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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: Kaduna Assembly Speaker Resigns

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Speaker of Kaduna Assembly, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, has resigned from his position.

Sources from the Assembly said Shagali tendered his resignation before the commencement of Plenary session on Tuesday morning

Details shortly…

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JUST IN: Court Finds Olisa Metuh, Firm Guilty Of First Count In N400m Fraud Trial

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The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, convicted a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, and his firm, Destra Investments Limited, of the first of the seven counts instituted against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Ruling on the first count in his judgement, Justice Okon Abang ruled that a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, unlawfully transferred the sum of N400 million to the defendants in November 2014.

The judge ruled that Metuh and his firm reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N400 million paid to them formed part of the proceeds of the unlawful activity of the ex-NSA because they had no form of a contractual relationship with the ONSA.

According to the judge, Dasuki transferred the money to the defendants “in breach of public trust”.

He dismissed the contention of the defence who argued that the defendants could not be convicted for the money laundering offence because Dasuki, who is currently being prosecuted, had yet to be convicted for the predicate offence of breach of trust and corruption.

The judge said, contrary to the argument, “the predicate offence and the money laundering offence are intertwined”.

“The success or failure of the predicate offence does not determine the success or failures of the money laundering offence,” the judge added.

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Lagos Government To Demolish Buildings In Banana Island, Parkview, Ikoyi

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Worried by the persistent violation of building permit laws in Lagos State, the Government has disclosed that it would not hesitate to pull down structures in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Parkview and other highbrow areas.

The announcement came as the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) intensify enforcement with the sealing of buildings to prevent collapse buildings cases in the state.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, disclosed the Government plan in a statement posted on his official twitter handle, lamenting that several buildings within these highbrow areas were erected without permits.

According to him, it is highly regrettable that most of the buildings within these highbrow areas are either without planning permits or built beyond approved units. And this was discovered during our week-long massive enforcement on Planning permit in Ikoyi, Parkview, Banana Island, and environs.

“It was also observed that many commenced construction without recourse to LASBCA as stipulated in the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Law. In view of this flagrant disregard for the extant planning laws of the state.

“The Lagos Government henceforth will not hesitate to apply the full wrath of the law against such violators and to ensure compliance with the planning laws and regulations in the State”.

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