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Kogi Assembly Confirms Justice Majebi as substantive CJ



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***recalls 4 suspended members

Kogi State House of Assembly has confirmed Justice Josiah Joe Majebi as the substantive Chief Judge of the state following his clearance by the National Judicial Commission (NJC) after six months in acting capacity.

Justice Majebi was appointed in June, 2022 by Governor Yahaya Bello following the retirement of Justice Richard O. Olorunfemi on attainment of the statutory age of 65.

The House confirmed Majebi’s appointment at plenary sitting on Tuesday in Lokoja following the adoption of a correspondence from Governor Yahaya Bello on the matter.

Speaker of the House, Prince Matthew Kolawole who read the governor’s letter said that Justice Majebi was cleared by the NJC as part of requirements for his confirmation, having acted in that capacity for six months.

The Nigerian Pilot reports that Justice Majebi will be inaugurated with His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, administering the oaths on 1st February, 2023, at the Government House, Lokoja.

In same vein the House has lifted the suspension on four former principal officers who were suspended on June 17, 2022 over allegation of Gross Misconduct.

They include the Rt. Hon. Ahmed Mohammed, former Deputy Speaker; Hon. Abdullahi Bello-Hassan Balogun, former House Leader; Hon. Idris Ndako, Deputy Majority Leader and Hon. Moses Ododo, former Chief Whip.

The Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole who announced the lifting of suspension at plenary on Tuesday said that the lawmakers were recalled as part of efforts to foster peace and harmony among members.

He said that the decision was moreso as the Seventh Assembly in the state was gradually grinding to the end.

Ahmed Dahiru, Chief Whip and chairman of the House committee on Ethics and Privileges, said the suspended members showed considerable remorse for their actions and recommended that they should be recalled to perform legislative duties.

The House as well screened and confirmed a Commissioner nominee, Mr Samson Bako and approved second tenure for the chairman, secretary and members of the state Assembly Service Commission.

They included Alhaji Andas Momojimoh Malik, chairman; Com. Olorunmaiye Joanna Yemisi, Secretary; Meseko Durosimi, Bala Salisu, Arome Gabriel Adoji, Ananyi Shadrack Lamidi and Ahmed Musa Abdul, members.

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Appeal Court upturns decision barring Abure, 3 others from acting as LP National executives




Julius Abure
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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reversed the decision of the FCT High Court, which dismissed the objection raised by Barr. Julius Abure challenging his removal as chairman of the Labour Party (LP).
The Court also placed a fine of One million naira (N1,000,000) on the respondents.

Recall that Justice Hamza Muazu of the FCT High Court, Abuja on May 13, 2023, dismissed the preliminary objection by Abure after a rulling on an ex-parte application which restrained him and three others; Farouk Ibrahim, Clement Ojukwu, and Oluchi Opara, from acting as national executives of the party.

The suit marked CV/2930/2023 was instituted by Martins Esikpali John, Lucky Shaibu, Isah Zekeri, Omogbai Frank, Abokhaiu Aliu, Ayohkaire Lateef, John Elomah and Ayobami Arabambi.

The plaintiffs told the court that the defendants forged several documents of the court to carry out unlawful substitutions in the last elections.

Abure through his lawyer, Alex Ejesieme, filed a preliminary objection against the suit, saying that an allegation of forgery against his clients cannot be brought before the court by way of an originating summon.

Ejesieme alleged that the plaintiffs are not members of the LP and therefore, lack the locus standi to institute the suit, adding that the matter borders on the internal issues of the party which the court cannot interfere with.

Justice Muazu held that the court has jurisdiction to hear the matter even though it relates to the party’s internal affairs, as there would have no need to interfere, had the party been at peace.

He added that the plaintiffs were right to have instituted the case by originating summons and subsequently restrained Abure and his executives from acting as National officers of the party.

Dissatisfied, Abure proceeded to appeal the judgement, seeking determination whether the lower court was right in the dismissal of his preliminary objection to his removal National Chairman.

Delivering the Lead Judgement on Wednesday, Justice Hamma Akawu Barka, held that the appeal filed by Abure was meritorious and set aside the earlier judgement of the lower court.

Justice Barka held that the process applied by the lower court is incompetent as it wrongly assumed jurisdiction over the case.

He said that issues bothering on forgery, perjury and conspiracy are unproven and deals with serious issues of fact, so the suit should not begin with an originating summon.

