S’Court: Kano NNPP holds prayer, Kwankwaso hopes for justice

 A former governor of Kano State and chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has expressed optimism that the Supreme Court will deliver justice in the Kano State governorship election matter currently before it.

Kwankwaso made the remarks on Monday shortly after a prayer session held at his Miller Road residence in the Kano metropolis.

The prayer session was organised by the state government to ensure peace prevails in the state as well as to pray for the victory of Governor Abba Yusuf as the Supreme Court reserved judgment in the election case.

He said indications had shown that the Supreme Court judges were men of integrity who would do anything to ensure justice and fairness.

He said, “The unfortunate development over the governorship seat in the state will never deter them (the government) in any way but we will continue to pray for the right thing to be done at the court.”

Kwankwaso added that those at the helm of affairs must be reminded that justice is a panacea for progress while its absence will bring about chaos and disorder which will prevent meaningful development.

He added, “The mammoth crowd that poured out yesterday to welcome back Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf is a clear indication that the people of the state voted for him, believe in him and are strongly behind him to deliver their mandate.”

He said the drama from the tribunal to the Court of Appeal was an embarrassment and a move to truncate democracy in Nigeria “which all and sundry must work hard to prevent.”

The former governor further applauded the NNPP legal team for doing a wonderful job, praying that the Supreme Court judges would be allowed to dispense justice without using the federal might and other apparatus to intimidate them.

(Punch)

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BREAKING: Appeal Court sacks Kano Gov, upholds Tribunal’s verdict

The Court of  Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State.

The panel upheld the verdict of the tribunal led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay which sacked Yusuf on September 20, 2023.

The lower court had declared 165,663 votes of Yusuf, who contested under the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), invalid on the grounds that they were not signed or stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The governor’s votes were then reduced to 853,939 while those of Nasir Ganuwa, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, remained at 890,705.

Yusuf had rejected the tribunal verdict, which he described as “unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice”, and headed to the appeal court.

At the court, Wole Olanipekun, SAN, lead for Yusuf, asked that the judgement of the tribunal be set aside.

Kicking against the ruling on ballot papers, the senior lawyer said that was the first time in the history that a tribunal would annul an election over non-signing of the back of ballot papers.

He had said the tribunal erred, arguing further that, that was the first time that a political party would file a matter without joining its candidate as a party in the petition and the candidate would declared winner of the polls.

But Akin Olujimi SAN, counsel for APC, countered him saying the Appeal Court stated emphatically that the non-signing of ballots amounted to electoral malpractice.

Details later…

(Daily Trust)

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Appeal Court to deliver judgment on Kano guber election tomorrow

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has fixed  Friday, November 17, 2023, for judgment in the Kano State governorship election dispute between  Governor Abba Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party and Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress.

The judgment will be delivered by 10 a.m.

The PUNCH reports that the court had on November 6, 2023, reserved judgment in the appeal by the state governor, Yusuf, who is challenging his removal by the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

The tribunal on September 20 nullified Yusuf’s election by declaring 165, 663 of his votes invalid.

(Punch)

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Kano sponsors over 1000 postgraduates on foreign scholarship

The Kano State Government is sponsoring a total of 1001 postgraduate students to India and Uganda for various postgraduate programmes.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf announced this during the flag off ceremony of the commencement of the scholarship scheme held at government House, Kano on Thursday evening.

He said the foreign scholarship scheme is commencing with 550 students.

Yusuf said the foreign scholarship scheme was introduced by the former Governor of the state, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso, saying it has brought a lot of positive benefits to Kano state and the nation at large.

“It is clearly seen that some of those trained under the scheme by Kwankwaso are now occupying important positions of authority in the present administration.”

Among those who were products of the scheme during senator Rabiu Kwakwaso’s regime include the Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Yusuf Ibrahim Kofarmata, the Statistician General of the State, Prof. Aliyu Isa Aliyu and the Special Adviser on Innovation, Dr. Bashir Muzakkir among others.

“Let me say that the foreign scholarship scheme was initiated by the administration of our mentor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

“The distinguished Senator sponsored three batches of students to foreign studies in about 16 countries across the globe.

“This singular effort by his administration has produced many professionals and PhD holders, thousands of masters degree holders, thousands of professionals in medical sciences, engineering, natural sciences, pilots, maritime specialists, etc.

“The practical effort of his Excellency Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s administration has been a huge impetus for our administration to continue with this very useful and popular policy of foreign scholarship.

“In this regard, I am very happy to say that some of the products of this policy are today occupying important government positions of authority in the present administration

“Finally ladies and gentlemen, it is my singular honor to flag up the resumption of foreign scholarship program of Kano state and the sponsorship of the first set of 550 scholars out of the 1001 to face postgraduate studies abroad,” Gov. Yusuf said.

Earlier in his remark, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso, praised the effort of the state government for continuing along the same path.

