THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council for the Edo Governorship Election has rejected the request by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to transfer a court case in the Federal High Court from the Benin Division to the Abuja jurisdiction.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP National Campaign Council, Raymond Dokpesi, identified the case number of the matter as Suit No: FHC/B/C569/2020 PDP V. INEC & 2 Ords.
He said they were shocked by the sudden demand by APC to seek the transfer of our matter in Benin jurisdiction to Abuja.
Dokpesi said: “The request by the APC violates the circular of the chief judge of the Federal High Court dated August 6, 2018 and June 24, 2020, which cautioned against entertaining matters of the cause of action arose from outside judicial divisions.
“On this particular matter, our party could have sued in Abuja jurisdiction, but for the policy direction of the chief judge of hearing matters only within jurisdictions.
“The petition of the APC therefore, contradicts the policy directive of the chief judge of the Federal High Court and we therefore, expect the court to ignore same. More so, as the matter has not been heard in Benin jurisdiction. The PDP has nothing to fear as we are confident in the judiciary to do justice.”
2. Movement will rescue state from captors, says chair
THE National Chairman of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Senator Saidu Dansadau, has said his party will rescue Edo State from political captors on September 19.
He noted that for government’s businesses to be conducted in a transparent and honest manner, good people were needed to be at the helm.
Dansadau spoke at the Edo State secretariat of the party in Benin while inaugurating the campaign council and unveiling NRM manifesto.
NRM is one of the 14 parties that will participate in the September 19 governorship election.
Dansadau, represented by the National Administrative Secretary, Mohammed Isah, said: “I plead with us, great Edolites, be wise and take your destinies in your hands.
“Edo State has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Those who brought us pains, ridicule and shame are here again to deceitfully lure us into voting them to power. Their actions have always put our lives in jeopardy.”
3. Mosques won’t reopen for now in Ekiti, says NSCIA
THE Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Ekiti State chapter has said no mosque in the state would open, despite the lifting of the ban imposed on religious activities by government.
Governor Kayode Fayemi had recently in a statewide broadcast announced the reopening of all churches and mosques the state from July 17.
A statement signed by the President, Ekiti State’s NSCIA, Alhaji Yaqubu Sanni, yesterday, said the suspension was because all the safety protocols cannot be met within the time frame stipulated by the government.
“Muslims in the committee on the re-opening of worship centres and health officers educated members on how to guard themselves from COVID-19 and conditions to be met before the re-opening of mosques in the State.
“After reviewing the guidelines, it was agreed that the conditions for re-opening of mosques as discussed could not be met within the stipulated time frame, that is, between now and July 17, 2020.
“Hence, it was resolved that the Muslims in Ekiti State would hold on for a while in preparations to meet the conditions laid down”, Sanni said.
As the religious centres reopen for operations today, government has directed all religious centres ready to resume operations to acquire certificates of fitness before commencing worship.
The government said only religious centres with prevention facilities will be allowed to resume activities, while certificates of compliance must be received from the Ministry to authenticate their readiness to reopen.
The Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Gbenga Agbeyo, who said this in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, insisted that no religious centres would be allowed to resume without complying with the stipulated guidelines to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
4. APC asks Rep to retract comment on Buhari or face recall
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mashi Council of Katsina State has asked House of Representatives member, Mansur Mashi, to retract comments made against President Muhammadu Buhari or risk recall.
Speaking on behalf of some members of the ruling party at a press conference, the chairman, Armaya’u Doka, said the comment belittled the APC and members of his constituency in Katsina.
Doka said the lawmaker, who represents Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency, had said that the only way Nigeria could progress was for Buhari to go the way of Umaru Yar’Adua who died in office.
His words, “The honourable said Buhari had to leave the scene the way the late Yar’Adau did, so that his vice, (Prof. Yemi) Osinbajo, would take over, and that such was the only way Nigeria could make progress.”
According to the party chair, the lawmaker likened the APC to a football team that had lost steam, “and may not be able to win majority votes in the next general election.”
He also said that Mashi, in an audio recording making the rounds in the state, described his constituents, who voted him into office, as ignorant and bunch of illiterates.
The chairman wondered why a lawmaker elected on APC platform should make such comments on Buhari, his constituency members and the party that brought him to office.
“The audio of what the lawmaker said is out there for all to listen to. By the grace of God, APC will win in the 2023 general elections and the party will only continue to grow stronger.
“We call on the APC to call him to order and the National Assembly to suspend him for making such comments.
“If our call is not heeded, we, as members of his constituency, have the right to take necessary action that is within the ambit of the law. And when we begin to take action, nobody should come and beg or ask us to refrain from what we are doing, as we have allowed avenue for action to be taken against him.”
When contacted, Mashi said he would reserve his comments since the matter was under investigation by the police.
5. NDDC crisis gets messier
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday stormed the Port Harcourt residence of a former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Ms. Joy Nunieh, and foiled an attempt by policemen to whisk her away.
Just as the Port Harcourt drama unfolded, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Prof. Kemebeadikumo Pondei, in Abuja, walked out of the session of the House of Representatives probing into alleged financial mismanagement in the NDDC.
Before the police invaded her home, Nunieh had vowed to expose alleged misdeeds of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, who she accused of being the mastermind of the attempt to abduct her.
The police had, for hours yesterday, occupied Nunieh’s residence at 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Amada-Flat until Wike arrived at the scene about 10.30 a.m.
It was gathered that Wike’s action followed a distress call from Nunieh that armed policemen, without arrest warrant had invaded her premises at about 4:00 a.m. and had attempted to break in.
It was gathered that as soon as the governor alighted from his car, he asked the policemen for the warrant of arrest but they failed to produce any. At that point, he ordered them to leave the premises.
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