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Buhari does not need certificate to be president -Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday held that President Muhammadu Buhari was right not to have submitted his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The apex court stated this while giving a reason for dismissing the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

According to the court, Buhari was eminently qualified to contest the last presidential election.

The court held that contrary to claim by the appellants, no law requires a candidate to submit his/her academic certificates to the electoral umpire before being allowed to contest the election.

The Supreme Court also held that the constitution does not require one to possess a secondary school certificate to be qualified to run for the presidency.

It added that schooling up to secondary school, without possessing the result of the final examination was sufficient.

The Supreme Court further explained that Buhari did not only show that he has a secondary certificate and rose to the rank of Major General in the Army, attended military training, became the nation’s Head of State, could communicate in English and possessed a primary school leaving certificate, all to the satisfaction of INEC.

The three-man panel of the court upheld the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on the issues of Buhari’s qualification and possession of relevant certificates.

The apex court resolved issues 1 and 2 against the PDP and Atiku.

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Kogi, Bayelsa States Guber Elections: U.S close watching actions of individuals against violence – Embassy

U.S Embassy in Nigeria on Thursday said America is not supporting any candidate or party in tomorrow gubernatorial election in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

According to the embassy in a statement on its official site said:

“The conduct of the upcoming bi-elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states is important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent.

“The United States Government does not support any specific candidate or party in any Nigerian election.

“The United States supports the Nigerian democratic process itself. We support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process.

“We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections”.

Kogi and Bayelsa states will go to poll tomorrow to elect the governor for their state.

Many feared killed as petrol tanker falls, explodes in Ogun

A petrol-laden tanker fell in the wee hours of Friday around Toll gate, Ota axis of Lagos-Abeokuta highway, while approaching Shoprite Store, killing yet to be identified number of people.

The tanker, SPY NIGERIA learnt, went up in flames immediately, destroying lives, vehicles, and properties.

Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance (TRACE) Corps Spokesperson, Babatunde Akinbiyi released a video of the inferno.

Akinbiyi told SPY NIGERIA that there were casualties but the number could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

According to Akinbiyi, the TRACE Corps, Fire Service agents, Federal Road Safety Corps, the police, the NSCDC, Naval officers and the Army were all on ground for rescue operations.

While sympathising with those affected by the ugly incident, Akinbiyi advised motorists to avoid Toll Gate Area for now.

“Nevertheless, they can go through the Old Ota Road to link Awolowo Road down to Sango under bridge to link Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway,” he said.

IGP orders withdrawal of Bello, Dickson’s security aides ahead of governorship elections

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the withdrawal of all security aides attached to governors, their deputies, public office holders, politicians and other personalities involved in the Bayelsa and Kogi State governorship elections with effect from today (Friday).

The directive was issued on Thursday on behalf of the IGP by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police in charge of operations at the Force Headquarters, Abdulmajid Ali, at a press briefing in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to Ali, the directive which affects the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and his Bayelsa counterpart, Seriake Dickson, among others, will witness the withdrawal of the aides from the affected political actors and public office holders until after the elections.

He also added that with the deployment of 66,241 police personnel to Bayelsa and Kogi States, adequate security would be guaranteed during the elections in both states.

Ali said: “We are not unaware of the possible security threats that some misguided political actors and their followers may attempt to pose during the elections in both states.

“To such elements, we must sound a note of warning that as a nation, we have had enough of electoral violence. Hence, while the Nigeria Police shall strive to guarantee a peaceful and secure space for all political parties and the citizens to freely exercise their electoral rights, we shall not hesitate to identify, isolate and bring to deserved justice any person or group of persons that attempt to threaten the democratic order in Kogi and Bayelsa States.”

The directive comes after the police said that anyone caught snatching ballot box would not be spared.

The DIG gave the warning when he addressed a press conference on Thursday.

He said the IGP had deployed personnel good enough to satisfactorily police the states and deal with any eventuality during the election.

Senate Proposing Constitutional Amendment To Give The President Powers To Dissolve National Assembly

The National Assembly has on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, indicated interest in amending the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to provide for a smooth transition of legislative powers from an outgoing to an incoming National Assembly.

