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Ogun Tribunal: APC witness confirms over voting

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Key witness of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abeokuta, on Wednesday confirmed to the Tribunal that there were over voting in some polling units during the March 18 election.

The Counsel to APC (the third respondent), Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) opened their defence at the ongoing Tribunal by calling four witnesses.

One of the witness, Yemi Adelani, who was the APC State Collation Agent during the governorship election while being cross examined by Gordy Uche (SAN) Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Ladi Adebutu confirmed to the court that there were over voting in some polling units in State.

Uche, while cross examining Adelani showed him a certified true copy of INEC result of a polling unit and was asked to calculate the total vote cast with total rejected votes and compare with the number of accredited voters.

Adelani who had earlier denied that there was over voting and claimed that there was voting buying recanted his claim, confirming that there was over voting.

Adebutu had dragged Governor Dapo Abiodun before the three-man Tribunal alleging that the governor did not win the majority of votes cast during the March 18 governorship election.

PDP and Adebutu in the petition marked, EPT/OG/GOV/03/2023 accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of non-compliance to the Electoral Act and corrupt practices during the election.

The petitioners also alleged that elections were disrupted by thugs in over 99 polling units, disenfranchising over 40,000 voters from participating in the election.

The petitioners had closed their cases after calling 94 witnesses and tendering over 200,000 documents in evidence.

Meanwhile, the Tribunal adjourned its sitting till September 4 after all parties closed their cases.

The INEC, being the first respondent also opened and closed its case without calling any witness.

Abiodun who is the second respondent on Tuesday closed his defence after calling six witnesses.

Also on Wednesday, the ruling APC and third witness opened and closed its case after calling four witnesses.

Among witnesses who testified in support of APC’s defence are, Yemi Adelani, who was the APC State Collation Agent; Ifede Ifetayo, collation agent for Ikenne LG and Sulaiman Ayobami, who was Sagamu LG agent.

They were led in evidence by the APC counsel, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) and cross-examined by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) representing Abiodun, Gordy Uche (SAN), standing in for the petitioners and Olumide Ogidan who represented INEC.

In closing APC’s case, Oyetibo said “Having carefully examined the evidence tendered by the petitioners and the evidence adduced by the respondents, we are satisfied that we have covered the case.”

Justice Hamidu Kunaza-led panel adjourned proceeding till Monday, September 4, 2023, for the adoption of final written address.

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Legislative Assembly News celebrates First Anniversary, Launches book and Award personalities

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The Legislative Assembly News, a Media Brand and content provider, on Wednesday celebrated its First Anniversary, held a book launch titled “Procedure For Drafting and Domestication of Treaties” and awarded Lawmakers, cooperate individuals with some Personalities for their various outstanding performances in the country.

 

Chief Dr Amb Ebosetale David Aigbefoh Esq
Chairman/Publisher, Legislative Assembly News, during the occasion, said the Legislative Assembly News is dedicated to presenting contents focused on legislative activities and other news to ensure a comprehensive and balanced perspective.

 

Aigbefoh, said the team comprises of highly skilled editors with decades of experience, some holding PhDs in journalism and related fields and well-versed in the terrain of all sides of journalism, committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

 

According to him, the Legislative Assembly newspaper has become a valuable resource for lawmakers and the public alike, providing insights and fostering informed discussions about the legislative process in Nigeria.

 

The occasion with the theme titled: “Commemorating Milestones for Effective Legislation in Nation Building.” also congratulated Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama as one of the distinguished awardees.

 

Chief Success Obioma Akagburuonye Esq as “Humanitarian personality of the Year Award 2024” ⁠CHIEF JOE KYARY GADZAMA SAN as “LEGISLATIVE LEGAL PACESETTER OF THE YEAR Award “ ⁠Hon. Joshua Gana as “ LEGISLATIVE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Award ” NORTH CENTRAL ZONE, ⁠DISTINGUISHED SENATOR NED NWOKO as LEGISLATIVE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Award ” South South zone (Senate).

