saddled with the responsibility to do so.

He added that the office of the registrar can be used which is within the court premises with representatives from all parties.

So he prayed the court to discard the irrelevant objections presented by counsel to the 3 respondents and make sure the judgement of the tribunal is executed.

The judge thereafter ruled that the exercise commences immediately inside the court room.

Meanwhile, counsel to INEC informed the court that a staff who will represent them in the recounting is still in the office but it will take him 30 minutes to arrive the court from Aduwawa head office.

But counsel to the petitioner advice that in the course of waiting for the said INEC staff, the remaining subpoenaed witnesses should be cross-examined ,this the judge obliged and the process just started.

Source:
http://politicsngr.com/politics-nigeria-edo-election-vote-recount-commences/