2023 Elections

Election Result: Allow Cameras At Hearing – Joe Keshi Charges Supreme Court

A retired Nigerian ambassador, Joe Keshi, has made an appeal to the Supreme Court.

He appealed to the Supreme Court to allow cameras into the court for the first time when the hearing for the Presidential election commences.

The Labour Party, LP; the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP; have all vowed to approach the court following the outcome of February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared winner of the election amid outcry of rigging, suppression and manipulation of votes by politicians across the country.

Keshi, who had been ambassador to many countries, including Togo, Ethiopia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Namibia, Sierra Leone and the United States, said the Supreme Court should endeavour to make the process transparent this time.

“The Supreme Court should do the right thing and for the Supreme Court to do the right thing, for their own sake,” he said on Arise Television’s The Morning Show.

“For goodness sake, let them allow cameras into the court for the first time so that Nigerian people could follow the process so that at the end of the day whatever judgement they gave, Nigerians would be satisfied that they followed their process and followed all the evidence.

“I’m appealing to the judges to allow cameras into the court for the first time to witness so that Nigerians can listen to the evidence and be convinced that the judges are credible as we want them to be.”


Just In: Supreme Court adjourns Naira redesign case till March 3

The Supreme Court has adjourned a case by the state governments against the Federal Government challenging the naira redesign.

The Supreme Court, after hearing from dozens of lawyers on both governor’s and federal government’s sides, said a judgment would be delivered on the matter next month. The judgment date will be after the presidential election on February 25. The court had previously issued an order saying the old notes should remain in circulation.

Arguments during today’s hearing focused on a contempt decision against Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, who had failed to implement the court’s decision for old notes to keep circulating until a substantive ruling on the matter.

The states, including Kaduna and Lagos, sued the Buhari regime earlier this month, arguing that implementing a change of banknotes at this time would harm citizens.

Recall that Banks have not been able to make available new notes to Nigerians, which has caused economic hardships. The Central Bank of Nigeria, which introduced the new notes on Mr. Buhari’s directive, said it would try to make available the much-sought N500 and N1,000 notes.


BREAKING: Naira Crisis Suits Must Be Decided Today – Supreme Court

Daily Trust, the Supreme Court has made a declaration.

The court insisted that the dispute over naira redesign and swap policy must be decided today.

The seven-member panel led by Justice Inyang Okoro said new parties wishing to join the suit would no longer be allowed.

He said new parties would abide by the outcome of the existing suits or file a new one after the determination of the present suit, but that the matter must be determined today.

“You may file a fresh suit after this suit,” Justice Amina Augie said.

They were responding to an application by the Attorney General of Abia State seeking to join the suit as a separate suit similar to the one earlier brought by Rivers State Government through its counsel Emmanuel Ukala (SAN).

The panel, therefore, consolidated by the Rivers State Government alongside other suits.

After announcing 11 states consolidated as co-plaintiffs, alongside Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara states, the panel then began to hear the existing matter.

Bayelsa and Edo states remain co-defendant states on the side of the federal government.