The National Assembly also seeks to reinforce, through constitutional amendment, the powers of the President to dissolve the outgoing National Assembly and convene the first session as contained in the National Assembly Bill 2019.

The decision to amend the Constitution in this direction was reached after consideration of the National Assembly Inauguration bill, 2019, which was eventually stood down on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in the Senate to enable issues raised in the bill to be addressed through a process of constitutional amendment.

Sponsor of the bill, Gabriel Suswam, a senator representing Benue North East, in his lead debate, said the bill among other things, seeks to ensure a smooth transition of legislative powers from the out-going National Assembly to the in-coming one.

This, according to Suswam, would be achieved by providing a comprehensive legal framework for managing and coordinating the inauguration and swearing-in of newly elected or in-coming Senators or Members elect after the dissolution of the outgoing National Assembly by the President in exercise of his powers under section 64(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The lawmaker added that though Section 311 of Chapter VIII, Part I of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, makes transitional provisions with respect to Standing Orders of the Senate, no such transitional and saving provisions are contained in any extant law with respect to the Standing Orders of any out-going and in-coming National Assembly.

“It suffices to say that by item 68 of the Exclusive List, Part 1 of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the power of the National Assembly to legislate on the inauguration day/date of elected members of the National Assembly is incidental to the Exclusive power of the National Assembly to legislate on the election of members of the National Assembly,” Suswam stressed.

Underscoring the need to designate a particular day for inaugurating the in-coming National Assembly, Suswam said doing so “would avert a vacuum and constitutional crisis that may arise as a result of the time lag between the inauguration of the President and the swearing-in of newly elected members of the National Assembly.”

Senators who spoke in support of the bill are: the minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; the deputy minority leader, Emmanuel Bwacha, and James Manager, the senator representing Delta South.

Coming under a point of order, Adamu Aliero, a senator representing Kebbi South while citing orders 63 and 64 of the constitution, warned of an impending conflict likely to arise with the passage of the Bill into law.

Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy senate president, while lending his voice to the debate, said going ahead to consider and pass the National Assembly bill would result in a conflict with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Omo-Agege, therefore, suggested that an amendment of the 1999 constitution in this direction be duly considered by the National Assembly to address all issues identified in the National Assembly bill, 2019.

“This is a constitutional issue. The only way we can bring this to pass is to amend the Constitution not by passing a Bill that will be in conflict with the provisions of the Constitution.

“We have the constitutional review coming up. Those who believe we should do this can do the amendment by reviewing Section 64 that deals with when the proclamation can take place,” he said.

Ahmad Lawan, the senate president, in his remarks on the bill, said “It is clear that even if we sign it into law, the new act cannot vitiate Section 64 of the 1999 Constitution. I will advise that we tow the path of constitutional amendment.”

“There is no doubt that this bill is a good bill and well intentioned, but we cannot address the problems through this bill. It has to go through a constitutional amendment.

“This bill, however, succeeded in igniting the argument that we have to do something about this. So I will advise that we stand down the debate on this bill and then bring a constitutional amendment to address the issue,” Lawan added.

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Lady who dumped boyfriend wants him back after he secured oil contract

A Nigerian lady has narrated how a lady dumped her boyfriend who was a teacher, but now wants him back after he secured a contract job with an oil company.

In her post, she narrated how her sister’s friend dumped her boyfriend just because he was a teacher. The man then moved on with her sister, now the friend is trying everything possible to get the man back after he has secured a job with an oil company in Akwa ibom.

Read her full story below:

“I need serious opinions on this issue, as it has bothered me so much so I decided to bring it up here. It’s about my younger sister and her girlfriend.

About 2 years ago my younger sis girlfriend met a guy that indicated interest in her, according to my sis her friend wasn’t into this guy, in fact her friend was using him from the onset, my sis said that her friend told her that she doesn’t like the guy at all because the guy according to her was a teacher in one private school and he isn’t really what she wanted in a man.

But this guy loved her and my sis recounted one time the guy paid her tuition fees and gave her money for her project work. The guy was always there for her but her sis friend never liked him sometimes my younger sister will tell me that she should go for him she thought she was joking but little did she know that her girlfriend was serious.

