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Today's Headlines: Comply With S'Court Ruling On Old Notes, Buhari Tells CBN, Fire Guts Jigawa Villa

Comply With S'Court Ruling On Old Notes, Buhari Tells CBN

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not need his directives before it complies with the Supreme Court ruling which extended the validity of the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes to December 31, 2023.

Buhari broke silence on Monday over penultimate Friday’s decision of the Supreme Court which ruled that the old notes remain legal tender till the end of the year.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said President Muhammadu Buhari never told Attorney General, Abubakar Malami and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to defy the Supreme Court order.

The President also rejected the impression that he lacked compassion, saying that “no government in our recent history has introduced policies to help economically marginalised and vulnerable groups like the present administration.”

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The Presidency added that that President Buhari had not done anything “knowingly and deliberately to interfere with or obstruct the administration of justice”, following the ongoing intense debate about the compliance concerning the legality of the old currency notes.

Fire Guts Jigawa Village

Barebari Village in Sankara Ward, Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State has been hit by a fire incident, destroying many houses, local silos, animals, and other valuable items.

The incident happened on Saturday morning, according to Shehu Sule Udi, the local government Chairman.

In his statement to newsmen, Mr. Udi warned residents to be careful about the way they use fire to avoid future occurrences.

He also revealed that a similar incident had happened in the village two years ago, which completely razed down half of the village.

The local government has presented relief materials to the victims and appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and individuals to support the affected families.

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Jigawa state command, CSC Adamu Shehu, said, “On Saturday, 11th day of March 2023 at about 12:00 pm fire mishap occurred at Barebari Village, Sankara Ward, Ringim LGA, Jigawa state.”

I have no preferred candidates for Senate presidency, says Tinubu

The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has revealed that he has no preferred candidates for the leadership of both chambers who will constitute the 10th National Assembly.

Tinubu, who was represented by the Vice President-Elect, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this at the meeting with new members-elect to the National Assembly.

A member-elect for Bungudu/Maru Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, Abdulmalik Bungudu, revealed this to our correspondent shortly after the meeting.

Bungudu, who spoke in the Hausa language, revealed that Tinubu told attendees that he had no preferred candidates for any of the principal offices of the 10th NASS.

According to him, “For now, he (Tinubu) said he doesn’t have anybody that he prefers to have as Senate President or Speaker, but consultations are going to continue to get the way out for the party and to also ensure the party emerges victorious in the forthcoming governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.”

What Appeal Court should do to Adeleke – Oyetola

Former Governor, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, asked the Court of Appeal, Abuja to declared Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun unqualified to have contested the July 16, 2022 poll in which he emerged as winner over alleged certificate forgery.

Oyetola, whose candidacy in the poll was affirmed by a tribunal, made the prayer in a cross appeal marked: CA/AK/EPT/GOV/03/2023 filed before the three-member panel headed by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 1st and 2nd cross appellants in the case are Oyetola and the APC respectively.

In the matter, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Adeleke and the PDP are the 1st to 3rd cross respondents respectively.

Adeleke had, in an appeal marked: CA/AK/EPT/GOV/01/2023, prayed the court to set aside the judgment of the Osun tribunal delivered on Jan. 27 which upturned his victory at the poll.

Adeleke, who dragged Oyetola, APC and INEC before the appellate court as 1st to 3rd respondents respectively, urged the panel to dismiss the tribunal’s judgment.

Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, who was counsel to Adeleke, challenged the decision of the tribunal which nullified the victory of his client in the governorship election.

Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election better than previous ones – Presidency

The Presidency has described the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections as an “improvement on past elections.”

Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said this in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.

“This election is an improvement on past elections and due credit should be given to the government and people of this country,” Mr Shehu wrote.

Nigeria held the presidential and NASS elections on 25 February with the candidate of the ruling party, Bola Tinubu, emerging president-elect.

The two main opposition candidates, who came second and third in the election, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, are, however, challenging the result in court. They have alleged irregularities, especially in the result collation and announcement processes.

Mr Tinubu won the majority votes and also scored over 25 per cent in 29 states to meet the constitutional requirement.

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