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Lagos CJ inaugurates LG Elections Appeal Tribunal

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The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, on Friday inaugurated the Local Government (LG) Elections Appeal Tribunal.

The tribunal will hear petitions emanating from the LG elections which took place in the state on July 24.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the five Lagos State High Court judges will oversee the tribunal.

They are Justice Morenike Obadina, Chairman, Justice Beatrice Oke-Lawal, Justice Olubunmi Fadipe, Justice Wasiu Animahun and Justice Jubril Bashua.

The inauguration ceremony, which held at the Ikeja High Court, was attended by Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the Attorney-General of Lagos State, judges and members of the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission.

According to the chief judge, the setting up of the tribunal is one of constitutional provisions for conducting LG elections in the state and is pursuant to the Election Petitions Law.

Alogba said that two tribunals will be set up; one to sit at the Ikeja High Court and the other at the High Court Annex located at the Central Business District, Alausa, Lagos.

“I have carefully thought about the antecedents of all the judges we are putting forth today. I am deeply satisfied with their integrity, hard work, impartiality and their honour concerning justice delivery.

“It is a task you are called upon to do for the sake of integrity. The judiciary is not a money making arm of the government, the task you are asked to perform is to further cement the relationship with the citizens of the state,”

Alogba noted that the tribunal is the last hope of citizens who are dissatisfied with the results of the LG elections as there would be no further appeals thereafter.

He urged the judges to be just in their adjudication.

Following the taking of their respective oaths of office, Justice Obadina, the Chairman of the Lagos State Local Government Elections Appeal Tribunal, gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the other members.

Obadina expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to her and the other judges to serve on the tribunal.

“I want to pledge that I am going to do all that is within our power to work expeditiously on all the cases that will come before the tribunal and to work within the timeframe, as mandated by law.

“I want to assure my lord, the chief judge, and the good people of Lagos State that the will of Lagos residents will be fulfilled,” she said.

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2023 Election: INEC to release timetable when Electoral Bill is signed

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said it will not release the 2023 general election timetable until the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is signed into law.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja during the commission’s first quarterly consultative meeting with political parties.

He said; “On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the Commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved. We look forward to a speedy passage of the Bill, which is crucial to our preparations for future elections.

“As soon as it is signed into law, the Commission will quickly release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election based on the new law”.

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There’ll be level playing ground for all presidential aspirants– PDP Chairman to Momodu

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Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has told presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, that members of the party, and not leaders, would determine who emerges as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Ayu said this on Thirsday during Momodu’s visit to the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja where he formally presented his letter of intent to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

The National Chairman noted that the PDP had no preferred presidential candidate and would provide a level-playing ground for all aspirants.

Ayu said, “For you to run for office, you must have a strong platform, but the first responsibility I will charge you to do is to work hard and build a strong party with which we can go into battle with.

“For your personal ambition like all other candidates, I wish you well, I wish you the best.

“There will be a level playing ground for all aspirants, just like you, we don’t have a special candidate, PDP has no preferred candidate, the party members will decide who will contest any office.

“If at the end of the day, party members vote for you, PDP will stand behind you. You have to go out and work out there among the party members across the country, because the party leadership will not do it for you. Our job is to try and provide the necessary mechanism.”

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday January 11, informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his 2023 presidential ambition.

Umahi who had a closed door meeting with Buhari today, told state house correspondents that the President advised him to consult widely.

Umahi’s visit to inform the President of his presidential ambition is coming exactly 24 hours after a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, paid a similar visit to President Buhari.

Recall FELLOW PRESS reported the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu had also declared his intention to run for presidential race in 2023.

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