When it was obvious she couldn’t play the guy anymore, she had to confront the guy and told him face to face that they can’t continue together, that she can’t put up with him anymore and that he can have my younger sister as a friend since my sister is her roommate.

The guy was shattered and devastated, and it equally shattered my sister as well because my sister knew how much sacrifice the guy has made for her girlfriend. So the guy would meet my sister and start begging her to talk to her friend, and each time my sister tries to talk to her girlfriend to reconsider, she would turn it down.

So the guy gave up his efforts but maintained communications with my sister. As time went by my sister and this guy became close, and they were good friends, so early February this year they guy got a contract job with Exxon mobile for 5 years at Akwa ibom, and he is now asking for my sister’s hand in marriage. He’s so serious that he has brought wine to my Father with his family members.

My sister told him let her put it in prayers. Because she’s currently doing her NYSC.
Upon hearing the news of my sister and this guy, her silly girlfriend that rejected him because he was low, is now beefing my sister and telling the whole world that my sister snatched her boyfriend away from her. it was so bad that she even tried to re establish communication with this guy again.

My sister told me that her girlfriend sent a message to this guy and told him that my sister once had an abortion when she was in her 3rd year, and some stupid lies. But she said that the guy knew that her girlfriend was lying and decided to block her. This got my sister infuriated and me also but the guy begged us to let her go That she’s just desperate.

But I’m really really really angry now because she has been spreading malicious lies about my younger sister. And my sister is planning her traditional wedding with this guy by January So please I need suggestions on how to deal with this issue because I don’t see my sister at fault here, and I only see a wicked and desperate friend trying to cause wreck in someone’s happiness”.

“Prove That I Wished Buhari Dead — Osinbajo Fires Back At Festus Adedayo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has responded to a columnist allegation that he prayed for the death of President Muhammadu Buhari so he could succeed him as president of Nigeria.

In a column published in the Nigerian Tribune on November 10, titled “The Trials Of brother Osinbajo”, Festus Adedayo claims that the VP had prayed together with some Redeemed Church pastors in his home state of Ogun to become President at a time Buhari was out of the country for medical leave.

Part of the column read: “When Buhari went on his earlier UK search for health remedy to an undisclosed ailment, it was a top gossip in the seat of power that Osinbajo, engrossed in a prayer session with his Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) accomplices in his home state of Ogun, and frantically being prayed for, for God to make him president by one of the pastors who starred at the prayer session, didn’t know that a strong ally of Buhari – unbeknown to the ally that such “prayer coup” was ongoing – had entered their midst, innocently there to pay obeysance to the VP.

“Still with their eyes closed, the prayer warriors nearly prayed that the ground should swallow them when, upon opening their eyes, they saw the president’s ally with them. If you were praying the VP into the office of the president, with the VP shouting thunderous “Amen” to your prayer, weren’t you praying for the boss’ death?”

But in a rejoinder by Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, on Wednesday, November 13, the VP Challenged Adedayo to substantiate his allegations.

“He claimed that the Vice President, together with some Redeemed Church ‘accomplices’, gathered to pray at some place unstated in his home State of Ogun, at a date that was not indicated, for the purpose of interceding for the VP to become President, and by extension, hoping for, or seeking the death of the President,” a part of the rejoinder read.

“So where exactly in Ogun State did this prayer session take place, and when? Was it in a church, in which case there would likely be an audio recording? Who are the prominent pastors or other persons involved that can testify to what transpired – what are their names? Who is the “strong Buhari ally” who made a surprise appearance at the gathering and brought the story back to Mr. President? If, as Adedayo claims, the VP has been hounding and haranguing this Buhari ally since then, why is it so difficult for him to cry out and publicize his strange discovery?”

“These asinine stories put together by Mr. Adedayo betray a more evil motive. The Vice President’s commitment to the service of the Nigerian people under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is unrelenting. But there is a desperation in some quarters to create a division between the President and the Vice President.

“It appears that they need some well-known press names who are prepared to write anything. But for what reward? One wonders. They clearly found one here, as the writer’s jaundiced article bumbled from the realm of baseless claims to outright fiction.

