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Today's Headlines: Court Dismisses Suit Against LP, Affirms Dakum’s Candidacy, Obi visits Plateau to canvass support for LP guber candidate

Supreme Court dismisses suit against LP, affirms Dakum’s candidacy

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday, dismissed an appeal brought by a governorship aspirant of the Labour Party in Plateau State, Ambassador Yohanna Margif, challenging the nomination of the candidate of the party, Dr Patrick Dakum.

The appeal was thrown out by Justice John Inyang Okoro, who led the five-member panel of Justices of the court following its withdrawal by the appellant, Margif, upon discovery that the matter has become statute-barred.

Counsel to the appellant, Mr Opeyemi George Ojo, had pleaded with the apex court to invoke Section 22 of the Supreme Court Act to take over the matter and resolve all disputed issues in the interest of justice for his client.

His persuasion was however rejected by the court on the ground that conditions precedents for the Court to invoke Section 22 of the Supreme Court Act were not met.

Specifically, the Justices reminded the lawyer that both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court no longer have jurisdiction that can be invoked by the Supreme Court since the time for the matter to be heard had lapsed.

Confronted with reality on the futility of his request, the appellant announced the withdrawal of his appeal and was subsequently dismissed by Justice Okoro.

The appellant had, in his appeal challenged the emergence of Dr Dakum as the Labour Party’s governorship candidate in Plateau State insisting that he (Margif) won the governorship primary election of the party and never withdrew his nomination.

Labour Party however in its defence insisted that Ambassador Margif in a letter voluntarily withdrew his candidacy and copied the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), with the same letter.

The Party claimed that following the withdrawal by Ambassador Margif, a new primary election was conducted in which Dr Patrick Dakum emerged and his name was submitted to INEC.

Margif filed his first suit at a Federal High Court in Jos but lost as the court upheld the position of the Labour Party and declared Dr Dakum as the legitimate governorship candidate of the Party in Plateau State.

Obi visits Plateau to canvass support for LP guber candidate

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Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), on Wednesday visited Plateau to mobilise support for Patrick Dakum, the party’s governorship candidate.

Obi announced his visit to the state in a post on his official Twitter handle.

The LP standard bearer asked his supporters to vote for candidates of the party in the governorship and state assembly polls billed to hold on Saturday.

“I have just arrived in Jos to thank the OBIdients, and urge them to come out enmasse to support LP candidates,” Obi said.

“I use Patrick Dakum, our Governorship candidate as my point of contact in wishing the State Assembly candidates a great success on 18th March.

“We remain committed to reclaiming our stolen mandate and turning our focus to true nation-building.”

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FG shifts population census to May

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The Federal Government has shifted the 2023 population census to May 2023.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, disclosed this in Abuja at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

According to him, the census will now hold in May.

The PUNCH reports that the population and housing census would be held March 29

FG to investigate Nigerian killed in Ethiopian prison

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) on Wednesday said the Federal Government will investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a Nigerian, Chizoba Favour Eze, in an Ethiopian prison.

This was contained in a statement by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NIDCOM in Abuja on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Eze died after she was allegedly brutalised by the Ethiopian police.

According to multiple sources, the young woman died from injuries she sustained after she was brutalised by the police personnel attached to the Kaliti prison, a maximum security facility in Addis Ababa.

The statement quoted Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, NIDCOM as saying that the commission was in contact with the Nigerian mission in Ethiopia and that the circumstances that led to Eze’s death would be thoroughly investigated.

Dabiri-Erewa added, according to the statement, that she was concerned over the reported conditions of some Nigerians serving various jail terms in Ethiopia.

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