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Former APC Spokesman Seeks Visa Ban On Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Justices Over ‘Gross Miscarriage Of Justice’

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A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Sunday, called on the international community to place visa restrictions on the five justices of the Appeal Court that presided over the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) over what he termed the gross miscarriage of justice and flagrant breach of the constitution.

Frank also called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Supreme Court to review the tribunal’s ruling and sanction the Justices for the “deliberate perversion of justice”.

Reacting to the recent judgement of the PEPT in favour of the presidential candidate of the APC, Frank in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Sunday, said it was obvious that the judgement was written by elements in the Presidency.

He said that he was convinced that PEPT’s ruling on the fact that it was not necessary to present certificates to contest for political offices in the country had created problem for the nation’s education sector as it would now be difficult to convince children to go to school or tell those in school to study hard to attain excellence in their educational pursuit.

He, however, called on the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom, United Nations, and other critical democratic stakeholders to take a punitive step against the five justices led by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, by placing them and their families on visa ban.

According to Frank, both local and international election observers had raised questions about the conduct of the election, particularly unjustified interventions by security forces in favour of Buhari and the APC, “they said the voting process wasn’t transparent and the Nigerian civil society group, a coalition made up of over 70 civic groups that monitored the balloting also said the outcome wasn’t credible.

According to him, “yet the presiding Justices of the PEPT in giving their judgment said the election was credible and dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

“This outcome was only possible because the judgement was written by the presidency.

“I, therefore, call on the international community such as the US, UK, EU and others to place a visa ban on the five justices of the PEPT and members of their immediate family

“The onus is on the Supreme Court to show Nigerians and the world that the Judiciary is indeed the hope of the common man; it is incumbent on them to show that they are indeed independent and have not been colonised and made a rubber stamp of the executive in view of the unthinkable verdict of the five justices of the PEPT.

“They simply turned the judiciary into a black market where justice was measured and sold to the highest bidder. The executive has always accused the judiciary of corruption and the five justices have just confirmed it by this judgment.

“They have brought shame on the Nigerian judiciary and must be sanctioned appropriately by the NJC to serve as a deterrent to others and restore sanity to the judiciary.”

Frank called on the international community to help Nigeria out of her present mess, saying that the country “is at a point where it may have civil unrest or a break up as many regions have resumed agitation following the hope-dashing verdict.

According to him, “the international community should place visa restrictions on these five justices like they have done to some corrupt politicians that participated in rigging the last general elections.

“Since these five justices have traded away the opportunity to redeem the country’s democracy by ridding it of electoral fraud, the Supreme Court must now be courageous enough to rectify this judicial fraud in order to save Nigeria from collapse. Show Nigerians that the judiciary is still the last hope of the common man,” Frank said.

He called on the apex court to save the judiciary from the onslaught against it by the executive, and failure to reverse PEPT’s ridiculous verdict would inevitably render the judiciary toothless.

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How I Convinced President Buhari To Shift Ogun Lockdown To Friday — Gov. Dapo Abiodun

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Dapo Abiodun, Ogun state governor, says the lockdown of the state as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari would commence on Friday.

Buhari had ordered a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) from 11pm on Monday.

However, while speaking at a press conference during the inauguration of the isolation centre in Ikenne, Abiodun said in Ogun, the lockdown would be effective from 11pm on Friday.

He said he appealed to the president to shift the movement restriction in the state so that there would be enough time to adequately supply food to the people.

“I have been in consultation with the presidency and I have requested that he graciously allow us in Ogun state to prepare for this lockdown in terms of ensuring that we have enough food banks across the three senatorial districts so that people would have enough food supply,” the governor said.

He said the president “graciously” accepted.

Abiodun appealed to the people to abide by the observe social distancing and practice good hygiene as advised by the ministry of health.

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BREAKING: Governor Seyi Makinde Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has tested positive for coronavirus.

The governor confirmed his status on his Twitter account a few minutes ago.

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BREAKING: Nigeria Records Another Coronavirus Death

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Nigeria has recorded another Coronavirus death.

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure at a media briefing on Monday.

“As of today, we have recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“Till date, 8 persons have been discharged after successful treatment.

“But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend,” he said.

The three fatalities include one American who died in Ekiti State.

The global pandemic has killed over 32,000 worldwide.

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