“We do not expect an apology from Mr. Adedayo to the Vice President. This is the style of these professionals gone rogue. They are prepared to smear others and stick to their vile stories. Their conscience seems unperturbed by their reckleness. But, again, we give him the benefit of the doubt, let him answer the questions we have asked.

Border closure: 77 days after, foreign rice still flood Sokoto market

With more than two months and few days after the closure of land borders, all major markets and stores in Sokoto still flooded with foreign rice.

An investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that despite the closure and ban on foreign rice by the federal government, scores of imported rice are still being sold in Sokoto.

When Nigerian Tribune visited the popular old market, most dealers of rice were seen displayed the imported Tomato rice which is most common rice in the state before the closure of border.

A resident who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity disclosed that the closure of border has no major effects on the importation of foreign rice into the state.

He said, “the only thing I can say is that the border closure and subsequently ban on imported rice is only to help people to make more money.

“I said this because of how much is the percentage of increment to both local and foreign rice in the market.

“A 50kg of foreign rice before the closure of border was between 12,500 and 13,000 naira, while same size of best local rice was around 10,000 naira.

“As I am talking to you now, same size of foreign rice is 18,000 while local rice goes for between 16,500 and 17,500 naira in the market.

“For the policy to work effectively, the price of the local rice should be controlled by the government and make it affordable to the people” he added.

Meanwhile, investigation conducted by our correspondent across the state capital revealed that almost all the major markets and stores still displayed the products.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Nigerian Customs Service in Sokoto, Magaji Mailafiya, asked our correspondent to direct the questions to Mr John Attah, spokesman of border drill operations, who is also the National public relations officer of Nigerian Customs Service.

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Gov. Election: Drama As El-Rufai Kneels Before Kogi People, Says ‘Please Forgive Yahaya Bello’

According to Punch Metro, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday knelt before the people of Kogi State, asking them to forgive Governor Yahaya Bello for any wrong he had done.

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, also knelt down next to el-Rufai. However, Bello did not join them in kneeling down.

El-Rufai, while addressing a crowd at the All Progressives Congress rally in Lokoja, noted that Bello was young when he became governor and had made many mistakes.

The Kaduna governor, however, said Bello had since retraced his steps.

He said, “Many people say Yahaya Bello is young; that he has fought many people. For every one that the governor has offended, I’m asking all of you to forgive him. He is young; he is supposed to make mistakes. When you are young, you make mistakes but you learn from them.

“On his behalf, I’m kneeling down, to beg all of you to forgive Yahaya Bello if he has offended you. He cares about the people of Kogi State. He cares about this state. He has brought progress to this state; he has brought young people and women into government.

“He has cleared salary arrears that he inherited from previous governments. You must all come out to support him. I beg you all. Let us make history. The Late Prince Audu did everything to bring progress to this state. Let us not dishonour his memory by allowing PDP to return to Lugard House.”

He said the Peoples Democratic Party did nothing in the state during its 13-year rule. He, therefore, declared the opposition party dead.

El-Rufai added, “In the last four years, the progress recorded by Governor Yahaya Bello in the last four years is more than what the PDP has tried to do in 13 years.”

Unpaid salaries: Forgive Yahaya Bello, Aisha begs Kogi people

First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has said Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was unable to pay salaries because of the verification exercise that was organised for civil servants in the state.

Mrs. Buhari said since the verification exercise ended, all civil servants on the government’s payroll had been receiving regulr salary.

The President’s wife therefore asked the people of the state to forgive Bello if any of them was negatively affected, urging them to forget what they once suffered.

SEE ALSO: Gov election: El-Rufai kneels before Kogi people, says, ‘Please forgive Yahaya Bello’

Aisha said this at the All Progressives Congress rally in Lokoja on Thursday, shortly after Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, had knelt down before the crowd, asking them to forgive their governor.

Addressing the crowd, Mrs. Buhari said, “Let me refer back to Kaduna State governor’s speech where he had to kneel and say the people should forgive and forget.

“Also, my husband used to emphasise on salaries. It took a while before the Kogi salaries could be settled after a long time of verification.

“But this time, vote for him for continuity of payment of salary on time.”

Mrs. Buhar subsequently invited the governor to the podium, saying, “I want Yahaya Bello to talk to you about timely payment of salary.”

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