 

Hon. PRINCE LATEEF OLAIDE MOHAMMED as Legislative personality of the year award South west zone, ⁠HON PRINCE OKOJIE ODIANOSEN, as Legislative personality of the year award south south zone (House of Representatives) ⁠Hon. Abubakar Suleman Gumi as Legislative personality of the year Award” NORTH WEST
Among others.

 

“Today, we commemorate a significant milestone in our journey of providing the Nigerian public with unbiased and factual reporting on legislative affairs, debates, and decisions.

 

“Our media brand, Legislative Assembly News, is dedicated to presenting 70% of our content focused on legislative activities and 30% on other news, ensuring a comprehensive and balanced perspective.

“Our team comprises highly skilled editors with decades of experience, some holding PhDs in journalism and related fields.

“They are well-versed in the terrain of all sides of journalism, committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity,” he said.

(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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Ondo Governor Approves N35,000 Wage Award for Tertiary Institution Staff, Reduces Civil Servants’ Award to N15,000

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Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has approved a N35,000 monthly wage award for workers of state-owned tertiary institutions, effective from June 2024 for six months.

 

This decision comes after a meeting with institution heads and worker leaders, following protests over their exclusion from the previous N35,000 wage award paid to civil servants from November 2023 to April 2024.

 

To fund the tertiary institution workers’ award, the government reduced the civil servants’ wage award from N35,000 to N15,000. Pensioners in the state will receive a N10,000 monthly wage award.

 

The Governor’s intervention was necessary as the tertiary institutions’ subvention increase was insufficient to cover the award. This move aims to ensure fairness and equity in the payment of wage awards across the state’s workforce.

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Senate Chief Whip, Ndume Reacts As Tinubu Suspends Cybersecurity Levy

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Ali Ndume, the Nigerian Senate Chief Whip, has submitted that the federal government was too much in a hurry over the implementation of the cybersecurity levy.

He stated that the government failed to examine the nitty gritty of the levy before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) rushed to publicly announce the implementation.

The Borno federal lawmaker said this on Sunday while reacting to the directive of President Bola Tinubu for the implementation of the controversial cybersecurity levy to be suspended.

Recall that the CBN had announced a 0.5 percent cybersecurity levy on electronic transactions, but President Tinubu, on Thursday, subsequently ordered the suspension of the policy for proper review.

Reacting to the suspension during an interview with Arise TV on Sunday, Ndume praised President Tinubu for listening to the complaints of the people over the policy.

The lawmaker stressed the need to tackle the issue of cybercrime which he argued was a stain on the country’s reputation but said it must be properly done and not rushed.

He said: “It’s good that the president has now acted and we’ll go back to the drawing table to look at the Act again. When this administration came on board, the first issue that needed to be addressed was that of cybercrime. And it’s part of the purpose of government as outlined in Section 14,2 of our constitution. That the purpose of government is the security and welfare of citizens. And cybercrime is part of the security, very important one.

“So that’s why the government was in a hurry to look at the enabling law which was signed in 2015. To strengthen it, give more powers to the institutions charged with that responsibility to ensure efficiency and to address the issue of cybercrime which you know is ravaging the country and spoiling our reputation and name because of the incessant and increased cybercrime going on in Nigeria.

“But I will add that we were in a hurry and so weren’t able to look at the nitty gritty of the issue until the CBN made that announcement. And also they didn’t look at it very well. And you’ll see the reactions of Nigerians was not good. Of course it is expected, looking at the situation we find ourselves. There are a lot of burdens on the common man and the low-income persons. And it’s not the intent of this government to add another burden on the middle class especially the low-income earners or Nigerians in general.”

The Senate Chief Whip called on Nigerians to support the Tinubu administration in the quest to implement critical reforms to the cybercrime laws.

“So, I still want to commend the President for that and as I said, I was expecting him to do that. But I also want to urge Nigerians to agree with this government that this cybercrime issue, the laws need to be critically upgraded,” the Senate Chief Whip added.

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