He advised beneficiaries of the programme to ensure that they live up to their expectations and become useful to their parents, relations and the country at large.

The first batch of 550 students who are expected to depart the country on Friday morning, collected their scholarship offers and travel documents from Governor Yusuf at the occasion.

(Punch)

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Kano tribunal guber verdict: We didn’t withdraw our appeal – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has denied withdrawing from the appeal process in the ongoing Kano governorship election petition case.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its committee on Information and Voter Education, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement Saturday in Abuja.

He said the commission’s legal officer, who purportedly withdrew from the case, has been reprimanded.

He said: “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to media reports based on a letter written by the Legal Officer of our Kano State office indicating that the Commission had withdrawn from the appeal process in the ongoing Kano Governorship election petition case.

“We wish to state categorically that the letter was not authorized. It has since been withdrawn and the officer reprimanded.

“The public is therefore advised to discountenance the insinuation that the Commission has withdrawn from the case or even worse abandoned the appeal.

“We wish to state categorically that where litigants join INEC in a case, the Commission is under obligation to respond accordingly.

“We have, therefore, instructed our lawyers to proceed in line with extant policy of the Commission. The policy has not changed.”

(Vanguard)

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Mass wedding: Kano govt uncovers pregnant women, HIV patients, others 

The Kano State Hisbah Board has hinted that the state will soon promulgate a law that will enforce pre-marital screening before wedlock for all residents.

The Director General of the board, Abba Sufi, who spoke on the recent screening conducted on intended couples for a mass wedding, said that during the screening, pregnant women, HIV/AIDS positive and so many with liver problems were discovered.

According to him, those found with diseases like HIV were counselled while those with other ailments that could be treated were put on medication.

He said, “The discovery has proven to all the importance of the pre-marital screening, and this has made it important for us not to take it lightly, because had it not been for the screening only God knows the number of children that are going to be born as sickle cell patients, and so many diseases will also be transmitted among people.”

Sufi added that in Islam, it was haram (forbidden) for pregnant women to get married, adding that so far the board had completed the screening of 1,600 people from the 44 LGAs of the state.

Recall that the state government earmarked over N800m for the conduct of the planned mass wedding which is to be held in the middle of this month.

(Daily Trust)

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Kano gov appoints 116 new special assistants

Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of additional 116 Senior Special Assistants.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Malam Bature Dawakin-Tofa, in Kano on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had earlier appointed 94 Special Assistants, thus bringing the total number to 145 aides.

Only nine women were among the 116 newly appointed aides announced by the governor.

They include: Hauwa Halilu, Senior Special Assistant, Library Board; Hauwa Gadonkaya, Senior Special Assistant, Primary Health Care (PHC); Nadiya Fagge, Senior Special Assistant, Special Assignments- PPS; and Asiya Mukhtar, Senior Special Assistant, Women Education,
Binta Salisu,.

Also, Binta Salisu was appointed as Special Assistant, Radio/Women; Mufida Rashid, Digital Media; and Hauwa Halilu, Library Board.

(NAN)

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Damages: Court orders Kano govt to pay N30bn over demolition

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has ordered Kano State Government to pay the Incorporated Trustees of Massallacin Eid Shop Owners the sum N30 billion as compensation for unlawful demolition of their shops without following due processes laid down by law.

Recall that shopping malls around Kano Eid Ground were in June demolished by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf-led administration that tagged the buildings as illegal structures.

However, the traders under the auspices of the Incorporated Trustees of Massallacin Eid Shop Owners challenged the demolition at the Federal High Court.

The presiding judge, Justice Samuel Amobeda on Friday also said that the action of the Kano State Government against the Applicants is barbaric and unconstitutional.

More details to follow….

(SOLACEBASE)

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Chicago academic records: Privacy law can’t stop our request – Atiku tells Tinubu

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has replied President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that he cannot use the excuse of privacy law to stop the release of his academic records from the Chicago State University (CSU).

Atiku, who stated this in his reply to Tinubu’s objection to the order of Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, maintained that Tinubu’s objection was incompetent and lacking in merit.

According to the former Vice President, all the grounds of objections raised by Tinubu against the execution of the lawful order of the magistrate court were resolved by Justice Gilbert after listening to parties.

It will be recalled that the court had on September 19, held that Atiku’s application for discovery outweighs Tinubu’s plea for protection under the privacy law.

Tinubu had, amongst other grounds, for the denial of Atiku’s request submitted that Judge Gilbert erred in directing the CSU to release documents bordering on Tinubu’s diploma certificate, transcripts and admission letter, amongst others.

But Judge Gilbert pointed out that the case of Atiku has merit as it has to do with Tinubu’s qualification for the 2023 presidential election, which he (Tinubu) won.

Dissatisfied, Tinubu last Thursday begged a Federal High Court presided by Judge Nancy Maldonado to delay the enforcement of the order till Monday, September 25, when he would formally file his objection.

