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Judgement Day For Ihedioha, Tambuwal, Ganduje, 4 Others As Supreme Court Resumes Hearing Today

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Tension is high in Bauchi, Sokoto and Imo states ahead of today’s resumption of hearing of appeals challenging elections of seven governors at the Supreme Court. The seven outstanding governorship appeals before the apex court include the elections of governors Umar Ganduje (Kano); Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto); Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa); Bala Mohammed (Bauchi); Samuel Ortom (Benue); and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

Governor Ganduje’s election is being challenged by Abba Kabiru Yusuf (PDP) who is contending that he was winning the election in the majority of the local governments in Kano before it was declared inconclusive and a rerun ordered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He also alleged widespread irregularities in the March 23 rerun election in the state.

APC’s Ahmed Aliyu is challenging the election of Governor Aminu Tambuwal. He is alleging over voting and other irregularities in the election. Aliyu polled 511,661 votes against 512,002 votes by Tambuwal after the conclusion of collation in the rerun. Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s election is being challenged by the APC candidate, Hope Uzodimma, the Action Alliance (AA) candidate, Uche Nwosu and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Ifeanyi Ararume.

Although the allegations of irregularities in the election by the AA and APGA against Ihedioha were dismissed by the Court of Appeal, there was a dissenting judgment in favour of Uzodimma’s appeal.

At the hearing of the Kano governorship appeal yesterday, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, retired to his chambers after complaining about the congestion in the court hall.
Supporters of governors of Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa, Imo, Benue and Plateau states had thronged the court premises as early as 6am.

Director of Litigation of the Supreme Court, Ibrahim Gold asked persons who had no serious business in the courtroom to leave. The CJN was again forced to stand down and eventually adjourned the proceedings over the ill-health of one of the justices on the panel, Justice John Inyang Okoro. Other Justices on the seven-member panel were Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwoola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi and Uwani Musa Aba-Aji.

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Day-1 Of Restriction: Sanwo-Olu Thanks Lagosians For Observing The ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order, Promises More Relief Package

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has sent a message of appreciation to worthy Lagosians for obeying President Buhari’s stay-at-home directive in order to fight the deadly coronavirus.

Read below the official statement from Governor Sanwo-Olu:

I would like to note the high level of our people’s compliance with this presidential directive. It has shown that we realize the enormity of the challenge that we are facing and the choice that we have made – fighting to stave off a massive attack of COVID-19 and staying alive to reclaim our life that has been disrupted by this unseen enemy.

The restriction, I would like to remind us, is to contain the community spreading of this disease by enlisting everybody in the fight and ensuring that many more do not contract it.

It is on this note that I would like to warn those who may wish to breach the restriction that their action is against the Public Health interest of all Lagosians.

On the medical front, I have been informed that all our COVID 19 patients are stable. Five of them were discharged on Monday and – by the grace of The Almighty- more will soon be out of the hospital. Our medical staff – exceptional men and women all – are doing their all to ensure that the patients do well, regain their health and return home to their families. We will be doing a lot to encourage them and lighten their burden by staying indoors.

Only those rendering essential services, who must be well identified; are allowed to go out when necessary.

Our Welfare Package remains on course. As I have often said, those at the bottom of the economic ladder, the underprivileged and the most vulnerable among us will not be left to fend for themselves at this difficult time, Our Relief Package, which is to reach about 200,000 households in the first instance, has continued. Parts of the following local governments are being covered: Amuwo Odofin, Epe, Ikeja, Badagry, Ibeju – Lekki, Agege, Oshodi-Isolo, Apapa, and Lagos Mainland. Others will soon be reached.

May I seize this opportunity to thank those worthy Lagosians, who have demonstrated the true spirit of “A Greater Lagos” by coming forward to help at this time.

I salute our law enforcement agents who have been working tirelessly to ensure that the presidential directive is enforced. I enjoin them to continue in that spirit. They should be firm but courteous in discharging their responsibilities.

Again, I have no doubt that if we continue to fight in unity, COVID-19 will be defeated and we will come out victorious as we always do.

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu

Governor of Lagos State

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BREAKING: COVID-19: FG To Reach 11 Million Nigerians With Palliatives

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The federal government has said it will be reaching more than 11 million Nigerians with palliatives to cushion the harsh effects of the measures set to fight back the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Also, the government has said it will continue to increase the capacity to test for cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on a weekly basis.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, while reacting to questions on Tuesday at the daily media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, also disclosed that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Northeast part of the country already received two months rations of relief materials.

She said the government already had a social-register with details of those considered as the vulnerable in society in 35 states of the federation, adding that these people belong to around 2.6 million households across the country.

Also speaking, the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chike Ihekweazu, said Nigeria would continue to develop the capacity to test for COVID-19, said while it now has the capacity to test up to 1,000 this week, it hopes to be able to test as many as 1,500 next week.

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Stay-At-Home: Lagos Wives Rejoice As Husbands Kick, Says They’re Now Redundant

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There are mixed reactions from husbands and wives over the Lagos State government’s stay-at-home directive following the COVID-19 pandemic.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lagos State government last week directed the closure of open markets, recreational centers, saloons and public places with exception of those selling food, medicine, and other essentials.

The directives are aimed at checking coronavirus spread.

Speaking with NAN on the effects of the stay-at-home, some wives said it had strengthened bonding between them and their spouses.

But most husbands decried the development as house arrest.

They claimed it rendered them redundant.

A resident of Okokomaiko, Nkiru Ekene, told NAN the order had positive and negative effects.

According to her, she was happy the order compelled her husband to spend time with her and their children, thereby strengthening the bond between the couple and family.

“The situation has afforded us an opportunity to monitor the kids, my caregivers and certain attitudes they exhibit in my absence.

“However, it has also weakened financial strength, since many husbands earn their incomes through daily sales,’’ she said.

Kosisochukwu Ndubuisi, who lives in the same area, said the order had kept her husband at home.

“Yes, I will say that I am happy that my husband is always in the house.

“Before now, most men spend much time at drinking bars after work, instead of returning home to their families, but now, the situation has changed.’’

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