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Atiku Should Produce His Academic Credentials, I’m Far More Qualified – Buhari Tells Tribunal

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President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to produce his academic credentials before the Presidential Election Tribunal.

Buhari said this in his response to allegations contained in the petition by Atiku and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, before the tribunal.

Buhari, in a response filed on April 16 by a team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said that the claim by Atiku and the PDP that he was not qualified to stand for election to the office of the President was a lie.

Buhari told the Tribunal that he was far more qualified to stand for the election than Atiku.

The President insisted that it was Atiku who was not qualified for the election.

President Buhari insisted that he never “at any time, provided any false information in Form CF00] submitted to the lst respondent, either in 2014 or 2018.

“The affidavit of compliance to the 2019 Form CF001 was correct in every material particular.

“In filling Form CF001 in 2014 and 2019, respondent was not oblivious of the constitutional qualifications stipulated in Section 131 of the Constitution and interpreted in Section 318 of the same Constitution.

“Petitioners themselves are also not oblivious of the fact that respondent possesses far more than the constitutional threshold expected for a candidate contesting for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The respondent avers that he is far more qualified, both constitutionally and educationally, to contest and occupy the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria than the 1st petitioner (Atiku); and that in terms of educational qualifications, trainings and courses attended, both within and outside Nigeria, he is head and shoulder above the 1st petitioner in terms of acquisition of knowledge, certificates, laurels, medals, and experience.

“Respondent states further that it is the 1st petitioner, who is not qualified to contest the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and challenges the educational credentials and certificates of the 1st petitioner.

“1st petitioner is hereby given notice to produce and tender his educational certificates, indicating the schools attended by him, with dates.”

The President gave his educational resume as: “Elementary School, Daura and Maid’adua (1948 – 1952), Middle School, Katsina (1953-1956, Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College, Katsina (1956-1961).”

Buhari condemned the entire petition filed by the PDP and Atiku, and told the Tribunal that they are more about pre-election issues, which the Court of Appeal, sitting as a tribunal lacked jurisdiction.

He also argued that the petitioners told lies against themselves in the petition and made conflicting claims which the tribunal cannot grant.

For instance, Buhari noted that while the petitioners claimed to have won the last presidential election and also won elections in many states in the south-south and south-eastern part of the country, they also urged the court to nullify the election and order a fresh presidential election.

Burari argued that by virtue of Section of 137of the Electoral Act, petitioners cannot question the results of elections in states where they claim to have won and still retain themselves as petitioners.

Buhari faulted the petitioners’ claim that the election was marred by corrupt practices and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

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City Photographer, Bright Izuwa Celebrates 30th Birthday With N30 Million Photography Studio In Lagos

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In an era where youths are either dependents, restive, or trying to make a headway with their lives, Bright Izuwa, an Abia State-born Photographer and an under thirty (30) serial entrepreneur who horned his photography skills from a renowned studio have set the pace in his time.

Bright is set to celebrate his 30th birthday with his new photography studio valued at thirty million naira (N30Million) and situated in the heart of Ikeja, Lagos.

According to Bright, June 4th Studios which is coined from his month and date of birth, located at 13B, Ladipo Kuku Street Allen-Avenue Ikeja Lagos Nigeria will definitely become the client’s favourite after a first-time experience, he assures.

The state-of-the-art studio comprises a Makeup Section, Photo Book Section, a Photography Studio section, a passport section, a dedicated dressing room section, and a section for his photography academy.

He further reiterated his readiness for the studio’s grand opening on the 4th of June, 2020 where individuals born on the month of June will be giving free shoots while others not born on the month of June will pay an affordable fee alongside loads of complimentary shoots.

 




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BREAKING: 268 China Returnees Arrive Abuja

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About 268 Nigerians evacuated from China have arrived in Abuja this afternoon.

The flight that conveyed the evacuees landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Disclosing this in a tweet, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the returnees would proceed on compulsory 14 days quarantine as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Some of the nationals had faced serial racial discriminations in Guangzhou, China, from provincial officials.

They were reportedly evicted from their apartments and hotels following their alleged refusal to go for the mandatory quarantine imposed by the Guangdong Provincial authorities sequel to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Some Nigerians sent a video of a woman with two children who were staying on the streets.

In the footage, the unidentified woman was feeding her infant daughter as the older second child slept in a baby walker; she was allegedly evicted from her apartment.

But the Chinese authorities said they subsequently provided free hotel accommodations for 207 Nigerians.

The government said the beneficiaries included Nigerians who were evicted from their hotels and apartments by officials in the wake of the compulsory quarantine and testing of foreigners for coronavirus by the Guangzhou Municipal Authorities.




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Fritz Awards Maiden Edition Calls For Entries

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Fritz Awards, Nigeria, has opened its call for entries. The event date is December 16, 2020.

The award in its maiden edition seeks to be the foremost platform rewarding creativity, excellence, ingenuity, and hard work in the film industry globally, continentally, and locally. It strives to tell stories that are diverse, experimental, compelling, and that matter.

June 1, 2020 – Submissions open

July 31, 2020 – Final Deadline

October 12, 2020 – Notification

Submit your entry here https://fritzawards.com/submit-your-entry/

You can find out of the rules and regulations and how to enter on here:

https://fritzawards.com/rules/

The award is named in honour of Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang, Austrian-German-American Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Film Producer.

Aside the many qualities that stood him out among his peers including tenacity, doggedness, and the drive for excellence, he is noted to be the first filmmaker to feature a black person in his movie.

You can learn more about the award on our website: https://fritzawards.com/about/




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