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Anxiety As Supreme Court Determines Fate Of Seven State Governors Today [See List]

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There’s serious anxiety in seven states of the federation, especially Imo and Sokoto States ahead of today’s consideration of the governorship election petition by the Supreme Court.

Supporters of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha are awaiting the verdict of the apex court with bated breath.

The other governors whose cases are to be considered today are Abdullahi Ganduje Kano; Simon Lalong, Plateau; Samuel Ortom, Benue; Bala Muhammed, Bauchi, and Ahmadu Fintiri, Adamawa.

Although the Supreme Court only sent a hearing notice to the lawyers, the apex court might deliver its verdict. This was the same way it happened last week when the decision on some states was delivered unexpectedly.

Besides, legal litigation time has almost elapsed.

The police are on a red alert in Sokoto. It has deployed 1000 men to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Commissioner of Police Ibrahim Kaoje said: “We are on a 24-hour red alert and we are on standby round the clock, 24/7. We will not waiver in our sustained routine and surprise tactics to keep the peace.

“We will leave no stone unturned in keeping the state safe and secure for all law-abiding residents to conduct their lawful businesses.”

He added that the policemen would remain on the streets in line with a recent directive by the Police headquarters.

In Imo, the PDP and the APC expressed optimism that today’s judgment would favour them.

The key issue to be determined by the Supreme Court, in this case, is whether Ihedioha won two-thirds of votes in two-thirds of the local governments in the state.

The APC permutation is reinforced by the recent prediction by Catholic priest Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka that the candidate of the APC, Hope Uzodinma would take over the reins of power the PDP-led government.

Supporters of both parties have been throwing brickbats at each other since the Mbaka prediction.

They have taken to all platforms including placing newspaper advertorials to lambast each other.

A philanthropist, Princess Ogbuefi Ezinwa, wrote on her Facebook wall, “I am extremely tensed about Monday(today) judgment more than many Governor Ihedioha’s appointees. My party, my people and the entire Imolites, God please keep us all alive to be witnesses.”

The state publicity secretary of APC, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, said that evidence so far shows that Uzodinma won the election.

However, another official of the PDP, who pleaded not to be mentioned said, “We are praying that the judgment goes in our favour but we are not at peace with the situation.”

Police spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu, said the command was working with other security agencies to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order.

He advised the people to go about their businesses without fear of intimidation or molestation.

Ikeokwu said, “We also warn all parties involved to maintain decorum. If you must rejoice or jubilate do that with respect.”

As the Supreme Court set to give a final judgment on the Kano state Governorship election, between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the PDP candidate Abba Kabiru Yusuf, the ancient city of Kano remain in uneasy calm.

Police Spokesman Abdullahi Haruna, said “security is intact as we monitoring situation. We won’t entertain any breach of law and order in this state.”

Another senior policeman, who also spoke said, “we are aware of the Supreme Court judgment tomorrow(today) but l want to tell you that for now, we have not received any report of danger.

“But l can also assure you that security agencies are ready for any eventuality. However, for now, there is no cause for alarm

In Makurdi, The Nation learnt that most top government and PDP officials in the state had traveled to Abuja where the judgment would be delivered.

Police spokesperson in the state, Kate Sewuese, said they were ready to deal with anyone found fomenting trouble ahead of the judgment.

Jos, the Plateau State capital was calm on Sunday

Lalong of the APC triumphed at both the Governorship Petitions Tribunal and at the Appeal level before the PDP and its candidate headed to the Supreme Court.

Both parties (APC and PDP) are expectant of a positive verdict.

In Bauchi, the ruling PDP and APC expressed confidence that they would coast to victory again.

A chieftain of the PDP, Muhammad Idris, ruled out any chances of the APC having the upper hand at the supreme court. He cited the massive support given by the generality of the people the PDP as the reason why the governor Mohammed was unshaken.

He said, “ Our expectation for Monday is winning. We don’t have any battle, we started from the tribunal to the Court of Appeal now to the final judgment which is the Supreme Court.

“We are confident of the judiciary system in the country. We don’t believe there is any need for panic. I am assuring you by the God of grace we are going to win our case. The generality of the people of Bauchi state is behind Governor Mohammed. A trader in the market can attest to that.

“Our achievement in the last eight months surpasses that of the immediate past All Progressives Congress-led administration in the last four years. There is no panic because we don’t have any skeleton in our cupboard ”

The APC and its candidate Mohammed Abubakar had prayed to the Supreme Court to set aside the victories of the governor at both the tribunal and the Appeal court.

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BREAKING: APC Governors In Crucial Meeting To Rescue Obaseki

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In a bid to rescue Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, some All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors stormed the National Secretariat of the party on Monday to hold a fence-mending meeting with the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

The meeting is a follow-up to a similar meeting held with the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Lagos on Sunday night.

The meeting is currently ongoing at the National Executive Committee Hall at the party National Secretariat in Abuja, with the National Chairman presiding.

The governors present at the meeting include the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, Ondo State governor – Rotimi Akeredolu, Lagos State – Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gombe State – Mohammed Inuwa – Gombe, Kano State – Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Kwara State – Abdul Raham Abdulrasaki.

Details shortly…

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Pay Me The N9m I Spent On You While We Dated — Ex-Lover Of Customs Boss’s New Wife Demands Refund [Document Attached]

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Former lover of the new wife of Nigeria’s Customs Service boss, Zubairu Dalhatu Malamai, is allegedly demanding a refund of money spent on her during their relationship.

After Nigeria’s Customs Service boss, Hameed Ali, tied the knot with his new wife Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi Yahaya, his former lover identified as Zubairu Dalhatu Malamai, through his legal counsel has demanded the money he spent on her while they were in a relationship.

Malamai through his lawyers claimed that he had been in a relationship with the new wife of the Custom Boss for about three years. He claimed that during the three years, he invested a lot into the relationship because Hajiya Zainab promised to marry him.
The document stated that while Malamai extends his congratulations to Hajiya Zainab, he is however unhappy with her attitudes a few days to her marriage as she picked up unnecessary fights with him.

However, he is demanding a refund of money given out to his ex-lover as business loans, shop and house rents, flight tickets, personal loans which all run to the tune of N9, 081, 207.45. Also, Malamai demanded that she returns company laptops, ID cards, uniforms, luggage among other things in her possession.

Recall that Hameed Ali married Hajiya Zainab in a low-key ceremony which took place in Kano state, on Saturday, May 30. The marriage came two years after his first wife, Hajiya Hadiza Jummai Ali, died in Abuja on October 29, 2018.

In a telephone chat with INFOTRUST, Sir I. I. Wangida Esq of Buba Partners disclosed that he was surprised that the demand notice leaked to the media.

He stated that it is unethical and he was not the person that gave the media the notice. He however confirmed that the notice was signed by him and the contents therein emanated from their chamber. He confirmed that he has served the Zainab Abdullahi Yahaya the notice.

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BREAKING: FG Reduces Petrol Pump Price To N121.50

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The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has announced a new pump price band of N121.50 from N123.50 per litre for Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol.

The PPPRA, which is an agency of the Federal Government, disclosed this in a circular to fuel marketers dated May 31, 2020, which was obtained by our correspondent on Monday.

The sharp drop in crude oil prices on the back of the spread of coronavirus saw the landing cost of petrol hitting a record low in March, wiping off subsidy on the product.

The pump price of petrol, which is still being regulated by the Federal Government, was reduced to N125 per litre from N145 per litre on March 18, 2020, effective March 19.

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