The judge also held that the lower court was wrong to interfere in the internal affairs of the political party.

“The party is in its own right Supreme over its affairs, the court will not enforce its own will over that of the political party” Justice Barka held.

The court also held that no ward executive has the power to suspend a National officer of a political party dully elected by the National delegation, adding that such powers are exclusive to the National body.
Justice Barka therefore held that the appeal has merit and set aside the decision of the lower court.

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Appologise or face court action, Nwoko tells senator Abbor over Bribery allegation




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Former lawmaker who represented Adamawa North in the Senate, Senator Elisha Abbo has been directed to apologize to the Appeal Court President, Justice Chioma Iheme and the entire judiciary over the allegations of bribery or be prepared to face court action for false allegations.

Senator Abo, had accused the President of the Court of Appeal, Monica Dongban-Mensen, of collecting bribes.

He said the Court of Appeal has become a “cash and carry point” while calling some judges “judicial bandits.”

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former Attorney General of Akwa Ibom state, Uwemedimo Nwoko, insists that the former senator must either be prepared for court action to establish his bribery allegations or tender apologies for making unsubstantiated allegations.

He further notes that the former lawmaker has not produced any evidence to substantiate his allegations of bribery against the judiciary.

On 1st February Abbo in at a press conference accused the President of the Court of Appeal and others of taking bribes in the judgment that ousted him from the Senate.

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Fubara: Clark expresses excitment, says he could not sleep even with sleeping pills




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Elderstates man and leader of the Ijaw nation Edwin Clark has reacted to the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed Siminalaye Fubara as duly elected Governor of Rivers State.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday he said his joy knows no bound to hear that the Governor has been affirmed.
“I could not sleep on Wednesday even with my sleeping medicines when it was announced that the judgment on Rivers State Governor election will be on Thursday, we thank God for the judgment and victory, I had expected it to be this way.

“You can imagine my joy, many years ago some of us practicing Lawyers we almost lost confidence in the Judiciary as the cases were going but I always believe that once there is a good leadership in the Supreme Court.
“Our Supreme Court is one of the best in the World.
“Cases of interference and so on. There may be some but they are not many, they are very few. So last night when it was announced that Rivers State Supreme Court judgement would be given today, I tried to sleep but couldn’t. And I took my normal sleeping tablets I couldn’t, then I knew something was worrying me.
“So this morning I stayed in bed waiting for the judgement to be announced. 10am there was nothing but not long after that, they said Tonye Cole petition has been dismissed for lack of evidence so I jumped up and shouted Halleluia but I knew he was going to win because almost every petitioner had withdrawn his case except the APC candidate chief Toye Cole.
“It was not easy to convince him, he was thinking he could win but God makes governors, God makes Presidents. God has made Fubara the Governor of Rivers State for the first four years and he will be re elected for his second term to complete his 8years.
“He has won, Nigerians like him, I listened to all commentries, even though he knew that it was unconstitutional going against the voice of the people and court process in order to brocker peace, he made series of sacrifices which he should not have made.
“He took an oath to keep the constitution of Nigeria
However, it is all over now. The 27 members of the Rivers state House of Assembly who lost their their seats when they moved to APC, their seats remain vacant until INEC conducts another set of elections and if they want go and face it they would be defeated because they are not sincere, they are not patriotic, they are not original in their minds.
“27 persons being pushed around by an individual, what a shame.
It is unconstitutional because a Governor cannot sign a budget and go to represent that budget before people who have been disqualified as members of the House.
In another statement he personally signed he said,
“With a grateful heart to God Almighty, and on behalf of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), I congratulate His Excellency, Siminalaye Fubara, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, on his victory at the Supreme Court today, 25th January, 2024.
“Now that all legal tussles are settled, it is my prayer and hope, that the Governor Fubara will settle down to carry out the task of governance in Rivers State, which the people has elected him to. I implore him to extend the olive branch to all opponents.
“On a lighter note, with full authority now to sign with the red pen, I sincerely hope that he will not disappoint his supporters, all who stood for him and all Rivers State people; that he will also bring together every one, for the good and best interest of the State.
“May the good Lord bless him and give him the courage and understanding he will need to perform his duties to the satisfaction of the people of Rivers State and indeed to Nigerians.
In the same vein, he also congratulate Agbu Kefas, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, on his victory at the Supreme Court, today”

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