At Monday’s proceedings, Tinubu had, amongst others, argued that the granting of the order violates his right to privacy and breached US law regarding the release of academic records.

Specifically, Tinubu had argued that what the discovery applicant seeks is intrusive because educational records are private and protected from disclosure under the Federal Educational Records and Privacy Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1232(g) (“FERPA”).

But Atiku, in his latest move, argued that the law of privacy pleaded by Tinubu to stop the release of his academic records was not relevant and tenable in this instance.

Atiku’s lawyer, Angela Liu, in her reply, pointed out that the FERPA and analogous state laws do not create an independent privilege for educational records and cannot serve as a shield against a court-issued subpoena.

According to the applicant, “the assertion of a privilege or privacy interest under FERPA is a nonstarter; the statute does not give individuals any enforceable rights”, adding that, “FERPA does not provide a privilege that prevents the disclosure of student records.”

Moreso, Atiku argued that Tinubu cannot plead protection when he “has placed its educational records at issue, ECF 40 at 25-26 (explaining that Intervenor put his diploma at issue by submitting it to INEC and Tinubu’s records have already been introduced into the Nigerian proceedings, including by Tinubu himself, and widely published in the media”.

Stating further that through various proceedings, Tinubu has submitted his own educational records for consideration by courts and indeed by the public, Atiku submitted that Judge Gilbert correctly decided that the balance of the Intel discretionary factors weigh in favor of granting the discovery.

“The Objections are meritless.”

Apparently justifying the need for Tinubu’s contentious academic records to be released, Atiku insisted that a mechanism exists in the Supreme Court of Nigeria to admit fresh evidence.

He cited Supreme Court Order 2, which reads in part, “A party who wishes the court to receive the evidence of witnesses (whether they were or were not called at the trial) or to order the production of any document, exhibit or other thing connected with the proceedings in accordance with the provisions of Section 33 of the Act, shall apply for leave on notice of motion prior to the date set down for the hearing of the appeal.

“The application shall be supported by affidavit of the fact on which the party relies for making it and of the nature of the evidence or the document concerned.

“It shall not be necessary for the other party to answer the additional evidence intended to be called but if leave is granted the other party shall be entitled to a reasonable opportunity to give his own evidence in reply if he so wishes”.

While stating that his application is a straightforward Section 1782 application, Atiku submitted “Contrary to Intervenor’s inflated rhetoric, Applicant is not seeking “to conduct a fishing expedition into Intervenor’s private, confidential, and protected educational records.

“Rather, Applicant seeks to test (1) the authenticity and origin of twelve (12) pages of documents (including two very different diplomas) that purport to have been issued by CSU (the “CSU documents”) —all of which have already been submitted to the Nigerian courts and widely published in the media; and (2) the basis for CSU’s categorical assertion that Tinubu received a B.S. degree in 1979, given discrepancies between information in the CSU documents and information in his affidavit submitted to INEC.

“If, as Intervenor asserts, he graduated from CSU in 1979—and the CSU documents are authentic copies issued by CSU—there is no reason why he should oppose the limited discovery Applicant seeks.

“For the foregoing reasons, the Court should overrule the Objections in their entirety.

“If the Court overrules the Objections, Applicant respectfully requests that it enter an order requiring production of documents no later than October 2, 2023, and the deposition scheduled no later than October 3, to allow time for transcripts to be finalized, and the discovery obtained to be sent to Nigeria (which is six (6) hours ahead) by October 4 so that such evidence may, in turn, be filed with the Supreme Court by October 5, which is when Applicant’s Nigerian counsel intend to submit any new evidence to the Supreme Court”, he said.

(Daily Post)

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Kwankwaso serial loser, says Ganduje

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Ganduje has described the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso as a serial loser due his personal ambition.

Ganduje made the remark while noting that Kwankwaso prefers to be a king in hell than be a servant in paradise.

Speaking on Tuesday night while receiving the Bauchi State 2023 NNPP governorship candidate, Haliru Jika, Ganduje said Kwankwaso specialises in deceiving people.

According to Ganduje: “The Kwankwasiyya group headed by the former Kano State governor was forced to go into a sabbatical leave for eight years before it found its way back to the Government House in Kano.

“The Kwankwasiyya head, who wears a red cap, is the person who prefers to be a king in hell than be a servant in paradise. He specialises in deceiving people.

“He was first in PDP and came back to APC, when it was formed. That was when the nPDP merged with the legacy parties to form the APC.

“Instead of staying in APC, because of his ambition, he decided to leave APC, after failing to pick the presidential ticket, to go back to the PDP. He could not stay there, again, when he failed to pick up the ticket.

“He is a professional contestant for presidential elections and would remain a professional failure. He loves himself so much. I am happy you have dumped the red cap. It is a very sensible action that you have taken.”

(Daily Post)

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