From Daniel Abel, Lafia
A group under the auspices of ‘Coalition for justice’ on Tuesday appealed to the Governorship Petition Tribunal panel to remain neutral and avoid government patronage and undue influence capable of perverting justice.
Speaking during a peaceful protest in Lafia, the leader of the group, Hon. James A. Allu told news men that the group is demanding for neutrality from the tribunal to give the people of the state the confidence and hope that justice would be delivered in Nasarawa.
James Allu alleged that information obtained by the group reveal that there were moves to manipulate the tribunal by influencing the members ahead of the judgement, adding that the manner in which the state is hosting the tribunal judges in government owned facilities was already leaving the people with the doubts that the tribunal was on the way to compromise.
“We are already aware of how the government is working tirelessly to influence the judges using some of the retired Justices with high connections”.
“We however believed that the jurists will be conscious of their track records and will not put their hard earned reputation at stake by falling prey to the perceived antics and attempts being made to influence their judgement in Nasarawa”.
The coalition who claimed to be aware of several attempts to duplicate the INEC certified results legally given to the opposition PDP by the state INEC, and attempts to confuse the tribunal in their judgement, called on all involved to steer clear as such attempts would be resisted.
“We wish to notify all involved to desist from any attempt to temper with justice as it will only amount to further denting the already battered image the state is already known with before the international community”.
“We wish to state that despite the risk to personal safety we shall continue to fight injustice and impunity to defend our land. We desire to have a society of equity and not oppression”,
“Our Protest is not about us, it is about our communities. We hereby call on INEC to commit themselves to justice.
“We call on the Judiciary to dispense justice and all organizations involved to ensure that Nasarawa state is not mortgaged further”, the group stated .
“We shall adopt every modern strategy to ensure equity, fairness and justice are attained. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We want to state that we are caught in an inestimable network of sympathy tied with a single garment of destiny.
“Whatever affect one community directly affect all”, the group declared.
Appologise or face court action, Nwoko tells senator Abbor over Bribery allegation
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.
Fubara: Clark expresses excitment, says he could not sleep even with sleeping pills
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”
Abdullahi Sule wins at Supreme Court as Nasarawa Governor
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of the Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule.
The state election petition tribunal had sacked the governor and declared David Ombugadu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), the winner of the March 18, 2023 election.
But the Appeal Court reversed tribunal judgement that sacked Sule insisting that the tribunal wrongly relied on the evidence of eight of the PDP witnesses, whose statements on oath were not front-loaded alongside the petition.
Reading the lead judgement, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun held that the appeal lacks merit.
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