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Osun: Court Gives Adeleke 6 Days To Show Cause Why He Should Not Be Disqualified

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A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has given Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State, up to September 19 to show cause why he should not be barred from contesting the election.

The court also ordered the West African Examination Council through its Director General or any designated officer to produce the ledger containing the results of all candidates who sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in May/June 1981 conducted in Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State and to file same in court within five days of being served with the order.

The orders, made by Justice Othman Musa on September 11, an enrolled copy of which our reporter sighted in Abuja on Thursday, were part of the reliefs granted in an ex-parte motion filed on September 4 by Wahab Adekunle Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb.

The motion, marked: FCT/HC/BW/M/282/2018, was filed in suit number: FCT/HC/BW/CV/122/2018, in which the applicants (Raheem and Habeeb) are querying Adeleke’s qualification to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State.

Justice Musa also ordered WAEC to depose to an affidavit either denying or confirming that Adeleke, candidate 19645/149, sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in May/June 1981 conducted in Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State and file the affidavit in court within five days of being served with the order.

The judge further ordered WAEC to serve the affidavit and the ledger on all parties to the suit within five days of being served with the order.

Justice Musa, who also ordered that court processes in the case be served on Adeleke through the Clerk of the Senate, abridged time to five working days within which the defendants are to file processes, granted accelerated hearing of the case.

The judge rejected the plaintiffs’ prayer for interim orders restraining Adeleke from parading himself as the PDP candidate for the election and restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission from recognising him as the party’s candidate for the election.

Justice Musa said: “That orders IV and V are hereby refused in its place, the defendants are to show cause within five days from the day of service of the originating summons.”

The judge adjourned to September 19.

Other defendants in the suit beside Adeleke are the PDP and INEC.

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You Can Now Apply For A Free Retail Stall At The 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend [DETAILS HERE]

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Do you make or sell fabulous fashion apparels and accessories? Can your fashion brand stand out at the biggest fashion event in Africa? Then, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend is calling for you!

Now in its third year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become the premier consumer-focused event that places African fashion on the global stage and helps small businesses in the local fashion industry thrive. The first and second editions of the event, which held in November 2016 and 2017 respectively, brought together over 250,000 people to interact with some of the best minds in the global fashion space and directly patronize more than 200 indigenous small businesses in the local fashion industry.

Organized with an overall vision of Promoting Enterprise, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend will provide more than 130 small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell the finest ensemble of apparels and fashion accessories. Applications for free stalls at the event are now open and will close on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

To apply for a free Retail Space at the GTBank Fashion Weekend, kindly visit; https://fashionweekend.gtbank.com/apply

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President Buhari Arrives In New York Ahead Of UNGA73

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived New York ahead of the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) which officially opened on Sept. 18.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president accompanied by his wife, Aisha, departed the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Sunday morning and had arrived in New York on Monday.

The theme for this year’s Session is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

A statement earlier issued in Abuja on Saturday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said the high point of Buhari’s participation would be his address on Tuesday to the General Assembly on the opening day of the General Debate.

According to him, the President’s presentation of Nigeria’s National Statement is expected to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to international peace and security and sustainable socio-economic development.

He said the presentation would also cover the areas of disarmament and denuclearisation, youth and women empowerment, climate change, rule of law and human rights, among others.

(NAN)

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Please Don’t Go On Strike, NNPC Begs NUPENG; PENGASSAN

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The Group Managing Director (GMD), NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, has urged oil workers to halt their planned strike over a labour dispute involving Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) management and the staff.

The unions are National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

Baru made the appeal in a statement by NNPC’s Group Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Sunday.

The GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, said he had directed the management to work with other stakeholders to resolve the issues raised by the leadership of the unions.

He appealed to the unions not to do anything that would disrupt the industrial harmony that had pervaded the sector.

The group managing director expressed fears that the gains of the recent past in the sector if care was not taken, could be frittered away inadvertently.

He, however, expressed optimism that the current dispute would be settled amicably.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the unions had recently called on the National Assembly to intervene in the brewing impasse between CNL and its staff in Nigeria

The unions further urged the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the NNPC and the Department of State Services (DSS) to also intervene.

The disagreements borders on the company’s disclosure that the contracts with all its manpower services providers would expire by the end of October, 2018.

Consequently, NUPENG and PENGASSAN, last week Wednesday, put their members on red alert.

Meanwhile, the NNPC has allayed concerns of petroleum product consumers over possible hiccups in supply in parts of the country due to the workers’ ultimatum.

It gave the assurance that the corporation had adequate storage of petroleum products across the country to take care of the national demand.

(NAN)

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