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The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has been appointed spokesman of the coalition seeking to defeat his former party and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Abdullahi is now the head of Media and Publicity committee of the newly formed Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP)

The committee has Kazeem Afegbua and Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as members.

Abdullahi’s committee was among the several subcommittees inaugurated Monday in Abuja by the steering committee of CUPP.

Recall that Bolaji Abdullahi officially dumped the APC last Wednesday.

Two days later, he announced that he had dropped Buhari’s appointment.

The former minister wrote: “Following my resignation as National Publicity Secretary of APC and my decision to quit the party, I announced to the board this morning that I have resigned my appointment as Chairman, Nigeria Sugar Development Council.”

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Increases LASTMA Allowance By 100%

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Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the increment in the monthly allowance of the state traffic officials, LASTMA.

Sanwo-Olu, PorscheClassy News gathered has increased the allowances of all officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA by 100 percent.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, LASTMA officers will now get 100per cent of what they currently earn. This will take effect from the end of July.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu today announced an increase in LASTMA officers’ allowance. LASTMA officers to earn 100% of their current allowance from the end of July. This is to boost the morale of officers and make them work well for the people of Lagos State,” Akosile tweeted.

The Governor made the announcement when he visited the headquarters of LASTMA where he met with officers of the organisation.

It would be recalled that a focus on Traffic Management and Transportation is the first of Sanwo-Olu’s campaign agenda which was named ‘THEME’.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Sacks APC Senator, Orders Musa As Replacement

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The Supreme Court on Friday sacked David Umar as the Senator representing Niger-East in the newly constituted ninth Senate and declared Muhammed Musa as his replacement.

Umar was the Chairman, Senate Committee Chairman on Justice, Human Rights and Legal Matters, in the last Senate.

In a unanimous judgment of the five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court nullified the earlier verdict of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which had validated Umar as the rightful candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February 23, 2019 senatorial election.

The apex court, after nullifying the Court of Appeal’s judgment, restored the earlier verdict of the Federal High Court which had declared Musa, as the rightful candidate of the party.

Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on February 7, 2019, declared Musa as the rightful candidate.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Friday, the apex court agreed with Musa’s legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), that the Court of Appeal wrongly interpreted the provision of section 285(9) of the Constitution.

Justice Ariwoola held that the Court of Appeal was, therefore, wrong to have struck out the suit filed by Musa before the Federal High Court after adjudging the suit to be statute-barred.

He held that contrary to the Court of Appeal’s judgment, Musa had instituted his suit within time, as the mandatory 14 days period within which the suit ought to be filed, should be counted from the date the Independent National Electoral Commission published the names of candidate and not from the date a winner of the primary was declared.

Justice Ariwoola held, “At the end of the day, as this court has held in some other judgments including the one delivered yesterday (Thursday), that, time began to run not from the time primary election was conducted but at the time the name of the 1st respondent (Umaru) was forwarded to INEC instead of the name of the appellant.

“In the circumstance, the court below was wrong in holding that the action was statute barred.

“The court below was wrong in its interpretation of section 285(9) of the Constitution (as amended) in view of the available facts.

“In the final analysis, this appeal is meritorious and deserves to be allowed. Accordingly, the judgment of the court below delivered on April 8, 2019 is hereby set aside and the judgment of the trial court delivered on February 7, 2019 is restored and affirmed. The appeal is allowed.”

Other members of the panel, including the Acting CJN who headed it, agreed with the lead judgment.

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Call Me First Lady Now, Not Wife Of The President — Aisha Buhari

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The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday, announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

She said this would take effect immediately in order to resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.

Aisha Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of Governors of the 36 states.

The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“When my husband was newly elected, I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.

“But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.

“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.

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