The Presidential Election Petitions Court has ruled that the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, did not adequately outline how they obtained the majority of legitimate votes in the February 25 presidential election, Daily Trust reports.
In the lead judgment read by Justice Abba Bello Mohammed, said the political party made generic allegations of irregularities, suppression of votes and corrupt practices to rob them of their votes, especially in Rivers, Benue, Lagos, Taraba, Imo and Osun states but failed to specify the polling units affected.
Justice Mohammed further held that LP also failed to prove the allegations of overvoting against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their actual reduced votes.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), which aimed to disqualify Vice President Kashim Shettima.
The party had argued that Tinubu was improperly sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for nominating Kashim Shettima as his vice-presidential candidate for the election.
The opposition party had claimed that Shettima was still the APC candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District on July 14 when he accepted the nomination for vice-presidential candidate.
However, ruling on the case on Wednesday, the PEPT ruled that it is a pre-election matter and it therefore lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, President Bola Tinubu is meeting with a delegation of Nigerian Muslim leaders (Ulama) led by Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, in Aso Rock, Abuja.
Recall that a group of Islamic leaders had recently offered to interface with the coup leaders in Niger Republic on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and they got the approval from President Tinubu.
They were in Niger to interact with the junta’s head, General Abdourahamane Tchiani.
The Islamic clerics had advised against the use of military force by ECOWAS.
President Tinubu is the Chairman of the ECOWAS’ Authority of Heads of State and Government and it’s expected that the Islamic leaders will brief the President on the outcome of their interactions with the military junta as well as their colleagues in Niger Republic as regards the political crisis
The ECOWAS had taken steps to show its disapproval of the military take over of power in Niger by imposing a series of sanctions and an ultimatum, which the body threatened could lead to an armed response.
ECOWAS has insisted that the military junta should reinstate the democratically-elected President.
The Ulama are opposed to war with the Nigerien military, as threatened by ECOWAS.
They said that apart from the dire consequences of armed conflict, they were enjoined by their religious faith and the Quran to seek mediation first in cases like this before resorting to war.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has banned tertiary institutions from selling admission forms for First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma, and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into Full-Time, Distance Learning, Part-Time, Outreach, Sandwich, and other related courses.
The board in a statement on Wednesday directed that all such admission processes must now pass through JAMB only as no institution is henceforth allowed to advertise or sell “application forms” for admissions into the programmes.
The statement noted that the move is part of measures to sanitize the process and urged all institutions to comply with the directive.
JAMB added that it would work with regulatory agencies such as the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) as well as other professional regulatory agencies to ensure the policy is adhered to.
The full statement titled; ‘CESSATION OF ILLEGAL/IRREGULAR ADMISSION’ reads: “All applications of admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into Full-Time, Distance Learning, Part-Time, Outreach, Sandwich, etc., must be processed ONLY through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
“No Institution should advertise or sell “application forms” for admissions into the programmes.
“Institutions should advertise candidates to apply to them through Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Duplication of application forms is NOT allowed.
“Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the three (3) Regulatory Agencies(National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) will ensure that all tertiary institutions comply with this policy directive.
“Other Professional Regulatory Agencies will also play a role in sanitizing the process.”
The Director-General and CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, was on Tuesday ordered to commence a 90-day pre-retirement leave by President Bola Tinubu.
The directive takes effect on August 24, 2023, leading to Aziz’s eventual retirement from service on November 24, 2023.
This was contained in a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Ajure Ngelale.
Tinubu has also approved the appointment of Bisoye Coker-Odusote as the acting Director-General and CEO of NIMC for a 90-day period.
His appointment takes effect on August 24, 2023, after which a full term of four years will begin as the substantive NIMC Director-General/CEO on November 24, 2023.
Furthermore, President Tinubu approved the appointment of Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub as the Director and CEO of the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC).
This follows the recent expiration of the tenure of the former DTAC Director and CEO, Dr Pius Osunyikanmi.
This appointment takes immediate effect.